Did you know that March is National Reading Month across the United States?
To celebrate a full month of literacy awareness, the JJJ Book Club complied a list of our fave new releases this month including Sally Green‘s “Half Bad”, Philip Kerr‘s “The Winter Horses” and Justina Ireland‘s “Promise of Shadows”.
WHAT ARE YOU READING for National Reading Month?
Check out our full list of favorites inside…
“The Winter Horses” by Philip Kerr
It will soon be another cold winter in the Ukraine. But it’s 1941, and things are different this year. Max, the devoted caretaker of an animal preserve, must learn to live with the Nazis who have overtaken this precious land. He must also learn to keep secrets-for there is a girl, Kalinka, who is hiding in the park.
She’s has lost her home, her family, her belongings-everything but her life. Still, she has gained one small, precious gift: a relationship with the rare wild and wily Przewalski’s horses that wander the preserve. Aside from Max, these endangered animals are her only friends-until a Nazi campaign of extermination nearly wipes them out for good. Now Kalinka must set out on a treacherous journey across the frozen Ukrainian forest to save the only two surviving horses-and herself.
“Promise of Shadows” by Justina Ireland
Zephyr Mourning has never been very good at being a Harpy. Sheâ€™d rather watch reality TV than learn forty-seven ways to kill a man, and she pretty much sucks at wielding magic. But all that changes when her sister is murderedâ€”and she uses a forbidden dark power to save herself from the same fate.
Now, she’s on the run from a punishment worse than death when an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend changes everything. Because it seems like Zephyr might just be the Nyx, a dark goddess made flesh that is prophesied to change the power balance. For hundreds of years the half-gods have lived in fear, and Zephyr is supposed to change that. But how is she supposed to save everyone when she canâ€™t even save herself?
“Half Bad” by Sally Green
In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and fifteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathanâ€™s father is the worldâ€™s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his sixteenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witchâ€”or else he will die.
But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trustâ€”not even family, not even the girl he loves?
“The Forgotten Girl” by Jessica Sorensen
Maddie Asherford is haunted by a past she canâ€™t remember. When she was fifteen years old, there was a tragic accident and she was left with amnesia. In the aftermath, Maddieâ€™s left struggling with who she isâ€”the forgotten girl she was eight years ago or the Maddie she is now. Sometimes it even feels like she might be two different people completelyâ€”the good Maddie and the bad one.
Good Maddie goes to therapy, spends time with her family, and works on healing herself. Bad Maddie rebels and has dark thoughts of hurting people and sometimes even killing them.
Maddie manages to keep her twisted thoughts hidden for the most part. That is until she starts having blackouts. Each time she wakes up from one, sheâ€™s near a murder scene with no recollection of what happened the night before and this helpless feeling like sheâ€™s losing control of her life. Maddie doesnâ€™t want to believe sheâ€™s a killer, but she begins to question who she really was in her past. If she was bad Maddie all along and that maybe she was a killer.
“Elusion” by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam
A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complicationsâ€”or consequencesâ€”of real life.
Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her fatherâ€™s unexpected death, Regan canâ€™t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.
Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusionâ€”accusations that itâ€™s addictive and dangerousâ€” Regan is determined to defend it.
“Exposure” by Kathy & Brendan Reichs
When twin classmates are abducted from Bolton Prep, Tory and the Virals decide thereâ€™s no one better equipped than them to investigate. But the gang has other problems to face. Their powers are growing wilder, and becoming harder to control.
Chance Claybourne is investigating the disastrous medical experiment that twisted their DNA. The bonds that unite them are weakening, threatening the future of the pack itself. The Virals must decipher the clues and track down a ruthless criminal before he strikes again, all while protecting their secret from prying eyes. And everyone seems to be watching.
“Dangerous” by Shannon Hale
Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit, see something new. She never intended to fall in love. And she never imagined stumbling into a frightening plot that kills her friends and just might kill her, too.
A plot that is already changing life on Earth as we know it. There’s no going back. She is the only thing standing between danger and annihilation.
“The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare” by M.G. Buehrlen
For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like sheâ€™s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the Worldâ€™s Fair. But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she canâ€™t explain. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.
It isnâ€™t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions arenâ€™t really visions. Alex is a Descender â€“ capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.
“Sing Sweet Nightingale” by Erica Cameron
Mariella Teagen hasn’t spoken a word in four years. She’d pledged her voice and love to Orane, a man she only sees in her dreams. Each night, she escapes to Paradise, the world Orane created for her, and she sings for him. Mariella never believed she could stay in Paradise longer than a night, but two weeks before her eighteenth birthday, Orane hints that she may be able to stay forever.
Hudson Vincent made a pledge to never fight again. Calease, the creature who created his dream world, swore that giving up violence would protect Hudson. But when his vow caused the death of his little brother, Hudson turned his grief on Calease and destroyed the dream world. The battle left him with new abilities and disturbing visions of a silent girl in grave dangerâ€”Mariella.
Now, Hudson is fighting to save Mariella’s life while she fights to give it away. And he must find a way to show her Oraneâ€™s true intentions before she is lost to Paradise forever.
“Nil” by Lynne Matson
On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days–to escape, or you die.
Charley doesnâ€™t know the rules. She doesnâ€™t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, sheâ€™s lying naked in an empty rock field.
Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thadâ€™s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.
“The Slanted Worlds” by Catherine Fisher
In book two of the critically acclaimed Obsidian Mirror series, Jake, Sarah, and Oberon Venn continue their fight for control of the Obsidian Mirror, and whoever wins will either save a life, change the past, or rescue the future. But the Mirror has plans of its own…
“Storm” by D.J. MacHale
Tucker, Tori, Kent, and Olivia have escaped from Maine’s war-torn Pemberwick Island, but their arrival in nearby Portland brings them no solace.
The town is both damaged and almost deserted; and the city’s few survivors seem as hopelessly uninformed as Tucker and his friends. Radio messages about a gathering resistance give them new hope, but also provoke disagreements in the group. Should they join the fight or simply run for their lives?
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