Welcome to another installment of Book Birthday Tuesday! While there are only 3 releases on my radar this week, it’s about quality not quantity and I’m feeling confident in the quality of these books. We have the fifth book in a series I’ve loved reading these past 3 years, another Book of the Month selection, and a rare Aladdin retelling. So without further ado here are the new releases for this week.
Making a Play by Abbi Glines – TBR
Ryker Lee is finally enjoying his senior year—he has great friends, hangs out with hot girls, and is on track to get a football scholarship that will set him up for college. Despite this, a small part of him wonders if there’s more to life than parties and meaningless hookups—and if football even means as much to him as it does to his fellow teammates. And when he meets the new girl at school, his world totally changes…
Aurora McClay is new to Lawton. She’s grateful that her twin brother, Hunter, is star of the football team and can help her adjust to her new school, but she’s not grateful at how overprotective he is over every person she meets. Just because she is deaf does not mean people have to treat her differently. When she meets Ryker Lee, the two of them spark an instant and intense chemistry, one that proves to be controversial not only because of Ryker’s reputation as a player, but also because of Aurora and Hunter’s father’s bigoted views about who Aurora can and can’t date.
Aurora and Ryker know in their hearts that they are meant for each other. But can their relationship endure the turmoil of rumors and prejudice?
I first discovered The Field Party series back in 2016 and immediately devoured the first two books. I have tried to read a few other Abbi Glines novels in the past, but we never clicked until this series. It’s so well written, the characters are relatable and I love how both MCs have something to overcome in their personal lives that the relationships they’re trying to build help them with. I honestly didn’t even know there was going to be a fifth book in this series. I thought Losing the Field was the last book, tying up the friend group we were first introduced to in Until Friday Night. I’m excited to read Ryker’s stories though and I’m hoping to buy a box set of this series asap which is why this is a TBR versus a B&N Run.
Who is Nevaeh Levitz?
Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, sixteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz never thought much about her biracial roots. When her Black mom and Jewish dad split up, she relocates to her mom’s family home in Harlem and is forced to confront her identity for the first time.
Nevaeh wants to get to know her extended family, but one of her cousins can’t stand that Nevaeh, who inadvertently passes as white, is too privileged, pampered, and selfish to relate to the injustices they face on a daily basis as African Americans. In the midst of attempting to blend their families, Nevaeh’s dad decides that she should have a belated bat mitzvah instead of a sweet sixteen, which guarantees social humiliation at her posh private school. Even with the push and pull of her two cultures, Nevaeh does what she’s always done when life gets complicated: she stays silent.
It’s only when Nevaeh stumbles upon a secret from her mom’s past, finds herself falling in love, and sees firsthand the prejudice her family faces that she begins to realize she has a voice. And she has choices. Will she continue to let circumstances dictate her path? Or will she find power in herself and decide once and for all who and where she is meant to be?
First, I just want to state that bat mitzvahs are so cool or they are where I’m fun. A party is a party, religious reasons or not. Second, books like Color Me In and The Hate U Give are making a difference. They’re starting conversations among youth who might not have known how things are in the world or maybe didn’t know how to start conversations about such taboo topics. I applaud authors like Diaz for writing such impactful novels and making a difference. While I might not have selected Color Me In as my Book of the Month YA selection for this month, I have read it and I highly recommend picking it up. (For the BOTM YA version of this book for $10 the link can be found in the title above)
The Stolen Kingdom: An Aladdin Retelling by Bethany Atazadeh – B&N Run
How can she protect her kingdom, if she can’t protect herself?
Arie eagerly anticipates becoming Queen of her humble kingdom. Even when a Jinni’s Gift manifests before her 18th birthday, she fights to hide the forbidden ability.
But when a neighboring king attempts to marry her and steal her kingdom, discovery feels imminent. Just one slip could cost her throne. And her life.
A Jinni hunter and his crew of thieves are her only hope for removing this Gift. And she must remove it before it’s exposed. Or die trying.
The Stolen Kingdom is a loose “Aladdin” retelling. Set in a world that humans share with Mermaids, Dragons, and the elusive Jinni, this isn’t the fairytale you remember…
Have you seen this cover?! It’s so freaking gorgeous and it’s an Aladdin retelling? You rarely see a retelling of that classic and I need is ASAP. I first saw this novel on @darkfaerietales instagram video of her book mail unboxings and looked it up immediately. Toss in mermaids, my absolute favorite, and some dragons, a hard second, and I’m hardcore sold. It has some good review on Goodreads so I’m feeling confident this book will be a win for me and I’m running over to Barnes & Nobles today to pick it up.