April 2016 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

Here Are The April Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

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Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens April 5

1.When We Collided by Emery Lord

*Currently Reading*

SummaryMeet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.

Vivi and Jonah couldn’t be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi’s zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there’s something important Vivi hasn’t told him.

 

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Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers April 12

2. A Fierce And Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

A Fierce & Subtle Poison Spoiler-Free ARC Review

Summary: Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the señoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

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Publisher: HarperTeen April 12

3. Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Summary: For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

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Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books For Young Readers April 12

4. Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin

Summary: When eleven-year-old Thyme Owens’ little brother, Val, is accepted into a new cancer drug trial, it’s just the second chance that he needs. But it also means the Owens family has to move to New York, thousands of miles away from Thyme’s best friend and everything she knows and loves. The island of Manhattan doesn’t exactly inspire new beginnings, but Thyme tries to embrace the change for what it is: temporary.

After Val’s treatment shows real promise and Mr. Owens accepts a full-time position in the city, Thyme has to face the frightening possibility that the move to New York is permanent. Thyme loves her brother, and knows the trial could save his life—she’d give anything for him to be well—but she still wants to go home, although the guilt of not wanting to stay is agonizing. She finds herself even more mixed up when her heart feels the tug of new friends, a first crush, and even a crotchety neighbor and his sweet whistling bird. All Thyme can do is count the minutes, the hours, and days, and hope time can bring both a miracle for Val and a way back home.

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Publisher: Viking Books For YR April 12

5. The Passion Of Dolssa by Julie Berry

Summary: I must write this account, and when I have finished, I will burn it.

Buried deep within the archives of a convent in medieval France is an untold story of love, loss, and wonder and the two girls at the heart of it all.

Dolssa is an upper-crust city girl with a secret lover and an uncanny gift. Branded a heretic, she’s on the run from the friar who condemned her mother to death by fire, and wants Dolssa executed, too.

Botille is a matchmaker and a tavern-keeper, struggling to keep herself and her sisters on the right side of the law in their seaside town of Bajas.

When their lives collide by a dark riverside, Botille rescues a dying Dolssa and conceals her in the tavern, where an unlikely friendship blooms. Aided by her sisters and Symo, her surly but loyal neighbor, Botille nurses Dolssa back to health and hides her from her pursuers. But all of Botille’s tricks, tales, and cleverness can’t protect them forever, and when the full wrath of the Church bears down upon Bajas, Dolssa’s passion and Botille’s good intentions could destroy the entire village.

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Publisher: St.Martins Griffin April 26

6.The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.

Book Mail l #1

Bookmail is a new post on my blog to show the ARCs/Book Swag I receive from authors.

***Received ARC through a twitter giveaway***

***Received letter/bookmark through author’s twitter***

Today I would love to share w/ you the book swag/ arc I got last month 🙂

Bookmail #11.The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig Bookmark & Letter

2. A Fierce And Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry ARC

Both of these books are YA Debuts coming next year!

If you have not yet added these books to your TBR for 2016, I highly recommend you do 🙂

Thank you to the wonderful authors who sent me these this month! 🙂

I featured The Girl From Everywhere in a Waiting On Wednesday.

And if you are interested, I have a Spoiler-Free ARC review of A Fierce And Subtle Poison.

Have you added these books to your 2016 TBR? 

Is BookMail a fun post to see? 🙂

 

November 2015 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read: 5

graudin_wolfbywolf1. Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin (Wolf By Wolf #1)

Wolf By Wolf Full Review

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers – Released: October 20, 2015

Pages: 400

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds in this fast-paced novel from the author of The Walled City.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: This was a spectacular YA Historical Fiction filled w/ intrigue, complex/dynamic characters and a compelling story that will keep you turning the page!

Ice like Fire 102. Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sara Raasch

Ice Like Fire Full Review

Publisher: Balzer + Bray- Released October 13, 2015

Pages: 479

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts:  This was a solid sequel. There is more character development and expansion of the world Sara created in book 1. However, the introduction to Mather’s POV did slow down the story. But overall this sequel really builds up something big for book 3!

Mabry_FierceandSubtle_jkt_rgb_2MB13. A Fierce And Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry (ARC Review)

A Fierce And Subtle Poison Spoiler-Free ARC Review

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers – Release Date: April 12, 2016

Pages: 278 (ARC) , 288 (Hardcover)

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: In this stunning debut, legends collide with reality when a boy is swept into the magical, dangerous world of a girl filled with poison.
 
Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

A Fierce and Subtle Poison beautifully blends magical realism with a page-turning mystery and a dark,  starcrossed romance–all delivered in lush, urgent prose.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: What an amazing YA Debut!! Samantha’s writing style creates a vivid atmosphere of Puerto Rico and she really writes characters with such complexity. The plot overall kept me turning the page! This is a magical and mysterious story you don’t want to miss!

9781608867370_p0_v2_s192x3004. Lumberjanes Vol. 2: Friendship To The Max (#5-8) by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke A. Allen

Lumberjanes Vol. 2 Full Review

Publisher: Boom! Box (Boom! Studios) – Released October 13, 2015

Pages: 111

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are not your average campers and Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types is not your average summer camp. Between the river monsters, magic, and the art of friendship bracelets, this summer is only just beginning. Join the Lumberjanes as they take on raptors and a sibling rivalry that only myths are made of.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: A great sequel to an amazing comic series. The core theme of friendship is apparent throughout these comics. The fun adventures the girls go on really keeps you turning the page!

