Hey everyone! In the following list are books that I currently have on my NetGalley which are set for May release. I do aim to have all my books read at least a month before release so I can be ahead and have a blog prepared to go for release day. Sometimes with NetGalley, you get books which have already released or only have a few weeks to go, so this list is just what’s currently on mine and you could potentially see more and new reviews arriving through the month.
Release Date: 04/05/17
P is for Paris where it all began. J is for Jealousy where it all came undone. But the most important letter is F. F is for Forgiveness, the hardest of all.
Sisters Poppy and Rose used to be as close as two sisters could be, but it’s been over a decade since they last spoke. Until they both receive a call that tells them their mother has gone – without ever having the chance to see her daughters reunited. Andrea, though, wasn’t the kind of woman to let a little thing like death stand in the way of her plans. Knowing her daughters better than they know themselves, she has left behind one very special last gift – the A-Z of Everything.
This book sounds heartbreakingly adorable and a perfect Spring/Summer read. It was the name and description of this book that first drew me in, I didn’t actually have a cover for it until pretty recently. I’m not sure how much I like the cover, it’s quite artistic and nice but I don’t know if it fully reflects the story or if it would attract me in a store.
Release Date: 04/05/17
Bex and her identical twin sister Naomi used to be close. They used to be able to finish each other’s sentences, used to know exactly what the other was thinking. They were a matching pair. And then something changed, but Bex didn’t realise until it was too late.
When Naomi walks out of the house the night before their last GCSE exam and doesn’t come back, Bex has to think hard about how to find her. What happens next will force Bex to unpick their shared history and the memories, following Naomi’s trail through their family, their past and all the way to the blinding lights of the Hemisphere music festival.
Everything she thought she knew is called in to question. With her worries dismissed by their parents and ignored by her friends (and with Naomi’s friends nowhere to be found), the only person Bex can trust is a stranger – Josh – as she tries to piece together a picture of the person she thought she shared everything with. Naomi’s been leading another life, one Bex doesn’t recognize… and it’s led her straight into the path of Max: someone else who is not what they appear.
As Bex chases Naomi, she realizes it isn’t just whether she can find her twin, it’s whether she knows her at all. And whether she still wants to.
The start of this sounds extremely similar to the A-Z of Everything, almost identical. However, these two books take different paths. One seems like it’s bringing two detached sisters together, one seems like it may continue to break the two sister’s apart. However, I haven’t read either book yet so can’t judge on that. I fear with these two releasing on the same day, with very similar storylines, it’ll be too easy to compare one against the other. I do prefer the cover of this one, I find it simple yet attractive.
Release Date: 09/05/17
Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client).
When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.
This one was definitely originally a cover pick for me. That cover is GORGEOUS. The story is quite intriguing and gives me serious Cinderella/fairy tale retelling vibes. It’s definitely the month for contemporary type books it seems and I’m definitely looking forward to this one! It sounds like it might have a cute romance in it too.
Release Date: 11/05/17
From the New York Times bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring comes the fifth installment in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, a modern retelling of Othello set in a suburban schoolyard. Arriving at his fifth school in as many years, a diplomat’s son, Osei Kokote, knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day, so he’s lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school.
But one student can’t stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and it’s key players – teachers and pupils alike – will never be the same again.
The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970’s suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practice a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers.
Peeking over the shoulders of four 11 year olds, Osei, Dee, Ian and his reluctant girlfriend Mimi; Tracy Chevalier’s powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal will leave you reeling.
This book sounds incredible and I am so excited for it. Girl with a Peal Earring is on my TBR list and has been for a long time, so to see another book in this series has gotten me really excited. I absolutely love retellings and Shakespeare. I’m guilty to admit this, but Othello is actually one of the few Shakespeare stories I’ve yet to read, however I do know it enough to understand how much of it is reflected in this retelling. The cover on the left is the one I was shown, but I also found the one on the right which is absolutely gorgeous, which is why I’ve shown both.
Release Date: 18/05/17
Meet Tabitha Gray, a delusional girl from Topanga, California, who redefines what it means to be a truly hopeless romantic. Tabby suffers from an aggressive strain of cock-eyed optimism – no amount of failure, embarrassment or humiliation can dent her fierce belief that real, true, lasting love is just around the corner.
