Published: July 7th 2015 by: NAL
Series: The Great Library #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Alternate History, Dystopia
Format: ebook Source: Library
My Rating: 4 Stars
Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, that spotlights the books we are adding to our shelves; whether they be virtual or physical.
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas last week. This haul is mostly what I got for Christmas, and a few others thrown in because I couldn’t help myself.
Young- Adult, Fantasy, LGBT
eARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss
My Rating 3.5 Stars
GOODREADSSixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies. But when Beckan’s clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships and making sacrifices they couldn’t have imagined. As danger mounts, Beckan finds herself caught between her loyalty to her friends, her desire for peace, and a love she never expected. This stunning, lyrical fantasy is a powerful exploration of what makes a family, what justifies a war, and what it means to truly love.
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Genres: LGBTQIA/ Dystopia/ Young-Adult
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
My Rating: 2 Stars
GOODREADS: Humanity was nearly wiped out when a series of global disasters struck, but pockets of survivors have managed to thrive and are starting to rebuild society. Peyton lives with others in what used to be a factory. When her adopted father is murdered by Scavengers, she is determined to bring justice to those who took him away from her. She didn’t count on meeting Nixie.
Nixie is one of the few people born with the ability to dowse for water with her body. In a world where safe water is hard to come by, she’s a valuable tool to her people. When she’s taken by Peyton, they’ll do anything to get her back. As the tension between the groups reaches critical max, Peyton is forced to make a decision: give up the girl she’s learned to love, or risk the lives of those she’s responsible for.
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA Contemporary / LGBT
Format: eARC (304 pages)
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 5 stars
Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.
Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself?
The latest powerful, original novel from Hannah Moskowitz is the story about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and defining your own identity.
This is, without a doubt, a very moving book. It’s not only diverse with characters from different ethnic backgrounds, but it deals with a multitude of problems that are heavy among our society. I say problems because there are a ton of small-minded people in this world who can’t seem to grasp that everything isn’t evil, and more who find bullying to be some sort of sport. To make Etta Sinclair so much more than a cliche is a Godsend to someone, somewhere. These issues are heavily among us, and we, as the human race, need to take action because not all the stories end with survivors to tell their story.
Etta Sinclair is an African-American teen who has never wanted for anything a day in her life, except be normal. What is normal? She loves to dance and hopes to get out of Nebraska and never look back. Being bisexual among her lesbian friends is hard enough, but when those said friends turn into bullies because she dates a guy, it’s like living in hell. On top of that, she is still recovering from an eating disorder, which she is doing remarkably well with. It’s like, the moment she started dating a guy, the world turned against her. She’s not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-friends, and she’s not straight enough for the rest of society to deem her worthy of living her life to the fullest. She has dreams of New York and theater, and being herself to her heart’s content.
Bianca is another lost teen, still battling her eating disorder and her religious beliefs. She is not homophobic and just wants to be okay with her brother, Jamie, and his obvious reality that he is gay. She and Etta find strength in each other to get through auditions for Brentwood, a prestigious theater academy. While battling the bullies at school and trying to keep herself from exploding, can Etta be a friend to Bianca and help her through tough times if she is barely holding on herself? Their friendship really touched me because I just pictured this tiny girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders, just trying to find herself and get better.
Okay, enough ranting. This is a great book to read. I’ve never read anything from Hannah before, but I will definitely put her down for previous and future books alike. I highly recommend this book!!!