ARC Review: INTO THE DIM by Janet B. Taylor

Check out what I thought about INTO THE DIM, which was pitched as a YA Outlander!

into the dim coverTitle: INTO THE DIM
Author: Janet B. Taylor
Pub Date: March 1, 2016 from HMH Books for Young Readers
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When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.

Brittany recommended this book to me, so I was super stoked when Edelweiss granted me an e-arc.

Let’s do this review in list form!

The Bad

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*Ummm… the slut shaming was so painful. Cut that shit out.

Examples:
“The redneck boys where I was from preferred girls like my cheerleader cousins. Size two. Blond. Busty. Brainless.”
First of all, stop perpetuating shameful and mean myths about cheerleaders. And blonds. And people who are slim or have big boobs. And also, do size 2 girls have big boobs? Wouldn’t that cause massive back strain?

“But then again, I’m not one of those slutty St. Sebastian girls.”
Umm… Hope, you just got to Scotland. You don’t even know anyone from St. Sebastian. And even if you did, rude and unnecessary.

There was also some ageism thrown in there (“How can someone so old move like that?” “Though you look pretty good for an old gal, I must say.”). It just really made for an unpleasant reading experience whenever it would appear.

*Historical inaccuracies. Rachel, a prominent Jewish character, tells Hope that her family came to England after her people were forced out of France. I was confused by this since in my Intro to Medieval History class we learned that Jews were not expelled from France until the 1300s. Furthermore, the first country to expel Jews was England (in the 1200s) (This book takes place in 1154). I did a little poking around online and found that Philip Augustus of France did expel Jews from his properties in 1182, but that’s still 30 years in the future.

*What makes this inaccuracy more uncomfortable is that Taylor’s England is super Anti-Semitic, which was just as painful to read as the slut shaming and ageism.

Examples:
“It sickens me that our king would allow a Jew to even enter his palace, much less tend to his queen.”
“…wondered what a Jewess had between her legs.”

“Until the Godless Jews are scourged from this land, decent Christian folk are not safe.”
“It’s a Jewess.” She snarled on the last word.
“How is it that you consort with our Hebrew brethren–” his lip curled at that–

It just feels super weird to embrace the anti-semitism, but not accurately reflect the Jewish experience in terms of expulsion. Unless I missed something in my digging and by the 1150s, Jews had been forced out of France. It is true that Henry II treated the Jews better than other monarchs, so in that regard Into the Dim is correct.

*The first third of the book is so slow! I thought there was a lot of stuff that could have been cut to move the plot along faster. Basically Hope gets to the manor and does a lot of wandering around, meets a boy, learns and trains for the trip back in time, there’s a super long flashback/diary entry that I skimmed…

*Speaking of backstory, the one with Hope/Bran takes a long time until she remembers/learns about it, and I found that so annoying. There were so many places she could have pushed him for more information, and she doesn’t. It felt like it was drawn out just for plot’s sake. Later she just hears a name and has an epic flashback which is oh so convenient (which goes along with another point below about not having to work for anything). Along with Hope being slow just for plot, in the midst of a dire escape while one of the main characters is dying, she just stops for a make out session, which screamed of ridiculousness to me. Yes, I was swooning, but um STAKES. You can make out when you get home and find penicillin.

*There was nothing really special about this book that made it stand out from any other YA fantasy. Special snowflake MC who is pretty but doesn’t know it, with 2 guys who are total opposites and mad about her. Sometimes I can overlook these things if they’re done well or with a twist, or something about the writing really grabs me, but not in this case.

*The MC and her friends didn’t have to work for anything. All the historical figures/adults in 1154 are already on someone’s side because they’ve had interaction with the rival time traveling families before. It really took all the anticipation away because the ‘bad guy’ was obviously in league with the bad time travelers and vice versa. I didn’t feel any stakes since everything was pretty much handed to them.

The Good

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*Bran!! Swoony, funny, adorable Bran.
*Pretty epic backstory between Bran and Hope. I really liked it.
*Doug and Phoebe were SO cute!
*So were Rachel and William!
*Gosh just all the romance in this book!
*Hope being a boss and burning iron bars.
*Calling Collum on his hypocrisy. Great to see self-aware characters!

INTO THE DIM has all the romance of Outlander, but the slut shaming and lack of stakes hurt my overall enjoyment of the novel. 

