Saturday, May 2, 2015

May 2015 Favourites

So the past week has been quiet hectic for me. I haven't really posted much because a) I was finishing off finals b) packing and moving out of my dorm c) leasing out an apartment for the fall and d) taking an airplane back home for the summer. However, now that I am free once again I wanted to blog. I do not have any book reviews or books that I bought this week to show off :D So I decided instead to show you what books I am most looking forward to in May 2015:

The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West (May 5, HarperTeen)
When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley. The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship. Image and Bio from Goodreads
Thoughts: Honestly I am just in love with synopsis. It sounds intriguing and immediately made me intrigued on how everything will turn out in the end.

The Cage by Megan Shepherd (May 26, Balzer & Bray) 
The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman's Daughter trilogy. When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone. Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora's past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans. As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage? Image and Bio from Goodreads
Thoughts: I am a big fan of Megan Shepherd's The Madman's Daughter Series. When I saw another, new, book was coming out from her I was really excited.

 The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass (May 5, HarperTeen)
Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible. But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests. Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought. Image and Bio is from Goodreads
Thoughts: I am really excited about this one. I loved the book trailer & all the videos that have so far accompanied it (the interview with certain boys from the new selection). I just need to finish The Elite and The One first haha.

 The Wrath and The Dawn by RenĂ©e Ahdieh (May 12, Penguin Group USA) 
A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend. She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all. Image and Bio from Goodreads
Thought:  The storyline and the cover really stood out for me.

 A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin (May 19, Tor Teen)
It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don't fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war. After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts... Image and Bio from Goodreads 
Thoughts: It is set in a previous era :D And a strong headed lead :) Also the cover is lovely.

 The Angels of Moirai by Nicole Salmond
Since man first walked the earth, the Angels of Moirai have watched over them. Born human, they are taught never to feel, never to become attached, and never to become emotionally compromised. Eighteen-year-old, Lila Kingston, is haunted by dreams of a mysterious angel. Suddenly, the dramas of her broken family and the snobby, rich kids at her school, fail in comparison to the challenges she must face. Hailing from the Angels of Moirai, James Taylor has been intrusted with the fate of lives from around the world for over a thousand years. His soul purpose is to ensure every mortal follows their designed path, but when Lila puts that very purpose at risk, he must make a choice, a choice that ultimately leads to devastating consequences of a love never meant to exist. The choice was never easy, those kind of choices never are…Images and Bio from Goodreads
Thought: Forbidden love :D

 Fabled by Vanessa K. Eccles (May 5)
Rowena thinks the Grimm’s infamous podcasts are simply another teen fad until she finds herself trapped in a land of nightmarish storybook characters. She tries desperately to flee Mezzanine and return home, but Dresdem, Mezzanine’s wicked monarch, plans to use Rowena’s access to her world to bring dark magic and absolute rule into Georgia and beyond. But when Rowena’s dear friend Madeline falls into Dresdem’s grasp, her battle with him becomes war, and all hopes of home are temporarily thwarted. With the help of an invisible hero, a beast, and an owl, she sets out to free Madeline from a deadening sleep. But Rowena must become her own hero when she finds herself bound by the kingdom’s darkest family. She must make the ultimate choice – align herself with her enemies or live on the run forever. Image and Bio from Goodreads
Thoughts: love the cover and the bio XD

 Velvet by Temple West (May 12, Swoon Reads)
First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don't fall in love. After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire. Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart? Image and Bio from Goodreads
Thought: Paranormal: Check :D Vampire Bodyguard becomes BF: Check. Romance:Check XD This book sounds amazing and the cover is so beautiful.

What books are you excited for this month??


Lexxie Lin said...

Those covers are beautiful! And I have some of those on my TBR. I am really looking forward to The Cage, it sounds eerie, and I usually love that.

Have a wonderful week ahead, Maura :)

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Zen DiPietro said...

The cover of Fabled is so pretty! I haven't read this series. Will have to check it out. :)

Tammy Sparks said...

Those are some really good choices to read! I'm also looking forward to The School for Unusual Girls and The Cage. Hope you have a great summer!

Anonymous said...

I really want to read The Wrath and the Dawn -- it sounds amazing, doesn't it?

Kathy Martin said...

Nice choices! The School for Unusual Girls is on my wishlist. I've read both The Cage and Velvet. I hope you enjoy them. Happy reading!

Tracy said...

OMG The Cage and The Heir... I'm dying for those two! I keep thinking I'm going to have a book buying ban... but May is going to be an awesome month!

Tracy @ Cornerfolds

Shannon Miz said...

Ohh, good choices! I really loved The Cage! And The Wrath and the Dawn looks so, so amazing, I cannot wait until my pre order gets here!!! Hope you enjoy these when you get to read them!

Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

Dianne said...

I'm so excited for The Fill-in Boyfriend!!!! #KasieWestistheBest

Lisa Mandina said...

Oooh, haven't seen Fabled before, but love that cover, will have to check it out. I'm also really excited about The Heir and The Wrath and the Dawn. Tried so hard to get an ARC of that one. Thanks for visiting my Sunday Post earlier!

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