Since this is the start of Audiobook Week I’m just going to highlight the audiobooks I received this week. Look for lots of audiobook chatter, reviews and recs throughout the week!
Audiobooks for Review:
From Simon & Schuster Audio:
Being Me by Lisa Renee Jones read by Grace Grant - The sequel to If I Were You.
This Girl by Colleen Hoover read by Kirby Heyborne - Slammed from Will’s POV.
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay read by Candace Thaxton and Kirby Heyborne – I’ve read the book but am enjoying revisiting it through audio.
From Penguin Audio:
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani read by Adina Verson - I’ve been hearing a lot about this book so I’m excited to listen to it. It’s about a girl sent to an equestrienne boarding school due to her involvement in a family scandal.
The Submissive by Tara Sue Me read by Angelica Lee – This is another erotic fanfic a la FSoG about the relationship between a wealthy CEO and a librarian.
Loyalty by Ingrid Thoft read by Rebecca Soler – I like Soler as a narrator and that got me interested in this book. It’s about a female PI investigating a body found in Boston Harbor.
Until Fountain Bridge by Samantha Young read by Ruth Hopkins - This is a novella from the On Dublin Street series about Ellie and Adam. I’ve already listened to it and it’s very cute – review to come.
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen read by Allie Gallerani – Love reading/listening to Sarah Dessen’s books in the summer.
Tarnish by Katherine Longshore read by Leslie Bellair – I liked the audiobook of Gilt, so I’m looking forward to reading Longshore’s next book about Anne Boleyn.
Proxy by Alex London read by Andrew Sweeney – This dystopian book sounds so cool- it’s about a rich patron named Knox and his proxy, the orphan Syd. Whenever Knox messes up, Syd is punished.
The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman read by Johnny Heller – The companion book to The Grimm Legacy. I didn’t even know there was another book in the works! Fun MG series.
A lot of these narrators are new-to-me so I’m excited to discover some new favorites.
Let me know what you’re reading or listening to in the comments. Have a good week!
Amazon has a nice kindle book sale going on now: Summer Sun, Reading Fun. You’ve probably seen these already, but just in case these are the books that caught my eye.
Title links below take you directly to the Amazon kindle page. Prices are accurate as of today but could go up anytime so hurry to snag these deals!
Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway
Sanctum by Sarah Fine
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
Mind Games by Kiersten White
The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnick
Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
Liar Society by Lisa Roecker and Laura Roecker
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
Also Known As by Robin Benway
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Partials by Dan Wells
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
Stung by Bethany Wiggins
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze
Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan
Beta by Rachel Cohn
False Memory by Dan Krokos
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Me, Him, Them, and It by Caela Carter
Doomed by Tracy Deebs
Hysteria by Megan Miranda
Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
Boy21 by Matthew Quick
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell
Bruised by Sarah Skilton
Happy summer reading!
I’m pretty excited about the books that made their way to me this week. I guess it’s a good thing after all that I didn’t go to BEA because then I’d really be in trouble.
A Trick Of The Light by Lois Metzger from FSB Media. I hadn’t heard of this one before, but it looks intriguing. It’s about a boy with an eating disorder, something you don’t read too much about. Can’t wait to read it.
Precious Blood by Tonya Hurley from Big Honcho Media. I’m on the blog tour for this one, and will have a fun guest post. It’s a relaunch of Blessed, with a pretty new paperback cover and title.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs from Quirk. This snazzy new paperback edition has the first chapter of the sequel Hollow City, an author Q&A, and new photographs. (I received a second copy! Giveaway time!)
Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes from Berkley Trade. I don’t read as much YA dystopian as I used to but this looks pretty good. It’s about Clover, an autistic girl with a service dog and a brother. She gets involved with a revolution to help make a change in the world.
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay purchased paperback. I read the self-published e-book long ago and loved it. Looking forward to experiencing it again.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple audiobook borrowed from the library. I’ve been on the waiting list for months! Hope it’s worth the wait, though it does look like a lot of fun.
