When you have a book blog, you tend to read a lot. Like a lot, a lot. After a while you get pretty good at anticipating where a story is headed and recognizing certain plot patterns. More times than not, I usually have a pretty good idea of how a story will play out fairly early. I swear, our editor Jennifer has a sixth sense about this stuff. She can map out an entire plot before she’s 20% finished with a book. It’s uncanny. But every so often, even we say to ourselves, “Huh, didn’t see that coming.” Personally, I love it when that happens. It’s part of the magic of reading. No matter how many stories you’ve read, you can still be caught off guard by a clever author. If you enjoy a crazy shocking plot twist too, this list is for you.
husband, Brian, is often rendered powerless and passive by his wife's strength and determination. And their only son, Jesse, drifts, at times all but forgotten as Kate and Anna take center stage. Until Anna, now 11, says no. Seeking medical emancipation, she hires her own lawyer, initiating a court case that divides the family and that could leave Kate's rapidly failing body in the hands of fate.
she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
Woven into their stories are the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. Their journeys and their voices will inspire you, surprise you, and break your heart.
Suspenseful, wry and immediate, rich in spirit and humanity, The Book of Unknown Americans is a work of rare force and originality.
As Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good, Margaret is mesmerized. It is a tale of gothic strangeness featuring the Angelfield family, including the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire.
Margaret succumbs to the power of Vida's storytelling but remains suspicious of the author's sincerity. She demands the truth from Vida, and together they confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.