Credit for IMM goes to The Story Siren
Books received for review
THE FLOATING ISLANDSby Rachel Neumeier
Released: February 8, 2011
Courtesy of Star Book Tours
The Floating Islands are unlike anything Trei has ever seen: stunning, majestic, and graced with kajuraihi, men who soar the skies with wings. Trei is instantly sky-mad, and desperate to be a kajurai himself. The only one who fully understands his passion is Araenè, his newfound cousin. Prickly, sarcastic, and gifted, Araenè has a secret of her own . . . a dream a girl can never attain.
Trei and Araenè quickly become conspirators as they pursue their individual paths. But neither suspects that their lives will be deeply entwined – and that the fate of the Floating Islands will lie in their hands . . .
Lyrical and engrossing, The Floating Islands captures a world of great beauty, great bravery, and great danger.
THE LATTE REBELLION
by Sarah Jamilia Stevenson
Released: January 1, 2011
Courtesy of Good Golly Miss Holly ARC Tours
"Our philosophy is simple: Promote a latte-colored world!"
- from the Latte Rebellion Manifesto
When high school senior Asha Jamison gets called a "towel-head" at a pool party, the racist insult gives Asha and her best friend Carey a great money-making idea for a post-graduation trip. They'll sell T-shirts promoting the Latte Rebellion to raise awareness about mixed-race students.
Seemingly overnight, their "cause" goes viral and the T-shirts become a nationwide fad. But as their simple marketing plan takes on a life of its own, Asha's once-stellar grades begin to slip, threatening her Ivy League dreams, while her friendship with Carey hangs by a thread. And then the peaceful underground movement turns militant, Asha's school launches a disciplinary hearing. Facing expulsion, Asha must decide: how much is she willing to risk for something she truly believes in?
I had a great week at the local used bookstore! I was able to fill in a few series that I am planning on reading in 2011. (Yes, I am that nerd who (a) likes to read series in the correct order and (b) needs to own at least most of the series before starting in case it's unputdownable.)
I also loved Gena Showalter's Alien Huntress series so much that I went out and bought the first few books in her Lords of the Underworld series, as well as one of her single titles.