This year at BookExpo America I connected with a lot of publishers and heard about ALL the books. Out of all the books I heard about here are the ones I can’t wait to read /get my hands on.
1. The Gun Runner by Scott Hildreth (August 8, 2016)
Carina Press was pretty excited about this dark mafia romance by indie author Scott Hildreth. I haven’t read a romance written by a dude yet, so I can’t wait to review it onRomance and Sensibility
2. Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer (August 30, 2016)
I saw Starmer at the BEA author’s buzz panel and this book sounds bananas. I like how the author is mixing the anxiety of senior year with the anxiety of spontaneous combustion. As in teens spontaneously combust in this book. My only concern is this book may be a bit too gory for me.
3. Underground Airlines by Ben H Winters (July 5, 2016)
This was my only unplanned grab. I liked Winter’s Last Policeman series, but I am hesitant of how he will write an African American man living in a modern world where slavery never ended and is now tasked with infiltraing the underground railroad. However, I see that Attica Locke has given this book some praise on Twitter so I’m excited.
4. Something In Between by Melissa De La Cruz (September 27, 2016)
I read this sampler on the plane and it left off with such a cliffhanger ! I’ll be curious to compare it to last years’ Dream Things True, a similar story about a teenage girl trying to get into college as an undocumented immigrant. Also, this was published by Harlequin Teen’s partnership with Seventeen Magazine and I used to love Seventeen magazine.
5. Replica by Lauren Oliver (October 4, 2016)
I didn’t know much about this book until Jess told me that it could be read three different ways.I think we’ll have to do a joint review of this one and find someone to read it the third way !
I’m a lifelong reader who started blogging about YA books in 2011 but now I read in just about every genre! I love YA coming of age stories, compelling memoirs and genre bending SFF. You can find me talking all things romance at Romance and Sensibility.