May & June 2019 // New Reads

NewReads

The summer months always have so many great books coming out, so get ready for plenty of awesome books, especially cute contemporary stories, coming out in the next two months!

MAY 7th

HerRoyalHighness LoveFromAtoZ

Her Royal Highness (Rachel Hawkins) – #2 in SERIES

I loved Rachel Hawkins’s first book in this series, Prince Charming (originally Royals), and I wanted more in this cute world, so imagine my excitement when I heard that not only would there be a sequel/companion, but it would focus on the sister from the first book, who is a lesbian or bisexual – if it’s as cute and banter-y as the first book, but with a f/f romance, then I’ll be even happier!

Love from A to Z (S.K. Ali) – STANDALONE

I really liked Ali’s debut two years ago, so I’m excited for this one, even though it sounds a lot fluffier and cuter (which is obviously always a good thing) – I think it’s a romance that takes place in an airplane terminal or something along those lines.

MAY 14th

TheresSomethingAboutSweetie IWishYouAlltheBest RedWhite&RoyalBlue DontDateRosaSantos

There’s Something About Sweetie (Sandhya Meno) – COMPANION

I’ve liked but haven’t loved Sandhya Menon’s first two books, so I hope the third time’s the charm, the one that makes me a real fan of her books and not just a casual one. This is a companion to When Dimple Met Rishi, which I liked better than her second one, and it has a fat protagonist, so I’m really hopeful for this new one.

I Wish You All the Best (Mason Deaver) – STANDALONE

All I really know about this book is that it’s about a nonbinary protagonist and the author is nonbinary themselves, so it’s an #ownvoices book with a point of view that we don’t seen nearly enough in all age groups, including YA books.

Red, White, and Royal Blue (Casey McQuiston) – STANDALONE

I was already excited about this book, which is about the son of a female president of the United States and the prince of England hating each other before falling for each other, but then the amazing reviews started pouring in, and I got even more excited.

Don’t Date Rosa Santos (Nina Moreno) – STANDALONE

I don’t remember much about this one, but I love that cover, and I know it’s one of the growing number of diverse romances out there, so that’s really enough for me.

MAY 21st

GoingOffScript

Going Off-Script (Jen Wilde) – STANDALONE

Jen Wilde has written two books with a lot of great diversity, both with sexuality and neurodiversity, so that plus the fact that this involves TV fandoms and fanfic and TV shows, means I’m definitely interested in her latest.

MAY 28th

ILoveYouSoMochi TheseWitchesDontBurn

I Love You So Mochi (Sarah Kuhn) – STANDALONE

This looks like such a cute little romance that takes place in Japan and involves some family bonding.

These Witches Don’t Burn (Isabel Sterling) – STANDALONE

Witches! And I think it’ll be friendship feels as well, which makes it sound even better. Witches + friends + diverse characters (I believe – I think we have at least one queer character) = a very interested me.

JUNE 4th

TheRestoftheStory VirtuallyYours

The Rest of the Story (Sarah Dessen) – STANDALONE

I don’t really know anything about this book, but it’s a new Sarah Dessen, so… *shrug*

Virtually Yours (Sarvenaz Tash) – STANDALONE

We’ve got a college freshman (new adult! or still young adult, just not college – who knows anymore) and a dating app – this could go horribly wrong or adorably right…

JUNE 11th

TeethInTheMist TellMeHowYouReallyFeel

Teeth in the Mist (Dawn Kurtagich) – STANDALONE

Dawn Kurtagich can write some really creepy books, and I expect nothing less from her latest. I think this involves a Faustian-type story (I know, I know, I should double-check the synopsises before writing these posts), but that’s all I remember.

Tell Me How You Really Feel (Aminah Mae Safi) – STANDALONE

I gave Safi’s first book 3.5 stars – it was interesting, but not a new fave – but this one looks a lot cuter and less serious, so I’m hopeful that I’ll enjoy this one even more. All I really know is that it involves a f/f romance, and I think it’s  hate-to-love?

JUNE 18th

AllofUsWithWings

All of Us With Wings (Michelle Ruiz Keil) – STANDALONE

I started reading an eARC of this one, but the PDF I had loaded super-slowly on the first page of each new chapter, thanks to illustrations of wings, and I didn’t want to put up with that. This is a really weird book, and I think I’m interested enough to keep going if it’s easy to read, not if I have to deal with slow-loading and my reader program trying to crash half the time as it loads the pictures. This is a Jane Eyre retelling (I think?! I’m pretty sure – it was really weird), and multiple characters narrate the story, including a cat.

JUNE 25th

wickedfox TechnicallyYouStartedIt

Wicked Fox (Kat Cho) – #1 in SERIES

This is the start of a series about foxes (kitsune?) and takes place in Seoul – I’m ready for fantasies and paranormal stories that aren’t so white, so this sounds promising.

