From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
Pure by Julianna Baggot (Grand Central Publishing, $25.99, 9781455503063). "I can say, without a doubt, that this is one of the best books I've read in the past year, and I read a lot of books! A gritty, dystopian tale of the world after a nuclear holocaust, this first part of a trilogy has something for everyone: mystery and intrigue, violence, romance, and rumblings of a sinister conspiracy. This unsettling but beautiful book is sure to be a huge crossover hit, sophisticated enough to appeal to adults, and perfect for YA readers. I'm counting down the days until the next installment is released!" --Lauren Peugh, Mrs. Nelson's Toy & Book Shop, La Verne, Calif.
Gypsy Boy: My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies by Mikey Walsh (Thomas Dunne Books, $24.99, 9780312622084). "Growing up, I envied and romanticized the culture of freedom and adventure amid a free spirited gypsy life. Gypsy Boy both dispels and confirms some of the myths that surround this world. We are given a rave view into the hostile, secretive, and protective bonds that have allowed the gypsies to continue their way of life, one of persecution and lawlessness, in the modern world. While Walsh endures a harsh life filled with abuse, at the same time he experiences enduring love and protection from his mother and sister, even after his decision to leave the tribe. Difficult to read, but even more difficult to put down, Mikey's transformation and ultimate happiness with his life will have you cheering." --Susan Schlesinger, Books on the Square, Providence, R.I.
Until the Next Time: A Novel by Kevin Fox (Algonquin, $15.95, 9781565129931). "Sean Corrigan has lived an ordinary life until his twenty-first birthday when his father gives him a journal written by his Uncle Michael, a relative previously unknown to Sean. The journal sets Sean on a course he never could have imagined. From the United States to Ireland, this is a story of family, murder, ancient myth, and a love that goes on through time. I was captured from the first page by this unique blend of mystery, suspense, and romance." --Sue Richardson, Maine Coast Book Shop, Damariscotta, Maine
For Teen Readers
Everneath by Brodi Ashton (Balzer & Bray, $17.99, 9780062071132). "This is Twilight for mythology lovers, with elements of the stories of both Persephone and Orpheus and Eurydice. Seventeen-year-old Nikki Beckett, who's just returned from a century--equivalent to six months of Earth time--in the underworld of Everneath, finds out she has a mere six more months before being taken back to the underworld--this time for good. A captivating story of love, loss, and immortality." --Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, S.C.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]