And we’ve reached the end of the list of YA books published in May of 2018 with a final five books that have managed to find a place on my TBR. Hopefully this list will have at least one book that sounds amazing enough for you to add to yours.
I love stories written by Claire Legrand, so it’s no wonder that I’ve added her newest(-ish) novel, Furyborn. A story involving magic, time in the past and time in the future, and two women meant to be a queen of light or a queen of destruction but neither woman lives during the same time period. It’s a truly intriguing plot, one that I can’t wait to delve into. I actually have a copy currently that I just haven’t picked up quite yet, but I intend to do so very soon as this story sounds amazing and I know from prior experience that Legrand has a marvelous ability to weave fantastic stories for her readers.
I have to admit, I’ve been a little disappointed in Kasie West’s novels up to this point. None really live up to my expectations and can occasionally fall into being incredibly frustrating. I’m hoping that Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West will turn out better than the other books that I’ve read of hers. This story features a pair of best friends who have started a radio podcast show where one begins giving advice to a boy who has a crush on the other. But as time goes on, she begins to develop feelings for the boy and her happiness for her friend having an admirer begins to diminish somewhat and she is faced with the struggle of her feelings and the advice she has been giving to the boy she has them for.
Questions I Want to Ask You by Michelle Falkoff is one of those books that I only slightly want to read. It sounds interesting and I think has potential to be really good, but isn’t something I’m dying to read. The story follows the life of a young boy who lives with his father and has not spoken to his mother for an immensely long time gets a letter from her on his eighteenth birthday, shortly after he graduates high school. It is this letter that throws his entire life off balance, leading him to set out to find and talk to her. Questions about his life and his future become incredibly prominent in this coming of age novel as Pack learns things about himself he might never have known before.
I honestly know basically nothing about the book Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff. And yet, it’s on my TBR. My reasoning for this is that I loved Kristoff’s Nevernight and have basically determined that I’m likely to love any other book that he’s written as well. I’ve got quite a few of his books on my TBR as a result of really enjoying that series. After reading the synopsis, I’m pretty sure this book is still a story that I’ll enjoy. I’ve always enjoyed dystopias and I can certainly see where the robot piece to this story would be a lot of fun to read. Hopefully it doesn’t end up being too similar to some of the movies that I’ve seen in the past.
The cover of Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson does not match the picture I have for how this story is going to go. It talks about characters who end up cast as leads in a school Shakespeare play, the thoughts of breaking up with a popular girlfriend, falling for the wrong person, and basically navigating the teenage years of life. Of course, there is a bit at the end about not being able to survive consequences, which makes the story sound a bit darker. But at the same time I wouldn’t picture an immensely dark story simply by reading the synopsis and, frankly, that phrase just sounds over-dramatic.
What are your thoughts on these books? Do you think you’ll be adding them to your TBR? Do you think you’ll skip over them? Let me know in the comments!