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Riveted Summer Reads: Summer of Consequences

July 3, 2017
The Riveted Team
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Happy Monday!

As our Riveted Summer rolls along, we hope YOU’RE having a great summer! We just wrapped up The Summer of Deception and what else could possibly follow up all that deception than consequences! Justice always prevails, the good guys win in the end, and for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Well, maybe that last one’s a bit of a stretch in this case but there is a nugget of truth in there: in fiction (and often—but not always—IRL), a character’s actions, big or small, good or bad, always have consequences. A prank, a kiss, a word, the smallest acts sometimes prove pivotal, shifting the story in an unexpected direction and often resulting in a complete transformation. In each of our featured reads this week, our protagonists will find themselves grappling with the unintended and unforeseen consequences of their actions…

First up for the Summer of Consequences, we’re SO excited to feature an advance extended excerpt of Alexandra Sirowy’s upcoming First We Were IV! Available July 25, First We Were IV follows four high school students who form a secret society devoted to mischief that rights wrongs and pays back debts (After all, there needs to be consequences for those wrongdoings, right?). Of course, things quickly spiral out of control in ways you won’t see coming and suffice it to say, our four protagonists find themselves facing consequences of their own. This thriller is sexy and intense, featuring a roster of characters that leap off the page! With her previous books, The Creeping and The Telling, Alexandra Sirowy has been making a name for herself as a YA thriller author and no doubt First We Were IV will propel her even further!

Next up: in Rachele Alpine’s A Void the Size of the World, Rhylee must face the consequences after her actions indirectly lead to her sister’s disappearance. It’s another perfect fit for this week’s theme! But what was it that Rhylee did, you may be wondering? She kissed her sister’s boyfriend. Worse, her sister caught her. Worse still, her sister ran off into the dark woods and never came home. We were already in love with this striking cover image and we’re looking forward to reading this one right alongside you all, start reading the extended excerpt right here!

For our next title, we’ve got an extended excerpt of Boy from Blake Nelson! Now, we can’t talk about Boy without talking about Girl: in case you weren’t already familiar with it, Blake’s Girl was originally serialized in Sassy magazine over twenty years ago and went on to become a cult favorite. Fast-forward to today and after all these years, Blake’s written a new companion novel, Boy. In Boy, protagonist Gavin is one of the cool kids, living an easy life of parties, girls and snowboarding…until he meets dark and dramatic Antoinette. Antoinette’s a force of nature and Gavin’s obsession with her quickly grows, culminating in one life-altering night (#consequences!). Blake’s devoted following is going to LOVE Boy, and a new generation of readers will be delighted to discover both Girl and Boy. The best part: while you can read our extended excerpt of Boy here on Riveted as part of our Summer of Consequences, you can ALSO read ALL of Girl on our new Wattpad profile where we’re currently serializing it!

Then, throwing a little mystery into the mix, we’ve got Lock and Mori, a modern-day re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes and the first book in Heather W. Petty’s Lock and Mori Trilogy. When a murdered body is found in London’s Regent’s Park, sixteen-year-old Lock (Sherlock) challenges his classmate Mori (Miss James Moriarty) to solve the crime before he does. The attraction between Lock and Mori, mixed with their friendly competition and Lock’s social awkwardness, is the perfect recipe for a hot romance, but while the murder may bring them together, the truth may very well drive them apart. Powerhouse author Ellen Hopkins described Lock and Mori as “wise, witty and engaging” and author Heather W. Petty as “a force to be reckoned with.” Read the whole book here for our Summer of Consequences and if you find yourself hooked, don’t miss the rest of the trilogy: the second book, Mind Games, is available now, and the third and final book, The Final Fall, will be available November 28!

Moving right along! Our next featured title is Abigail Haas’s Dangerous Girls. Anna and a few of her friends fly down to Aruba for Spring Break of their senior year for what they expect will be the time of their lives, but when one of them is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself a prime suspect. Kirkus described Dangerous Girls as “a compulsively readable, hair-raising snapshot of 21st-century legal spectacle” and “ripped from the headlines.” Readers will be swept up in the story the same way we’ve been swept up in the stories of the likes of Natalee Holloway, Lacey Peterson, and Amanda Knox. A psychological thriller you’ll want to read in one sitting, Dangerous Girls will leave you mentally and emotionally exhausted (in a good way).

For our final featured title, we’re happy to bring back One Cut by Eve Porinchak, one of the launch titles for Simon Pulse’s new Simon True series. While Dangerous Girls was practically ripped from the headlines, One Cut actually is—it’s a non-fiction title, as each of the Simon True books are, and recounts the events of May 22, 1995 when a backyard brawl led to a murder and turned a small, quiet town upside down. This is no dry, slow read though: from the initial brawl to the trials that ensued, One Cut is tense and dramatic and will keep you reading late into the night. The fact that you may find yourself inadvertently learning a lot about the criminal justice system is a bonus.

