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Cyborg Cinderella, android friends and an evil space queen? I was hesitant to read this book because I do not enjoy the original Cinderella story. However, after having Cinder on my list for years, I finally downloaded the audio version narrated by Rebecca Soler and became entranced. While some plot points are a bit predictable, this futuristic-steampunky twist on the Cinderella story we all know is fantastic. As a character, Cinder is humorous and resourceful despite dealing with her awful stepmother and stepsister.
A 2019 Printz Award Honor Book, Deb Caletti (author of Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, and The Nature of Jade) has written another must-read. The novel takes on powerful themes such as survivor’s guilt, sexual violence and mental health. I was blown away by this book, and I highly encourage both adult and teen readers to give Caletti’s newest book a try.
This 5-episode miniseries, featuring two memorable female leads, expertly tackled Wilkie Collins's 656-page suspense novel (published in 1860) and kept me on the edge of my seat even more than many a modern thriller.
The Hero and the Crown follows Aerin, daughter of the king of Damar. Damar is an enchanted fantasy land, complete with witches, dragons, long-lost magics, and hidden destinies. As the daughter of the king's second wife, a woman believed by many to be an evil enchantress, Aerin is ostracized by the court and loathed by the people. She doesn't let this bother her much. She has bigger problems, after all -- namely, dragons.
The future of America is bleak in Olson’s debut novel, The Sandcastle Empire. A group of anarchists, called the Wolfpack, overthrow all systems of social and governmental order, flipping the classes. The haves are thrown into gulags and the have-nots now control everything. The East and West coast are underwater and global warming is threatening the world. The only choice is to build underwater pods.
An open-and-shut domestic murder case turns out to be much more than Antionette Conway or Stephan Moran bargained for when assigned Aislinn Murray’s case. Beautiful Aislinn is found dead in her perfectly decorated home, alone, with the doors locked. Her boyfriend Rory Fallon has a dinner date at Aislinn’s that night but she never answers the door or his many calls.
The Last Star is the final book of The Fifth Wave trilogy and picks up six weeks after the events of The Infinite Sea. After the Others, an alien race, sent four waves of death they killed seven billion people.