Friday, October 27, 2017

Book Review: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

In Other Lands
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Publication: Big Mouth House (July 17, 2017)

Description: Sometimes it’s not the kid you expect who falls through to magicland, sometimes it’s . . . Elliott. He’s grumpy, nerdy, and appalled by both the dearth of technology and the levels of fitness involved in swinging swords around. He’s a little enchanted by the elves and mermaids. Despite his aversion to war, work, and most people (human or otherwise) he finds that two unlikely ideas, friendship and world peace, may actually be possible.

My Thoughts: IN OTHER LANDS is an engaging and different sort of contemporary fantasy. Elliot is offered the opportunity to visit a magical land. But Elliot is not the hero type. He is the abrasive, sarcastic, annoying type. Socially inept and convinced that he is smarter than everyone else. Elliot finds it no easier to make friends in the Borderlands than he does on Earth. It doesn't help that he is attending a battle school and has absolutely no interest in fighting or weapons. He is on the counselor track which is fading away from lack of use.

He meets and falls immediately in love with Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle who is a elf maiden and who doesn't really understand why they are letting men - the obviously weaker sex - train to be fighters. He also meets Luke Sunborn who is the golden boy who does everything well and is the one everyone wants to be near.

The three of them form a group of their own though Elliot is quick to point out - frequently - that he and Luke are not friends.

This tells the story of four years at the battle camp where they grow into their talents and their relationships change. I loved that this story twists some of the usual fantasy tropes through Elliot's sarcastic viewpoint. I liked his fascination with the other sorts of people who live in this world - elves, dryads, harpies, trolls, and Elliot's favorite mermaids. I liked that Elliot was determined to write the treaties that would keep all these types of people at peace and workin together.

Relationships make up a huge part of this story as does sexual identity. Elliot was abandoned by his mother and ignored by his father which helps explain the reasons why he doesn't know how to relate to other people and chooses to keep them at a distance by hurting them before they can hurt him. It takes great persistence to be Elliot's friend.

I really enjoyed this story.

Favorite Quote:
Elliot especially did not like the "other kids" aspect of magic land. Elliot had "does not interact well with peers" on all his report cards.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Book Review: Golden by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Golden
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: Golden (Book 1)
Publication: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (July 25, 2006)

Description: When Lissy James moves from California to Oklahoma, she finds herself in the middle of a teenage nightmare: a social scene to rival a Hollywood movie. And if understanding the hierarchy of the Goldens vs. the Nons isn’t hard enough, Lissy’s ever growing Aura Vision is getting harder and harder to hide, and if she’s not careful, she’s going to become a Non faster than you can say “freak.”

But it’s becoming clear that Emory High has a few secrets of its own. Around the halls, the term “special powers” goes way beyond one’s ability to attract the opposite sex, and there may be something more evil than the A-crowd lurking in the classrooms. Lissy can see a lot more than the average girl, but she’s about to learn the hard way that things aren’t always as they appear and you can’t always judge a girl by her lip gloss.

My Thoughts: All the women in Lissy's family have the Sight - a psychic gift that Lissy would be more than glad to give up. After all, the Sight caused the family to move from California to Oklahoma because her mother's gift is finding lost things. Only she didn't find the kidnapped child before he was murdered and public sentiment has turned against her.

Lissy's gift is growing. Now she sees connections between people. This doesn't help in her new high school which is divided between the Goldens - the popular, beautiful people - and the Nons. She is thrown together with Lilah whose mother is dating Lissy's uncle and her crew of Goldens but soon finds her own crew with Nons Audra and Dylan.

Something evil is happening at her high school but she can't convince her mother and grandmother that her new math teacher is evil. This leaves Lissy, Audra, Dylan and Lissy's younger sister Lexie to find out what is going on and stop it before there are more deaths.

This is the author's first book and was written when she was nineteen. It has some rough edges but was an enjoyable paranormal story.

