Emily and Ellen invite these wintery reads to snuggle up next to the fire!
Fracture by Megan Miranda (1/17)
Winter is actually my favorite season. I realize that makes me seem a bit like the ice queen in the Narnia books, but so what? She looks fly in that movie, so whatever. Shut up and eat your Turkish delight. I love Fracture not only because it’s got a lovable protagonist, a cool science-fiction/paranormal feel, and an original premise (plus a super adorable boy next door love story), but also because the story takes place against the backdrop of an icy Maine winter. The cover alone will make you shiver.
Halflings by Heather Burch (1/17)
Okay. People give love triangles crap. They’re always like, “Meh! So many love triangles! Mehhhhh!” But I will ALWAYS love a good love triangle, and I will read the crap out if it, you hear me? The CRAP out of it. Nikki is being targeted by an evil beyond her understanding. Mace, Raven, and Vine–three “halflings”–rise to protect her. And if they happen to be super attractive misfit angel-y beings? You can’t hold that against them. C’mon! Even their names are hot. While Nikki is risking her heart, her halflings are risking their souls.
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (1/17)
If your angel love triangle fix hasn’t been satisfied, Hallowed has got you covered. This book picks up where Unearthly left off. It’s the aftermath of a major decision that part-angel Clare (major points for the paranormal creature being the girl!) has made, and she’s torn between the love she feels for Tucker and the destiny that she seems to have with Christian–a destiny that Clare has helped create. But when she learns that someone she loves is doomed to die, she knows it’s only a matter of when. And who. DUN DUN DUN.
Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey (1/17)
Faery book, faery book! I don’t know how many of you know this, but I named my dog after a faery (Sookie Stackhouse–only the greatest faery of all time), so you could say I’m a pretty big fan of the fae. And this premise sounds especially intriguing–a runaway king who won’t give up power? A kidnapped protagonist? A dark, mysterious, hot protector? Where do I sign up? And can I bring Sookie with me?
The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez (1/17)
I felt like a lot was expected of me during high school–from my parents, my teachers, my friends . . . it seemed like everyone had an opinion and an idea of who they wanted me to grow up to be. But what if those expectations were less than aspirational? What if everyone expected me to get pregnant, drop out, and jump on welfare? That’s the situation Gaby Rodriguez faced as a high school student. No one expected her to go to college, to make something of herself, to succeed. So she decided to see what would happen if she lived down to their expectations. Girlfriend faked her own pregnancy and then published a book about it! That is hardcore. She just spoke about her experience at the New York Public Library. Check back here for a video in the next couple of weeks–should be fascinating!