REVIEW: Jek/Hyde by Amy Ross

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Title: Jek/Hyde
Author: Amy Ross
Format: ARC, 329 pages
Publication: October 3rd 2017 by Harlequin Teen
Source: Author (thank you Amy Ross!)
Genre: Fiction—Contemporary, Gothic, Mystery, Science Fiction
Other classifications: Retelling, Young Adult

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Lulu and Jek are science nerds, and have been best friends since they were young . . . or at least they used to be. Lately Jek has been pulling away from Lulu, just as she’s coming to terms with how she really feels about him. Just as she’s ready to see if there could be something more between them.

But Lulu’s thoughts are derailed by a mysterious new guy who’s showing up at local parties. Hyde is the definition of a bad boy, and everybody knows it . . . but no one can seem to resist his charms. Girls can’t stay away from him, and guys all want to be him. And even though Lulu’s heart belongs to Jek, she can’t deny Hyde’s attraction either.

She also knows that there’s something not quite right about Hyde. That the rumors of his backwood parties make them sound a little more dangerous than what any of her friends are accustomed to. And she doesn’t like the fact that Hyde seems to be cozying up to Jek, and that they seem to be intertwined in ways that have Lulu worrying for Jek’s safety.

If Hyde has a dark secret, Lulu is determined to find out what it is, and to help Jek . . . before it’s too late for both of them.


I received a review copy from the author which in no way swayed my opinion about the work.

Jek/Hyde is more a rehashing and less a retelling.

The book—Ross’ debut in young adult literature—centers on Lupita “Lulu” Gutierrez and Jayesh Emerson “Jek” Kapoor, two science nerds who have been best friends for as long as long as they can remember. But just as Lulu is coming to terms with her more-than-platonic feelings for her best friend, Jek starts distancing himself and spending all his time holed up in his room/lab with his experiments. It doesn’t help that there’s a mysterious—and unmistakably alluring—new guy in town, who is the very definition of a bad boy, and who may or may not have connections with Jek. Confession time: I have not read the Stevenson classic. Nor have I seen any of the bajillion movie adaptations. But I feel like The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been so embedded into our collective cultural consciousness that it’s almost as if I have read the book without actually having read it. And Jek/Hyde totally validates my judgment; whatever hope I had of mystery, I went to the wrong party.

“”But sweetheart. . .” He leans in close and takes a deep, slow breath, his eyes slipping half-closed. “No one is good all the time.””

To be fair, the novel kept me relatively entertained ’til the very last page. It took a couple of chapters for the story to find its footing, but find it it did and it maintained a good pacing all through out the book. I also like how the tone and setting effectively conjure a sense of helplessness and perpetual confinement. The book is set in a small town in the Midwestern, and that was executed well. But then we get to the actual narrative and it gets less than stellar. There is little character development, cases of present-but-not-present adults, and underdeveloped subplots, all culminating in a heavily expository conclusion and one that is out of touch with the rest of the main character’s journey.

“I know how it is. You think if you worry enough, if you take care of him and rescue him, that will make him yours. But you’ll never keep a boy like that.”

There’s also a huge disconnect between what the reader is being told versus what he is being shown. Lulu has a tendency to pine for Jek, which is fine, that’s her thing. But not once was I convinced of the friendship—or any sort of connection—between her and Jek she often talks about. He was a jerk to her and when the story reaches the part where certain things happen, it felt forced. And I’m not buying her science nerdiness either. Meanwhile, Jek’s arc had an interesting start. He is biracial; his mother is Indian, his father is black. And there’s a scene where he goes about being the only black person in town, even in his own house. About having “this whole part of [himself] that’s completely cut off from anyone like [him],” and I think that’s a fascinating conversation the author could’ve explored. Just as much as the minor plot line of LondonChem, an agrichemical/pharmaceutical company who may be causing its workers’ unidentified illness. Instead, they became background noises.

“I don’t know whether I’m angrier at the assumption that these two can read everyone’s race and ethnicity perfectly just from looking, or at their surprise that a black person could kick their ass at a science competition, but I can’t point out either one, since they didn’t actually say any of that.”

