Recommended Reads

Staff Picks|Recommended Reads by Lana King

When it comes to “what to read next?” our staff has it covered! BHC Press staff members are bringing their favorite reads to you.

Lana King is the Publishing and Editing Assistant at BHC Press.

Lana King graduated with a B.A. in English and a minor in psychology from Arkansas State University. A love of books led her to pursue working in publishing. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found drinking coffee and watching movies with her husband and cat.

Check out her recommended reads:

The Missing Mortals

Ellen Alexander

I enjoyed this book so much that I had to have it for my bookshelf. It reminded me of Harry Potter but with mystery instead of magic. The mystery of the Mortals figurines was intriguing and the danger tangible. Emma and her friends are so fun and likable, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at Sebastian’s goofy banter and cringe at Emma’s embarrassing social decisions. It was lighthearted yet dealt with the drama of being a young teen—and reminded me of being thirteen again. It was well thought out with some great lessons for middle grade readers.

The Andromeda’s Ghost

Becca Fox

This is one of my new favorites! The classic forbidden romance meets outer space and aliens in all the right ways. Even with the twist beginning (yes, it’s at the beginning for a change), I loved the story and how it unfolds. I was reminded of the TV show Firefly by Taren’s growing ragtag family. Becca Fox did an amazing job unfurling the worlds of this unique solar system—the alien species, foods, customs, environments, etc. I’m super excited to find out what happens next to Taren and the gang!

Whiteland

Rosie Cranie-Higgs

This is probably one of the most unique and distinct writing styles I’ve ever read. It was quick, poetic, and captivating. And with two strong, witty characters to match, Whiteland truly swept me away. I don’t usually read horror or anything ghostly or creepy; it’s not my go-to genre. But this was a rare and wonderful exception, with the perfect balance of humor—namely Callum—and creepy, disturbing, non-gory horror.

The Bastard is Dead

D’Arcy Kavanagh

Mystery stories done well can be challenging to find, or to write. The Bastard is Dead is one that accomplishes this feat. D’Arcy Kavanagh whisks you away to the French Riviera and the world of professional cycling with an intriguing tale of murder, love, and revenge. Even when I thought I had the mystery figured out, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there was more involved than I realized. If amateur detective stories or murder mysteries are your cup of tea, this is definitely one to consider.

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