life implodes soon after, she finds herself mak-
ing a deal after all, trading her heart and two
years of service to the demon so she can have
a future. But Dee isn’t the only one who has
given up her heart, and she soon finds herself
caught up with a group of other teens in the
same situation, running strange errands into a
shadowy otherworld and developing a connec-
tion with a mysterious artist who sold his heart
long before Dee did. Beautifully written and
elegantly characterized, this is a thoughtful,
melancholy tale of love and redemption, magic
and choice. Lloyd-Jones tracks Dee’s Faustian
journey without ever falling out of step, and
the story itself will ensnare readers as surely as
any bargain. —Maggie Reagan
By Ryan Graudin.
Sept. 2017. 464p. Little, Brown, $17.99
(9780316503075); e-book, $9.99 (9780316503136).
Farway Gaius McCarthy should never have
been born. In 2354 CE, his mother was a pro-
fessional time traveler who recorded the lives of
people in other eras—until she fell in love with
a Roman gladiator in 95 CE. Farway was born
on her ship as she returned home, outside of
time. Time travel is in his blood, but when he
unexpectedly fails a final exam, it seems like it’s
out of his future—until a black-market dealer
offers him a job captaining a ship to the past
to steal valuable objects. With his trusty crew
at his side, Farway leads heist after successful
heist, until a mission aboard the Titanic goes
wrong and a mysterious girl appears. Graudin
handles the intricacies of time travel—and the
building of a near-future world—more grace-
fully than most. This is high adventure with a
literary bent, and it’s held together by a lov-
able, ragtag crew-turned-family that wouldn’t
be out of place in Firefly. A well-researched,
thoroughly enjoyable romp through the ages.
By Kristin Cashore.
Sept. 2017. 464p. Penguin/Kathy Dawson, $18.99
(9780803741492). Gr. 9–12.
When Jane receives an invitation to attend
a gala at the island mansion Tu Reviens, she
accepts—not because she wants to go, but
because her adored (and recently deceased)
Aunt Magnolia made her promise to visit Tu
Reviens if she ever got the chance. Bizarre
personages and events fill the palatial home,
including art theft, kidnapping, a secret organization, flirtations, and seemingly impossible
twists of fate, all of which the impetuous Jane
faces with a devoted basset hound sidekick.
It’s the story’s structure, however, that’s most
noteworthy, as Cashore (Graceling, 2008)
applies the concept of a multiverse to Tu Reviens, following Jane down five possible paths
during her stay. Yet, it’s not until the second
half of the book, where things go increasingly
off the rails, that the story truly blossoms.
Art forms a constant backdrop to the narrative, and in all versions of Jane’s story, she
finds respite from her grief and uncertain
future through artistic expression. Creation,
compassion, and choice repeatedly emerge
as themes in this ambitious, mind-expanding
novel. —Julia Smith
HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Though a
departure from Cashore’s beloved Graceling
books, this is getting the full treatment from
the publisher: author tour, Comic-Con promotions, a floor display, and more.
The Lost Causes.
By Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa
Sept. 2017. 344p. Kids Can/KCP Loft, $17.99
(9781771388443). Gr. 9–12.
Five high-schoolers with nothing in common except for the fact that they are “lost
causes” are shocked when they are invited to
attend a group-therapy session. The problem?
The woman is not their school counselor, and
the water they just drank has given them all
special abilities, such as talking with ghosts,
telekinesis, and reading minds. The woman is
an FBI agent who needs their help to solve
a gruesome murder with no clues to go on,
and the fate of the world rests on their ability
to find the killer before he sells a serum—
the one that gave the teens their newfound
powers—to the highest bidder. While the plot
and the science behind it are pure fluff, Etting
and Schwartz have written a compelling page-
turner with well-developed characters many
readers will see bits of themselves in. Read-
ers will either love or hate the sneaky twist
ending, but it is nicely wrapped up with no
drastic loose ends and potential for a sequel if
the demand is there. A solid addition to mys-
tery collections. —Lindsey Tomsu
By Richelle Mead.
2017. 416p. Razorbill, $19.99 (9781595148438).
While this sequel will be best enjoyed by
readers of the The Glittering Court (2016),
most romance fans will relish Mead’s telling of the classic plot of a picture bride
sent to the frontier to pick a husband, this
time narrated by Sirminican Mirabel Viana,
a gorgeous refugee who has no illusions of
finding love. That attitude sets up the inevitable romance that develops between Mira
and Grant Elliott, a raffish spy on board
the ship to Adoria. Despite a high ranking
among prospective brides, Mira discovers
that her background and darker skin color
are a liability in the marriage market. Determined to save her beloved brother Lonzo
from servitude, Mira joins forces with Grant
and pirate Tom Shortsleeves, sneaking out
after a long day of meeting possible suitors
to run missions and get the money to free
her brother—and perhaps herself as well.
Although formulaic with regard to the
romance, feminist elements and Mira’s obvious intelligence, courage, and capabilities
will have readers rooting for her and eagerly
awaiting the next title. —Debbie Carton
HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This sequel
should extend Mead’s Vampire Academy–
bolstered sales cred. Stock up.
By Michael Grant.
Oct. 2017. 432p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $18.99
(9780062467843); e-book, $9.99 (9780062467867).
Grant returns to the FAYZ, the grue-
some site of his best-selling Gone series, in
a heart-stopping follow-up. Four years ago,
Shade Darby witnessed the alien dome that
trapped the children of Perdido Beach inside
with a virus finally fall away. Now her father
is tracking seven meteors that are speeding
toward Earth, carrying the same alien virus
that “rewrote the laws of physics . . . [and]
turned random teen sociopaths into super-
powered killers,” and she intends to find one
before it falls into the wrong hands. Grant’s
modern take on the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
narrative ratchets up the gore and action,
and features a diverse cast of characters who
are forced to confront the monstrous aspects
of their identities as their bodies morph into
deadly, powerful creatures. Fans of Paolo
Bacigalupi (Ship Breaker, 2010) will ap-
preciate this evocative, intricately plotted
companion series that delves into similar is-
sues of bioethics and gray areas of morality.
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