In Sangu Mandanna’s The Lost Girl we enter a world where those who can afford it, have Echoes weaved of their loved ones. If something were to happen to the original, the Echo steps into their life. They are trained to be exactly like their counterpart, from what they eat and experience, to having identifying tattoos and hair styles.
Disasters take many forms, and we never know when they will strike. To help us be prepared for any situation, Rich Johnson and Outdoor Life have createdTheUltimate Survival Manual that will get us out alive.
In Gerald Kolpan’s Magic Words, he finely crafts fact with fiction as he tells the tale of a Jewish boy-interpreter, the world’s most estimable magician, a murderous harlot, and America’s greatest Indian Chief.
We’re deep into summer reading, and there’s nothing better than immersing ourselves in a great novel that takes us away to another place with characters we can relate to. Author Elin Hilderbrand is a pro at this, and in her novel Summerland, we’re brought back to Nantucket as she tackles something new by splitting her narrators between the parents and their teenage children to tell a story of heartbreak and forgiveness.
In Scott Speer’s enthralling Immortal City, the world has changed. Angels have ‘come out’ and now it’s their turn to have a piece of the American dream. No longer are the Hollywood Hills & Walk of Fame filled with movie stars, instead they’re names of the greatest Angels, and the best shows are the real life saves that a streamed real time. Angels are the rock stars of the world, and no one can forget that it’s pay to save.
In author Kiera Cass' novel The Selection, it’s 300 years in the future, and the 3rd world war has brought the United Stated crumbing to ground with a take-over by China. Yet there is hope, and all of North America has banned together to rebuild and govern the country. Illea is the country’s name, and kings and queens are the rulers. Enter 17 year old America Singer. She and 35 other girls are competing to become the princess and Prince Maxon’s hand in marriage. The twist?
It’s a fairy tale we all know well: a fairy godmother, step sisters, and a prince. But what if you throw in a little sci-fi, and Cinderella is part cyborg? Marissa Meyer’s inventive mind has done just that and it takes the classic tale to a whole new level with her novel Cinder.
We’ve learned about the Greek Gods, and read the Iliad where the Trojan War was precipitated by Helen’s abduction. Steeped in Greek myth, Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed series is based on the premises that not only were the gifts and faces of the Gods were handed down for generations, but the blood wars and divided houses. Josephine Angelini’s novel is Dreamless, the second in the Starcrossed trilogy.
As we peel away the intricate layers of Jennifer Bosworth’s novel Struck, we’re brought into a world that’s not so black & white. As meteorological events have begun to tear apart civilization, two cults have formed and both claim to be able to save the world. Stuck in the middle is Mia, both cults will stop at nothing to recruit her, and the red scars all over her body are even more enticing to the cults as they know how much power they hold.
Author Alyson Noel is no stranger to hard work. After completing her Immortals Series, she moved onto The Riley Bloom books for tweens, and has just started another YA series called The Soul Seekers. The common thread is one of mysticism, shamanism and chakras. While creating her own worlds that include alternate planes, as well as the Here and Now, she writes as if we were experiencing what her characters are.