New Reads (January and February 2015)

NewReads

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Fire Fall by Bethany Frenette (January 6, 2015)

The last book in the Dark Star trilogy! This has been a pretty underrated paranormal trilogy, which is just a shame. I don’t quite remember what happened in the first two books, but I’m sure the beginning will refresh my memory enough. If you come into these books expecting a story about superheroes, you might not be happy, but as long as you come in knowing that this is a story about demons instead, you’ll probably enjoy yourself as much as I have!

The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn (January 22, 2015)

This is a really interesting-sounding summary: five people with different burdens wake up one morning to find that their burdens have all been swapped, and they have to deal with all that. The cover is definitely eye-catching as well, with the people in the title and fire and such.

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I Was Here by Gayle Forman (January 27, 2015)

You’ve probably heard all about this book already since it’s the new Gayle Forman and she’s a much beloved author in the book blogging community. This book sounds interesting on its own, though – this is about the aftermath of the protagonist’s best friend committing suicide out of nowhere, which sounds heartbreaking and difficult to get through, but I’m going to go ahead and trust that Forman can write a beautiful story despite all the pain it’ll probably cause.

All Fall Down by Ally Carter (January 27, 2015)

This is a new series from the author of Gallagher Girls and Heist Society – it involves more politics and intrigue and such, which are common themes in Carter’s series. I’m curious to see what Carter will do with new characters and such, and whether this will continue to feel like older YA or still feel more like middle school YA and a bit too young for me.

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Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff (January 27, 2015)

This is my first debut of the year! This sounds a lot like 13 Reasons Why with the whole playlist about death or whatever going on. I’m interested in the book based on the title (and, let’s be honest, the cover) alone.

Love, Lucy by April Lindner (January 27, 2015)

This book involves a European adventure if I remember correctly, and that’s what interest me the most. Plus, I’m wondering if it’ll have something to do with I Love Lucy since the title seems to reference that show.

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The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell (January 29, 2015)

This book wasn’t on my radar at all until I won it in a giveaway for the Dive into Diversity challenge. It has a Japanese male protagonist with ALS, so that definitely sounds like some interesting diversity!

I’ll Meet Your There by Heather Demetrios (February 3, 2015)

I haven’t read Demetrios’s mixed-reviewed Exquisite Captive yet, but I quite enjoyed her contemporary debut, Something Real, so after starting to see some great reviews of this new contemporary from her, I’m definitely excited for it. It involves two broken people working at a motel, one of whom is a former soldier who possibly lost a limb in the war if I remember correctly, so it sounds intriguing and probably t least a little painful.

Scripted TheLastTimeWeSayGoodbye

Scripted by Maya Rook (February 5, 2015)

This is another debut; it sounds like a parody or interesting satire of reality TV, which could either go horribly wrong or be delightfully skewering of a problematic industry.

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand (February 10, 2015)

It feels like it’s been way too long since Hand wrote a book since her Unearthly trilogy ended in 2013. Even though those books were paranormal, it had some common themes with contemporary books, so I’m really excited to see what she’ll do with a completely contemporary book.

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One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin (February 10, 2015)

Stories about girls who are just “one of the guys” and have trouble bonding with other girls can be a great look at complicated and deep relationships between girls and boys as well as girls and girls, but they could also end up being one of those awful books that shame girls simply for being girls. If you can’t tell, I’m really hoping that this is one of the former, not the latter.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (February 24, 2015)

This is the latest from Victoria/V.E. Schwab, the author of The Archived, which was a very interesting paranormal duology that will hopefully become a trilogy, even if Schwab has to self publish. In the meantime, though, we have this new series that sounds like a very interesting combination of paranormal elements.

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No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss (February 24, 2015)

This is about the aftermath of a family joining what is basically a cult preparing for the end of the world – and dealing with life when the world inevitably doesn’t end, but they’re already sold all their belongings and such. Definitely sounds like an interesting premise, debut or not.

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill (February 24, 2015)

This is a new adult book, which isn’t really my thing, but this is the penname of a YA author (Liz Czukas) and Debby from Snuggly Oranges has already raved about this one, so I’m willing to give it a chance. I’d like to give New Adult a chance as long as the stories have a bit more plot, and this book sounded like it could have an interesting one (which I don’t remember, so you’ll have to click on the link, sorry!).

ShadowStudy

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder (February 24, 2015)

This is an unexpected addition to Snyder’s Study series. I’m not a big fantasy person, so I was happily surprised by this series. I didn’t really need anything more from it, but I’m still interested to see what’ll with this new book.

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