August means the ending of summer, when it is time for students to go back to school and the time to camp and play winds down. It can be quite a downer knowing that summer is coming to an end, good thing I have some new books to get me through it all! This month’s Bookcase Club box brings me two novels following some serious adventures by two talented writers.
Summer on East End: Triple Moon
This novel is part of the Witches of East End series by prolific YA novelist, Melissa de la Cruz. This book series was adapted into a TV series in 2013, which continued for three seasons. This novel actually contains special bonus content, that is, the short story finale to the Witches of East End TV series – so it’s a must-have for any fans out there left hanging when Lifetime cancelled the show. This novel centers around twin witches, Mardi and Molly Overbrook who struggle to control their amazing powers, resulting in an accident at their old high school. To avoid exile by the White Council, their father sends them to Ingrid Beauchamp (one of the main characters in the original novel and TV show) to help them learn control. Being a YA novel, you can expect trouble to come bubbling their way in the form of romance and unexpected drama.
“Even by Manhattan private school standards, Bret Farley’s party was unforgettable. It wasn’t just the bottomless flow of top-shelf liquor or the mounds of gleaming caviar, the world-class sculpture collection and the spectacular views of the city from the Park Avenue penthouse, or the rumors of a hidden elevator down to a clandestine indoor lap pool of black marble… The night of Bret Farley’s party was unforgettable because, by the end of it, two of the guests were dead.”
About the Author
Melissa de la Cruz is the author of more than thirty novels, many of which were critically acclaimed, as well as highly praised YA series such as her Witches of East End and her Blue Bloods series. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Publishers Weekly internationally bestselling author. Her novels have been published in over twenty countries and many of them have been adapted into TV shows – such as The Descendants (ranked #1 cable TV movie of 2015.) Not limiting herself to novel-writing for all ages, Melissa has written for The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl!, and Seventeen.
“A bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance.” – People
“Witches of East End has all the ingredients you’d expect from one of Melissa’s bestselling YA novels – intrigue, mystery, and plenty of romance.” – MTV.com
Rites of Passage
Rites of Passage is Joy N. Hensley’s debut novel. It focuses on Sam McKenna who is one of four female students to be the first ever to join a famous military academy. Sam comes from a military family; her father is a highly respected Lieutenant Colonel, her eldest brother had been a Ranger, and her second brother a cadet colonel at the academy – so she has a lot to prove. That means nothing to some of the boys at the school who will stop at nothing to force her out, resorting to trashing her stuff, calling her names, then escalating until she begins to believe her life is in danger.
“Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died. So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.”
About the Author
Joy N. Hensley is a middle school writing teacher, passing on her passion to the youth at her school. She spends her twenty-minute lunch breaks hosting author Skype chats for her students. She found inspiration for her novel because she, herself, attended a military school on a dare. She writes a blog where she helps other teachers with resources and offers her own suggestions for what to read next.
“Hensley navigates the bonds of family, patriarchal military traditions, and the meaning of courage in a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Throw in just the right amount of swoon and Rites of Passage is impossible to put down.” – Trish Doller, author of Something Like Normal and Where the Stars Still Shine
While the days shorten and finally (hopefully) grow a bit cooler, let’s all sit outside with a good book. Until next time, readers!
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