I know, I know, this is kind of late into the month, but as I’ve been saying for the last month or two, I’ve been quite busy, so I’m just glad that I got this up before June came around.
A new Morgan Matson book! That’s really all that I know about this book at this point, other than that adorable cover. This book seems like a nice one to start summer with, so hopefully I can get my hands on it soon.
I don’t know nearly enough about transgender issues, so this book about a transgender girl immediately stood out to me. I also recently learned that the model on the cover is also transgender, which is more awesome representation, so hopefully the book lives up to all that.
I lost interest in Jessica Spotswood’s Cahill Witch Chronicles, but this newest book, which is contemporary rather than historical paranormal, piqued my interest. Protagonist Ivy’s family has a history of women who live spectacularly and then all die young, and right before she starts her senior year, her mother that left her unexpectedly comes back with two new daughters – that definitely has me curious.
I already read and really enjoyed an ARC of this. I’ve seen a lot of less-than-stellar reviews for this book about a girl studying love (kind of) as her senior science project, but I had loads of fun while reading this latest from Sarah Strohmeyer, so I’m still recommending it.
This is the second book in this middle grade Princess Diaries spin-off – the first book was only OK, mainly because it was mostly a retelling of what happened in Royal Wedding from the point of view of Mia’s newly-found half-sister, but hopefully this one will have some interesting and new insights into the wacky world that is Genovian royalty.
Another ARC, and this one was amazing! We need more books that have great messages about mental health and therapy, complete with girls being kickass at sports.
A personal challenge to kiss 26 boys whose names start with all 26 letters of the alphabet could go horribly wrong, but I really hope that this is a debut that explores female sexuality in a positive and entertaining way.
I loved Jenn Marie Thorne’s debut, The Wrong Side of Right, so I’m double excited for her next book, which also sounds like an interesting take on LGBTQ issues, even if the protagonist is straight.
I’m a sucker for fake relationships, so this debut about a girl who gets drunk, sleeps with a “bad boy surfer,” and starts up a fake relationship with him in an attempt to salvage her reputation definitely intrigues me. Please don’t go horribly wrong.
I love Cynthia Hand’s books, have mixed feelings about Brodi Ashton’s, and haven’t read any of Jodi Meadows’, but after hearing a lot of advanced buzz and seeing this historical (fantastical?) book compared to The Princess Bride, I knew I would be checking it out. It’s one of my most-anticipated books this year, that’s for sure. June can’t get here fast enough.
Stories about twisted friendships can go horribly wrong, but they can also go wonderfully right, and that’s definitely what I’m hoping for with this debut. It’s told in alternating points of view, so hopefully that ensures that both girls get their chance to tell their side of the story and no one is left as a simply stereotype, as too often happens.
And now for the books on my might-read shelf that come out in May and June…
I’ve always been interested in May Day-related stories and traditions, but I haven’t read anything recently (actually, I can only think of one book related to May Day, so my reading is sorely lacking in it all), so this debut mystery about a missing cousin/best friend definitely catches my interest.
I don’t really know what this book is – a time travel book? Magical realism? Paranormal? The main character keeps slipping back in time to her own past, which is quite different compared to her real life. No matter what it is, I could certainly be persuaded to check this one out if there are some good reviews for it.
THE MAIN CHARACTER’S NAME IS GENEVIEVE! Also, what is with characters named Genevieve having weird nicknames that prevent me from finding my people? Other than that, this sounds like an interesting book that explores friendship and other issues well, at least based on some early buzz. But really, they need to advertise the “Genevieve” bit better.
A magical-tainted journey to find a missing sister? “Finding family in unexpected places”? Color me intrigued.
And another family story, this time about a girl whose newly-out cousin comes to stay with her family. I want more awesome and slightly unusual family relationships, so two cousins bonding as “they embark on a magical summer marked by slowly unraveling secrets” sounds like it’ll fit the bill.
I’m so excited by how many books seem to work f/f and m/m relationships into them without being issue books, and this one seems like it fits that category. A couple starts at an elite boarding school and struggle to preserve their relationship, all while keeping it a secret – that could lead to some interesting tension and hopefully not too much romantic melodrama.
I read another Eileen Cook book last year or the year before and enjoyed it for the most part, so that mixed with a mystery (a girl wakes up unable to remember the last six weeks of her life, during which time her friend died in an “accident”) definitely catches my interest.
I found Lindsay Ribar’s debut genie duology a little mixed (I like the second one better, but that’s a good sign for author growth, right?), but I was interested enough that seeing she was the author of this attention-grabbing titled book definitely got my own attention. This is a “paranormal suspense novel about a boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things,” and it’s apparently a mix between Twin Peaks (which I haven’t seen) and Stars Hollow (of Gilmore Girls fame, which I’m still working my way through), so it definitely sounds ambitious and worthy of checking out further.
A story about a grandmother forcing her family to go on a “death with dignity” cruise before she succumbs to her terminal illness doesn’t sound very happy, but this family sounds like it could be interesting enough to keep me happy(ish).
Hollywood stories always intrigue me, even when they probably shouldn’t, and that mixed with a girl who becomes obsessed with the Manson girls equals a book that definitely gets my attention.
That title alone is enough to grab book bloggers’ attention – mix that with a girl who is super-involved in fandom and sets out to change things when her favorite character in a movie series is killed off and you have me interested for sure. As long as it treats fandom and all that with respect, I’ll definitely check this out. Plus, the protagonist is a college freshman, so this could be a good example of non-erotic NA.
I somewhat enjoyed Alison Cherry’s second YA book, so mix that with a story about a friendship that turns into something more? Yep, I’m curious about this and want to see if it really is a f/f romance (I can’t remember if it’s being categorized as one or not, so I’m not sure).
All the books about body issues and disorders! I know, a weird thing to seek out, but I want more of these, and the fact that it ties in body image and dancing definitely has me curious. This could go horribly wrong, but it could also be horribly, wonderfully right.
The protagonist meets “a real-life Peter Pan”? A mysterious, tropical island where nobody ages past seventeen and life is “a constant party”? This is a fairytale retelling that I could definitely love, as long as it doesn’t have instalove and a shallow take on a story that is complex on its own (which I say as someone who hasn’t actually read Peter Pan).
I haven’t been super-impressed by Kody Keplinger’s work in the past (sorry), but this story about a strange but strong friendship got my attention because (duh) friendship. I need more awesome friendships, and this has the potential to do that and maybe finally get me on the Keplinger fan train? Maybe?