This week’s diverse new releases:
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid (Harlequin Teen)
“Leila’s road trip to see the Northern Lights in Alaska takes her across the U.S. and into the lives of a series of desperate teens. In five multichapter vignettes, readers meet these characters in crisis. … debut author Alsaid creates enough adventure to make the stories feel breathless.” — Publishers Weekly
Before You by Amber Hart (KTeen)
“The daughter of a pastor and a young man on the run from a Cuban drug cartel get past their initial animosity to fall in love in this sexy romance. … This riff on West Side Story is torrid and heartfelt if not at all subtle, with a sequel featuring Faith’s best friend still to come.” — Kirkus
The Fourth Wish (The Art of Wishing: Book 2) by Lindsay Ribar (Kathy Dawson Books)
“After taking a fourth wish from her genie-turned-boyfriend Oliver in order to save his life, Margo McKenna has become a genie herself. Picking up right from where The Art of Wishing (Dial, 2013) left off. … Ribar has delivered fans a fun romantic read with some deliciously exciting paranormal elements (shape-shifting anyone?) while casually tackling bisexuality, consent, and the importance of balancing power with humanity. A strong sequel.” — School Library Journal
The Young World by Chris Weitz (Little, Brown)
“Screenwriter/director Weitz (The Golden Compass; About a Boy) kicks off a post-apocalyptic trilogy with a riveting adventure in which teenagers—the only ones immune to a fatal plague known as the Sickness—have inherited the Earth and are fighting over the remnants of New York City. … Weitz offers a satisfying YA interpretation of the Greek classic Anabasis, brimming with grisly encounters and gallows humor. He also finds room to touch upon issues of race, class, commercialism, and sexuality in nuanced moments that are sharply juxtaposed with the near-constant dangers and seeming hopelessness of the larger picture.” — Publishers Weekly
Warnings: None applied
Summary: It’s just - Louis wants this, wants to let himself have it, just for today. Harry’s too good to be true and London isn’t going to be on lockdown forever, so it seems only fair to allow himself this while it’s still in his rea. After a one night stand, London goes on lockdown and Harry and Louis are forced to spend the day together.)
I have heard of it but not read it. Everything I’ve heard about it points to it depicting a very, very unhealthy relationship.
Personally I find it worrying that a lot of fic that is deemed ‘romantic’ or ‘hot’ by younger (but also older!) people is really not romantic or hot at all but controlling and unhealthy at best and downright abusive at worst. And that’s not just in het fic! (Or indeed just in fic.)
I’m working on two Harry/Ed ones that take place within the same verse, if I do it right. If this is about that ‘angst is hard’ comment I made then that one’s pairing is Harry/Matt Healy. :)
working on a piece to go with this
AQUARIUS - Does It in the Water (January 20 to February 18) Trustworthy. Attractive. Great kisser. One of a kind. Loves being in long-term relationships. Tries hard. Will take on any project. Proud of themselves in whatever they do. Messy and unorganized. Procrastinators….
What’s the world’s biggest misconception of you? x
Evening Post: August 12, 1899.
"She immediately alighted, caught hold of the astonished youth, and gave him a sound thrashing, using her fists in a scientific fashion…”
I would love to know what this means.
I think that might be code for “punched him in the balls with devastating accuracy”.
In the language of the day, fighting ‘in a scientific fashion’ meant she appeared to have studied fighting or boxing, rather than just whaling on him by instinct. During the nineteenth century boxing became formalised, with innovations like the Marquess of Queensberry rules regulating the sport. (The introduction of padded gloves actually made it more dangerous, as boxers could now hit each other much harder without risking injury to their own hands, and more serious facial and cranial injuries resulted. Bareknuckle boxers had to be a bit more careful lest they break their own hand-bones.) There was also an interest in the science of fighting, with a knowledge of anatomy and physics helping to establish where on the body were the most effective places to hit, and how a fighter should move to deliver blows more powerfully.
I like the ‘delight of several colliers’ too. I like to imagine they gave her a round of applause while she tucked her blouse back in, straightened her hat, and gave them a brisk nod of acknowledgement before cycling on.
I also like to imagine that she arrived slightly late for a dainty afternoon tea, telling her hostess ‘I’m very sorry to be late, Alice, but you see a young lout accosted me on the road and I had to administer a sound thrashing before I could proceed.’
Alice understood perfectly.
To the anons who’ve sent me asks - I’ll answer them as soon as I’m back with my laptop. For some reason my tablet/the tumblr app won’t let me. :(