I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now; in fact, my intention was to post about the books on the day that they are released, but seeing as we’re well into 2018 so far, I’m a little bit behind. For that reason, I find myself wanting to go over some of the books from previous months to discuss which ones I’ve added to my to-read list this year. Whether I get to reading them is another question entirely, but at least I’ve marked them down, right?
I can be pretty picky when it comes to coming of age novels. I’ve generally stuck to Sarah Dessen when these sort of books are presented as often when I branch out and read someone else, I am regularly disappointed. There are only a few coming of age novels that I’ve genuinely enjoyed and so while I’ve added The Last Days of Us by Beck Nicholas, I will freely admit that I’m a little weary. Still, I’ve decided I want to read it because, let’s face it, this book sounds pretty fantastic.
I’m not afraid to admit it, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is literally only on here because of the hype. And even then, I’m unsure how much I really want to read it. I’ve generally avoided going out of my way to read books by Holly Black, largely in part due to her association with Cassandra Clare, who I find problematic as a result of her plagiarism and bullying scandals, and the fact that I hadn’t even heard of her until Cassandra Clare wrote a book with her. I fully recognize that this isn’t exactly fair to Black, however, the chances that I wouldn’t even know who she was until The Cruel Prince got such a large amount of hype is pretty high, so there’s that at least. And at the end of the day, I’ve never blacklisted her as an author. I merely haven’t been especially proactive in getting copies of her books.
Busted by Gina Ciocca just sounds so cute. Granted, I’m sure there’s a lot that’s problematic about the fact that the main character is spying on her ex-frienemy’s boyfriend while simultaneously existing as the girl that he’s falling for, but there’s so much room for great humor and character development here. I think the plot is probably pretty straightforward, but it definitely has a lot of promise for a really fun read.
Ahhh, so Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen screams of instalove, and yet I find myself intrigued by this rather endearing premise. Now, depending on the nature of the feelings the two characters who meet and ultimately end up traveling together on account of the fact that their train has broken down due to a snowstorm have for each other, this book could be an absolute wonder and success or it could fail miserably. I, for one, can’t wait to find out which one it is.
This next book is a bit of a weird one insofar as its being on my list because it is the third and final installment in a series that I have not yet read and didn’t even know about until I learned of this book’s release. Plain and simple, The True Queen by Sarah Fine looks so amazing and I am truly quite upset that I’ve not read the other books in the series just yet. I’m looking forward to finally getting to this one and I hope all the books in the series live up to my expectations. From what I can tell thus far, this book has a lot going for it. Also, just look at that cover! It’s absolutely gorgeous!
That’s all for this first post. I’m going to continue it with further installments later on, each post listing five books from 2018 that I’ve added to my TBR until I catch up.
As always, happy reading!