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Featured Reads: Week of 5/29

May 29, 2017
The Riveted Team
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Happy Monday!

This Memorial Day week, if you’re not enjoying the outdoors and barbecuing or gallivanting around on a summer vacation (or even if you are and need a brief respite from your crazy family to escape to a fictional world), we’ve got you covered as always!

Kicking it off today, we’ve got some historical fiction with Changeling, the first book in legendary author Philippa Gregory’s foray into YA, the Order of Darkness series. Travel back to 1453 and follow Isolde and Luca across a medieval Italian landscape as they investigate dark and dangerous dealings, from witchcraft in a nunnery to werewolves in the forests. It’s the perfect time to embark on this epic journey—in just a few week’s time (June 13, to be precise), you’ll be able to pick up this great bind-up of the first three books in the series, and then come Spring 2018, the final and as-yet-unnamed fourth book will be hitting bookstores everywhere!

Then for a change of pace, give Thomas E. Sniegoski’s Savage a try. On the small island of Benediction, a hurricane has brought devastating winds, risings tides…and something else. Something deadly; something that will transform all the things that creep, crawl, and flutter into instruments of terror and death. If you’re a fan of James Patterson’s Zoo, or of anything from Stephen King, Savage will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. Bonus: when you find yourself unable to put it down until it’s finished, you’ll be able to go right into the sequel, Monstrous, on sale May 30!

Then, in keeping with our weekly summery reads, we’ve got two more for you this week. First, for a sweet (and sexy) read, there’s Terra Elan McVoy’s The Summer of Firsts and Lasts, a story about three sisters and one life-changing summer. Then, for a little light sci-fi/comedy, there’s Tom Lombardi’s My Summer on Earth, a humorous and cool debut novel about a sixteen-year-old alien learning what it’s like to be human.

Finally, last week’s reads are still available and last week was a HUGE week with the release of Cassandra Clare’s LORD OF SHADOWS! We’ve got extended excerpts of both Lady Midnight AND Lord of Shadows, the first two books in Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series. Then we’ve also two summery reads from last week: How My Summer Went Up in Flames from Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, the story of impulsive teen Rosie on a cross-country road trip with her neighbor and his two friends as punishment for setting fire to her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car, and Summer of Yesterday from Gaby Triana, the romantic fantasy summed up as “Back to the Future meets Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”

Find out more about this week’s reads:

Changelingby Philippa Gregory

Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of this first in a four-book teen series from the #1 bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl.

The year is 1453 and all signs point to it being the end of the world. Accused of heresy and expelled from his monastery, handsome seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is recruited by a mysterious stranger to record the end of times across Europe. Commanded by sealed orders, Luca is sent to map the fears of Christendom and travel to the very frontier of good and evil.

Seventeen-year-old Isolde, a Lady Abbess, is trapped in a nunnery to prevent her from claiming her rich inheritance. As the nuns in her care are driven mad by strange visions, walking in their sleep, and showing bleeding wounds, Luca is sent to investigate and driven to accuse her.

Forced to face the greatest fears of the dark ages—witchcraft, werewolves, madness—Luca and Isolde embark on a search for truth, their own destinies, and even love as they take the unknown ways to the real historical figure who defends the boundaries of Christendom and holds the secrets of the Order of Darkness.

Savageby Thomas E. Sniegoski

Sidney and her friends must race to find the origin of a storm that has hit their small island home—turning every animal into savage weapons—in this suspenseful thriller from New York Times bestselling author, Thomas E. Sniegoski.

The future is looking bright for Sidney Moore as she as she gets ready to leave the small island of Benediction behind for one of Boston’s top veterinary schools. Only a few small bumps in the road to navigate before she can go—her father’s recovery from a debilitating stroke, and her own guilt for ending her relationship with her high school sweetheart. But she’s always been strong willed, and she’s not about to let anything stop her from achieving her goals.

Now a storm is bearing down on Benediction, a hurricane that will bring devastating winds and rain, rising tides...and something else. Something deadly; something that will transform all the things that creep, crawl, and flutter into instruments of terror and death.

The future is looking bright for Sidney Moore…if only she can survive the storm.

The Summer of Firsts and Lastsby Terra Elan McVoy

Three sisters. One life-changing summer.

Calla loves summer because summer means Duncan. They’ve been best friends for years, but Calla has never worked up the nerve to tell him how she really feels. This summer, the summer before college, is Calla’s last chance.

Violet isn’t much of a rule breaker in real life. But this isn’t real life, this is summer, and Violet is determined to make the most of it. Besides, a little sneaking out never hurt anyone. And sneaking out with James is 100% worth the risk...even though James is completely off-limits.

Daisy has never been the sister that boys notice, but when sparks fly with Joel at the first bonfire of summer, it seems so easy and right. So why is being his girlfriend so complicated?

My Summer on Earthby Tom Lombardi

Sixteen, perfect body, tons of money, and doesn't eat....What's so alien about that?

Say hello to Clint. He's an alien disguised as a human -- and a fairly outspoken, foulmouthed alien at that. He's got an important mission to complete, but like a typical teenager, Clint gets a bit distracted when he gets here. This distraction's name is Zoë, and Clint has an overwhelming urge to experience earthling love with her, if he could just figure out how.

But if Clint doesn't focus and complete his mission, it could spell disaster for his people. And what teenager wants that on his conscience? Young love, a crappy job, and absolutely clueless -- sounds like a typical summer on Earth.

Lord of Shadowsby Cassandra Clare

Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed in Cassandra Clare’s Lord of Shadows, the sequel to the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight. Lord of Shadows is a Shadowhunters novel.

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

How My Summer Went Up in Flamesby Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

First she lost her heart. Then she lost her mind. And now she’s on a road trip to win back her ex. This debut novel’s packed with drama and romance!

Rosie’s always been impulsive. She didn’t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. And she never thought her attempts to make amends could be considered stalking. So when she’s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, she’s heartbroken—and furious.

To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie’s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with responsible, reliable neighbor Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road, Rosie wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But her determination starts to dwindle with each passing mile. Because Rosie’s spark of anger? It may have just ignited a romance with someone new…

Summer of Yesterdayby Gaby Triana

Back to the Future meets Fast Times at Ridgemont High when Haley’s summer vacation takes a turn for the retro in this totally rad romantic fantasy.

Summer officially sucks. Thanks to a stupid seizure she had a few months earlier, Haley’s stuck going on vacation with her dad and his new family to Disney’s Fort Wilderness instead of enjoying the last session of summer camp back home with her friends. Fort Wilderness holds lots of childhood memories for her father, but surely nothing for Haley. But then a new seizure triggers something she’s never before experienced—time travel—and she ends up in River Country, the campground’s long-abandoned water park, during its heyday.

The year? 1982.

And there—with its amusing fashion, “oldies” music, and primitive technology—she runs into familiar faces: teenage Dad and Mom before they’d even met. Somehow, Haley must find her way back to the twenty-first century before her present-day parents anguish over her disappearance, a difficult feat now that she’s met Jason, one of the park’s summer residents and employees, who takes the strangely dressed stowaway under his wing.

Seizures aside, Haley’s used to controlling her life, and she has no idea how to deal with this dilemma. How can she be falling for a boy whose future she can’t share?

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