Hello, friends! It’s that time again where I talk about upcoming book publications that I’m looking forward to reading. I didn’t have too much to say about the books I’m looking forward to next month. There are only 5 books I talk about, so this post is shorter than most of the ones I’ve posted.
- Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy — Young Adult, Contemporary
Their fantasy is her reality in this bright and uplifting contemporary coming-of-age novel by the acclaimed author of Breaking Sky and You Were Here.
Iris Thorne wants to blaze her own path. That’s easier said than done when you’re the granddaughter of M. E. Thorne, famous author of the Elementia series, hailed as the feminist response to J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. And with a major motion picture adaptation of her grandmother’s books in the works, Iris can say goodbye to her dream of making her own way in the music industry.
So when Iris and her brother get invited to the film set in Ireland, she’s pretty sure the trip will be a nightmare. Except Iris can’t deny the rugged beauty of the Irish countryside. And brushing shoulders with the hot, young cast isn’t awful, especially the infuriatingly charming lead, Eamon O’Brien. Iris even finds the impassioned female director inspiring. But when the filming falls into jeopardy, everything Iris thought she knew about Elementia—and herself—is in question. Will making a film for the big screen help Iris to see the big picture?
Not only is the cover incredibly intriguing, but, the synopsis for Now a Major Motion Picture has garnered my attention.
I look forward to finding out what a feminist response to Lord of the Rings would look like, assuming that there’s bits and pieces of the feminist response in this story, too.
I also look forward to seeing how the romance between Iris and Eamon plays out, because let me be honest: they’re obviously going to be a thing. I’d honestly be surprised if they just stayed friends.
- I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman — Young Adult, Contemporary
A powerful story of empathy and friendship from the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of If I Stay.
Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from everyone he has ever loved, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City with a backpack, a desperate plan, and nothing left to lose. When a fateful accident draws these three strangers together, their secrets start to unravel as they begin to understand that the way out of their own loss might just lie in helping the others out of theirs.
An emotionally cathartic story of losing love, finding love, and discovering the person you are meant to be, I Have Lost My Way is bestselling author Gayle Forman at her finest.
I’ve been wondering, for the longest time now, if Gayle Forman was going to write another YA novel. I’m so happy that she is! I love her writing.
- As She Fades by Abbi Glines — Young Adult/New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
From the #1 New York Times- and USA Today-bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach and The Vincent Boys series, Abbi Glines delivers another smoldering, compulsively readable YA romance with As She Fades.
On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend Crawford are in a terrible car accident that leaves Crawford in a coma. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college, for a bright future full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken.
Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale’s brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can’t deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she’s not immune to Slate’s charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship.
Then, Crawford wakes up . . . with no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale opts to leave for college and move on with her life. Except now, she’s in Slate’s territory, and their story is about to take a very strange turn.
Glines’ millions of fans will adore As She Fades, a novel as romantic as it is full of twists and unexpected turns.
There’s a definite college vibe going on. I’m really excited about As She Fades, since this book seems to be heavier and therefore I’m gravitating towards it — I’ve been in the mood lately for heavier/darker novels. I’m insanely curious as to how Vale deals with moving on, and how Slate will come into play. I know we’re given a sneak peak by the synopsis, but I just can’t help but wonder about the two of them and how their relationship will play out.
I’m also curious as to seeing if Crawford will regain his memories and fight to have Vale back as his girlfriend, or, if before the accident Crawford was going to break up with Vale anyway and thus caused him to lose all of his memories together. So many ‘what-if’s!
- Bound to You by Alyssa Brandon — Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
A teen werewolf finally meets her destined soulmate only to discover that he’s not quite what she expected in this steamy debut romance.
She’s met her mate . . . and he’s met his match.
Megan Ross has been waiting her whole life for her mate to come and sweep her off her feet. But the wolf she meets on the beach is NOT the sweet gentle boy she’s been dreaming of. Instead, he’s a warrior, one whose suffering has led him to lock his heart away in a prison as cold and hard as a diamond, who fights to resist the bond and their deep sexual attraction.
Far from home, with a soulmate who is still a stranger, Megan learns that the path to true love isn’t quite as straight and easy as she thought . . .
It’s been a while since I’ve read a werewolf/shifter YA novel, so I am understandably hugely interested in Bound to You. I have so many questions about this story that I’m sure will be answered when I read the novel. I’m kinda actually curious to see how Megan’s story will play out! From the sounds of it, Bound to You is a typical YA shifter story from like, 2015 BUT that is just making me look forward to reading the book all that much more!
- Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian — YA Contemporary
From the author of The Last Boy and Girl in the World and The List comes a bold and sweet summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream.
Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best for friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…
I would have passed Stay Sweet off as a Fluff novel, but with the mention of Molly passing on, and her grandnephew comes by to make some changes to the ice-cream shop? I’m now officially interested! I’m so happy that I received an ARC of this!
Stay Sweet will be my first Siobhan Vivian novel that I’ve read. I’m looking forward to reading her writing!
Other mentionable titles:
- Cold Hard Truth by Anne Greenwood Brown // 04/03/18
- The Rising Storm by Ceri A. Lowe // 04/04/18
- Lizzie by Dawn Ius // 04/10/18
- Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody // 04/10/18
- Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young // 04/24/18
- Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian // 04/24/18
General Fiction Books I’m interested in are:
- The Next Girl by Carla Kovach // 04/02/18
- The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley // 04/03/18
- If You Go Down to the Woods by Seth C. Adams // 04/06/18
- The Cuckoo Wood by M. Sean Coleman // 04/10/18
Are there any books that you’re looking forward to in April?
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I can’t wait for Ace of Shades! Amanda Foody’s Daughter of the Burning city was such a pleasant and surprising read for me.