Well, this week turned out to be pretty uneventful on the reading suggestions front, so I went searching for new reads and the ones listed below caught my eye.  If you are currently searching for a new read, hopefully one of these will fit the bill. There are some young adult, thriller and romance suggestions. I enjoy this format so I think I will use it for my future drive-by posts.

The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

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How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor.

But Apollo has many enemies-gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

Thoughts:

This sounds like a cross between Percy Jackson and a youthful changed up version of a Thor-ish style plot with a little boarding school for the unique and different thrown in. The cover is really eye catching and I usually enjoy these types of books. Rick Riordan has yet to disappoint me. I will be giving this one a go when it is released on May 13, 2016, unless I get my hands on an advanced reader copy, which would be fantastic.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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The stunning sequel to Sarah J. Maas’ New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

Thoughts:

I am actually really excited about this one. I only got slightly obsessed with the first novel in this series A Court of Thorns and Roses. If you haven’t checked it out you should. I devoured it in one sitting. It is on my list of reviews to write purely because I adored the story and the rest of the world needs to know it. The first book brought out my inner fangirl so much I can’t even.. Yeah. It was just that good. Sarah J. Maas also wrote another gigantic win of a series called the Throne of Glass series. It is going to have its own Series Spotlight here in a few weeks.

A Court of Mist and Fury is set to be released May 3, 2016 and apparently it is on sale if you pre-order it now.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Thoughts:

Where was I at when this series got released? Like under a rock? How have I never heard of this before? I stumbled upon this book and can’t quite figure out with all my searching I have done I have never seen this..lame. Well hopefully I can ameliorate the situation and get my hands on this soon.

Half Bad by Sally Green

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Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is monitored, when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.

Thoughts:

I don’t often get a chance to read from the male POV outside of romance novels. Most of the books I have read in the young adult category are from a female or from mixed perspectives, so this novel caught my attention. Seeing as I have never been a sixteen year old boy ( or I don’t think I have, think I would have remembered that…) it might present a challenge for me to relate to the character’s feelings but that possibility alone has me intrigued.

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Riders. A new fantasy adventure from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi.

For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen–Conquest, Famine, and Death–are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now–bound, bloodied, and drugged–Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for–not to mention all of humankind–he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?

Thoughts:

Veronica Rossi is another one of my favorite authors, so that alone made this one for me to add to my list. After reading Under the Never Sky, Rossi wiggled her way into the back of my mind. Once I find a book or series I am really able to get into I always come back and look for additional books written by the author. Even though this one has mixed reviews I have to wonder if I would love it as much as I did UTNS or if it will be a total let down..

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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Winning what you want may cost you everything you love
They were never meant to be together. As a general’s daughter, seventeen-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can’t help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people . . . but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other.

Set in a new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of rebellion, duels, ballroom dances, wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

Thoughts:

I do love a good love story full of angst and tortured emotions. This appears to fit right in the a fore mentioned category and it sparked my interest right away.Even more appealing they just released the third book in the trilogy so if I get into it, I won’t have to wait a billion years for the next one to get released. Yassss girl.

The Widow by Fiona Barton

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For fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, an electrifying thriller that will take you into the dark spaces that exist between a husband and a wife.

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…

But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.

The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…

Thoughts:

Interesting right? I do love a good thriller, especially one in which the narrator is dark, twisted and well…a little psychotic. Stories like this one tend to be easily figured out and I have a super annoying habit of doing so pretty early on.. let’s hope this one is different.

What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross

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Simply told but deeply affecting, in the bestselling tradition of Alice McDermott and Tom Perrotta, this urgent novel unravels the heartrending yet unsentimental tale of a woman who kidnaps a baby in a superstore—and gets away with it for twenty-one years.

Lucy Wakefield is a seemingly ordinary woman who does something extraordinary in a desperate moment: she takes a baby girl from a shopping cart and raises her as her own. It’s a secret she manages to keep for over two decades—from her daughter, the babysitter who helped raise her, family, coworkers, and friends.

When Lucy’s now-grown daughter Mia discovers the devastating truth of her origins, she is overwhelmed by confusion and anger and determines not to speak again to the mother who raised her. She reaches out to her birth mother for a tearful reunion, and Lucy is forced to flee to China to avoid prosecution. What follows is a ripple effect that alters the lives of many and challenges our understanding of the very meaning of motherhood.

Author Helen Klein Ross, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, weaves a powerful story of upheaval and resilience told from the alternating perspectives of Lucy, Mia, Mia’s birth mother, and others intimately involved in the kidnapping. What Was Mine is a compelling tale of motherhood and loss, of grief and hope, and the life-shattering effects of a single, irrevocable moment.

Thoughts:

This makes my oh hell no sirens start screaming. As a mother, I just can’t even. This hits on a topic so uncomfortable I am still up in the air as to whether or not I have the metaphorical balls to read it. I added it just in case I do find them and decide I can do it.

Captured by Jordan Marie

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She was my obsession.
I was her destruction.

Beth:

My life is not my own. I belong to the family. Every step I make is dictated.
Until him. Skull.
The only man I’ve ever loved. The only man I will ever love.
His touch inflames me.
I can’t stay away—even if I should.
I gave him my body and my heart.
To keep him safe, I will sell my soul to the devil.
The lies began with our hello.
Now, I’m captured by them.

Skull:

There’s an animal in me that I keep hidden.
Beth calls to him. She tempts the monster and lures him to the surface.
I’m obsessed with her. I can’t stay away, even when doing so puts my entire club in danger.
Her blood is on my hands.
I formed her to fit only me.
I was her first and if I have to kill everyone in our way. So be it.
I will be her last.
She is mine.

Warning! Cliffhanger ahead. This book will end in a cliffhanger and continue in Torch’s story (Burned) To be released March 4th and followed by the final book– Conquered in April.

Thoughts:

This a perfect example of the dreaded star system used for ratings. Even though I am a huge romance fan, particularly ones written with modern day and paranormal themes..you know the ‘ not your mother’s romance novel’ type, books with an overly intense synopsis will cause me to just skip right past them. I am all for a little cheese but an entire dose of cheddar causes high cholesterol and constipation. This book has ridiculously high ratings, as does the second book in the series that was just released. I totally want to read it just because everyone else thinks it is amazing, apparently I am going to miss some big and life altering read if I don’t buy it. Ughhh..AND it has a cliffhanger. I might as well admit defeat now.