Did August fly by for anyone else? This blog took a bit of a nap in August and I’m planning to be more active with blogging this month to make up for that. While I didn’t really blog last month, I did read a lot and am looking forward to writing up some reviews to share with you all of my favorite summer reads – a few giveaways too! I’m really excited for all the fabulous books coming out this month and hoping to make time to read all of these titles (fingers crossed). Wish me luck! (note: there will be some spoilers in the descriptions for series titles below)
100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
Simon & Schuster BYR, Sept. 2
I’m planning to catch up on my Andrew Smith reading this fall. Too many of his books have been on my TBR for too long (I’ve only read Winger so far. Loved it.). Here’s another one to add to the list!
Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It’s how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he’s a real boy and not just a character in his father’s bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he’s ever loved.
Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the book, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma. When an unexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned—and learn how to write their own destiny.
Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in the clutches of Jazz’s serial killer father, Billy. And his best friend Howie is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz’s own home in tiny Lobo’s Nod. Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors their lives have become and find a way to come together in pursuit of Billy. But then Jazz crosses a line he’s never crossed before, and soon the entire country is wondering: “Like father, like son?” Who is the true monster?
The chase is on, and beyond Billy there lurks something much, much worse. Prepare to meet…the Crow King.
Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Simon & Schuster BYR, Sept. 16
This series is not what I would normally consider an “Em series”, but for some reason I really enjoy reading these books. Perhaps its the solid writing and character development? (High five ladies! Go team!) Whatever the reason, I’m excited to see what comes next in this series especially after the cliffhanger ending of Fire With Fire.
They only meant to right the wrongs. It was about getting even. Burn for burn.
But the fire they lit kept raging…Reeve ended up hurt, then Rennie ended up dead.
Everything will turn to ash if they don’t stop what they started. But now that Mary knows the truth about what happened to her, will she want to?
Secrets drew Lillia, Kat, and Mary together. The truth might tear them apart.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Dial BYR, Sept. 16
This book sounds fantastic – chapters alternating between the twins’ perspectives as well as time frames. I’m told this book will make me FEEL. I’ll do my best to be prepared.
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.
How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.
Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.
Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Simon Pulse, Sept. 23
I haven’t read Scott Westerfeld in a while and I’m hoping this one will be a better fit for me than the Leviathan series (steampunk just isn’t my thing). It sure sounds promising!
Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes. But lucky for Darcy, she’s taken under the wings of other seasoned and fledgling writers who help her navigate the city and the world of writing and publishing. Over the course of a year, Darcy finishes her book, faces critique, and falls in love.
Woven into Darcy’s personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead, and where many unsolved—and terrifying—stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie too falls in love…until a new threat resurfaces, and her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about most.
The Rise of Aurora West by Paul Pope
First Second, Sept. 30
I LOVED Battling Boy and am enjoying reading more stories from that world! I have an eGalley of this title, but am looking forward to seeing it in print where I can really take in the full spread. Wish it was in full color. Ah well.
The extraordinary world introduced in Paul Pope’s Battling Boy is rife with monsters and short on heroes… but in this action-driven extension of the Battling Boy universe, we see it through a new pair of eyes: Aurora West, daughter of Arcopolis’s last great hero, Haggard West.
A prequel to Battling Boy, The Rise of Aurora West follows the young hero as she seeks to uncover the mystery of her mother’s death, and to find her place in a world overrun with supernatural monsters and all-too-human corruption.
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Dutton Children’s Books, Sept. 30
I started Belzhar this weekend and am enjoying it so far. It reminds me that I still need to read The Bell Jar. Am I the only person who hasn’t read that yet? Yet another book for my ever-growing TBR!
If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing him in the library stacks. She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.
But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.
Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.
Happy Reading this month!