What's Coming Up in February
I wanted to take a minute to tell you guys about some of the awesomeness that will be coming up in the near future on the blog! I've been working hard to plan some interesting new content to compliment the reviews, and one of my main goals is to promote as many debut authors as possible. Finding your new favorite author could just be a click away!
Lots of this content will come in the form of expanding my Into YA section where I talk to industry professionals about what they do and how they get books into your hands.
This month, along with debuts, there also happen to be a few great sophomore novels coming soon. Here's a glimpse at what you can look forward to along with the regular Sunday reviewed:
Next week we're celebrating the impending release of Lillian Clark's Immoral Code. Five teens create a plan to send one of their own to MIT by taking money from her absent father's giant cooperation. With a hacker, a genius, an artist, a swimmer, and a "still figuring it out", their team has all the tools to create the perfect heist. If you were a fan of Ally Carter when you were younger, this group of seniors and their layered plots will intrigue you (and make you want to plan your own heist).
If you're already excited for Immoral Code, you'll be thrilled to hear that Lillian is coming on the blog for an interview in a week from now. For the writers out there, we talk about how to write multiple POVs, researching your characters interests, outlining, and planning heists. And for those who already want more from Lillian, we discuss what comes next for her.
Ahead of Valentines Day, I'm making a list of favorites I have found since my Best of 2018 Wrap Up. I'm writing Valentines to some pretty amazing stories that definitely need to go on your TBR, even if they're not necessarily the most romantic.
This is another addition to Kathryn Ormsbee's expansive catalogue. I absolutely loved Tash Hearts Tolstoy (which I'm posting about on Sunday!), so I was super excited to see that I had an ARC of her new one. The Great Unknowable End features a blast into the past, a cult called the Red Sun and a speculative twist that I wasn't anticipating. The dual POV narrative, and the expansive story of self discovery makes for an entertaining and thought provoking read I can't wait to talk more about in my review.
This debut by Lizzy Mason takes on teen alcoholism, drunk driving, and the bonds of sisterhood. Harley's sister ends up in a coma when she gets a ride home from a party with Harley's drunk boyfriend. Even though he walks away with barely a scratch, Harley and her sister are shattered. She discovered her sister hooking up with her boyfriends hours before the incident, and there are too many unresolved feelings beneath thee surface.
Laura Silverman's sophomore novel should be required reading for all educators. Ariel is dying under the weight of his million AP classes, being first chair in orchestra, and having a life. Mostly, the life part gets shoved aside except for Shabbat dinners with his family. I've never read a book that discusses the crippling stress and anxiety that high school and the college admission process breed into kids. Most striking, though, is seeing the school stress manifest in his fifth grade sister. The title nails it, perfect is the only level that is acceptable anymore.
The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess is another debut that I'm super excited for! Luckily, Nikki has agreed to chat with me about her book as well. The Quiet You Carry follows Victoria as she's thrown into the foster system in her senior year of high school after her father kicks her out of the house. Getting away from her home makes her fully comprehend the abuse she's endured, but she's still uncomfortable speaking out. Making friends at her new school helps her return to a healthy place.
Nikki and I have a chance to chat about writing personal stories, character develop, imperfect characters, and querying tips. We also delve into how Nikki's journalism career have influenced her prose writing and what we can expect next from her.
Well, that's everything for February, and I can't wait to talk more about what's coming in the future. I have an amazing line up of authors and books that are set to come on in the months ahead! I hope that you're as excited about these new books as I am, and I'll announce more at the start of every new month. Check out the links below if you want a recap of what's happened here in the last month!
Field Guide To The North American Teenager: Review Here
A Quiet Kind of Thunder: Review Here
Reading Stats for 2018: Here
Our Year of Maybe: Review Here
Two Can Keep A Secret:Review Here
Down and Across: Review Here
Into YA with Lianne Oelke: Here
When The Truth Unravels: Review Here
Girl Made of Stars: Review Here
Dead Queen's Club: Review Here
Goodbye Perfect: Review Here
This Is Not a Test: Review Here
A Danger To Herself and Others: Review Here