Week Twenty-Seven 2015 (July 2 through July 8)

94. The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon94

  • The Bone Season; Book Two
  • Adult
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Female main character–Paige
  • Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London…As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

This took me a much longer time to read than book one–it’s pretty slow for the first half. But lord, that ending.

Verdict: Book three…give to me?


95. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E Smith95

  • Standalone
  • Young Adult
  • Contemporary
  • Female main character–Clare
  • Male main character–Aidan
  • On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.

Good. Not my favorite of hers–honestly, it’s probably my least favorite. But that by no means makes it a bad book.

Verdict: This is What Happy Looks Like still has my heart


96. Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond96

  • Lois Lane; Book One
  • Young Adult
  • Mystery/Urban Fantasy
  • Female main character–…Lois Lane
  • Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy.

 Sooo. This doesn’t feel like a book based on Superman stuff. Sure, the main character is Lois Lane, and there are obvious hints through the guy she’s chatting with–but it reads more like a mystery than anything else.

Verdict: Don’t read it for Superman. Read it for mystery.

97. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline97

  • Standalone
  • Adult
  • Science Fiction
  • Male main character–Wade
  • In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

I did not expect the level of emotional attachment I ended up having. This was one where, had it not ended the way I wanted I would have thrown it across the room.

Verdict: Fantastic


98. A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin98

  • Stranje House; Book One
  • Young Adult
  • Historical Fantasy
  • Female main character–Georgie
  • It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts…

Gosh I will never tire of Historical Fantasy novels. So goooooood.

Verdict: Much swoon.


99. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed99

  • Standalone
  • Young Adult
  • Contemporary
  • Female main character–Naila
  • This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.

 This book made me so sympathetically angry that I wanted to scream.

Verdict: Important

100. Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan100

  • Standalone
  • Young Adult
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Female main character–Frances
  • I’m the daughter of murdered parents.
    I’m the friend of a dead girl.
    I’m the lover of my enemy.
    And I will have my revenge.
    In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process.

    Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose.

This…focused way too much on the romance.

Verdict: Could have been better

101. Soundless by Richelle Mead101

  • Standalone
  • Young Adult
  • High Fantasy
  • Female main character–Fei
  • From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore.For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

    Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever…

It doesn’t feel like a Richelle Mead novel. Admittedly, this could be because it’s high fantasy and not urban fantasy; could be because it’s her first non-vampire YA; could be because it’s just very different. It’s not bad by any means, it’s just not what I wanted it to be.

Verdict: Middling.

102. The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances LongTreacheryofBeautifulThings_JKT.indd

  • Standalone
  • Young Adult
  • Urban Fantasy/Retelling
  • Female main character–Jenny
  • The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she’s lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice–and not just her own.

I mean, I’m partial to anything that has Puck in it. But it was an eh otherwise. 

Verdict: Yay for Puck. Eh for the rest.

103. Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson103

  • Lady of the Forest, Book One
  • Adult
  • Historical Fantasy/Retelling
  • Female main character–Marian
  • As the gates of Ravenskeep swing open and a young woman flees into the primeval depths of Sherwood Forest and into the arms of the man she loves, a saga of exceptional power and remarkable passion begins…He is Sir Robery Locksley–the heroic nobleman who has turned his back on all he knows to embark on a dangerous quest for justice in an England torn apart by treachery, betrayal and war.She is Lady Marian of Ravenskeep–the proud, defiant knight’s daughter who leaves her sheltered life behind to join a shadowy band of outlaws who follow no law but their own.Robin Hood and Maid Marian–Their love has belonged to legend for centuries, and now it belongs to us all, stunningly brought to life by the masterful pen of a truly gifted storyteller. Against a medieval tapestry of color and pageantry, Jennifer Roberson has woven a rich, sweeping tale of a woman whose courage and passion could forever alter the destiny of that mist-shrouded land of lore we know in our hearts and see in our dreams…

Ohmylanta this is so good. The pace is a bit odd.

Verdict: Pacing aside, it’s great.

104. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo104

  • Six of Crows; Book One
  • Young Adult
  • High Fantasy
  • Lots of Main Characters
  • Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…A convict with a thirst for revenge.A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.A runaway with a privileged past.

    A spy known as the Wraith.

    A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

    A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

    Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

I like it better than the Grisha trilogy. It just has a totally different feel.

