In My Basket: April 2017

When We Collided by Emery Lord

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along. Vivi didn't know Jonah would light up her world. Neither of them expected a summer like this...a summer that would rewrite their futures. 

In this unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will chance you forever (from Goodreads). 

I gave Crazy by Amy Reed a go a little while back, because it supposedly tackled bipolar disorder. I hated that book, because it was a terrible portrayal and all the characters were dull. When We Collided is apparently completely the opposite; I've been told the characters are really fleshed out, and that it tells the story of bipolar the way it ought to. Let's find out. 

A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher

As a young child Eponine never knew kindness, except once from her family's kitchen slave, Cosette. When, at sixteen, the girls' paths cross again and their circumstances are reversed, Eponine must decide what that friendship is worth, even though they've both fallen for the same boy (from Goodreads). 

I know how stupid and young this book sounds, and I do have to agree it does seem a little too young for me perhaps. But I have always been interested in the characters of Les Miserables, and Eponine has always been one of my favourites. Her story was always just so depressing, but she was strong all the same even though she knew she would never get the happy ending she wanted. So this book is being given a chance specifically because it's Eponine. I'm not expecting it to be wonderful, or that I will love it, but I think it'll be interesting to see what Fletcher does with the characters and the story. 

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born; three Queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomach-ache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of beasts. 

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn't solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it's not just a game of win or's life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last Queen standing gets the crown (from Amazon).

Sounds intriguing, and dark. Hoping for some strong female characters and some seriously cool magic. Could be good, could be bad - have heard reviews with both opinions. But it is a book I'm very excited to read, and the cover is quite pretty. 

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