Adding to Your TBR September 2017

Adding to Your TBR September 2017

Adding to Your TBR September 2017

Welcome to the September edition of Adding to your TBR (To Be Read List/Pile). These are the books I am most looking forward to and it’s a great month for covers!

What is it about Tuesdays and publishing? I’ve just noticed that most of these are due for release on a Tuesday and the first Tuesday of thr month is the most popular…

Have you read any of these? What’s on your TBR for September?

 

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Expected: 5 September 2017

 

A Snow White retelling? I am in.

Adding to Your TBR September 2017

 

At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all. – Goodreads

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A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

Expected: 5 September

Oh, I think I am going to love Esther! I have an extensive a short list of phobias too.

Adding to Your TBR September 2017

 

Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther’s father is agoraphobic and hasn’t left the basement in six years, her twin brother can t be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck.

The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them.

Esther doesn’t know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares.

Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she d been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them: in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn’t counted on: love. – Abstract from Goodreads

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Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Expected: 5 September 2017

I am warily anticipating this book, I am so over Social Media danger stories. But the idea of a dark past with cruel secrets – that’s what I am talking about!

Adding to Your TBR September 2017

 

1989. When Louise first notices the new girl who has mysteriously transferred late into their senior year, Maria seems to be everything Louise’s other friends aren’t. Authentic. Funny. Brash. Within just a few days, Maria and Louise are on their way to becoming fast friends.

2016. Louise receives a heart-stopping email: Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Long-buried memories quickly rise to the surface: Those first days of their budding friendship; cruel decisions made and dark secrets kept; the night that would change all their lives forever.

Louise has always known that if the truth ever came out, she could stand to lose everything. Her job. Her son. Her freedom. Maria’s sudden reappearance threatens it all, and forces Louise to reconnect with everyone with whom she’d severed ties in order to escape the past. But as she tries to piece together exactly what happened that night, Louise discovers there’s more to the story than she ever knew. To keep her secret, Louise must first uncover the whole truth, before what’s known to Maria-or whoever is pretending to be her-is known to all.  – Abstract from Goodreads

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The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

Expected: 5 September 2017

Again, the lost child in a forest theme has been done to death, but I like the sound of the link between the past and present.

Adding to Your TBR September 2017

 

Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She would be eight years old now—if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as The Child Finder, Naomi is their last hope.

Naomi’s methodical search takes her deep into the icy, mysterious forest in the Pacific Northwest, and into her own fragmented past. She understands children like Madison because once upon a time, she was a lost girl too. As Naomi relentlessly pursues and slowly uncovers the truth behind Madison’s disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce the defenses that have protected her, reminding her of a terrible loss she feels but cannot remember.  – Abstract from Goodreads

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Copycat by Alex Lake

Expected: 5 September 2017

This psychological thriller sounds very good. I can’t wait for the sleepless nights. I think?

Adding to Your TBR September 2017

 

Your stalker is everywhere.
Your stalker knows everything.
But the real problem is that your stalker is you.

Sarah Havenant discovers–when an old friend points it out–that there are two Facebook profiles in her name.

One, she recognizes: it is hers. The other, she has never seen. But everything in it is accurate. Recent photos of her and her friends, her and her husband, her and her kids. Even of her new kitchen. A photo taken inside her house.

She is bemused, angry, and worried. Who was able to do this? And why? But this, it soon turns out, is just the beginning… – Abstract from Goodreads

 

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Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett

Expected: 5 September 2018

This YA fantasy has been popping up all over the blogging world and I love spies so can’t wait. Holding thumbs it comes with a beautiful map too.

Adding to Your TBR September 2017

 

Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.

But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer who is determined to best River, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.  Abstract from Goodreads

 

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The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles

Expected: 7 September 2017

A broken artist. That sounds a little too close for comfort. Oh well hopefully I can be put together again!

Adding to Your TBR September 2017

 

Sometimes you have to find the truth
Before you lose yourself

These are the things Lux knows:
She is an Artist.
She is lucky.
She is broken.

These are the things she doesn’t know:
What happened after the party.
Why she ended up in hospital.
Why she is dreaming in red and screaming in the dark.

Desperate to uncover the truth, Lux’s time is running out. If she cannot piece together the events of that fateful night and regain control of her scorched and splintered mind, she will be taken away from everything and everyone she holds dear.