Technically, You Started It (Lana Wood Johnson) – STANDALONE

As you can see from the cover, there’s quite a bit of electronic communication, which leads to a case of mistake identity or just unknown identity, I can’t remember for sure. It just looks cute, and I hope it has a lot of texting and such, since I like reading books like that.

The Maybes

Books From My Ever-Growing “Might Read” Shelf

42202063Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju (March 5, 2019) – STANDALONE

Seventeen-year-old Kim gets more than she bargained for when she is set up for murder. Perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying, E. Lockhart, and Gillian Flynn.

17-year-old Kim never expected to plot a murder. But that was before her boyfriend dumped her for another girl. Now, Kim’s stuck on a class trip to London with him and his new soulmate and she can’t help wishing he was a little bit dead, even if she’d never really do that.

But when Kim meets Nicki, a stranger on the plane who’s more than willing to listen to Kim’s woes, things start to look up. Nicki’s got a great sense of humor, and when she jokes about swapping murders, Kim plays along—that is, until Kim’s ex-boyfriend mysteriously dies.

Blackmailed by Nicki to fulfill her end of the deal, Kim will have to commit a murder or take the fall for one.

38136879The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (May 7, 2019) – STANDALONE

Kira Bennett’s earliest memories are of living alone and wild in the woods. She has no idea how long she was on her own or what she had to do to survive, but she remembers the moment that Cady Bennett and one of her search-and-rescue dogs found her perfectly. Adopted into the Bennett family, Kira still struggles with human interaction years later, but she excels at the family business: search-and-rescue. Along with Cady’s son, Jude, and their neighbor, Free, Kira works alongside Cady to train the world’s most elite search-and-rescue dogs. Someday, all three teenagers hope to put their skills to use, finding the lost and bringing them home.

But when Cady’s estranged father, the enigmatic Bales Bennett, tracks his daughter down and asks for her help in locating a missing child—one of several visitors who has disappeared in the Sierra Glades National Park in the past twelve months—the teens find themselves on the frontlines sooner than they could have ever expected. As the search through 750,000 acres of unbridled wilderness intensifies, Kira becomes obsessed with finding the missing child. She knows all too well what it’s like to be lost in the wilderness, fighting for survival, alone.

But this case isn’t simple. There is more afoot than a single, missing girl, and Kira’s memories threaten to overwhelm her at every turn. As the danger mounts and long-held family secrets come to light, Kira is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her adopted family, her true nature, and her past.

29981020Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (May 7, 2019) – STANDALONE

Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley’s dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There’s just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend.

Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy’s best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium, who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it’s really Laura Dean that’s the problem. Maybe it’s Freddy, who is rapidly losing her friends, including Doodle, who needs her now more than ever. Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends, and the insight of advice columnists like Anna Vice to help her through being a teenager in love.

Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell bring to life a sweet and spirited tale of young love that asks us to consider what happens when we ditch the toxic relationships we crave to embrace the healthy ones we need.

41154268With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (May 7, 2019) – STANDALONE

From the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award longlist title The Poet X comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

40864911The Pursuit of Miss Heartbreak Hotel by Moe Bonneau (May 21, 2019) – STANDALONE

Ours is an age-old tale of two betties, apple-Jacks forever, when suddenly one goes ace gorgeous and then, naturally, massive popular. Said popular betty ditches other unsaid, unpopular betty for superhit cool crowd. Girls don’t speak again for four years, until a chance meeting reunites them . . .

What do you do when Ms. Ancient History comes waltzing back into your life? If you’re Lu Butler, dodging sweet but clueless boys while secretly crushing hard on girls, you fall.

Intimate and raw, The Pursuit of Miss Heartbreak Hotel is a story about sexuality, family, heartbreak, old habits you can’t quite shake, and first love you never see coming. Bursting with undeniable swagger and neo-beat slang, Moe Bonneau’s stunning debut novel has a language and rhythm all its own.

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If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann (June 4th, 2019) – STANDALONE

High school finally behind her, Winnie is all set to attend college in the fall. But first she’s spending her summer days working at her granny’s diner and begins spending her midnights with Dallas—the boy she loves to hate and hates that she likes. Winnie lives in Misty Haven, a small town where secrets are impossible to keep—like when Winnie allegedly snaps on Dr. Skinner, which results in everyone feeling compelled to give her weight loss advice for her own good. Because they care that’s she’s “too fat.”

Winnie dreams of someday inheriting the diner—but it’ll go away if they can’t make money, and fast. Winnie has a solution—win a televised cooking competition and make bank. But Granny doesn’t want her to enter—so Winnie has to find a way around her formidable grandmother. Can she come out on top?

