Awards: Pitch Perfect Pick
Every week, our reviewers nominate less than 10% of our submissions for the Pitch Perfect Pick award. These are new submissions that appear to have high potential. We take into account more than just the blurb, and often read a few sample pages before nominating a book. Professional quality covers, original concepts, Amazon reviews, and records of extensive editing are necessary. Those nominations are then opened up to votes. Whichever book receives the most votes in the first week is awarded the Pitch Perfect Pick award.More about awards
It’s the winter of 1947 in Ashley Falls, West Virginia, and a teenage girl has gone missing. Private detective Miller Brinkman takes the case, and soon discovers that his missing persons case is not an isolated incident, but part of an otherworldly mystery that may threaten the future of humanity.
Will Jordan O’Duffy take his guns to school to exact revenge on those who sexually assaulted him in the locker room, or will the illegal immigrant who befriends him keep him from doing something terrible that he will never be able to undo?
AD 2039: Project Alexandria is an initiative to give all humanity safe and equal access to all recorded knowledge. But one teen knows something is wrong. There are dark intentions behind Project Alexandria and the key may lie in a sonnet titled, “Day Moon”. All of history depends on it.
Despite its slow pace and a cast of characters you might not feel emotionally connected to, this is a novel worth checking out for its amazing world-building and its exploration on what makes up truth in the digital age—unsettlingly, something the world is experiencing right this moment.
Alex’s genteel world shatters when she is dragged from a tourist bus in Mexico City, throwing her into the brutal world of human trafficking. When the trail leads back to those she loves the most, she finds that the most innocent and ordinary places that hide the most terrible secrets.
“You can’t kill a ghost.” Young American Aliya Scott travels to Tanzania to help children with her condition. There, people without pigment in their skin are called “zeru-zeru,” it means “ghost,” and they are believed to possess magical powers. When Aliya goes missing, her father sets out on a mission to find her. Will he reach her before it is too late?
Two cousins are leaving the protection of their underground bunker, after a cataclysmic war and unrelenting disease ravaged the earth. On the other side of North America, a young survivalist is leaving the seclusion of his cabin in the woods.
I would highly recommend this gripping post-apocalyptic thriller to anyone who has a thirst for the genre, and to anyone who wants to read an action-packed, thought-provoking book. The first part of the book builds the tension up superbly, like a horror film, tipping you to the edge of your seat, whilst also dipping back into the past to explain what has brought the world to this point. The second half of the story is almost sad in its gory inevitability. Humans have not had enough violence or death, and the war continues. I was fully involved with the characters and rooting for them to come through. Very much looking forward to reading the next installment.
Thrust into his new life as a magic-wielding wyrmcaller, young Eskandar is confronted by madmen, pirates and deadly jinn, all gleefully out to kill him. To survive, he has to collect an army of… kids. Bewildered but determined, Eskandar, his faithful wyrmling Lothi-Mo, and his trusty companions battle the pirates of Brisa, who are kidnapping his friends. Will they manage to free them in time?