The Symptoms of my Insanity by Mindy Raf hardcover borrowed from the library. I picked this up because I like funny contemporary reads. The reviews are a little iffy but I thought I’d take a chance on it.
Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney – From Bloomsbury via Netgalley. Just finished Daisy’s last book and I’m excited to check this one out. It takes place in a Paris art museum where the art is cursed and starts disappearing. One of the girls from a painting helps the museum patron boy solve the mystery. What?!
Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles – From Walker Books/Bloomsbury via Netgalley. It’s been a couple years since the last Perfect Chemistry book. Wild Cards is the first book in a new series described as “a steamy new series with a Friday Night Lights flavor.” Yes please!
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller – From Bloomsbury via Netgalley. This author’s Something Like Normal was one of my favorite books of 2012 and the early buzz is good on this one too- I see lots of 5-star ratings in my goodreads friend feed. It’s about a girl kidnapped by her mom, then returned to her large family over ten years later.
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – From Bloomsbury via Netgalley. The follow-up to Throne of Glass- hurray!
One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker – From Atria Books via Netgalley. The companion book to Ten Tiny Breaths about Kacey’s sister, Livie.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – From Bloomsbury via Netgalley. The next big thing, maybe? It’s the first book in a 7-book series, and film rights have been optioned. It’s marketed as an adult title, but sounds like it has crossover appeal to me. Saw it on EW’s Summer Must List recently.
Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin – From Atria Books via Netgalley. This book is about a golden boy who is holding the secret that he is intersex. I like that there are more YA gender identity books out there and this one looks really good.
The Returned by Jason Mott – From Harlequin Mira via Netgalley. This one is also on that EW Summer Must list! And it’s going to be an ABC series called Resurrection. It sounds kind of creepy and is about long-dead loved ones turning up from the grave, looking as they were in life, not zombies. Sorry, zombie fans!
Skin by Donna Jo Napoli from Amazon Children’s via Netgalley. Skin is about a girl who develops the skin condition vitiligo, a condition that causes depigmentation of the skin. You don’t read too much about skin conditions in YA, so I’m curious to see how it’s handled.
Trophy Husband by Lauren Blakely – This was a 0.99 kindle deal. Looks like a fun romance!
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian – This was a daily kindle deal that I’ve been meaning to check out.
Stitch by Samantha Durante – Kindle freebie (free until June 11) to support the release of the sequel Shudder. It’s a YA dystopia and the reviews are pretty good!
Let me know what you’re reading in the comments. Have a good week!
I just finished reading the lovely When You Were Here over the weekend, and I’m excited to tell you about it on the occasion of its book birthday! Daisy Whitney’s latest book is about grief, love, life, healing, friendship, and Tokyo and has a male POV. This book was a WOW pick for me a few months back, and since I’m a fan of Whitney’s Mockingbird series I came into it with high expectations. I’m pretty stingy with my 5-star ratings, but I was really touched by this book and rated it 5-stars with no reservations. It even made me a little teary eyed at the end, and I’m not much of a crier! If you like contemporary YA, and authors like Gayle Forman and Jessi Kirby, you should give this one a try.
In When You Were Here, Danny has recently lost his mother after a long-term battle with cancer. She was hanging on as long as she could to see him make his high school Valedictorian speech, but it was not to be. Danny is feeling very alone since he already lost his dad, his sister moved away, and his girlfriend Holland ended things when she moved on to college. All he has left is him beloved dog Sandy Koufax. Danny’s mom loved Tokyo and even had an apartment she lived in while she was undergoing treatment. Now that Danny is out of high school and figuring out his next steps, his path leads him to Tokyo for a much-needed change of scenery and maybe some solace and answers.
First of all, I avoid books about dying/dead moms since that is a raw topic for me. I read this book on the anniversary of losing my own mom in fact, though I didn’t plan it that way. I did not find this book to be down and depressing though, and actually found it to be pretty comforting. Danny’s journey is quite healing and has some joyful, uplifting moments in fact.
