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2015 in Review: #10 & #9

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With another year drawn to a close, I wanted to take some time this month to go back and highlight some of the best books that I read in 2015. I didn’t read quite as many this year as I did last year (287 vs. 306), but I attribute that to taking on proofreading (which is a slower read for a book) and starting a certificate program during the final quarter of the year. Still, I’m happy with the total. But enough about that…onto the books I wanted to take a moment to revisit…

Note: These are the best books I read in 2015, not necessarily published in 2015.

#10 What You Left Behind by Samantha Hayes

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Detective Inspector Lorraine Fisher is off on holiday to visit her sister, whose husband has just left her. Lorraine is used to helping her sister through things like this, but she is hardly prepared for everything waiting for her when she arrives in Radcote. The village saw a spate of youth suicides just two years ago, and there are fears it may be starting again as another young man has died in an apparent suicide. On top of that, Lorraine’s nephew, Freddie, has been acting strangely and his mother is concerned about him. And when a second suicide is reported not long after Lorraine’s arrival, she can’t help but try to get to the bottom of what’s going on in the village.

Read my review from May 10 for more on this title.

#9 Mad About the Hatter by Dakota Chase

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Henry refused to believe the stories his sister, Alice, would tell about visiting a place called “Wonderland.” After all, there was no way that such a place could exist. Yet, she insisted, and her insistence only served to drive a wedge right through their entire family. But when he finds himself suddenly in an unfamiliar place, he remembers that his sister told him to “find the Hatter.” He’s not sure what it means, and when Hatter arrives he thinks he may just regret asking after him, but it’s all he has to work with.

Hatter–yes, that Hatter–faces certain execution. The Red Queen has made it clear she wants his head to roll, and there seems to be no escape. But when the Queen learns of the presence of “Boy Alice” in Wonderland, Hatter may just have the opportunity to do her a favor and save his head…literally. And why wouldn’t he gladly serve up the cantankerous “Boy Alice” to do just that.

But can Hatter really give someone else up to save himself? And might Henry’s first impressions of the Hatter soften as they journey together through this strange land? Regardless, both Henry and the Hatter are about to learn there is much more to this situation than either of them ever could have imagined.

Read my review from August 19 for more on this title.

Mad About the Hatter by Dakota Chase

25926238Title: Mad About the Hatter
Author: Dakota Chase
Published: August 20, 2015
Pages: 190
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Henry refused to believe the stories his sister, Alice, would tell about visiting a place called “Wonderland.” After all, there was no way that such a place could exist. Yet, she insisted, and her insistence only served to drive a wedge right through their entire family. But when he finds himself suddenly in an unfamiliar place, he remembers that his sister told him to “find the Hatter.” He’s not sure what it means, and when Hatter arrives he thinks he may just regret asking after him, but it’s all he has to work with.

Hatter–yes, that Hatter–faces certain execution. The Red Queen has made it clear she wants his head to roll, and there seems to be no escape. But when the Queen learns of the presence of “Boy Alice” in Wonderland, Hatter may just have the opportunity to do her a favor and save his head…literally. And why wouldn’t he gladly serve up the cantankerous “Boy Alice” to do just that.

But can Hatter really give someone else up to save himself? And might Henry’s first impressions of the Hatter soften as they journey together through this strange land? Regardless, both Henry and the Hatter are about to learn there is much more to this situation than either of them ever could have imagined.

I absolutely love a well-written retelling of a classic tale. While this isn’t a “retelling” per se, but a reimagining of the world of Wonderland and what happened after Alice left for the last time, it hits all the right points for me. There’s humor, suspense, adventure, romance…and it’s all woven seamlessly together in a truly organic way.

There is a need for high quality LGBT YA, and this book is one that helps fill that need. This is a story that I think is enjoyable for all ages, but it’s one that I particularly think teenagers would find appealing. Dakota Chase demonstrates a creativity and an original voice here that truly stands out. I look forward to more from this author, for sure!

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]