Ruby’s Bookish Bundles is a new feature I’m starting here on the blog. In it, I’m going to post about three books:
- Want Now: One recently released or already published title I’m lusting after.
- Want Soon: One upcoming title I’m looking forward to, based on things I’ve heard, the cover, and the description.
- Want Someday: One upcoming title I’ve heard about that sounds like it could be interested but is so far off into the future it doesn’t even have a cover yet.
I love discovering new books, and I love sharing about the books I discover. However, I’ve been wanting to do something a little different from (and more involved than) a WoW post, so I created this new feature for myself. Anyone is welcome to participate, or to share their own wants. If you do so on your own blog, leave a link so I can visit!
Not too long ago, Small Review posted one of her famous “Books I Got” posts. In it, she mentioned a book she’d received that had a witness protection plot, and I remembered that, when I was younger (like, last year ;P) I had a major Witness Protection fantasy. It was after comas and before Kate Daniels. Anyway, little did Small know that she reignited my WitSec obsession. Here are some titles that caught my eye.
I missed Lois Duncan the first time around, but I’ve been toying with the idea of catching up on these teen “classics.” As soon as I read the description of Don’t Look Behind You, I added it to my list of titles to consider starting with.
April Corrigan’s life is turned upside-down when she when she learns that her father has been working secretly undercover for the FBI. When his testimony convicts a notorious drug dealer, the whole family must relocate and enter the Federal Witness Security Program. April’s entire way of life changes?not just her name. And when she attempts to communicate with her boyfriend, an agent is killed. With thrills, chills, and a high-speed cross-country chase, master suspense writer Lois Duncan will leave readers breathless!
Shadowlands is the book that inspired this week’s theme. I learned about it when it showed up on one of Small’s Books I Got posts. Seeing it there reminded me of my love of Witness Protection stories. I don’t really want to people to want to kill me, but the idea of starting over completely intrigues me. Is it possible to leave your life entirely behind? Doubtful…
Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived… and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as a goodbye.Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. But just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again?
When I first started researching for this Bookish Bundle, I didn’t think my search would be easy. Turns out there were two Witness Protection titles in the offing! I’m sure there are more, but here are the ones that drifted across my radar!
The Rules for Disappearing
by Ashley Elston
Expected publication date: 2013
THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING, about a girl who, desperate to escape the Witness Protection program and discover what really happened the day that ruined her family’s lives, breaks her minders’ ultimate rule by falling for a boy and embarking with him on a perilous journey to outwit both cops and criminals.
by R.L. Giles
Expected publication date: 2013
Nick Pearson is pretending to be someone he isn’t. Not high school pretending. Witness Protection pretending. And the #1 rule is “stay low-key”. But, when his sole friend Eli dies in the school’s journalism room under mysterious circumstances, and Nick stumbles upon the conspiracy Eli planned on exposing, staying low-key takes a backseat to staying alive.
Newspaper Nerd Eli had a secret, an in-the-works story codenamed “Whispertown”. And it’s got a lot of folks interested. Like corrupt cops, the town’s shady mayor, and certain high-ranking government officials. Teaming with Eli’s estranged (and gorgeous) sister, Nick sets out to unravel the mystery and still maintain his cover. He’ll have to use all the deviant skills he’s gained from his racketeering dad, assassin godfather, and their Serbian gangster boss to find the truth. However, each clue brings him closer to answers he may not want. Whispertown is bigger than he could have ever imagined, and in its shadow stands a killer…a killer Nick fears may be his own father.
As always, feel free to recommend any titles you’ve come across, are waiting on, or have just plain piqued your interested, Witness Protection-themed or no!
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