Sunday, July 24, 2016

Show the Books Showcase #20, July 24th

There are a ton of books out there! So here's a chance to organize some books and show them off in various ways!

So this week's theme is Random!

Hard Day's Knight by Jim Melvin
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Published: October 21st 2010
From Goodreads:
Children are missing. 

The police are stumped. 

Halloween is coming, with an ancient evil on the horizon. 

The vampires are the good guys. 

This is not your ordinary fall weekend in Charlotte, NC. Vampire private detectives Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood have been hired to keep a young client from being cursed for all eternity, but end up in a bigger mess than they ever imagined. 

Suddenly trapped in the middle of a serial kidnapping case, Jimmy and Greg uncover a plot to bring forth an ancient evil into the world, and enlist the help of a police detective, a priest, a witch, a fallen angel and strip club proprietor to save the world. This unlikely band of heroes battles zombies, witches, neuroses and sunburn while cracking jokes and looking for the perfect bag of O-negative.

What's Interesting: Having this world where vampires are the good guys-investigating the missing children's case! Being hired to keep a client from being cursed for eternity! That there's a plot to bring a ancient evil into this world! Enlisting the help of all these various creatures!

Chained by Fear by Jim Melvin
Publisher: Belle Brige Books
Published: November 28th, 2012
From Goodreads:
For more than seventy years, the most powerful sorcerer in the world has held a woman prisoner in a magical tower. 

Invictus forces Laylah, his own sister, to be his queen. 

Even the immense power Laylah draws from moonlight does not give her the strength to free herself . . . until she forms an unlikely alliance with two of the sorcerer's most trusted soldiers as well as an ancient demon with diabolical motives. 

Laylah's dramatic escape leads her to the one man who might be able to save her-Torg, the Death-Knower wizard. Drawn together by supernatural passion, the pair attempts to outrun Invictus' minions and reach the safety of the White City.

What's Interesting: Being forced to be his brother's Queen! Escaping with an unlikely alliance, but not being inconspicuous! Meeting the guy who could help her and the attraction between them!

Concealed by Sang Kromh
Publisher: Smith Publicity
Published: October 15th, 2011
From Goodreads:
Some believe that at birth, we’re each born with some sort of guardian angel attached to us, watching from afar, but never seen by the human eye. But they’re wrong. Truth is it’s not that simple. There are certain people, special people, born of this world and of the other, who need that extra protection…that extra guidance. They go their entire lives, unaware of the other world, and unaware of the existence of their own personal watcher that watches from afar. But what happens when fate takes a turn for the worse, and The One who needs the aid of a watcher more than anyone before her can’t be found to be protected?

Bijou Fitzroy is strange. With the chaotic and unwanted gift of being an empath, she has spent her entire life as a sheltered recluse, being homeschooled by her secretive overprotective grandmother, who never stays long enough in one location for Bijou to ever settle and make friends. Not only does she lack social skills, but her physical appearance is so ethereal that it beckons onlookers to look away before she has the chance to make eye contact. Oh, and things get even weirder. Besides the occasional tendency to see strange things that no one else seems to notice, sixteen-year-old Bijou has been plagued by semi-prophetic nightmares of strange creatures her entire life; yet she yearns for sleep, because it’s the only place she gets to see him…well sort of. No matter what Bijou dreams of, the faceless boy is always there like some sort of harbinger of danger, always watching, always waiting. And even though his coming always pre-empts chaos, she’s fallen in love with this boy without a face.

When Bijou and her grandmother move to Eldersburg and she starts to attend the local high school, she meets Sebastian Sinjin, a strange boy, who forces Bijou to question the world around her, and the grandmother she thought she knew. Bijou’s world begins to crumble as the creatures from her nightmares begin to take shape in her reality, the faceless boy becomes real, and town locals begin to disappear as she finds herself at the center of a war she never knew was being fought. Bijou has to stand alone and be the savior everyone expects her to be.