Favorite Quote:
Was that what I was seeing? I wondered.The connections between people? This was certainly an interesting development. With my eyes on the little strings of light, I tripped again, and flew straight into an encore performance of the Herald of Freakdom Incident.
I bought this one on Feb. 5, 2010. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Review: Fate by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Fate
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publication: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (February 24, 2009)

Description: For the past two years, Bailey Morgan has lived a double life: high school student by day, ancient mystical being by night. As the third Fate, Bailey literally controls the fate of the world, but as Plain Old Bailey, her life is falling apart. She’s got a tattoo that was supposed to be temporary (but isn’t), friendships that were supposed to last forever (but might not), and no idea what her future holds after high school graduation.

Then Bailey meets the rest of the Sidhe, an ancient race defined by their power, beauty, and a sinister habit of getting what they want at any cost. Before Bailey knows it, she’s being drawn into an otherworldly web more complicated than anything she weaves as a mortal Fate.

My Thoughts: In this sequel to TATTOO only Bailey retains her magical powers. She is one of the three Fates whose gift is life. But that is only her night job. During the day she is a high school senior along with her three best friends and dealing with normal high school stuff. Bailey is facing the thought that things will change when they all graduate and she is afraid that they will lose the closeness that has been a part of her life since they were all toddlers.

Bailey doesn't know that she might be going farther than she had thought. Because she is part faerie, she is coming to the Reckoning. She is supposed to restore balance by choosing either the Seelie or Unseelie courts and living in the Otherworld all the time. Both the Seelie and Unseelie courts are putting a lot of pressure on her.

Because the world isn't in balance, immortals are able to come to Earth and create mischief. Bailey and her friends need to find a way to restore the balance and keep Bailey on Earth.

I really enjoyed this story. I could empathize with Bailey who didn't want things to change. I also really liked the relationship between the four friends who each had distinctive personalities.

Favorite Quote:
"You are a bad driver." Zo hopped out of the SUV and delivered the comeback at the same time. "I, on the other hand, am efficient."

"I think I can say with a high level of certainty that efficiency has never been so well and truly terrifying." Annabelle Porter was the fourth of our group, and the one of us subjected to Zo's "efficiency" most often since the two of them were first cousins and actually shared a car. "Nothing like a good brush with death to wake you up in the morning."
I bought this one in January 2010. You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Book Review: Make It Count by Tamar Sloan

Make It Count
Author: Tamar Sloan
Publication: Clean Reads (Oct. 10, 2017)

Description: Casey’s touch can reveal the one thing a person would never want to know — the number of days they have left to live.

By the time Casey turns seventeen, she’s learned to withdraw. But the phobia she fakes in order to avoid human contact is sorely tested by hot, persistent, motorcycle riding PJ. For a girl who craves contact, maple-eyed PJ is impossible to resist. When the inevitable happens; when hands, bodies and lips collide, Casey sees PJ's number, one that can only be seen as a cruel twist of fate.

Now she must decide. Will she continue counting the days of her life, or start living a life that counts?

With the memorable writing and humor of writers such as Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun blended with the attitude, chemistry and unexpected plot twists of Katie McGarry’s best sellers, Make it Count is a romance that will leave you swooning and smiling.

My Thoughts: Casey has a gift and has had it since she was a pre-schooler. When she touches someone, she sees the number of days that they have left to live. Trying to find a way around her younger sister's number yet having to watch her die in a freak accident when Casey was eleven has caused trauma for her whole family. She has become withdrawn, is homeschooled, and is very careful not to touch anyone outside of her family. Her younger brother, whose twin died, is withdrawn and still suffers from nightmares.

Everything changes when she meets a boy named PJ. She is immediately fascinated by him and he equally entranced with her. But starting anything would definitely break her rules. He is pretty persistent. But it isn't until Casey begins attending group therapy for phobias - at her mother's instigation, that she sees PJ again.

Things go pretty well for them. They meet on the beach in the late evenings and he doesn't say anything about the gloves she always wears. He even encourages her to take her younger brother to the mini motos track where he races. Being out among people is really hard for Casey but it is good for her younger brother Harry.

