New Reads: Rewind Edition (2)


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Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty

This book is by an Australian author (I need to read more non-American authors, thus the appeal) and sounded quirky, and that’s really all it took for me to decide to try it out. I’ve heard a little bit about the author, and it all seemed good, so I figure it was worth it to check out this book. It involves an absent father, a disappearing friend (not literally, it’s contemporary), a mother who communicates through “wacky messages” on the refrigerator, and a pen pal, if I recall correctly. In general it sounds like a interesting, quirky little story. I just got it at the library, in fact, so I plan on reading this soon.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is a difficult author for me – I can never quite figure out whether I like her or not. I think she can write some pretty interesting stories (the wacky family in Suite Scarlett) but her main characters rarely interest me. A lot of reviewers seem to like her, though, and this early book from her seemed like it might have promise, so when I saw it for $1 (!!!) at a second-hand bookstore, I decided I might as well check it out and see if it’s any good. It involves a scavenger hunt-like adventure around Europe, so how could I not at least check it out?

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Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

I love fairy tales, so I don’t know why I don’t read more fairy tale retellings – maybe I’m worried they’ll suck and ruin my feelings about fairy tales? Anyway, I think this is based on a story called East of the Sun and West of the Moon, or something along those lines. The original involves a prince/handsome dude under a curse and a girl forced to marry him before realizing he’s actually beautiful by looking at him when she’s not supposed to, which sets her off on a quest to save him. I don’t know how similar this version will be, but there are already many different versions of the story, and based on how pleasantly surprised I was with Durst’s Drink, Slay, Love, I have tentatively hopeful hopes (I know, redundant) for this book.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

I know I keep including this on lists of books I’ve been meaning to get around to, but I don’t feel like it’s gotten as much focus as some others. All I really know about this book is that it gives the main character a chance to relive her last day or days before she dies, perhaps multiple days, and that it’s apparently amazing and heart-breaking. I’ve also heard some good things about Oliver’s dystopian trilogy (mostly really good things about her second book and mixed things about the first), so I kind of what to check it out, but only if I like this book.

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The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti

It’s Deb Caletti, enough said. OK, I’ll say a little more beyond the fact that it’s by an author for whom I’m trying to read all her books. It involves a girl whose sister randomly returns with a baby and a husband, whom the main character ends up falling for. It sounds messy and interesting and family-centric, which sounds like a book for me.

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June by Robin Benway

I wasn’t overly impressed with Benway’s debut, Audrey, Wait!, but everyone else seems to love it and I thought a future book of hers sounds possibly interesting, so I decided I should check out her second book and see what I think of it. I don’t think I’m a big fan of the cover, but it’s about sisters with magical powers or something, so at least the story sounds like it has some promise.

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Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst

This is another book by Durst, and one that I actually checked out from the library on a whim but never read. It sounded interesting enough, but it also sounded like it could be too typical, so I just never bothered reading it. After I Liked Drink, Slay, Love, though, I decided to give this book a second shot (or a first shot, really, since I never actually started it). It involves magical creatures at Princeton or something like that, if I recall correctly, so hopefully it’ll be another pleasant surprise.

Mercy by Rebecca Lim

I saw this on a book blog and decided it sounded slightly interesting, if I recall correctly. It’s an angel book, which there weren’t as many of when I first heard of it, so I thought it could be interesting. Now that I’ve read the first two books in the Unearthly trilogy, I doubt it’ll be the best angel book I’ve ever read, but I think it has the potential to at least be a decent book anyway. Yay for decent books, they seem much too rare at times!


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