OK, so the last time we saw Feyre, she was back in Tamlin’s court, pretending Rhys had been magically manipulating her the whole time she was gone to make her act like she was in love with him, even though she’s really in love with Tamlin. Rhys, of course, knows better because they can still communicate via their mating bond, but Tamlin fell hook, line and sinker for Feyre’s act, although Lucien is less convinced.
This book by Jennifer Latham caught my eye when I was wandering through the YA section of my library a few months ago, so I grabbed it. I happened to be intrigued by several YA books that month, so I just barely managed to finish it before it was due back.
This book is the reason I read Heart-Shaped Box. I started reading this comic, which is written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodríguez, realized Joe Hill was Stephen King’s son, and was intrigued enough to read some of Hill’s prose.
This comic is so good!
It starts just after the brutal murder of Rendell Locke, a school counselor who is also a husband and father of three children. After his funeral, his widow and children move into the house in which Rendell grew up, which is all the way across the country in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. Rendell had told his wife that, if anything happened to him, they would be safe in that old house.
This is one that happened to catch my eye when I was wandering through the YA section of my library. I hadn’t heard anything about it, so I didn’t have much in the way of expectations.
It’s about a teenaged girl named Fabiola trying to move from Haiti to America with her mother and is apparently based on the real-life experiences of the author, Ibi Zoboi (though Zoboi was much younger when she immigrated).
Fabiola was born in America the last time her mother visited, so when they land in New York, Fabiola gets to keep going on to Detroit, where her aunt and three cousins live. But her mother overstayed her visa in order to make sure Fabiola was born on American soil, and because of that, she gets detained and sent back to Haiti.
I thoroughly enjoyed Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe, so when I saw Benjamin Alire Sáenz was coming out with a new book, I lost no time in asking my local library to lend me a copy.
This book follows Sal, a pretty chill high school senior who suddenly finds himself swinging punches at everyone who looks at him the wrong way. It’s not how his adopted father has raised him, so Sal has to wonder, is this something he inherited from his biological father?
This is the book I was looking for when I ended up listening to Dreams From My Father, which is also by Barack Obama. But at the time, this one had a list of people waiting for it and Dreams From My Father was readily available, so I listened to it while waiting for this one. I’m glad I did. Not that it’s necessary to have read it in order to understand The Audacity of Hope, but I do think it helps because Obama’s first book gives more of a sense of where he’s coming from, especially since the title of his second book comes from a painting that got mentioned in his first book.
This one gets more political. Obama does talk some about meeting Michelle and the struggles they encountered in starting a family together, but most of the focus of this book is on politics. It was fascinating for a lot of reasons, not least of which was the fact that he was writing while Bush Jr. was president and SO MUCH has happened between then and now.
I’m a huge fan of The Phantom of the Opera. It was the first musical my parents ever took me to see when I was six years old and it’s been something I’ve bonded over with them ever since (especially my dad, who listens to the soundtrack with me at least once a year). I also read the book several years ago, so of course the cover of this book by A. G. Howard caught my eye when I happened past the YA section of my local library a few months ago.
The cover claims it’s a re-telling of TPOTO, but it’s more of a sequel. It takes place in modern day and focuses on a girl named Rune who has a spectacular soprano voice, but she can’t control it. Sometimes, when she hears an operatic aria, the song kind of embeds itself in her and she becomes obsessed with it until she finally gives in and sings it all the way through, but that leaves her so exhausted she usually collapses when she’s done. Despite her determination to avoid this mysterious power of song, Rune’s mother enrolls her in a music school (RoseBlood) in the French countryside.