Cover Thoughts
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Favorite Quote (all quotes from an ARC! Not final.)
“William was cute in a medieval boy-next-door way…”

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Favorite Character
Bran…

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Best Books I Read in: January (and You Should Too)!

Sorry I left you guys waiting for this month’s list a couple extra days longer. I got distracted with snow and school and watching The Royals.

So in January I read a whooping 16 books! That must be an all-time best. I wanted to read as much as I could before the semester started–though I still read a fair amount the last two weeks of January, balanced with school work. Let’s get started!

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Short version here!
-WOLF BY WOLF by Ryan Graudin [asfghjkl masterpiece]
-MAP OF FATES by Maggie Hall [swoon]
-KILL THE BOY BAND by Goldy Moldavsky [this book is effed up]
-EVERY LAST WORD by Tamara Ireland Stone [cute! poetry! yay!]
-THE ANATOMY OF CURIOSITY by Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff, and Tessa Gratton [yessssss]

Longer/cooler version here!

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OH MY GOD THIS BOOK. I love it SO much. I read it in a day because I just could not stop. I don’t think I’ve ever really read an alternate history book, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was also wary of the subject matter since we’ve had a crop of Nazi Romance Book scandals in the last several months + last semester I took a class on Genocide, so the material was close to my heart. But this. book. was. incredible. Yael is such an amazing MC–she’s been through so much shit, but she still has so much heart, and it’s beautiful. The plot is nonstop and the writing broke me. Like, I had so many feels, it was disgusting [evidence below].

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The Conspiracy of Us was one of my favorite books of last year. I loved the characters and was totally hooked. I was so excited to win an ARC so I could read it and sate my fangirlsh needs! But who was I kidding, this book just made me need book 3! Again, spot on characters, humor, and sass. And swoony guys that actually made me CHANGE SHIPS. This has NEVER happened to me before. But as much as I love Jack Stellan, I’m here for Avery and her character growth and unraveling all the mysteries of this twisty tale. Okay, and Stellan. Full review coming soon!

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I’ve never really read short story collections before, but I’ve been in a writing slump recently, so I wanted to check this out since it’s a book for writers and readers. And oh man, I’m so glad I did! These stories and the writing tips/insights/notes  were incredible. The stories themselves were super interesting. I was hooked on two of them and found the other interesting but it just didn’t grab me, though the author notes were still invaluable. If you’re a fan of one or more of these authors or enjoy fantasy and richly woven stories, def check this out!

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I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH! I don’t even know how to talk about it and I want to review it, but you see how not knowing how to talk about this book could pose a problem. Just… just… I don’t even know. This magical book is somehow real. It has messy characters, insane situations, satire, a twisty plot, and GIRLS AND THEIR POWER AND FEELS. I’ll try to be coherent about this book some other time.

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The poetry in this book is beautiful! I thought it was also interesting to see a different manifestation of OCD that had more to do with invasive thoughts than the more well known neurotic tendencies. Even though this book deals with a heavy subject, it was a fluffy easy read with fun characters and a cute ship.

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What are the best books you’ve read recently? Have you read any of these?

 

ARC Review: THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE by Heidi Heilig

 

Check out what I thought about Heidi HEILIG’s debut YA novel, THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE.

the girl from everywhere coverTitle: The Girl From Everywhere
Author: Heidi Heilig
Pub Date: February 16, 2016 from HarperCollins Greenwillow Books
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Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.

Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.

Thanks Brittany for loaning a poor fangirl your ARC.

THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE was one of my most anticipated reads! I first heard about it on QueryShark in June 2014. I was blown away by the concept and knew I had to have this book! Fast forward to now and I finally read it!

The writing is beautiful. It has such a great rhythm and feel to it. It’s so smart, too! So many references to mythology and all sorts of things. I was so happy when I knew one. The worlds were richly drawn with so much love I could feel it. A pet peeve of mine is when New York is written as a caricature or geographic details are off. Not only is New York brought to life here, but so is 1800s Hawaii and ancient China.

The characters! I loved Nix and Kash. They kept me reading besides the gorgeous writing. I want to cuddle them both and squish their faces together.

*insert that Barbossa JUST KISS gif* *searches in vain* *can’t find*

The supporting crew of the Temptation were also a joy. I want all their sass.