I’ve read in a conversation the author had with Cat Hellisen that the point is to keep the story as close to the original as possible, and I get that. Ross accomplished what she set out to do. But even so, I can’t help feeling cheated on because of how the book is marketed (“an inventive modern retelling”) which couldn’t have been more misleading. Sure, the story is set in modern-day suburban America and it has a racially diverse cast—albeit, the latter struck me as contrived in places. But that’s as modern as it gets. The other half of the equation, forgotten.

“This crazy town. Some guy nearly gets killed right in front of us, and all anyone can think about is where they can go to get fucked-up next.”

Jek/Hyde had potentials. It really did. But with plot holes and character-development inconsistencies that feel quite unresolved even towards the end, it leaves a lot to be desired.

3.0 out of 5


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Amy Ross has an MFA from the University of Idaho and a bachelor’s from Brown University. She has lived in upstate New York, Providence, Paris, Chicago, Copenhagen, Kyoto, Idaho and Taiwan, and is currently in Indiana. She likes bad horror flicks, dense critical-theory texts, fomenting revolution, wild bears, cooking and the sublime. She hates everything else.

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Unmissable Weekly: October 15, 2017

Bookish and Awesome’s weekly round-up of buzz-worthy news, lists, and/or think pieces from around the bookternet in bite size. Click on the links to be directed to the full articles.

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In addition to trademark romantic and coming-of-age elements, the upcoming book features an array of pop culture references that should especially excite movie buffs. From Twinkle, With Love is told from the perspective of aspiring filmmaker Twinkle Mehra, and uses her passion to tell her story: The book takes the form of letters Twinkle writes to her favorite directors.

I love it when authors play with format, and this sounds very exciting. Plus, look at the cover with a Desi woman!


It was really hard, especially at first, to write about this thing that’s been such a big part of my life. But in another way, it was really empowering because I felt like if I could give it form or expression I could look at it and I could talk about it directly rather than being scared of it. And one of the main things I wanted to do in the book was to get at how isolating it can be to live with mental illness and also how difficult it can be for the people who are around you because you’re so isolated.

John Green talked about mental illness and writing a book that mirrors his own life.


At a news conference at his London publisher’s office on Thursday, Mr. Ishiguro was characteristically self-effacing, saying that the award was a genuine shock. “If I had even a suspicion, I would have washed my hair this morning,” he said.

He added that when he thinks of “all the great writers living at this time who haven’t won this prize, I feel slightly like an impostor.”

Congratulations Kazuo Ishiguro, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature!


“Excited to share the first poster for a film that celebrates love,” Berlanti, who directs the film, tweeted with the first poster.

The first Love, Simon poster is here and I HAVE ZERO CHILLS.

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Unmissable Weekly: October 8, 2017

Bookish and Awesome’s weekly round-up of buzz-worthy news, lists, and/or think pieces from around the bookternet in bite size. Click on the links to be directed to the full articles.

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The book to film adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s [Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda] has done a bit of re-branding as we approach its 2018 release.

As confirmed by the author this afternoon, the new title for the movie is simply Love, Simon — a reference to the e-mails in the story as well as the romantic aspect.

And as Becky puts it, “The movie feels like a love letter. Now the title does too.


From the moment I finished Dumplin’ I knew I wanted to return to Clover City, but I also knew that I was 100% satisfied with how Willowdean’s story ended. When I got the green light to write another book in the same world, I thought long and hard about who intrigued me the most (Millie! Though Hannah and Mitch were a close second!) and who needed to do the most growing (Callie!).

There’s a cover for Julie Murphie’s companion novel, Puddin’, and it’s gorgeous!


It began with more than 1,500 books.

With all the works submitted by publishers, the judges for this year’s National Book Awards have had their hands (and bookshelves) full the past few months. But that daunting number of contenders winnowed further Wednesday, as the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for its literary prize — just five works each in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature.

The 2017 National Book Award shortlists were recently announced and 75% were written by women (!) and 50% were by people of color (!). There’s also one Oglala Lakota poet. I’m impressed by these numbers!


Two YA authors who met-cute via their agent have co-written a novel—in which two boys meet-cute in a New York City post office. What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli will be published cute too: it will be released in fall 2018 by not just one but two HarperCollins imprints: HarperTeen and Balzer + Bray.

