Happy Birthday to Books (2/5-2/11)

The countdown to Valentine’s Day is on and we’ve got some good reads for you to sink your teeth into to distract yourself from that faithful day of impending doom.

The Rivals by Daisy Whitney (2/6)
The Rivals is a sequel to The Mockingbirds . . . and you know how some people say that sequels are usually terrible? This one’s a MASSIVE exception to the rule. Not to mention that we absolutely adore the author Daisy Whitney–she’s picked this week’s homepage stories! After getting abused at school, Alex Patrick becomes the head of The Mockingbirds, a society that protects the student body, not unlike the Justice League. It’s time to light up the Bat-Signal because there’s a new problem in town: students are starting to take a certain prescription drug to cheat. SCANDALOUS! To the Patmobile (GET IT? ‘Cause her last name is Pat(rick). . . and there’s the Bat-Mobile . . . and . . . oh, never mind)! It’s up to Alex and the rest of her posse to solve the crime. I know you’re itching to find out what happens next, so go out and satisfy that itch! You won’t be disappointed.

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood (2/7)
Of the three Cahill witch sisters, Cate is the oldest. She has the power of mind control (so jealous). Since their mother died, Cate’s job has always been to take care of her younger sisters. In their society, being a witch means being nothing but bad news (tell that to Hermione Granger and let’s see what kind of butt-whooping you get). If they’re found out by the Brotherhood (the boss-men of their society), that spells (pun totally intended) trouble for the Cahill sisters. Ugh, Muggles! In addition to taking care of her sisters, Cate is also pushed by her father to find someone to marry. There’s also a *hint* of love triangle and you know how much we love those. If Cate hasn’t already manipulated your mind to get you to go out and buy the book, I suggest you do so now! Or else those of us from Figment will be forced to control your mind on our own. And it won’t be pretty.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth (2/7)
I kissed a girl and I liked it! Story of Cameron Post’s life. After both of her parents die in a car crash, Cameron initially feels relief (don’t reach for the handcuffs yet) that they’ll never find out that she kissed a girl. Unluckily for her, Cameron has to move in with her no-nonsense aunt, Ruth. If that wasn’t bad enough, she falls in love with a beautiful girl named Coley at her new school . . . only to find out that Coley has a boyfriend. Star-crossed lovers, much? The two become good friends and soon enough, things start to heat up (*winkity wink*) until her Aunt Ruth decides to intervene. The Miseducation of Cameron Post gives us a great inside look into the eyes of a girl trying to find herself while dealing with everything else in life. It’s pretty deep stuff. True story.

Dead To You by Lisa McMann (2/7)
Okay, so I don’t know about you guys, but when I was a kid I was very aware of what stranger danger was. I think I could teach Ethan a few lessons. After getting abducted at the age of seven, Ethan’s family thought that they’d never see him again. But lo and behold, he shows up at their door nine years later. HOORAY! Everyone’s happy! Except they’re not. Ethan can’t remember anything after the abduction and his little brother Blake grows suspicious because of his vague memories. The family slowly falls apart. Dead To You is packed with emotions and an ending that will knock your socks off. Kleenex is a must.

Pure by Julianna Baggott (2/8)
It’s a beautiful morning. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, I have a doll’s head fused to my hand . . . wait WHAT? This is madness! Madness? THIS IS PRESSIA! Pressia is a victim of an apocalyptic disaster called the “Detonations”. She’s lucky though–the remaining survivors of the disaster were fused to things like wild animals and a car engine. I wonder who was the unlucky one that was fused to a cheetah. While all of this was happening, the people living inside the Dome (an exclusive and safe area for the rich folks) were all happy and safe, except for Partridge, the quintessential poor-little-rich-boy. He’s convinced that his mother was killed and embarks on a journey outside of the Dome to find answers. When Pressie and Partridge meet, things start to get real bonkers. We know you’re totally psyched to read this. We are too! That’s why we’re offering you the chance of a lifetime to read an excerpt here.

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