Title: The Midnight Lie (The Midnight Lie, #1) Author: Marie Rutkoski Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Romance, Young Adult Release Date:11 May 2021
Set in the world of the New York Times–bestselling Winner’s Trilogy, Marie Rutkoski’s The Midnight Lie is an epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us―and the lies we tell ourselves.
Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.
Nirrim keeps her head down, and a dangerous secret close to her chest.
But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away, who whispers rumors that the High Kith possess magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.
Stone and Secret is my first Nocturne Academy novel, and I am ashamed I’ve not read the series already!
Emma Plunkett is the white bread of young ladies. She’s the average of unforgettable, you just saw her, and you don’t remember it. She’s trying her best to survive the meanest of Nocturne Academy because even white bread has to deal with mold. Emma’s mold? That would be Morganna Starchild, beast of a Fae, mean girl gone wild.
Emma thinks she’s pulled the short straw when lined up to be lab partners with one of the most unfortunate looking students in school, Bran O’Connor. It seems like one more thing for which Morganna to snipe at her, but she quickly finds herself seeing more in Bran than what is on the surface. This is good because soon, she finds herself needing some help getting out of a sitch that is skin deep.
No spoilers here: I’m not too fond of Letty. Unlike the previous two MKU installments, I finally liked Kane–for a little bit.
A little reminder. Letty dropped the bomb on Kane as to what their puddle loving resulted in, and that literally put him in a tailspin at the end of the book. So this one begins with him in the hospital and with Letty in the arms of another dude.
Really, now? How many dudes do you need? I know, all of them. Because Letty only knows what she wants when forced to admit it.
3. Don’t ever, ever let anyone know you’re friends.
For three years, I followed the rules. Vicky and I met once a week at the diner where I worked. I was her slice of normalcy, she was the one person I could confide in. It might have been unconventional, but it worked for us.
One night, all hell broke loose and I got caught up in a battle of bloodshed where we almost lost our lives. I ended up face to face with Vicky’s dangerous older brothers. Anthony, William, and Nicholas Civella–the made men of the Kansas City Mob.
After fighting for my life and proving myself worthy, they brought me into their deadly world. It was glamorous but twisted. Torture, death, and crime followed me everywhere I went, chiseling away at parts of me until I wasn’t the same anymore.
Slowly, I betrayed my best friend, and fell in love.
Chances are they’ll ruin me. This thing between us has deadly consequences. But in this criminal world, I’m learning that the rules don’t apply when you’re the boss.
Title: Natural Born Killers (Sick Boys #3) Author: Lucy Smoke Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance, College Romance Release Date:30 April 2021
Rule No. 3: Never let anyone think they can hurt you and get away with it.
I thought I’d seen and felt the worst of it, but there’s nothing worse than betrayal.
Corina knows who’s behind what happened to me and she may think hiding will keep her safe, but after everything that’s happened, nothing can keep her safe from me and the Sick Boys. She’s a pawn in all of this, but I’ll get that information even if it means I have to cut it out of her – piece by fucking piece.
This little charade is about to end. They thought they could drag me down into the dirt and grind my soul into the dust. What they failed to realize is that there’s nothing left of my soul and I don’t mind getting a little dirty if it means getting my revenge. I may have let her fool me once, but there’s no way in hell I’ll let her fool me twice.
After we’re done with her, we’re going after the big boys.
Title: The Ones We’re Meant To Find Author: Joan He Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult Release Date: 04 May 2021
Perfect for fans of Rick Yancey and Marie Lu, The Ones We’re Meant to Find is a sci-fi fantasy with mind-blowing twists, ready to burst onto the YA scene, from the critically-acclaimed Descendant of the Crane author, Joan He.
Cee awoke on an abandoned island three years ago. With no idea of how she was marooned, she only has a rickety house, an old android, and a single memory: she has a sister, and Cee needs to find her.
STEM prodigy Kasey wants escape from the science and home she once trusted. The Metropolis—Earth’s last unpolluted place—is meant to be sanctuary for those commited to planetary protection, but it’s populated by people willing to do anything for refuge, even lie. Now, she’ll have to decide if she’s ready to use science to help humanity, even though it failed the people who mattered most.
