And I’ve gotten myself about halfway through the June YA releases of 2018. Here are the five latest additions to my long and ever-growing list of books to read. I hope you like some of them!

the fall of innocenceSometimes, I really can’t help picking these books up and I’m not entirely sure why. The Fall of Innocence by Jenny Torres Sanchez is a story about a girl who survived a traumatizing assault in the woods and nearly died. Now, eight years later, some new information about her attacker has come out into the open and a great deal of the healing regresses and subsequent hiding away of her memories of that night resurface to haunt her. Something about the synopsis for this novel really grabbed my attention and while I’m not eagerly awaiting the moment when I will read it, I’m definitely quite intrigued.

love scene, take twoLove Scene, Take Two by Alex Evansley is very much a guilty pleasure read. I don’t expect it to be fantastic or amazing. I’m fairly certain it will probably be like many of the books of its kind, but I’m looking forward to reading it. The story follows two characters, one who dreams of being an actor and is trying to land a scene in a new movie and the author of the script for that movie, a young woman with whom he will proceed to fall in love when his flight is canceled and she invites him back to her place. I mean, it seems pretty damn cheesy as far as books go, but hopefully, it will be a lot of fun to read.

chemistry lessonsI very nearly didn’t add Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein to this list. I just don’t know how much I can do novels that use science to shit on science and it does very much seem like this book might be doing that. It rides a very thin line where that’s a possibility but also where I might just be misinterpreting this. And so I’m very tentatively adding this book to my TBR. I know we all like to take issue with this idea that love and attraction are biological and therefore not unmeasurable and I’ve definitely been one of them on more than one occasion. But at the end of the day, I think it’s really idiotic not to take into account the importance of all these facets of our world and instead to buy into magical thinking. Magical thinking is a great idea, but we can’t rely on it. So, I guess I’ll just have to wait and see how this one goes. 

ten after closingI’ve never read a novel about a hostage situation before, though I’ve seen several in film and on tv shows. I can’t help but feel really curious about Ten After Closing by Jessica Bayliss and I’m really looking forward to getting a chance to read this book. I have to admit, I have high hopes for this book, told in alternating points of view from two of the characters trapped inside the Cafe with a gunman present. Admittedly, the reviews for this one are varied and inconsistent, so I really don’t know what to expect at the end of the day.

love me, love me notI tried to read a book similar to this one several months ago, but it turned out to be a poorly written novel that I just couldn’t get all the way through. Love Me, Love Me Not is a story about a girl in the foster system who has finally found a family and a home where she feels as though she is in a safe place through which she can finish out her adolescence. But this all hits a snag when she begins to fall for the son of her foster parents and he falls for her, threatening the safe place that she has found. Perhaps this will be a guilty pleasure read, but I’m looking forward to giving this novel a chance.

What are your thoughts on these books? Are there any that you might add to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

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