The Other Side of Lost, by: Jessi Kirby
regret, and a group of strangers that she meets along the way, Mari tries to navigate the difficult terrain of the hike. But the true challenge lies within, as she searches for the way back to the girl she fears may be too lost to find: herself.
After reading Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett, I have been craving another outdoorsy book this summer. It was such a fun and unique read, and it led me to the niche of camping/hiking stories. I know that in my experience, a walk can do wonders for thinking, and I this story has taken this idea to the extreme. Our main character is going on a very literal journey to find herself, and I think the result will be fantastic
Let Me List the Ways, by: Sarah White
bully’s house to having a backyard camp-out like the ones they had when they were kids, Mackenzie can’t help feeling that she’s left the most important thing off the list: telling Nolan how she feels. But when confessing her love could jeopardize the incredible relationship they already have, is honesty really the best policy?
AHHH ANOTHER LIST BOOK!!!!! If you're new here, you might not be aware that I love books with bucket lists in the plot (I know, it's oddly specific. Just go with it.). I’m always creating lists, whether they’re to-do lists for my day, or things I want to do before I die. I think that since I want to complete all these different tasks, I gravitate towards stories that are in line with that idea. This book sounds like it is going to be filled with fun and adorable moments; I can’t wait to read it!
The Looking Glass, by: Janet McNally
With the help of her best friend’s enigmatic brother and his beat-up car, Sylvie sets out to the beat of a Fleetwood Mac playlist, determined to return to New York with her sister in tow. But what Sylvie doesn’t expect to learn is that trouble comes in lots of forms—and that the damsel in distress is often the only one who can save herself.
Fairy tales seeping into the real world? Count me in! At first glance, this book reminds me a tiny bit of the musical Into the Woods. (If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.) This story sounds like it is going to be full of whimsy, from disappearances and ballet to fairy tales and quests. I can’t wait to see how the author incorporates the book of fairy tales into the story. Will she pluck the characters straight out of the stories, or will she modernize them? I can’t wait to find out!
We Regret to Inform You, by: A.E. Kaplan
Mischa launches an investigation that will shake the quiet community of Blanchard Prep to its stately brick foundations.
Going into my senior year of high school this month without a clue as to where I’m going to go to college, this book is going to be the perfect mystery novel. I’m getting a Nancy Drew vibe with a bit of hacking and romance sprinkled in; I hope that it turns out to have some comedy too. Mischa and I are a lot alike, and that’s not something I can say about many protagonists. I can’t wait to see what kind of shenanigans unfold throughout this story.
The Second Life of Ava Rivers, by: Faith Gardner
when a girl shows up at the local hospital.
Her name is Ava Rivers and she wants to go home.
Ava's return begins to mend the fractures in the Rivers family. Vera and Ava's estranged older brother returns. Vera reconnects with Max, the sweet, artistic boy from her childhood. Their parents smile again. But the questions remain: Where was Ava all these years? And who is she now?
I’ve recently been drawn to more mystery-based contemporaries, and this book falls right in the center of that genre. Ava Rivers has come back from her disappearance, but her family has no idea where she went. After reading Leaving Time this past month, this book seems to be a YA book with a similar story (Leaving Time is an adult novel, but follows a teenage girl for much of the story). I have a feeling this book will feature flashbacks to before her disappearance, which I think is an excellent addition to mystery stories. I guess time will tell on that one. :)
Mirage, by: Somaiya Daud
As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection...because one wrong move could lead to her death.
This book sounds like an epic space adventure, but the only thing I could think of when I read the synopsis was Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. You know, the scene where Keira Knightley is dressed up as Natalie Portman so she can stay undercover? Yeah, that scene. In spite of this similarity (see what I did there?), I think that this story has a chance to be absolutely epic. Intertwining the political drama with a space setting is sure to result in a truly unique tale.
Are you looking forward to reading any of these books? Be sure to let me know so we can discuss in the comments!
Your fellow fangirl,
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2019 Reading Challenge
Ashton has read 1 book toward her goal of 50 books.