Hey everyone! I hope the holidays treated you right, no matter what you celebrate. Now, maybe you have some gift cards to spend and are looking for the right book to buy. Are you patient? Here are three new books that may be worth your money.
No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Summary (from Goodreads): Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 688) is no different. Around here, everyone wears a smile. And no one ever locks their doors. Until, that is, high school sweetheart Ruth Fried is found murdered. Strung up like a scarecrow in the middle of a cornfield.
Unfortunately, Friendship’s police are more adept at looking for lost pets than catching killers. So Ruth’s best friend, Kippy Bushman, armed with only her tenacious Midwestern spirit and Ruth’s secret diary (which Ruth’s mother had asked her to read in order to redact any, you know, sex parts), sets out to find the murderer. But in a quiet town like Friendship—where no one is a suspect—anyone could be the killer.
What’s To Like: I love mysteries. And this has the feeling of one of those subtle, freaky ones where you don’t know who did it until the end. You see their faces, but you may not know them. Those are the creepy stories that get me the most. Plus, there’s just something so schmaltzy and yet still horrifying about this cover. I can’t decide whether it’s adorable or oddly horrifying.
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine, #2) by Ransom Riggs
Release Date: January 14, 2014
Summary (from Goodreads): This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.
Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.
What’s To Like: I know that with a lot of boys (some even college age), the first book was incredibly popular. I enjoyed it too. So I’m really looking forward to seeing what London (my favorite city, which I really want to visit) has to bring to the table. These photographs are creepy and cool at the same time.
Fragile Spirits (Souls, #2) by Mary Lindsey
Release Date: January 23, 2014
Summary (from Goodreads): Paul has always known he was a Protector, fated to serve a Speaker who could hear the voices of spirits lingering after death and help those souls find peace.
Vivienne ignores the voices of the dead.
Paul has always followed the Protector’s rule book, preparing diligently for the day when he’d be matched with his Speaker and fulfill his destiny.
Vivienne never does what she’s told.
So when Paul is matched with Vivienne, they both find the pairing less than satisfactory. But a kidnapping, a malevolent spirit and power stronger than both of them may just prove that they are two halves of the same whole.
In a stunning story about the beauty of fate and the power of secrets, Mary Lindsey returns to the world of Shattered Souls with a breathtaking thrill-ride of a novel.
**Note from author: This book begins one month after Shattered Souls leaves off. Lenzi and Alden are featured in this book, but reading Shattered Souls is not a prerequisite.
What’s To Like: I like the world that the first book created, so I’m interested to back to it. I also kind of like the idea of following different characters. I don’t really remember a whole lot about the first book, so this is a great way for me to not have to reread the first book before diving into this one. I’m just really drawn to ghost stories or those about souls. Weird, I know, but I love them all the same.