What's Interesting: That some special people who need it are born with a guardian angel! But having someone who needs one can't be found to be protected! Being an empath which affects her life in so many ways! But having semi-prophetic dreams that she gets to see a boy-but also sees nightmares! Having her world crumble when truths come out! Finding out that she's the center of a war and she's supposed to be the savior!

Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon
Publisher: Soho Teen
Published: April 9th, 2013
From Goodreads:
17-year-old Sophie lies on her deathbed in California, awaiting the inevitable loss of her battle with cancer…
17-year-old Declan stares down two armed thugs in a back alley in Galway, Ireland…
18-year-old Anat attempts to traverse a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel and Egypt…

All three strangers should have died at the exact same moment, thousands of miles apart. Instead, they awaken together in an abandoned hospital—only to discover that they’re not alone. Three other teens from different places on the globe are trapped with them. Somebody or something seems to be pulling the strings. With their individual clocks ticking, they must band together if they’re to have any hope of surviving.  

Soon they discover that they've been trapped in a future that isn't of their making: a deadly, desolate world at once entirely familiar and utterly strange. Each teen harbors a secret, but only one holds the key that could get them home. As the truth comes to light Sophie, Declan, Anat, and the rest must decide what to do with a second chance at life—if they can survive to claim it.

What's Interesting: Three strangers across the world who should have died at the same moment, but instead awaken together in an abandoned hospital! And that 3 others are also there! That someone is toying with them! Discovering that they're in the future where everything is strange and unusual yet slightly familiar! That each has a secret that could lead them back home!

Buried by Gerilyn Marin
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Published: March 18th, 2013
From Goodreads:
Like every resident of Fane’s Cove, Cadence McKenna knows her town is, well, odd. And yet, they’re accustomed to the near-daily supernatural happenings- so accustomed, in fact, that when Grey Addison moves to town and stays, she is shocked to find that she’s the only one who insists that there must be something strange about him.

With her life-long- if minor- psychic sensitivity handed down from her grandmother, she knows that what she feels isn’t simple paranoia. After all, how many normal guys pay no mind to random poltergeist activity occurring right in front of them?

Cadence can’t blame anyone for wanting to ignore that there might be more to his presence there- perhaps if he is a normal guy, it’s just the first sign that whatever it is about the town that drives visitors away is fading. She might have even grudgingly let it go, but then she sees Grey acting very suspiciously and knows that she can’t dismiss her feelings until she understands why he’s in Fane’s Cove. Even if it means sticking her neck out by pretending to get close to him . . . and learning more about her town’s history than anyone would ever want to know. 

What's Interesting: Knowing that your town is odd in a supernatural way! Having a minor psychic sensitivity and feeling paranoid so something is going on! Seeing a new guy move in-even though the town usually drives away visitors-and she sees him acting weird! And learning more about the town's history and why it is the way that it is!

Roses Have Thorns by Sandra Byrd
Publisher: Howard Books
Published: May 1st, 2013
From Goodreads:
From the acclaimed author of To Die For comes a stirring novel told that sheds new light on Elizabeth I and her court. Sandra Byrd has attracted countless fans for evoking the complexity, grandeur, and brutality of the Tudor period. In her latest tour de force, she poses the question: What happens when serving a queen may cost you your marriage—or your life?

In 1565, seventeen-year-old Elin von Snakenborg leaves Sweden on a treacherous journey to England. Her fiance has fallen in love with her sister and her dowry money has been gambled away, but ahead of her lies an adventure that will take her to the dizzying heights of Tudor power. Transformed through marriage into Helena, the Marchioness of Northampton, she becomes the highest-ranking woman in Elizabeth’s circle. But in a court that is surrounded by Catholic enemies who plot the queen’s downfall, Helena is forced to choose between an unyielding monarch and the husband she’s not sure she can trust—a choice that will provoke catastrophic consequences.

Vividly conjuring the years leading up to the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots, Roses Have Thorns is a brilliant exploration of treason, both to the realm and to the heart.

What's Interesting: Leaving her old life behind after a series of bad events and going into England and an adventure during the Tudor reign! Marriage to become a high ranking woman in a court of lies and difficult and life changing choices!

