In My Basket: March 2016

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreck some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are (from Goodreads).

This is a graphic novel, and one I've heard a friend of mine who loves comics raving about. It sounds funny and different, and I'm excited to read it. Looking forward to learning more about Nimona. 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen year old, and not-so-openly-gay, Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed; if he doesn't play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will becomes everyone's business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he's been emailing, will be compromised (from Goodreads).

This is supposedly funny and adorable, with a sweet love story and a message of being comfortable with who you are. A lot of the books I've been reading lately have been a little darker in theme, so this will give me something to smile about, I hope. 

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers

Young, beautiful and deadly. Trained as an asassin by the god of Death, Ismae is sent to the court of Brittany, where she finds herself underprepared - not only for the games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death's vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart (from Goodreads).

I do love books about assassins, particularly female assassins. There's something strangely enjoyable reading from a morally-ambigious character's point of view. So I want this to be good. Historical fantasy can be a hard combination to get right, but I'm told this does it pretty well. 

Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard

Alyssa Gardner hears the thoughts of plants and animals. She hides her delusions for now, but she knows her fate; she will end up like her mother, in an institution. Madness has run in her family ever since her great-great-grand-grandmother, Alice Liddell told Lewis Carroll her strange dreams, inspiring his classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. 

But perhaps she's not mad. And perhaps Carroll's stories aren't as whimsical as they first seem. To break the curse of insanity, Alyssa must go down the rabbit hole and right the wrongs of Wonderland, a place full of strange beings with dark agendas. Alyssa brings her real-world crush - the protective Jeb - with her, but once her journey begins, she's torn between his solidity and the ehchanting, dangerous magic of Morpheus, her guide to Wonderland. But no one in Wonderland is who they seem to be - not even Alyssa herself...

Do like the idea of Wonderland. It's not always executed well, and the original source material is written for children so was never really that engaging for me. But I did love Frank Beddor's The Looking Glass Wars trilogy, so if this is half as interesting as they were I'm going to love it.

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