A lot of kick-ass books were born this week! Read with caution–we don’t want anyone getting hurt.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (11/15/11)
I’ve been dying for this book! Not dying in the sense that I’ve been hitting the ground as a corpse after being touched by the lethal protagonist, Juliette, but, like, figuratively, I’ve been dying for it. Juliette is like Rogue from X-Men: she can kill with just a touch. Except Mafi cut her some slack–it looks like she may be able to touch her love interest, Adam, without causing his untimely demise. I can’t wait to see what other superfantasticamazing super powers lie within these pages!
The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff (11/15/11)
Don’t you just love when the forces of Heaven and Hell come together to create a wicked cool protagonist? I know I do. Daphne is the half-fallen angel, half-demon daughter of Lucifer and Lilith, meaning that she lives in an in-between land called Pandemonium. In The Space Between, Daphne travels to Earth on a rescue mission. I checked out the prologue and lemme tell you, Figs, I kept reading and reading . . .
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting (11/15/11)
Knowledge is a dangerous power in a world where each person’s class is defined by the single language she speaks–and the punishment for knowing more than one is certain death. But the main character of The Pledge, Charlie, can speak all the languages, and she works hard to keep that fact hidden. Until, that is, she overhears a cute boy speaking a language she doesn’t know–I smell a love interest!
Death Watch by Ari Berk (11/15/11)
Some fathers have really cool jobs that they pass down to their kids. In Hero by Mike Lupica, the father has superpowers and works for the President. In Death Watch, Silas’s father turns out to have been not an everyday mortician, but an Undertaker, someone responsible with helping spirits R.I.P. Armed with the Death Watch, a super old clock that allows the owner to see the dead, Silas struggles to live up to the inheritance of his father’s job.
The Always War by Margaret Peterson Haddix (11/15/11)
I wish certain things could go on forever. Like Halloween. Or Christmas. Or even better, my birthday! That’d be cool. But I just can’t get down with the idea of perpetually fighting with an enemy over an unknown cause, which is the premise of Margaret Peterson Haddix’s newest: The Always War. It sounds terrifying and full of characters who are expected to grow up too soon in the interest of survival. This could be your next dystopian read!