Underneath by Sarah Jamila Stevenson
Publisher: Flux
Published: June 8th, 2013
From Goodreads:
With New Agey parents and a Pakistani heritage, it might have been difficult for Sunny Pryce-Shah to fit in. Thankfully, she had her older, popular cousin Shiri to talk to—until now. Shiri’s shocking suicide brings heartwrenching pain and grief, and also seems to have triggered a new and disturbing ability in Sunny: hearing people’s thoughts.

It’s awful, especially when Sunny learns what her so-called friends really think of her. Feeling more comfortable with the Emo crowd, she tells them about her strange talent and uses it to help cute, troubled Cody. But when his true motives are revealed, she isn’t sure whom to trust anymore. Sunny hopes to find answers in Shiri’s journal. Was her cousin also cursed with this “gift”? Will Sunny end up like Shiri?

What's Interesting: Having a family that makes it hard to fit in! But losing her cousin to suicide and developing the ability to read thoughts! Finding out what people really think about her! Finding a place but things not being what they seem! The possibility that her cousin had this gift and that could be why she killed herself!

Captives by Jill Williamson
Publisher: Zondervan
Published: February 19th, 2013
From Goodreads:
In a dystopian future, eighteen-year-old Levi returns from Denver City with his latest scavenged treasures and finds his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many--including his fiancée, Jem--taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe.

Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back. The Safe Lands has protected people since the plague decimated the world generations ago ... and its rulers have promised power and wealth beyond Omar's dreams.

Meanwhile, their brother Mason has been granted a position inside the Safe Lands, and may be able to use his captivity to save not only the people of his village, but also possibly find a cure for the virus that threatens everyone within the Safe Lands' walls. Will Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Lands' façade before it's too late? 

What's Interesting: Living in a dystopian world, and coming home to have his village destroyed, people killed and captured-including his fiance! Having to enter the Safe Lands, that is more complicated then it seems, in politics and safety! Dealing with the rules and enforcers and the betrayals!

Ten Reasons to Stay by Sabrina Jeffries
Publisher: Pocket Star
Published: May 6th, 2013
From Goodreads:
A delightful eNovella from New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries about a young woman who learns that you can’t learn about love from a textbook.

In "Ten Reasons to Stay," previously published in the anthology The School for Heiresses, lessons go far beyond etiquette and needlepoint. Eliza Crenshawe’s lesson is to look before she leaps. But when she discovers that her new guardian plans to marry her off without so much as a Season, she forgets all that. She flees—on a horse she unwittingly steals (oops!)—from Colin Hunt, a newly minted earl who wants nothing more than for her to go home…or stay forever. 

What's Interesting: Deciding to actually think before she acts, but not having a chance to when the plan is for her to marry without having a season and reacting to that! And finding a guy who she might really like in that adventure!

Seduction by MJ Rose
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: May 7th, 2013
From Goodreads:
From the author of The Book of Lost Fragrances comes a haunting novel about a grieving woman who discovers the lost journal of novelist Victor Hugo, awakening a mystery that spans centuries.

In 1843, novelist Victor Hugo’s beloved nineteen-year-old daughter drowned. Ten years later, Hugo began participating in hundreds of séances to reestablish contact with her. In the process, he claimed to have communed with the likes of Plato, Galileo, Shakespeare, Dante, Jesus—and even the Devil himself. Hugo’s transcriptions of these conversations have all been published. Or so it was believed.

Recovering from her own losses, mythologist Jac L’Etoile arrives on the Isle of Jersey—where Hugo conducted the séances—hoping to uncover a secret about the island’s Celtic roots. But the man who’s invited her there, a troubled soul named Theo Gaspard, has hopes she’ll help him discover something quite different—Hugo’s lost conversations with someone called the Shadow of the Sepulcher.

What follows is an intricately plotted and atmospheric tale of suspense with a spellbinding ghost story at its heart. 

What's Interesting: Discovering the journey of Victor Hugo! And learning that his daughter had died, and then he had entered the spiritual world to try and contact her! Journeying to where he conducted those seances and learn the islands secrets!

