A sign of a good audiobook is the marriage of the right performer giving the perfect voice to a character. Jesse Eisenberg narrates from the point of view of Cassel, a teenager from a family of con-artists and mobsters who’s trying to go straight but can’t help being the smartest person in the room—basically every character Eisenberg’s ever played in movies because he’s great in that role.
White Cat is Book 1 of Holly Black’s Curse Workers series. In an alternate world where discrimination against magic-users forced them to take refuge specializing in organized crime, Cassel grows up as the only non-worker in his family. However, he’s not wholly untouched by the family business.
White Cat has an edgy story set in a fully-realized world that draws you in slowly with a boy who remembers a childhood friend who smoked French cigarettes at 13 and died by his hand. Cassel is surrounded by the intricate plots of his family, who can work emotions, memories, and luck with the tiniest touch, but he will always be looking for Lila. And a white cat.
|Recommended by J. Harbinger||Tuesday, March 24th, 2015||No Comments »|
If you’re looking for a fun coming-of-age tale that teaches you how to love yourself with a heft dose of fantasy, look no further than Henni. Lasko-Gross’s comic is a thought-provoking treaty on why it’s important for society to be less rigid. The main heroine, Henni, is a young woman who lives in a traditional village amongst fantastical beasts and beings (Henni is some kind of cat-like creature herself). However, with religion and other archaic practices dominating most of the villagers’ every waking thought, Henni decides to follow a different path–her own. She longs to see the world, and when she comes of age, she sets out on a wondrous journey to discover who she really is.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Wednesday, February 4th, 2015||No Comments »|
Michelle Falkoff’s debut novel Playlist for the Dead explores mental illness and the grieving process of those who are left behind when a loved one takes their life. The main character in the book is a teenaged boy named Sam, who is suffering from survivor’s guilt after his best friend Hayden takes his own life. Thanks to a playlist left behind by his buddy, the young man learns more about his friend, as well as how to open up to others.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Monday, February 2nd, 2015||No Comments »|
Half psychological thriller and half fantasy novel, Kat Rosenfield’s Inland revolves around a young girl named Calypso “Callie” Morgan who can’t seem to escape the siren call of the sea. Forced to stay on land her entire life, a twist of fate brings Callie face-to-face with the sea, and suddenly, its siren call taunts her. Her health issues miraculously disappear, she looses weight, and finds herself in a relationship. Despite her sudden stroke of luck, Morgan’s coming-of-age story is tainted by the sea’s dark hold on her and every member of her family.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Friday, July 25th, 2014||No Comments »|
Whitney A. Miller’s debut thriller novel is a suspenseful and terrifying read. The plot revolves around Harlow, a young woman who is the adopted daughter of a patriarch in the VisionCrest religion and has a ton of responsibilities on her shoulder. Not only is she expected to become a future leader in the religious movement, but she’s also looked up to as the pinnacle of integrity. One wrong move and the entire community will be calling for her blood.
Amongst the 24/7 spotlight, Harlow harbors a dark secret that not even her crush nor her best friend knows about. The young teen keeps hearing a voice inside of her head that seems to have a mind of its own. This mysterious voice is now urging her to turn into a merciless, cold-blooded killer. Despite all of Harlow’s best efforts, the urge to give in and obey the voice is becoming more and more difficult to control.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Monday, April 28th, 2014||No Comments »|
In a twist from the usual YA standard publication format, Lisa Borja’s upcoming trilogy The Spirit Writings will be released as eBooks on Amazon starting on March 30. Although the book trailer is not flashy, the simple yet effective style helps to draw viewers in thanks to the ‘old-timey’ photographs and the calm, soothing voice of the narrator.
Set in the 1870s, which is when psychic phenomena really took off, a young psychic named Ava wrestles with her gifts. The small town in which she grew up is not only stifling her psychic abilities but her opportunities as well. Feeling trapped, Ava must determine whether or not she wants to stay in the area of her birth and conform to society or move away so she can put her psychic gifts to good use.
Using only an engaging voice-over script, a few actors and beautifully shot photographs, the trailer for The Spirit Writings shows a glimpse of a promising new book series.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Thursday, March 27th, 2014||1 Comment »|
Disney’s sanitized and squeaky clean retellings of classic fairy tales have a new competitor in town in the form of a series of novels called The Lunar Chronicles, which is written by novelist Marissa Meyer.
Book one, Cinder, is a compelling reimagining of the usual Cinderella tale but with a twist: the servant-girl-turned-princess is not human at all. She’s a cyborg who goes by the name Linh Cinder who is stuck living with her stepmother and two stepsisters while working a side job as a mechanic. However, her life is turned upside down when a young prince by the name of Kai spots her skills with machines and asks if she can fix his personal android.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Tuesday, March 18th, 2014||No Comments »|