Blood Red Snow White
Originally published in the U.K. in 2007, Printz-winner Sedgwick's (Midwinterblood, 2013) thriller is based on the life of British author, Arthur Ransome who worked as a correspondent in Russia during the Revolution. In the first section Sedgwick uses vivid fairy tale imagery to set the scene of the social and political landscape leading up to the Russian Revolution. The rest of the novel describes how Ransome was recruited by the British government to spy on the Bolsheviks. This leads to his romantic entanglement with Evgenia, the personal secretary of the revolutionary leader Trotsky. Ransome finds himself caught in a dangerous game of political intrigue and both sides begin to suspect that he's a double agent. In the end he only wants to elope with Evgenia, but her Russian ties make leaving the country nearly impossible.
In this series opener from Pike, (Wings series) the 18th-century court of Versailles is brought to life in a 22nd-century dystopian world created by the eccentric CEO of the Sonoman-Versailles Corporation. In his company-based kingdom, he is king, everyone wears period costumes and robots handle mundane tasks. Danica Grayson, 17, is just a low titled girl of the court until the night she witnesses the king commit a murder. Her cruel and ambitious mother blackmails the ruthless monarch into making her daughter queen when she turns eighteen. Desperate to escape her terrifying destiny, Dani has just six months to raise the money she needs to disappear. She strikes a deal with a drug dealer and sells the extremely potent and highly addictive Glitter to courtiers. Dealing Glitter is easy but keeping secrets, avoiding the king and not falling in love with a drug dealer is impossible.
If I Fix You
Johnson’s debut follows the painful struggles of sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker who tries to pick up the pieces of her life after her mother walks out leaving only a Post-it-note as a goodbye. Jill knows the real reason why she left, but how can she tell her father when she can hardly believe the truth herself? Now nothing makes sense and she's left in a quiet house with a wounded father. Suddenly the girl who liked to fix everything from cars to relationships feels broken. But when Daniel, a cute, but emotionally scarred guy moves in next door, Jill finds herself trying to make things better for him. The two lean on each other and share stories of their difficult relationship with their parents. Over a long, hot Arizona summer, Jill realizes that she can’t fix anyone’s life until she fixes her own and she knows just where to start.
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