Library Loot: Independence, Love and Being Different
Oh My Gods by Alexandra Shepherd
Life as a half-mortal teenager should be epic.
But, for Helen Thomas, it’s tragic.
She’s just moved in with her dorky dad and self-absorbed older siblings – who happen to be the ancient Greek gods, living incognito in London!
Between keeping her family’s true identities secret, trying to impress her new friends, and meeting an actually cute boy, Helen’s stress levels are higher than Mount Olympus.
She needs to rein in her chaotic family before they blow their cover AND her chances at a half-normal social life.
Or is Helen fated for an embarrassment of mythical proportions?
I love Greek mythology and have heard a few people recommending this so I am going to give it a go, even if contemporary YA is a bit hit-or-miss for me.
Prim Improper by Deidre Sullivan
The first in a series about a deeply loveable protagonist, by a writer with an impeccable ear for a real teenage voice
Primrose Leary has just started middle school. Likes: her pet rat, Roderick; her best friend, Joel; and being a little bit different (but not in the weird different sense—she wouldn’t like to be the only bald girl in her class or the only girl who always smelled of ham, or anything). Dislikes: living with Fintan (her mustachioed dad), the boy-school that Joel’s toddled off to without her, and not having her mother around any more. Hilariously and cleverly written, Prim Improper is the debut novel from Deirdre Sullivan.
I have read three books by Deidre Sullivan and loved all of them. I have also loved how different they all are – each totally unique but fascinating (see my review of Tangleweed and Brine or Perfectly Preventable Deaths) This is her debut novel so I am hoping to love it too!
Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon
Rosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie. So when they’re split up, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes the sun shine in her head. Even run away from home. Even cross London and travel to Brighton alone, though the trains are cancelled and the snow is falling. Even though any girl might find that hard, let alone a girl with Down’s syndrome. See the world through new eyes in this one-in-a-million story about fighting for the freedoms that we often take for granted: independence, tolerance and love.
Spotted this recently and thought that it sounds brilliant, although perhaps heartbreaking – I will give it a read and see! I am really interested to see the world through Rosie’s eyes.
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina
“There will come a day when a thousand Illegals descend on your detention centres. Boomers will breach the walls. Skychangers will send lightning to strike you all down from above, and Rumblers will open the earth to swallow you up from below. . . . And when that day comes, Justin Connor, think of me.”
Ashala Wolf has been captured by Chief Administrator Neville Rose. A man who is intent on destroying Ashala’s Tribe — the runaway Illegals hiding in the Firstwood. Injured and vulnerable and with her Sleepwalker ability blocked, Ashala is forced to succumb to the machine that will pull secrets from her mind.
And right beside her is Justin Connor, her betrayer, watching her every move.
Will the Tribe survive the interrogation of Ashala Wolf?
Not even sure how I first came across this, but my local library had a copy tucked away in the reference only section of their stacks – luckily you can request to borrow it and the summary has me intrigued.
What did you think of my choices this week?
Did you spot any you might read?
Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.
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What do you think of the books I have chosen?
Would you like to read any of them?
Are there any you would recommend me moving straight to the top of the TBR list?
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Thanks for reading!