BREAK ME LIKE A PROMISE
Just like her first Once Upon a Crime Family novel, Schmidt’s well-written second installment delivers just as many raw, emotional moments and risky, suspenseful situations. Getting to know Maggie is a real gift. If you need a break from dystopian YA but are in the mood for something just as thrilling, start this series immediately.
Maggie Vickers has been on track to take over the family business — organ trafficking on the black market — until her boyfriend is killed. She sinks into a deep depression, and her parents take her out of college. Now back on the family estate, Maggie is determined to make her opinions known about the government’s Organ Act, which she thinks will derail everything her family has built. But an amateur mistake has tech whiz Alex discovering too much — and now her family owes him a free kidney in return for his silence. Maggie is put in charge of Alex while he prepares for his transplant, but the new legislation is making it more difficult to get a kidney. Will Maggie end up falling for Alex as her family fights for their livelihood? (BLOOMSBURY, Jun., 416 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780802737830, HC, 13 & Up)