Impossible Music

Rebecca’s Pick: Impossible Music by Sean Williams Simon Rain is a musician. A budding rock star, if you will.He’s got the guitar. He’s got the clothes. He’s got the long hair. But one thing he doesn’t have: the ability to hear music. Not anymore. Simon woke up one morning and he couldn’t hear anything. He…

One of Us Is Lying

Cori’s Pick: One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus I came across this title as it was being compared to The Breakfast Club movie of 1985.  I’m a product of the ’80s so, SOLD!  (also, I just noticed that The Breakfast Club is rated R….it’s been a minute since I last watched it but…

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Rebecca’s Pick: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins If you’ve read the Hunger Games then you’re familiar with Coriolanus Snow. If you haven’t and this is your first foray into the Hunger Games books, then you’ll get to know the boy that eventually becomes the malicious President of Panem. Coriolanus Snow lives…

Wilder Girls

Rebecca’s Pick: Wilder Girls by Rory Power This is one of those books that I judged based on the cover. It was so pretty and intriguing that I had to know what it was about. Hetty has had the Tox for a year and a half now and is used to the bouts of pain,…

#murdertrending

Rebecca’s Pick: #murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil The year is 2017 and the hottest app is Alcatraz 2.0 – brought to you by the Postman and the United States Government. Convicted murderers are sent to the reopened island prison of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay and justice is served via their live-streamed deaths at the hands…

Girls with Sharp Sticks

Rebecca’s Pick: Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young Philomena and the rest of the girls of Innovations Academy are being taught how to enhance their beauty, practice obedience and be all-around perfect specimens of gentility and femininity. Mena understands that her tailored education is of the utmost importance and it’s her duty to maintain…

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

Rebecca’s Pick: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson Pippa doesn’t believe that Sal killed Andie. The police closed the investigation after Sal “admitted” to the crime and then killed himself, presumably out of remorse. But things still didn’t add up (at least in Pippa’s mind) 5 years later. She can’t ignore her…

Pet

Rebecca’s Pick: Pet by Akwaeke Emezi Jam knows that there used to be “monsters” in the city of Lucille – monsters being those who did harm to others – but the “angels” eradicated them…right? Jam discovers more than she could have imagined when she meets Pet, an eerie beast-like being born from a painting. Pet…

Dry

Rebecca’s Pick: Dry by Joel & Neal Shusterman The California drought, dubbed the “Tap-Out,” has reached a boiling point. Tensions are high as people resort to desperate measures to find water. Alyssa finds herself right in the middle of the desperation with the added responsibility of taking care of her little brother, Garrett, since her…

The Hazel Wood

Rebecca’s Pick: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert Alice has never met her maternal grandmother, famed author Althea Proserpine, though she’s dreamed of it often. Althea’s life, what little Alice knows of it, is as fairytale-esque as her stories and filled with a mysterious wonder that Alice longs to know more of – much to…