New Releases: October 2017

This post is a perfect example of how I try to be consistent, then fail spectacularly… But I’m here I am and that’s what matters! So anyways, its time for the October New Releases! All of the books on this list have descriptions that sounded interesting to me, but the ones with underlined titles are my most anticipated for this month. So let’s just jump right in!


New Releases-October 3rd

Among the Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz

Among the Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz (October 3rd)

World War Two has shattered Valka’s homeland of Russia, and Valka is determined to help the effort. She knows her skills as a pilot rival the best of the men, so when an all-female aviation group forms, Valka is the first to sign up.

Flying has always meant freedom and exhilaration for Valka, but dropping bombs on German soldiers from a fragile canvas biplane is no joyride. The war is taking its toll on everyone, including the boy Valka grew up with, who is fighting for his life on the front lines.

As the war intensifies and those around her fall, Valka must decide how much she is willing to risk to defend the skies she once called home.

Inspired by the true story of the airwomen the Nazis called Night Witches, Gwen C. Katz weaves a tale of strength and sacrifice, learning to fight for yourself, and the perils of a world at war

Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis

Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis (October 3rd)

Flora Goldwasser has fallen in love. She won’t admit it to anyone, but something about Elijah Huck has pulled her under. When he tells her about the hippie Quaker school he attended in the Hudson Valley called Quare Academy, where he’ll be teaching next year, Flora gives up her tony upper east side prep school for a life on a farm, hoping to woo him. A fish out of water, Flora stands out like a sore thumb in her vintage suits among the tattered tunics and ripped jeans of the rest of the student body. When Elijah doesn’t show up, Flora must make the most of the situation and will ultimately learn more about herself than she ever thought possible.

Told in a series of letters, emails, journal entries and various ephemera, Flora’s dramatic first year is laid out for all to see, embarrassing moments and all

 

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway (October 3rd)

A contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment.

Being the middle child has its ups and downs.

But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—

Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.

And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.

 

Shadow Crown by Kristen Martin

Shadow Crown by Kristen Martin (October 3rd)

For most people, the act of killing is intangible. Unfathomable.

But not for seventeen-year-old Arden Eliri.

Having been involved in Cruex assassination attempts as a mere child, killing is a natural disposition for her. Growing up without parents, in a castle ruled by an iron-fisted king, is the furthest thing from a fairy tale, as is being forced into the Cruex, the king’s group of hand-selected assassins. But with each passing year, she comes to enjoy the act of killing more and more.

Kill or be killed—she chooses the former.

A decade ago, King Darius Tymond banished The Caldari—those who practice illusié, or old magick—from Trendalath Kingdom, ensuring that no Caldari will ever step foot in his kingdom again. But Arden discovers otherwise after a dual-assigned mission goes horribly awry. Even more startling, she discovers that she may have more in common with the Caldari than she’s been led to believe.

Arden wants to trust that King Tymond’s intentions are pure, but as their pasts collide in unexpected ways, the quicker she realizes the consequences and dangers of his reign. But Arden is also hiding something—something that threatens her very existence—and she’ll have to face her inner darkness and conquer it before it destroys her . . . and the kingdom she’s come to call her home.

 

That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston (October 3rd)

Set in a near-future world where the British Empire was preserved, not by the cost of blood and theft but by effort of repatriation and promises kept, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a novel of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.

Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her mother before her, but before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire’s greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria

 

The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood

The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood (October 3rd)

Plenty of legends surround the infamous Boulder House in Whispering Bluffs, Wisconsin, but nobody takes them seriously. Certainly nobody believes that the original owner, Maxwell Cartwright Jr., cursed its construction—or that a murder of crows died upon its completion, their carcasses turning the land black. If anyone did believe it all, there’s no way River Red High would offer a field trip there for the senior class.

Five very different seniors on the trip—Violet, Paul, Ashley, Dylan, and Gretchen—have reasons beyond school spirit for not ditching the trip. When they’re separated from the group, they discover that what lies within Boulder House is far more horrifying than any local folklore. To survive, they’ll have to band together in ways they never could have imagined and ultimately confront the truths of their darkest selves

 

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli (October 3rd)

In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be dark—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up hearing in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

 

The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan (October 3rd)

Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?

 

Top Ten by Katie Cotugno

Top Ten by Katie Cotugno (October 3rd)

Ryan McCullough and Gabby Hart are the unlikeliest of friends. Introverted, anxious Gabby would rather do literally anything than go to a party. Ryan is a star hockey player who can get any girl he wants—and does, frequently. But against all odds, they became not only friends, but each other’s favorite person. Now, as they face high school graduation, they can’t help but take a moment to reminisce and, in their signature tradition, make a top ten list—counting down the top ten moments of their friendship:

10. Where to begin? Maybe the night we met.
9. Then there was our awkward phase.
8. When you were in love with me but never told me…
7. Those five months we stopped talking were the hardest of my life.
6. Through terrible fights…
5. And emotional makeups.
4. You were there for me when I got my heart broken.
3. …but at times, you were also the one breaking it.
2. Above all, you helped me make sense of the world.
1. Now, as we head off to college—how am I possibly going to live without you?