When the owners of the track threaten to close it, Casey gets involved in a fund-raising campaign to save it and PJ and the other older racers decided to do a demonstration to raise interest. Despite trying not to touch PJ, one day it accidentally happens and Casey learns that his number indicates he'll die during the demonstration. She doesn't see any choice but to try to convince him not to take part without telling him about her gift.

This was an engaging story with great characters. I would hate to have Casey's gift and admired her strategies to cope with it and her courage when she had to abandon those strategies. PJ was also a wonderful character who had so much potential that he felt he couldn't realize. I liked Casey's best friend Em who is the only one outside her family who knows about her gift and Ari, the therapist who was helping the kids overcome their phobias while battling one of her own.

The writing was smooth and lyrical without being flowery. I loved the dialog and the love that was visible in Casey's family.

Favorite Quote:
The thing is, we all have a number. For most of us it won't be 21, but it will still be a number. A countdown.

And they will all run out on some some square on the calendar.

Sometimes we forget that. So today, I want you to decided how you're going to live. What you're going to prioritise. What's going to matter.

And then darned well go and do it.
I received this one from the author in exchange for an honest review. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, October 13, 2017

ARC Review: Last Chance by Gregg Hurwitz

Last Chance
Author: Gregg Hurwitz
Series: The Rain Brothers (Book 2)
Publication: Tor Teen (October 17, 2017)

Description: The Rain brothers fight for the survival of humanity in Last Chance, the thrilling sequel to New York Times bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz's YA debut, The Rains.

The New York Times bestselling author of Orphan X, Gregg Hurwitz, returns to Creek's Cause to follow the Rains brothers as they fight an alien threat that has transformed everyone over the age of 18 into ferocious, zombie-like beings, in this thrilling sequel to The Rains.

Battling an enemy not of this earth, Chance and Patrick become humanity’s only hope for salvation.

My Thoughts: This sequel to THE RAINS is an action-packed, thrill-a-minute science fiction adventure. Patrick Rain, his younger brother and the narrator of the story Chance, and their best friend Alex are among the few survivors after the alien invasion. The invasion immediately turned anyone over eighteen into a sort of zombie. Anyone who turns eighteen is also infected. Patrick is the exception.

Chance had an encounter with an alien rebel who tells him that he and Patrick could be the saviors of the Earth but they need to stay alive long enough to find out how. Worst of all, Alex only has a month or so before her eighteenth birthday.

The kids have gathered a few remaining survivors into the high school but among the survivors is Ben who is Patrick's rival and who wants to take control of the group. Not only are they fighting aliens but among themselves.

The story keeps building excitement as the kids face test after test and danger after danger. Hope and despair seem to alternate. I enjoyed the relationship among the three main characters. Both of the boys love Alex who also loves them both. The bond between the brothers is strong. Chance idolizes his big brother Patrick who has always been there for him.

Fans of dystopias, science fiction, and stories with great characters will enjoy this series. However, read THE RAINS before tackling this one.

Favorite Quote:
"I hadn't thought of that. I figured we'd at least have more time to, you know..." My sentence trailed off. Even the air felt heavy.

Alex swallowed hard, seemed to set aside her sadness. She cocked her head at me. "Play foosball?" she said.

I grinned. "Work out a synchronized-swimming routine."

"Learn how to bake souffles."

We were cracking up now, but Patrick wasn't. He was steadily scanning the horizon, squinting against the setting sun.
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from the publisher. You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ARC Review: The Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman

The Innocence Treatment
Author: Ari Goelman
Publication: Roaring Brook Press; Annotated edition edition (October 17, 2017)

Description: You may believe the government protects you, but only one girl knows how they use you.
 
Lauren has a disorder that makes her believe everything her friends tell her―and she believes everyone is her friend. Her innocence puts her at constant risk, so when she gets the opportunity to have an operation to correct her condition, she seizes it. But after the surgery, Lauren is changed. Is she a paranoid lunatic with violent tendencies? Or a clear-eyed observer of the world who does what needs to be done?

