Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New Release Tuesday...The Ones I'm Psyched For [16]

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask anybody.  Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the "slut stall" in the girls' bathroom: "Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers" and "Alice got an abortion last semester." After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control. In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they "know" about Alice--and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.

I received an eARC of this book from the publisher and I couldn't be more excited that everyone gets to read it now that it is officially released! I thought it was a beautifully written book that explores the backlash of bullying and spreading rumors on everyone involved. I really hope everyone gets a chance to pick up this book because it's one of those books that needs to be read.

Check out my review.
Check it out on Goodreads.
Check out author Jennifer Mathieu's website.

Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon

Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.

So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all . . .

I also received a finished copy of Take Back the Skies from Bloomsbury, but unfortunately I just got it in the mail on Saturday and I haven't had a chance to read it yet. But never fear, I will be reading it soon and it is an understatement to say that I am dying to dive right into this world that Saxon has created.

Check it out on Goodreads.
Check out author Lucy Saxon's website.

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern's insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

I've heard nothing but good things about Say What You Will and I'm so excited that it is finally released so that I can read it. I have high hopes for this book with a diverse set of characters. It isn't common to see less than perfect main characters but I'm hoping that we will see more and more of them as books like Say What You Will are well received.

Check it out on Goodreads.
Check out author Cammie McGovern's website.

The Fear Trials (Murder Complex #0.5) by Lindsay Cummings

Meadow Woodson has been trained to survive. This is a prequel to The Murder Complex, by Lindsay Cummings, and it is set in a blood-soaked world where the murder rate is higher than the birth rate. For fans of Moira Young's Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson's father calls it The Fear Trials, and it is a rite of passage in their family. Meadow is up against her brother Koi. The Fear Trials will both harden her and make her brave. If Meadow wins, she will get a weapon of her own and the right to leave the Woodsons' houseboat without her father or mother at her side. Set in the violent, complex, and mysterious world of The Murder Complex, and introducing Meadow Woodson—a teenage girl trained to survive no matter what the cost—and her family, who are together for the last time on their houseboat in the Florida Everglades.

I just started The Murder Complex today and I'm already sucked into the world of the Shallows. Now that I already know Meadow a little bit, I'm excited to pick up this e-novella that tells us a little more of her backstory and how she came to be the fierce girl that she is at the start of The Murder Complex.

Check it out on Goodreads.
Check out author Lindsay Cummings's website.

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