Advance Reading Copies | MAY 2016

Hello hello!!! Here’s my complete ARCs for May. I’ve got a pretty good list in here. Go check them out! =)


Title: Anything You Want
Author/s:  Geoff Herbach
Publisher/Imprint: SOURCEBOOKS
Publication Date: May 01, 2016
ISBN: 9781402291449
Genre: Teens & YA
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 3.5/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: Anything You Want Book Review

Synopsis

Except all that love? It gets Maggie pregnant. Everyone else may be freaking out, but Taco can’t wait to have a real family again. He just has to figure out what it means to be a dad and how to pass calculus. And then there’s getting Maggie’s parents to like him. Because it would be so much easier for them to be together if he didn’t have to climb the side of the Corrigans’ house to see her…

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Title: Wild Swans
Author/s: Jessica Spotswood
Publisher/Imprint: SOURCEBOOKS
Publication Date: May 01, 2016
ISBN: 9781492622161
Genre: Teens & YA
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: Wild Swans Book Review

Synopsis

Will Ivy fulfill her destiny as a dazzling Milbourn woman? Or will the pressure from her family cause her to crumble?

The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden—all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?

But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past…

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Title: The Atomic Weight of Love
Author/s: Elizabeth J. Church
Publisher/Imprint: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: May 03, 2016
ISBN: 9781616204846
Genre: Women’s Fiction, General Fiction (Adult)
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4.5/5 ✭✭✭✭✭
My Review: The Atomic Weight of Love Book Review


Synopsis

For Meridian Wallace–and many other smart, driven women of the 1940s–being ambitious meant being an outlier. Ever since she was a young girl, Meridian had been obsessed with birds, and she was determined to get her PhD, become an ornithologist, and make her mother’s sacrifices to send her to college pay off. But she didn’t expect to fall in love with her brilliant physics professor, Alden Whetstone. When he’s recruited to Los Alamos, New Mexico, to take part in a mysterious wartime project, she reluctantly defers her own plans and joins him.

What began as an exciting intellectual partnership devolves into a “traditional” marriage. And while the life of a housewife quickly proves stifling, it’s not until years later, when Meridian meets a Vietnam veteran who opens her eyes to how the world is changing, that she realizes just how much she has given up. The repercussions of choosing a different path, though, may be too heavy a burden to bear.

Elizabeth Church’s stirring debut novel about ambition, identity, and sacrifice will ring true to every woman who has had to make the impossible choice between who she is and who circumstances demand her to be.

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Title: The Turning Point
Author/s: Freya North
Publisher/Imprint: Harper
Publication Date: May 03, 2016
ISBN: 9780008163297
Genre: Fiction
ARC Source: Edelweiss
Rating: 4.5/5 ✭✭✭✭✭
My Review: The Turning Point Book Review


Synopsis

Everyone deserves a new beginning. But sometimes fate isn’t on your side…Over one short weekend, when Canadian musician Scott Emerson and British children’s author Frankie Shaw meet by chance, a profound connection is made. Their homes are thousands of miles apart: Frankie and her children live by the coast of North Norfolk while Scott’s roots lie deep in the mountains of British Columbia. Against all advice, they decide to see where this might go.Over oceans and time zones, they make sacrifices and take risks, discovering along the way new truths about love and family. For the first time in a long while, it seems life could be very good. But fate has a tragic twist in store, one that could destroy all that was hoped for.Poignant, engrossing and moving, The Turning Point is a novel about the importance of seizing happiness and trusting that love will always find a way.

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Title: Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Author/s: Chris Cleave
Publisher/Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 03, 2016
ISBN: 9781501124372
Genre: Literary Fiction
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: Everyone Brave is Forgiven Book Review

Synopsis

It’s 1939 and Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, mentally disabled, or—like Mary’s favorite student, Zachary—have colored skin.

Tom, an education administrator, is distraught when his best friend, Alastair, enlists. Alastair, an art restorer, has always seemed far removed from the violent life to which he has now condemned himself. But Tom finds distraction in Mary, first as her employer and then as their relationship quickly develops in the emotionally charged times. When Mary meets Alastair, the three are drawn into a tragic love triangle and—while war escalates and bombs begin falling around them—further into a new world unlike any they’ve ever known.

A sweeping epic with the kind of unforgettable characters, cultural insights, and indelible scenes that made Little Bee so incredible, Chris Cleave’s latest novel explores the disenfranchised, the bereaved, the elite, the embattled. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of love, loss, and incredible courage.

 

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Title: Everland
Author/s: Wendy Spinale
Publisher/Imprint: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: May 10, 2016
ISBN: 9780545836944
Genre: Juvenile Fiction \ Action & Adventure
ARC Source: Edelweiss
Rating: 4.5/5 ✭✭✭✭✭
My Review: Everland Book Review

Synopsis

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German Army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a mysterious boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

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Title: Devil and the Bluebird
Author/s: Jennifer Mason-Black
Publisher/Imprint: ABRAMS Kids
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
ISBN:  9781419720000
Genre: Teens & YA
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4.5/5 ✭✭✭✭✭
My Review: Devil and the Bluebird Book Review


Synopsis

Blue Riley has wrestled with her own demons ever since the loss of her mother to cancer. But when she encounters a beautiful devil at her town crossroads, it’s her runaway sister’s soul she fights to save. The devil steals Blue’s voice—inherited from her musically gifted mother—in exchange for a single shot at finding Cass.
Armed with her mother’s guitar, a knapsack of cherished mementos, and a pair of magical boots, Blue journeys west in search of her sister. When the devil changes the terms of their deal, Blue must reevaluate her understanding of good and evil and open herself up to finding family in unexpected places.