Told in journal entries and therapy session transcripts, Ari Goelman's The Innocence Treatment is a collection of Lauren's papers, annotated by her sister long after the events of the novel. A compelling YA debut thriller that is part speculative fiction and part shocking tell-all of genetic engineering and government secrets, Lauren's story is ultimately an electrifying, propulsive, and spine-tingling read.

My Thoughts: This near future dystopia is a science fiction story about a girl who has a medical treatment that changes her from being trusting, believing everything a person tells her, and loving everyone to a girl who is paranoid about what the government is up to. Or is she? Paranoid assumes that what she believes isn't true. But what if it is?

Lauren Fielding is living near Washington DC after the Emergency through civilization - at least, in the United States - into chaos. A new Department has been formed to "protect" the citizens from dangers as a result of the Emergency Act. People are afraid to say anything derogatory about the government or the Department for fear of being arrested and imprisoned without any legal representation. There are spies and informers everywhere watching everyone.

When the story begins, Lauren is looking forward to the operation that will "fix" her. She is tired of having a set of rules to live by and a school paraprofessional dogging her steps all day. She wants to be normal. After the operation, she begins to see that her friends aren't really friends and she develops a taste for violence. When an older boy, playing on her supposed innocence, attempts to have sex with her, she uses the self defense skills she has been taught to discourage him. When he spreads the story around school that she had sex with him, she is helped by Sasha Adams, a new student and informer for the Department.

She and Sasha become as good of friends as they can be considering that everything she says to him while he is wearing his glasses goes right into the Department's hands. One clear indication that the Department has over-reached is that Sasha was recruited by the Department from a Ukranian refugee camp when he was a pre-teen and trained to be a spy. Failure to follow their rules will see him deported.

This story is told by Lauren's older sister Evelyn who has gathered together Lauren's journals, the case notes of the psychologist who interviews her while she is in "voluntary" detention, and interview transcriptions. Evelyn wants to get out the true story of the Innocence treatment and of her sister who was a hero.

The book was fascinating and fast-paced. I enjoyed it.

Favorite Quote:
I'm almost tempted to believe your explanation about how "a bit of paranoia is completely natural given your completely innocent state beforehand." It is weird that pretty much everyone I know (except Evelyn) has turned out to be a liar. Even my father, for God's sake. Maybe I'm not super-perceptive -- maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Gabriella really does love the way my head looks all stubbly and studded with scars. Maybe you really do want to help me out of the goodness of your heart. And maybe the moon really is made of delicious green cheese. None of that seems too likely, though.
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from Macmillan. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, October 6, 2017

ARC Review: Berserker by Emmy Laybourne

Berseker
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Series: Berserker (Book 1)
Publication: Feiwel & Friends (October 10, 2017)

Description: Are Hanne's powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse?

Her brother Stieg swears their powers are a gift from the old gods, but Hanne Hemstad knows she is truly cursed. It's not Stieg's fault that their father is dead, their mother has left, and their brother Knut has been accused of a crime he didn't commit.

No, the fault lies with Hanne and her inability to control her murderous "gift"―she is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threatened, she flies into a killing state. Now, Hanne and her siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier or risk being brought to justice.

Aided by a young cowboy who agrees to be their guide, they use their powers to survive the perilous trail, where blizzards, wild animals, and vicious bounty hunters await.

Will they be able to reach their uncle, the one man Hanne believes can teach her how to control her drive to kill?

My Thoughts: BERSERKER is historical fiction with a magical twist. Owen Bennett is a young cowboy in the wilds of Montana in 1883. He is a bastard and his only inheritance from his father is a horse and his loyal cattle dog. After being robbed of his entire wages at the end of a cattle drive, he is left looking for work.

