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Monday, July 9, 2018

Backlist Love (6)


Lemme know some of your unsung faves in the comments!


THE LOST by Sarah Beth Durst
My coverage of The Lost can be found here.

Award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst has been praised for her captivating novels that merge the darkly imagined with very real themes of self-discovery and destiny. In The Lost, we'll discover just what it means to lose one's way….

It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she's going to have to figure out just what she's missing—and what she's running from—before she can leave. So now Lauren's on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she'll be found….

Against the backdrop of this desolate and mystical town, Sarah Beth Durst writes an arresting, fantastical novel of one woman's impossible journey…and her quest to find her fate.

My coverage of I Stop Somewhere can be found here.

Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.

Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn’t need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.

But when the unthinkable happens, Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn't the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.

The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.

TE Carter’s stirring and visceral debut not only discusses and dismantles rape culture, but it also reminds us what it is to be human.

(On the) JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta
My coverage of Jellicoe Road can be found here.

Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award * ALA Best Book for Young Adults * Kirkus Best Book

Jellicoe Road is a dazzling tale that is part love story, part family drama, and part coming-of-age novel. Described by Kirkus Reviews as “a beautifully rendered mystery” and by VOYA as “a great choice for more sophisticated readers and those teens who like multifaceted stories and characters.”

Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn't a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs, the boy who might be the key to unlocking the secrets for Taylor’s past, is back in town, moody stares and all.

In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her; Hannah finding her; Hannah’s sudden departure; a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear; a boy in her dreams; five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago; and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does.

If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she just might be able to change her future.

Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored video, though The Lost & I Stop Somewhere were originally sent to me for review consideration purposes. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

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  1. Jellicoe Road has been on my list forever. I've put it off b/c I'm timid about the feels.
    But, The Lost is grabbing me.

    Yeah, I Stop Somewhere will sadly be one of those universal truths type.

    Lately, I've been hitting the back list of steampunk romance it seems with Meljean Brook and Bec McMaster.

  2. Jellicoe Road YAS! The other two are on my TBR list, but that one blew away all my expectations. I loved the storytelling style, personally- adds to the mystery and sense of magical realism and general chaos of growing up. I really want to read her other books, but I don't know if they could hold up to Jellicoe. But I agree, everyone should read it. The Backlist Love I've recently re-discovered is N.K. Jemisin's Inheritence trilogy. <3


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