It’s the most wonderful time of the year! You totally sang that in your head didn’t you? No, it’s not Christmas. It’s not Halloween. It’s not the Superbowl. It’s much better than all of those combined! I might be overselling it, but I can’t help myself, I just love when I get to do these articles! It’s time for another YA Quarterly Book Haul! And it’s a good haul too. I got a few of these books for my birthday, I bought a few a gifts for myself for my birthday, and others I’ve picked up over the last few months because let’s be honest, it’s really hard to be a human sometimes and people are always saying to practice self love and it just so happens that books are my love language. Anyways, on with the show!
Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
This is the third book in the Three Dark Crown series and I’m currently in the process of reading this book. This series is kinda like Game of Thrones in a way, with the world building, fantasy aspects, but with no incest. These books follow the lives of three sisters who after being raised separately for years now must meet again in a fight to the death for the right to rule the throne. There’s family drama, epic fights, a little bit of magic, and most importantly boss ladies. This series is really unique in my opinion, even though it can be slow at times, it’s worth it for the rich world the author is building and the lovely character arcs she sets in motion for the three sisters. I’m loving this book right now.
2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I picked this book up because when it first came out, it was all over Instagram, all over blogs, and all over Twitter. So after like a year of having this book shoved in my face, I decided to see what all the hype was about. After flipping through it in the bookstore and reading a few passages, it seems really interesting. The story line is told in multiple formats from redacted files to e-mails, which is a really interesting way to write a story. This book takes place in the year 2575 and two huge corporations are fighting over a tiny little planet. Kady and Ezra who live on said tiny planet and have recently broken up, are forced together on an evacuation ship. This is the least of their problems as a deadly virus has broke out and they may not be able to trust their AI. Kady and Ezra are forced to come together to save their people by hacking into systems and finding the truth. It has a whole X-files meets space opera feel and I really dig that vibe. It’s supposed to have a bit of romance as well. This book has been really hyped up for me, I hope when I finally read it, it will deliver.
3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber
I just finished this book last week. It’s the second book in the Caraval series and it was pretty good. This time we followed Scarlett’s sister, Tella, story after the first book. It was full of magical trickery and deception, lovely settings and fantastical clothes, food, and characters, but unlike the first book, I felt like I could see all the twists and turns coming from a mile away. The plot points didn’t blow me away or have me devouring pages faster than I could turn them, but it was a great story with well-developed characters, I just think the first book was a bit better. I saw nothing coming in the first book, everything was a surprise, but in the second book, I had the ending figured out by the fifth or sixth chapter. I still enjoyed reading it because I enjoy being in that fictional world with those characters, but the plot left a bit to be desired.
4. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
I had to grab this book when I saw it. The synopsis reminds me of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and that book is easily in my top 10 of favorite books of all time. This book follows Eliza as she writes for an extremely popular webcomic, but when a new boy in her life begins to encourage her to live in the world of reality, things start to fall apart for Eliza. I love books that take a look at fan culture from the creator’s point of view. How you can love something so much that it can become your main focus and how reality always seems to find a way in. I’m really excited about this book since I loved Fangirl so much and it’s even supposed to have snippets from Eliza’s webcomic as well. Cannot wait to dive into this book.
5. Goodby Days by Jeff Zentner
I honestly cannot tell you what possessed me to pick up this book. Not that I think this book will be bad at all, it’s that Jeff’s last book I read, The Serpent King had me bawling my eyes out for days after I finished it. It’s story sat with me for at least a few weeks and it took time before my heart could heal. So I don’t know why I picked up his new book, Goodbye Days, knowing damn well Jeff was going to rip my heart out all over again. The book is about Carver who sent his three friends a text message and then they were all killed in a car accident. This story follows Carver as he goes through grief of loosing his friends, blaming himself for the accident, and dealing with the blame and anger from his friend’s families. Until one of his friends grandmother asks to spend a “Goodbye Day” with Carver. A Goodbye Day is a day spent sharing their memories and a way to say a proper goodbye to the friends they’ve lost. This becomes a trend and many family members start spending Goodbye Days with Carver. Like I read the synopsis and was tearing up. I will have to emotionally work my way up to reading this book, but I’m sure it will be amazing.
6. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
I read this book a few weeks ago and it did not disappoint. Several authors are doing stories on DC characters. There’s a Batman one, Wonder Woman one, and recently a Cat Woman one came out. This one focused on Bruce Wayne as a young adult, freshly in possession of his parents money from his trust fund when he decides to try and help the police catch a criminal and ends up obstructing justice, endangering the public, etc. Bruce gets sentenced to community service in Arkham Asylum where he is face to face everyday with notorious criminals like the ring leaders of the Nightwalkers, a group of criminals who break-in, trap the wealthy inside their own homes, steal their money, and then kill them. This book was a rollercoaster from start to finish and it’s nice to see a story focusing solely on Bruce before becoming Batman. You could say this story of his is what would contribute to him becoming Batman. If you’re a Batman or DC fan, I highly recommend this book.
7. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this book before, but I’m super stoked that I actually own it now! This is like the Walking Dead, but in the middle of the Civil War. In the middle of a historic war, the dead start walking around. This story follows Jane as she is required to attend a combat school to learn how to kill the undead while getting trained in etiquette as well. Jane only wants to use the schooling as an opportunity to better her life and her future and get back home soon. But Jane gets pulled into the middle of a cross hairs and is forced to fight for her life. This book takes on everything from racial and social issues of the Civil War era to what it means to be human and what survival looks like in a world that is falling apart in every aspect. Jane seems to be a strong, badass lady and I am here for it! So interested to read this and feel empowered by Jane!
8. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
I got this book for Books A Millions “Penny a Page” sale a while back. This book seems so cute and like it might also rip my heat out. It follows two boys, who are total strangers, that have been called by Death-Cast and told that they are going to die today. Instead of wallowing in sadness and self pity, they decide to make a new friend within each other and spend their last day on earth living it up as much as possible. The two boys, Rufus and Mateo use an app called Last Friend to get connected to spend their End Day together. Such a unique plot that I think it will give me at least 100 feels. I’ve heard that this book will make me laugh, cry, and give me a little more faith in my fellow humans. And we could all use a little bit more of that. I’m stoked to read this!
9. The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
I finished this book maybe a month ago. I talked about this book in a blog post AND a vlog, so you know the love for it is real. Kara Thomas is a queen of mystery and thrillers in the YA Genre. I never know what actually did the crime until the very last page and I love that! The Cheerleaders was no different. The story takes place in Sunnybrook, a place where there are no cheerleaders because 5 years ago, 2 cheerleaders died in a car crash, 2 were brutally murdered, and 1 committed suicide. The story follows the younger sister of the cheerleader who committed suicide. She refuses to believe that her sister really killed herself and she finds suspect evidence in her stepdads desk that points to her sisters death as a possible murder. The whole story is a whirlwind of her trying to figure out her sister’s death, dealing with the grief she never faced, and potentially coming face to face with the cheerleader’s killer. It’s non-stop. If you’re looking for a thriller during this spooky time of year, you should definitely check out this and any other books by Kara Thomas.
10. All of This is True by Lygia Day Penaflor
All these three friends wanted was to meet their favorite author and spend a little time with her, but that’s not what happened at all. Someone will end up manipulated all for a plot of a book and someone will end up dead. All of This is True explores fandom in a different light, when loving something so much can be used against you, and when a fandom isn’t what you thought it would be and the person you idolized isn’t the person you were hoping for. I’m interested to see how this book handles all that. Discussing fandoms in a dark light is a fine line to walk because it’s important to discuss how there have been instances in fandoms where fans get manipulated and abused, but this story also involves murder which is a huge crime to associate with fandoms. But we’ll see, I’ve got high hopes, but I’m also trying to be aware of fine line the book is walking when dealing with fandom culture.
11. The Name of a Star by Maureen Johnson
I adore Maureen Johnson and I loved her most recent book, Truly Devious, so I went searching to see what else she had written and came across The Name of the Star which has one of my favorite things, a serial killer. I could not purchase this book fast enough. This story follows Rory who has just arrived in London from Louisiana and shortly after she arrives, a string of brutal murders begins and they’re following the killing style of Jack the Ripper. Rory stumbles across one of these murders in action and glimpses the face of the killer, but she seems to be the only one who can see him. Soon Rory is the next target in the killing spree. It’s up to Rory to take the killer down. Yes, yes, yes. I love it already. I plan on picking this book and Dread Nation up soon as they both seem perfect for this Halloween season.
That’s all for this Quarterly YA book haul! Let me know if you’ve read any of the books mentioned, I’d love to hear your thoughts about them! Thanks for reading, and stay geeky!
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