Vivi Barnes, author of Paper or Plastic, has asked her main character Lex to give a highlight of some of her favorite books on the shelves today:
Hey there—Lex Dubois here. I’m working at SmartMart for the summer, and except for the nutty customers and the disgusting Code B (which I won’t even tell you about—you’re welcome), it’s not too bad of a place to work. Especially when I can hide in the book section and lose myself for a bit. My boss Noah caught me reading once, but being the sweet guy he is (sigh), he suggested I start a book review column for the store’s employee newsletter. So hit the vending machine and take your break—here are a few of the books I recommend.
Excerpted from the February edition of SmartMart Today newsletter:
Pick up a store ad and newspaper just inside the entrance of SmartMart—not only are there some great coupons, but, as in the thrilling Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano, you never know what secret messages you’ll find in the personal ads. High school junior Nearly never knew her penchant for the personal ads would lead to clues to a serial killer’s trail—and if she doesn’t put the clues together soon, she’ll be next. Nothing is what it seems in this story—especially the one behind it all!
To be enjoyed with some gumbo and beignets (aisle six), Beware The Wild by Natalie Parker will pull you right in with its page-turning gothic mystery set deep in the Louisiana swamps. Sterling’s brother Phin disappears, and it’s up to Sterling to figure out what happened to him—and why no one remembers her brother, only a strange girl who wandered out from the swamp. Eerily beautiful—the story is one of my favorites this year!
Pick up some roses (floral department)—you’ll want these while reading Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, this love story has a twist—Nyx must seduce and destroy the evil lord Ignifex, thereby ridding the kingdom of the curse he put on it. What she doesn’t expect is to fall in love with him. With Greek mythology woven throughout, this book will hook you page after gorgeous page.
Stop in the makeup section (aisle 10) and create a whole new you as you read Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer. Young con artist Julep Dupree runs petty scams to help fund her dreams of Yale. But when her father disappears and Julep suspects foul play, she has to maneuver around stalkers, secrets and child services to find him. A fantastic tale full of intrigue, humor and a touch of romance—you’ll love it!
Then there’s The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset. Besides having a title that makes me want to add “shoplifting” to the end of it (stupid lipstick), I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a high-stakes fantasy—full of faeries, ogres, and romance! Selkie Stewart thinks she’s a normal teen growing up in Boston, but she soon finds out she’s a princess—half ogre, half faerie, and on the run from her mother. Not to be missed, this story will leave you breathless!
There you have it—my shopping list of must-read books this season. Now back to work before Mr. Hanson puts me on bathroom detail—again.
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