Hello my lovelies! It’s another Friday and that means even more lovely books coming out! I promise you, I am working on reviews. But between falling behind on grading, a recent romance novel kick, and my Hamilton obsession, reading YA has kind of drifted to the back burner. (I know, it’s depressing me too.)
In Real Life by Jessica Love
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another.
There’s just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.
Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she’s supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Las Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.
Hannah’s surprise romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and finds out that Nick has been keeping some major secrets. Hannah knows the real Nick can’t be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.
What’s To Like: I’m actually a bit scared that this book is going to be full of Embarrassing Moments that will make me freak out in real life. (Ahem…no pun intended.) I can already see how this all goes badly, but I have hope that things are going to go well too. Just not a lot of confidence to back it up for poor Hannah.
Into the Dim (Into the Dim, #1) by Janet B. Taylor
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.
What’s To Like: As an avid fan of Outlander and history in general (particularly the British monarchy), I’m totally into this. (It helps that my venture into genealogy has connected me to Eleanor of Aquitaine, which is really cool.) I’m kind of interested to see how this time limit of 72 hours is going to impact the story, though. That’s kind of rushed for a love story.
The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters living in a small English market town in 1861. The girls’ father is a plant hunter, usually off adventuring through the jungles of China.
Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan fails to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid, meaning that he will be thrown into debtors’ prison and the girls will be sent to the orphanage or the poorhouse. Elodie’s father has one last chance to return to China, find the orchid, and save the family—and this time, thanks to an unforeseen twist of fate, Elodie is going with him. Elodie has never before left her village, but what starts as fear turns to wonder as she adapts to seafaring life aboard the tea clipper The Osprey, and later to the new sights, dangers, and romance of China.
But even if she can find the orchid, how can she find herself now that staid, responsible Elodie has seen how much the world has to offer?
What’s To Like: You know kind of what this reminds me of? Beauty and the Beast, at least the parts about the father and the flowers. Although in the original fairy tale, I believe her father gets into trouble because he takes a flower, not because he didn’t take one. Anywho, I’m really interested in the setting of this: 1861 China. I have a feeling this is going to be exquisite. Her writing is usually enthralling anyway.