Four debutantes in ballgowns sitting in a police holding cell? You know this is going to be a wild ride! This first of the duology, Little White Lies, introduces Sawyer Taft, an 18 year old auto mechanic who gets a surprising visit, and offer, from her estranged grandmother. What follows in book one, and two (Deadly Little Scandals) is nothing short of a whirlwind family saga with more twists and turns than a roller coaster. This was a nonstop read for me, finishing both books over a long weekend. I just could not put either book down. Swayer’s adventure into the daily life and routine of high society is laugh out loud funny and you never know what is about to happen. I was guessing, wrongly, throughout both novels. If you are a fan of CW TV shows, these two books are perfect for you.
Based on the Broadway play which is also being turned into a movie, Dear Evan Hansen is a story about how a misplaced note can alter the lives of many people. TW: Teen suicideSeventeen-year-old Evan Hansen doesn’t have any school. When a letter he wrote to himself as a homework assignment from his therapist lands in the hands of a grieving family, he is given the chance to feel like he belongs to something. But is belonging worth secrets and lies he’ll have to keep?
The once great nation of Ravka is surrounded by enemies and cut off from other parts of the world by the Fold- an enveloping darkness in which flesh-eating monsters hide in waiting for ships that try to pass through it, making any attempts fruitless.
Alina Starkov grew up an orphan and with no other prospects, joined the army . When her regiment is attacked while trying to cross the Fold, her dormant power emerges in time to save her friend from imminent harm. Once her power reveals itself, Alina is whisked off to court to train with the Grisha, other magically gifted warriors. But not everything in the Grishaverse is as it seems and with great power, comes even greater responsibility.
Without going too much into detail about this book for fear of spoiling details, I really enjoyed Shadow and Bone. Bardudo quickly pulls readers into the world of the Grishaverse and leaves you on the hook at the end of the novel, setting the scene for the sequel in a way that has similar elements to other dystopian novels but is also unique to Shadow and Bone. As a bonus, if you like this book and its sequels, Leigh Bardugo has other series set in the Grishaverse and Netflix recently made Shadow and Bone into a t.v. series on their site.
Linh and Bao’s parents have owned competing Pho restaurants across the street from each other for years. The two teens and their families have avoided each other at all costs. That is until a chance encounter brings Linh and Bao together and sparks start to fly. They wonder why it took them so long to connect before remembering their family feud.
A Pho Love Story is a fun ya rom-com with hints of a modern-day twist on the Romeo and Juliet-esk story.
Can the world’s best detective solve a murder case before the last heir dies?
Sherlock Holmes, a detective from England, must solve a murder case with his colleague, Dr. Watson. The case involves a hound dog who might be the cause of the murders, but it’s never been seen. Will Sherlock and Watson solve the case in time?
Fishing alone sounds fun? Well, it can be until something happens.
The time period is the 1940’s, in Cuba, near Havana. There we meet Santiago, an old fisherman who travels out to the sea in order to fish. But he has to battle a giant marlin in the Gulf Stream. Will he win the battle or sail for home, empty handed once again?
You would never expect a hobbit to leave the comfort of his home…or would you?
The time period is between the time of the Faeries and the dominion of mankind.
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who would never leave his homeland, The Shire. That is, until Gandalf, the gray wizard, offers him the adventure of a life time. After he meets Thorin Oakenshield, a dwarven prince with his company, what happens next? Good fortune or a terrible ending?
Can adog be kidnapped and shipped away? Well, yes, they can.
The time is the Gold Rush in the 1840’s, in Klondike River Valley, Yukon Territory, Canada.
Buck is a dog that is half St. Bernard and half Scotch Shepard. He must try to survive the Arctic cold to get to Klondike before the weather takes their lives. It’s up to Buck to lead the others and get there in time. Will Buck survive or will he and the other sled dogs die in the Arctic?
You would never expect something so big would come from such a small town….would you?
In this small town tale, they hide a secret: Every year, on someone’s birthday, they go to the wishing cave. They speak it alone, and then leave, never able to go back to change it.
Well, Eldon is searching for a very special wish — a wish like no other, a wish to top them all — and he can’t seem to think of it. So he asks the rest of the town what they wished for, and in the process, reveals secrets from the past, and maybe even … a new beginning for the future?