No, I am not freaking out. YOU are.

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Monthly Bookish Awesome: September 2017

In which I recap what went down in the last four weeks here and outside the blog.

September has come and gone and we’re a few sleeps closer to Stranger Things Season 2. Even more so with Turtles All the Way Down.

It was a cringe-worthy month on the reading front, but blogging in general was pretty steady. I joined my first blog tour and read a debut I’m most definitely looking forward to. I also went to see It and, damn, it was positively traumatizing. Y’all didn’t tell me about That Scene with Georgie! But thank the gods for Kingsman: The Golden Circle because I know everything will be all right. Send me all the Eggsy gifs thankyouverymuch.

But, question real quick: Who decided that October is the month of releasing all the books? I mean. This is my first recap where there are more than ten (10!) titles in Book Radar.

Books I Read

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  • Warcross by Marie Lu – This is my first Marie Lu and it delivers. Deeply immersive and compellingly readable, it is The Hunger Games meets online RPGs.
  • The Wicker King by Kayla Ancrum – A debut that does an incredible and incredibly moving job of examining the friendship/bond between two teenage boys in this dark, muted, and at times weird narrative. And it totally works. It more than works; it’s heartachingly good.

Other Stuff I Posted

Book Birthdays

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Happy book birthday to Feral Youth (Simon Pulse), Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner), They Both Die at the End (HarperTeen), Autoboyography (Simon and Schuster BFYR), Warcross (G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR), You Bring the Distant Near (Farrar, Straus and Giroux BFYR), Rebel Seoul (Tu Books), Moxie (Roaring Brook Press), The Victoria in My Head (Simon Pulse), An Enchantment of Ravens (Margaret K. McElderry Books), The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Imprint), and Starfish (Simon Pulse), which all found a place in the shelves last month!

Book Radar

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October. New books Tons of new books. I am so here for Turtles All the Way Down (10th, Dutton BFYR), Dear Martin (17th, Crown BFYR), I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (17th, Knopf BFYR), and The Wicker King (31st, Imprint)! Akata Warrior (3rd, Viking BFYR), The Ship of the Dead (3rd, Disney Hyperion), We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (3rd, One World), Wild Beauty (3rd, Feiwel and Friends), All the Crooked Saints (10th, Scholastic Press), Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (10th, Philomel Books), The Nowhere Girls (10th, Simon Pulse), Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me (17th, Skypony Press), A Line in the Dark (17th, Dutton BFYR), Long Way Down (24th, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books), and Beasts Made of Night (31st, Razorbill) are also all coming out this month.

Gold Star

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The 38th Manila International Book Fair happened last September 13th to 17th and, even though the crowd was overwhelming this year, it still was all kinds of wonderful.

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Almost all international titles were on 20% discount (yaaay!) with some local ones on 10% (twice yaaay!). Plus, I got to hang out with my people (yaaay all around!). Shout out to JM (Book Freak Revelations), Inah (The Bibliophile Confessions), Jem (The Bibliophile Confessions), Hazel (Stay Bookish), Kim (Divergent Gryffindor), Bianca (The Ultimate Fangirl), and Dani (The Hogsmeade Reader), all of whom I will probably never tire of. JM, Kim, and Dani did recaps—which y’all can check out herehere, and here, respectively—while Bianca shared her haul here.

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Let’s talk! How had your September been? Any recently discovered gems? What was your last 5-star read(s)? Throw ’em music and film recommendations! Also, does Eggsy deserve all the heart-eyes emojis or DOES HE FREAKING DESERVE ALL THE HEART-EYES EMOJIS? And have you seen It? Time for some catching up!

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Unmissable Weekly: October 1, 2017

Bookish and Awesome’s weekly round-up of buzz-worthy news, lists, and/or think pieces from around the bookternet in bite size. Click on the links to be directed to the full articles.

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Harry Potter: The Wand Collection provides a detailed look at each major wand used in the Harry Potter films, along with a breakdown of what it’s made of and why that matters. Harry and Voldemort, of course, both have wands with a phoenix feather core (drawn from Dumbledore’s own phoenix, Fawkes) and that connection has major consequences for the series. Ron Weasley, for his part, goes through a couple different wands over the course of the series as they’re broken and misplaced — all three are examined here.

