Showing posts with label girl out of water. Show all posts
Showing posts with label girl out of water. Show all posts

Monday, June 26, 2017

10 Favorite 2017 YA Releases So Far (June) feat. Tristina Wright, Ashley Poston & more




I feel like I've mentioned all of these books plenty of times on the blog before, but hey, can't help to promo my favorites a little bit more. 





HOW TO MAKE A WISH - Ashley Herring Blake
You guys know this is the first book that I've seen myself represented in biracial-wise. An unconditional recommendation for black biracial readers. (May 2nd 2017, HMH) Goodreads

THE BONE WITCH - Rin Chupeco
It's been such a long time since I read this, I'm so happy that it's finally out and people are loving it, woo! East-Asian inspired gorgeous necromancy witchery! (March 7th 2017, Sourcebooks) Goodreads

THE NOVEMBER GIRL - Lydia Kang
This one is the magical realist dreamy romance you've been waiting for. I adored the writing and everything about this. (November 7th 2017, Entangled: TEEN) Goodreads



THE HOLLOW GIRL - Hillary Monahan
I had such fun with this fantastic witchy #ownvoices Romani story. Revenge and horror. Bless. (Oct 10 2017, Delacorte) Goodreads

GIRL OUT OF WATER - Laura Silverman
Another lovely contemporary, with a black disabled love interest. Such a pleasant summery read. (May 2nd 2017, Sourcebooks) Goodreads

WILD - Hannah Moskowitz
I'm so happy about this! Bi, Deaf, Filipino, Guatemalan, Jewish rep and the loveliest prose. Bless. (April 26th 2017, Amazon) Goodreads



THE TIGER'S WATCH - Julia Ember
It's still a while until this is out, but I loooooooved Julia Ember's third book just as much as the first two. Genderfluid protagonist, shape-shifters, tigers - so fun! (August 22nd 2017, Harmony Ink) Goodreads

27 HOURS - Tristina Wright
I'm sure by now everyone has heard of this. The rep in this is incomparable to any other book I can think of - so many identities, so queer, so space. Read my review. (October 3rd 2017, Entangled: TEEN) Goodreads

GEEKERELLA - Ashley Poston
I had such fun with this! Super geeky and fun read with an Indian love interest. (April 4th 2017, Quirk) Goodreads


UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES - Louise Gornall
One of my favorite contemporaries of all time and the book I've been recommending to everyone with an invisible chronic illness. This book has my heart. (January 3rd 2017, Clarion) Goodreads



What's your favorite 2017 release so far?






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Friday, April 7, 2017

Recommendation: Girl Out of Water - Laura Silverman: Surfing and One-Armed Skaters

In GIRL OUT OF WATER, surfer girl Anise has to move from Santa Cruz to Nebraska when her aunt has an accident.
What intrigued me: Always there for cute contemporaries!

Bittersweet and Unique

GIRL OUT OF WATER hit me out of nowhere. With lyrical prose and a voice that packs a punch, it reads like it's written from the heart. Silverman's narration is captivating, sassy, essentially teen, and just an absolute delight. 

I'm especially happy to see a protagonist in YA contemporary that I'm very sure I've never seen before. When was the last time you read about a surfer girl-turned skater? So interesting to read about and the nuanced way Silverman writers about the bittersweet experience of leaving home hit very close to home for me personally.

GIRL OUT OF WATER is a story about family, friendships, and growing up. It's quiet, it's funny, it's bittersweet - it's just the perfect read for spring and summer and I'm very happy that I chose to give this one a shot. However, don't expect fast-paced action when picking this one up, GIRL OUT OF WATER is quiet first and foremost and capitalizes on its fantastic characters. If you fall in love with them, this will be even more fun for you and I can wholeheartedly recommend this if you like character-driven contemporaries.


Diversity Done Right

I was especially happy about the casual diversity. Anise's best friend Tess is Samoan, there are sapphic background characters, and the love interest is a black one-armed skater. It's very rare that you'll find a book that doesn't capitalize and advertise with its diversity, but uses it as a given. Our world is diverse. People are diverse. 

I absolutely enjoyed about these characters who just happen to be marginalized and whose marginalizations don't involve huge plot complications or are used as plot devices - I have to remark that because unfortunately a lot of books do this. Not this one though. GIRL OUT OF WATER reflects our diverse world beautifully in a quiet manner that just made me squeal with joy. I wish this was the norm. More like this please.


Rating:

★★★★★

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

GIRL OUT OF WATER is quiet and fun contemporary with a sassy narrator that I'm sure teens will love. If you like Ashley Herring Blake and Jenny Han, you'll adore this. With a black amputee love interest, a Samoan BFF and sapphic side characters, the background diversity made me really happy. That's so nice to read.



Additional Info

Published: May 2nd 2017
Pages: 320
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA / Contemporary
ISBN: 9781492646860

Synopsis:
"Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves "
(Source: Goodreads)


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Top 10 Books I Read in One Sitting feat. Labyrinth Lost, Alienated & more





This hardly ever happens. When I read a book in one sitting, it has to be monumental, fantastic, phenomenal. So here are some books that absolutely earn these words:




THE DEVIL'S INTERN - Donna Hosie
Hello, have you heard of this fantabulous story about an intern in hell? This series is so hilarious! (2015, Holiday House) Goodreads

GIRL OUT OF WATER - Laura Silverman
This is the swoony, adorable summery contemporary of your dreams. (May 2nd 2017, Sourcebooks Fire) Goodreads

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL - Meredith Russo
#Ownvoices trans representation and such a sweet love story. You're going to like this one. (May 3rd 2016, Flatiron) Goodreads



GEEKERELLA - Ashley Poston
A compulsively readable and super fun love letter to all fandom people out there. (April 4th 2017, Quirk) Goodreads

THE WOMEN IN THE WALLSAmy Lukavics
This list could never be complete without my favorite creepy haunted house horror extravaganza. (September 27th 2016, Harlequin Teen) Goodreads

UNICORN TRACKS - Julia Ember
In all my swoon about her newest release THE SEAFARER'S KISS, let's not forget how awesome her african-inspired lesbian high fantasy debut is. Because very. (April 21st 2016, Harmony Ink) Goodreads



OBSIDIAN - Jennifer L. Armentrout
I would be such a liar if I didn't put this up here. It's been almost three years since the unreitarated(!), legendary obsession streak in which I read all five books in this series about a snarky alien boy falling in love with a blogger within, like, a week. Boy, I was obsessed. (May 8th 2012, Entangled Teen) Goodreads

ABANDON - Meg Cabot
Oh, ABANDON, how you sucked me in. This is a classic urban fantasy Hades/Persephone retelling with a Latina protagonist and I looooooved the first book. So fun. (September 1st 2011, Macmillan) Goodreads

LABYRINTH LOST - Zoraida Córdova
How long has it been since I reminded you that you need to read more books about bisexual Latinx brujas? More than a week? Okay, this is your reminder. (September 6th 2016, Sourcebooks Fire) Goodreads



ALIENATED - Melissa Landers
My taste is so predictable. As a known OBSIDIAN stan, it was kind of obvious that I also devoured this book about another (this time very confused by social norms) alien boy falling for a human girl. (Februrary 4th 2014, Disney Hyperion) Goodreads


What are your favorite one-sitting reads?


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