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Steelheart

Steelheart.jpgSteelheart (Delacorte Press, 2013) by Brandon Sanderson is the first book of the Reckoners trilogy. In this world there are people with superpowers, but they aren't superheroes, instead they are evil. Ordinary people call them Epics.

David saw the evil firsthand when he was a child. The all powerful Steelheart came to take over the city and bring all other Epics under his control. In the process Steelheart heartlessly kills David's father right in front of him. David will never forget.

Now a teen, David has been studying Epics and a hidden group of people called the Reckoners who are fighting back. David wants to join them and help take out Steelheart.

The second book is Firefight and the last one Calamity.Firefight.jpg There's also a novelella set between books one and two called Mitosis. Calamity.jpg I'll need to check them out, too.

Read about the author here and all of his other books here.

I recommended his book The Rithmatist here.

Steelheart

Steelheart.jpgSteelheart (Delacorte Press, 2013) by Brandon Sanderson is the first book of the Reckoners trilogy. In this world there are people with superpowers, but they aren't superheroes, instead they are evil. Ordinary people call them Epics.

David saw the evil firsthand when he was a child. The all powerful Steelheart came to take over the city and bring all other Epics under his control. In the process Steelheart heartlessly kills David's father right in front of him. David will never forget.

Now a teen, David has been studying Epics and a hidden group of people called the Reckoners who are fighting back. David wants to join them and help take out Steelheart.

The second book is Firefight and the last one Calamity.Firefight.jpg There's also a novelella set between books one and two called Mitosis. Calamity.jpg I'll need to check them out, too.

Read about the author here and all of his other books here.

I recommended his book The Rithmatist here.

Grace and Fury

graceandfury.pngGrace and Fury (Little, Brown and Company, 2018) by Tracy Banghart is a tale of two sisters who got the opposite of what they expected. And each have to survive the world she's suddenly been thrust into.

Serina, due to her beauty, has been trained all her life to be a Grace--a companion to the Heir. If she's successful in winning his favor, it will benefit her whole family.

Nomi has done the work around the family and is rebellious. She doesn't think young women should become Graces. But to support her sister, she goes with her to the Superior's city.

In a twist of fate, handmaiden Nomi is selected by the Heir and Serina is the one presumed guilty of Nomi's secret.

This is the first book in a duology. The sequel comes out in summer of 2019. See the cool cover to the right and below!queenofruin.jpg

Be sure to read the author's bio--very interesting!

The Lying Planet

LyingPlanet.jpgThe Lying Planet (Entangled Publishing, 2016) by Carol Riggs got buried in my TBR pile, which really was a shame as I enjoyed this sci-fi novel very much.

Jay Lawton can't wait to move out of Sanctuary, one of the colonies in a safe zone, when he graduates on his birthday. He's sure he and his girlfriend, Aubrie, will test well and both go to Promise City. He's hoping he might earn a cloudskimmer. Then the two can be free of parental supervision and explore the planet. The genomide poisoned body of the banished Mick Garinger is just a reminder to keep doing well with studies, community service, and work in this post-war life on the planet Liberty.

But one night Jay forgets his evening pill and stumbles on a heart-stopping truth--the adults are not who they say they are! Aubrie won't believe him, but other friends do. Now instead of wanting to get the highest score out of the Testing Machine, Jay and the others need to do what they can for a low score and get banished. Plus they need to convince the other seventeen-year-olds, especially Aubie, of their impending danger.

You can read chapter one here and find out more about Carol's other books here.

I'm not sure I could handle this story in movie form...

Sanctuary

Sanctuary.jpgSanctuary (Simon Pulse, 2018) by Caryn Lix is one of those stories that if they make into a movie, I'm not sure I'll be able to watch on the big screen. And *Shudder* I don't want to reveal why.

Kenzie and her family live in Sanctuary, a prison space station for teen super-criminals. In fact, Kenzie is a part-time junior guard in training and her mother is the commander of the facility. Kenzie feels she has to prove herself to the other guards--favoritism and all that--but she's a bit more concerned about the news her parents just dropped on her. So she's a little tense when a drill hits that seems over-the-top, even for an AI like Sanctuary.