If the nightmares don’t take her first. – Abstract from Goodreads

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Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Expected: 19 September 2017

I am in it for this gorgeous cover! *Grabby hands*

Adding to Your TBR September 2017

 

After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer. Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.  – Abstract from Goodreads

 

 

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Stolen Secrets by L.B. Schulman

Expected: 19 September 2017

WWII books always catch my eye and this sounds brilliant. I am dying to know why it’s all a secret.

Adding to Your TBR September 2017

 

When Livvy’s mother abruptly moves the family across the country to San Francisco, sixteen-year-old Livvy is shocked to find that she’s been lied to. Instead of working for a bakery, her mom is actually taking care of Adelle, Livvy’s grandmother who she thought was long dead. Suffering from Alzheimer’s, Adelle begins to shout strange things, mistake her own name, and relive moments that may have taken place in a concentration camp. When Livvy and her new friend, Franklin D., find journal entries from the Holocaust in Adelle’s home, Livvy begins to suspect that her grandmother may have a shocking link to a notable figure – Anne Frank. – Abstract from Goodreads

 

 

 

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Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Expected: 26 September 2017

I have had my eye on this beauty for so long. Just look at this cover! I really hope the Japanese culture is brought to life in Kiko’s story.

Adding to Your TBR September 2017

 

Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave. – Abstract from Goodreads

 

 

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Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield + Cover Poll

Paper Butterflies

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

 

There are too many years of things left unsaid…

Paper Butterflies is a richly compelling, emotional read which took me on a rollercoaster of feelings leaving me exhausted, wrung out and broken.

Friends I broke the dog

Because a butterfly with a broken wing can still fly.

I missed all the subtle clues and didn’t even stop to consider what the more direct prompt, the labeling of the chapters ‘before’ or ‘after’, might indicate so the twist hit me hard. Right in the gut. I don’t think I have felt a reaction this strong to a book ever.

And my heart breaks into a million tiny pieces.

I read a book recently that tried to sucker punch the reader into a strong reaction. It is a very popular book that fell flat for me, but I can’t give more details without a spoiler alert.

Spoiler Alert!

Spoiler

The book I am referring to is They Both Die in the End by Adam Silvera which failed to give me the emotional punch I suspect it was trying to. If, like me, you have the crazy idea that crying in books is a good thing then Paper Butterflies is the book you should read ASAP

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I’ll keep them safe and they can beat their wings and no one will know that they’re there.

I was so caught up in the story that I forgot to take notes and postmark possible quotes so this morning before writing this review I paged through the book again. Suffice to say the quotes here were paid for in tears. Yes again.

There’s no point in me saying anything more.

There was one small thing that has been niggling at the back of my mind. A detail that I couldn’t quite believe was true. I did some research online and found out that although fairly unlikely the detail is very possible. It is a huge spoiler though, so tread carefully and be very sure before opening the spoiler alert below.

Spoiler Alert!

The spoilery detail ...

was the death sentence given to a 16yr old character. From online research, I discovered that it is possible (although extremely rare) in some US states. Book blogger jassyfizzle interviewed Lisa Heathfield on this topic. The post ‘Spoilery Paper Butterflies Q&A with Lisa Heathfield’ is available at: https://jassyfizzle.wordpress.com/2016/09/04/spoilery-paper-butterflies-qa-with-lisa-heathfield/

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I let his words hold me. They fold around me and I try to let them keep me safe.

There is one character that needs special mention: Blister is the best friend I never knew I needed.

And then I remember.

My review copy is the new 2017 edition, published by Carolrhoda Books but Paper Butterflies was first published in 2016 by Electric Monkey with a different cover. Now I really like the older 2016 cover, but I would love to know what you think. Survey at the bottom of the post.

Holding on to it will only poison you.
5 Star

 

 

Title: Paper Butterflies 

Author: Lisa HeathfieldPaper Butterflies

Publication Date:
First published: 30 June 2016
New edition: 1 October 2017

Publisher:
2016 Edition: Electric Monkey
2017 Edition: Carolrhoda Books

Source: Review copy

 

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June’s life at home with her stepmother and stepsister is a dark one—and a secret one. She is trapped like a butterfly in a net. 