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However, there’s one perfect character I’ve left out. SWAG the cutest little sea dragon EVER. Ahhh! He is the real star of this novel. (Spoiler alert: I have a mighty weakness for adorable animals doing adorable things)

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And now onto the things I wasn’t so swoony over. Sadly. Regrettably. I seriously wanted to love every single second. But this section is still riddled with feels.

-The pacing kind of got away from me in some places, namely in the beginning and end. The middle, though, was pretty amazing. I was totally hooked. The scene where Nix meets Joss for the first time I was so totally in. Every word, I was like, ‘what is this magic.’ So much double meaning and symbolism!

-The semi-love triangle wasn’t my cup of tea. But it is hard to outshine Kash.

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Thanks, Heidi! 

I know that Nix wanted to experience something outside of the ship, but why couldn’t she have just made an epic bestie? Friendships are just important as romances and I felt like this was a great opportunity for that.

-I didn’t really feel the stakes throughout (like, logically I knew them cause I was told it, but I wasn’t really shown the threat throughout), nor did I particularly care for the reveal of who the villain was.

I feel like my dislikes of the novel are purely subjective and a lot of other readers will love everything about it. I would recommend it despite my issues with it because everyone deserves to meet Nix and Kash and Swag.

Gorgeous vivid writing, fantastic characters, and a sweeping new world make THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE a book not to miss!

Cover Thoughts
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Favorite Quotes
[Obligatory note about how these come from an ARC, so they may not be the  final version :)]

“It’s wrong.”
“It’s illegal,” he corrected. “There are a lot of things that are illegal but not wrong. And probably more that are wrong, and still legal.”

Unasked for–and unappreciated–my brain reminded me of an Arab proverb: Jealousy is nothing but a fear of being abandoned. 

Everything must come to an end. In every myth, paradise is meant to be lost.

“You expected honor among thieves?”
“It’s more common than honor among gentleman!”

“…And once everyone agrees something is one way, all the other ways it could have been disappear.”

Favorite Character
SWAG FOREVER AND EVER
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Waiting on Wednesday: SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys

Today we’re Waiting on SALT TO THE SEA, an epic historical fiction novel.

Waiting on Wednesday Theme: Free Day

salt to the sea coverTitle: Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Pub Date: February 2, 2016 from Philomel Books
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The author of Between Shades of Gray returns to WWII in this epic novel that shines a light on one of the war’s most devastating—yet unknown—tragedies.

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

Ruta Sepetys is a phenomenal writer and she takes periods of history and brings them to life. I am so excited for her newest novel, Salt to the Sea! I also adore the title. The alliteration, the sound, the words. I don’t know. I’m weird, okay.

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I read Between Shades of Gray years ago, when it first came out. I didn’t fall in love with it, but the writing was beautiful and I appreciated getting to learn more about a period of history I hadn’t known about. I’d had no clue about the deportations Lithuanians suffered in WW1.

I read Ruta’s next novel Out of the Easy and that is when I became a believer. I loved every second of Out of the Easy. Every word, every character, every second I lived in that book. This time the stakes were less dire, but no less personal. Discovering 1950s New Orleans was fascinating. I heartily recommend this book to everyone.

And now I’m here, waiting for Salt to the Sea. I’m nervous it’ll fall more towards the Shades of Gray spectrum (although for many people, obviously that means they’ll love it), but I’m hopeful that I’ll enjoy it as mush as I did Out of the Easy.

Plus, it has water. It doesn’t take much to hook me when there’s water involved.

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ARC Review + Playlist: BLACKHEARTS by Nicole Castroman

Check out what I thought of BLACKHEARTS, a YA Debut by Nicole Castroman. Spoiler alert: I LOVED IT.

blackheartsTitle: Blackhearts
Author: Nicole Castroman
Pub Date: February 9, 2016 from Simon Pulse
Amazon: DO IT NOW
B&N: OR DO IT HERE JUST DO IT
Goodreads: ADD IT TO YOUR SHELVES 

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Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

Thanks to Edelweiss and S&S for granting me an e-arc!

OH. MY. GOSH. This book. It’s amazing. It’s phenomenal. I died.

Okay, let me try to be coherent. First, this is NOT a pirate book. This is a book about two people who want their freedom, who want to escape, and just happen to think they can achieve that dream via the sea. If you are expecting a pirate novel, STOP right now. Instead prepare for a beautifully drawn novel that feels like it was written in the Victorian Era. Even though Blackbeard’s time was the late 1600s to 1700s and the Victorian era was 100 years later in the 1800s, this book had that Victorian feel. The writing is so reminiscent of classic literature I felt like I was back in my Early Victorian Novels class (which is a good thing–I LOVED that class).

