Another month and another great round of titles! Here’s the choice for March: Chosen by Lauren Chow. Exhausted from the taunts of her classmates and the neglect of her careless foster parents, Clara is counting down the days until graduation. When swoon-worthy Jay Woods transfers to Ford High School, Clara’s eyes are opened to a universe she never knew existed. As the life she once knew shatters and ancient secrets are revealed, Clara must learn to control her newfound powers while defeating a raging darkness that will change the world forever. Could “The Freak” from Ford High be the key to saving the human race?
We have come across a number of stellar titles over the past month, but DD’s pick of the finest reading from the past month’s submissions is ‘Before We Were Yours’ by Lisa Wingate. A story of a family lost and found . . . a poignant, engrossing tale about sibling love and the toll of secrets. A thought-provoking & complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal.
A new year and a month! Here is the first choice of 2018. In Kylie Brant’s taut thriller Pretty Girls Dancing, Whitney DeVries is dancing for her life, and yet I couldn’t help but mime the familiar ballet positions. That’s the power of good writing. But these aren’t the ballet classes of my youth—in this class, the girls don’t live to see their recital. With every pirouette, we come closer to the killer.
Another month and another great round of titles! Here is the final choice of 2017. From the pen of Kerry J Donovan, Ryan Kaine: On the Run, is a powerful, action-packed novel set against the backdrop of the international arms trade. The first in the new thriller series, Ryan Kaine, is a new addition to the great military action characters in the tradition of Lee Child, Mark Dawson, and Matt Rogers.
The submissions this month certainly were impressive. Without further ado, we present: ‘A Crowded Heart’ by Andrea McKenzie Raine. A story of one man who could be anyone and of how the war he goes off to fight in follows him home and of the battles that ensue in various areas of what should be his normal life. A beautifully written literary novel, that takes you on an emotion ride and leaves you wanting more.
We have come across a number of stellar titles over the past month, but DD’s pick of the finest reading from the past month’s submissions is ‘Agents of Shadow’ by Richard Crofton. A 2017 SIBA Award Nominee, this is a gripping tale of evil, masterfully woven into the pages of this book. Not for the faint of heart, this story makes the reader question who can be trusted, and who, if indeed anyone, will step forth to quell the evil before it claims its next victim.
We saw so many great titles come through this month, it was difficult to choose a number one – but here it is: ‘RecipeArium’ by Costi Gurgu. Costi is a marvelously gifted writer and now his work has been translate for English speaking audiences. Winner of Nemira, Vladimir Colin and Atelier Kult Awards – this is a must for “Game of Thrones” fans.