 

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore (October 3rd)

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

 

 

New Releases-October 5th

A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke

A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke (October 5th)

Red, red, the lights glow red
Beware the danger up ahead…

On the frozen island of Skane, the sky speaks. Beautiful lights appear on clear nights, and their colours have meaning: Green means all is well, and the Goddess is happy. Blue means a snow storm is on the way.

And then there’s red. Red is rare. A warning.

Seventeen years ago, the sky turned red just as Ósa was born, unleashing a plague that claimed the lives of hundreds of villagers, including her own mother. This time, when the night sky once again bleeds crimson, she must discover how to stop the onslaught before so many lives are lost again.

 

 

New Releases-October 10th

 

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (October 10th)

Here is a thing everyone wants:
A miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

Maggie Stiefvater has been called “a master storyteller” by USA Today and “wildly imaginative” by Entertainment Weekly. Now, with All the Crooked Saints, she gives us the extraordinary story of an extraordinary family, a masterful tale of love, fear, darkness, and redemption.

 

Berserker by Emmy Laybourne

Berserker by Emmy Laybourne (October 10th)

Are Hanne’s powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse?

Her brother Stieg swears their powers are a gift from the old gods, but Hanne Hemstad knows she is truly cursed. It’s not Stieg’s fault that their father is dead, their mother has left, and their brother Knut has been accused of a crime he didn’t commit.

No, the fault lies with Hanne and her inability to control her murderous “gift”–she is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threatened, she flies into a killing state. The siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier or risk being brought to justice.

Aided by a young cowboy who agrees to be their guide, Hanne and her siblings use their powers to survive the perilous trail, where blizzards, wild animals, and vicious bounty hunters await.

Will they be able to reach their uncle, the one man Hanne believes may be able to teach her how to control her drive to kill? With Berserker, Emmy Laybourne, the author of Monument 14, presents her vision of an American west studded with Viking glory.

 

Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski

Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski (October 10th)

THE RULES ARE SIMPLE: You must be gifted. You must be younger than twenty-five. You must be willing to accept the dangers that you will face if you win.

Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Gupta’s entire life has been leading up to this—the opportunity to travel to space. But to secure a spot on this classified mission, she must first compete against the best and brightest people on the planet. People who are as determined as she to win a place on a journey to the farthest reaches of the universe.

Cassie is ready for the toll that the competition will take; the rigorous mental and physical tests designed to push her to the brink of her endurance. But nothing could have prepared her for the bonds she would form with the very people she hopes to beat. Or that with each passing day it would be more and more difficult to ignore the feeling that the true objective of the mission is being kept from her.

As the days until the launch tick down and the stakes rise higher than ever before, only one thing is clear to Cassie: she’ll never back down . . . even if it costs her everything.

 

Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott

Grey Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott (October 10th)

Right before Sadie died, she begged her sister, Ruby, to do the one thing she could never do herself: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.

With just a mysterious treasure map as a guide, Ruby reluctantly allows some friends to join her on the hunt, each of whom is touched by magic: a boy allegedly born to a virgin, a girl who never sleeps, a boy who can foresee his own death, and a boy with deep ties to the island. Each of them is also keeping a secret—something they’ll have to reveal in order to reach the treasure.

As the secrets come to light, Ruby will have to decide: Can she make peace with her friends’ troubled pasts and continue to trust them? Can she forgive herself for doing the unspeakable? Deep in the wilderness of Gray Wolf Island, Ruby’s choices will determine if they make it out with the treasure—or merely with their lives.

From debut author Tracey Neithercott comes a darkly compelling tale of profound friendship, adventure, and finding the strength to tell the truth.

 

Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster

Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster (October 10th)

Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.

When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.

But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.

 

The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace

The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace (October 10th)

The Memory Trees is a dark magical realism novel about a mysterious family legacy, a centuries-old feud, and a tragic loss that resurfaces when sixteen-year-old Sorrow returns to her mother’s family orchard for the summer.

Sorrow Lovegood’s life has been shaped by the stories of the women who came before her: brave, resilient women who settled long ago on a mercurial apple orchard in Vermont. The land has been passed down through generations, and Sorrow and her family take pride in its strange history. Their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople—especially their neighbors, the Abrams family—but for the first eight years of her life, the orchard is Sorrow’s whole world.

