Summer is my second favourite time of the year. It's no autumn, but it is the season where I get through the largest number of books. There are many 2014 summer releases that I can't wait to read, but also a few older books that I've been meaning to pick up that I finally hope to get around to.
"From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever."
It feels like I have been waiting years and years for this book, and I am giddy with excitement that it is almost (kinda!) here. Stephanie Perkins' Anna and Lola were both wonderful reads for me, and I am pretty certain that Isla will be too.
"A jinni. A princess. And the wish that changes everything... Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad — which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form — as each other."
This small jinni trend that seems to be growing is something that I'm actually quite excited about. Growing up, I heard many unusual stories involving jinn and I've been fascinated ever since. The Fire Wish sounds so much like it could be my sort of book!
"A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction — and taking the life of Dovey's best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her. But recently she's started to believe she's seeing things that can't be real... including Carly at their favorite cafe."
I still can't get over how utterly creepy the cover is for Servants of the Storm. I only hope the book is half as chilling.
"The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common — they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together."
This sounds completely cute. I read here that A Little Something Different is a love story told from fourteen different points of view. Yep, fourteen points of view. I will either love this or hate this.
"Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned... Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream."
Exorcisms and torture. Not exactly my usual reading-under-the-sun material, but I simply cannot wait. I am hoping for dark and twisted suspense in Danielle Vega's The Merciless. I am also a big fan of that empty leathery-looking cover (even in that bright pink).
"There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic — a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally."
Of Metal and Wishes is one of the books of August that I am most looking forward to reading. Sarah Fine's writing and characters has worked for me really well in the past and I absolutely love the premise for this story. Also, slaughterhouse!
"Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten. Now she’s out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why."
Another potentially sinister book. (I guess it's pretty obvious now that my summer TBR this year isn't all that summery). I had a few mixed thoughts about Brenna Yovanoff's Paper Valentine (the only book of hers that I've read), but I did enjoy it overall and I had a lot of love for the writing style. I'm very, very curious about the story in Fiendish.
"One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind, who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland."
I know. I can't belive I haven't read this yet either. I am all for whimsical and magical, and even more for beautiful illustrations, so The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland is book I massively look forward to finally picking up.
"Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist — a nearly impossible dream for a girl."
I wasn't sure about A Mad, Wicked Folly when I first came across it, but the reviews from friends have been incredible, so I am now pretty excited.
"When Rose’s mom dies, she leaves behind a brown paper bag labeled Rose’s Survival Kit. Inside the bag, Rose finds an iPod, with a to-be-determined playlist; a picture of peonies, for growing; a crystal heart, for loving; a paper star, for making a wish; and a paper kite, for letting go."
And finally, The Survival Kit. I've had my eye on it for ages, and emotional read or not, I am SO eager to get started on it soon. Plus, I've heard that there are swoons in the form of a gardener/hockey player, so... you know, added bonus.