I was so excited to finally get to read the first book this month--I even got an advanced copy. It debuts February 16, but you can pre-order it now. You're Invited, Too is the sequel to You're Invited, a fun book about four girls who start up a party-planning business. You can read this book separately, but I'd recommend starting with You're Invited because...fun! The cover to the sequel is somehow classy and girly at the same time:
Every young girl who dreams of someday being a wedding planner must read this book! Four middle schoolers take on planning a mega-wedding for a true bridezilla. Not only are her demands unreasonable for tween wedding planners, but they'd be unreasonable for any wedding planner. This book shows the charm of living in a small town, where everyone takes care of each other. Plus, there's a hurricane evacuation that becomes a sleepover for the whole town. Am I weird to want to live in a town where that happens?!
One thing I love about these Epic Reads e-books is the sexual tension. I've missed that since trading in romance novels for younger books. Natalie Blitt has it down. She has created two characters that constantly push each other away in that classic love story sort of way until you're dying for them to get together. If you love a good romance, along with the glamour of a story about a young girl learning to speak French, this is your book!
Captives is one of those books that gets under your skin. You know the kind of book I'm talking about: you can't stop thinking about it in between reads. When you're finished, you're left missing the characters. The book is told from three perspectives: the sister of a missing girl, a former sex-slavery victim who helps with the search for the missing girl, and a sex addict who lives in the neighborhood where the missing girl is found. (She's found early in the story, so that isn't giving anything away.) The story might seem like it's a mystery, but it's about what happens to some of these missing girls--and it begs the larger question of whether many of the young girls who get involved in prostitution and pornography aren't victims of sex slavery to one degree or another.
Next up are two books from my blogging buddy, Cathrina Constantine. When I downloaded Snow on Cinders, I immediately realized it was part two in a series. So, of course, I had to download the first one!
The Tallas series focuses on a future in which civilization as we know it has been wiped out. The survivors are left to live under the rule of Mediators who dominate using violence and threats. In Snow on Cinders, the main characters try to form a new civilization far away from Tallas. However, there are dangers at every turn. Cathrina has a talent for compelling readers to turn the page, packing each chapter with action. You don't have to read Tallas to jump right into Snow on Cedars, but I would recommend it. Reading both books together makes it a great experience!
What books did you decide to kick off 2016 reading?