ignite the starsI’m honestly a little disappointed in myself for not having read Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan already. I’ve had a signed copy of this book sitting on my shelf for months and never actually bothered to pick it up. To be fair, I had no idea what the novel was about other than space–though that should have been motivation enough, honestly–and just never got to it. To be fair, I did this with nearly every book I got from my book box. Either way, I know now that I can’t put this amazing sounding book off for much longer.

Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cōcha is a seventeen-year-old girl.
A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control.
Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and their charming Flight Master, Knives—cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen?

unchartedI almost flat out said I would not be reading Uncharted by Erin Cashman based solely on the first sentence in the synopsis. I’m always reluctant to read contemporaries, you see. But after reading further, this book actually sounds like it heads off in a different direction and I’m intrigued. Granted, I’m also not a fan of thriller, but I feel as though this book might be worth giving a shot.

Seventeen-year-old Annabeth prefers the fantasy of her books and paintings to reality—because in reality, her mom is dead, and it was all her fault. When she accompanies her father to the funeral of some family friends who drowned, she’s surprised to find her grief reflected in the face of Griffin Bradford, the son of the couple who died. Griffin is nothing like the carefree boy she once knew. Now he’s irritable, removed, and he’s under police investigation for his parents’ deaths.
One night following the memorial service, Annabeth’s dad goes missing in the woods, and she suspects Griffin knows more about the disappearance than he’s letting on. He refuses to answer her questions, particularly those related to the mysterious “expedition” his parents took to Ireland, where they went missing for seven months.
Annabeth fears her father isn’t lost, but rather a victim of something sinister. She launches her own investigation, tracing clues that whisper of myth and legend and death, until she stumbles upon a secret. One that some would die to protect, others would kill to expose—and which twists Annabeth’s fantasy and reality together in deadly new ways.

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