Then one winter night everything changes. Sorrow’s sister Patience is tragically killed. Their mother suffers a mental breakdown. Sorrow is sent to live with her dad in Miami, away from the only home she’s ever known.

Now sixteen, Sorrow’s memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy; even the details of her sister’s death are unclear. She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to learn more about her troubled childhood and the family she left eight years ago. Why has her mother kept her distance over the years? What actually happened the night Patience died? Is the orchard trying to tell her something, or is she just imagining things?

 

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis (October 10th)

Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.

But suddenly there’s a fork in the road, in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble—all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?

Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending another’s: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. As Sasha loses her much-cherished control, her life—and heart—become more entangled with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.

Edgar Award–winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a dark and gripping psychological thriller about a girl at war with herself, and what it really means to be good or bad.

 

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (October 10th)

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

 

 

New Releases-October 17th

 

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo (October 17th)

The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.

Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift.

As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

“It doesn’t even matter that she probably doesn’t understand how much she means to me. It’s purer this way. She can take whatever she wants from me, whenever she wants it, because I’m her best friend.”

A Line in the Dark is a story of love, loyalty, and murder.

 

Brooding YA Hero Becoming a Main Character almost as awesome as me

Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me by Carrie Ann DiRisio (October 17th)

Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?

Or maybe you’re just really confused about what “opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs” actually are?

Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a “self-help” guide (with activities–you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love.

As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.

 

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin by Nic Stone (October 17th)

Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.

Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.

 

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez (October 17th)

Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.

But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

 

Like Water by Rebecca Podos

Like Water by Rebecca Podos (October 17th)

A gorgeously written and deeply felt literary young adult novel of identity, millennial anxiety, and first love, from the widely acclaimed author of The Mystery of Hollow Places

In Savannah Espinoza’s small New Mexico hometown, kids either flee after graduation or they’re trapped there forever. Vanni never planned to get stuck—but that was before her father was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, leaving her and her mother to care for him. Now, she doesn’t have much of a plan at all: living at home, working as a performing mermaid at a second-rate water park, distracting herself with one boy after another.

That changes the day she meets Leigh. Disillusioned with small-town life and looking for something greater, Leigh is not a “nice girl.” She is unlike anyone Vanni has met, and a friend when Vanni desperately needs one. Soon enough, Leigh is much more than a friend. But caring about another person stirs up the moat Vanni has carefully constructed around herself, and threatens to bring to the surface the questions she’s held under for so long.

With her signature stunning writing, Rebecca Podos, author of The Mystery of Hollow Places, has crafted a story of first love and of the complex ways in which the deepest parts of us are hidden, even from ourselves.

 

 

New Releases-October 24th

 

Calling My Name by Liara Tamani

Calling my Name by Liara Tamani (October 24th)

Taja Brown lives with her parents and older brother and younger sister, in Houston, Texas. Taja has always known what the expectations of her conservative and tightly-knit African American family are—do well in school, go to church every Sunday, no intimacy before marriage. But Taja is trying to keep up with friends as they get their first kisses, first boyfriends, first everythings. And she’s tired of cheering for her athletic younger sister and an older brother who has more freedom just because he’s a boy. Taja dreams of going to college and forging her own relationship with the world and with God, but when she falls in love for the first time, those dreams are suddenly in danger of evaporating.

 

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand (October 24th)

On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn’t.

And then she died.

Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . .

 

The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano (October 24th)

A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?


What books are you looking forward to reading this month? Are there any that you don’t want to read? Let me know in the comments down below!

 

Until Next Time,

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BOOKTUBE-A-THON 2017 TBR

HI! How’s it goin’? I’m here today to talk to you about BOOKTUBE-A-THON! I’ve never done a readathon before and I wasn’t planning on doing this one, but between all of the videos going around of everyone’s TBRs and specifically Nuša from Whispers of Thoughts’ TBR,  I decided I would give it a go. Literally their first two paragraphs describe me right now!

So you may be asking your self what is BookTubeAThon? Well I have an answer for you! BookTubeAThon is a week long readathon that is hosted by Ariel Bissett, during which the Booktube community (also including bookstagram, book blogs, and anyone else who wants to participate!) tries to read as many books as possible! This year’s readathon will be taking place on July 24-30! There’s also video, instagram, and reading challenges all throughout the week (and there’s even a giveaway at the end!)! If you would like to find more information, there is a video here, on the BookTubeAThon YouTube channel!

NOW LET’S TALK ABOUT MY TBR! When I was planning, I decided that realistically there is a very small chance of me actually reading seven books in a week. SOOO, I decided that I would shake things up and choose a smaller amount of books to complete the first six challenges. I ended up choosing to read three books for sure during the readathon, that way I could double up on challenges and have an actual chance at completing them. Plus all these books were already on my TBR for this summer! Without further ado let’s jump into my BookTubeAThon 2017 TBR!

