# Of Books Read: 5
1. Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin (Wolf By Wolf #1)
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers – Released: October 20, 2015
Summary: Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds in this fast-paced novel from the author of The Walled City.
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.
Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?
Overall Thoughts: This was a spectacular YA Historical Fiction filled w/ intrigue, complex/dynamic characters and a compelling story that will keep you turning the page!
2. Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sara Raasch
Publisher: Balzer + Bray- Released October 13, 2015
Summary: It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.
Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?
Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?
As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.
Overall Thoughts: This was a solid sequel. There is more character development and expansion of the world Sara created in book 1. However, the introduction to Mather’s POV did slow down the story. But overall this sequel really builds up something big for book 3!
3. A Fierce And Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry (ARC Review)
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers – Release Date: April 12, 2016
Pages: 278 (ARC) , 288 (Hardcover)
Summary: In this stunning debut, legends collide with reality when a boy is swept into the magical, dangerous world of a girl filled with poison.
Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.
Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.
A Fierce and Subtle Poison beautifully blends magical realism with a page-turning mystery and a dark, starcrossed romance–all delivered in lush, urgent prose.
Overall Thoughts: What an amazing YA Debut!! Samantha’s writing style creates a vivid atmosphere of Puerto Rico and she really writes characters with such complexity. The plot overall kept me turning the page! This is a magical and mysterious story you don’t want to miss!
4. Lumberjanes Vol. 2: Friendship To The Max (#5-8) by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke A. Allen
Publisher: Boom! Box (Boom! Studios) – Released October 13, 2015
Summary: Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are not your average campers and Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types is not your average summer camp. Between the river monsters, magic, and the art of friendship bracelets, this summer is only just beginning. Join the Lumberjanes as they take on raptors and a sibling rivalry that only myths are made of.
Overall Thoughts: A great sequel to an amazing comic series. The core theme of friendship is apparent throughout these comics. The fun adventures the girls go on really keeps you turning the page!
5. The Year Of Shadows by Claire Legrand
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers – Released: August 27, 2013
Olivia wants a new life—and it might take ghosts to get it. A heartfelt, gently Gothic novel from Claire Legrand.
Olivia Stellatella is having a rough year.
Her mother’s left, her neglectful father—the maestro of a failing orchestra—has moved her and her grandmother into the city’s dark, broken-down concert hall to save money, and her only friend is Igor, an ornery stray cat.
Just when she thinks life couldn’t get any weirder, she meets four ghosts who haunt the hall. They need Olivia’s help—if the hall is torn down, they’ll be stuck as ghosts forever, never able to move on.
Olivia has to do the impossible for her shadowy new friends: Save the concert hall. But helping the dead has powerful consequences for the living…and soon it’s not just the concert hall that needs saving.
Overall Thoughts: A wonderful middle grade novel with heart! The plot is mysterious and entertaining. The characters are all written wonderfully and this story also has important themes of friendship and family. Though at times the plot can be quite slow, its a great read you should really give a chance.
What did you read this month? 🙂