I got to read three books last month, you guys. FOR FUN. Since so much of my reading consists of unpublished manuscripts–which are very often wonderful, but which I have to read with an editor’s eye rather than just sitting back and enjoying the story–reading that many published books for pleasure has been an unheard-of luxury lately. I’m proud to present to you a few of my new faves:
–Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. These two authors (who also co-wrote These Broken Stars) were already some of my favorite writers, but they outdid themselves with this new sci-fi story. I adored the characters and how unique each of their voices were–Jules was an adorkably intellectual scholar, and Mia was a street-smart, scrappy survivor. I was in love with both of them barely a few chapters in. The plot, which had Jules and Mia racing to pass ancient tests set for them by a long-dead alien race in order to snag some incredible (and mysterious) new tech, escalated swiftly and kept me entranced.
–A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. In this book, a modern-day Charlotte Holmes (a descendant of yep, Sherlock Holmes) teams up with Jamie Watson to solve MUUUUURDEEEER in their Connecticut boarding school. I’m a little late to the game reading this story, which already has a sequel or two, but I absolutely adored it!
–Hunted by Meagan Spooner. Beauty and the Beast retellings always get my attention, as it’s one of my favorite fairytales, and since this was a retelling that happened to be written by an author I already loved I had high expectations. I wasn’t disappointed! The icy, haunting setting was inspired by rural medieval Russia, and the characters were beautifully well-drawn. The Beast was creepy as heck at first but slowly developed into… well, I won’t spoil it. But I definitely recommend giving this one a read!