I can't believe that I am officially over halfway done with this volume of Precommendations! This series has been so much fun to do, and I am so glad I started it back in January. If you have any ideas for new series, please let me know in the comments on what types of posts you would like to see from me.
There really aren't very many YA books coming out in July, so this issue of Precommendations is kind of short. If I missed any of your most anticipated reads, let me know in the comments as well!
surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?
Compare to: All the Bright Places, by: jennifer Niven
This book sounds like it has some All the Bright Places vibes going on with it, which is another book I really enjoyed. Two kids with nothing in common one day become great friends. I really like that this book takes that idea and applies this new friendship to something very personal to one side of the relationship. I think something very thought-provoking and meaningful will come out of this book, and I can't wait to see what it is!
navigate secret romances, thorny relationships, and the London Tube. As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera… wearing only her polka dot underpants.
Compare to: Anna and the French Kiss, by: Stephanie Perkins
This book sounds like the perfect one to accompany you on your vacation this summer. Whether you are just going down the road or across the world, a book about travel is perfect for this time of year. I love to read books that are set in new places, especially in Europe. It's on my bucket list to do exactly what Sydney plans on doing, and this book seems to me like it's one step closer to accomplishing that. With that being said, I also think it will be interesting to see how Sydney handles all of the hurdles that come with traveling and being away from her mother.
Compare to: Windfall, by: Jennifer E. Smith
It just so happens that I finished Windfall not too long ago, and this book follows the same kind of plot line. I love Kasie West's writing, and I've been meaning to read another book by her, so seeing how her characters handle winning the lottery will be neat to follow. I have a feeling this version of teenage lottery winning will be a little more romantic than Windfall, so I am very excited to see how this story unfolds.
There you have it, folks, my most anticipated reads for July! If you are looking forward to a book I didn't include in this list, please let me know in the comments so I can check it out as well!
As her TBR continues to grow,
It doesn't matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.
— Jo Walton (Among Others)
Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them...
My Rating: 90%
This is a book that's been on my TBR for quite some time. I'd been putting off reading both the last three books of The Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices just because I wasn't sure in which order to read them, and quite frankly, it was just easier to read something else. But now that I've read it, I don't know why I put it off. It was such a well-represented book, having elements of fantasy, comedy, romance, historical fiction, and action. There is definitely something for everyone in this book.
First of all, I love the Shadowhunter world that Cassandra Clare builds in the late 1800's. It is the perfect mix of Victorian Era London and the sophistication of the Nephilim society. Since I read this book after reading the first three Mortal Instruments books, I could see the parallels in the books and the different ways the Shadowhunters lived in the 19th century vs. the present world. The time period also has an effect on the way the narrator, Tessa Grey, views both the mundane and Shadowhunter societies. I really noticed how Tessa thought it was strange that the women of the Nephilim were thought of as equal, and fought alongside the men. It goes to show how far we have come in today's society.
Speaking of Tessa, I'm pretty sure we could be best friends. She is a strong and independent woman who don't need no man, and also loves books! I'm not going to lie, we're basically the same person. She will also do whatever is necessary to find her brother, who goes missing at the beginning of the story. Tessa is so courageous and intelligent, I wish I was her. She doesn't back down to anyone, and I really admire that.
My favorite aspects of this book are the small tie-ins to the original series, and it kept me on my toes. I won't go into too many details because of spoilers, but there were a lot of little moments where I thought to myself, "Oh, that's a nod to so-and-so!" or, "That's important later!" It was really neat to have all those little moments. I also loved the fact that every time I thought I had everything figured out, there was something unexpected thrown into the mix. Cassandra Clare constantly shakes things up and makes me second guess things.
So, if you're new to the Shadowhunter Universe or you've read a few Mortal Instrument books, you should definitely get your hands on this amazing read for all types of people.
A re-instated Shadowhunter,
'One must always be careful of books,' said Tessa, 'and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.'
- Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game - a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.
As if his bizarre heritage isn't enough, Jack finds out that he's not just another member of Weirlind - he's one of the last of the warriors - at a time when both houses are scouting for a player.
My Rating: 86%
Alright, let's get straight to it. This book has been on my TBR shelf for about three years. I know what you're thinking. "Oh my gosh, Ashton, what is your problem? Why would you neglect a book for so long?" Well, dear reader of mine, I have a very unsatisfactory answer for you. This book is freaking dense. Now, if you are a book collector like I am, you will understand the terror of dense books. The problem with these books is that they look like quick, 300-page reads. Then when you pick them up, they weigh 20 pounds and scare the crap out of you. When will publishers understand that if I buy a 500-page book, I want it to look like a 500-page book?
After I failed to read this book for 3 years, I decided in the past month or so to read all the books that I had sitting on my shelf for over a year. But, as my stack of neglected books dwindled, I picked up this book not expecting much. As I got into it, though, I slowly fell in love with the world and its characters. Cinda Williams Chima created the book that I feel like I Am Number Four should've been. It was fast-paced, magical, and still very grounded. I liked how the book seamlessly combined the everyday world with its magical counterpart.
I also have to mention the fact that I adore Jack. He is so sweet and funny and also a badass and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I also related to him a lot in the middle of the story, when he starts training. He has to balance school, sports, and magic and does a decent job of it, given all the time it takes out of his life. I am really involved in my school, and I thought it was awesome to see a character who has many of my same struggles on a daily basis. (Balancing school and magic is hard, people. I'm speaking from experience when I say this. Don't try it at home, kids.)
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and hope you decide to check it out. I highly recommend it as a summer fantasy read, or if you are looking for a higher quality version of I Am Number Four.
What did you think of The Warrior Heir? Let me know in the comments!
As she finishes a blog makeover,
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Just remember who you are... The world will try to change you into someone else. Don't let them. That's the best advice anyone can give you.
― Cinda Williams Chima, The Warrior Heir
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While she shops for new books,
If I read a book that cost me $20 and I get one good idea, I've gotten one of the greatest bargains of all time."
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While she contemplates life decisions,
We have all sorts of words that could describe us. But we get to choose which ones are most important.”
Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.
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