New month, new books! A few of the August titles I’m looking forward to picking up are:
Girl in Pieces, by Kathleen Glasgow
Don't You Trust Me?, by Patrice Kindl
These are the only two on this list that I’ve read as of yet. The first, I expected to be semi-lukewarm about, but ended up liking quite a lot. The second, vice-versa.
Girl in Pieces deals heavily with self-harm, about one girl’s journey towards healing through art and friendship. Despite a few credulity-straining coincidences towards the end, it’s a book that feels entirely emotionally honest and raw. Bonus points for the portrayal of a girl with little-to-no safety net, of showing how financial insecurity can compound already hugely challenging issues.
Don’t You Trust Me? is by one of my favorite authors, so I expected my eyeballs to turn into cartoon hearts while reading it. But…not so much. The narrator has a super-strong voice, but as she’s a sociopath—and thus, a supremely arrogant person who truly believes herself to be superior to everyone she meets—she’s extremely difficult to be around. While I’m all for unlikable girls in my YA, her hatefulness (and constant fatphobia) made spending time with her a real challenge, even for me. I’m planning on reading it again soon to see how I react the second time around.
The Smaller Evil, by Stephanie Kuehn
I blew through all of Kuehn’s previous books last year, and based on the strength of those, I’m very much looking forward to reading this new one. It’s about a guy who goes to a self-help retreat in the middle of nowhere, and it sounds like a combination mystery-psychological thriller. Based on the veiled clues in the Kirkus review, I feel like I might already know where the story is headed, but she writes so beautifully that I’m okay with that.
A Torch Against the Night, by Sabaa Tahir
Ghostly Echoes, by William Ritter
Poisoned Blade, by Kate Elliott
The Beauty of Darkness, by Mary E. Pearson
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, by Jaye Robin Brown
Two girls—one of whom is an evangelical Christian and daughter of a local preacher—fall in love. But what sounds especially interesting about this one is that Jo’s faith ISN’T a source of conflict—the Kirkus reviewer notes “despite their disagreements, Jo’s father and stepmother are loving and supportive,” and that sounds like such a huge breath of fresh air that I am making grabby hands.
Possession, by M. Verano
Wax, by Gina Damico
Three Truths and a Lie, by Brent Hartinger
Horror fans, all aboard! Possession is the (fictional) diary of fifteen-year-old Laetitia, a beauty blogger whose blog starts out with makeup tips but rapidly descends into a chronicle of (possible) demonic possession. Wax is set in a town called Paraffin which is, OF COURSE, home to a candle factory… an EVILLLLL candle factory. Three Truths and a Lie sounds like a literary homage to classic horror movies—a group of teens go on a camping trip in the middle of nowhere, then they start getting picked off—and I am always here for that.
Unscripted Joss Byrd, by Lygia Day Peñaflor
Behind the scenes with a (fictional) child actor—written by a woman who tutors (real) child actors. This one sounds like it’ll be catnip for anyone who has a soft spot for celebrity gossip or reality television, and might be a good reminder that all of those shiny stars are actual HUMAN BEINGS.
The Gilded Cage, by Lucinda Gray
On one hand, the cover of this book looks like the cover of eleventy billion other historical YA novels. On the other, VICTORIAN MURDER MYSTERY! AMERICAN FARM GIRL INHERITS ENGLISH MANOR! RUMORS OF A MYSTERIOUS BEAST!! So, yeah. I’m in.
As always, tell me what you’re waiting for—I never want to miss anything!
In addition to running a library in rural Maine, Leila Roy blogs at Bookshelves of Doom, is currently serving on the Amelia Bloomer Project committee, is a contributor at Book Riot, hangs out on Twitter a lot—possibly too much—and watches a shocking amount of television. Her cat is a murderer.