In Devil and the Bluebird, Jennifer Mason-Black delivers a captivating depiction of loss and hope.

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Title: It’s Okay to Laugh
Author/s: Nora McInerny Purmort
Publisher/Imprint: Dey Street Books
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
ISBN: 9780062419378
Genre: Autobiography \ Personal Memoirs
ARC Source: Edelweiss
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: It’s Okay To Laugh Book Review


Synopsis

Twentysomething Nora McInerny bounced from boyfriend to boyfriend and job to job. Then she met Aaron, a charismatic art director and her kindred spirit. They made mix tapes (and pancakes) into the wee hours of the morning. They finished each other’s sentences. They just knew. When Aaron was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer, they refused to let it limit their love. They got engaged on Aaron’s hospital bed and married after his first surgery. They had a baby when he was on chemo. They shared an amazing summer filled with happiness and laughter. A few months later, Aaron died in Nora’s arms in another hospital bed. His wildly creative obituary, which they wrote together, touched the world.

Now, Nora shares hysterical, moving, and painfully honest stories about her journey with Aaron. It’s OK to Laugh explores universal themes of love, marriage, work, (single) motherhood, and depression through her refreshingly frank viewpoint. A love letter to life, in all of its messy glory, and what it’s like to still be kickin’, It’s OK to Laugh is like a long chat with a close friend over a cup of coffee (or chardonnay).

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Title: The Sisters
Author/s: Claire Douglas
Publisher/Imprint: Harper
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
ISBN: 9780008163310
Genre: Fiction
ARC Source: Edelweiss
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: The Sisters Book Review


Synopsis

A thrilling debut and winner of the Marie Claire Buest Debut Novel award, The Sisters will have you guessing to the very end.

One lied. One died. When one sister dies, the other must go to desperate lengths to survive: After a tragic accident, still haunted by her twin sister’s death, Abi is making a fresh start in Bath. But when she meets siblings Bea and Ben, she is quickly drawn into their privileged and unsettling circle.When one sister lies, she must protect her secret at all costs: As Abi tries to keep up with the demands of her fickle friends, strange things start to happen – precious letters go missing and threatening messages are left in her room. Is this the work of the beautiful and capricious Bea? Or is Abi willing to go to any lengths to get attention?When the truth outs, will either sister survive?

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Title: Before the Fall
Author/s: Noah Hawley
Publisher/Imprint: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
ISBN: 9781455561780
Genre: Literary Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4.5/5 ✭✭✭✭✭
My Review: Before the Fall Book Review


Synopsis

On a foggy summer night, eleven people–ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter–depart Martha’s Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the passengers disappear into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs–the painter–and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of a wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.

With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the tragedy and the backstories of the passengers and crew members–including a Wall Street titan and his wife, a Texan-born party boy just in from London, a young woman questioning her path in life, and a career pilot–the mystery surrounding the crash heightens. As the passengers’ intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy: Was it merely dumb chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work? Events soon threaten to spiral out of control in an escalating storm of media outrage and accusations–all while the reader draws closer and closer to uncovering the truth.

Amid pulse-quickening suspense, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.

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Title: The Art of Being Normal
Author/s: Lisa Williamson
Publisher/Imprint: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
ISBN: 9780374302375
Genre: LGBTQIA, Teens & YA
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: The Art of Being Normal Book Review


Synopsis

David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth: David wants to be a girl.

On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal: to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in his class is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long , and soon everyone knows that Leo used to be a girl.

As David prepares to come out to his family and transition into life as a girl and Leo wrestles with figuring out how to deal with people who try to define him through his history, they find in each other the friendship and support they need to navigate life as transgender teens as well as the courage to decide for themselves what normal really means.

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Title: Sing
Author/s: Vivi Greene
Publisher/Imprint: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
ISBN: 9780062459831
Genre: Juvenile Fiction \ Performing Arts
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: Sing Book Review


Synopsis

America’s most famous pop star flees the spotlight to recover from her latest break-up in Maine—only to fall for a local boy and be faced with an impossible choice at the end of the summer: her new guy, or her music.
Multiplatinum pop icon Lily Ross’s biggest hits and biggest heartbreaks (because they are one and the same):

1. AGONY. (That feeling when her ex ripped her heart out of her chest and she never saw it coming.)
2. GHOSTS. (Because even famous people are ghosted by guys sometimes. And it sucks just as much.)
3. ONCE BITTEN. (As in: twice shy. Also, she’s never dating an actor or a musician ever again.)

But this summer’s going to be different. After getting her heart shattered, Lily is taking herself out of the spotlight and heading to a small island in middle-of-nowhere Maine with her closest friends. She has three months to focus on herself, her music, her new album. Anything but guys.

That is . . . until Lily meets sweet, down-to-earth local Noel Bradley, who is so different from anyone she’s ever dated. Suddenly, Lily’s “summer of me” takes an unexpected turn, and she finds herself falling deeper and harder than ever before. But Noel isn’t interested in the limelight. She loves Noel-but she loves her fans, too. And come August, she may be forced to choose.

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HAPPY READING and don’t forget to drop by and say hi!

Honeycomb

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