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This month on BookPage Honorable Mentions (reviews), we get insight on Marissa Meyer’s new book, Heartless, for her bestselling series The Lunar Chronicles.
“In her bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Marissa Meyer enthralled fans with super-cool steampunk takes on Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White. In Heartless, she turns her attention to a fairy-tale character who, in our popular imagination, isn’t considered as goodhearted as her fantastical peers–because her catchphrase is, ‘Off with their heads!'” (BookPage 42, Castellitto)
So, the new book is now for the Queen of Hearts, the red queen in Alice in Wonderland. She’s bringing in the Hatter, Caterpillar and even the Jabberwock!
“Heartless is the stuff of dreams, but not always happy ones.” (BookPage 42, Castellitto )
Other books in Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles, are (in order) Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter.
BookPage has picked The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon as their top pick.
Nora Piehl writes “‘Meant to be doesn’t have to mean forever.’ That’s the sentiment that runs through nearly every page of Nicola Yoon’s new novel about a chance meeting between two strangers, which delivers repercussions not only in their lives, but also the lives of perhaps countless others… The Sun is Also a Star, with its condensed chronology, NYC setting and rapid-fire love story, may remind some reads of Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, but here the stakes are higher. Suspense builds, not only surrounding Daniel and Natasha’s romance, but also concerning their individual futures, which, like everything else in this satisfying story, are shaped by the power of love.” (BookPage 43, Piehl)
You can find BookPage’s Behind the Book essay written by the books author, Nicola Yoon, here.
Nicola Yoon is also the author of Everything, Everything.
More honorable mentions from BookPage include:
Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick: “It is 1917, and the world is tearing itself to pieces in a dreadful war, but far to the east of the trenches, another battle is breaking out – the Russian Revolution has just begun…
Blood Red, Snow White captures the mood of this huge moment in history through the adventure of one man who was in the middle of it all; Arthur Ransome, a young British journalist who had first run away to Russia to collect fairy tales.
Told as three linked novellas, part one captures the days of revolution but retells the story as Russian Fairy Tale, with typical humour and unashamed brutality. Part two is a spy story, set over the course of one evening, as Ransome faces up to his biggest challenge, and part three is a love story, full of tragedy and hope, as every good Russian love story should be.” (Goodreads)
“With a challenging three part format, beautiful language and a unique adult male narrator, this dazziling novel based on true events should be the next historical fiction young adult readers reach for.” (BookPage 43, Metcalf)
Beast by Brie Spangler: “Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers.(…)” (Goodreads).
“Sometimes touching, often funny, always honest and human, Spangler’s Beast is a powerful debut and a wonderful read.” (BookPage 43, Weber)
You in Five Acts by Una LaMarche: “In the high-pressure months leading up to the performance that will determine their futures, a group of friends at a performing arts school look back on when an unexpected event upended everything. The moment that changed their relationships, their friendships, and their lives forever.” (Goodreads)
“Perhaps the strongest elements of You in Five Acts are the friends ships between these characters and the different ways their dedication to art can be a saving grace or a curse.” (BookPage 44, Seggel)
Some other books found in BookPage include:
Balcony on the Moon by Ibtisam Barakat
What Light by Jay Asher
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincade
Merrow by Ananda Braxton-Smith
Remember to check out the library’s new books!