Maybe, occasionally, some of the pictures I saw in teacups were not for the tea drinkers. Maybe some of them were for me.
Marnie Wells knows that she creeps people out. It’s not really her fault; her brother is always in trouble, and her grandmother, who’s been their guardian since Mom took off is…eccentric. So no one even bats an eye when Marnie finds an old book about reading tea leaves and starts telling fortunes. The ceremony and symbols are weirdly soothing, but she knows—and hopes everyone else does too—that none of it’s real.
Then basketball star Matt Cotrell asks for a reading. He’s been getting emails from someone claiming to be his best friend, Andrea Quinley, who disappeared and is presumed dead. And while they’d always denied they were romantically involved, a cloud of suspicion now hangs over Matt. But Marnie sees a kindred spirit: someone who, like her, is damaged by association.
Suddenly the readings seem real. And, despite the fact that they’re telling Marnie things about Matt that make him seem increasingly dangerous, she can’t shake her initial attraction to him. In fact, it’s getting stronger. And that could turn out to be deadly.
Marnie is an odd duck. It seems the entire family shares that trait. And you won’t find out why until near the end.
This is a YA Fiction and it is not the genre I read, however I have read some of Emily’s books before and enjoyed them so I gave it a try. Honestly because I thought it was going to be about tea and reading leaves.
It’s pretty much your basic teenagers doing what teenagers do. They lie. A lot. And they are horribly angst ridden over every little thing. There was too much whining and lying for me.
What if you could ask for anything- and get it?
In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true.
Some people wish for money, some people wish for love, but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream? Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness…maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself
Madison is not a place people stop unless they are getting gas. And no one encourages stopping either. Something isn’t quite normal here.
Eldon isn’t sure he wants to make a wish. He’s seen how some turn out and it isn’t all good.
This was an interesting book. Full of the normal teen aged angst, but also a deeper theme of taking shortcuts through life and what we want at 17 is probably not what we want at 25.
About how our wants or wishes can and do affect other people’s lives. I am still not sure if I liked the end or not.
Netgalley/Sourcebooks/YA Release is set for January 01,2018.
As the winter ice begins to thaw, the fury of a demon builds — all because one girl couldn’t stay dead . . .
Roan Harken considers herself a typical high school student — dead parents, an infected eyeball, and living in the house of her estranged, currently comatose grandmother (well, maybe not so typical) — but she’s uncovering the depth of the secrets her family left behind. Saved from the grasp of Death itself by a powerful fox spirit named Sil, Roan must harness mysterious ancient power . . . and quickly. A snake-monster called Zabor lies in wait in the bed of the frozen Assiniboine River, hungry for the sacrifice of spirit-blood in exchange for keeping the flood waters at bay. Thrust onto an ancient battlefield, Roan soon realizes that to maintain the balance of the world, she will have to sacrifice more than her life in order to take her place as Scion of the Fox.
American Gods meets Princess Mononoke in this powerful first installment of a trilogy sure to capture readers’ imaginations everywhere.
Roan is one of the most relatable characters I’ve seen in the YA world.
The author has built an entire world that we humans can’t see, but is full of magic,symbolism, and ancient powers and struggles. And Roan has a big role to play in this parallel world.
The characters developed very well during the story and I was glad to see this teenaged girl without some romance involved, fighting her own battles.
I think this is what good YA Fiction/Fantasy is all about!
Netgalley/ECWPress Release is October 17, 2017
Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.
In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.
I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover but I did exactly that with this book. The cover is powerful!
The voices of Trudchen and her sister Odette tell this story, each from their own points of view and in progression as they go from children hiding under the covers from monsters int the night, to young ladies actively searching the monsters.
From birth they’ve been told they were Protectors, finding and killing monsters. Little by little they come to see how much of what they believed wasn’t true at all.
But when the time comes to face a real monster they find they just may have a bit of magic after all.
This is a YA book and I have never read Cat Winters before although I have heard of her books. I enjoyed reading about these exceptional girls coming of age and finding themselves.
Well Done Ms. Winters! Netgalley/Amulet Books Release Date is September 12th!
When Sal Leon steals a poster announcing open auditions for the Left Hand, a powerful collection of the Queen’s personal assassins named for the rings she wears — Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, and Opal — their world changes. They know it’s a chance for a new life.
Except the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. But Sal must survive to put their real reason for auditioning into play: revenge.
Sal is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.
This was an interesting cast of characters. YA is not my normal genre, but the cover looked interesting. I see the reviews are all over the map on this one, with some people getting a bit snitty.
Personally I enjoyed the characters and the ingenious ways they thought up to eliminate each other from the competition. I am guessing there will be a second book out continuing on with Sal’s adventures. And I’m very interested to see where this author takes us!
Thanks Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire!
Emily Duran is the sole survivor of a plane crash that left her and her teenage friends stranded and alone in the jungles of the Amazon. Lost and losing hope, they struggle against the elements, and each other. With their familiar pecking order no longer in place, a new order emerges, filled with power struggles, betrayals, secrets and lies. Emily must explain why she’s the last left alive.
But can she carry the burden of the past?
Discover the gripping new adventure novel that explores who we are when no one is watching, and how far we’ll go in order to survive.
Emily Duran is on a class trip when the plane crashes in the Amazon. She, along with 5 of her classmates survive and wash up on shore in the jungle.
The story alternates between what brought them to this place and the feelings they have for one another before the crash, along with what happens after the crash as well as what happens after she is rescued.
As the seriousness of the situation hits them, they all react differently. Some the same as they had before, with the same popular kids and the picked on kids. With no food or water they push forward but it seems each has their own agenda.
The fight for survival begins quickly with leaders emerging and the weak standing out.
At first I wasn’t sure of the three timelines but in the end it was the only way you had a clear understanding of what drove the characters to behave the way they did.
A rollercoaster of emotions with this read! All in all this was a really good read!
Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.
With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.
In my efforts to read more YA I saw this book and the blurb sounded intriguing. And it is. You most definitely don’t have to be a YA to enjoy this. Any and all lovers of good stories will find it spellbinding!
I almost hate to say anything about the story other than the blurb. So let me say I loved this story! I loved Flora Banks. She can remember everything that happened before she was 10, but she is unable to retain any new memories for longer than a few hours.
Until one day something happens and that one memory sticks. Clinging to the hope that this could be a miracle that only this one boy in this one memory can solve, she resolves to track him down. In the Arctic. Alone.
That mix of bravery and sheer determination makes her one of the most interesting characters I’ve come across. I read this straight through in one sitting. I couldn’t stop any more than Flora could!
Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Group for this beautiful story! Release Date set for May 2 OR THIS TUESDAY!