Honestly, the writing style did wonders for the world building. I was so totally hooked from the very beginning. I started reading at like 1am because I couldn’t sleep and the mood struck, and then 3 chapters flew by and I didn’t want to stop, but knew I had to to sleep. Then I ended up going  out of town the following day and couldn’t bring my tablet, but I was thinking about this book, wanting to come back. From the moment you start, you will not want to stop, so don’t be an idiot like me and start it when you won’t have time to keep going.

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We’ve tackled epic world building and pacing, and now let’s do characters. The supporting characters are all fully drawn, but Anne and Teach! My precious babies! Like everyone in a classic novel ever, they were obsessed with Milton and Paradise Lost. I loved this touch for reasons I can’t work out, but it just amused me (I seriously felt like I was back in class–I’m going to email my professor about this book, I swear). Their relationship developed so wonderfully. I shipped it hard. Teach shipped it hard. I mean, he nicknamed Anne Queen Anne! He worshipped her. It was beautiful.

Anne was a fantastic strong willed character. And she likes pockets and had them sewn into all her dresses! She held true to her ideals and knew how society viewed her and struggled with being fearless, as a result. But she truly was, in every sense of the word, pretty fearless, in my opinion. She was kind, too, and intelligent. However, she had a bit of pirate in her. Anne was so multi-layered and complex and incredibly real. She’s one of my favorite heroines.

Teach was like a hurricane. I don’t even know, okay. He barreled into this book and had a lot of feels. He gave me a lot of feels. He gave everyone a lot of feels.

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I am in love with this book.

I am also in love with this cover. A ship in a bottle is never mentioned in the book, but once you’ve finished reading it makes total sense and has wonderful symbolism. The ship is the freedom Anne and Teach both want, but they can’t have it. It’s bottled up and put on display. It’s just out of reach. It’s a decoration, not meant for them to truly have, but to admire.

This review is longer than they usually are because I honestly just adored this book so much. I was so excited for it and it totally delivered. It was more than I thought it would be. Blackhearts was an epic read that reminded me of Jane Eyre and other Victorian novels. Strong characters, an amazing imaginative story, and gripping pacing make this a MUST READ.

Cover Thoughts
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Still. Not. Okay. It’s so beautiful but now I only feel PAIN!

Favorite Quotes
I HAVE SO MANY BUT I DON’T KNOW WHICH ONES TO SHARE. Let’s go with these (but remember they’re from an ARC and may not be totally accurate):

Some funnies: “Oh, what do you propose we do? Are we going to break into someone’s vault? Or do you prefer something less dramatic, like stealing their sheep?”

Henry had said he would make her pay if he heard she’d caused any problems for Master Drummond. Hitting the master’s son between the legs with a pail was certainly problematic.

Some badass Anne moments: “Perhaps you are too used to people bowing to your believed superiority, and don’t understand when your presence is not desired.”

“I do not mean to sound ungrateful, but I’m tired of others directing my life. I’m ready to take charge of it and see where my choices lead me.”

Some shipping feels: They could be on opposite sides of the world, but she would always be his, and he would always be hers.

Favorite Character
ANNE FOREVER AND ALWAYS, MY QUEEN ANNE.
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PLAYLIST TIME! 🙂
I had to do something extra special for this book cause I’m currently nursing a killer book hangover! It amazed me how many One Direction songs totally fit Anne and Teach, so I made a crack!Blackhearts playlist! This is totally just meant for fun.

Track List

  1. Ready to Run: Ummm, this is SO them. Anne and Teach BOTH want to get away–they’re ready to run–and they totally want to each other by their side.
  2. Strong: Anne is an orphan and Teach and his dad have a tough relationship, but the love they have for each other makes them stronger and they embrace it.
  3. Girl Almighty: Hello, Anne, my girl almighty. “Some say she’s a fake…” this will make sense once you hit the end of the book. #Ow. But “there’s something happening here, I hope you feel it too” is basically Teach’s line of thought the entire book and he asks her something similar eventually.
  4. One Thing: Anne has that one thing!
  5. Perfect: Anne and Teach are totally perfect for each other (they both like having secret little rendezvous, going places they can’t even pronounce, and doing whatever they’ve been dreaming about), and they know it. The lyrics are so beautiful because it’s about a love that can’t last forever and you know Anne/Teach are not destined to live happily ever after. Spoiler alert: Blackbeard. This. Song. Is. Them.
  6. Happily: Teach does not care what Anne being mixed race means in their stuffy racist society (“I don’t care what people say when we’re together”). He just wants to be with her happily 🙂 You can reverse the relationship the girl in the song is in here and apply it to Teach/Patience.
  7. Through The Dark: I might cry. I might actually cry.
  8. The Black Pearl: Okay, not a 1D song, but a great way to end this mix! 🙂

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Best Books I Read In: December (And You Should Too!)

