November 27, 2023

Novel Lives

Book Publicity, Reviews, Author Interviews, and Discussion Posts by Susan Crosby


Tynga’s Reviews Stacking the Shelves


Sorry the boys can’t be present in this week’s Stacking the Shelves but their Agent is limiting my access to their use on the site.

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Wouldn’t matter much anyway as they were up too late watching Game of Thrones last night and side eying me when Danny and Jon took flight. 
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For this episode of Stacking the Shelves I bring you two books that have been on my shelves that have been there for WAY too long… like over a year and one library book. And they need to be read. BADLY. Let’s do this

First Book Up: The 57 By Dashka Slater

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

Genre: Fictional Account of a True Event

Awards Won: Stonewall Book Award Winner                                                                    Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist


One teenager in a skirt.
One teenager with a lighter.
One moment that changes both of their lives forever.
If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

Second Book Up (library book): Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, 1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

OK, before you come at me- I KNOW I KNOW

Genre: Sci-Fi
Synopsis: Not that anyone needs it.
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

The Rains (The Rains Brothers Book 1) by Gregg Hurwitz

Genre: Young Adult Zombie (wait for it… wait for the twist… )
Awards Won: ITW Thriller Award for Best YA Novel
Synopsis: In one terrifying night, the peaceful community of Creek’s Cause turns into a war zone. No one under the age of eighteen is safe. Chance Rain and his older brother, Patrick, have already fended off multiple attacks from infected adults by the time they arrive at the school where other young survivors are hiding.
Most of the kids they know have been dragged away by once-trusted adults who are now ferocious, inhuman beings. The parasite that transformed them takes hold after people turn eighteen–and Patrick’s birthday is only a few days away.
Determined to save Patrick’s life and the lives of the remaining kids, the brothers embark on a mission to uncover the truth about the parasites–and what they find is horrifying. Battling an enemy not of this earth, Chance and Patrick become humanity’s only hope for salvation.
Thank you for taking a three book tour into my bookshelves and a couple of detours into the rabbit holes of my mind! I hope you’ll come back for another edition sometime soon! In the meantime! Let me know (no spoilers please) if you’ve read any of these books, heard anything about them !

What is on your shelves??! Questions about my shelves or the boys – lord knows they love the attention! Ask away!!

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