From the author of Trouble comes a new novel about boys, bands and best mates.
Kaz is still reeling from being dumped by the love of her life… Ruby is bored of hearing about it. Time to change the record.
Three days. Two best mates. One music festival. Zero chance of everything working out.
Janet: This looks interesting, but I don’t know that I’d pick it up on my own. Not sure why. Buuut I could be talked into it if one of the other Book Warriors likes it.
Nafiza: *eyes Yash* This seems like something I’d enjoy but Yash is on a contemp kick right now so maybe she’ll review it for us? *cheese* I really like the cover though. I like how they’re offering each other comfort (I choose to read it as such) and they’re both moving forward. I like it.
Yash: I like the cover. The orange-y/coral-y pink isn’t a common choice and the art style is kind of different too. The title fits the synopsis and it all looks very fun and interesting … it’s just that I am not sure I’d want to read a music festival setting. Still, I’ll put this on tentative TBR.
Multiplatinum pop icon Lily Ross’s biggest hits and biggest heartbreaks (because they are one and the same):
1. AGONY. (That feeling when her ex ripped her heart out of her chest and she never saw it coming.)
2. GHOSTS. (Because even famous people are ghosted by guys sometimes. And it sucks just as much.)
3. ONCE BITTEN. (As in: twice shy. Also, she’s never dating an actor or a musician ever again.)
But this summer’s going to be different. After getting her heart shattered, Lily is taking herself out of the spotlight and heading to a small island in middle-of-nowhere Maine with her closest friends. She has three months until her fall tour starts – three months to focus on herself, her music, her new album. Anything but guys.
That is . . . until Lily meets sweet, down-to-earth local Noel Bradley, who is so different from anyone she’s ever dated. Suddenly, Lily’s “summer of me” takes an unexpected turn, and she finds herself falling deeper and harder than ever before. But Noel isn’t interested in the limelight. She loves Noel – but she loves her fans, too. And come August, she may be forced to choose.
Janet: She doesn’t have a face. I dislike this cover on that principle. The back is kinda sweet and funny, especially the list. I might borrow this if I see it when I’m in the mood for fluffy YA romance.
Nafiza: She so doesn’t have a face and that’s a bit disconcerting. YA romance is not for me unless Janet tells me it’s lovely and then I’ll disbelievingly read it. Haha.
Yash: I like that she is just faceless enough to make readers fill in the blanks and make her look like Taylor Swift in my head. Sneaky, cover artists. Sneaky. Not sure how much I appreciate the sneakiness though. And while I liked the beginning of the synopsis, I was a little disappointed that she found a guy in the-middle-of-nowhere-Maine, instead of zombies, so clearly I’m in the mood for something else. Not really this book’s fault. Just … not that into it.
In a vast kingdom divided by power-hungry lords, land equals power. With the Nethergrim now awake, her limitless wellspring of evil means opportunity for those willing to do her bidding. One ambitious Lord, eager to overthrow his counterparts and rule the north, succumbs to temptation, helping to let loose the Skeleth, forces of energy that absorb whole anyone who attempts to kill them. In this way the slain end up as slayers, a vicious cycle that never ends.
Yet that will not stop young Edmund–an apprentice wizard–and his friends Katherine and Tom, from trying to stop the evil threatening to overtake their kingdom. Together, they team up with the legendary Tristan in a battle of courage, brains, determination, and sacrifice to stop the Skeleth and save the Barony of Elverain from being conquered.
Janet: I am just waiting for that bridge to start to break, although the fire doesn’t look quite big enough to mess with the stones yet. I didn’t like the first in this series. I’ll pass.
Nafiza: The cover is super attractive. I like the wheel thing and the colour palette. But I’m good with sieges and wars and whatnot. This reminds me a lot of that scene in The Two Towers where they’re defending Helms Deep from the enemy. Gosh that was a tense moment. Anyway yeah, I trust Janet’s opinions and will pass on this title (or rather this series).
Yash: I basically read the blurb and noped away from it. Sorry, book. You are Not For Me.
Seventh grader Eddie is determined to honor his father’s legacy and win the school science fair in this fun and quirky debut novel.