Insight Editions is releasing a book in November 14 detailing the nature of each major Harry Potter character’s relationship with their wand.


“Yes I am,” Parton confirms when asked if she’s working with Aniston. “She’s producing and starring in a movie called Dumplin’ and it was a best-selling book and in the book this girl that’s the character was a Dolly fan and loved her music.”

Parton continues, “And so it inspired her in her life and so of course they’re using a lot of my music from the old days but they asked me to write some new pieces and a theme song.”

Full circle! Dolly Parton is writing original music for Dumplin’.


I make a decision about what to review based on a number of factors: Is the book newsworthy? Is it a book that I think our readers should know about? Is it a novel that’s doing something new, or a nonfiction book that has an interesting argument? Is the author important? Then, of course, there are my own tastes — what’s exciting and enticing to me.

On the most recent member of The New York Times‘ team of daily book critics Parul Sehgal’s process of selecting and reviewing books.


Grishaverse fans, rejoice: Leigh Bardugo’s next book not only returns to the world she created but centers on one of her most beloved characters too. Due out in Winter 2019, King of Scars centers on Nikolai Lantsov, King of Ravka, who we first met as the young, mysterious commander Sturmhond.


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Thirteen YA Books That Feature POC Leads Coming to You This 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which book bloggers list their top ten picks for whatever the current prompt is.

Before 2014, before the grassroots movement #WeNeedDiverseBooks took off, curating a list of books with people of color as main characters would have been daunting. It would not have been impossible, yes, but not easily manageable either. So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday—which prompt is pretty loose—I opted to feature POC leads to celebrate how far we’ve come in publishing and at the same time remind everyone that there is still a lot of work to do. And one way we, bloggers, can help is by supporting and promoting diverse titles, by telling those in position that these stories not only matter but also sell.

I’m also listing down thirteen books instead of ten because, well, Paper Fury.

NOTE: The list is in chronological order of publication and I only included those with cover designs.

*Click the cover to be directed to the book’s Goodreads page.*

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Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
January 16, Soho Teen

Maya Aziz is torn between futures: the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter (i.e.; staying nearby in Chicago and being matched with a “suitable” Muslim boy), and the one where she goes to film school in New York City—and maybe, just maybe, kisses a guy she’s only known from afar. There’s the also the fun stuff, like laughing with her best friend Violet, making on-the-spot documentaries, sneaking away for private swimming lessons at a secret pond in the woods. But her world is shattered when a suicide bomber strikes in the American heartland; by chance, he shares Maya’s last name. What happens to the one Muslim family in town when their community is suddenly consumed with hatred and fear?

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
January 23, Swoon Reads

Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting—working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual). Alice is done with dating—no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.

But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).

When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.

Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi
January 30, Viking Books for Young Readers

Scott Ferdowsi has a track record of quitting. Writing the Great American Novel? Three chapters. His summer internship? One week. His best friends know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives, but Scott can hardly commit to a breakfast cereal, let alone a passion.

With college applications looming, Scott’s parents pressure him to get serious and settle on a career path like engineering or medicine. Desperate for help, he sneaks off to Washington, DC, to seek guidance from a famous professor who specializes in grit, the psychology of success.

He never expects an adventure to unfold out of what was supposed to be a one-day visit. But that’s what Scott gets when he meets Fiora Buchanan, a ballsy college student whose life ambition is to write crossword puzzles. When the bicycle she lends him gets Scott into a high-speed chase, he knows he’s in for the ride of his life. Soon, Scott finds himself sneaking into bars, attempting to pick up girls at the National Zoo, and even giving the crossword thing a try—all while opening his eyes to fundamental truths about who he is and who he wants to be.

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The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
February 20, Disney Hyperion

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay
March 6, Houghton Miffin Harcourt

Bunny and Nasir have been best friends forever, but when Bunny accepts an athletic scholarship across town, Nasir is betrayed. Bunny feels out of place among his new, privileged peers, and Nasir spends more time with his cousin, Wallace, who is being evicted. Nasir can’t help but wonder why the neighborhood is falling over itself to help Bunny when Wallace is in trouble.

