Blackbird Volume 1

Rebecca’s Pick: Blackbird Volume 1 by Sam Humphries & Jen Bartel Nina Rodriguez is known affectionately to her family as “crazy baby.” Ever since the earthquake and the appearance of that magical beast, she’s believed fiercely in the existence of wizards. Paragons. Cabals. Cirques. Nina has scoured the online forums to discover the secrets of…

The Searcher

Rebecca’s Pick: The Searcher by Tana French Cal Hooper is a retired Chicago detective who, after a divorce from his wife, moved to the countryside of Ireland in search of peace – something he hasn’t experienced in a long time. He purchased a nice plot of land in the rural mountain town of Ardnakelty where…

Darius the Great is Not Okay

Rebecca’s Pick: Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram Named after the third Persian King of the Achaemenid Empire – Darius feels anything but Great. As a “Fractional Persian,” Darius is a high school teenager who doesn’t fit in at school or at home because he doesn’t act (or look) exactly like everyone…

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…

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…