Verdict: Wowzaaaaaaa


Book of the WeekReady Player One by Ernest Cline

Honorable Mentions: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo; Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed


❤ Rae


Week Twenty-Six 2015 (June 25 through July 1)

91. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E Pearson91

  • The Jenna Fox Chronicles; Book 1
  • Young Adult
  • Contemporary
  • Female main character–Jenna
  • Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn’t remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?

    This fascinating novel represents a stunning new direction for acclaimed author Mary Pearson. Set in a near future America, it takes readers on an unforgettable journey through questions of bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity. Mary Pearson’s vividly drawn characters and masterful writing soar to a new level of sophistication.

This was good. It took me awhile to get through it. But it was good. 

Verdict: Probably won’t ever reread, but good.


92. A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas92

  • A Wicked Thing; Book 1
  • Young Adult
  • High Fantasy; Retelling
  • Female main character–Aurora
  • One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

    Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

    As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

    Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before

Sleeping Beauty wakes up and goes “huh?”. <- my main summary of this book.

Verdict: Yes.


93. Stand Off by Andrew Smith93

  • Winger; Book Two
  • Young Adult
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Female main character–Bryn
  • It’s his last year at Pine Mountain, and Ryan Dean should be focused on his future, but instead, he’s haunted by his past. His rugby coach expects him to fill the roles once played by his lost friend, Joey, as the rugby team’s stand-off and new captain. And somehow he’s stuck rooming with twelve-year-old freshman Sam Abernathy, a cooking whiz with extreme claustrophobia and a serious crush on Annie Altman—aka Ryan Dean’s girlfriend, for now, anyway.

    Equally distressing, Ryan Dean’s doodles and drawings don’t offer the relief they used to. He’s convinced N.A.T.E. (the Next Accidental Terrible Experience) is lurking around every corner—and then he runs into Joey’s younger brother Nico, who makes Ryan Dean feel paranoid that he’s avoiding him. Will Ryan Dean ever regain his sanity?

    From the author of the National Book Award–nominated 100 Sideways Miles, which Kirkus Reviews called “a wickedly witty and offbeat novel,” Stand-Off is filled with hand-drawn infographics and illustrations and delivers the same spot-on teen voice and relatable narrative that legions of readers connected with in Winger.

 OH DEAR LORD THIS WAS EVERYTHING I NEEDED. I was so nervous about this living up to Winger that it sat on my shelf for about a week untouched. And finally when I got up the courage, it was everything I hoped it would be and MORE.

Verdict: One of the best books I will read this year. Hands down.

Book of the WeekStand Off by Andrew Smith


❤ Rae

Week Twenty-Five 2015 (June 18 through June 24)

86. Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt85

  • Once Upon a Crime Family; Book 1
  • Young Adult
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Female main character–Penelope
  • Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.

    Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can’t protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.

    And in her family’s line of work no one can be safe forever.

    All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks

I love it, I love it, I love it, I love it. ❤



87. The Cage by Megan Shepherd86

  • The Cage; Book 1
  • Young Adult
  • Science Fiction
  • Female main character–Cora Mason
  • When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.

    Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

    As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

I sold five of six copies of this book the week after I read it. Does that tell you anything about it?



88. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier87

  • Ruby Red; Book 1
  • Young Adult
  • Urban/Historical Fantasy
  • Female main character–Gwyneth
  • Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

    Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

I don’t quite understand why the paperback cover is different from the hardcover. GIRL IN DRESS. But still, it was okay.

Verdict: Good, not amazing


89. Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier89

  • The Silver Trilogy; Book 1
  • Young Adult
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Female main character–Liv
  • Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yes, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially the one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys conduct dark magic rituals.

    The strangest part is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But what’s really scaring Liv is that the dream boys seem to know things about her in real life, things they couldn’t possibly know–unless they actually are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute….

Took a very long time for it to get into the actual fantasy part of the book. Took a lot longer than I wanted it to to get into it.

Verdict: Fine


90. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater90

  • The Raven Boys; Book 3
  • Young Adult
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Female main character–Blue
  • There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

    Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

    The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

    Friends can betray.
    Mothers can disappear.
    Visions can mislead.
    Certainties can unravel.

