It’s that time again, fellow geeks! Another quarter has passed and I have bought more books because life is too short and I don’t know how to tell myself no. I am in constant treat yourself mode. Though, this time I did try to control myself a bit. My birthday is coming up and we all know that I will end up buying myself at least 20 books as a gift to myself. Let’s get on with the haul!
1. The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray
This book follows Katherine, a 16 year old from Virginia who has recently moved to England in the 1820’s. Once there, she struggles to navigate English society during this time period. As if that wasn’t enough, her brother drowns. But Katherine isn’t convinced that her brother drowned. She thinks he was murdered. And soon, her brother’s killer could be after her. too. So she must race against the clock to solve the mystery or face a similar fate. I love anything set in early 19th Century England. Ugh, such a lovely time period for literature. Also, it has a murder mystery. I couldn’t not buy this book. It would have been rude, both to myself and this book.
2. The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
Set in the Missouri Ozarks, this quiet town has 3 simple rules to survive: stay on the road, don’t enter the woods, and never go out at night. Ivy and Heather are best friends and cousins, and they tell each other everything. But Heather goes missing at the town’s May Day celebration and Ivy becomes very much aware that Heather and the town are keeping secrets. First, this cover is absolutely stunning. I love it so much. Second, I love a good mystery, especially set in a creepy and weird small town. It was a must grab. The pretty cover wouldn’t let me say no.
3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Y’all know I adore Rainbow Rowell. She is the only author, in my humble opinion, that does romance right, without making it the main theme. This book follows two 16 year olds over the course of the school year, their meeting, getting to know each other, and ultimately, falling in love. Their story is one of first loves, finding themselves, and the pain and growth that comes with the end of a first love. Also, it’s set in the 80’s. This is the only book by Rainbow Rowell that I haven’t read. This is a more romance centered book, which is why I’ve stayed away, but Rainbow hasn’t steered me wrong yet, so I decided to give it a try. It’s probably going to make me ugly cry. I can just feel it.
4. Renegades by Marissa Meyer
The Renegades are humans with special powers who have risen up and brought peace and justice to an overwhelmingly chaotic society. Everyone looks up to the Renegades and feels inspired by them, except for the villains they once defeated. This story follows Nova, a girl who is working for a villain and hates the Renegades and all they stand for. But in her quest to take down the Renegades, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy. Nova is caught in between a boy who believes in justice and peace, and a villain who could kill them both. Similarly to Rainbow Rowell, any book Marissa Meyers writes, is an instant buy for me. And I love a good superhero and villain story. Gimme, gimme, gimme.
5. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
The description of this book was what made me buy it. And there’s no way any summary I could write would do it justice. Here’s the description:
“What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school? Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.
Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions… ”
Whoah, right?! The description really peaked my interest. And just about every book nowadays, the main character is some kind of chosen one or has some kind of powers that makes them special, but reclusive. This book seems to be the anti-that, so I had to get it.
6. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
So, I absolutely adored the first book in the series, recommend to me and Jen by the lovely T. Mack. When I found out that there was sequel, I had to get my hands on it ASAP. I just finished reading this book today and it was just as magical as the first. The characters are rich and have me begging for more–more character growth, more background story, just more! I want at least 50 more books on the Waverly family and maybe then I will be satisfied. Since this book is a sequel, I don’t want to summarize it and accidentally spoil anything. Instead I will say that the first book, Garden Spells, has the Sister Geeks stamp of approval from all of us. So what are you waiting for? Go buy the first book and then this one and then come talk to us so we can all gush on the amazingness that is this book series.
7. No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
Last, but not least is No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale. This story is set in another weird, small town (I’m starting to sense a pattern in the books I buy) that is close knit. Everyone knows everyone and they all feel safe enough to not lock their doors. But a young girl from the high school, Ruth, is found murdered. Suddenly, the people of Friendship, Wisconsin, don’t feel so safe anymore. Kippy, Ruth’s best friend, has Ruth’s diary and is determined to solve this case since the police in town have no idea what to do with a murder case. But in a small town where everyone seems innocent, anyone could be Ruth’s killer. Yes, yes, yes. Small town murder mysteries are my jam. And the cover is in the style of a sweater. It makes me cozy just looking at it. So glad I bought this book and I can’t wait to dive into it and figure out who the killer is.
Well, that’s my 2nd quarterly YA book haul. I kept it to only 7 books, which is an actual accomplishment for me. Please send my award posthaste. Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you think of them in the comments!
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