Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 12/5/19

It’s blizzard season throughout the northern hemisphere, and the time is nigh to grab your boots, coats, and books to keep you warm. If you don’t wish to take the arduous journey through the snow and slush, snuggle up at home with a warm latte, caffeinated or not, and a new book for the season.

Check out Bookstr’s Three to Read, the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week!

Hot Pick

Epoca: The Tree of Ecrof




Set in an alternate classical world dominated by sports and a magical power called grana, Epoca: The Tree of Ecrof is the story of two children: the lowly born Rovi and the crown princess Pretia who uncover and battle terrible evil and discover their inner strength along the way.
Epoca: The Tree of Ecrof takes place at the most elite sports academy in the land, where the best child-athletes are sent to hone their skills. When Rovi and Pretia arrive, each harboring a secret about themselves, they begin to suspect that something evil is at play at the school. In the course of their first year, they must learn to master their grana in order to save the world from dark forces that are rising.



Basketball legend Kobe Bryant astounded the world with his first book The Wizenard Series: Training Camp, and he’s done it again with the help of author Ivy Claire, who also happens to be a world-ranked athlete. This remarkable mid-November release changes how we think of the fantasy genre by blending it with the sports genre. Byrant and Claire have built a vast world full of secrets and the supernatural, in a tale about finding your inner power and fighting for the good in the world. Linda’s Book Obsession Blog praises the two athletes on their fantastic book, calling it “[a] magical, mesmerizing, captivating, entertaining, suspenseful, and intense novel full of adventure.”



Coffee Shop Read

When the Stars Lead to You




Eighteen-year-old Devon longs for two things.

The stars.

And the boy she fell in love with last summer.

When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together.

Now it’s senior year and she’s determined to enjoy every moment of it, as she prepares for a future studying galaxies. That is, until Ashton shows up on the first day of school.

Can she forgive and open her heart to him again? Or are they doomed to repeat history?

From debut author, Ronni Davis, comes a stunning novel about passion, loss, and the power of first love.



Don’t be fooled by the cover, this is not your average boy meets girl romance. Covering very intense topics of race relations, prejudice, and struggles with mental health, author Ronnie Davis takes a bold dive with her first novel, and it’s a huge success. Love never comes easy in the real world, especially with all of society’s unresolved issues. Davis captures that perfectly in her story about the harsh truth of love and hate and owning up to what we really need in our darkest times. Kirkus Reviews calls Davis’ debut as “a new take on the archetypal first love novel by tackling the impact of mental health, race, and class wars. A moving love story, timely given the pervasiveness of mental health crises.” The perfect choice if you’re looking for a conversation starter or a deep and heartwrenching story to move your heart and your mind.



Dark Horse

In the Dark 


In the Dark by [White, Loreth Anne]



The promise of a luxury vacation at a secluded wilderness spa has brought together eight lucky guests. But nothing is what they were led to believe. As a fierce storm barrels down and all contact with the outside is cut off, the guests fear that it’s not a getaway. It’s a trap.

Each one has a secret. Each one has something to hide. And now, as darkness closes in, they all have something to fear—including one another.

Alerted to the vanished party of strangers, homicide cop Mason Deniaud and search and rescue expert Callie Sutton must brave the brutal elements of the mountains to find them. But even Mason and Callie have no idea how precious time is. Because the clock is ticking, and one by one, the guests of Forest Shadow Lodge are being hunted. For them, surviving becomes part of a diabolical game.



This book is an ideal choice for any mystery fans out there, especially if you enjoyed the Agatha Christie mystery, And Then There Were None. This brings the Agatha Christie classic to the modern age, and takes a darker, twisted and terrifying riff on which is better, forgiveness or revenge. A thrilling mystery that will have you guessing til the very end, written by the bestselling author of thrillers, mysteries, and romantic suspense, Loreth Anne White. Publishers Weekly praises White by saying she, “employs kaleidoscopic perspectives in this tense modern adaptation…[her] structural sleight of hand as she shifts between narrators and timelines keeps the suspense high…Christie fans will find this taut, clever thriller to be a worthy homage to the original.” A wild ride awaits you in this terribly tense tale.



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