36408450I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest (June 4, 2019) – STANDALONE

“In a world where it’s easy to lose faith in love, I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE is a brilliant burst of light. A dazzling debut.” ― Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out

When Chloe Pierce’s mom forbids her to apply for a spot at the dance conservatory of her dreams, she devises a secret plan to drive two hundred miles to the nearest audition. But Chloe hits her first speed bump when her annoying neighbor Eli insists upon hitching a ride, threatening to tell Chloe’s mom if she leaves him and his smelly dog, Geezer, behind. So now Chloe’s chasing her ballet dreams down the east coast―two unwanted (but kinda cute) passengers in her car, butterflies in her stomach, and a really dope playlist on repeat.

Filled with roadside hijinks, heart-stirring romance, and a few broken rules, I Wanna Be Where You Are is a YA debut perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sandhya Menon.

40849937The Confusion of Laurel Graham by Adrienne Kisner (June 4, 2019) – STANDALONE

A teen copes with her grandmother’s coma by becoming obsessed with a mystery bird that she cannot identify in this sharp and poignant YA novel.

Seventeen-year-old Laurel Graham has a singular, all-consuming ambition in this life: become the most renown nature photographer and birder in the world. The first step to birding domination is to win the junior nature photographer contest run by prominent Fauna magazine. Winning runs in her blood—her beloved activist and nature-loving grandmother placed when she was a girl.

One day Gran drags Laurel out on a birding expedition where the pair hear a mysterious call that even Gran can’t identify. The pair vow to find out what it is together, but soon after, Gran is involved in a horrible car accident.

Now that Gran is in a coma, so much of Laurel’s world is rocked. Her gran’s house is being sold, developers are coming in to destroy the nature sanctuary she treasures, and she still can’t seem to identify the mystery bird.

Laurel’s confusion isn’t just a group of warblers—it’s about what means the most to her, and what she’s willing to do to fight to save it. Maybe–just maybe-if she can find the mystery bird, it will save her gran, the conservatory land, and herself.

41716638This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura (June 4, 2019) – STANDALONE

A richly crafted contemporary YA novel about family, community, and the importance of writing your own history.

Miss Sugiura is back with another smartly drawn coming-of-age novel that weaves riveting family drama, surprising humor, and delightful romance into a story that will draw you in from the very first page.

Katsuyamas never quit—but seventeen-year-old CJ doesn’t even know where to start. She’s never lived up to her mom’s type A ambition, and she’s perfectly happy just helping her aunt, Hannah, at their family’s flower shop.

She doesn’t buy into Hannah’s romantic ideas about flowers and their hidden meanings, but when it comes to arranging the perfect bouquet, CJ discovers a knack she never knew she had. A skill she might even be proud of.

Then her mom decides to sell the shop — to the family who swindled CJ’s grandparents when thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during WWII. Soon a rift threatens to splinter CJ’s family, friends, and their entire Northern California community; and for the first time, CJ has found something she wants to fight for.

41123165Screen Queens by Lori Goldstein (June 11, 2019) – STANDALONE

The Bold Type meets The Social Network when three girls vying for prestigious summer internships through a startup incubator program uncover the truth about what it means to succeed in the male-dominated world of tech.

This summer Silicon Valley is a girls’ club.

Three thousand applicants. An acceptance rate of two percent. A dream internship for the winning team. ValleyStart is the most prestigious high school tech incubator competition in the country. Lucy Katz, Maddie Li, and Delia Meyer have secured their spots. And they’ve come to win.

Meet the Screen Queens.

Lucy Katz was born and raised in Palo Alto, so tech, well, it runs in her blood. A social butterfly and CEO in-the-making, Lucy is ready to win and party.

East Coast designer, Maddie Li left her home and small business behind for a summer at ValleyStart. Maddie thinks she’s only there to bolster her graphic design portfolio, not to make friends.

Delia Meyer taught herself how to code on a hand-me-down computer in her tiny Midwestern town. Now, it’s time for the big leagues–ValleyStart–but super shy Delia isn’t sure if she can hack it (pun intended).

When the competition kicks off, Lucy, Maddie, and Delia realize just how challenging the next five weeks will be. As if there wasn’t enough pressure already, the girls learn that they would be the only all-female team to win ever. Add in one first love, a two-faced mentor, and an ex-boyfriend turned nemesis and things get…complicated.

Filled with humor, heart, and a whole lot of girl power, Screen Queens is perfect for fans of Morgan Matson, Jenny Han, and The Bold Type.

40848988Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen (June 18, 2019) – STANDALONE

Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They’ve endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can’t stand to be in the same room together.

After Mia’s mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they’ve have had enough. Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently. All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time—and then they’ll be free.

The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don’t hate each other as much as they once thought…

 

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