5 Books AJ Can’t Wait For

One of my favorite parts of being a reader is scouting out new books. I like to read blogs, see what people are adding to their “Want to Read” shelves on Goodreads, keep up with reviewers on Twitter and in general I honestly just spend a lot of time on Amazon. The following books* are being released over the last few months of the year and I am super excited about them:

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

Release date: September 4

Sadie is out to find her sister’s killer.

I don’t know much about this book. But its cover caught my eye several months ago and I have been excited to get my hands on it ever since.

Pre-order the book here

 

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Release date: September 25

Elizabeth’s survival depends on keeping the dark temperamental Victor Frankenstein content.

This book sounds freaky and fantastic. I love the cover and I am excited for what I think will be a fairly unique read.

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A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

Release date: October 2

A shooter opens fire at a women’s reproductive health services clinic.

Jodi Picoult is probably my all time favorite author. I have read 17 of her 23 published books and I plan to pick up this book pretty much the day it is published

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51L8BF5PZ3L Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Release date: November 6

Nine people meet at a remote health resort hoping to find healing for their various ailments.

I am new to the Liane Moriarty boat but I did find Big Little Lies to be very interesting and this one had a fascinating blurb.

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32469736The Disasters by M.K. England

Release Date: December 18

Nax’s one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy.

This is a new author and I saw her tweet a while ago and looked up the book and suddenly put this on the “buy myself for Christmas” list.

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*I have excluded follow up books from series

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Rare is it that I finish a book, stand up, and clap out loud for it. A tip of the hat and a bow to Stephanie Garber. Whimsical, fantastical, breathtaking, this novel appealed to me for so many reasons.

1. I’m a sucker for YA romance. I know to many it’s the worst things ever but oh well get over yourself.

2. I’m an enormous fan of books that can make me feel something. This book had me (still has me) on my toes. I trusted no one, no situation, nothing. I embarked on the rollercoaster under the stars, plummeting through darkness. And the smells! Oh goodness the smells and sights and feels in this book. I may just read it over immediately to enjoy it again. It’s as though I could smell and taste and feel the astounding game of Caraval. Truly breathtaking work of art.

3. Often times in books with many twists the twists become so many that the plot no longer makes sense. Not so with Caraval. This book twists and turns like no other and leaves me wanting more. It piques my curiosity and engulfs my mind and heart in an insatiable thirst for more Caraval and, namely, for answers to all my questions.

All in all probably one of my favorite books I’ve read all year. 5-stars for this awe-inspiring book.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Cather is a freshman in college. She has always had her twin sister Wren by her side but now Wren wants to experience college life without the “built in best friend” benefit. Cather finds herself with a scary roommate and feeling alone. She wants nothing more than to go back to the way things were, with Wren and her attached at the hip again. But in this time of distress, who else could she turn to but Simon Snow, the main character of the book series she and Wren have followed obsessively since their mother left them when they were kids.

Ok, my summary is terrible. But I enjoyed this book so much that I am scared to give more information for fear of spoiling it for you. I was expecting something else from this book, but it was so much better than I thought it would be.

Now, I’m not sure that everyone else would love this book as much as I did. It was well written and sweet and I think that is what most people would see in it. But I saw myself in Cather. I know what it’s like to feel completely alone in a place where I am unfamiliar and feel almost paralysed by that fear. I completely understand staying holed up in my dorm room wanting to interact with no one and simply write and read. To not go looking for the cafeteria and to sit in my room eating protein bars. To become completely obsessed, for lack of a better word, with a series and not be able to think past it. To not even start a project because I feel that I simply cannot do it so I am not even going to try.

I listened to this on audio but I am going to buy myself a copy of the book. I am not such a fan of the language or the gay fanfiction; but for the reasons above this will be one of my favourites for a long while.

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Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

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Callum McGreggor is a nought, he is pale skinned. Persephone (Sephy) Hadley is a Cross, she is dark skinned. Crosses and noughts do not mix and they are never friends. There is a clear divide between the two and the Crosses are superior to the noughts simply because of their coveted dark skin. Crosses are there to rule the world and hold all the good jobs, noughts are there to serve them. But Callum and Sephy have been friends since they were kids. Can they stay strong in a world of noughts and Crosses?

The idea behind this story was good. I really enjoyed the plot, and since I enjoy dystopian that doesn’t follow the typical themes this suited suited my reading tastes. I felt the way it played out was realistic and the characters were believable. I liked how this idea was a twist on what we already know and I admire the author for undertaking this feat.

But there were a lot of problems with this book. In the beginning I felt patronised because the writing was childish: “He actually kissed me! Wowee! Zowee!” – I have never heard anyone say “zowee” and I felt like she was overemphasizing the immaturity of a fourteen-year-old.

For quite a way through the book “noughts” has a lower case “n” and “Crosses” an upper case “C”. I remember thinking this was an interesting way to show that Crosses are more important and noughts are lesser. But then towards the end of the book they became “Noughts” and “Crosses”, both with upper case starting letters and no reason for the switch. This annoyed me a little bit because it felt like the author had let something symbolic slip.

As someone who has read many articles on writing, I know that common writing advice is to keep the reader hooked by never finishing a chapter or even a scene with closure. Rather the reader should be baited into reading more by have something new and exciting happen. Blackman tried hard to do this, several times, but she didn’t execute it well enough. For example she would say something like “I was shocked to hear what she had to say” at the end of the chapter but then when I turned the page, it wouldn’t tell me what “she” had to say but other random events would occur and only several pages and scenes later would she get back to that point. This honestly just left me frustrated because it was too easy to forget things that had happened and it interrupted the flow.

The book was also just a little bit slow. It took me four days to read the 446 page book, and it had big print. I should have been done a lot faster than that (particularly since I was up until 1 or 2 in the morning reading when I couldn’t sleep). But because it felt set up to drag me into it, I was unable to get lost in the book.

So in conclusion, the story and plot were good. The basic idea behind the book was good too. The execution, not nearly up to standard. It simply wasn’t all it could have been.

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