Sunday, February 5, 2017

Long Way Home by Katie McGarry

Long Way Home (Thunder Road #3) by Katie McGarry


Release Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Paperback: $18.99



Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving 

It's the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it's up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she's known and loved her whole life. 

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she's forced to question what she thought she knew about her father and the Reign of Terror and what she thinks she wants. Which means reevaluating everything: love, family, friends…and forgiveness. 

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she's strong enough to be the one person to save them all.
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wintersong Blog Tour: Exclusive Excerpt

“This is an exquisitely and lyrically crafted tale of longing, sibling loyalty, and the importance of women in a time when women were so often overlooked. Eerie, unsettling, and, above all, full of music.” —Booklist, STARRED review

“A maze of beauty and darkness, of music and magic and glittering things, all tied together with exquisite writing. This is a world you will want to stay lost in.”—Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones


Release Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Paperback: $18.99



Already one of the most anticipated young adult debuts of 2017, WINTERSONG (Thomas Dunne Books; February 7, 2017) is an enrapturing journey through a 19th century fairytale. A talented debut by S. Jae-Jones, WINTERSONG was inspired by the film Labyrinth and spun together on the threads of song, in a time when young upstart composers like Beethoven were forever altering the sound of music. A story about sisterly devotion and coming of age, Liesl and the Goblin King come alive within the depths of this masterful composition.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister K├Ąthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her
sister and return her to the world above. Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the
Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent
blossoms, Liesl faces an impossible choice. As she grows closer to the Goblin King, both of them must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

With an enchanting winterized cover, WINTERSONG will keep readers cozy while experiencing a chilling adventure like no other. S. Jae-Jones’ richly imagined debut spins a spellbinding tale of music, love, sisterhood, and a young woman’s search for self-actualization.
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

Release Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Paperback: $18.99



Fifteen-year-old Aki Simon has a theory. And it's mostly about sex. 
No, it isn't that kind of theory. Aki already knows she's bisexual—even if, until now, it's mostly been in the hypothetical sense. Aki has dated only guys so far, and her best friend, Lori, is the only person who knows she likes girls, too. 
Actually, Aki's theory is that she's got only one shot at living an interesting life—and that means she's got to stop sitting around and thinking so much. It's time for her to actually do something. Or at least try. 
So when Aki and Lori set off on a church youth-group trip to a small Mexican town for the summer and Aki meets Christa—slightly older, far more experienced—it seems her theory is prime for the testing. 
But it's not going to be easy. For one thing, how exactly do two girls have sex, anyway? And more important, how can you tell if you're in love? It's going to be a summer of testing theories—and the result may just be love.


About the Author

Robin Talley’s first novel, Lies We Tell Ourselves (Harlequin Teen, 2014), about two girls on the front lines of the school desegregation battle in 1959 Virginia, was on the short list for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her second young adult novel, What We Left Behind (Harlequin Teen, 2015), a contemporary story about love and identity, was called a “must-read” in a starred review from School Library Journal. Her newest novel, As I Descended (Harper Teen, September 2016), is a retelling of Macbeth centering around a girl/girl couple who set out to take down their boarding school’s resident queen bee. In a starred review, Kirkus said, “This adaptation’s bewitching intrigues and enthralling deceptions will whet the daggers of any reader’s mind.” Robin lives in Washington, D.C., with her wife and their daughter, plus an antisocial cat and a goofy hound dog. You can find her on the web at www.robintalley.com or on Twitter at @robin_talley.



Brief Review

Being a teenager inherently comes with questioning one's identity, and there's probably no better author to explore those issues that Robin Talley. As we celebrate the Women's March on Washington today, it's important to look at all of the issues that girls face, including those that Aki and Christa encounter.

Surrounded by religion, Aki doesn't quite know how to understand and express her sexuality. She decides to go with her older brother and her father (who is a minister by the way) on a mission trip to Mexico. There, she begins to realize who she really is and who she wants to be. The book becomes not such a questioning of identity so much as an acceptance, which is rare. 

There are so many LGBTQ issues in the United States right now, so it's nice to see a book out there for young adults who may be facing the same future as Aki. The fact that Aki is African-American also opens the discussion to not only questions of sexuality but those of sexuality and race. 

Overall, Talley's book stands out, not only for its distinct characters, but for its exploration into an issue that is not widely accepted or examined in the real world.