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

    The first book on my TBR is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and the challenges that this book will complete are a book with a person on the cover and read about a character that is very different than you!  

 

2. Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

    The next book on my TBR is Fairest by Marissa Meyer. The challenges I chose to complete with this book are finish a book in one day and finish a book completely outdoors!

 

3. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

    And the last book that is definitely on my TBR is Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo! The last challenges that I’ll try to complete are read a hyped book and Read a book you bought because of the cover!

 

AND THE SEVENTH CHALLENGE IS…

To read seven books! This one I’m counting as a sort of bonus challenge because I know there is probably no way I can read seven books in a week, but I can still try! If I finish the first three books on my TBR, I have a couple more books lined up (I’ll try to put together a BookTubeAThon wrap-up type thing, so if I get to any of these books you’ll find out when that goes up!).

 

So are you going to be participating in BookTubeAThon this year? What’s your TBR like?

 

Until Next Time,

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New Releases: June 2017

***Edit- I recently realized that I accidentally deleted almost all of the pictures on this post, oops!***

I had an idea, guys! I was sitting and thinking, “Allie, you need to keep up with that blog of yours”. And then it hit me! “Let’s scrap every other post you’ve started and do a new release list!” What a great idea, am I right *she says with extreme sarcasm*.

So anyways, hopefully I will be doing a new release list every month, but we’ll see how it goes! The releases are divided by release date, and each has a synopsis (from goodreads) and some of my really random thoughts! So let’s begin!

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The Possible by Tara Altbrando (June 6, 2017)

What if…no one knows the truth about you?

It’s been thirteen years since Kaylee’s infamous birth mother, Crystal, received a life sentence for killing Kaylee’s little brother in a fit of rage. Once the center of a cult-following for her apparent telekinetic powers, nowadays nobody’s heard of Crystal. Until now, when a reporter shows up at Kaylee’s house and turns her life upside down, offering Kaylee the chance to be part of a high-profile podcast investigating claims that Crystal truly did have supernatural mind powers. But these questions lead to disturbing answers as Kaylee is forced to examine her own increasingly strange life, and make sense of certain dark and troubling coincidences…

Unusual and gripping, The Possible will twist the reader round and round as it hurtles towards a sensational climax. For lovers of We Were Liars, Patrick Ness and Derren Brown.

    Currently I am loving podcasts, and I think that it is really interesting to include them in a story like this, but it also makes total sense when you look at all the different true crime podcasts there are out there. Also, the synopsis sounds really compelling and somewhat creepy.

What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard (June 6th, 2017)

What sixteen-year-old Elizabeth has lost so far: forty pounds, four jean sizes, a boyfriend, and her peace of mind. As a result, she’s finally a size zero. She’s also the newest resident at Wallingfield, a treatment center for girls like her—girls with eating disorders. Elizabeth is determined to endure the program so she can go back home, where she plans to start restricting her food intake again.She’s pretty sure her mom, who has her own size-zero obsession, needs treatment as much as she does. Maybe even more. Then Elizabeth begins receiving mysterious packages. Are they from her ex-boyfriend, a secret admirer, or someone playing a cruel trick?

This eloquent debut novel rings with authenticity as it follows Elizabeth’s journey to taking an active role in her recovery, hoping to get back all that she lost.

I have never read anything like What I Lost and I think it is good to spread awareness about mental health (as long as it is done well).

 

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau (June 6, 2017)

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Testing trilogy comes a sweeping new fantasy series, perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sarah J. Maas.

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

Based on the description I think that is has the same sort of feel as Red Queen, but I think it still sounds like an interesting concept. Also, I would really like to see what the sibling relationship between Carys and Andreus is like.

 

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (June 6, 2017)

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

A cute romance in a bookstore! YES PLEASE!

 

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone (June 6, 2017)

Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism in a novel that’s part The Breakfast Club, part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and utterly captivating.

Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby in distress and a video of her good deed goes viral.

Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie’s summer changes for the better when she’s introduced to other “hometown heroes.” These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying “no good deed goes unpunished.” Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships–and anonymity–intact?

This rich and thought-provoking novel takes on timely issues and timeless experiences with a winning combination of romance, humor, and wisdom.

*sings No Good Deed from Wicked.”Fiyeroooooooooo!”* Now that that’s over with… I’m not quite sure why, but I am really intrigued by this synopsis. Also this cover is soooo cute!

 

Follow me Back by A.V. Geiger (June 6, 2017)

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts.

Ummm… this sounds so cool! I didn’t look at this book at first because for some reason I thought it was a scary paranormal (something I tend not to enjoy), but after I read the synopsis, I’m really interested!

