Tag Archive | YA

Waiting on Wednesday: Wandering Star by Romina Russell

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

Wandering-Star-Romina-Russell Wandering Star 
By Romina Russell

Orphaned, disgraced, and stripped of her title, Rho is ready to live life quietly, as an aid worker in the Cancrian refugee camp on House Capricorn.

But news has spread that the Marad–an unbalanced terrorist group determined to overturn harmony in the Galaxy–could strike any House at any moment.

Then, unwelcome nightmare that he is, Ochus appears to Rho, bearing a cryptic message that leaves her with no choice but to fight.

Now Rho must embark on a high-stakes journey through an all-new set of Houses, where she discovers that there’s much more to her Galaxy–and to herself–than she could have ever imagined.

Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: December 8, 2015.

Share in the comments below which books you’re most excited to read next or awaiting to arrive in bookstores. What’s your “waiting on” pick this week?

Waiting on Wednesday: Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

Not-If-I-See-You-First-by-Eric-LindstromNot If I See You First 
By Eric Lindstrom

Parker Grant doesn’t need 20/20 vision to see right through you. That’s why she created the Rules: Don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. Just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart.

When Scott suddenly reappears in her life after being gone for years, Parker knows there’s only one way to react-shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough on her mind already, like trying out for the track team (that’s right, her eyes don’t work but her legs still do), doling out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn’t cried since her dad’s death three months ago. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened–both with Scott, and her dad–the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken.

Publisher: Poppy, Hachette Book Group
Publication Date: December 1, 2015 .

Share in the comments below which books you’re most excited to read next or awaiting to arrive in bookstores. What’s your “waiting on” pick this week?

Review: Conversion by Katherine Howe

conversion-cover-novelWhen I first read the synopsis of Katherine Howe’s Conversion, it caught the attention of my curiosity. I’m a fan of fantasy books. After the Harry Potter craze, I’m very open to reading about witches and witchcraft. As a Halloween lover, I even have a fascination with the Salem Witches Trials, having done my own research or watched documentaries about them. I was pretty excited to read this book at first, but I’m going to have to be honest, I stopped reading after the one hundredth page. Continue reading

Review: Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

Gracefully-Grayson-Ami-PolonskyTransgender people, real and fictional, have been appearing in media more and more. I think it’s such a great thing because it brings more awareness that they do exist. Ignorant people are scared of the unknown and I think when transgender people speak out or when there are transgender characters in books it sparks discussion. It allows us to be more understanding. It reminds us that they’re human—with feelings, triumphs, hardships, and on their own life journey too.

I recently read a great book: Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky. Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: “he” is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender’s body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection, or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson’s true self itches to break free. He decides to audition for the school play—and for the lead role, the goddess Persephone. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: No Parking at the End Times By Bryan Bliss

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

No-parking-at-end-times-novelNo Parking at the End Times
By Bryan Bliss

Abigail’s parents have made mistake after mistake, and now they’ve lost everything. She’s left to decide: Does she still believe in them? Or is it time to believe in herself?

Abigail doesn’t know how her dad found Brother John. Maybe it was the billboards. Or the radio. What she does know is that he never should have made that first donation. Or the next, or the next. Her parents shouldn’t have sold their house. Or packed Abigail and her twin brother, Aaron, into their old van to drive across the country to San Francisco, to be there with Brother John for the “end of the world.” Because of course the end didn’t come. And now they’re living in their van. And Aaron’s disappearing to who-knows-where every night. Their family is falling apart. All Abigail wants is to hold them together, to get them back to the place where things were right. But maybe it’s too big a task for one teenage girl.

Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: March 10, 2015 Continue reading

Blog Tour | Review: Earth & Sky by Megan Crewe

Earth-and-Sky-coverScience fiction has been creeping into mainstream media a lot more lately. Dystopian stories seem to be all the rage in books and movies, however there’s a newer trend I’ve been enjoying immensely: Aliens. If you’re a fan of the show Doctor Who or the video game series Assassin’s Creed, then you’ll be in for a treat with Megan Crewe’s novel Earth & Sky. It has time-traveling aliens, and the characters explore ancient civilizations and significant moments in history.

Seventeen-year-old Skylar suffers from anxiety episodes whenever something doesn’t feel right. When she crosses paths with an alien boy named Win, she learns two things: aliens are real and her anxiety attacks are actually a gift of heightened awareness, allowing her to sense when a moment in time has been altered. Earth has been a part of an alien species’ experiment, and now the consequences threaten Earth and its people. Together, Skylar and Win travel through time to save Earth before it’s too late. Continue reading

Review: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfled

Afterworlds-coverFrom both friends and bloggers, I’ve heard nothing but good things about Scott Westerfled and his novels. I’ve never read any of his books, so I was thrilled when I got a copy of his newest book Afterworlds to try the author out. However, sometimes high expectations can lead to great disappoint. This novel felt like a letdown to me and I wish I probably started out with one of his earlier books to fully understand why readers love this author so much.

Afterworlds weaves together two stories: one of Darcy, a young YA author about to publish her first book, and the other of Lizzie, a fictional character living and reacting to the world Darcy has built in her novel. Darcy puts her life on hold, focusing on her novel. She moves to New York, learning how to be independent and make new friends. A lot of these friends are writers too, teaching her what it is like to be a published writer. Meanwhile, Lizzie discovers the Afterworld, something a lot like limbo and the Underworld, and starts seeing ghosts after she survives a terrorist attack in an airport. She meets a Death god, learns about her new special gifts, and must find a way to defeat a dangerous entity. Continue reading