I have decided to start a new feature to focus on the e-galleys I choose to check out. I really am not a fan of e-readers, as I prefer a cozy book. However, it is a really good way to get a sneak peak into books that are not yet released to decide if they are something I would like to look into further. It is also incredibly tedious to read an entire book on an iTouch screen!
So, this feature is intended to spotlight the galleys I peruse. I will read 25 pages or so and judge from there whether I will choose to: Buy, borrow, add to the wishlist, forget about, or delete and never look back.
So here it goes:
Expected publication: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: YA Contemporary/ New Adult Contemporary
Cover blurb: I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.
Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone discovering her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.
All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone, and everyone allows it because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.
Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.
The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.
My quick take: It definitely is ‘slow-building.’ It was way too slow for me. I actually gave this book over 50 pages to try to draw me in, but I just found the characters to be way too melodramatic and tedious to care about. However, it should be taken into consideration that I am not generally a fan of the Contemporary YA or NA genres. So, target audience, I am not. There have been a lost of great reviews written, so if you are a fan of the genre, check it out. If you are like me and are picky about your contemporaries, skip this one.
The Verdict: Forget about it and move on
Publication date: April 1, 2013
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
Cover blurb: The first in a rousing, funny, genre-busting trilogy from bestseller Jaclyn Moriarty!
This is a tale of missing persons. Madeleine and her mother have run away from their former life, under mysterious circumstances, and settled in a rainy corner of Cambridge (in our world).
Elliot, on the other hand, is in search of his father, who disappeared on the night his uncle was found dead. The talk in the town of Bonfire (in the Kingdom of Cello) is that Elliot’s dad may have killed his brother and run away with the Physics teacher. But Elliot refuses to believe it. And he is determined to find both his dad and the truth.
As Madeleine and Elliot move closer to unraveling their mysteries, they begin to exchange messages across worlds — through an accidental gap that hasn’t appeared in centuries. But even greater mysteries are unfolding on both sides of the gap: dangerous weather phenomena called “color storms;” a strange fascination with Isaac Newton; the myth of the “Butterfly Child,” whose appearance could end the droughts of Cello; and some unexpected kisses…
My quick take: Quirky and unique writing and story. What a delightful mystery, cast, and concept! I think there is a lot to delve into with this colorful read that is instantly entertaining. I really am having a difficult time putting this one down, reading on a tiny screen or not. Simply magical.
The Verdict: Buying it