Blood for Blood

Blood for Blood (Wolf by Wolf #2) by Ryan Graudin (2016)

blood for blood

YA Fiction | Historical (WWII) | Sci-Fi
4 StarsBlurb:

There would be blood. Blood for blood. Blood to pay. An entire world of it.

For the resistance in the Third Reich, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun. Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against Hitler’s army, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.  Continue reading

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The Queen of Traitors

The Queen of Traitors (The Fallen World #2) by Laura Thalassa (2016)

the queen of traitors

NA Fiction | Romance | Dystopia | (TV-MA)
4.5 starsBlurb:

“They say I am a queen.
They say I married a monster. That I did so willingly.
They say he cannot die, that he does not age. That together, we rule a ravaged world.
They say I used to be one of them, but now I am a traitor.
They say many things, all which I cannot remember, but…

I fear what they say is true.  Continue reading

The Crown’s Game

The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game #1) by Evelyn Skye (2016)

the crown's game

YA Fiction | Fantasy
3 Stars
Blurb:

“Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.  Continue reading

Rebel of the Sands

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton (2016)

rebel of the sands

YA Fiction | Fantasy
3.5 Stars
Blurb:

“Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.

Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.  Continue reading

Scythe

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman (2016)

Scythe

YA Fiction | Sci-Fi | Dystopia
4.5 starsBlurb:

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.”
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Stalking Jack the Ripper

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Audrey Rose Mysteries #1) by Kerri Maniscalco (2016)

Stalking Jack the Ripper

YA Fiction | Historical | Crime & Mystery
3.5 Stars
Blurb:

“Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.”
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