This October is going to be a very busy and fun reading month! While I have a few books on my TBR list for October (which you can read here), I will also be writing a lot of reviews for books coming out throughout the month. When I knew I wanted to get back into book blogging, I emailed all of my favourite publishing houses a few requests for books coming out within the next few months that I could read and review right away. Thankfully, they sent me some great books to review, including one of my most anticipated books of 2018!
The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers. Until the taps run dry. Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbours and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.
The first book I received from Simon and Schuster Canada was “Dry” by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman. When I found out about this book earlier this year, I immediately added it to my “Most Anticipated Books” list. Before I read the official synopsis, I had no idea that the main characters name was the same name as mine! I have yet to read a book where the main character and I share the exact same, so reading my name on every page in the book should be interesting! This book has such an interesting and unique concept, and I can’t wait to start reading it! P.S. I posted a picture of this book on my Instagram a few days ago, and you can check the picture out here (follow me over there while you’re at it!).
Soon to be a major motion picture in March 2019! In this moving story that’s perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, two teens fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within five feet of each other without risking their lives. Can you love someone you can never touch? Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions. The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals. Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment. What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?
The second book I received from Simon and Schuster Canada was “Five Feet Apart” by Rachael Lippincott. While the synopsis on Goodreads compares it to The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, I have a feeling that it will be more similar to Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I haven’t read a book like this in a while, and I’m excited to see how it differentiates from books similar to it, like TFIOS. This book will also be made into a movie in 2019, so I’m sure it will be getting a lot of hype within the next few months!
Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending along those two books! I can’t wait to read and review them!
Every day a new body. Every day a new life. Every day a new choice. For as long as A can remember, life has meant waking up in a different person’s body every day, forced to live as that person until the day ended. A always thought there wasn’t anyone else who had a life like this. But A was wrong. There are others. A has already been wrestling with powerful feelings of love and loneliness. Now comes an understanding of the extremes that love and loneliness can lead to — and what it’s like to discover that you are not alone in the world. In Someday, David Levithan takes readers further into the lives of A, Rhiannon, Nathan, and the person they may think they know as Reverend Poole, exploring more deeply the questions at the core of Every Day and Another Day: What is a soul? And what makes us human?
Every Day by David Leviathan is one of my favourite books of all time, so when I found out he was making a sequel, I new I needed to get my hands on it! Thanks to the amazing crew at Penguin Random House, they sent a hard cover version to me, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic to read it! I did not read Another Day (technically Every Day #2, but I see it as more of a companion novel and not a must read), so hopefully going into Someday without reading that one will be fine. To be honest with you, I was VERY surprised to see that David Leviathan was writing a sequel to Every Day. Every Day was a great stand alone book, and I really can’t see why he felt the need to make a sequel. It ended very well, and although there were still some questions left unanswered, it felt complete. That being said, I am looking forward to seeing where exactly this book will take us.
Synopsis (GoodReads.com) *may include spoilers from “Otherworld”*
Return to the series BuzzFeed compared to Ready Player One in the second book in a new fast-paced trilogy from New York Times bestselling authors Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller that’s perfect for fans of HBO’s Westward. Simon saved his best friend, Kat, from the clutches of the Company and their high-tech VR gaming experience, Otherworld. But it was at a steep price. Now he, Kat, and their friend Busara are on the run. They know too much. About the Company’s dark secrets. About the real-life consequences of playing Otherworld. And about Kat’s stepfather’s involvement in everything. The group is headed to New Mexico to find Simon’s old roommate, who is a tech genius and possibly the only person who can help them reveal the truth about the Company before it’s too late and the line between what’s real and what’s fantasy is erased . . . forever. Imagine a future in which you can leave reality behind and give in to your greatest desires. That future is now. And the future is terrifying.
I have wanted to read the first book in this series called “Otherworld” for quite some time now! When I found out that Penguin Random House had ARC of this book available, I knew that if I received one I would be more motivated to finally start the series and dive into this new world. I have heard great things about this series, and am looking forward to starting it!
Thanks to Penguin Random House for sending along these two books! I can’t wait to read and review them!
Every Christmas, Wren is chased through the woods near her isolated village by her family’s enemies—the Judges—and there’s nothing that she can do to stop it. Once her people, the Augurs, controlled a powerful magic. But now that power lies with the Judges, who are set on destroying her kind for good. In a desperate bid to save her family, Wren takes a dangerous undercover assignment—as an intern to an influential Judge named Cassa Harkness. Cassa has spent her life researching a transformative spell, which could bring the war between the factions to its absolute end. Caught in a web of deceit, Wren must decide whether or not to gamble on the spell and seal the Augurs’ fate.
I’ll be honest with you… The Wren Hunt is not very similar to books I have requested in the past. However, I want to try and read more books that are “out of my comfort zone”, and I think this will be a great book to start with! I used to LOVE fantasy books, but I haven’t read one in quite some time. Plus, the written reviews on Goodreads make this book seem spectacular, so I hope it lives up to all of the recent hype!
Thanks to Raincoast for sending along this book! I can’t wait to read and review it!
Once again, I’d like to thank Simon and Schuster Canada, Penguin Random House, and Harper Collins Canada for sending me some amazing books to read and review! I’d also like to thank all of YOU! Without you reading my posts and interacting with me on social media, there’s no way I would have this incredible opportunity! Check out all of my previous “In My Mailbox” books here.
I hope you all enjoyed today’s blog post! If any of these books are on your TBR list, let me know and we can discuss them in the comments! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter for sneak peaks of new blog posts, and to see which book(s) I am currently reading!
Good Night Book Owls!
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[…] “Dry” by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018, so when I received an ARC in the mail from Simon and Schuster Canada, I was so excited to read and review it! I knew the very basics about the plot, and knew nothing about the characters – other than the fact that the main protagonists name was Alyssa (we share the same name!). I featured “Dry” in a couple of my newest blog posts, including my October 2018 TBR and my seventh edition of “In My Mailbox“. […]