In My Basket: February 2016

Soundless by Richelle Mead

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation. But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon (from Goodreads).

I am a fan of Richelle Mead, for the most part. I loved the Vampire Academy series, and liked a few of the Bloodlines books. I look forward to reading something a little different from her. 

Crazy by Amy Reed

Connor knows that Izzy will never fall in love with him the way he's fallen for her. But somehow he's been let into her crazy, exhilarating world and becomes her closest confidante. But the closer they get, the more Connor realizes that Izzy's highs are too high and her lows are too low. And the frenetic energy that makes her shine is starting to push her into a much darker place. As Izzy's behaviour gets increasingly erratic and self-destructive, Connor gets increasing desperate to stop her from plummeting. He knows he can't save her from her pain...but what if no one else can? (from Goodreads). 

Amy Reed seems to deal with a lot of mental health issues, things most people don't really like to focus on. So I'm looking forward to see whether or not she can appropriately represent bipolar disorder. If so, it would be the first book in a long time I've read that does so. 

Royal Wedding (Princess Diaries #11) by Meg Cabot

For Princess Mia, the past 5 years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York, running her new teen community centre, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements, Mia's gorgeous long-time boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn't need to consult her diary to know her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: her grandmother's leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally-calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's gather from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone - especially herself- that she's not just ready to wed but ready to rule as well?

It's another Princess Diaries book, and I love both the series and Meg Cabot. I feel like I grew up with Mia, and to see her getting her life sorted as an adult feels like a good way to end the series. Mia and Michael forever. 

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

Antony and Cleopatra. Helen of Troy and Paris. Romeo and Juliet. And now...Henry and Flora. For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always. Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance? 

The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. But when human beings make moves of their own, what happens next is anyone's guess (from Goodreads). 

Hopefully this book is as fascinating as it sounds. The idea of Love and Death pulling the strings intrigues me, and I hope the book does the puppet-master idea justice. 

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