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


❤ Rae


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