The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy by Richard Robbins
Title: The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy Author: Richard Robbins Genre: Literary / Spiritual Fiction Release Date: 05 April 2021
Hana, a young Guatemalan woman who fell mute from a childhood tragedy, flees the brutal Civil War ravaging her country in search of a better life in the United States. Soon after arriving, she discovers she’s pregnant, and is banished from her new home and sent to live in a Mayan community in Indiantown, Florida.
There, she settles into a peaceful life of embroidery and raising her child, a daughter who turns out to be… different… and special—the kind of special that soon draws worldwide attention, for the better and worse.
“…a heart-warming, somewhat traumatic journey into the world of spirituality and the human condition. I was deeply touched by The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy. This is a beautiful, touching, and redeeming tale that I can highly recommend to everyone. When as a reader you feel better inside for having read a book, you know the author has achieved his or her goal. This is such a book.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Grant Leishman (5 STARS) “Like the simple faith aspired to in The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy by Richard Robbins, the story moves with basic grace…. This tale is told with heartfelt belief, but also with an unswerving directness that feels preordained… appealing to the contemporary Christian message of love and kindness.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Joel R. Dennstedt (5 STARS) “…a thoughtful take on an age-old theme.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Lucinda E. Clarke (5 STARS)
Title: Broken Wing (Arthur Academy, #1) Author: Kathleen Mareé Genre: Contemporary, New Adult Release Date: 26 April 2021
Hendrix: It’s funny the things you notice as a child. Like the way people uneasily glance away from me whenever I catch their eye. Or the way a stranger seems to smile happily at other children, but when I say hello, their smile looks more uneasy than warm… But as I approach the steel gates to the elite Arthur Academy, I can’t help but take a long-awaited breath towards my freedom. Finally, I have the chance to build the life I want. A future. Something that gives me more to live for than the daily beatings my childhood only ever knew. The girl I used to be doesn’t exist here. But even as the confidence grows about a life I now have control over, I can’t help but feel there could be something else waiting for me here. Something I’ve never faced before.
And it isn’t something I could prepare for. And preparation is what got me out. It got me here.
I can’t afford to lose this opportunity, because if I lose this hand, it’s more than just a loss. It’s like not being able to breathe. Not being able to fly.
Paxton: I grip the leather ball in my hand, feeling the weight of the year pressing down on me. If it was just football, I could deal, but with my last name – it’s everything else that suffocates me. The Arthur Elite is what they call us, and we each have our roles to play. But my fathers given me the next two years to do what the hell I want without his interference, before he’ll own me and I’ll become nothing but his pawn. After that, when college is done, I dread the life I’ll have to lead. The role I’ll be forced to play. It should be simple. Just stroll through the steel gates and be the crown they all see; but I can’t help but feel there is something lurking beneath the surface. There is something different about this year that I sense inside my dark soul. And it isn’t something I am prepared for; even when staying ahead is the one thing that ensures my next breath.
Because when I lose a hand, it’s more than just a loss. It’s like losing a limb. A bird breaking its’ wing.
And without that – I can’t fly toward freedom. And my freedom right now, is all I have to hold onto.
Title: Operation: Jade Helmet Author: Ashley Fontainne Genre: Christian Fiction/Suspense/Futuristic My rating:3 of 5 stars
Not gonna lie; this book’s not my cup of tea. I read the blurb going in, and I thought it would be some great techno-thriller. At thirty percent, I was still waiting for the blurb story to kick in. I feel a little like I was ripped off.
Operation: Jade Helmet is a big story told in small snippets of times in different locations. It’s meant to encompass a global event, the end of times. We were warned, through all sorts of worldwide chaos, Global warming, and talks of one government to rule us all. Good and evil are amassing their armies, and the fight is here.
Title: Retaliation (The Oceanstone Initiative #2) Author: Haley Cavanagh Genre: YA Sci-Fi Romance Release Date: 27 Decemeber 2019
One doctor, one alien lover, one botanist, and one engineer on a desperate mission to save earth from human destruction.
Sakota saved Astraeus and her friends from certain death, but in doing so, she gained the attention of the Oreck, who will stop at nothing to destroy everything in their path.
With their ship severely damaged, Sakota and her crew land on a nearby planet and seek sanctuary while they make repairs to return home. But nothing on this perfect planet is as it appears, and Sakota soon learns they’ve traded one danger for another.
Hunted and targeted, will Sakota be able to carry out her mission, or will everyone she cares about be destroyed?