A Song Below Water
Morrow's (Take The Mic, editor, 2019) latest is a captivating modern fantasy about mermaids, friendship, and self-discovery set against the challenges of racism and sexism. Tavia Philips and Effie Calhoun Freeman have been raised like sisters. Tavia is cynical toward a world that forces her to hide her siren powers while Effie is haunted by survivor's guilt after a traumatic childhood incident. Their world turns upside down when a siren is murdered and Tavia's magic is accidentally exposed. The girls' unbreakable sisterhood proves to be the strongest magic of all and will help them find happiness, peace and safety in a world full of bigotry, oppression, and injustice.
Lockhart (We Were Liars, 2014) returns to Alabaster Preparatory Academy, the setting for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks to tell the story of a different character. Adelaide Buchwald lives with her father who teaches at the school. Her daily routine revolves around her job walking dogs belonging to vacationing faculty members and working to fend off academic probation by completing a set design project. During the summer between her junior and senior year, Adelaide will navigate the aftermath of an unexpected breakup, have at least one new romance, and face her brother's drug addiction.
The Court of Miracles
Grant’s ambitious debut launches a trilogy inspired by Les Misérables. The historical adventure is set in an alternate 1828 Paris after the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Nina Thénardier is a member of the Thieves Guild and a skilled cat burglar. She was nine when her rage-filled father sold her older sister, Azelma, to the Guild of Flesh. Six years later Tiger, the ruthless lord of the Guild of Flesh tries to seize Ettie, Nina's adopted sister. Her decision to kill him and rescue Ettie could set off a brutal war between the guilds.
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