Want to Read Wednesday, January: 1/25/2017

This past week was busy and allowed for less reading time than usual and significantly less time to read  about books. As a consequence, my To Read list on Goodreads did not grow. However, I did receive several new advance reader copies that I’m looking forward to reading.

perfectPerfect by Cecelia Ahern

Publication Date: April 4, 2017

Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description: Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured–all her freedoms gone.

 

seven-days-of-youSeven Days of You by Cecilia Venesse

Release Date: March 7, 2017

Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description: Anna and the French Kiss meets Before Sunrise in this smart and swoony debut.

beautiful-broken-girlsBeautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage

Release Date: February 21, 2017

Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description: After two teenage sisters, Mira and Francesca, drown themselves in a neighborhood quarry, their next-door neighbor Ben receives post-mortem letters from Mira. This letter challenges Ben to track down the hidden, cryptic notes hidden in seven places alluding to where the two secretly touched. As Ben uncovers each note, he starts to unravel the hidden lies and secrets that these girls kept, and just how complicated their bonds with the outside world were.

 

echoes-in-the-canyonEchoes in the Canyon by Marco Behrens

Release Date: November 23, 2016

Source: Web Review Request

Publisher’s Description: Myra Louise, a desert tortoise, and her close friend Minnie Squawking Bird, a cactus wren, live in the Arizona desert with their friends Stinky and Smelly—javelina brothers who have a propensity to seek out adventure…and trouble. The javelinas are schemers and dreamers, and Myra Louise and Minnie Squawking Bird have a full-time job keeping the boys grounded and heading in an appropriate direction. Luckily there is also wise Joe Fox—the law in this part of the desert—and his pals Reynard Fox and Hunter Coyote. Echoes in the Canyon is an entertaining look at the critters of the Southwest desert and their antics, and each chapter ends with lessons learned. Above all, this delightful book offers a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Arizona desert and the amazing animals who dwell there.

Just looking at this list of new books to read has me pining for a string of snow days!

Wilder by Lena North

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FAB Publishing, 2017.

When Wilder’s mother and her grandfather die at the very same time, her life changes, and it’s her grandfather that she misses most. Wilder’s mom was devoted only to her husband and Wilder always felt like she was in the way, but Willy, Wilder’s grandfather, loved her unconditionally and spent as much time with her as he possibly could.

Wilder’s not sure how to go on without Willy in her life. She’s always tried to please her father, but received nothing in return. Then, when Willy’s will is read, Wilder learns that her mother’s husband wasn’t her father at all and her father is a mysterious man who lives in the mountains where Willy and Wilder went every winter to ski.

Wilder and her best friend Mickey go to the mountains to explore this unknown part of her life and find far more than they bargained for. Soon they’ve met a whole community of strangers who know all about them, they’re embroiled in a two thousand year old mystery, and the secrets are popping up all over. And did I mention the romance? There’s also romance.

Wilder is smart as a whip and tough. The characters in the book are interesting and flawed and I not only rooted for them while I was reading but now that I’m finished I want to know more about them. Good thing this is the first book in a series!

The fantasy is rooted in a modern world that is familiar. The characters drive cars and motorcycles and have cell phones and technology, but the physical location doesn’t match with any place in the real world, and the history of the story in no way matches history as we know it. The world building is beautiful, however, and the technology we know from the world today blends seamlessly with the fantastical elements of the story.

I would have been happy with antagonists that were a little less gullible, slightly smarter, and harder to defeat. But on the whole, the conflict was a satisfying one, and the emotional pull I felt toward the sympathetic characters more than made up for any disappointments in the antagonists.

In Wilder, Lena North wrote a fantasy that kept me up reading past my bedtime two nights in a row and had me ignoring my to-do list the final morning just so I could finish reading. I’ll definitely keep my eyes out for book number two in the Books of a Feather series.

I received a review copy of Wilder courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher.

Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

Amazon Publishing: Skyscape, 2015.

Noa is just getting back to school after the unexpected death of her beloved sister. She’s doing her very best to be strong at school and at home—places that still seem filled with Isla’s presence. But soon after she arrives, a new student begins to fill her thoughts. Before she can avoid it Noa, has fallen for Callum and becomes tangled in a world where Fae are real and dangerous, and Callum and his needs could prove the most dangerous for Noa.

This book drew me in with its emotional intensity. Noa is shouldering a huge burden, attempting to keep her family functioning in the face of terrible tragedy while also trying to make her way back into school. She’s an admirable and sympathetic character. Every conflict in the story revolves around love and loyalty, which I found extremely compelling. It’s a complicated love story–the best kind in my opinion. I read through the story quickly, and I’m already eagerly awaiting books two and three of the trilogy.

I read Shattered Blue as an electronic Advance Reader Copy given to me by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.