Friday Finds

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Friday Finds is a weekly event hosted by A Daily Rhythm in which we share books we’ve recently added to our tbr:).

Here are four books I discovered this week that I’d love to get my hands on and read read read🙂

 

1)

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman 

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Summary:

Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society.

Sephy is a Cross — a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought — a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum — a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?

Why I want to read it:

This is an older YA novel from 10 years ago. It has a lot of things in common with many YA novels, the whole alternate society/forbidden love deal. But, I like the Noughts and Crosses concept and the themes sound really good and so, so relevant to all the horrible racist crap and terrorism that goes on in our world.

2)

Highly Illogical Behaviour by  John Corey Whaley 

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Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.

Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But is ambition alone enough to get her in?

Enter Lisa.

Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa steps into his world, along with her charming boyfriend, Clark, and soon the three form an unexpected bond. But, as Lisa learns more about Sol and he and Clark grow closer and closer, the walls they’ve built around themselves start to collapse and their friendships threaten to do the same.

Why I want to read it:

I was a little bit iffy on this one at first, because I often find the whole characters trying to “fix” someone pretty blahh, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and I’m intrigued enough about the story that I think that part of it won’t bother me much. Plus, the cover is so beautiful! I actually just ordered a copy of this book and I’m very excited to read it 🙂

3)

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider 

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Summary:

At seventeen, overachieving Lane finds himself at Latham House, a sanatorium for teens suffering from an incurable strain of tuberculosis. Part hospital and part boarding school, Latham is a place of endless rules and confusing rituals, where it’s easier to fail breakfast than it is to flunk French.

There, Lane encounters a girl he knew years ago. Instead of the shy loner he remembers, Sadie has transformed. At Latham, she is sarcastic, fearless, and utterly compelling. Her friends, a group of eccentric troublemakers, fascinate Lane, who has never stepped out of bounds his whole life. And as he gradually becomes one of them, Sadie shows him their secrets: how to steal internet, how to sneak into town, and how to disable the med sensors they must wear at all times.

But there are consequences to having secrets, particularly at Latham House. And as Lane and Sadie begin to fall in love and their group begins to fall sicker, their insular world threatens to come crashing down.

Why I want to read it:

First of all, the cover is amazing and I need it in my life. Secondly, it just sounds like a novel I’d easily enjoy. Probably a little predictable, but still. I think I’ll really like this one :).

4)

The Fifth Season (Broken Earth no.1) by N.K Jemisin 

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Summary:

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME.

A season of endings has begun.

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.

It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.

It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

Why I want to read it:

I’ve seen this floating around the bookosphere a lot lately. I’m quite keen to read some more fantasy series, and I really like the look of this one. Sounds very interesting and mysterious! I like that the blurb doesn’t give too much away, but hints at enough 🙂

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That’s it! What books have you discovered recently?

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