But before we get to that: How can I be ill again?
(You really could not have expected a deeper question from moi?)
Yes, I am sick again. It’s the Murphy’s Law of everything that once things get back to normal and my friends have gone back to Canada, I’ll get sick. Bleh. I am most definitely over being sick this winter/spring/silly season.
But overall, I had a wonderful time catching up with old friends, shopping and relaxing some — which is why I missed last week’s recs. So back to the recs: apocalypse anyone?
So Elena Mendoza is the product of a virgin birth, so you know no pressure even though she’s able to heal Freddie, the girl she’s been crushing on for years from a gunshot. And then, the shooter gets sucked into the clouds minutes later. Throw in the talking girl on a tampon box, and more unbelievable things and Elena comes to believe the world is ending and she might be the only person who can do something about it. So like I said, no pressure. Not entirely sure how this is all coming together, but I must admit, the blurb has said all the right (quirky) things, so consider me hooked!
So yes, this is the 7th book in a series, but I think it sounds pretty self-contained and could stand on its own. So Bailey is a true-crime journalist, and in this book reunites with an old friend from college — Jillian, who disappeared (as in retreated from life) after a neighbour killed her whole family. She reconnects with Bailey because the man accused of killing her family now might be released due to DNA evidence, and Jillian wants closure, something she thinks Bailey might be able to give it to her. A mystery, a wrongful conviction and a emotional, consuming case? Yes please!
So this has to be one of the weirdest titles for a book, but also literally true: Paul is a shapeshifter who happens to tend bar at the only gay bar in a university town. This is a book about his adventures shapeshifting from a Riot Grrl to Women Studies major and more — and I want this simply to see how this author pulls this off. It’s one of the most dynamic, interesting plots I’ve seen in a long time.
This is based on the author’s, Winnie Liu’s, real life experiences and is the story of Vivian, who is raped by a 15-year-old teenager one afternoon in London. The story features both their POVs, which is something that attracted me to it, especially given Liu’s own experiences. By no means an easy book, I know, but a powerful one.
Timothy Blake is a genius, who solves impossible cases. He’s also a sociopath, and given I’ve been rewatching Sherlock, this caught my eye. When Timothy is called in to investigate the disappearance of a 14YO boy, he is assigned a partner, linked to his past — which is the first breadcrumb about this character in the blurb — he’s got a secret, one he is determined to keep hidden no matter what. And, this is confusing: he has a price for his help — every time he saves a life, he gets to take one — how does that work?! I may have watched too much Criminal Minds and Mindhunter, but I want to see how the author pulls off such character’s mindset.
These have been on my mind since finding them — what strikes your fancy??