Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
About – Aza Ray Boyle’s life has been defined by a unique, deadly lung disease. Just days before her sixteenth birthday, she’s swept aboard a ship sailing through the sky-bound world of Magonia and discovers her true identity. Everyone on earth believes she is dead – except her one true friend (love?) – Jason. Aza struggles to accept her new destiny without losing her old reality, especially Jason.
Why I recommend it – Magonia starts out like a John Green love story but quickly evolves into a pirate/fantasy/changeling/adventure story … yes; a bit of everything. Which is one of the reasons I really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to the second book which is being published sometime this year.
All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (#3 in The Naturals series)
About – Three casinos. Three bodies. Three days. After a string of brutal murders in Las Vegas, the Naturals are called in to investigate. But even with the team’s unique profiling talents, these murders are baffling. Each victim has a string of numbers on their wrist. They know there is a code hidden in the numbers – and the closer the Naturals come to unraveling the mystery, the more perilous the case becomes. They scramble to crack the code before the killer strikes again.
Why I recommend it – I love The Naturals! Each book is told from 17-year-old Cassie’s perspective (except for a few creepy glimpses from the killer’s point of view) but highlights a different member of the group. All In showcases Sloan’s natural talent with numbers and her back story. All the books revolve around serial killers. But this one has a totally unexpected twist at the end. Who saw THAT coming? There will be at least one more book in the series; hopefully two. They are quick reads that will appeal to anyone who likes thriller mysteries.
Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger (#4 in the Finishing School series)
About – Sophronia is starting her last year aboard the floating dirigible that is home to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing School. She misses her friend Soap and yearns to use her skills to thwart the dastardly Picklemen. As always, it is difficult to determine whom to trust. The werewolves? The ever-stylish vampire Lord Akeldama? Only one thing is certain: Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster–in decidedly dramatic fashion, of course
Why I recommend it –The steampunk London of the Finishing School series is well-constructed and the main character, Sophronia, is smart and strong-willed, but also very human. I will admit I had put off reading Manners & Mutiny because I knew it was the last book in The Finishing School series – and I simply did not want it to end. Then I read that Ms. Carriger is planning on continuing with novellas about some of the main characters! Huzzah!