The male voice is refreshing and Danny sounds and thinks like a guy. He’s sad, confused and hurting and it’s satisfying to see how his story plays out. There are some curveballs thrown at him along the way that keep the story fresh. I liked being in Danny’s head and could relate to his situation and wanting to find some closure.
The trip to Tokyo is really fun, and has me itching to go there. Whitney packs a lot of Tokyo flavor in the book with the yummy noodle stands, desserts, teahouses, fashion, and hustle bustle of the city. Danny becomes friends with Kana, the girl who is taking care of his apartment when he’s home in California. She’s cute and fun loving and loves jelly crepes and dressing up in wild outfits. She’s just the person that Danny needs at the right time. And thank goodness for platonic friendship. It’s so refreshing that there isn’t a love triangle. And all along Danny processes his feelings for his long time love Holland, and that is an interesting journey on its own.
So if you can’t tell I really loved this one and found it really touching and satisfying. The tone is just perfect and gets the grieving process very right. My new fave book by Daisy Whitney for sure.
Want more of a taste of the book? You’re in luck! Daisy Whitney is sharing a Danny & Holland scene with us today:
We eat in silence for a minute, then Holland breaks it. “So you’re going to Tokyo?”
“Your mom told you?”
“Did your mom send you to get info out of me or something?”
“No. She mentioned it, and now I’m mentioning it. Why? Is there info to get? Are you going with a girl?”
I scoff. “Yeah, right. I was supposed to go with someone, but it didn’t work out,” I say, my eyes locked on her the whole time.
“Well, I wanted to go, okay?”
“So did I,” I say, so low it’s a whisper. But she hears me, and she inches her hand across the counter, just a little bit closer, and that hand, I want to grab it and hold on.
“Me too,” she says, barely there, barely painting the space between us with all that has been broken.
I glance at our hands, so close all it would take is one of us giving an inch.
“I bought my ticket an hour ago.”
“When do you leave?”
“A couple days from now. I found a good deal.”
She nods a few times, taps her fingers. I can feel the warmth from her hands. “Cool,” she says, and we stay like that. One stretch is all it would take to be back, so I wait. Wait for her to tell me she’ll miss me, to ask me to stay, to put her hands on my face and press her lips against mine and kiss me like it’s the thing that’s been killing her not to do for all these months. That it’s not cool for me to go. That if I go, she’ll be the one who’s sad.
But she doesn’t. We just finish our food, and she washes the plates, and the other ones that were in the sink too, and she tosses out the cartons from Captain Wong’s and bags up the garbage, and she’s like a nurse. She’s here as a nurse. To take care of me. To make sure I eat enough food and clean the house and take my vitamins.
I watch her take my vitals and check my temperature and adjust the tubes, and when she suggests we watch a movie, here on the couch, I just nod because my heart isn’t beating fast enough anymore, blood isn’t pumping smoothly enough anymore for me to find the will to say no like I did last night. Evidently I can buy tickets to fly out of the country, no problem, but I can’t even tell Holland to stop being so near to me all the time but not near enough.
Because she is supposed to want to go to Tokyo with me now. She is supposed to invite herself, to ask me in that sweet and sexy, that bold and confident voice, to say that I should take her along, that we promised we’d go together, that we even talked about it last summer.
As if I needed reminding. As if I were the one who’d forgotten.
Instead she turns on the TV and finds a film where the hero survives a bridge being blown up. We stay like that through fire and bombs, through fists and blows, through a knife fight in an alley, a foot away from each other, not touching, not moving, not talking, not curled up together, just staring mutely at the screen.
But faking it becomes too much for me, so when the hero clutches the crumbling concrete from the bridge, scrambling for purchase, I stand up and leave the living room, mumbling, “Be right back.”
I walk to the bathroom at the end of the hall. I shut the door. I head straight for the window. I slide it open and pop out the screen. I stand on the toilet seat, then climb the rest of the way out of the window and hop into my front yard. I close the window, and I walk and I walk and I walk.
