One day late and worth the wait. Right? Hopefully. Fingers crossed. You wouldn’t think this post would take so long to write considering I merely grabbed the five most recently added book on my TBR and proceeded to gush. However…Goodreads is quite possibly the biggest time suck in the history of time sucks for bookworms. Yes, even more so than actually reading. However I finally finished! This list contains 5 different genres in YA, and vary in release date from 2009 to pre publication. And you know these books have to be great, as my taste in stories is always so impeccable 😉
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
Typically I hate angsty, melodrama filled books. I’ve never gotten beyond tolerating their presence in my bookish life, and as a result have stopped adding them to my TBR pile. Sometimes a girl just needs to take a break. However The Memory Book by Lara Avery promises to be both of those adjectives, so why did I add it to Goodreads in the first place? Probably because I love torturing myself with so-so books that have awesome plot lines. Equally probable; this story just has a really cool idea driving it. Basically it follows an uber-ambitious high schooler who suddenly discovers she has some rare form of a degenerative memory disorder. Doctors give Samantha a few months before she starts to entirely lose a grip on herself. In that time she sets out to fill a book with all her thoughts/opinions/feelings etc. lest she forget, thus the titular memory book. Naturally I’ll assume a boy is involved in all this, along with some friendship drama, but I just don’t care. The movie Still Alice (focusing on a similar concept) hit me right in the feels, and if Avery manages to deliver even a fraction of that punch this book will be a win.
Small Damages by Beth Kephart
This book is much older than any I would typically add to my TBR, but look at the author line! Beth Kephart is goals and I had no idea she wrote a book before Going Over. Needless to say, my response was an instant “I need to read it now”! If nothing else Small Damages promises to emotionally devastate me in totally different but equally heart wrenching ways as the aforementioned novel did. The story is centered around Kenzie, a teenager sent to live out the duration of her pregnancy in Spain; largely to spare her mother and boyfriend the shame of their circumstance. Their Kenzie must come to terms with the death of her father, and the connection she feels towards her child. Definitely not easy topics, and two that are often butchered in less capable hands. However I fully expect Kephart to lend much needed emotional clout to the two themes. Her languid gift with words will bring the Spanish setting alive, while fully encapsulating Kenzie’s experience. Excited is an understatement.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I had no clue Laini Taylor was releasing a new series until this past BEA, when every round-up I watched/read contained a shout out to Strange the Dreamer. While it’s true I’m a Daughter of Smoke and Bone virgin for life, don’t doubt me when I say I’ll jump at the opportunity to read this one from the get go. So willing I’m prepared to look past that horrendous cover (points to anyone who knows what it’s actually supposed to be) and read the story it contains. While all of Taylor’s books offer up pretty cryptic synopsis’, from what I gather this one is all about well, this:
The aftermath of a war between gods and men. A mysterious city stripped of its name. A mythic hero with blood on his hands. A young librarian with a singular dream. A girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled. Alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage. It’s confusing as all get out and I don’t even care! Expected release on this one is September 27 by Little Brown.
Girl In the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
I first heard of Girl In the Blue Coat via the totally awesome Buzz Books sampler (check out here why you need to read it), and knew I would needed to read it eventually. As a historical fiction junkie, I’ve read a lot books set in World War II, yet Monica Hesse still managed to find a narrative I have yet to see the POV from. That being from Hanneke, an Amsterdam teen in 1943. She stays afloat by selling black market goods, but when asked to find a missing Jewish teen- Hanneke may be out of her element. Unwilling to say no to this plea for help, she finds herself drawn into a web of mystery and conspiracies. A web increasingly knotted by the day. Not only is the plot incredibly intriguing, but Monica Hesse must really back it up with content. How else could it have an impressive 4.06 average? I expect this one won’t get nearly as much attention as it should, so if I read it and fall in love…expect some serious book pushing to occur.
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Though I’d heard of this selection before, it wasn’t until one of my favorite reviewers (Khan on Goodreads, check out her awesome reviews) gave it a shout out on Goodreads that I really took note. It draws definite similarities to a favorite of mine, The Wrath and the Dawn, while trading up fantasy Persia for a folklore infused Indian setting. The actual story is a bit complicated, but in a nutshell it’s about a princess forced into a political marriage that she ends up preferring to her scholarly life…I guess??? There’s also some illusions to an Otherworldy realm, whose fate apparently hangs in Maya’s hands. Sure that’ll work out great for all involved parties. It’s definitely unexpected and I love when an author can expand on traditional tropes of YA by including some genre bends. A few things I’ll now reiterate that stuck out to me when reading reviews include: the writing. Apparently it’s heavy purple prose, which I’ll either love or hate. The characters. I guess there’s a demon horse named Kamala who I’m fall in love with . The pacing. It starts slow and steady, only to speed into an edge-of-your-seat ending; exactly the way I like my books. As summer winds down I expect to be in more of a fantasy mood, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one off my TBR shelf come mid-September.
What books have you mostly added to your TBR? What do you think of those I mentioned? Let me know in the comments!
-Keep Calm and Read On