Admittedly, I had to read the wiki summaries of books one and two in order to remember what happened. But after that, this was amazing! I really want book fooooour.

Verdict: WOOO



Book of the Week: The Cage by Megan Shepherd


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Week Twenty-Four 2015 (June 11 – June 17)

84. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

  • The Witch Hunter; Book 1
  • Young Adult
  • Historical Fantasy
  • Female main character–Elizabeth
  • Your greatest enemy isn’t what you fight, but what you fear.

    Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

    Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.

    But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

No, it wasn’t the most unpredictable thing ever. But did that stop me from loving it? Nope.

Verdict: ❤


85. Ungodly by Kendare Blake

  • Goddess War; Book 3
  • Young Adult
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Female main characters–Athena & Cassandra
  • For the Goddess of Wisdom, what Athena didn’t know could fill a book. That’s what Ares said.

    So she was wrong about some things. So the assault on Olympus left them beaten and scattered and possibly dead. So they have to fight the Fates themselves, who, it turns out, are the source of the gods’ illness. And sure, Athena is stuck in the underworld, holding the body of the only hero she has ever loved.

    But Hermes is still topside, trying to power up Andie and Henry before he runs out of time and dies, or the Fates arrive to eat their faces.

    And Cassandra is up there somewhere too. On a quest for death. With the god of death.

    Just because things haven’t gone exactly according to plan, it doesn’t mean they’ve lost. They’ve only mostly lost. And there’s a big difference

I am satisfied. It wasn’t a nice happy everything in a bow ending, and while I am not overjoyed per say, I am satisfied.

Verdict: Great ending!


Book of the Week


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Week Twenty-Three (June 4 – June 10)

82. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord82

  • Standalone
  • Young Adult
  • Contemporary
  • Female main character–Reagan
  • After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.

    Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.

    This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

    A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes

This was good! I like how the snarky best friend got to be the lead character. 

Verdict: Yay for snark!


83. Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows83

  • The Orphan Queen; Book 1
  • Young Adult
  • High Fantasy
  • Female main character–Wilhemina
  • Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

    She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

    She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

    She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

Dead. I have been slayed.

Verdict: Skull emoji


Book of the Week: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows


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Week Twenty-Two (May 28 through June 3)

81. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

  • Standalone
  • Young Adult
  • Contemporary
  • Male main character–Simon
  • Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

    With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met


Verdict: Hearts all around



Book of the Week: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


❤ Rae

Week Twenty-One 2015 (May 21 through May 27)

77. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz77

  • Standalone
  • Young Adult
  • Contemporary
  • Male main character–Aristotle
  • A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

    Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be

This is pretty great. I’m glad I finally read it!

Verdict: Hype was right


78. Scarlet by A C GaughenScarletUS.indd

  • Scarlet; Book One
  • Young Adult
  • Historical; Retelling
  • Female main character–Scarlet
  • Will Scarlet is good at two things: stealing from the rich and keeping secrets – skills that are in high demand in Robin Hood’s band of thieves, who protect the people of Nottingham from the evil sheriff. Scarlet’s biggest secret of all is one only Robin and his men know…that she is posing as a thief; that the slip of a boy who is fast with sharp knives is really a girl.The terrible events in her past that led Scarlet to hide her real identity are in danger of being exposed when the thief taker Lord Gisbourne arrives in town to rid Nottingham of the Hood and his men once and for all. As Gisbourne closes in a put innocent lives at risk, Scarlet must decide how much the people of Nottingham mean to her, especially John Little, a flirtatious fellow outlaw, and Robin, whose quick smiles have the rare power to unsettle her. There is real honor among these thieves and so much more – making this a fight worth dying for.

Ahhhhhhhhh I love this a lot. It did take me a hot second to get into the flow of the language, but it was smooth sailing after that.

Verdict: Love it to death


79. Lady Thief by A C Gaughen79

  • Scarlet; Book Two
  • Young Adult
  • Historical; Retelling
  • Female main character–Scarlet
  • Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.

Yes. Just, yes.

Verdict: Repeat–yes.


80. Lion Heart by A C Gaughen80

  • Scarlet; Book 3
  • Young Adult
  • Historical; Retelling
  • Female main character–Scarlet
  • Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.

    Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince’s clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the ending, but I did like that it was different!



Book of the Week: Lady Thief by A C Gaughen


❤ Rae