One More Kiss by Mary S. Blayney
Publisher: Bantam Books
Published: April 30th, 2013
From Goodreads:
Mary Blayney, the acclaimed author of Courtesan’s Kiss, returns to the Pennistan family with this new historical romance—the delectable story of a free-spirited beauty with no interest in marriage who gets more than she bargained for when a seductive kiss leads to the possibility of love.

Dispatched by their ambitious father to snag a titled husband, Beatrice Brent and her twin sister, Cecilia, attend a house party with an array of eligible gentlemen. Defiantly ignoring her father’s wishes, Beatrice flirts shamelessly with Lord Jessup Pennistan, a gamer with scandal in his past—and the one man her father has warned her against. But when flirting goes too far, Beatrice suddenly finds herself engaged and, worse, estranged from her family. Though convinced that her fiancé’s wicked ways will bring nothing but heartache, Beatrice is powerless against Jess’s masterful seduction and the anticipated delights of the marriage bed.

A gambling man who has lost more than his family is willing to forgive him for, Jess quickly realizes that compromising Beatrice was the best mistake he ever made. But to keep her he must right the wrongs of the past, reclaim his lost fortunes, and place the boldest wager of his life. For now he has everything to win . . . and everything to lose.

What's Interesting: Out trying to find a titled husband and liking a guy who her father doesn't want her with! And taking things too far, ending up engaged and estranged from her family! That their relationship was a good mistake, but there are problem to face!

No Turning Back by HelenKay Dimon
Publisher: InterMix
Published: March 5th, 2013
From Goodreads:
The Hanover brothers inherited some bad behavior from their con artist father. Now three strong women will make honest men out of them. 

After ten years in the Army and four overseas deployments, Declan Hanover is ready for life away from a military base. Sweetwater, Oregon, a sleepy coastal town, seems like the perfect place to start over. His plan is to work out a deal with his brothers and the bank to let him keep the estate they’ve inherited, Shadow Hill. But he wasn’t prepared for Leah Baron, whose family lost everything to his father’s cons—including the house Declan intends to make his own… 

Leah thinks Declan is just like his conman father. He possesses a bad boy charm that makes her heart pound, but that doesn’t mean she can trust him. All she wants is to get close to him so she can get her house back. But Declan has other ideas. He doesn’t mind being in close proximity to Leah—as long as it’s in the bedroom… 

What's Interesting: The woman who's going to make an honest man out of one of the brothers, who is ready for a non-military life! A woman whose family lost everything to his father's cons! But that there's a s park between them!

Sketchy by Olivia Samms
Publisher: Skyscape
Published: April 30th, 2013
From Goodreads:
Bea's life has been a mess ever since she got kicked out of private school and sent to rehab. Now clean, Bea is starting over at Packard High School, in a city shaken from two assaults on young women. The latest victim, Willa Pressman-the one who survived-doesn't remember a thing. But Bea has a disturbing new "skill": she can see-and then draw-images from other people's minds. And when she looks at Willa, Bea is shocked by what she sketches. Bea might be the only one who knows Willa's secrets-and who can take down the killer before he strikes again.

What's Interesting: Starting over in a new school after being kicked out of a private school and going through rehab! But that there's been assaults on women! Being able to see-and then draw-images from other peoples mind, and what she sees in the one victim's head!

The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published: April 9th, 2013
From Goodreads:
Pride goes before the fall . . . but what comes after?

Darbury, England, 1814

Amelia Barrett, heiress to an ancestral estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s infant baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father, Graham, a sea captain she’s never met.

Tragedy strikes when the child vanishes with little more than a sketchy ransom note hinting to her whereabouts. Fear for the child’s safety drives Amelia and Graham to test the boundaries of their love for this infant.

Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she examines her soul and must face her one weakness: pride.

Graham’s strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline.

Both must learn to accept God’s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has for planned for them. 

What's Interesting: Living in 1814, and deciding to raise her dying friend's baby, including proposing to the baby's father, whom she has never met! Then the baby disappearing and dealing with the stress by growing closer together! Learning to accept God's plan for them!