When Wallace makes a bet against Bunny, Nasir is faced with an impossible decision—maybe a dangerous one.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
March 6, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
March 6, HarperTeen

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones
March 13, Annick Press

How can Shane reconcile his feelings for David with his desire for a better life?

Shane is still reeling from the suicide of his kid sister, Destiny. How could he have missed the fact that she was so sad? He tries to share his grief with his girlfriend, Tara, but she’s too concerned with her own needs to offer him much comfort. What he really wants is to be able to turn to the one person on the rez whom he loves—his friend, David.

Things go from bad to worse as Shane’s dream of going to university is shattered and his grieving mother withdraws from the world. Worst of all, he and David have to hide their relationship from everyone. Shane feels that his only chance of a better life is moving to Toronto, but David refuses to join him. When yet another tragedy strikes, the two boys have to make difficult choices about their future together.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
March 20, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

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Tyler Johnson was Here by Jay Coles
March 20, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.

The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it’s up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
April 3, Balzer and Bray

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
May 22, Tor Teen

Six years ago, Moss Jefferies’ father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media’s vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks.

Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration.

When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

#Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid
TBD, Tor Teen

When Peter Smith’s classmate snaps a picture of him during a late night run at the track, Peter thinks he might be in trouble. When she posts that photo—along with the caption, “See the Pretty Boy Run,”—Peter knows he’s in trouble. But when hostiles drop through the ceiling of his 6th period Chem Class, Peter’s pretty sure his trouble just became a national emergency.

Because he’s not really Peter Smith. He’s Jake Morrow, former foster-kid turned CIA operative. After a massive screw-up on his first mission, he’s on a pity assignment, a dozen hit lists and now, social media, apparently. As #Prettboy, of all freaking things.

His cover’s blown, his school’s under siege, and if he screws up now, #Prettyboy will become #Deadboy faster than you can say, ‘fifteen minutes of fame.’ Trapped in a high school with rabid killers and rabid fans, he’ll need all his training and then some to save his job, his school and, oh yeah, his life.

Complement this with Sil @ The Book Voyager’s 2018 Books by Authors of Color/Native Authors.

Now it’s YOUR turn. What upcoming POC-lead books are you most excited about? And also? How gorgeous is the cover for Tyler Johnson was Here?

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Unmissable Weekly: September 24, 2017

Bookish and Awesome’s weekly round-up of buzz-worthy news, lists, and/or think pieces from around the bookternet in bite size. Click on the links to be directed to the full articles.

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Pakistan’s newest female superhero has vowed to battle venal officials and protect battered women, as her creator tries to inspire the next generation to fight injustice in a deeply patriarchal society.

The new Pakistan Girl comic series is based on Sarah, a regular teenager with a pet cat, who discovers she has superhuman powers after waking from a coma caused by a blast in her village.

Good news is good.


Kirkus Reviews, the nation’s leading pre-publication journal of book reviews, today announced the six finalists for the fourth annual Kirkus Prize in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young Readers’ Literature. The Kirkus Prize is one of the richest annual literary awards in the world. Winners in the three categories will each receive $50,000, and will be announced at a special ceremony in Austin, Texas on Thursday, November 2, 2017.

The 2017 Kirkus Prize finalists were recently announced and yaaay Angie Thomas and The Hate U Give!


The heroine of Hank Green’s debut novel, “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing,” is an art student in New York City named April May, who finds herself at the center of a vast international mystery. One day, April stumbles on a giant robot sculpture in Midtown Manhattan, and makes a video with the figure, which goes viral. She becomes famous as news spreads that similar sculptures have mysteriously appeared in dozens of cities, and people around the world struggle to understand where the figures came from and what they mean.

What an absolutely delightful time to be a nerdfighter!


Judi Dench is in early talks to join Disney’s “Artemis Fowl” movie adaptation from director Kenneth Branagh.

Written by Eoin Colfer, the children’s books follow the brilliant and cunning 12-year-old eponymous criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II, whose plot to extort gold from the secret Fairy People puts him directly in the crosshairs of some of the most dangerous creatures on earth.

Branagh and Disney’s Artemis Fowl movie adaption is beginning to take shape. Disney recently dated the film for an August 9, 2019 release.

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