Saturday, 29 April 2017

Stacking the Shelves: January - April

Hiya guys! I love love love seeing other people's Stacking The Shelves posts, so I thought I start doing them myself. Initially, I was going to only do the last week, but I wanted to acknowledge all the lovely people who have sent me books over the last couple of months. I appreciate it so so much. <3
So here's the books I aquired January through April this year. From now on, I'll being doing these weekly or monthly, so it's not such a huge pile to get through. 
This will give you an idea of all the books I will be reading and reviewing over the next few months. I can't wait to read all of these! 
Note: I missed out some of the books in the picture, but they are all listed below.





Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy - from the lovely Suze and Anniek at With Love for Books. Thank you so much for the giveaway, guys! 

10 Things I Can See From Here  - from the lovely folks at Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Thank you guys, I can't wait to read this one. 

Under Rose-Tainted Skies - from Sarah at Aphonic Sarah. Thank you Sarah for the giveaway prize!

Roseblood, Noteworthy, The Last Thing You Said and The Inconceviable Life of Quinn, all from Abrams and Chronicle Books. Thanks for spoiling me with these lovely books, guys! I'm really excited to read and review them!

Lucky In Love - I won this one directly from the author, who is so so lovely. Thank you so much Kasie, I love your books.

The Disapperances and Sparks of Light -  both from HMH Books for Young Readers. These are some of my most anticipated books of the year and I'm so thankful to have been sent them. I can't wait to review them!

Windfall - I won this one from the lovely Annie on twitter, and she was generous enough to send it to me, despite the shipping difficulties. Thank you so much, Annie!

Literally, Obsidian and Stars and The Secret History of Us - all three of these were sent to me by Jessie from Harper 360. The guys at Harper 360 are just so amazing, and they made my book dreams come true! Thank you so much, I'm excited to review these three!

Bound By Blood and Sand - I won this one in a giveaway from Nori at ReadWriteLove28 and the author herself, Becky Allen. This one is beautiful, and sounds so interesting.

The Row, The Shadow Prince and Ten - these books (all signed!) were sent to me by Terra Lynn Childs. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway, Terra!

The Female of the Species - I won this one as a preorder along with a lovely care package from Alexa at Words Off the Page. Thank you so much Alexa!

Carve the Mark - I recieved this one from Jessica at Harper Collins. Thank you Jessica! <3

Blood Rose Rebellion, The Witch Hunter and The King Slayer - these were sent to me by the wonderful Rosalyn Eves, who also sent me some swag. Thank you so much, Rosalyn! 

Seven Days of You and The Square Root of Summer - I won a giveaway from the lovely Harriet Reuter Hapgood for Seven Days of You and she was incredibly generous and sent me The Square Root of Summer too! Thank you Harriet!

A Crown of Wishes - Tammy (@tammymtherialt on twitter) sent me this one, even after there were shipping issues. Thank you so much Tammy! I hope we both enjoy this one! <3

Defy - I was sent this one by Gabrielle Saunders. Thank you so much Gabrielle! I've been dying to read this one!

Magic Study - I found this one online used, and got it for 1 pence! A bargain for a book I've been wanting for so so long. And in the edition I wanted, too.

Interference - I was sent this one by Misty from The Book Rat as part of her Austen celebration. Thanks so much Misty, this sounds like an awesome Austen retelling!

The Divergent Trilogy, The Legend Trilogy and A Conjuring of Light - I was lucky enough to win a giveaway hosted by Melissa at Spellbound for books and these were the books I choose. Melissa is so incredibly generous, and her blog is amazing too. You should check it out.

Metaltown and Poison's Kiss - Kristen Simmons sent me both of these as part of her Newsletter Subscriber giveaway and they are both signed! I am so excited to read them both! Thank you so much, Kristen and Breeana!

Always and Forever, Lara Jean - Angel at Angel's Guilty Pleasures was kind enough to send me this one! Thank you so much Angel, I can't wait to read it!

The Upside of Unrequited - I won this book from the lovely Lonna at Flylef and I can't wait to read it - thank you Lonna!