THE-YEAR-OF-SHADOWS-updated-cover-hi-res-677x10245. The Year Of Shadows by Claire Legrand

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers – Released: August 27, 2013

Pages: 416

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary:

Olivia wants a new life—and it might take ghosts to get it. A heartfelt, gently Gothic novel from Claire Legrand.

Olivia Stellatella is having a rough year.

Her mother’s left, her neglectful father—the maestro of a failing orchestra—has moved her and her grandmother into the city’s dark, broken-down concert hall to save money, and her only friend is Igor, an ornery stray cat.

Just when she thinks life couldn’t get any weirder, she meets four ghosts who haunt the hall. They need Olivia’s help—if the hall is torn down, they’ll be stuck as ghosts forever, never able to move on.

Olivia has to do the impossible for her shadowy new friends: Save the concert hall. But helping the dead has powerful consequences for the living…and soon it’s not just the concert hall that needs saving.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: A wonderful middle grade novel with heart! The plot is mysterious and entertaining. The characters are all written wonderfully and this story also has important themes of friendship and family. Though at times the plot can be quite slow, its a great read you should really give a chance.

What did you read this month? 🙂

A Fierce And Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry ARC Review (Spoiler Free)

**Received from author through a giveaway***

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Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers – Release Date: April 12, 2016

Pages: 278 (ARC), 288 (Hardcover)

Summary: In this stunning debut, legends collide with reality when a boy is swept into the magical, dangerous world of a girl filled with poison.
 
Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

A Fierce and Subtle Poison beautifully blends magical realism with a page-turning mystery and a dark,  starcrossed romance–all delivered in lush, urgent prose.

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Quick Spoiler Free Review:

Every element of this story from characters to world building is done in such a great way. Samantha’s writing style created a magical and vivid atmosphere of Puerto Rico.

The elements of magical realism and mystery blend perfectly in this book.

Being Hispanic myself, I really loved the addition of Spanish phrases/words. Knowing what these phrases/words meant, really let me feel more connected to this story.

Both Lucas and Isabel are complex and interesting characters. By the end of this book, I felt I really knew them both.

While this book also has a romance, it is done so perfectly that it does not remain as the main focus which I loved. There is so much to this story that I truly cannot put into words.

Definitely read this book when it comes out April 2016!

Full ARC Review To Come Closer To Release Date 🙂

A Fierce And Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry ARC Review

***Received from author through a giveaway*** (read/reviewed originally in 2015)

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Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers – Release Date: April 12, 2016

Pages: 278 (ARC), 288 (Hardcover)

Summary: In this stunning debut, legends collide with reality when a boy is swept into the magical, dangerous world of a girl filled with poison.
 
Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

A Fierce and Subtle Poison beautifully blends magical realism with a page-turning mystery and a dark,  starcrossed romance–all delivered in lush, urgent prose.

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts:

* It’s pretty difficult to sum up this book in one review, b/c there was so much to this story, but I will definitely try my best :D!

This book was incredible! Samantha’s elegant and captivating writing style kept me hooked from start to finish.

Going into this book, I was unsure what to expect. Considering Laura Ruby, author of one of my favorite books from 2015 Bone Gap blurbed it, I knew I would really enjoy it, but I didn’t just enjoy it, I loved it!

As stated before, Samantha’s writing style delivered a vivid and magical story that I loved.

The supporting characters are written with such depth and complexity that I truly felt I knew them.

Lucas is a very kind and heroic main character. When his girlfriend Marisol suddenly disappears, he does everything he he can to piece together this mystery.

With Lucas not being Puerto Rican himself, we see just how out of place he feels and how alone he is. Also considering he does not see eye-to-eye with his father, who is completely different from Lucas.

As the story progresses, Lucas and Isabel team up, much to Isabel’s dismay, and try to figure out what is going on.

What I loved about Lucas and Isabel, was that their friendship was written not only beautifully but realistically. While Lucas tries to help Isabel feel less alone by becoming her friend, she constantly warns him to stay away, for good reason. It takes most of the book for them to develop and build their close friendship, but by the end you see just how different they’ve become because of it.

Samantha also shows Isabel’s ability in a unique and interesting way.

When she builds up too much poison, she has to be near plants and release it into them or she gets really sick.

With Isabel possessing this ability, she is under constant watch from her father and is forced to stay inside. Because of that we see, Isabel feels very alone, similar to Lucas.

As stated above, Isabel’s father also plays a huge role in this story. His protectiveness over Isabel stems from the relationship with Isabel’s mom.

We come to learn that Isabel’s mother was cursed and with that, Isabel became cursed herself. Reading about her mom’s backstory and what lead to Isabel and her father’s current relationship was truly heartbreaking 😥

As the story progresses, Isabel goes with Lucas to solve this mystery, but at a price. She begins to build up so much poison and is unsure if she will make it.

As the story comes to an end, we come to learn through certain circumstances, that Isabel’s father is responsible for the disappearing girls. With Isabel reaching her limit, Lucas knows he won’t be able to save her.

Sadly, Isabel doesn’t make it. But, Lucas comes to accept what happened and knows he will never forget.

*The ending is rather open-ended! 

Overall, this was a captivating and magical debut! One I will never forget. If you are a fan of magical realism, looking for more diverse settings, or are just looking for a unique read I highly recommend this book!

If you have read this book/are planning to, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments  🙂