A few weeks ago I found myself in a Barnes and Noble bookstore and I couldn’t help but treat myself to three books that were released earlier this month and are on a lot of people’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2017” lists (and of course, piqued my interest as well!). I miss bookstores SO much and it’s a real treat when I get to go to one and browse. Like I mentioned before, I only bought three this time, so I had a mini-book haul! Picking just three was difficult, I basically wanted one of everything from the Young Adult section, but I’m really happy and excited with the titles I ended up choosing. So, without keeping you in suspense for any longer…
I ended up choosing Spill Zone, story by Scott Westerfeld and the art by Alex Puvilland and Colorist Hilary Sycamore because the story sounded interesting and the artwork really looked cool and I wanted to know more about it! Spill Zone is an apocalyptic graphic novel, taking place in what used to be Poughkeepsie. Something happened three years ago in what used to be Poughkeepsie, New York but no one knows exactly what happened or what caused it, but they decided to call it (yep you guessed it!) the “Spill Zone.” No one is allowed into the Zone unless you are government scientists or are part of the hazmat teams that patrol it. But Addison Merrick and few other daring “explorers” know how to sneak through those patrols and steer clear of the dangers inside the Zone. Not only does Addison do this in order to try and figure out what happened that night and to unraveling the events that took her parents, but to also help protect and support (in general and financially) her younger sister, who has been left mute and disconnected from the world ever since. While she is in the Spill Zone she takes pictures of the Zone’s twisted attractions and sells them to art collectors who pay top dollar for these bizarre images, even though acquiring such shots could mean death–or worse! Dun dun dun! When an eccentric collector makes a million dollar offer, Addison breaks her own hard-learned rules of survival and ventures farther than she has ever dared. Within the Spill Zone, Hell awaits–and it seems to be calling Addison’s name.
So, yeah! With a summary like that, I couldn’t pass this up! Sounds a little creepy, the right amount of mystery and suspense, and some action too. I haven’t read anything by Scott Westerfeld yet, but I’ve heard a lot of great things about some of his other books, such as the Uglies series, so should be interesting! I can’t wait to get to this and see where it goes, I’m really looking forward to reading this. I’ll be sure to let you all know when I do finish reading it so we can discuss this more!
Daughter of the Pirate King sounds like a really fun adventure read! It’s about Seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa, who deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship to retrieve an ancient hidden map which is the key to a legendary treasure trove. Alosa only has one thing standing in her way from obtaining the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. Not to worry though! For she has a few tricks up her sleeve and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King! In Daughter of the Pirate King, debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.
What’s not to love about this?! Sounds like Alosa is going to be one kickass heroine! She sounds like the next Delilah Bard (a character from The Darker Shade of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab) and that’s so awesome! I wonder if they would be friends if their stories ever crossed paths? What do you think? Let’s be honest here, they’d probably be frenemies. Anyways, sounds like it has a strong female protagonist who just happens to be a pirate and also has a handsome adversary turned love interest… YES PLEASE!!! This definitely sounds like something up my alley and I can’t wait to delve more into this world!
And lastly, but certainly not least…
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor! In short, and in Laini’s own words on Goodreads, Strange the Dreamer is about, “a young librarian, a mythic lost city, and the half-human children of murdered gods.” Dun dun dun! Definitely sounds interesting and intense and I can’t wait to learn more about it as I read it! The only book of Laini’s that I’ve read so far was Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which is the first book in a trilogy, and omg! It was so good, I loved it so much (both the story and her writing!)!!! So, I’m really looking forward to see what this book has to offer and reading more of Laini’s words and writing.
Were any of these books on your lists as well? Have you already read them or are looking forward to them as well? What did you think of them? Let me know and let’s talk more about it in the comments!!