September always tends to be my busiest month for reviewing, so I have a ton of books on the TBR that I thought I would share with you. There are a lot of YA books, which is completely unplanned, but I love YA, so it works out for me. There are some other great books mixed in there for a good variety, so let’s see what I’m reading.
City of York, A. Person
I received this one in paperback, and I started it last night. I’m still getting into it, so I don’t have an opinion yet, but the cover is fantastic.
The Kingdom has been around for as long as mud has been on the planet. Magic abounds—and dragons are its physical manifestation. Once vibrant and proud, they now live in varying states of depression after having their wings clipped. New dragons have not been created since that fateful day, and the magical force has only dwindled with the passing of each dragon.
The Community, the residents of the Kingdom, are no longer the dominant beings in the world. They have ceded that title to humans, or as they inconsiderately call them, Cromies. To ensure the Kingdom’s survival, the Council of Elders made the monumental decision to concentrate all the magic in one place: New York City. From the far corners of the world, the Exodus occurred. Dubbed the City of York by this mythical Community, here they all follow the Order to stay concealed and not bring harm to the general population. Unbeknownst to the inhabitants at large, the Community lives among them.
In the present day, Emily and her friends Cat and James run a start-up news organization. Their quest to inform the public has them unexpectedly crossing paths with members of the Community. When it is discovered that they have an affinity to magic, they are all provided guides, and they immerse themselves in this hidden world.
Throwaway Girls, Andrea Contos
I started this one Friday and the writing is spectacular. It’s inclusive, it’s meaningful and poignant, and I’ve loved it so far.
Caroline is only three months from her great escape — leaving behind her rigid prep school and the parents who think they can convert her to being straight — when her best friend, Madison, goes missing. There’s no question that Caroline will get involved in the investigation. After all, she has her own reasons for not trusting the police, and she owes Madison big time. But Caroline uncovers a wider mystery as she follows the clues, with other missing girls and no one on the case. Why isn’t anyone looking for these girls? And what’s the connection between them and Madison? Could it be . . . Caroline herself?
The Many Faces of Charlotte Barnes, Marie McGrath
I started this one yesterday, and so far, it’s really fun. I like Charlie as a main character because she’s very goal oriented. The desire to connect with her parents and feel like they’re a family is strong with her.
Boys were stupid, and Charlie was done with them all.
The final day of school, lounging by the pool, and the attention of the boy Charlie liked was all she needed for a perfect summer. Who could want more than a lazy day in the sun flirting with a boy you liked?
When her parents trick her into some twisted working vacation, Charlie thought her whole life was ruined. The first day of her adventure is the same day as her best friend’s summer bash—the very one they had spent months planning.
Samuel Foster finally makes a move, but she’s stuck in a different state entirely. When Charlie starts to meet guys her age on her road trip, she begins to wonder who she really is and if the things at home matter as much as she thought.
Will Samuel’s attraction still hold her attention? Or will someone new come and sweep her off her feet?
Beauty and the Bassist, Megan Walker and Janci Patterson
I adore reviewing for this duo. When it comes to Romantic Comedy, they always knock it out of the park. So I’m excited to start this one.
I’ve never had something this amazing before, and I’m terrified that I’m going to screw it up.
Shane Beckstrom’s punk band has been topping the charts, and he and his bandmates are sure they have it made—until a freak accident ends their success, killing their lead singer and rendering their lead guitarist too injured to play. Shane is the lone original bandmember to emerge unscathed—except for his severe concussion and the ghost of his best friend JT following him around, both of which make him doubt his sanity and his ability to ever play again.
When Shane’s agent convinces him to take over for JT as the emcee of the Miss California Poppy beauty pageant, he meets Allison Mendez, the pageant coordinator who has no patience for arrogant rock stars—especially when she’s already dealing with catfighting beauty contestants with a penchant for overly-revealing swimwear.
Despite Shane and Allison’s bickering, the chemistry between them is undeniable. Allison needs to loosen up as much as Shane needs to get his act together—but will Shane’s rapidly declining mental state get in the way of their happily ever after?
Don’t Look For Me, Wendy Walker
One night, Molly Clarke walked away from her life.
She doesn’t want to be found.
Or at least, that’s the story.
The car abandoned miles from home.
The note found at a nearby hotel.
The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together.
They called it a “walk away.”
It happens all the time.
Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over.
But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?
Even if We Break, Marieke Nijkamp
FIVE friends go to a cabin.
FOUR of them are hiding secrets.
THREE years of history bind them.
TWO are doomed from the start.
ONE person wants to end this.
NO ONE IS SAFE.
Are you ready to play?
Order of Dust, Nicholas J. Evans
Look at how fun this cover is!
Jackson Crowe is dead.
Or, at least he was. After his death, he awoke in the North-Lane and found himself at the crossroads of life and the beyond. The higher beings gave him a choice: move on, through the North-Lane and into the universe for your next chapter. Or, return to earth and claim revenge. Now, Jackson is known as the Order of Dust, with the task of hunting the ones who take possession over human bodies and return them to the higher beings. Jackson, both grizzled and pained, looks to find who took his life, and the life of his love. To do this he will need his two pistols; one for humans, and one for demons.
As you can see, I’m going to be busy over the next few weeks. What’s on your TBR?