Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
The moment I read that this book is about a lightning addict, I knew that I had to pick this one up. The Fierce Reads Tour was just a good excuse for me to pick it up right away. There is a lot trust issues in this book since Mia doesn't know who to trust, and sometimes what to believe, including in herself.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
I've been dying for some awesome YA fantasy for a while, especially after reading Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I talk more about it in my Road Trip Wednesday post. I'm thinking this is definitely a contender for my favorite book of the year.
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
This is the sequel to If I Stay and is written from the perspective of Mia's boyfriend, Adam. It takes place three years after the first book.
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
This is one of those books that I wish I would have picked up sooner! Bria just graduated from high school and goes on a trip to Central America where she meets a brother and sister who she decides to go on adventures with during her time there. This book resonated so much with me that it had me reminiscing about the summer after my high school graduation. My other Road Trip Wednesday post had the perfect timing after I read this book. I'm really warming up more to contemporary YA, and I have to admit, this is another book on the top of my list for this year.
Fever by Lauren DeStafano
I received the ARC of the first book, Wither, back at Comic Con in 2009. It was so different from any other YA book that I had read at the time. This is the first dystopian book that I picked up before the onslaught of them (and knowing the existence of The Hunger Games). The first book takes place pretty much in one location, but in this one, we get to see the outside world. The ending shocked me, and I'm looking forward to the last book. Rhine only has so much time, and right now with no sight of a happy ending, it will be sad to see her go.
Out in August
Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale (ARC)
I attended ALA in Anaheim last month to be surrounded by book people. There isn't anything quite like attending a convention or conference where people are passionate about something. I didn't know what to expect while walking the aisles and spotting the upcoming and current book titles. I hesitated asking at first for something that I would see, but when I saw Palace of Stone, I couldn't resist. I was delighted when I was handed the advanced reader copy and I felt like a kid where I wanted to hug it to my chest. It is the first book that I picked off the pile when I returned home.
If you enjoyed the first Princess Academy book, there is no doubt in my mind that you will love this book even more than the first. This is definitely one of my favorite books that I've read this year and it will be hard not to recommend it to everyone. I can't wait for my younger nieces and nephew to read this book! Mira is a strong character who has doubts just like anyone, dealing with being away from home for the first time. She struggles with new and old friendships, growing ideas from her book learning, and holds onto wanting the best for everyone. Mira is definitely a character you want by your side.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I'm forming a list of book recommendations. I do have a lot to read right now, though, sometimes I like to jump out of my comfort zone. What do you recommend?