Ah, yes, your favorite feature on YABooksGirl is back! Here are my favorite reads of December–and if you haven’t read them yet, I highly Recommend you do!

This is so hard because I read a lot of good stuff in December! I totally made up for a slow November and read a collection of 2015 debuts, 2016 ARCS, and some books pubbed before this year that I’d meaning to get to for awhile. Without further ado….!

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You must remember my Friday Reads post (it had Chewie!) back at the end of November that I was reading this. I didn’t finish it until right around finals in December because I had so many term papers to write. I reallyreally enjoyed this. I was sucked in pretty much right from the beginning and really loved both Laia and Elias’ character arcs. I also shipped them so hard, but loved how the romance did not take over the plot. This is a great fantasy with an ancient Roman feel to the world. So many fantasies advertise brutal worlds, but I actually believed this one.

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I CRIED. I sobbed big fat ugly tears reading this book in one night. It was not pleasant on my emotions. I’d heard about this book years ago when it came out, but I wasn’t fond of the blurb. I am here to tell you now this is not a book where a girl kisses twenty boys in one summer. That pitch is so deceiving because it is not what happens AT ALL. This book is such a beautiful exploration of grief and friendship and brings California to life through the eyes of a dead boy and the girl mourning him. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

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Hello, happiness. This book is not Harry Potter fanfiction, but you can see what inspired it, including every Chosen One story ever. Fantastic characters, great voice, and spot on satire made this a favorite!

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And now for three books that you have to put on your radar that are coming out in 2016:

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I won’t say much about this because I’ll be posting a full review as part of The Girl Who Fell blog tour in January, but prepare yourselves for a story about an abusive relationship and a girl who has to find a way to fight back and reclaim her life and herself. Coming March 2016.

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If you loved The Night Circus, this book is for you. And if you haven’t read The Night Circus, what the hell are you waiting for (it came out in 2011!!)? A beautiful, richly drawn fantasy set in Imperial Russia, a bromance to end all bromances, and MAGIC! May 2016.

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I won’t say anything at all because my review (and a crack!playlist) will be going up on Monday but ohmygodiamdead. This book was perfect. Perfect. February 2016!

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What are the best books YOU read in December? Have you read any of these?

Waiting on Wednesday: MY LADY JANE by Jodi Meadows, Cynthia Hand, and Brodi Ashton

Welcome to the last Waiting on Wednesday of 2015!

Waiting on Wednesday Theme: YA Historical

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my lady jane coverTitle: My Lady Jane
Authors: Jodi Meadows, Cynthia Hand, and Brodi Ashton
Pub Date: June 7, 2016 from HarperTeen
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The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

Like that could go wrong.

I love history! I’m a total history nerd, which is why I’m currently studying it in college and love me a good YA historical. I just read Blackhearts (swoony review to come soon!) and it reminded me of my love for a good historical. I read two this year–Under and Painted Sky and This Monstrous Thing–and I’m always eager for another good one. (How many times can I use good in one paragraph?)

Which is why I’m so excited about My Lady Jane. I took a class called The World of Queen Elizabeth three semesters ago. It was fascinating. I’m excited to return to the Tudor era and explore the story of Jane Grey, who I assume most people don’t know about. Plus, pitch anything with The Princess Bride in it and I will perk up. That book and movie are sacred to me.

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And, I mean, that cover! There’s so much sass and voice in it, which I didn’t know was possible. if the book is anything like that cover suggests, I’m so ready.

The pitch makes it clear this is totally a re-imagining, which I appreciate. I’m so excited to read whatever ride these three amazing authors have come up with for us. History is so amazing because it’s kind of like a fantasy, transporting us to a world that feels totally foreign, but is actually our own!

Are you excited for MY LADY JANE? Do you enjoy historicals? What’s your favorite?