 

The Sandcastle Empire Kayla Olson (June 6, 2017)

When all hope is gone, how do you survive?

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.

THIS SOUNDS QUITE INTERESTING! I recently listened to the author interviewed on First Draft with Sarah Enni (which is a fabulous podcast, in which the wonderful Sarah Enni does long-form interviews with some amazing authors), and she was great and had some really good advice!

 

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee (June 6, 2017)

After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

Does Tash’s web series sound like Lizzie Bennet Diaries to anyone else? I love both the concept of the story and the fact that it has ace representation.

 

Internet Famous by Danika Stone (June 6, 2017)

High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.

This sounds so cute!

 

Here lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terril (June 6, 2017)

A young, street-savvy runaway looking for a place to call home realized he might have conned his way into the wrong family in this fast-paced and thrilling novel from award-winning author Cristin Terrill.

When ten-year-old Daniel Tate went missing from one of California’s most elite communities, he left no trace. He simply vanished.

Six years later, when he resurfaces on a snowy street in Vancouver, he’s no longer the same boy. His sandy hair is darker, the freckles are gone, and he’s initially too traumatized to speak, but he’s alive. His overjoyed family brings him home to a world of luxury and comfort he can barely remember. In time, they assure him, he’ll recover his memories; all that matters now is they’re together again.

It’s perfect. A miracle. Except for one thing.

He isn’t Daniel Tate.

He’s a petty con artist who accidentally stumbled into the scam of a lifetime, and he soon learns he’s not the only one in the Tate household with something to hide. The family has as many secrets as they have millions in the bank, and one of them might be ready to kill to keep the worst one buried.

I just gotta say that this cover is totally tripping me out for some reason, I keep seeing it as one creepy head instead of different photos. Weird, right? But anyways, this sounds really interesting.

 

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser (June 6, 2017)

Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

I like that this sounds so different from any fantasies that I have read!

 

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Webber (June 6, 2017)

Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi’s dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth’s corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth’s Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi’s the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she’s convinced he’s been taken to the ice-planet.

Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.

For Miguel, Earth’s charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight’s bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he’s a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.

Based on the synopsis I feel as if this book could end up being good or it could be really cheesy and full of tropes. We will just have to see!

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Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali (June 13, 2017)

Saints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life…starring a Muslim teen.

How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them?

Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box.

And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.

While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then?

This sounds amazing! A hijabi teen (yesss representation), who is struggling with the type of person she wants to be (something every teen, including myself, goes through), and might find a little romance along the way, YES PLEASE!

 

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson (June 13, 2017)

Kansas, 2065 Adri has been handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before Launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house over a hundred years ago, and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate. While Adri knows she must focus on the mission ahead, she becomes captivated by a life that’s been lost in time…and how it might be inextricably tied to her own.

Oklahoma, 1934 Amidst the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine longs for the immortality promised by a professor at a traveling show called The Electric. But as her family’s situation becomes more dire — and the suffocating dust threatens her sister’s life — Catherine must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most.

England, 1919 In the recovery following World War One, Lenore tries to come to terms with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier, and plans to sail to America in pursuit of a childhood friend. But even if she makes it that far, will her friend be the person she remembers, and the one who can bring her back to herself?

While their stories spans thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful.

Yes, yes, yes! Give this to me now, please!

 

The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano (June 13, 2017)

“It’s dark magic brings him back.”

Tori Burns and her family left D.C. for claustrophobic Chaptico, Maryland, after suddenly inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. That inheritance puts her at odds with the entire town, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family—it’s their generations-old land the Burns have “stolen.” But none of that seems to matter after Tori witnesses a young man claw his way out of a grave under the gnarled oak in her new backyard.

Nathaniel Bishop may not understand what brought him back, but it’s clear to Tori that he hates the Slaughters for what they did to him centuries ago. Wary yet drawn to him by a shared sense of loss, she gives him shelter. But in the wake of his arrival comes a string of troubling events—including the disappearance of Jesse Slaughter’s cousin—that seem to point back to Nathaniel.

As Tori digs for the truth—and slowly begins to fall for Nathaniel—she uncovers something much darker in the tangled branches of the Slaughter family tree. In order to break the centuries-old curse that binds Nathaniel there and discover the true nature of her inheritance, Tori must unravel the Slaughter family’s oldest and most guarded secrets. But the Slaughters want to keep them buried… at any cost.

From award-winning author Elle Cosimano comes a haunting, atmospheric thriller perfect to hand to readers of the Mara Dyer trilogy and Bone Gap.

This sounds creepy and really interesting!

 

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios (June 13, 2017)

Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

First of all, this cover is beautiful. Second of all, up until the last couple of sentences it sounds as if this book is going to be your average contemporary romance. Then it takes a darker turn, which totally hooked me!