With Dad gone, the others off station, it's just Mom and Kenzie. They should be able to handle anything. But when Kenzie is taken hostage by the prisoners on level 5, she discovers her mother's loyalty is to the corporation Ominstellar over her own daughter's life. And Kenzie understands. Mostly.

The situation worsens from there.

Let's just say creatures in outer space.

I reached a point where I couldn't stop reading.

This is the author's debut novel that came out in July. Read about Caryn here.

Steelheart

Steelheart

Grace and Fury

The Lying Planet

Sanctuary

Warcross

One of Us Is Lying

A Death-Struck Year

The Traitor's Kiss

Tempests and Slaughter

Infinity

To Catch a Killer

The One Memory of Flora Banks

My Lady Jane

Strange the Dreamer

The Sun Is Also a Star

Who Killed Christopher Goodman?

Six of Crows

What Goes Up

Daughter of the Burning City

Before She Ignites

The Lost Girl of Astor Street

The Black Witch

The Seventh Bride

The PROBLEM with FOREVER

Red Queen

The Reader (Book One of Sea of Ink and Gold)

Heartless

Just a Normal Tuesday

Defy the Stars

Given to the Sea

Holding Up the Universe

The Passion of Dolssa

The Diabolic

The Secret of a Heart Note

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Enchantress Sacrifice

Shadows

A Time to Dance

Scythe

The Scourge

Written in the Stars

Poppy

the impossible knife of memory

Bottled

In the time of the Dragon Moon

The Chance You Won't Return

Ship Breaker

Uprooted

Not in the Script

All the Bright Places

This Girl Is Different

An Ember in the Ashes

Tunnel Vision

How It Went Down

Thrills and Chills - The Third Twin

Eerie - Sorrow's Knot

Draw or Die - The Rithmatist

Not just a Mystery Weekend - Suspect

Dangerous Impersonation - The False Prince

Girl in Trouble - The Rules for Disappearing

Shaping Her Own Fate - Passion Blue

Fated to be Useless? - Firstborn

Secrets! - The Pledge

Ultimate Fractured Fairytale - Enchanted

A Cat Lover's Novel - Cat Girl's Day Off

Fantasy AND Humor - The Last Dragon Slayer

The amazing Laini Taylor - Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Eye-opening Historical - Jepp, Who Defied the Stars

Not Your Average Greek Myth - King of Ithaca

Amazing Historical - The Year We Were Famous

Fascinating Premise - Wake

Fascinating problem - Flip

Whose life? - How to save a life

Historical YA Giveaway - Second Fiddle

Another time and now - Blessing's Bead

Another place - Island's End

Powerful Story - After

Memorable Story - Tell Me A Secret

Twist after twist - White Cat

Distinct voices - Blink & Caution

Great first line - Split

Very Very Good! - Crunch

Very Interesting - The Everafter

Hard to put down! - Divergent

Murder in Space? - Across the Universe

Another great heroine - Girl, Stolen

Another Very Good Book - Absolutely Maybe

Unputdownable Fantasy - The Demon King

Humorous SciFi - The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

Historical Fantasy - Plain Kate

Facts just slip into your mind - The Red Umbrella

How could you not care?

Focus, shoot! - Flash Burnout & hold still

Book Felt SO Real - memoirs of a teenage amnesiac

Book Plus - Invisible i - The Amanda Project

Fantasy Sequel - yea! - The Timekeeper's Moon

Book 1 - glad more is coming - Shiver

Steampunk and Darwin - Leviathan

Emotional Book - Rubber Houses

Modern Fantasy - The Demon's Lexicon

Powerful Book - Hate List

Please let me slap the father! - Candor

Unforgettable - Unwind

Parental Discretion Advised - Jumping Off Swings

Companion Book - Eternal

Character Growth - Red Glass & Mexican WhiteBoy

Modern-day Retelling - Beastly

Powerful story - Right Behind You

Must read - The Hunger Games

Fantasy to Love - Graceling

"we become what we have to be" - Nation

Catching Up on Reading - Book of a Thousand Days

Murder Mystery, yet so much more - Perfect Shot

Couldn't Stop Reading - Elsewhere

Prepare for fun - Once Upon a Marigold

Science Fantasy - Enchantress from the Stars

Novels in Verse - Seeing Emily

Limits not reached - Downsiders

Hooked by Voice - Stuck in Neutral