ZOOM. Did your June go by as quickly as mine did?
Here’s what I’ve got my eye on in July:
A School for Brides: A Story of Maidens, Mystery, and Matrimony, by Patrice Kindl
The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles), by Mary E. Pearson
Two sequels! Or, well, a companion and a sequel. The Kindl is an adorable historical comedy that feels Wodehouse-y and Austen-y and is a delight from start to finish; the Pearson is the second installment in a high fantasy trilogy with action and mystery and adventure and great worldbuilding and friendships between girls and SWOONY ROMANCE. I loved the first one so very much that I’m Muppet Failing over the mere idea of getting my hands on the second.
About a Girl: A Novel, by Sarah McCarry
Confession time: I haven’t read the first two books in this trilogy, even though I’ve been told time and time again that I would love them. Now that Book Three is here, it looks like it’s time to sit down with all of them. This one’s about logical Tally, who leaves New York to look for her biological family; everything I’ve read about it promises feminism and diversity and romance and mythology and thoughts about the power of story and above all, beautiful, beautiful writing. Apparently it can be read as a stand-alone, so I might even just break down and start the trilogy at the end.
Show and Prove, by Sofia Quintero
Long-standing friends who are headed in different directions take turns narrating the story of their summer of 1983 in the South Bronx. Race and religion, hip-hop and break-dancing, sickle-cell anemia and AIDS, Reaganomics and crack, academic achievement and romance. If that all wasn’t enough to pique your interest, the Kirkus reviewer compared it to Walter Dean Myers’ All the Right Stuff.
Pretending to Be Erica, by Michelle Painchaud
A girl raised by a con man attempts to convince a rich family that she’s their long-lost daughter. Brat Farrar is one of my favorite books of all time, therefore I always read books with this plot. Fingers crossed that it is awesome, but if not, it won’t be a tragedy—I can always just re-read Brat for the zillionth time.
Don't Ever Change, by M. Beth Bloom
An aspiring writer who has spent the entirety of her high school career sneering at the immaturity of her peers spends the summer before college trying to have genuine teenager-ish experiences in order to improve her writing. The Kirkus review suggests that the predictable lessons are never learned, and that there isn’t really any change or growth…which, oddly enough, makes me MORE curious about the book than I’d have been if it had gone the usual route? We’ll see.
Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo, by Brian Falkner
Okay, I admit it. I don’t have any real intention of reading this one. BUT THE COVER ART IS AMAZING, so I needed to include it.
That seems like a much shorter list than usual—what am I missing?
In addition to running a library in rural Maine, Leila Roy blogs at Bookshelves of Doom, 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.