 

Be True to Me by Adele Griffin (June 13, 2017)

It’s the summer of 1976 on Fire Island, where feathered hair and the Bicentennial celebration reign. Jean, a sometimes cruel, often insecure, and always envious rich girl, is accustomed to living in her glamorous older sister’s shadow. So when Gil Burke, a handsome newcomer with uncertain ties to one of the most powerful families in the exclusive enclave of Sunken Haven, notices Jean—not her sister—Jean is smitten. Then Fritz, a girl from outside the gilded gates who humiliated Jean in the Island’s tennis championship last year, falls for Gil herself. Soon the girls are competing for much more than a tennis trophy, with higher stakes than either of them can imagine.

Told through the alternating perspectives of Jean and Fritz, as they experience feeling like an outsider and first love.

The story itself sounds compelling, but what really drew me to this book is the fact that it is set in the 70s. I’m pretty sure I have never read anything that is explicitly set in that time and I think it could be really interesting.

 

Little Wrecks by Meredith Miller (June 13, 2017)

In this haunting and explosive debut, Meredith Miller explores the truth behind three girls on the cusp of adulthood, and all the shocking realizations that come under the guise of growing up. Perfect for fans of I’ll Give You the Sun and Girl in Pieces.

Ruth, Magda, and Isabel are different from everyone else. They can see beneath the seemingly perfect, cookie-cutter exterior of their small town of Highbone, Long Island. They know that below the surface, each house is filled with secrets, indifference, and violence.

These girls refuse to become willing participants of these fake lives. Instead, they are determined to fight every condescending comment, every unwelcome touch, and every lie they’ve been told.

When the opportunity to commit the perfect crime appears, the girls finally start to see their way out of Highbone. But for the first time, Ruth, Magda, and Isabel are keeping secrets from each other. As they drift apart, the weight of reality starts to set in. These girls can’t save each other. They might not even be able to save themselves.

“Darkly atmospheric and brutally honest, Little Wrecks depicts girls becoming women in a society that devalues both.”—Mindy McGinnis, author of Female of the Species

This synopsis intrigues me, and although the story is very different, it makes me think of the Pretty Little Liars series.

 

Want by Cindy Pon (June 13, 2017)

From critically acclaimed author Cindy Pon comes an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller, set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, about a group of teens who risk everything to save their city.

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?

I really like this synopsis, this story sounds super interesting!

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The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (June 27, 2016)

An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

I think this may be my most anticipated release for this month! The whole story just really intrigues me, especially the setting and characters. I honestly can’t wait to read this!

 

Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin (June 27, 2017)

In the tradition of Jandy Nelson and Rainbow Rowell, a big-hearted journey of furious friendship, crazy love, and unexpected hope after a teen’s decision to end an unwanted pregnancy

“Troubled.” That’s seventeen-year-old Genesis according to her small New Jersey town. She finds refuge and stability in her relationship with her boyfriend, Peter—until he abandons her at a Planned Parenthood clinic during their appointment to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The betrayal causes Gen to question everything.

As Gen pushes herself forward to find her new identity without Peter, she must also confront her most painful memories. Through the lens of an ongoing four act play within the novel, the fantasy of their undying love unravels line by line, scene by scene. Digging deeper into her past while exploring the underground theater world of New York City, she rediscovers a long-forgotten dream. But it’s when Gen lets go of her history, the one she thinks she knows, that she’s finally able to embrace the complicated, chaotic true story of her life, and take center stage.

This powerfully immersive and format-crushing debut follows Gen from dorm rooms to diners to house parties to auditions—and ultimately, right into readers’ hearts.

This book deals with extremely difficult (and controversial) topics. I have not read anything like this, and I like the tone of hope that this book (or least what I gather from the synopsis) has after the MC has gone through something so difficult.

 

If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak (June 27, 2017)

A sparkling debut about love, family, and the mysteries of the universe.

Linny has been fascinated by disappearances, ever since her sister Grace ran away in the middle of the night without saying goodbye.

Sebastian can tell you how many galaxies there are, and knows how much plutonium weighs. But the one thing he can’t figure out is the identity of his birth father.

They’ve never met, but Linny and Sebastian have one thing in common: an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Alvaro Herrera, who went missing three years ago and has just reappeared. As they learn more about the mystery of Alvaro, Linny and Sebastian uncover the answers they’ve been searching for.

With humor and heart, debut author Carlie Sorosiak weaves a story of finding people who leave and loving those who stay, perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson and Emery Lord.

I really like the sound of this and it sounds like a interesting take on how a single common denominator can bring people together. (Also, random observation: a lot of books that are coming out are being likened to Jandy Nelson)

 

Now I Rise by Kiersten White (June 27, 2016)

    I’m not going to include the synopsis for this one, since it is the second in a series (and I still haven’t read the first one ;P )

The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young (June 27, 2017)

I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has.

