It weirdly feels like it’s been forever since the last time I wrote one of these posts, though it’s honestly been less than a week since I’m writing this in advance. I feel like I’ve just been doing a lot lately and so all my days are blending and feel like they take a month rather than 24 hours. But here we are with two more YA novels to potentially add to your TBR.

the towering skyThe Towering Sky by Katharine McGee is the finale of a series, which basically means that I know too much about the book already now that I’ve read the synopsis. The first book in the series is called The Thousandth Floor, and has been compared to Gossip Girl. It sounds vaguely interesting, following five different characters and their lives in a futuristic world of skyscrapers and advanced technology. I do happen to love Sci-Fi, so I’m curious enough to be adding this one to my TBR. Also, be careful about reading the synopsis below if you’re looking to avoid spoilers from prior books!

Welcome back to New York, 2119. A skyscraper city, fueled by impossible dreams, where the lives of five teenagers have become intertwined in ways that no one could have imagined.
Leda just wants to move on from what happened in Dubai. Until a new investigation forces her to seek help—from the person she’s spent all year trying to forget.
Rylin is back in her old life, reunited with an old flame. But when she starts seeing Cord again, she finds herself torn: between two worlds, and two very different boys.
Calliope feels trapped, playing a long con that costs more than she bargained for. What happens when all her lies catch up with her?
Watt is still desperately in love with Leda. He’ll do anything to win her back—even dig up secrets that are better left buried.
And now that Avery is home from England—with a new boyfriend, Max—her life seems more picture-perfect than ever. So why does she feel like she would rather be anything but perfect?
In this breathtaking finale to The Thousandth Floor trilogy, Katharine McGee returns to her vision of 22nd-century New York: a world of startling glamour, dazzling technology, and unthinkable secrets. After all, when you have everything… you have everything to lose.

that's not what happenedI’m honestly somewhat anxious about reading That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger, largely because of the religious narrative. I’ve said it before, of course, but I don’t like novels that promote religion. And I especially don’t appreciate novels that portray a lack of faith as bad or evil. In the end, that’s my biggest worry about this particular novel. Now, it’s on my TBR because of the fact that I want to see how the author addresses these issues, but ultimately I know if it goes in the direction of promoting Christianity, I’m going to have a problem with it.

It’s been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah’s story–that she died proclaiming her faith.
But it’s not true.
I know because I was with her when she died. I didn’t say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah’s parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I’m not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did–and didn’t–happen that day.
Except Sarah’s martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don’t take kindly to what I’m trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what’s right. I don’t know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . .

What are your thoughts on these two books? Did you add one to your TBR? Both? Neither? Let me know in the comments!

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