One of the nice perks about being a librarian with a degree and a job is being able to request books from publishers that I can’t get on NetGalley or Edelweiss and having publishers actually say yes to my requests! That never happened when I was just a blogger, and it’s really nice to be able to read things that I might be getting for the library so I can actually talk about them with teens who might check them out, because I live for booktalking things. Plus, what book lover doesn’t love book mail?
Today I want to share some of the books I’ve gotten recently that I’m extra excited for.
– Undead Girl Gang – Lily Anderson
Apparently Kirkus said they wished this book wasn’t Wiccan and I was like, um…did you READ the summary before you read this book? Also, why?
Even if this book didn’t have a cool-sounding plot, I probably would’ve requested it just because of the dope title and that adorable cover. But, this book also sounds great: it’s a murder mystery, with witchcraft that brings the murdered girls back to life to find out who killed them. It seems like the ultimate girl power, spoopy, fun, kinda dark read that I’m just dying to get to (no pun intended).
– I Have Lost My Way – Gayle Forman
I lovelovelove the If I Stay books, but haven’t really liked anything she’s published since Just One Day, which underwhelmed me, and I Was Here, which was too depressing even for me. I am very hopeful about this book though, which marks Forman’s return to YA after her adult release from a few years ago, Leave Me, and has multiple POVs, which I tend to like. Plus, holding a Gayle Forman ARC in my hands is basically the equivalent of a religious experience for me. I just…omg, I cannot.
– The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik – David Arnold
I admittedly never read Mosquitoland, but I am very excited to get my first David Arnold experience in with Strange Fascinations. This book looks and sounds perfectly wacky, so I’m expecting a lot from it. From what I can gather from the extremely vague Goodreads summary, Noah gets hypnotized and starts seeing weird stuff in all the people around him. I am definitely in the mood for something strange, and if any of what I just said is an indication, I will be getting my fill from this odd book.
– Emergency Contact – Mary H. K. Choi
This one was pitched to me after I sent in a request to Simon & Schuster for some other books. I had seen it floating around on the social medias, so I said yes to it, but it actually looks pretty interesting. I think YA books with characters in college are definitely important books to have around, and this one sounds right up my alley because awkward college people interactions and one of the protagonists is going to school to become a writer. Hopefully this one will exceed expectations and be something I enjoy!
– Save the Date – Morgan Matson
I am very embarrassed to say that I have yet to read a Morgan Matson book. I am a big contemporary fan, and Morgan Matson seems like one of the queens of contemporary. I’ve had two of her other books, Since You’ve Been Gone and The Unexpected Everything on my shelves for a looooong time, but somehow I still haven’t gotten around to them. When I heard this book was about a wedding though, I had to have it because I immediately comped it to Sarah Dessen’s Once and for All, but perhaps on the lighter/more fun side of things, and of course it’s going to be romantic and entertaining and quirky. I have high, high hopes for this book, so I hope Matson is as good as everyone says she is!
– From Twinkle, With Love – Sandhya Menon
Can I even tell you in human words in any language how excited and thrilled I am to be able to hold a copy of Menon’s sophomore novel in my hands? No, probably not. I LOVED When Dimple Met Rishi last year; it was seriously one of my favorite books of the entire year. It was so romantic, fun, and unique that it became an instant love, and I was beyond joyous when this book was announced. I loved Dimple, but I’m positive I’m going to love Twinkle even more because she’s into film and I am all about artsy YA characters. Oh, and it’s an epistolary novel (told in letters), which I just discovered while writing this post, which I am ALL ABOUT. This book is going to be perfection, period. End of story. No arguments. Done.
– Grim Lovelies – Megan Shepherd
Do I know exactly what this book is about? Honestly, no. Do I still NEED to read it? Absolutely! I have been dying for a new Megan Shepherd book since the Madman’s Daughter trilogy, and haven’t gotten one I’ve been excited for yet because I had to wait through the dystopian trilogy, which didn’t appeal to me at all, and the middle grade novel. Finally, FINALLY at long, long last, my wish has been granted, and we have been gifted a fantasy novel from this great author. I cannot even imagine how good Megan Shepherd will be at writing fantasy, and I can’t wait to dig into this book.
– Isle of Blood and Stone – Makiia Lucier
I’m a bit nervous about this one now, as I’ve read two negative reviews of it recently. Still, I’m going to give it a shot, because it has KIDNAPPED PRINCES and MYSTERIOUS MAPS and EXPLORING. Besides that, I’ve been super into fantasies lately, and I must fill my lust for magical and fantastical things.