The Sun is Also A Star - Caitlin (Book Chats on Booktube) sent me this one as part of the Booktube Awards 2016. I love this one, but I didn't have my own copy, so thank you Caitlin!

Wayfarer - Carolyn at abiblioreads sent me this one with an amazon gift card, with which I was able to buy my very own copies of The Hunger Games series. Thank you Carolyn, for being so generous!

Windwitch and A Great and Terrible Beauty - I was lucky enough to win Alana's (King Books) giveaway on youtube and I got these two beauties. Thank you Alanna, I can't wait to read them!

Strange the Dreamer  - I preordered this one 2 years ago (!) when it was first announced and it finally came. I was even able to take it to a local signing and get it signed by Laini Taylor herself!

Girl in Pieces and Honor Girl  - These titles were sent to me by the lovely author Maggie Thrash (I read her book We Know It Was You and really enjoyed it, so you guys should check her books out). Thank you Maggie!

Everyone We've Been - I won this one through a giveaway on That Artsy Reader Girl, hosted by Jana, and the author, Sarah. Thank you guys, I can't wait to read it!

The Careful Undressing of Love, History is All You Left Me and Truthwitch  - these titles were sent to me by the organisational team behind the writing convention ChapterOneCon as part of a giveaway prize. I'm so excited to read them!

The Hate U Give - Okay, this one is particularly special to me. I was talking about how much I wanted to read this title on twitter when the crazily generous @thelocnessmonster offered to send it to me. CAN YOU GUYS BELIEVE THAT? So incredibly generous of her. She didn't have to send me this book at all and she just offered to. We need more people like this in the world. Thank you so so much, from the bottom of my heart! <3

Scythe - I won this title in a giveaway from Cassie at Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile and read it as soon as a received it. Thank you so much Cassie, it was my favourite book of the year so far!

Alchemists of Loom - This one was sent to me by the author, Elise Kova. It looks wonderful, and I'm excited to read it. Thank you Elise!

A Court of Wings and Ruin - AHHHHHH! ACOWAR! (This only arrived today!) Hannah, and Cassie from P.S. I Love That Book sent me this one as part of their blogoversary giveaway and I. CAN'T WAIT. Thank you guys!

The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves - I was sent these by Anna at Starcrossed Book Blog and I LOVE them. They are such beautiful editions and I am in love! Thank you Anna.

Caraval - Last, but most certainaly not least, is this incredibly beautiful book! I was sent this one (Signed to me!) by  Danni from Lil Red Bookshelf. Danni, you made my day when this dropped through the letterbox. You're the best!


 To everyone who sent me a book: THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! <3







Have you guys read any of these ones? I'd love to chat about them!
Love,



Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Waiting of Wednesday #4: Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee


I've been so so excited for this one ever since it was announced. Online personalites? Fandoms? A cute love story? A heteroromantic asexual main character? YES PLEASE. Plus, I'm truly obsessed with this cover. I love the font and the cute hearts and just everything. Can June 6th just be here already?

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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?


Hardcover, 367 pages
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Simon & Schuster





Are you excited for this one too? Let me know, I'd love to chat!

Love,
 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

YA Books with Autistic Main Characters






Hi guys! Today I'm talking about a topic very close to my heart - neurodiversity in YA. Despite the fact that an estimated 1 in 100 people in the world are autistic, autistic characters are very rarely found in fiction, especially in YA. I haven't read most of these, but I have scoured the internet, trying to find more books with autistic characters, and here are five books I found. I hope this helps those looking to see people like themselves in YA literature and helps others learn about what life is like as a neurodiverse individual. Remember, autism is different for everybody.


Note: in some of these books, the character may not be explicitly described in the book as autistic, but the author has later confimed this, or it is widely assumed by the fan-base - let me know if I have made any mistakes. 












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Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor's dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.


This book isn't technically YA, but it has a teenage protangonist. I'm sure you've heard of it, it's probably the most famous on this list. Some people find this one a little unrealistic, but I found it to be a really good depiction of what it is like to have Asperger's syndrome. 







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Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, √Čtienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.