But then June meets Blister, a boy in the woods. In him, she recognises the tiniest glimmer of hope that perhaps she can find a way to fly far, far away from her home and be free. Because every creature in this world deserves their freedom… But at what price?   — Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received a complimentary review copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

Disclaimer: The quotes appear in my review copy and may not appear in the final version.

 

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

Girl in Snow

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

 

If there was ever a book that I disliked from the start, pushed through for no real reason and ended up happy I did, its Girl in Snow. In my notes, taken while just over halfway through the story, I have written This is an odd little book and I am battling to get into it. In hindsight, I think it is the oddness that kept me turning the pages.

I slide my hand over the gun.

Although I didn’t like the stilted, distant writing style which makes it difficult to engage with the characters and their story, it does stand out as being original thus saving the story from obscurity.

… masks of sorrow placed expertly over their relief.

There are a couple of quirky elements in author’s choice of writing style. Most of the characters are deliberately unlikeable from the start, either with an unflattering appearance (most are covered in acne)or jarring personality. But further distance is created by the occasional use of third person narrative. Together these elements serve as a veil through which the reader is shown events preceding and subsequent to the murder.

… he hated himself for it, but he couldn’t stop. He didn’t want to.

It is the secrets which are slowly, reluctantly dragged out of the characters over the course of the book, and the unexpected twists these bring to the story, that ultimately grabbed my attention.

… a woman not forgotten, only folded and stored away.

I loved the personal note from the editor serving as a prelude to the story. It added a touch that I didn’t know I have missed out on my reading journey.

We’ll always feel the shape of the people we’ve touched. But still, we spin away.

3 Star

 

 

 

Title: Girl in SnowGirl in Snow

Author: Danya Kukafka

Publication Date: 1 August 2017

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Source: Review copy

 

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When a beloved high schooler named Lucinda Hayes is found murdered, no one in her sleepy Colorado suburb is untouched—not the boy who loved her too much; not the girl who wanted her perfect life; not the officer assigned to investigate her murder. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three indelible characters—Cameron, Jade, and Russ—must each confront their darkest secrets in an effort to find solace, the truth, or both.  — Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

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If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

 

What I liked 

Interspersed throughout the book is an original and creative screenplay by Grace which describes her feelings brilliantly. These scenes are the highlights of the book and the story would be lost without them.

I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with the wings.


What I didn’t like

The story is slow and the protagonists self-indulgent – while this is common in YA (young adult) characters – for an inexplicable reason it doesn’t work here.

And I don’t like who I am becoming.

Actually, none of the characters really work together, the best friends seem superficial and without chemistry, and any real substance I don’t buy the romance.

What took you so long? I have been waiting forever.

2 Star

 

 

 

Title: If Birds Fly BackIf Birds Fly Back

Author: Carlie Sorosiak

Publication Date: 27 June 2017

Publisher: HarperTeen

Source: Review copy

 

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Linny has been fascinated by disappearances, ever since her sister Grace ran away in the middle of the night without saying goodbye.

Sebastian can tell you how many galaxies there are, and knows how much plutonium weighs. But the one thing he can’t figure out is the identity of his birth father. 

They’ve never met, but Linny and Sebastian have one thing in common: an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Alvaro Herrera, who went missing three years ago and has just reappeared. As they learn more about the mystery of Alvaro, Linny and Sebastian uncover the answers they’ve been searching for.   — Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received a free advanced copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

Disclaimer: The quotes appear in my advanced review copy and may not appear in the final version.

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Girl Out of Water

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

 

Girl Out of Water, a story of a summer away from home. For Anise, this not only means being away from her friends but also surfing, her passion.

… not only have I been torn away from home this summer…

Anise is a very difficult character to like. She is very competitive, and for the most part self-indulgent. But these are not nearly as bad as her constant whining which drove me mad!

I’m waiting for something better.

The secondary characters, despite being diverse, were superficial i.e. not sufficiently explored and this lets the book down. As a very character driven story, these paper-doll characters needed more dimension for the reader to relate to them.

This summer took away my surfboard.

2 Star

 

 

Title: Girl Out of Water

Author: Laura SilvermanGirl Out of Water

Publication Date: 2 May 2017

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Source: Review copy

 

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Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word. 

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves  — Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received a free advanced copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

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