Find out more about our Summer of Consequences reads:

First We Were IVby Alexandra Sirowy

A group of friends start a secret society in this out-of-control thriller from the author of The Telling and The Creeping that examines the all-consuming love of lifelong friendship—and what someone is capable of when they’re afraid of losing it.

Izzie loves nothing more than her three best friends, Viv, Graham, and Harry, and the bond the four of them share. And she’s terrified of their friendship falling apart next year when they go off to college. To bind them together, she decides to create that will belong only to them, a special thing that they’ll always share between the four of them. And so they dream up the Order of IV, a secret society devoted to mischief that rights wrongs and pays back debts. At first, it works like a charm—but when the Order of IV’s escapades get recognition beyond their wildest expectations, other people start wanting in. And soon, what started as a game of friendship is spiraling into something dangerous and beyond their control—and before it’s over, they’ll pay the ultimate sacrifice.

A Void the Size of the Worldby Rachele Alpine

A haunting novel about a girl who must face the consequences after her actions indirectly lead to her sister’s disappearance.

Rhylee didn’t mean to kiss her sister’s boyfriend. At least, not the first time. But it doesn’t matter, because her sister, Abby, caught them together, ran into the dark woods behind their house…and never came home.

As evidence mounts that something terrible has happened to Abby, no one wants to face the truth. Rhylee can’t bring herself to admit what she’s done: that she is the reason her sister ran away. Now Tommy, Abby’s boyfriend, is the prime suspect in her disappearance, and Rhylee’s world has been turned upside down. Slowly, Rhylee’s family is breaking—their lives center on the hope that Abby will return. Rhylee knows they need to face the truth and begin healing—but how can they, when moving on feels like a betrayal? And how do you face the guilt of wishing a person gone…when they actually disappear?

Boyby Blake Nelson

In the style of Blake Nelson’s cult favorite, Girl, comes a brand-new story about the moments in life that change how you see everything and everyone you always thought you knew—including yourself.

Every school has them: the cool kids. The insiders. Gavin Meeks is one of them. He lives an easy life of parties, girls, snowboarding adventures and whatever else comes his way.

But when dark, dramatic Antoinette crash-lands at Evergreen High, the entire school feels the impact. Antoinette has seen things, been places, experienced deep tragedy first-hand. She’s not just a rebel, she’s a force of nature. Gavin, for one, is captivated and is soon pursuing interests he never knew he had. With a camera in hand, he finds a way to express his own truth, including his feelings for his favorite subject: Antoinette. It all leads to one passionate, life-altering night in this achingly authentic story from bestselling author Blake Nelson.

Lock & Moriby Heather W. Petty

In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students—one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James “Mori” Moriarty—meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.

Before they were mortal enemies, they were much more…

FACT: Someone has been murdered in London’s Regent’s Park. The police have no leads.

FACT: Miss James “Mori” Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes should be hitting the books on a school night. Instead, they are out crashing a crime scene.

FACT: Lock has challenged Mori to solve the case before he does. Challenge accepted.

FACT: Despite agreeing to Lock’s one rule—they must share every clue with each other—Mori is keeping secrets.

OBSERVATION: Sometimes you can’t trust the people closest to you with matters of the heart. And after this case, Mori may never trust Lock again.

Dangerous Girlsby Abigail Haas

Paradise in Aruba quickly gets gruesome in this “ripped-from-the-headlines thriller (Kirkus Reviews)” with a twist that defies the imagination.

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.

But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer, she discovers harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

Awaiting the judge’s decree, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks she is not only guilty, but also dangerous. And when the whole story comes out, reality is more shocking than anyone could ever imagine...

One Cutby Eve Porinchak

A backyard brawl turned media circus filled with gang accusations turns a small, quiet town upside down in this second book in the new Simon True series.

On May 22, 1995 at 7 p.m. sixteen-year-old Jimmy Farris and seventeen-year-old Mike McLoren were working out outside Mike’s backyard fort. Four boys hopped the fence, and a fight broke out inside the dark fort made of two-by-four planks and tarps. Within minutes, both Mike and Jimmy had been stabbed. Jimmy died a short time later.

While neighbors knew that the fort was a local hangout where drugs were available, the prosecution depicted the four defendants as gang members, and the crime as gang related. The accusations created a media circus, and added fuel to the growing belief that this affluent, safe, all-white neighborhood was in danger of a full-blown gang war.

Four boys stood trial. All four boys faced life sentences. Why? Because of California’s Felony Murder Rule. The law states that “a death is considered first degree murder when it is commissioned during one of the following felonies: Arson, Rape, Carjacking, Robbery, Burglary, Mayhem, Kidnapping.” In other words, if you—or somebody you are with—intends to commit a felony, and somebody accidentally dies in the process, all parties can be tried and convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life without parole, even if nobody had any intention of committing a murder.

What really happened that day? Was it a case of robbery gone wrong? Gang activity? Or was it something else?

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