 In this one, the main character's best friend, Kurt, is described as having autism. He is such a wonderful character and I love his relationship with Isla. This book is such a cute book too! 








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In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.



Though it is not explicitly stated in the book, Cassandra Clare has stated that Ty is autistic. I knew as soon as I read about Ty that he was autistic, so I went on the internet to read about Cassandra Clare's research for writing and character and I was thrilled to discover it appears she did a lot of it. This really shows in the book, too.













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January 29, 2035.

That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter near their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll never reach the shelter in time.

Then a last-minute encounter leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship that’s scheduled to leave Earth behind and colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But each passenger must have a practical skill to contribute. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister?

When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?



This one sounds amazing and it's Own Voices (yay!). I've heard that it has wonderful representation and shows the difficulties that Denise faces whilst really showing her as just a normal teenager. I can't wait to read this one!




Update: I intially included the title "How to Say I Love You Out Loud", but I have been told by a reader, Celine, that this has some problematic representation and may be offensive. So I've decided to include a different title. This title was suggested by two friends, Christina and Ceillie, so I decided to add it. Thank you guys!  I'll continue to add any other suggestions :)


 




 
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When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.


I don't know much about this one, but I've been told it has an Autistic main character. Thank you for telling me about it, Ceillie and Christina! 







30971706Things Chloe knew: Her sister, Ivy, was lonely. Ethan was a perfect match. Ethan’s brother, David, was an arrogant jerk.

Things Chloe should have known: Setups are complicated. Ivy can make her own decisions. David may be the only person who really gets Chloe.


Meet Chloe Mitchell, a popular Los Angeles girl who’s decided that her older sister, Ivy, who’s on the autism spectrum, could use a boyfriend. Chloe already has someone in mind: Ethan Fields, a sweet, movie-obsessed boy from Ivy’s special needs class.

Chloe would like to ignore Ethan’s brother, David, but she can’t—Ivy and Ethan aren’t comfortable going out on their own, so Chloe and David have to tag along. Soon Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan form a quirky and wholly lovable circle. And as the group bonds over frozen-yogurt dates and movie nights, Chloe is forced to confront her own romantic choices—and the realization that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.







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From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes a charming and poignant story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection just when they need it most. For fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Niven, and Rainbow Rowell.

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?



These two were recommmended to me by Alsyssa. Thank you Alsyssa!



 Have you guys read any of these ones? If you are autistic, what did you think of the representation? Any other titles I should add to this list? Let me know in the comments <3

Love,



 

Friday, 14 April 2017

Top Ten Anticipated Books of May 2017


May is such a fantastic month for YA releases this year, and I have so many books I just NEED.  Here are the top ten books I'm most excited for this month (in no particular order - how would I choose amoungst my babies? ;) )

PS - how gorgeous are these covers!? The cover designers for so many of these did such a great job! Which is your favourite? <3



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Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


This one goes without saying - I need to know what happens to my babies! I've preordered this one (of course) and I'll be rereading ACOTAR and ACOMAF so I can dive right in. I'm so excited!


 
When Dimple Met Rishi 


 A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA
romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.


I am so incredibly excited for this one! All of my book blogging friends who have read it have loved it, the synopsis sounds AMAZING and the author seems just so lovely. Plus, that cover! Beautiful, am I right? I'm pretty fussy about conteparies, but this one sounds right up my alley - I can't wait to read all about Dimple and Rishi and fall in love with their love story!



 



Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3)Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?


Earlier, I said I'm fussy about contemparies, but this is one series I really love. Funny story, the first time I read TATBILB, it didn't make much of an impression on me, but when I read it for the second time, it blew me away! I've reread it three times since then, and I continue to love it. Funny how your reading tastes change, isn't it! Anyway, this is such a sweet, family-orientated romance, with one of my favourite main characters of all time, and I can't wait to read the end of her story. I don't want it to end, though!



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 Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed in Cassandra Clare’s Lord of Shadows, the sequel to the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight.

