As March begins it is time to jump into YA award reading full force. I feel a little bit behind because I have only finished 2 books for the award this year. It's fine, I'm fine, everything's fine.
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer - I yelled about the first book in this series all last year and everyone I know who read it, also loved it. I'm so excited to read this sequel.
Blood Countess by Lana Popovic - This is about Elizabeth Bathory who was convicted of torturing and murdering hundreds of girls, told from the perspective of one of the girls. Creepy!!!
Flowers in the Gutter by K.R. Gaddy - This is an illustrated non-fiction book about these teenagers in Nazi-occupied France who undermine Hitler's work and fought back against oppression.
Artemis by Andy Weir - I bought this for my husband a couple of years ago. Now it is the book club book for April. Excellent! It's about a human settlement on the moon.
Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles - I loved Giles' murder mystery from last year called Spin. This is a contemporary story about a boy who is trying to impress a girl and joins her church group. Then he realizes he has taken a purity pledge. He has a friend who can put in the good word for him in exchange for intel on what this church group is teaching about sex ed. It sounds convoluted and intense.
Hope in the Mail: Reflections on Writing and Life by Wendelin Van Draanen - This is a non-fiction book about how this author came to writing. I like books like this for adults. I hope a YA book is as good.
Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz - This is told from the perspective of a girl who had been kidnapped and held, but has now been home for 6 months and is trying to get her life back.
Spellhacker by M.K. England - This fantasy/sci-fi book is about a magic heist that goes terribly wrong. This group of kids has to figure out how to salvage their plan before the magic they were stealing becomes a plague.
Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore - Here we have a retelling of The Red Shoes set in current day. 500 years ago, a family was accused of witchcraft when women were seen dancing uncontrollably until they died. Now, a pair of red shoes has stuck itself to a girl's feet and it's happening again.
What I Carry by Jennifer Longo - I loved her book, Up to This Pointe that I read a few years ago. This one is about a girl who is about to age out of the foster system and doesn't have anyone to fall back on.
Woven In Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez - This is a fantasy book based on Bolivian folklore. That is such a cool premise, I don't real need anymore information.
We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding - These girls didn't have a fight. Nothing dramatic happened. They just grew apart. This book is about that situation and how you go on with your life when your best friend isn't really in it anymore.
Layoverland by Gabby Noone - This is the romance book about the girl who finds herself in Purgatory who needs to find a way to help Caleb get to Heaven. Only Caleb is the guy who caused the accident that killed her. Not her favorite guy. I'm hoping this is a hate-to-love romance, because I could be here for that.
Devil Darling Spy by Matt Killeen - This is a historical fiction book set after WWII. It's the second in a series and I didn't read the first one, so I don't know if these are Nazis or Allies doing all this spying in West Africa. I guess we'll find out.
This is an incredibly ambitious TBR, but there it is. Wish me luck!