Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top 10 Most Unique Books...

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the team over at Broke and the Bookish! Leave a link to your Top 10 below!

Top 10 Most Unique Books I've Read...

1. The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey 
The creatures in this book were incredibly original I thought. Very cool series! 

2. Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross 
This is an alternating POV between twin sisters. One is alive and the other is a ghost. They can see each other and interact in the coolest/creepiest ways. Love this series! 

3. Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier
This book is from the POV of a girl who's boyfriend develops schizophrenia. I've never seen a book from this POV in the YA world. I thought it was very well done and needed. 

4. The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller 
One of the main topics in this book is plant hunting. It was fascinating to read about and I've never seen this done in fiction for YA/MG before. I even read a nonfiction book about 10 plants that changed the world afterwards. 

5. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
I've never read a twist on Dante's Inferno and that's exactly what this is. Loved it! 

6. Missing Jack by Rebecca Elliott
The only book that's sort of like this is an old one from the 80's which is Mr.Roger's talking about loss. This one is told from the POV of a child going through the loss of a pet. It's perfect and a MUCH needed book for children. 

7. This Is My Home, This Is My School by Jonathan Bean
This is about homeschooling and it's done SO well! I've honestly never seen one written before for children and it's told perfectly through the POV of a child living it. Loved this. 

8. Replica by Lauren Oliver 
This book was alternating POVs but put together in a different completely different way then I've read before. You literally have to flip the book back and forth to read each chapter OR read 1 POV and then the other POV. Cool idea. 

9. Unmentionables: the Victorian lady's guide to sex, marriage and manners by Therese Oneill 
SOOO funny and well written. The historical research was incredible and coming from someone who really doesn't care for nonfiction - this was great! 

10. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings 
This was so darn brutal. Very different from anything I've read before. 

What's on your Top 10 this week?

Monday, April 10, 2017

4 Penguin Cover Reveals!

Author: Kristin Cashore 
Release date: September 19, 2017
Published by: Penguin Young Readers

Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her Aunt Magnolia--an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions. 

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash -- a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family's island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: "If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you'll go." With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn't know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price. (Summary from Goodreads.com)

I LOVED the Graceling series! I can't wait to try this new one.

Author: Tochi Onyebuchi 
Release date: September 5, 2017
Published by: Penguin Young Readers

In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts -- lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj's livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family. 

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he's suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves - and his own life.

A gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy. (Summary from Goodreads.com)

This sounds so different. Could be interesting!

Release date: October 31, 2017
Published by: Penguin Young Readers

Long ago, in a small village in the middle of a deep, dark forest, there lived a lonely, deaf girl named Maggie. Shunned by her village because of her disability, her only comfort comes from her vivid imagination. Maggie has a gift for inventing stories and dreams of one day finding fairy-tale love.

When Maggie meets the mysterious Piper, it seems that all her wishes are coming true. Spellbound, Maggie falls hard for him and plunges headfirst into his magical world. But as she grows closer to the Piper, Maggie discovers that he has a dark side.

The boy of Maggie's dreams might just turn out to be her worst nightmare... (Summary from Goodreads.com)

I can't wait to see the illustrations that go along with this.  This one sounds awesome. 

Author: Stephanie Perkins 
Release date: September 12, 2017
Published by: Penguin Young Readers

One by one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.  (Summary from Goodreads.com)

Creepy! I don't think I want to read this one! :(