“It all starts with a song. Maybe it’s time I finish mine.”
– Erin Hahn
When I first saw You’d Be Mine and read the description for it I was expecting a cute summer read like Emery Lord’s Open Road Summer; It wasn’t like that at all. You’d Be Mine had so much depth and feeling in it that calling it a “cute and light summer read” would be a disservice. This book deals with the heavy issues of loss, depression, and coping in all the wrong ways but does so in a relatable way. Our two main characters are not flawless but they are strong and I was rooting not only for them to be together but for them to also really find themselves and move on from their troubled pasts.
“It’s like some of us are chasing after our nightmares the way other people chase dreams.”
– Taylor Jenkins Reid
I opened up this book, read the Author’s Note and then opened to the first section and thought “there is no way in hell I can read a book written in interview manuscript form.” I was so wrong. I absolutely loved this novel and I don’t think any other format would have worked at all. Every character was an unreliable narrator and this format allowed you to see situations from everyone’s perspectives while also seeing what else was going on in their lives that other characters had no inkling of. Every character had their own story to tell about how it all went down.
This was such a cute read that will be perfect for anyone looking for that summer read! It’s a story about how life may not go just the way you thought/planned for, but how fate might have something even better in store. Both of the main characters experience significant changes in their lives and the story really showed them figuring out who they were through these changes. The main characters were really relatable and had a ton of character growth throughout the book.
I first ran into Bardugo when I came across Six of Crows (my all time favorite) a few years ago. The world and characters she had created enchanted me and I needed more as soon as humanly possibly. I moved onto the Grishaverse hoping to cure my Six of Crows hangover but found myself more intrigued by the side characters than with the main character Alina and her character arc. I needed to know more about the dashing pirate king and the moody Grisha Squaller that had been so idolized by Nina. The answer to my prayers was King of Scars and was one of my other most anticipated releases this year. While KoS didn’t quite disappoint it didn’t fully satisfy me either. Beware of some spoilers ahead!
“Once upon a time there was a human girl stolen away by faeries, and because of that, she swore to destroy them.”
– Holly Black
My beautiful, wicked, and strong Jude it was so nice to dive back into your world you were very much missed. As someone who reads a lot Fantasy Teen&YA Jude is hands down one of my favorite main female characters. She knows what she wants even if she isn’t quite sure how to get it or who to even trust, which makes me love her even more. This was one of my most anticipated releases this year and it did not disappoint.