The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, by: Lauren James
Romy learns there’s more to J’s mission than she could have imagined. And suddenly, there are worse things than being alone….
I have always loved stories set in space, so when I saw that this book was coming out, I was very excited. Most books that take place in outer space are centered around entirely different universes or very far into the future. While I enjoy those books immensely, it will be neat to read a novel set in a time and location close to today. I also don’t read many thrillers, so I think this book will be perfect to shake up my reading list and expand my horizons a little bit. (If you have any thriller/mystery recommendations for me, please leave them in the comments.)
Fawkes, by: Nadine Brandes
statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.
The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.
The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.
No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.
This book has been all over the internet recently, and because of this post, I have actually taken the time to read the synopsis. Good news; I am so excited to read this book! At first, all I had heard was that it was historical fiction, which I’m usually not a fan of. But it has so much more to offer! The plotline has a lot of fantasy elements, and I can’t wait to explore the world of 17th century London that the author has recreated! Not only does the book sound fantastic, but I also love Nadine’s social media, and will be sure to keep up with her updates regarding the novel.
Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge, by: Lisa Jensen
Lucie dares to hope that noble Beast has permanently replaced the cruel Jean-Loup — until an innocent beauty arrives at Beast’s château with the power to break the spell.
Beauty and the Beast is my ALL TIME favorite fairy tale, so when I saw that a retelling of it is coming out, I was immediately intrigued. I like that this book has taken a different approach from the classic “Belle” story, and has focused on how the Beast is a much better person than the prince he once was. I’d never thought that it might be better for him to live his life out as the Beast rather than the prince. I can’t wait to see how Lucie fits into the classic tale and whether she succeeds in her goal!
Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It,
Jolie's a lot of things, but she knows that pretty isn't one of them. She has mandibular prognathism, which is the medical term for underbite. Chewing is a pain, headaches are a common occurrence, and she’s never been kissed. She’s months out from having a procedure to correct her underbite, and she cannot wait to be fixed.
While her family watches worst-case scenario TV shows, Jolie becomes paralyzed with the fear that she could die under the knife. She and her best friends Evelyn and Derek decide to make a Things Jolie Needs To Do Before She Bites It (Which Is Super Unlikely But Still, It Could Happen) list. Things like: eat every appetizer on the Applebee’s menu and kiss her crush,
Sea Witch, by: Sarah Henning
Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.
Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.
A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two
But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.
The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.
A book-craving teenager,
'Have you really read all those books in your room?'
Alaska laughing, 'Oh God no. I’ve maybe read a third of ‘em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read.'
— John Green, Looking for Alaska
Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.