Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together Book Cover Piecing Me Together
Renée Watson
Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Bloomsbury Publishing
February 8th 2018 (first published February 4th 2017)
Paperback
264

Jade is a girl striving for success in world that seems like it's trying to break her.

She knows she needs to take every opportunity that comes her way. And she has: every day she rides the bus away from her friends and to the private school where she feels like an outsider, but where she has plenty of opportunities. 

But some opportunities Jade could do without, like the mentorship program for "at-risk" girls. Just because her mentor is black doesn't mean she understands where Jade is coming from. Why is Jade always seen as someone who needs help? Someone people want to fix? But with a college scholarship promised at the end of it, how can Jade say no?

Jade feels like her life is made up of hundreds of conflicting pieces. Will it ever fit together? Will she ever find her place in the world? More than anything Jade wants the opportunity to be real, to make a difference.

The Mermaid Book Review

The Mermaid Book Cover The Mermaid
Christina Henry
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Adult
Titan Books Ltd
June 19th 2018
Paperback
321

From the author of Lost Boy comes a beautiful historical fairy tale about a mermaid who leaves the sea, only to become the star attraction of history's greatest showman. 

Once there was a mermaid called Amelia who could never be content in the sea, a mermaid who longed to know all the world and all its wonders, and so she came to live on land. Once there was a man called P. T. Barnum, a man who longed to make his fortune by selling the wondrous and miraculous, and there is nothing more miraculous than a real mermaid. Amelia agrees to play the mermaid for Barnum and walk among men in their world, believing she can leave anytime she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he's determined to hold on to his mermaid. 

Thunderhead Book Review

Thunderhead Book Cover Thunderhead
Arc of a Scythe
Neal Shursterman
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopia
Walker Books Ltd
May 3rd 2018 (first published January 9th 2018)
Paperback
515

The dark and thrilling sequel to Scythe, the New York Times sci-fi bestseller. The stakes are high in this chilling sci-fi thriller, in which professional scythes control who dies. Everything else is out of human control, managed by the Thunderhead. It's a perfect system - until it isn't. It's been a year since Rowan went off-grid. Hunted by the Scythedom, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. Citra, meanwhile, is forging her path as Scythe Anastasia, gleaning with compassion. However, conflict within the Scythedom is growing by the day, and when Citra's life is threatened, it becomes clear that there is a truly terrifying plot afoot. The Thunderhead observes everything, and it does not like what it sees. Will it intervene? Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?

Six of Crows Book Review

Six of Crows Book Cover Six of Crows
Six of Crows
Leigh Bardugo
Young adult, fantasy
Orion Childrens Books
July 12th 2016
Paperback
493

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he'll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done - and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable - if they don't kill each other first.