Here we go again!
In case you missed last week’s giveaway, my word for 2015 is “Simplify.” It means cutting things out of my life that cause me stress, at least when I can, making complex tasks simpler, and decluttering. My 500-plus title TBR pile is stressing me out, but I can’t throw books away (which is how I got in this shape to begin with), I think they’re wasted at places like Goodwill, where they languish for years. So I’m passing them on to you in hopes you’ll find something you want to read.
The ones you don’t want to read? Give them away, donate them (I’m in a small town and there aren’t many opportunities to donate here), or put them in a yard-sale pile.
Be warned—they’re in no order by genre or format or release date. I’m grabbing them in whatever order I find them, so you never know what will show up!
HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment saying which of these books you’d read first!
SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM (Rain Cacique #2), by Greg Weisman (St. Martin’s Griffin, Trade Paperback, July 2014).
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy. This is second in Weisman’s Rain of the Ghosts series, which sounds pretty cool. The blurb: Welcome to the Prospero Keys (or as the locals call them: the Ghost Keys), the beautiful chain of tropical islands on the edge of the Bermuda Triangle where Rain Cacique lives. When Rain’s maternal grandfather passed away, he left her his special armband: two gold snakes intertwined, clasping each other’s tails in their mouths. Rain soon discovers that the armband is actually a zemi – a very powerful talisman created by the island’s native Arawak Taino Indians – and that it allows Rain to see ghosts, including her own grandfather who is determined to help her uncover the Ghost Keys’ hidden world of mystery and mysticism, intrigue and adventure. Now, Rain Cacique’s looking for a few answers — and the second zemi, a Taino relic that allows her to see dead people. But it’s the first week of school, so she’s pretty busy juggling teachers, homework, baby-sitting duties, new friends, missing tourist kids… and a vampire with a tribal twist.
VORTEX (Tempest #2), by Julie Cross (Thomas Dunne, Hardcover, January 2013).
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy. This is the follow-up to Cross’s highly touted debut book, Tempest…which also is in the TBR mountain somewhere. The blurb: Jackson Meyer has thrown himself into his role as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. Despite his heartbreak at losing the love of his life, Jackson has proved himself to be an excellent agent. However, after an accidental run in with Holly—the girl he altered history to save—Jackson is once again reminded of what he’s lost. And when Eyewall, an opposing division of the CIA, emerges, Jackson and his fellow agents not only find themselves under attack, but Jackson begins to discover that the world around him has changed and someone knows about his erased relationship with Holly, putting both their lives at risk all over again.
REBELLION (Extraction #2), by Stephanie Diaz (St. Martin’s Griffin, Hardcover, February 2015).
Genre: YA Science Fiction. This is the followup to Diaz’s debut novel, Extraction. The blurb: It’s been seven days since Clementine, Logan, and their allies retreated into hiding on the Surface. Clementine feels almost safe in their company, but she knows it won’t last. The rebels may have won one fight against Commander Charlie, but the war is far from over. He will find a way to fly his Core battleship to the nearby planet, Marden, no matter how many lives are lost in the process. Unless the rebels defeat him first. The rebel plan is simple: they will infiltrate each sector and weaken his infrastructure from within his ranks. They will convince the underage workers in the camps to join in the uprising. They will hijack ships, enter the Core, and assassinate Charlie. But Charlie has more weapons in his possession than guns and bombs, and he will do whatever it takes to keep the rebels from ruining his plans. With every step, Clementine draws closer to losing Logan and everyone she cares about—and losing control of herself.
THE PREY (The Hunt #2), by Andrew Fukuda (St. Martin’s Griffin, Trade Paperback, September 2013).
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy. This is a sequel to The Hunt, and is described as “The Hunger Games with vampires.” Well, that’s tempting! The blurb: For Gene and the remaining humans—or hepers—death is just a heartbeat away. On the run and hunted by society, they must find a way to survive in The Vast… and avoid the hungry predators tracking them in the dark. But they’re not the only things following Gene. He’s haunted by the girl he left behind and his burgeoning feelings for Sissy, the human girl at his side. When they discover a refuge of exiled humans living high in the mountains, Gene and his friends think they’re finally safe. Led by a group of intensely secretive elders, the civilisation begins to raise more questions than answers. A strict code of behaviour is the rule, harsh punishments are meted out, young men are nowhere to be found—and Gene begins to wonder if the world they’ve entered is just as evil as the one they left behind. As life at the refuge grows more perilous, he and Sissy only grow closer. In an increasingly violent world, all they have is each other… if they can only stay alive.
PURE (Pure #1), by Julianna Baggott (Grand Center, Trade ARC, February 2012).
Genre: YA Postapocalyptic. This best-seller has been on the TBR pile for three years and never made it to the top, so…time to go! I’ve heard great things about it, and it’s the first in the series. The blurb: We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . . Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run. Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . . There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it’s his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her. When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.
So, which one most floats your boat? I read a lot of YA in 2011-12 and got totally burned out on the teenager-saves-the-world thing. I think my age just makes me roll my eyes at angst from anyone under the age of 21, so you’ll see a lot of YA show up on these TBR giveaways. I know I’m missing some great books, but…scorched earth.