The terrors of the night grow, threatening to overtake the world in Bryan Dull’s third installment in his exciting and gritty series Ecliptic! The vampire plague has become a pandemic, converting most humans. As if this isn’t a problem enough, there are reports of the undead walking the Earth. Now Solstice and her crew must battle multiple enemies as they struggle to save humanity. I love Solstice as a character, so it’s really fun to see her take center stage in this one. Dull always makes great characters and builds realistic connections, but I also love how he takes classic tropes like vampires and the undead, and makes them feel fresh. Not everything is what it seems in this one, and there is danger lurking for Solstice around every corner. If the post apocalypse is your favorite haunt, definitely crawl your way over to Dull’s dark, imaginative, and gritty series!
Calvin the Christmas Tree
Stephen Bowling offers some heartwarming Christmas cheer in Calvin the Christmas Tree! Calvin is the tiniest, least remarkable tree on his farm and is always being torn down by a grumpy old tree. But when it’s Calvin’s chance to be sold, will anyone pick him? This is an adorable tale, a lovable almost retelling of Rudolph, and it has a great message for the Christmas season! Bowling’s writing is excellent and the pictures truly capture the heart of the book. If you love Christmas or children’s tales filled with strong morals, come leaf through Calvin the Christmas Tree this season!
Perception and Deception IV
Andrea Hintz delivers action, humor, and great twists once more in Perception and Deception IV! When the son of a missing agent shows up at Faith and Ashton’s door, they have no choice but to go undercover at a fancy resort. But all is not as it seems, and there may be a mole in the organization, bringing the stakes to a whole new level in this one. Even after four installments, Hintz still manages to surprise you, not only with the great plot twists, but with the new directions she always takes Faith and Ashton in! There are some fun new characters as well and some intriguing new aspects to classic series staples. If you love a more lighthearted spy series that still packs all the meaningful depth, strap on your repelling rope and fake mustache and check out the Perception and Deception series!
Laura Swallow brings us along on a wonderfully heartfelt coming of age journey in 6,393 Miles! Chloe is about to enter high school when her parents whisk her away to live in Japan. Being away from her crush and navigating a new culture are hard, but Chloe begins to discover the charm of her new home. Swallow immediately builds Chloe into a very likeable and believable character, and I got really invested in her emotional journey! Coupled with great description and an excellent message, this book was hard to put down. If you love YA or exploring other cultures, definitely book a trip with Chloe and 6,393 Miles!