Book Recommendation: The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato

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Hardcover, 336 pages Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Summary:

Megan Brown’s brother, Tyler, is dead, but the cops are killing him all over again. They say he died of a drug overdose, potentially suicide—something Megan cannot accept. Determined to figure out what happened in the months before Tyler’s death, Megan turns to the things he left behind. After all, she understands the stories objects can tell—at fifteen, she is a gifted collage artist with a flair for creating found-object pieces. However, she now realizes that her artistic talent has developed into something more: she can see memories attached to some of Tyler’s belongings—and those memories reveal a brother she never knew.

Enlisting the help of an artifact detective who shares her ability and specializes in murderabilia—objects tainted by violence or the deaths of their owners—Megan finds herself drawn into a world of painful personal and national memories. Along with a trusted classmate and her brother’s charming friend, she chases down the troubling truth about Tyler across Washington, DC, while reclaiming her own stifled identity with a vengeance.

My thoughts…

I was thrilled to snag an ARC of this book and before I even read it, I knew I would love it. History, politics, and a thriller… basically all my favorite things to read about. And it did not disappoint! Man oh man! Fast-paced, awesome historical intertwining, fantastic characters… this book has it all! I loved it and totally recommend it!

 

Book Recommendation: Frostblood by Elly Blake

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Hardcover, 384 pages Expected publication: January 17th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Summary: 

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable, and she’s not sure she’s willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king’s tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.

My Thoughts…
Now this is a YA fantasy! Fantastic world building, ancient blood feuds, romance, humor, nail-biting battles… yes please! I can’t wait to see where the rest of this series goes. The book comes out January 17th, so make sure it’s on your TBR pile!

Book Recommendation TIMEKEEPER by Tara Sim

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Hardcover, 368 pages Expected publication: November 8th 2016 by Sky Pony Press
Summary:

Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

My Thoughts:
You’ve probably been hearing rumblings about this book for the last year… Just in case you were wondering if it lives up to the hype? It SO does! Fast paced, beautifully written, perfectly plotted! I loved this book! It comes out on election day, so make sure to grab a copy!!

Book Recommendation: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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Hardcover, 344 pages Published March 22nd 2011 by Philomel Books

Summary:

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.

My Thoughts…

When I grow up, I hope I can string words together as beautifully as Ruta Sepetys. I mean, seriously guys. She’s an incredible writer! She’s also ridiculously kind as I was lucky enough to meet her earlier this year.

This book is beautiful and heart breaking and hopeful and tragic. I definitely recommend it!

They are also making this book a movie that comes out next year, but changing the name to Ashes in the Snow because anything with  Shades and Gray definitely has a much different meaning now thanks to a certain Twilight fanfic 🙂

July TBR!

I’ve been drafting my new book and so I haven’t been reading as quickly as I normally do, but I still have some books in my July TBR that need to be tackled!

  1. The Raven Boys (book one) by Maggie Stiefvater17675462
  2. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi991197
  3. Truthwitch (audio book) by Susan Dennard21414439
  4. The Manhattan Project (research book for another WIP)1263236
  5. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro23272028