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:).

I skipped doing Friday Finds the last few weeks due to working, visiting the Harry Potter Studio in London and not really adding a whole load of new books to my tbr. However, I’ve got a few great finds that I’ve added this week and I have a free friday for more blogging fun!

As a side note, I love how each of these YA genre books have covers that turned out, rather coincidentally, all blue! I think I am just naturally drawn to such covers 😛

 

1)

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

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Summary:

Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis’s little brother dead and both of their families changed forever. Since then, it’s been three years of radio silence, during which time Otis has become the unlikely protégé of eighteen-year-old Dara—part drill sergeant, part friend—who’s hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back to town, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he’s never forgotten and the brother he’s never stopped grieving. As it becomes achingly clear that he and Meg are not the same people they were, Otis must decide what to hold on to and what to leave behind. Quietly affecting, this compulsively readable debut novel captures all the confusion, heartbreak, and fragile hope of three teens struggling to accept profound absences in their lives.

Why I want to read it:

Besides the fact that I adore the cover, Phantom Limbs just sounds incredible. A deep, anguished, sorrowful kind of novel that I think will really deliver some hard truths about life and death and everything in between. So cliche of me to say, but I have a feeling this book is going to be pretty far away from any kind of cliche.

2)

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

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Summary:

This is a love story.
It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets.
It’s the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.
Now, she’s back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal and looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind.

Why I want to read it:

So, I usually stay away from blurbs/taglines that start with ‘This is a love story.’ Too generic and bleugh. But, I let that pass because it’s a book about books and writing and love and well, I just can’t pass that up.

3)

A Song To Take The World Apart by Zan Romanoff

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Summary:

Hanging out with Chris was supposed to make Lorelei’s life normal. He’s cooler, he’s older, and he’s in a band, which means he can teach her about the music that was forbidden in her house growing up. Her grandmother told her when she was little that she was never allowed to sing, but listening to someone else do it is probably harmless— right?

The more she listens, though, the more keenly she can feel her own voice locked up
in her throat, and how she longs to use it. And as she starts exploring the power her grandmother never wanted her to discover, influencing Chris and everyone around her, the foundations of Lorelei’s life start to crumble. There’s a reason the women in her family never want to talk about what their voices can do.

And a reason Lorelei can’t seem to stop herself from singing anyway.

Why I want to read it:

Simply put, this book just sounds really intriguing. I’m very curious to discover what happens to Lorelei when she starts singing.

4)

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

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Summary:

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.
 
Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

Why I want to read it:

This book just ticks all the right boxes for me. I like what I like, can’t help that. I just hope the book is better than it sounds, because I’ve read a fair few books with this kind of storyline and they’re often a disappointment. Really do hope this isn’t an average boy meets girl tale.

And that’s it for my Friday Finds this week. Will any of these books be added to your tbr?

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