Blood and Snow: The Complete Set by Rashelle Workman
Publisher: Polished Pen Press
Published: February 17th, 2013
From Goodreads:
Every thousand years the Vampire Queen selects a new body, always the fairest in the land, and this time she's chosen Snow White.

Snow isn't an ordinary girl. She doesn't know that yet. 

When Snow gets bitten by a Hunter, her life is thrown into a whirlwind of change where instead of worrying about what to eat, she has to fight not to drink the blood of fellow high school students. She becomes a revenant - not quite human, not quite vampire. 

With the help of an eccentric old Professor, his seven adoptive sons, and her best friend, Snow learns to control her blood craving. Sort of. She drinks a bloodlust tea, but she'd rather drink from her Hunter. 

Or, a human. 

She also discovers a whole other realm, one filled with fairies, dragons, and magic. And not only does the Vampire Queen want her, but there's a pendant called the Seal of Gabriel created for Snow by the Vampire Queen's twin sister. And Snow's supposed to use it to restore balance to all magical creatures. Including vampires.

What's Interesting: Being the one whose body was chosen to hose the Vampire Queen! But being bit by a Hunter and becoming a revenant! Discovering a new realm with various and interesting creatures! That she's supposed to restore balance for magical creatures, which includes vampires!

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Published: August 27th, 2013
From Goodreads:
Her life by the sea in ruins, Pen has lost everything in the Earth Shaker that all but destroyed the city of Los Angeles. She sets out into the wasteland to search for her family, her journey guided by a tattered copy of Homer’s Odyssey. Soon she begins to realize her own abilities and strength as she faces false promises of safety, the cloned giants who feast on humans, and a madman who wishes her dead. On her voyage, Pen learns to tell stories that reflect her strange visions, while she and her fellow survivors navigate the dangers that lie in wait. In her signature style, Francesca Lia Block has created a world that is beautiful in its destruction and as frightening as it is lovely. At the helm is Pen, a strong heroine who holds hope and love in her hands and refuses to be defeated.

What's Interesting: having an Earth Shaker come through and destroy her home! Going searching for her family in a newly unsafe world! Having strange visions, and then utilizing them!

Brother, Brother by Clay Carmichael
Publisher: Roaring Brooke Press
Published: July 30th, 2013
From Goodreads:
After his grandmother's death, seventeen-year-old Brother sets out, with the abandoned son of a friend, on a 200-mile trip to North Carolina's Outer Banks to find his twin brother, of whose existence he just learned.

Part coming-of-age story, part love story, this is a book about finding out that who you are and where you come from aren't necessarily the same thing.

What's Interesting: Looking for his twin brother, whose existence he just discovered! And discovering who he is, and who is brother is!

Merlin's Blade by Robert Treskillard
Publisher: Blink YA Books
Published: April 16th, 2013
From Goodreads:
A strange meteorite. 
A deadly enchantment. 
And only Merlin can destroy it. 

A meteorite brings a mysterious black stone whose sinister power ensnares everyone except Merlin, the blind son of a swordsmith. Soon, all of Britain will be under its power, and he must destroy the stone—or die trying.

What's Interesting: Having a strange meteorite with a black stone that takes over all but Merlin! And the only one who can stop it is Merlin, who is blind-but he has to save Britain!

Ethan by P. T. Michelle
Publisher: Patrice Michelle
Published: January 11th, 2013
From Goodreads:
Ethan Harris never thought monsters and darkness would consume his daily thoughts, but every night the same visions repeat in his dreams. He’s careful to project a semblance of normalcy, keeping the suffocating darkness locked inside. As much as he wishes he could focus on girls, sports, and cars like other seventeen-year-olds; nothing distracts him from his own demons or shines through.

Until Nara Collins crosses his path. The blonde fascinates and intrigues him, giving him a measure of peace he’s never felt before.

When Ethan discovers there’s more to Nara than she allows others to see, that she might have a unique secret of her own, suddenly his world comes into focus.