Eddie learned everything there is to know about birding from his dad, including the legend of the Golden Eagle, which Dad claimed he saw once down near Miss Dorothy’s pond. According to his dad, the Golden Eagle had wings wider than a creek and talons the size of bulldozer claws. But when Eddie was in sixth grade, Dad “flew away” for good, leaving Eddie on his own to await the return of the elusive raptor.
Now Eddie is starting seventh grade and trying to impress Gabriella, the new girl in town. The annual seventh grade Science Symposium (which Dad famously won) is looming, and Eddie is determined to claim the blue ribbon for himself. With Mr. Dover, the science teacher who was Dad’s birding rival, seemingly against him, and with Mouton, the class bully, making his life miserable on all fronts, Eddie is determined to overcome everything and live up to Dad’s memory. Can Eddie soar and make his dream take flight?
Janet: The cover has that nice middle grade vibe with colour and lots of white space. The back has a little much going on. I don’t know. I’d look inside, I guess.
Nafiza: The back copy didn’t really need to mention the romance, honestly. I was okay until it mentioned the girl he wants to impress and then I’m all…oh. Still, I’ll give this a try because I adore this cover.
Yash: This cover is a little … strange. I don’t really know where to look. Eyes don’t move randomly all over the place, but this cover has the kid below, the title in the middle, the yellow bike off to the right, and a random eagle. It’s just kinda messy. Well, I think it’s kinda messy. Anyway, I’m not much for birds or bird-watching. Not sure this one is for me, either.
Wow, cover wars, you are being difficult today. 🙁
THINGS FINLEY HART DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT
• Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)
• Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.
• Never having met said grandparents.
• Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.)
Finley’s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that exists in the pages of her notebook. Until she discovers the endless woods behind her grandparents’ house and realizes the Everwood is real–and holds more mysteries than she’d ever imagined, including a family of pirates that she isn’t allowed to talk to, trees covered in ash, and a strange old wizard living in a house made of bones.
With the help of her cousins, Finley sets out on a mission to save the dying Everwood and uncover its secrets. But as the mysteries pile up and the frightening sadness inside her grows, Finley realizes that if she wants to save the Everwood, she’ll first have to save herself.
Reality and fantasy collide in this powerful, heartfelt novel about family, depression, and the power of imagination.
Janet: The cover is nicely ominous, with that small figure on a plain field contrasted with the large house and tall dark trees and all in that green-grey colour scheme. The back copy sucks me right in with that list, the narrative voice, the forest, and cousins. I will keep an eye out for this.
Nafiza: Claire LeGrand is a hit or miss with me. I like this cover for all the reasons Janet listed and I will give this one a try because how could I not?
Yash: Now, this is more like it. The art style looks like a cross between Jon Klassen and Carson Ellis and I think it’s perfect! The lush greens, the distant home/family/reality that is shrouded in mystery (or disinterest), and the hidden (but not so hidden) crown–all so interesting! Having read the synopsis, the title is perfect too! I love that it talks about depression, which is not a common subject for middle-grade, I feel, unless the person with depression is an adult. This could be really good and I’m definitely looking forward to reading it.
11 year old Daisy has never seen the outside world.
She has lived with her mother in their family home, the splendid but crumbling Brightwood Hall. But when one day her mother doesn’t come home and a strange man arrives at the house, Daisy must use her wits to survive.
This enthralling story of a young girl’s physical and mental journey is beautifully imagined by Tania Unsworth, and readers will be completely transported by the unique magic of Daisy’s world.
Janet: The cover is pretty, especially the bottom half, all swirling lines and blues, forests and seas. The back copy doesn’t give me much reason to care – it tells me about the book and my supposed/predicted reaction rather than draw me in. I will have to look inside to decide.
Nafiza: I could swear we did a cover wars of a book with a back copy almost identical to this one not many weeks ago. I am not inclined to pick this one up as the cover doesn’t do anything for me and the back copy apart from sounding very generic is a bit too tell-ey for me. So pass.
Yash: While, I do like the cover, the synopsis tells me very little. I am not sure why the boat is there, or why the peacock, or why the palm/coconut/date trees in the background? I am intrigued by the book though. It sounds a little like The Graveyard Book–is the strange man a killer, or is he Daisy’s guide? Does she have to use her wits to survive the wide world, or escape this stranger? I must know. Also, on my TBR.