May 2018 Monthly Reads

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Looking for some YA Fantasy or Contemporary books to take to the beach this summer?

Here are 5 YA books to add to your summer TBR:

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The Bone Roses (Snow Spark Saga #1) by Kathryn Lee Martin

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the bone rosesSixteen-year-old Rags is the most feared Rustler in the world, and for good reason. When she’s not raiding the post-Yellowstone Kingdom’s established settlements for supplies to keep her frontier, Rondo, alive another day, she’s fending off witch hunt-happy villagers who want her rare blue eyes in an unmarked grave.

But when the Kingdom strikes back, kills Rags’s best friend, and sends its second-in-command to destroy Rondo in four days, Rags must make a choice: seek revenge, or save her loved ones who are trapped in a town bound for slaughter broadcast Kingdom-wide. With little more than a stolen dream to guide her, and a growing attraction to a sly Kingdom informant, Rags is about to give the Kingdom four days it’ll never forget—if the bounty on her head doesn’t get her killed first.”


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Published: 8 May 2018

Publisher: The Parliament House

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Western

Pages: 347


A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

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a girl like thatA timeless exploration of high-stakes romance, self-discovery, and the lengths we go to love and be loved.

Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school.  You don’t want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that.

This beautifully written debut novel from Tanaz Bhathena reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers. It tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion, and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal.


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Published: 27 February 2018

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Pages: 378


Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood #2) by Becky Albertalli

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leahLeah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.”


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Published: 24 April 2018

Publisher: HarperCollins / Balzer + Bray

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary / LGBT

Pages: 339


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han

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to all the boysWhat if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.


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Published: 15 April 2014

Publisher: Penerbit Spring

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary / Romance

Pages: 355


Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

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second chance“Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.


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Published: 8 May 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Pages: 468


What books will you be reading this month??

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Until next time..

Happy Reading,

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3 thoughts on “May 2018 Monthly Reads

    1. I haven’t read any of these quite yet, so I can’t give you a solid recommendation, BUT I have heard A Girl Like That is a great diverse read. That’s the one I want to get my hands on really soon! If you’re looking for a lighter Contemporary, Second Chance Summer has always been recommended by other bloggers.

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