What's Interesting: Seeing dark visions, and trying to keep it out of his day to day life, but then he meets Nara! And that there's more to her then meets the eye, and her secret and how his world is changed!

Tidal Shift by Dora Heldt
Publisher: AmazonCrossing
Published: May 28th, 2013
From Goodreads:
To Christine, her Aunt Inge and Uncle Walter are reliable fixtures in the family, dependable and destined to be together forever. So when she spies Inge in the company of a man who is most certainly not her husband, life as Christine knows it takes a turn for the unexpected. Suddenly, what began as a blissful vacation with her gorgeous boyfriend on her native island of Sylt has morphed into a family drama of epic proportions—and a rude wake-up call for Christine. Because compared to the newfound passion with which sixtysomething Inge is tackling each day, Christine’s supposedly fabulous life seems downright dull. Christine decides it’s time to make some drastic changes…but will she ruin the great life she already has in the process?

What's Interesting: Having her aunt and uncle be the unchanging couple, but then seeing her aunt with another man! Now dealing with family drama and deciding what she wants to do with her life!

The Journey by Marley Gibson
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Published: October 29th, 2913
From Goodreads:
Teen psychic Kendall Moorehead is about to embark on the most dangerous and shocking ghost hunt of her life. After all, it isn’t every day that the ghost of Princess Diana steps in as a personal spirit guide. But Shy Di isn’t the only surprise awaiting Kendall and her team of teen paranormal superstars as they begin a whirlwind tour of Europe with renowned TV medium Oliver Bates.

As soon as Kendall sets foot on British soil she immediately encounters her first specter—a meeting that raises many questions, and sends her hot boyfriend Patrick rushing to help with the mystery…and to comfort in the way only a boyfriend can. Surely the trip to Paris and Rome will be even more romantic than this first day in London. That is if Kendall’s ex-boyfriend Jason stays out of the way.

But love problems and eerie British ghosts aren’t Kendall’s only problems. Team leader Oliver has brought along Scottish teen psychic Christian Campbell, a rising star with a sinister aura about him—literally. When Christian starts dabbling with a Ouija board during their paranormal investigations, things turn dark, as a potentially demonic entity named Dojo emerges. This being torments Kendall, making her doubt her mission and calling as a psychic. Kendall races to battle not only Christian and his shadowy methods, but also Dojo…wondering if both might be far more real than she wants to believe. 

What's Interesting: Having a new and huge ghost hunt-with the ghost of Princess Diana as guide! Going on a fast-paced tour with a famous TV medium! And dealing with romantic problems and strange ghosts! And dealing with some pretty issues-including a potential demonic entity!

It Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist
Publisher: Howard Books
Published: April 9th, 2013
From Goodreads:
A transporting historical novel about a promising young inventor, his struggle with loss, and the attractive teacher who changes his life, all set against the razzle-dazzle of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Gambling everything, including the family farm, Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the Fair’s Machinery Palace makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading.

The young teacher is reluctant to participate, and Cullen has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons while intently watching her lips. Like the newly invented Ferris Wheel, he is caught in a whirl between his girl back home, his dreams as an inventor, and his unexpected attraction to his new tutor. Can he keep his feet on the ground, or will he be carried away? 

What's Interesting: A struggling but promising inventor, who gambled everything to show his newest invent at the 1893 Chicago World Fair! But it being loud, so he hires a teacher of the deaf to teach him lip-reading! But dealing with romantic feelings and his future!

Silent Harmony by Michele Scott
Publisher: Skyscape
Published: May 28th, 2013
From Goodreads:
Small town seventeen-year-old Vivienne Taylor is a talented equestrian with Olympic dreams and a little something extra going on she is also an equine empath, someone who has the ability to read horses minds and moods. When she receives a full scholarship to attend Fairmont Riding Academy, a prep school with a famous riding program, she struggles with homesickness, hazing by the school's snooty drama queen, intense competition in the sport of three-day-eventing, and the not-altogether-unwelcome interest of a hot guy. 

