I went book shopping with Dougie (Second Star to the Right) and had such a fun time. I managed to find great deals on some fairly new titles too, so I can’t help but make a haul post on it!
Noah Could Never | Simon James Green
Series: Noah Can’t Even
Published: 2018, by Scholastic.
Genre: LGBT, Fiction, Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Summary: Noah and Harry have gone from friends to boyfriends, but is Noah ready for the difference?
It doesn’t help that a group of french exchange students have descended on Little Fobbing – including sexy Pierre Victoire, who appears to have his eye on Harry. Meanwhile, Noah’s paired up with a girl, whom outrageously, is not even french.
But that’s not all: Noah’s being followed! By mysterious strangers in a black car!
Is it because:
a) Noah’s dad and secret half-brother have stolen Gran’s fake diamonds?
b) His PE teacher is getting suspicious cash infusions from Russia?
c) A drag queen is hiding out at Noah’s house after a bare-knuckled drag feud?
d) Noah’s made some questionable life choices involving protein powder?
e) or all of the above?!
This is one of my most anticipated releases of this year. I loved Noah Can’t Even, it being one of the funniest and heart-warming books I’ve ever read, and I’m so happy I managed to find the next instalment.
A Darker Shade of Magic | V.E. Schwab
Series: Shades of Magic
Published: 2015, by Titan Books.
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Magic
Summary: Kell is one of the last travellers – magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city. There’s Grey London, without magic and ruled by the mad King George III. Red London – where magic is revered, and where Kell was raised alongside the heir to the empire. White London – where people right to control the remaining magic and magic fights back. And once there was Black London…
I’ve been meaning to read about one of Schwab’s novels for so long now, having heard so much hype surrounding this series. The blurb of this one sounds amazing, and the woman who served me in the store seemed really excited about it. Hopefully, I’ll be able to read it soon!
Shadowblack | Sebastien De Castell
Published: 2018, by Hot Key Books.
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Magic
Summary: Sorcery is a scam.
Four months after fleeing his own people, Kellen has discovered he’s an even worse outlaw than he was a mage. It doesn’t help that his own allies are a swaggering card player and a thieving squirrel cat.
Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn’t blind, and whose secrets pull them into a conspiracy of magic, blackmail and murder.
I loved Spellslinger, adoring the concept and all its characters. It’s a brilliant immersive fantasy novel, and I was so happy at the news of a sequel. I was planning on getting the hardback editions of the series, however, when I saw this in a Waterstones deal, I just couldn’t help myself.
I Was Born For This | Alice Oseman
Published: 2018, by HarperCollins.
Genre: LGBT, Young Adult, Contemporary
Summary: For Angel, life is about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything she loves – her friend Juliet, her dreams, her place in the world.
Jimmy owes everything to The Ark. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band with his mates is all he ever dreamed of doing.
But dreams don’t always turn out the way you think, and when Jimmy and Angel are unexpectedly thrust together they find out how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.
I’ve read a lot about this book since its recent release, and I adored Radio Silence. Alice Oseman’s work has been a huge part of the book community recently, so I couldn’t help but jump on the bandwagon once more when I saw this in a Waterstones deal. Plus, this counts as a read towards YALC next month!
Eve of Man | Giovanna and Tom Fletcher
Series: Eve of Man Trilogy
Published: 2018, by Penguin.
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia,
Summary: All her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past.
But at sixteen it’s time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She’s always accepted her fate.
Until she meets Bram.
Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom.
But how do you choose between love and the future of the human race?
I really enjoy the works by both of these authors, and I find it adorable that they’ve paired up for a trilogy together. I’ve read a few good reviews on this, so I’m pretty hopeful about it. However, that being said, it’s very… straight, so I’m not sure if I’ll resonate with it that much. But, it was half price so what can I say? I’m weak. Another book ready for YALC though!