Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a fresh body in a seedy alleyway in downtown Manhattan, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart – initials inside reading E and D.
Ella-Loo and her boyfriend Darryl were separated for more than three years while Darryl was a guest of the State of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served, they don’t intend to ever part again. Ella-Loo’s got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down just over the Arkansas border, they make plans to take someone else’s. Then things get a little messy and they wind up killing someone- an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-loo. A desire for Darryl. And a desire to kill again.
As they cross state lines on their way to New York to find the life they think they deserve, they leave a trail of evil behind them. But now they’ve landed in the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Dallas and her team at the New York City Police and Security Department. And with her husband, Roarke, at her side, she has every intention of hunting them down and giving them what they truly deserve . . .
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow The world is at peace, said the Utterances. And, really, if the odd princess has a hard day, is that too much to ask?
Greta is a duchess and crown princess – and a hostage to peace. This is how the game is played: if you want to rule, you must give one of your children as a hostage. Go to war and your hostage dies.
Greta will be free if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday. Until then she lives in the Precepture school with the daughters and sons of the world’s leaders. Like them, she is taught to obey the machines that control their lives. Like them, she is prepared to die with dignity, if she must. But everything changes when a new hostage arrives. Elian is a boy who refuses to play by the rules, a boy who defies everything Greta has ever been taught. And he opens Greta’s eyes to the brutality of the system they live under – and to her own power.
As Greta and Elian watch their nations tip closer to war, Greta becomes a target in a new kind of game. A game that will end up killing them both – unless she can find a way to break all the rules.
Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash Maggie is fifteen and has spent basically every summer of her life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She’s from Atlanta, she’s never kissed a guy, she’s into the Backstreet Boys in a really deep way, and her long summer days are full of a pleasant, peaceful sort of nothing.
Until one confounding moment. After a split second of innocent physical contact during a lice inspection, Maggie falls into gut-twisting love with Erin, an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie) female counselor. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl, and Maggie’s spontaneous expertise at the camp’s rifle range is the only thing that keeps her heart from exploding. When it seems as if Erin might feel the same way about Maggie, it’s too much for both Maggie and Camp Bellflower to endure, let alone understand.
Honor Girl is an exceptional memoir, at once romantic and devastating, brutally honest and full of humor. It’s a story about love and self-discovery and heartbreak, and a debut of the rarest sort.