India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including Eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

But India’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. In fact, everyone’s life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever…

A book that says that teenagers are more complicated than they appear :O ! Lol, but really I like the sound of this book!

 

That’s all folks! So what is your most anticipated release for this month?

 

Until next time,

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Top 5 Wednesday #3|AKA Contemporaries are for Summer

Once again it is that day of the week, where booktubers and book bloggers of all kinds come together to discuss their top picks on a common topic. Top 5 Wednesday. If you would like to join the lovely group of people who are a part of T5W, click here to join the Goodreads group, and you can see some of the current members and topics.

This weeks theme is summer reads.

The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads?

When I think of summer reads, I think of contemporaries. So today I will be recommending 5 contemporaries that remind me of summer.

 

1. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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Since you’ve Been Gone takes place over a summer and just the overall vibe makes me think of the season.

2. Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 

I loooove both Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star! Both of these books are not super long or hard to read, which I think makes them great reads for the summer.

3. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

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Pretty Little Liars is quite a long series. Sometimes I like reading super long series just because it is nice to go from book to book fairly quick and stay within the same world. I have only read the first 8 books in this series (although I’ve heard that the last 8 are not nearly as good), but I think that both the mood of these books and the length of the series makes them good summer reads.

4. To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a super fun/cute/light read and it is sooo good.

5. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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I read Geekerella recently and it was so much fun! I could relate with the characters with their fandom geekiness (the cons, cosplay, and overall love for the fandom). I love how the author chose to do the stereotypical Cinderella retelling in such an interesting and unique way. I feel like this would be a great read for summer!

Even though I think only one of these books actually take place during the summer, I think that all of these books are great to read during it!

Until Next Time,

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P.s. I actually do have a post other than T5W planned for this week! XD

Top 5 Wednesday #2|AKA My Dream Parties

Once again it is that day of the week where booktubers and book bloggers of all kinds come together to discuss their top 5 picks on a common topic, Top 5 Wednesday. If you would like to join the lovely group of people who are a part of T5W, click here to join the Goodreads group, and you can see some of the current members and topics.

This weeks theme is Books as Party/Event Themes!  Parties are great, but book themed parties are even better. So without further ado let’s just jump right into it!

 

1. The Great Gatsby

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Gatsby is set during the roaring 20s and prohibition, and provides so many opportunities to create a really cool party! You could have everyone come dressed as if they were from the twenties (think flappers) and do a speakeasy-like set up for drinks. Combined with Gatsby-esque decorations, this could be a super fun costume party.

2. Harry Potter

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Honestly, I feel like this one doesn’t need much explanation, but… You could have fun Potter themed snacks and sweets, and a sorting hat ceremony. Maybe you could even do a scavenger hunt to look for school supplies in “Diagon Alley”.

3. Percy Jackson

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A Percy Jackson (or specifically Camp Half-Blood) themed party could be super cool. You could come up with a way for the guests to be “claimed by their godly parents”, have blue food, and play games, so that the demigods could “train”.

4. The Hunger Games

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I actually almost had a Hunger Games party recently. One day my brother and I were talking and we had come up with an idea to throw a hunger games party. We planned to have a reaping ceremony, then actually throw the games at part of a local park where there was a wooded area. We planned different ways to have sponsors, the cornucopia, and we were going to have a certain system of “killing”, so that no one could complain about whether they were dead or not, but I don’t remember it now. Honestly, I think that this could be a super fun party, maybe you could even do it annually! …I have thought about this way too much…

5. Dr. Seuss

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A Dr. Seuss themed party for a little kids birthday or a baby shower would be absolutely adorable! You could have bright Seuss decorations, games, and fun themed snacks (like the green eggs and ham above).

So there you have it! I cant wait to see everyone’s creative ideas for this topic. You never know, maybe I’ll see a idea I like and throw a party based on it (or maybe I’ll actually get around to that Hunger Games party XD )

Until next time,

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Top 5 Wednesday #1| Aka my return to blogging!

Hello, I’m BAAAAACCCCCK! I’ve finally decided to return to blogging and doing this thing for real this time! Anyway back to your regularly scheduled post…

It is once again that day of the week where booktubers and book bloggers of all kinds come together to discuss their top 5 picks on a common topic, Top 5 Wednesday. If you would like to join the lovely group of people who are a part of T5W, click here to join the Goodreads group and you can see some of the current members and topics.

This weeks theme is Favorite SFF Cover Art. This topic is a crossover with the BooktubeSFF awards. If I’m being honest I had not heard about these awards until this topic, but I must say, they sound really cool. If you are like me and may not be sure what this means here is an excerpt from the BooktubeSFF tumblr page:

SFF stands for science fiction and fantasy, and the BooktubeSFF community are those of us within booktube who focus our reading on those genres.