Hanne Amundsdottir is one of four kids on a farm in Norway. They are descendants of Vikings and have some magical gifts. However, each of the gifts has consequences. Steig, the oldest brother, wants to emigrate to the United States and become a teacher. He is eighteen and his gift lets him bring storms but will also eventually cause blindness. Fourteen year old Knut is an Oarbreaker. He's big and strong but he is still a child at heart. Hanne is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threatened, she becomes fast and strong and a killer. Sissel is the youngest child. She is weak and scrawny and a whiner who doesn't have one of the Nytte gifts.

When men come to the farm and threaten their father, Hanne goes Berserker and kills them all. The kids flee first to an aunt who gives them some money and then they take off for the United States. The aunt is sending them to their uncle who is also a Berserker and who lives in Montana.

Meanwhile there is a baron who is collecting the Nytte and who dispatches his librarian and another man to track this family down.

Needing a guide once they reach Montana, they hire Owen. The kids have all sorts of adventures as they travel through Montana looking for their uncle and trying to stay ahead of the law who have sent out wanted posters for Knut thinking he is the one who killed the men. They also need to stay ahead of the baron's deputies.

This was an entertaining story. I liked that Hanne was so conflicted about her gift and took quite a while to come to terms with it. I liked the romance between Owen and Hanne.

Favorite Quote:
He still wanted her to be alive, and it rankled Hanne, because the only way she had survived her mother's departure and their father's rapid descent into cruelty and drunkenness was to go dead at the heart.
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from Macmillan. You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Book Review: The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Great Shelby Holmes
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Series: Great Shelby Holmes (Book 1)
Publication: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 6, 2016)

Description: Sherlock Holmes gets a fun, sweet twist with two irresistible young heroes and black & white illustrations throughout, in this middle grade debut from internationally bestselling YA author Elizabeth Eulberg.

Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She’s nine years old, barely four feet tall, and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen―always using logic and a bit of pluck (which yes, some might call “bossiness”) to solve the toughest crimes.,

When eleven-year-old John Watson moves downstairs, Shelby finds something that’s eluded her up till now: a friend. The easy-going John isn’t sure of what to make of Shelby, but he soon finds himself her most-trusted (read: only) partner in a dog-napping case that'll take both their talents to crack.

My Thoughts: This middle grade mystery introduces nine-year-old detective Shelby Holmes and her new friend and partner John Watson. When John and his newly divorced mother move into 221 Baker Street in New York City the first thing that happens is an explosion. Their landlady Mrs. Hudson is not at all surprised and bring Shelby down to apologize.

John is used to moving around. His mother is a former Army doctor who has been transferred frequently. So John is used to being in a new place and making new friends. His mother has arranged for him to attend a school which lets him focus on being a writer. But his parents' divorce has left him with writer's block. School won't start for a couple of weeks so he's glad to meet Shelby even though she is two years younger than he is.

Shelby reluctantly introduces him to the neighborhood and he is glad to take part in Shelby's latest case - a dognapping of a show dog belonging to one of Shelby's schoolmates. Shelby has no social skills and has no friends of her own age. John is determined to help her with her case and become her friend.

This was a nice mystery and a great story about friendship. I liked the references to Sherlock Holmes. I liked Shelby's personality despite the fact that she is a bossy know-it-all. I liked that John was willing to work hard to be a friend to Shelby.

Favorite Quote:
The only person who wasn't ducking for cover was our new landlady, Mrs. Hudson.

"Oh heavens!" she exclaimed with a shake of her head. "No need to panic, everybody! It's really nothing." She excused herself, muttering "I told her not today" under her breath.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

State of the Stack (October 1, 2017)

This is my monthly State of the Stack post. It is my way to keep track of my review books and to hopefully reduce the stack that I have waiting for me. I take a look at my review commitments on or near the first of the month. Please feel free to join in and let me know the state of your stack.

Here is my Review Books Spreadsheet I list them in publication order and sort them by month. I can quickly see how many books I have for each date. Ideally, this keeps me from over-committing to review books. Check my spreadsheet to find out where I got each book.