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late


I was so so late to the Shadowhunters party, having only read Cassie's books in 2016. Once I read Lady Midnight, I instantly knew I NEEDED the next book. I love all of these characters, and I've grown to really love the way Cassie writes. Plus, there is a neurodiverse character in this series! Yay!
 


 


Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1) 

 The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known.


 Alchesmists, clans and rebels? A Mulan retelling by Renee Addieh? COUNT ME IN.


 



The Crown's Fate (The Crown's Game, #2) 

Perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone and Red Queen, The Crown’s Fate is the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Crown’s Game, an atmospheric historical fantasy set in Imperial Russia.

Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.

For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.

With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.


I read The Crown's Game last year and I really enjoyed the twists and turns of the story, as well as the beautiful setting and amazing magic system. I'm really looking forward to diving back into this story, and seeing what happens to all the characters.



 

31145133 Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She's for sure going to Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It's a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

Oh my goodness, guys, doesn't this one just sound amazing! Desi sounds like such an fantastic character, and the story sounds SO. CUTE. ^-^ I love love the idea of a hopeless romantic learning about romance from TV and it sounds like it is going to be so funny. I just can't wait to read this one!

 





Lucky Girl 


 Lucky Girl is an unflinching exploration of beauty, sexual assault, and self-worth, from the author of the acclaimed novel Tease. Perfect for readers of Sara Zarr and Courtney Summers.

Being a pretty girl is who Rosie is, but it’s the start of a new school year and she wants to be more. Namely, she’s determined to be better to her best friend, Maddie, who’s just back from a summer program abroad having totally blossomed into her own looks. Rosie isn’t thrilled when Maddie connects with a football player who Rosie was hooking up with—but if it makes her friend happy, she’s prepared to move on. Plus someone even more interesting has moved to town: Alex, who recently garnered public attention after he stopped a classmate from carrying out a shooting rampage at his old high school. Rosie is drawn to Alex in a way she’s never really experienced for a boy before—and she is surprised to discover that, unlike every other guy, he seems to see more to her than her beauty.

Then one night, in the midst of a devastating storm, Rosie suffers an assault that tears apart her life and friendship with Maddie. Forced to face uncomfortable truths about beauty, reputation, and what it really means to be a friend, Rosie realizes that change doesn’t always happen the way you want it to—every disaster has consequences. But with a lot of help and the right people around you, there might also be a way forward.


 I've been looking forward to a new Amanda Maciel book since I read Tease way back in 2014. I was intially attracted to Tease's beautifully artistic cover, but after reading it, it had such an impact on me. I found it to be intense and powerful book about bullying. I know that this one deals with important issues such as identity and sexual assault and I really want to learn more.








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On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
    Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
    Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
    Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
    Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
    And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.



I love a good murder mystery, but there are so few of them in YA. This sounds like a cross between Dangerous Girls and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Since those are two of my favourite books, I am so read to read this one! Will I be able to predict the murderer? Probably not! I'm terrible at guess the outcomes of stories.



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 Scandal, secrets, and heartbreak abound in this juicy, modern girl-meets-prince story—perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Jennifer E. Smith.

For the first time ever, the Weston sisters are at the same boarding school. After an administration scandal at Libby’s all-girls school threatens her chances at a top university, she decides to join Charlotte at posh and picturesque Sussex Park. Social-climbing Charlotte considers it her sisterly duty to bring Libby into her circle: Britain’s young elites, glamorous teens who vacation in Hong Kong and the South of France and are just as comfortable at a polo match as they are at a party.

It’s a social circle that just so happens to include handsome seventeen-year-old Prince Edward, heir to Britain’s throne.

If there are any rules of sisterhood, “Don’t fall for the same guy” should be one of them. But sometimes chemistry—even love—grows where you least expect it. In the end, there may be a price to pay for romancing the throne...and more than one path to happily ever after.


Isn't this the most beautiful cover!? It reminds me so much of the little illustration of Cath on the front of Fangirl. I also love twin stories, and this one sounds like such a fun read. Who doesn't love a royalty romance? <3



What about you guys? What are your most antipicpated reads for May? In love with any of these covers? Any other ones I should look out for? Let me know in the comments <3

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