When I return an hour later, my greatest hope is she’ll be gone. My most fervent wish is that I will have made my great escape from her, from her hold on me. But instead I find her sound asleep on my couch, Sandy Koufax tucked tightly into a ball at Holland’s bare feet.
I kneel down on the tiles where the book she was reading has slipped out of her tired hands. It’s a paperback, The Big Sleep. I run a thumb across the cover, wondering when Holland developed a penchant for Raymond Chandler. There was a time when she would have told me her favorite parts. When she would have tried to tell me the ending because she just loved it so much, she had to share, and I’d have held up a hand and told her to stop. Laughing all the time. Then I’d have read it too, and we’d have walked on the beach and talked about the best parts. We’d have done that tonight with the movie too. Imitated the actors’ inflections at their most over-the-top moments, then marveled at the blown-up buildings.
I shut the book we’re not sharing. The ending we’re not talking about. I place it on the coffee table and walk upstairs, because if I stay near her, I will wake her up, rustle a shoulder, and ask her. Ask her why she left. Ask her why she’s here. Ask her what changed for her.
When I get into my bed, I am keenly aware of her in my house, as if the rising and falling of her breathing, the fluttering of her sleeping eyelids, can somehow be seen and heard from a floor above. I imagine her waking up, walking up the stairs, heading down the hall, standing in my doorway, a sliver of moonlight through the window sketching her in the dark. I would speak first, telling her the truth—that I’m still totally in love with her. That nothing has changed for me when it comes to her.
Everything else is so muted, so fuzzy, so frayed around the edges. This—how I feel for Holland—is the only thing in my life that has remained the same. Everyone I have loved is gone. Except her. Holland is the before and the after, and the way I feel for her is both lethal and beautiful. It is like breathing, like a heartbeat.
She would say the same words back to me, that she feels the same. Then she would say my name, like she’s been searching for something, like she’s found the thing she’s been looking for.
Come find me, come find me, come find me.
About the Author:
By day, Daisy Whitney is a reporter and ghostwriter. At night, she writes novels for teens and is the author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS and its sequel THE RIVALS (Little, Brown). Her third novel WHEN YOU WERE HERE releases in June 2013 (Little, Brown), and her fourth novel STARRY NIGHTS (Bloomsbury) hits shelves in September 2013. When Daisy’s not inventing fictional high school worlds, she can be found somewhere north of San Francisco walking her adorable dog, watching online TV with her fabulous husband or playing with her fantastic kids. A graduate of Brown University, she believes in shoes, chocolate chip cookies and karma. You can follow her writing blog and new media adventures at DaisyWhitney.com.
Giveaway! Enter the rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win one of three signed personalized copies of When You Were Here! I’m a little jealous of the winners
Thanks to InkSlinger PR for hosting the blog tour and providing a review copy of When You Were Here.
Hope everyone that attended BEA had an awesome time. Can’t wait to see your book hauls. I’ll make it there one year- it looks like such a blast!
I’m pretty excited about the books that made their way to me this week:
Rules Of Summer by Joanna Philbin from Deb Shapiro & Co/ Poppy. I’m on the blog tour for this one and will have a summer playlist to share with you.
Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren from Simon & Schuster Audio. This is a fun series, and if you liked Beautiful Bastard you won’t be disappointed with this one.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs from Quirk. This snazzy new paperback edition has the first chapter of the sequel Hollow City, an author Q&A, and new photographs.
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales via Netgalley. This was a WOW pick for me a while back so I’m happy to get the chance to read it.
Being Me by Lisa Renee Jones via Netgalley. The sequel to If I Were You. That book ended on such a cliffhanger I can’t wait to find out what happens next.
Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess via Netgalley. This is about a group of twenty-something girls who live in, you guessed it, Brooklyn! Looks cute.
Let me know what you’re reading in the comments. Have a good week!