Apr 19, 2014

Not A Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

the basics

Title: Not A Drop to Drink
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Series: Not A Drop to Drink #1
- Not A Drop to Drink (September 2013)
- In A Handful of Dust (September 2014)
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Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

Apr 11, 2014

TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow

the basics

Title: TimeRiders
Author: Alex Scarrow
Series: TimeRiders #1
- TimeRiders (February 2010)
- Day of the Predator (August 2010)
- The Doomsday Code (February 2011)
- The Eternal War (July 2011)
- Gates of Rome (January 2012)
- City of Shadows (August 2012)
- The Pirate Kings (February 2013)
- The Mayan Prophecy (August 2013)
- The Infinity Cage (August 2014)
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Liam O’Connor should have died at sea in 1912.
Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010.
Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026.

Yet moments before death, someone mysteriously appeared and said, ‘Take my hand ...’

But Liam, Maddy and Sal aren’t rescued. They are recruited by an agency that no one knows exists, with only one purpose—to fix broken history. Because time travel is here, and there are those who would go back in time and change the past. That’s why the TimeRiders exist: to protect us. To stop time travel from destroying the world...

Apr 5, 2014

The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

the basics

Title: The Secret Diamond Sisters
Author: Michelle Madow
Series: The Secret Diamond Sisters #1
- The Secret Diamond Sisters (February 2014)
- Diamonds in the Rough (October 2014)
- Untitled (July 2015)
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goodreads summary

Savannah. Courtney. Peyton. 

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep

the basics

Title: Spider's Bite
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #1
- Spider’s Bite (2010)
- Web of Lies (2010)
- Venom (2010)
- Tangled Threads  (2011)
- Spider’s Revenge (2011)
- By a Thread (2012)
- Widow’s Web (2013)
- Deadly Sting (2013)
- Heart of Venom (2013)
- The Spider (2013)
- Poison Promise (2014)
- Black Widow (2014)
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goodreads summary

My name is Gin, and I kill people.

They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South — when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

Now that a ruthless Air elemental has double-crossed me and killed my handler, I'm out for revenge. And I'll exterminate anyone who gets in my way — good or bad. I may look hot, but I'm still one of the bad guys. Which is why I'm in trouble, since irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The last thing this coldhearted killer needs when I'm battling a magic more powerful than my own is a sexy distraction...especially when Donovan wants me dead just as much as the enemy.

Apr 1, 2014

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

the basics

Title: Shiver
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls (#1)
- Shiver (August 2009)
- Linger (July 2010)
- Forever (July 2011)
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goodreads summary

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Mar 19, 2014

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

the basics

Title: Uninvited
Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Uninvited #1
- Uninvited (January 2014)
- Untitled (?)
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When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

Feb 28, 2014

Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

the basics

Title: Quintana of Charyn
Author: Melina Marchetta
Series: The Lumatere Chronicles (#3)
- Finnikin of The Rock (September 2008)
- Froi of The Exiles (October 2011)
- Quintana of Charyn (September 2012)
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There's a babe in my belly that whispers the valley, Froi. I follow the whispers and come to the road . . .

Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect, Froi must travel through Charyn to search for Quintana, the mother of Charyn's unborn king, and protect her against those who will do anything to gain power. But what happens when loyalty to family and country conflict? When the forces marshalled in Charyn's war gather and threaten to involve the whole of the land, including Lumatere, only Froi can set things right, with the help of those he loves.