The BooktubeSFF Awards took place for the first time in 2015. The goals of the award are:

1) To provide another avenue for the BooktubeSFF community to share, read, and discuss our favorite literary works published in the previous calendar year.

2) To recognize works the BooktubeSFF community believes are exceptional.

There are five award categories in the BooktubeSFF Awards: best novel, best young adult novel, best middle grade novel, best short work, and best graphic work.

Cool, right? Anyways, back to the topic. This week I will be showing off five of my favorite science fiction and fantasy covers. So without further ado, lets begin! (By the way these are in no particular order.)

1. Iluminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 

Ughhh… this cover is just so awesome. The jacket its self is pretty with all the orange cloudy stuff (great description, am I right? XD). Buuuttt, what makes this cover super cool is the actual cover.  I have never seen anything like it. Its just so… ugh… I have no words.

 

2. The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

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    I chose both books in the duology because I could simply not choose just one. My favorite part of both covers is how the wings of the crow form the buildings along the bottom. It is a really cool effect because you don’t necessarily see it at first. I also really like the color schemes of both.

3. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

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    Although I did not really enjoy this book, this cover is beautiful. It is a little simple, but its simplicity is what makes it one of my favorites. I also really love the font of both the title and the authors name. The way that the gold stands out from the black is so pretty. Oh, and in person the cover is really shiny, which just makes me like it more.

4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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     Red Queen’s cover is somewhat simple, but that is why I like it. The light background, black writing, and silver crown contrast beautifully with the red. I also think that once you realize that the red is blood dripping from the crown, it makes the cover more meaningful.

5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

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    Technically this is a screenplay but, its fantasy and one of my all time favorite covers. The way that the dark blue and gold contrast is really pretty, especially since the gold is shiny. Also the intricate designs of the beasts are just so… I have no words that haven’t already been said. Overall it is just a really beautiful cover.

Well, there you have it folks! Five of my favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy covers!

Until next time,

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Lunar Chronicles book 2

 


 

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

 

Let me just start by saying, this book was better than I expected.  I decided to read Scarlet mainly because of my friends talking about how good this series was. I had read Cinder (the first book in the series) a couple of years ago and planned on reading the rest of the series, and to be completely honest I almost forgot about this series until my mom read Cinder with her book club. With her reading it reminded me how much I liked Cinder and then I really wanted to read Scarlet. Anyways lets jump into the review…

 

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Personally I thought that the plot was a little slow in the beginning, but that could just be me trying to remember what happened at the end of Cinder. The plot did seem to speed up to a more comfortable pace later on.

There was good number of twists and turns in this book. There was a few that I kind of expected, but plenty I didn’t.

I feel like there was just the right amount of romance for this story. Also, the comedy was spot on.

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I fell in love with these characters! Well, not all of them, but most of them. I wanted to yell at some of them for certain things (I’m trying so hard to keep this spoiler free).

I personally really like the character Iko. I just really loved the fact that she is a piece artificial intelligence with such a interesting personality. I also liked how she talked about wanting to feel like she was a person and feeling like she was not as alive as when she had an android body.

My favorite interactions between characters were with Cinder and Captain Thorne because they are completely different. First, you have Cinder who is tough and just wants to get straight to the point, but then you have Thorne who wans to flirt with every girl he comes across and is charming and clueless and more carefree than Cinder. They just have some of the funniest scenes in book like..

“A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?”

“If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.”

…and…

“A captain always knows where his ship is. It’s like a psychic bond.”
“If only we had a captain here.”

I enjoyed most interactions between Scarlet and wolf because they so different and alike at the same time.

Lastly, it is time to talk about the girl the book is named after, Scarlet. Through out the whole book, Scarlet is determined to find her kidnaped grandmother even though no one believes her. I admire her for that. She is very passionate about standing up for what is right and can be a little feisty when it comes to that. She never gave up on her grand-mère even if that meant putting her self right in the way of danger. So, yeah she’s pretty cool.

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Thank you Marissa Meyer for your amazing writing and all the emotions it makes me feel.

I give this book 5 thumbs up! I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to get my hands on Cress.

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Until next time,

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Welcome to RedReads

 

Hey! I’m Allie, a fiery redhead who is slightly (overly) addicted to books.

Other things I like:

  • Musical theatre
  • Lacrosse
  • Food
  • Sleep
  • History
  • Music
  • Guinea pigs, dogs, sharks, and almost every other animal
  • And Disney

I like most genres of books and I only stopped reading a book one time (The Little House on the Prairie). The last book I read was Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and I LOVED it (may or may not review). Feel free to comment any other random questions down below!

Until next time Lovelies,

Allie