On another edition of Breaking the Spine’s awesome meme, we’re talking about two novels from Simon & Schuster’s fall and winter lists. One of my picks this week won’t come as any surprise, but the other might be, considering my dystopian/thriller burnout.
Amelia is used to being upstaged by her charismatic younger sister, Charly. She doesn’t mind, mostly, that it always falls to her to cover for Charly’s crazy, impulsive antics. But one night, Charly’s thoughtlessness goes way too far, and she lands them both in serious trouble.
Amelia’s not sure she can forgive Charly this time, and not sure she wants to…but the situation is even worse than either of them realizes. Amelia has no choice but to give up everything–her friends, her future, her dream–in order to cover for Charly’s huge mistake.
Amelia doesn’t understand how her sister could have done this to them both. What she doesn’t know is that Charly is hiding a terrible secret—one with the potential to change everything.
I was stunned by how amazing Jessica’s debut novel, Virtuosity, turned out to be, and I’m so glad she’s continuing to write in the contemporary genre. While I’m not a big fan of the pink hue of the cover, I do love the premise and will be checking it out this fall for sure.
Jessica Martinez lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband, her two children, and her violin. She spends her days writing, running, and teaching her children to be music lovers.
The Space Between Us will be released on October 16, 2012.
Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow prisoners, Felicia passes the endless hours downloading memories and mourning what she’s lost—family, friends, and the boy she loved, Neil.
Then a girl in a neighboring chamber disappears, and nobody but Felicia seems to recall she existed in the first place. Something is obviously very wrong. When Julian—a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life—comes to offer Felicia a way out, she learns the truth: a rebellion is brewing to overthrow the Morati, the guardians of Level 2.
Felicia is reluctant to trust Julian, but then he promises what she wants the most—to be with Neil again—if only she’ll join the rebels. Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself in the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.
I’ve been following Lenore’s blog for about as long as I’ve been blogging myself, and she has always been a professional and friendly presence online. Her consistent and constructive reviews give me hope that Level 2 will be a smart, strong novel, one worth tossing my decision to stop reading so many dystopian/thrillers aside.
Level 2will be released on January 15, 2013.