Second Look: Sara Shepard’s THE AMATEURS (The Amateurs #1)

Sara Shepard has a new series hitting the shelves November 1!  The Amateurs mixes Pretty Little Liars with Serial.

I have to admit, when I saw this pop up on NetGalley, I was a little unsure.  But I figured, “What they hay?” and requested it.  I’m still not completely sure…but I have to say, the ending surprised me enough to want me to read the second book.

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Releases November 1, 2016

What It’s About: The story focuses on a group of teens (age ranging from about 17 to 19) that come together to solve the mystery of Helena Kelly, a girl who went missing from the prominent town of Dexby, Connecticut, and showed up dead four weeks later.

The story focuses around the friendship of Seneca and Maddox, who met online on the forum, Case Not Closed, where amateur and armchair detectives try to solve cold cases.  When spring break rolls around, Seneca decides to visit Maddy — who she thought was a girl — and try to solve the case.  (Maddox lives in Dexby.)  They are joined by Brett Grady, another member of the Case Not Closed File.

Together, they enlist the help of Aerin Kelly, Helena’s little sister, to find out what really happened to Helena.

How It’s Like PLL:  It’s the classic Rich Girl/Boy town.  Aerin is the quintessential “poor little rich girl” who’s trying to figure out who she is after the death of her sister five years earlier.  Madison, Maddox’s half-sister, is also the classic Rich Girl stereotype.

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How It’s Like Serial:  They’re trying to solve a crime.  (And in that way, it’s probably like PLL, too…)

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Gail Carriger’s CURTSIES & CONSPIRACIES – First Look

Amazon has the second novel of the FINISHING SCHOOL series by Gail Carriger up for pre-order.  This cover looks just as amazing!

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What it’s about:

Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?

Sophronia’s first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy (won’t Mumsy be surprised?). Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.

Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers’ quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship’s boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a school trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot–one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.

In this sequel to bestselling author Gail Carriger’s YA debut Etiquette & Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason. Gail’s distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.

Release Date: November 5, 2013.

How much did you love 13 REASONS WHY?

For those of you who absolutely loved Jay Asher’s debut, 13 REASONS WHY, his new book (co written with Carolyn Mackler) is available for pre-order.

Here’s the brief synopsis from BN.com:

It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet.  Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM. Josh is her best friend.  They power up and log on and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future.  Everybody wonders what their destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.

I, for one, cannot wait!  I hope it’s excellent, but I have high hopes it will be.  Who else is excited about this?