May’s come and gone, and it’s time for me to tell you about my favorite books from the past month. So, let’s get to it!
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling (Delilah Dirk #2)/Cliff: Delilah Dirk and Selim are back! After doing a favor for a friend in Spain, Delilah and Selim run into a British army regiment on their way to their next adventure. After Dirk is accused of spying for the French, she and Selim journey to England to clear her name. However, this errand quickly turns tricky as more than one secret complicates the matter. I liked that I was introduced to Delilah Dirk’s back story–the decision keeps the adventures of Delilah and Selim fresh. That being said, this story still has the humor and action that made Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant such a delight. Cliff excels at character design and expressions and expertly captures the action and the world, and these artistic strengths making this book an immersive experience.
Fellside/Carey-Jess is a heroin addict and trapped in an abusive relationship. One night, in a drugged state, she sets her apartment on fire; her actions lead to the death of a boy named Alex in the upstairs apartment. Jess is sent to the women’s prison Fellside, where she expects to die during her guilt-fueled hunger strike. However, a young ghost appears to Jess and asks for her assistance. Convinced this ghost is Alex, Jess sets out to solve the mystery of the ghost’s death and redeem herself. She quickly runs into the corrupt empire of fellow prisoner Harriet Grace. This creepy and compelling novel does a good job of exploring the concepts of justice and redemption; despite her situation, Jess is a determined and gritty heroine, whose quest for justice readers will quickly become invested in.
Prez: Corndog in Chief (v. 1)/Russell and Caldwell: After an unfortunate incident involving a restaurant grill, teenager Beth Ross is elected, by popular vote on social media, as the next president of the United States. The world she inherits is a chaotic and corrupt mess of inequality, war, and a mysterious new illness. However, she is determined to make a difference–if she can survive! This is an intriguing conflict between youthful optimism and a corrupt system. The artwork is excellent, and the story provides a solid introduction to Beth–who is a likable, determined heroine–and her world. I’m looking forward to future volumes.
That’s all for now. See you next time!