Saturday, 16 February 2013

Five to the Shelf

I just want to let you know that I won't be posting a review for a little while. I've been on a brief 'hiatus' lately because of my extra schoolwork and the fact I went to Germany last weekend. I've been totally exhausted, and I'm sorry to say my reading has been a casualty. However, I hope to post a review of Susan Vaught's Freaks Like Us in the near future. This week's Five are books I've had my eye on for a while, and I'm (as always) really excited to read them. What did you get this week? Happy reading!

Counting Backwards by Laura Lascarso

Length: 279 pages
Published: August 14th 2012
Publisher: Atheneum

Counting Backwards is a debut, and although I think the cover is totally creepy, I think this book is right up my alley. Also, there happens to be a nice romance brewing, from what I've read in reviews...

Ask the Passengers by AS King

Length: 296 pages
Published: October 23rd 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown

I wouldn't say this book is distinctly original in terms of basic plot (contrary to the blurb), but I think it's the magical realism aspect that made me want to read this. Lying down and looking at the sky is something I've always done, and I know that any book by AS King will be brilliant. Plus, that cover is lovely.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Length: 369 pages (UK paperback)
Published: January 10th 2013 (UK)
Publisher: Random House (UK), Dutton (US)

Just One Day has received loads of hype, and I'm kind of nervous about reading it. I haven't read Forman's previous novels so I don't know what I'm getting in to. That said, I've heard she's a very talented writer. I love a good travel book, though, so maybe this will be just what I'm looking for after reading the phenomenal Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard last year.

What Happens Here by Tara Altebrando

Length: 256 pages
Published: May 6th 2008
Publisher: MTV Books

I absolutely adored Tara Altebrando's novel The Pursuit of Happiness (in fact, it's one of my favourites, ever), so I've got high hopes for What Happens Here, her follow-up. It seems to be a mix of travel, mystery, and romance, so it definitely looks like a book for me.

Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder

Length: 355 pages
Published: January 1st 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse

The cover is the kind you probably wouldn't want to be seen in public with, I know. However, Lisa Schroeder writes solid contempories with appropriate amounts of drama, realism, and romance. I got this on my Kindle a little while ago, and I'm looking forward to it. Plus, Rae seems like a highly relatable character.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Five to the Shelf

Hi! These are the newest books I've bought recently, and some of the ones I'm most excited about reading! In addition to these, I've also bought a copy of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, which believe me, is a book you don't want to miss. As always, happy reading!

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E Lockhart

Length: 345 pages (Paperback)
Published: August 25th 2009 (Paperback)
Publisher: Hyperion

I've read really good reviews of this one, and I know it's strongly feminist, which I'm always for in YA! What puts me off slightly is that it's written in third person present tense, which I don't like, but I'm willing to read this one to see if it lives up to the hype.

Going Underground by Susan Vaught

Length: 352 pages (Paperback)
Published: September 13th 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Going Underground is (I think) the opposite to the stories we usually hear about the consquences of minor crime and how situations can be twisted. It definitely sounds intriguing, and as I'm currently reading Vaught's Freaks Like Us, it seems sensible to read this one in the near future.

Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce

Length: 240 pages (US hardcover edition)
Published: 1st January 2013 (UK) 30th April 2013 (US)
Publisher: Bloomsbury

This is the US cover, which comes out in a few months time, but I have the UK version. I think this cover is lovely, though. Anthem for Jackson Dawes sounds like it's going to be a real tearjerker, but I'm always drawn to these stories anyway. Besides, last year I read The Fault in Our Stars and Jellicoe Road, so I think I can cope with anything!

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Length: 352 pages (UK Paperback)
Published: April 6th 2010 (Original)
Publisher: Penguin (UK), Dutton (US)

So, I've read The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns. John Green is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors and I've heard so many good things about David Levithan (I'm still waiting to get my hands on The Realm of Possibility). My best friend has An Abundance of Katherines and Looking For Alaska, so expect reviews of them soon. Really excited about this!

Skinny by Donna Cooner

Length: 260 pages (paperback)
Published: September 1st 2012 (US)
Publisher: Point (US), Electric Monkey [Egmont] (UK)

I can't find the UK cover on Goodreads, so here's the US version. I've had my eye on Skinny for a while, after reading a glowing review on Anna Reads, one of my favourite YA book blogs (and she shares my name!). I am personally affected by the issues in Skinny, so this is definitely going to be an intriguing and hopefully worthwhile read.