Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New Release Tuesday...The Ones I'm Psyched For [11]

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.

Of the many new releases today, Love Letters to the Dead seems to be the grittiest of them all, which is to be expected when it deals with a theme like death. I've recently read a lot of powerful contemporary books that deal with tough subjects and I can't wait to see what Ava Dellaira brings to the table.

Check it out on Goodreads.
Check out author Ava Dellaira's website.

Sekret by Lindsay Smith

An empty mind is a safe mind.

Yulia's father always taught her to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive the harsh realities of Soviet Russia. But when she's captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she's thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power. Yulia quickly realizes she can trust no one--not her KGB superiors or the other operatives vying for her attention--and must rely on her own wits and skills to survive in this world where no SEKRET can stay hidden for long.

There's not enough books about Soviet Russia so when I heard about Sekret I got really excited. Then I saw there was a supernatural element and I was sold! If only my spring break was a week later, I might have had the chance to meet Lindsay Smith in person during her launch event, but I guess I will just have to settle for reading what promises to be a fantastic book.

Check it out on Goodreads.
Check out author Lindsay Smith's website.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

I read a short excerpt that's available online and I was hooked! I am so glad that this amazing book is finally released so I can read the whole thing, I'm sure I will devour it. I've always been a fan of The Wizard of Oz movie and I finally read the original last summer. I'm excited to see what Danielle Paige brings to the wonderful world of Oz.

Check it out on Goodreads.
Check out author Danielle Paige on Twitter.

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