Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!
This week's picks:
Charisma by Jeanne Ryan
"A chance at the ultimate makeover means deadly consequences in this Sarah Dessen-meets-Robin Cook thriller
suffers from crippling shyness—that is, until she’s offered a dose of
Charisma, an underground gene therapy drug guaranteed to make her shine.
The effects are instant. She’s charming, vivacious, and popular. But
strangely, so are some other kids she knows. The media goes into a
frenzy when the disease turns contagious, and then deadly, and the
doctor who gave it to them disappears. Aislyn must find a way to stop
it, before it's too late.
Part medical thriller, part social justice commentary, Charisma will have readers on the edge of their seats."
This premise is just so fascinating and full of possibility! Medical thriller? Social justice and psychology issues? Sign me up! I haven't read Jeanne Ryan's other novel, Nerve, but as a self-proclaimed introvert, I am particularly interested in Charisma.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
"Mare Barrow’s world is
divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her
family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose
supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can
to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into
the army, she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate
leads her to the royal palace itself where, in front of the king and all
his nobles, she discovers a superhuman ability she didn’t know she had.
Except . . . her blood is Red.
hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost
Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is
drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid
the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a budding Red rebellion. Her actions
put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against
prince and Mare against her own heart."
This one has all the earmarks of a potentially awesome traditional YA fantasy. Social hierarchy, surprise superpowers, royal betrothal, rebellion... lots of tropes we've seen before, but if they're used well I imagine this could be an entertaining read!
What books are you waiting for?