I have a TON of unread books right now. Probably more than some other bloggers because grad school keeps me on a pretty tight leash. So what are the books I'm especially dying to get my hands on? Check it out.
Reads from the shelf
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Give me a good old fashioned ghost story any day. I was that kid who delighted in terrifying the other girls at the sleepovers with increasingly gruesome tales. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was practically my bible. I've recently dipped my toes in the YA ghost story waters with Jeannine Garsee's The Unquiet, which was fantastic. Blackbirds promises something even more eerie, plus the added aesthetic of old photographs and a historical backdrop. For some reason I'm getting a Doctor Who "The Girl in the Fireplace" vibe. Either way, I'm hoping for some chills.
Pretty Girl-13 by Liz ColeyPsychological mystery. Yes, I'm transparent and predictable in my tastes. Thirteen-year-old girl goes into the woods to camp. Sixteen-year-old girl comes out, with no memory of those three years. Throw in some multiple personalities and you've got yourself the makings of a fantastic thriller. I'm hoping to see either (a) a good, accurate depiction of multiple personalities or (b) a new take on multiple aspects of self that respects the psychological reality while also exploring something a little darker and more paranormal. What caught me? "When you remember things you wish you could forget, do you destroy the parts of yourself that are responsible?"
The Murmurings by Carly Anne West
Um, so, if you haven't noticed, I really like books with psychological themes. Girl hearing the same voices that her dead sister did? Yes please. It promises for a blend of psychological and paranormal thriller that I can't resist. The last line of the synopsis just grabbed me. "Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not…" I'm getting chills just thinking about it. Maybe it'll have a little horror too? Please? Not to mention, I was given this copy by a delightful RAKer, so it's special in my heart.
The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand by Gregory Galloway
I pre-ordered this the second I found it (well, the second I got denied a galley). Suicide-related books are tough to write. I'm itching to know if Galloway does it well or makes light of something too heavy. That the main character tries to kill himself from boredom is a fascinating (and dangerous) idea. I'm hoping for something like a darker It's a Wonderful Life, which goes deep into the subjects of apathy, connection, and fuel for living. I also haven't seen it around the blogoverse much, which makes me excited to share it with others.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
It's fantasy (my favorite genre). It's Prague (one of my favorite cities). Oh, and I'm pretty sure I'm the only one on the freaking planet who hasn't read it. Not to mention, I haven't read a single bad review and how can you not love a book with a synopsis that includes "In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low"? That's right. You can't. If the synopsis is that pretty, I can only imagine the text. It promises exactly the kind of dark, gripping, Gaimanesque fantasy that I love. I'm pretty sure it'll be an insta-favorite.
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What books on your shelf have you been itching to get to?