- There were a LOT of ARC’s for Sept. – 16 total. That's a lot, even for my fast reading pace.
- It was already a touch and go – I dnf’d a few. Which I guess is good. At least I could move on but it made reading slower than normal as I struggled to find something I enjoyed.
- My dog was sick for almost 2 weeks and in the ER for 2 nights. I couldn’t concentrate enough to read so that was the final straw that did me in for the month.
Title link goes to Goodreads page. If a trusted friend reviewed any of the titles, I’ll include a link.
Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco – This is described as YA horror but most reviewers feel it’s more YA historical/gothic and for older YA readers. Ratings seem to be OMG 5 stars and meh – 3 stars because of insta love and predictability. Almost everyone agrees on their love for the kick ass heroine and mystery aspect.
* Review by Jamie (Two Chicks on Books)
The only Road by Alexandra Diaz – Diaz’s debut novel, Of All the Stupid Things, was the very first book I ever reviewed on my blog and she’s the first author I ever met IRL (at a signing) so I have a soft spot for her books.
The Only Road is a mid-grade novel about a boy making a “treacherous and life-changing journey from his home in Guatemala to live with his older brother in the United Sates.”
The bombs the Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan – “Fourteen-year-old Hamish Law has lived in Little Town, on the border with Old Country, all his life. He knows the rules: no going out after dark; no drinking; no litter; no fighting. You don't want to get on the wrong side of the people who run Little Town. When he meets Pavel Duda, a refugee from Old Country, the rules start to get broken. Then the bombs come, and the soldiers from Old Country, and Little Town changes for ever.”
This book has very mixed reviews which surprised me but a lot of people trouble with how intense and close to reality it is and I don’t think that would bother me.
* Review by Lauren from Shooting Stars Mag
The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati – “Seventeen-year-old Cath knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disease, has almost triumphed once, propelling Catherine to her first suicide attempt. With Zero only temporarily restrained by the latest med du jour, time is running out. In an old ballet shoebox, Catherine stockpiles meds, preparing to take her own life when Zero next arrives.”
The Weight of Zero has been very well reviewed on Goodreads and gets high marks for the way it deals with mental illness – which isn’t always the case – so I’m looking forward to reading it.
* Review by Jen – YA Romantics (She loved it and I trust her as my book yoda completely so this one will be read soon)
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Roasmund Hodge – “When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.” Also described as inspired by Romeo and Juliette.
Hodge is always YAY! or nay for me so I’m curious as to how I’ll feel about this one. Mixed reviews by people I trust so that’s no help! lol
* Review by Melissa from Books and Things (3 star)
* Review by Mary from The Book Swarm (4 stars)
Ripple by Heather Smith Meloche – “When their too-adult lives lead them down self-destructive paths, these broken teens find a way to heal in this YA novel perfect for fans of Ellen Hopkins.”
oooh, I don’t know. Sounds like angsty romance. I thought it was sci-fi when I grabbed it so my bad. Great reviews on Goodreads but this type of read doesn’t often go well for me.
The Queen of Blood (The Queens of Renthia #1) by Sara Beth Durst – “An idealistic young student and a banished warrior become allies in a battle to save their realm in this first book of a mesmerizing epic fantasy series, filled with political intrigue, violent magic, malevolent spirits, and thrilling adventure.”
This is book I’m most looking forward to because I LOVE Durst. She writes a wide variety of mid-grade and YA and my friend Mary gave it a rare, for her, 5 stars and “splendiferous”
Have you guys read any of these or have them on your TBR? Let me know where I should start!