My picks this week are....
The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist
One Legend Determines the Fate of Two LivesFor some reason, I have this desire to read more books involving fairytales, castles, etc. and this one sounds like the perfect fit. The summary has peaked my interest. Oh, and I'm just loving the cover!
In the faraway village of Tulan, sixteen-year-old Elara has spent her entire life as a servant, trying to track down her real name. The name she was given before being orphaned. Meanwhile, in the kingdom of Galandria, Princess Wilhamina does not know why her father, the king, makes her wear a mask. Or why she is forbidden to ever show her face.
When a new peace treaty between Galandria and Kyrenica is threatened, Elara and Wilha are brought face to face. Told in alternating perspectives, this intricate fairytale pulls both girls toward secrets that have been locked away behind castle doors, while the fate of two opposing kingdoms rests squarely on their untrained shoulders.
Until It Hurts to Stop by Jennifer R. Hubbard
When you can’t trust anyone, how can you ever feel safe?This one popped up in my Goodreads feed the other day, and it instantly caught my eye. Bullying is such an important subject, and I'm interested to see how Jennifer approaches it. Plus I've read a book by her in the past and I liked it quite a bit.
In seventh grade, Maggie Camden was the class outcast. Every day, the other girls tripped her, pinched her, trapped her in the bathroom, told her she would be better off dead. Four years have passed since then, and Maggie’s tormentors seem to have moved on. The ringleader of them all, Raleigh Barringer, even moved out of town. But Maggie has never stopped watching for attacks, and every laugh still sounds like it’s at her expense. The only time Maggie feels at peace is when she’s hiking up in the mountains with her best friend, Nick. Lately, though, there’s a new sort of tension between the two of them—a tension both dangerous and delicious. But how can Maggie expect anything more out of Nick when all she’s ever been told is that she’s ugly, she’s pathetic, she’s unworthy of love? And how can she ever feel safe, now that Raleigh Barringer is suddenly—terrifyingly—back in town.