I also do this post because sometimes (frequently) review books sit on my stack for a while before I read and review them. I try to read and review books within two weeks of publication date. Sometimes I can't, though, if too many books are releasing on the same date or if the book arrives too near its publication date and my calendar is already full.

I am very grateful to the authors and publishers who support my reading habit.

My Review Pile

October
Mind Game by Iris Johansen (Oct. 24)
 The Wicker King by K. Ancrum (Oct. 31)
November
 Unholy City by Carrie Smith (Nov. 7)
Much Ado About Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan (Nov. 7)
 City of Lies by Victoria Thompson (Nov. 7)
Death at the Emerald by R. J. Koreto (Nov. 7)
A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford (Nov. 7)
Fragments of the the Lost by Megan Miranda (Nov. 14)

December
 Rugged Texas Cowboy by Lora Leigh (Dec. 5)
Bury the Past by James L'Etoile (Dec. 12)
A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert (Dec. 12)
A Case of Syrah, Syrah by Nancy J. Parra (Dec. 12)

January
Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley (Jan. 2)
Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Jan. 9)
A Mortal Likeness by Laura Joh Rowland (Jan. 9)
A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn (Jan. 16)
Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann (Jan. 23)

February
The Greed by Scott Bergstrom (Feb. 6)
Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare (Feb. 20)
Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda (Feb. 20)
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Feb. 27)

March
Losing Leah by Tiffany King (March 20)
Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston (March 27)

April
White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig (April 24)

I Read This Month

These are listed in the order I read them. Links go to my reviews for all that have been posted already. Otherwise, the date the review is scheduled for is listed.
  1. Enigma by Catherine Coulter (Sept. 27)
  2. Her Last Goodbye by Melinda Leigh (Sept. 28) 
  3. Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush (Sept. 25) 
  4. Satellite by Nick Lake (Sept. 27) 
  5. The Wicked Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden (Sept. 30) 
  6. Osiris by Eric C. Anderson (Oct. 4) 
  7. A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron (Oct. 5) 
  8. Death Overdue by Allison Brook (Oct. 7) 
  9. Berserker by Emmy Laybourne (Oct. 6) 
  10. The Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman (Oct. 11) 
  11. Best-Laid Plants by Marty Wingate (Oct. 12) 
  12. House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick (Oct. 18) 
  13. Last Chance by Gregg Hurwitz (Oct. 13)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. Her Dark Half by Paige Tyler (Sept. 2)
  2. The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match by Elizabeth Eulberg (Sept. 4)
  3. Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (Sept. 6)
  4. Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany (Sept. 7) 
  5. All the Secret Places by Anna Carlisle (Sept. 9) 
  6. The Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner (Sept. 11)
  7. Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones (Sept. 13) 
  8. The Last Move by Mary Burton (Sept. 13) 
  9. Archangel's Viper by Nalini Singh (Sept. 21) 
  10. A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess (Sept. 15) 
  11. Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris (Sept. 16)
  12. Stolen Secrets by L. B. Schulman (Sept. 18) 
  13. Find Me by Tiffany Snow (Sept. 20)
  14. The Hunt by Chloe Neill (Sept. 23)
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date published is listed in parentheses.
  1. Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston (March 27)
  2. Enigma by Catherine Coulter (Sept. 12)
  3. Best-Laid Plants by Marty Wingate (Oct. 17)
  4. Last Chance by Gregg Hurwitz (Oct. 17)
  5. White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig (April 24)
  6. Ink Iron and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare (Feb. 20)
  7. Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda (Feb. 20)
  8. Losing Leah by Tiffany King (March 20)
  9. Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann (Jan. 23)
  10. The Greed by Scott Bergstrom (Feb.6)
  11. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Feb. 27)
  12. A Mortal Likeness by Laura Joh Rowland (Jan. 9)
Next Month's Plan

I am just staying even with my review books. I have a nice assortment already for 2018 but expect to be adding to the collection as publishers post books to Edelweiss and NetGalley.