Where most people think, fantasize and dream, Tabby says, feels and does. Whether waiting in her lingerie for Harrison Ford to open the door of his hotel room; declaring her love, aged nine, for Ernesto the gardener; encountering Al Pacino in a Russian bathhouse; seeking passion with a blind man on the advice of a wise old woman with dementia at her grandmother’s home for the elderly; or sending intimate photos to a random sexter with an apparently charming dick, Tabby refuses to be crushed by her many misadventures.
She has to keep believing, because if she gives up, what then? Ill-advisedly armed with the words of Dorothy Parker, Tabby knows that her own ferocious optimism is the only thing keeping her heart-sore, wine-swilling mother and cynical, single-mum sister from giving up on love altogether. She is their only hope. If Tabby can find love, then they too will believe…
This book sounds like a hilarious, witty, satirical summer read. It sounds like the type of book I’ve been looking for for a while, an easy read that will keep me laughing throughout. I enjoy the way the person on the cover is lay naked with lights surrounding them, however I think it could have been made a bit more bold and less plain. I’m excited to read this book however, I’m always up for new/debut authors too!
Release Date: 25/05/17
Here’s what Lauren knows: she’s not like other girls. She also knows it’s problematic to say that – what’s wrong with girls? She’s even fancied some in the past. But if you were stuck in St Agnes’s, her posh all-girls school, you’d feel like that too. Here everyone’s expected to be Perfect Young Ladies, it’s even a song in the painfully awful musical they’re putting on this year. And obviously said musical is directed by Lauren’s arch nemesis. Under it all though, Lauren’s heart is bruised. Her boyfriend thinks she’s crazy and her best friend’s going through something Lauren can’t understand… so when Lauren realises she’s facing every teenage girl’s worst nightmare, she has nowhere to turn. Maybe she should just give in to everything. Be like the other girls. That’s all so much easier… right?
I originally looked at this book because of the title, it sounded like a coming of age/mental health/fitting in type book, which I’m always interested in. Also, Claire Hennessy wrote Nothing Tastes as Good as Skinny Feels which I read earlier in the year and enjoyed. It wasn’t a favourite of mine, but I enjoyed it enough. However, after receiving my copy of this book and heading over to add it to my Goodreads shelf, I saw the reviews were all bad with an overall of 2.74. I try not to let this put me off, but it has so far. I’m still going to read this and form my own opinions, but I was looking forward to this and really hope it’s not as bad as others say.
Release Date: 30/05/17
A stunning star-crossed love story set against the glitz and grit of 1980s New York City. When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbours in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in a housing project without a father and didn’t graduate from high school; Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune and beholden to high family expectations. Nevertheless, the attraction is instant, and what starts out as sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger and impossible to ignore.
The unlikely couple moves to Manhattan in hopes of forging an adult life together, but Jamey’s family intervenes in desperation, and the consequences of staying together are suddenly severe. And when a night out with old friends takes a shocking turn, Jamey and Elise find themselves fighting not just for their love, but also their lives.
White Fur follows these indelible characters on their wild race through Newport mansions and downtown NYC nightspots, SoHo bars and WASP-establishment yacht clubs, through bedrooms and hospital rooms, as they explore, love, play and suffer.
This book I got auto-approved for and to be honest, I’m not hugely excited for it. It’s just not the type of book I normally go for. I’m still going to give it a go, however. When I first read the blurb, I got excited thinking there was finally a book where the boy was the educated one, the girl wasn’t but it was still true love. So many tropes have the educated girl and the dumb (but ever so loving, or bad boy she can’t resist) boy. However, as soon as I read he’s rich I thought.. okay, back to another trope. Why can’t we have a boy in love with a girl who isn’t as educated etc if he isn’t rich?
Anyway, the blurb of this seems like it’s almost too eager to draw me in. It’s very like ‘this massive thing happens! And this! But you must read to know! So much action!’. Maybe I’m just being overly critical because it’s not something I’m usually used to, it might turn out to be a fantastic book when I do finally get to it.
Well, that’s the list for now. Personally, I don’t plan to be requesting any more books for May release as I really wanted to be a month ahead on my NetGalley releases but that’s not happening!
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