With my birthday coming up next week, I’m dwindling down the books I’m hoping to pick up for myself (if I can afford to after the YallFest tickets are put up) off of my bookish wishlist. 😅
There’s so many amazing books that I’d love to own and read, and I just can’t choose! Between their covers and their synopsis, these are the book I’m hoping to get my hands on sooner rather than later.
(The Mirror, #1)
by Julie C. Dao
Published by Disney Hyperion
Released on October 6th, 2020
YOUNG ADULT FICTION—Fantasy
Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She’s heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods, and the malicious hunts that follow.
But when Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. Tapping into her powers for the first time, Elva discovers a magical mirror and its owner-none other than the Witch of the North Woods herself. As Elva learns more about her burgeoning magic, and the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it’s too late.
I had the chance to meet Julie during the year of her debut release for Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, and she is one of the sweetest, kindest people I’ve had the honor of meeting in person. It was also, ironically, on my birthday, so it would be awesome to start a tradition of picking up a book by Julie C. Dao anytime my birthday comes around.
The Breakup Support Group
by Cheyanne Young
Published by Swoon Romance
Released on December 1st, 2016
YOUNG ADULT FICTION—Contemporary, Romance
After four years of first love bliss, Isla Rush just got dumped.
Any hope she has of winning her ex-boyfriend back is shattered when the town rezones her neighborhood, forcing her to spend senior year at a wealthy high school in the next town over.
With a broken heart consuming her soul, Isla can’t focus on anything, except maybe Emory Underwood—a ridiculously hot guy who dates a new girl almost every day. She can’t help but crush on him, even though it’s wrong.
When memories of her ex make her cry in second period, the school counselor sends Isla to a club that meets during lunch. The Break-Up Support Group is a collection of broken-hearted misfits who are all helping each other heal.
Just when Isla’s heart is finally on the mend, Emory shows up, forced to atone for all the broken hearts he’s caused over the years. While hiding her massive crush, she helps him understand the seriousness of breaking a heart.
In turn, Emory offers to help Isla get back on the dating scene by agreeing to be her fake date for the homecoming dance. Isla gladly accepts the ruse, because if anyone can make her into a desirable girlfriend, Emory can! There’s just one small problem.
Isla’s little crush on Emory might be exactly full blown. And a homecoming fake date with him could push her over the edge to possibly uttering the “L Word!”
Isla can’t afford another heartbreak so soon after the last one. She will have to resist his charms, refuse to look into those dreamy eyes, and above all else, not make the mistake of letting him kiss her.
If only she hadn’t let her guard down at the end of the night, under the light of her porch in a toe-curling kiss moment of weakness. And now, after months of Break-Up Support Group therapy, and with a heart fully on the mend, Isla has just handed it over to a guy who knows full well just how to break it.
One of my most favorite books, The Last Wish of Sasha Cade, was written by Cheyanne Young. So, as a fan, I’m hoping to pick up most–if not all–of her backlist titles. This one seems like a light and funny read that I’ve been hoping to grab for a while now, so maybe this’ll be the year I finally get it!
by Claire Legrand
Published by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released on September 30th, 2014
YOUNG ADULT FICTION—Fantasy, Romance
The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince…but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.
New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.
Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.
Her home is destroyed, her father abducted—by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets—and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed—if she leaves at all.
Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.
I am normally not a fan of Christmas-inspired books, but I am a fan of Claire Legrand and her Furyborn trilogy. Because of that, and the fact that she’s another author I’ve had the honor to meet in person, I would love to pick up and read her previously released titles in support of her. This one has captured my attention, especially as a previous dancer in the Nutcracker (I was a minor role, but the storyline always interests me). I’m interested to see how Claire explores the story, which is why I’m excited to hopefully pick this one up.
(Island Bites, #1)
by N.G. Peltier
Published by Piatkus
Released on March 30th, 2021
ADULT FICTION—Contemporary, Romance
Love is a piece of cake, right?
For the first time in forever, lifelong rivals Cherisse and Keiran are back in Trinidad at the same time. And while Keiran may have the most swoonworthy smile, he’s also the most annoying man Cherisse has ever met. Unfortunately, avoiding him is impossible. With Keiran’s close friend getting ready to marry Cherisse’s sister, he’s just been made the best man to her maid of honour . . .
Keiran doesn’t know what to make of Cherisse. She might now be a successful pastry chef but to him she’s always been a stuck-up brat who seeks attention, even as he secretly harboured a crush on her. Now it seems he can’t escape her. But despite their antagonism towards each other, things turn heated after one rainy night and the pair are forced to figure out if they can survive the countdown to wedding day, without this turning into a recipe for disaster.
I saw this book a lot online directly after its inital release, so I’m incredibly curious to see what all the hype for it is about and if I’ll like it just as much as everyone else. I’ve been told there’s a bisexual main character, so it gets immediate brownie points for that.
Our Dining Table
by Mita Ori
Published by Seven Seas
Released on December 17th, 2019
Eating around other people is a struggle for salaryman Yutaka, despite his talent for cooking. All that changes when he meets Minoru and Tane—two brothers, many years apart in age—who ask him to teach them how to make his delicious food! It’s not long before Yutaka finds himself falling hard for the meals they share together—and falling in love!
This manga seems like such a cute read! As a manga reader, I’ve found myself in quite a few manga circles in the book community, and this seems to be one of the most loved and heavily popular titles amongst the mix. I’ve had this on my wishlist for a while now, so I’d love to be able to finally see what everyone loves so much about it.
You’ve Reached Sam
by Dustin Thao
Published by Wednesday Books
Releasing on November 9th, 2021
YOUNG ADULT FICTION—Contemporary, Romance, Magical Realism
Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes.
Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his things, and tries everything to forget him and the tragic way he died. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces back memories. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.
And Sam picks up the phone.
In a miraculous turn of events, Julie’s been given a second chance at goodbye. The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam’s voice makes her fall for him all over again, and with each call it becomes harder to let him go. However, keeping her otherworldly calls with Sam a secret isn’t easy, especially when Julie witnesses the suffering Sam’s family is going through. Unable to stand by the sidelines and watch their shared loved ones in pain, Julie is torn between spilling the truth about her calls with Sam and risking their connection and losing him forever.
I am a humongous fan of dramatic, emotion-evoking books, especially when they include a character death. Some of my favorite fanfictions are of ones where the main couple are separated (through one of them dying), so y’know, I’m kind of a fanatic for these sorts of stories. Even though I wouldn’t get this one in time for my birthday (since it releases on the ninth, and my birthday is on the fifth), it’d still be a highly anticipated release I hope to pick up.