And May is finally winding down a bit, with only a handful of books left to go through before we get to the books of June 2018. I hope you manage to find some amazing books by looking at some of the really brilliant sounding ones that I’ve found recently.
I’m really excited for All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor. It seems to be one of those books where the author takes information from the lives of her fans and uses it as inspiration for her novels. Naturally, I don’t expect any of the fan characters to be okay or happy with this turn of events and it’s got to be thoroughly devastating to have your favorite author do that to you. And while the events of the story are certainly something that would potentially give me nightmares–how about you?–I’m really excited to see how this goes. What are the characters going to do about the complete invasion of their privacy? What pieces of their lives did the author decide to steal and write about? How do they feel about the author profiting off of their lives? I can’t wait to find out.
I almost didn’t add The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold. I wasn’t really all that interested or concerned with hypnotism or a character that was subjected to such an experience. For one thing, I’m not one hundred percent sure that I believe in it and for another it just doesn’t sound all that great to me. But this book’s synopsis grabbed me right at the end, discussing the fact that the story is about the ways in which people hurt others while being entirely unaware of the fact that that’s what they’re doing as well as the ways and the whys behind friends sticking around to put up with these things. And I can’t help being curious about how that facet of the book is going to turn out.
Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegmund-Broka is one of those books that features coming of age and finding love in unexpected places. While I’m a little confused about how someone who is not an actress would be cast as Juliet in the school play–did she audition for some strange reason? Why?–this book sounds really cute. It’s one of those silly seeming novels where a character is focused on another as a love interest, completely missing the love interest directly in front of them. Megan, the main character, knows her dating life to exist as a way for others to find “true love,” as every person she’s ever dated has found the right person immediately after their breakup. And while this isn’t something she is in any way bitter about, she does want to find love for herself.
Okay, so From Twinkle with Love by Sandhya Menon sounds utterly adorable and I cannot wait to read it. I’m actually kind of annoyed with myself that I haven’t done so already. It just sounds so darn beautiful. This sort of “mix up” where Twinkle is e-mailing the brother of the boy she’s crushing on who’s crushing on her without knowing it is just such a fun plot point that I’m really excited about. Of course, I expect some very hilarious and dramatic moment at some point in the book where she finds out that she hasn’t been e-mailing the boy she thought she was and perhaps even a bit of an exceedingly embarrassing moment. All in all, this book sounds like a lot of fun.
Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong is a book that focuses on the family of a school shooter and the younger brother of one of his victims and I really can’t wait to see how this book handles the subject. It’s such a prominent and relevant subject in today’s society, unfortunately, and definitely something that needs to be brought into more discussions. This is likely to be a rather triggering and rough novel to unpack and so I imagine quite a lot of emotional distress on my end and likely on others who may read this story. Still, I think it’s quite worth it to read.
What are your thoughts on these books? Are they the sort you’d be interested in reading? Maybe you’ll pass? Let me know in the comments!