1. Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen
Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.
I really enjoyed Lady Thief, probably slightly more than Scarlet. I don’t have OVERWHELMING LOVE for this series like a lot of readers do, but I do really like the series so far. This sequel did a lot of things good sequels do. The stakes ramped up, things got real(more real, because they were pretty dire before). There were some absolutely heart-breaking moments, and I thought all around Lady Thief was infused with more emotional intensity than Scarlet was. Also, there were plot twists I did NOT see coming that left my jaw-dropping(which, really, in hindsight, SO MUCH FORESHADOWING was there). I will definitely be eager to see how Scarlet’s story wraps up. 4/5 stars.
2. She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgewick
The feeling that coincidences give us tells us they mean something… But what? What do they mean?LAURETH PEAK’S father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers – a skill at which she’s remarkably talented. When he goes missing while researching coincidence for a new book, Laureth and her younger brother fly from London to New York and must unravel a series of cryptic messages to find him. The complication: Laureth is blind. Reliant on her other senses and on her brother to survive, Laureth finds that rescuing her father will take all her skill at spotting the extraordinary, and sometimes dangerous, connections in a world full of darkness.From acclaimed storyteller Marcus Sedgwick, She Is Not Invisible is a gripping contemporary thriller threaded with unsettling coincidence and a vivid and convincing portrayal of a young woman living without sight.
I liked this book, but I’m not sure it’s as clever as it wanted to be. She is Not Invisible is the story of Laureth, a blind teenager who travels with her brother to find her missing writer father. That’s what it’s about on the surface. Beyond that, there are all sorts of philosophical musings about coincidence and chance. Some of it is interesting; other parts less so. I really loved the first half of the book, but thought the resolution was kind of lackluster. It definitely made me want to read more of Sedgewick’s novels, but I can’t see myself revisiting this one in the future. I did like how smart and unique it was, though! 3/5 stars.
3. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?
Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.
As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.
4. Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgewick
In a novel comprising seven parts, each influenced by a moon – the flower moon, the harvest moon, the hunter’s moon, the blood moon – this is the story of Eric and Merle whose souls have been searching for each other since their untimely parting.
Totally did not mean to review two Marcus Sedgewick books in the same post! That being said, the two books are so different I pretty much forgot they were written by the same author. Guys, I LOVED this book. Full, 5 star love. It’s a little creepy at times. There are terrible moments of humanity and great moments of humanity and sacrifice. The only reason I’m not doing a full review for this book is because I don’t think I could talk about my feelings without giving everything away. This isn’t a book for everyone. The writing is fairly simple, but it has this sort of oral history quality to it. I can just imagine someone reading this story to me with it’s fairytale quality. The jump between characters and times can be a bit jarring, but once I got about 20% into this book I just flew through the rest. Midwinterblood has definitely earned a place on my favorites shelf. 5/5 stars.