On top of all of that the horse given to Vivienne via the scholarship is an animal that she cannot read or understand. When Vivienne learns that her new horse Harmony belonged to the school's vet, who recently died in a freak accident, she senses that the horse's aloof behavior may be the result of her witnessing this accident. But as a connection begins to unfold between Vivienne and Harmony, Vivienne begins to believe that the vet's death was no accident at all but rather murder and she resolves, at considerable peril, to track down the killer. 

What's Interesting: Being a talented equestrian with Olympic dreams-and a equine empath! Then receiving a great scholarship to a school with a fantastic riding program! That the horse she's riding there, she can't understand until the history of the previous rider! That history that turns out to be a murder and having to investigate!

Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published: May 7th, 2013
From Goodreads:
In Victorian London, if you’re not a blue blood of the Echelon then you’re nothing at all. The Great Houses rule the city with an iron fist, imposing their strict ‘blood taxes’ on the nation, and the Queen is merely a puppet on a string…

Lena Todd makes the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a sympathizer for the humanist movement haunting London’s vicious blue blood elite. Not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger, and the one man whose kiss she can’t forget…

Stricken with the loupe and considered little more than a slave-without-a-collar to the blue bloods, Will wants nothing to do with the Echelon or the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds a coded letter on Lena—a code that matches one he saw on a fire-bombing suspect—he realizes she’s in trouble. To protect her, he must seduce the truth from her.

With the humanists looking to start a war with the Echelon, Lena and Will must race against time—and an automaton army—to stop the humanist plot before it’s too late. But as they fight to save a city on the brink of revolution, the greatest danger might just be to their hearts…

What's Interesting: That if you aren't a blue blood, of one of the Great Houses, then you don't matter! That she is a part of the humanist movement but she's also born to a privileged family! Meeting someone considered a slave who she feels an attraction to! And that the city is on the brink of revolution while they're falling in love!

Shallow Pond by Alissa Grosso
Publisher: Flux
Published: July 8th, 2013
From Goodreads:
Sisters uncover an unbelievable family secret

Barbara “Babie” Bunting is constantly mistaken for her sisters, but she’s determined not to end up like her family. She doesn’t plan to stick around Shallow Pond after graduation, and she certainly won’t be ruined by a broken heart. That is, until fellow orphan Zach Faraday walks into the picture, and Babie can’t deny their chemistry.

When her oldest sister, Annie, comes down with a mysterious illness—initially dismissed as “love sickness”—Babie and Zach start investigating what exactly killed the girls’ mother and why their late father became so consumed by grief. What they find changes everything. 

What's Interesting: Having a family secret that affected her mom, and her dad, and now her older sister! Once wanting to leave town, but meeting a boy and that she's attracted to them! And how the family secret is going to affect everything!

Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Published: March 1st, 2013
From Goodreads:
They left everything behind to build a new Southern utopia... 

After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil War, Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new utopian community. Widow Eliza Crawford seeks passage on Wallace’s ship harboring a dirty secret—and a blossoming hope for a fresh start. But once the voyage begins, troubles abound. Dangers at sea and enemies from within threaten to keep Blake and Eliza from the new life—and love—they long for. 

What's Interesting: Leaving Southern USA for Brazil the horrors of the Civil war! Meeting a widow with a secret but who wants a fresh start! Being on the ship and dangers and enemies everywhere, but falling in love!

Medea by Kerry Greenwood
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Published: June 4th, 2013
From Goodreads:
Medea, Princess of Colchis, is a priestess of Hecate, Three Named, Lady of Phantoms. She is the custodian of the wood in which the Golden Fleece is hung. She alone can tame the giant serpent which guards the grove. And then Jason and his Argonauts come along, and she falls catastophically in love. She helps him steal the Golden Fleece ans sails with him to claim his throne. And that's when things go wrong... and she must attempt to reclaim her humanity through abandoment, murder, grief and heavy seas.

What's Interesting: Being the custodian of the wood where  the Golden Fleece is hung! Then falling in love with Jason and stealing the fleece! But then everything going wrong, and she has to make it right!

And next week's theme is going to be A Genre!

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