Release Day Reviews-A Bunch of ’em Again

First, an update: last week I went to see my sister and my super cool nephews in Florida, because I am unemployed and I can. It was wonderful except when we had to say goodbye and my sister and I broke down in tears, as we always do.

The trip started out with visits to the beach and Dexter being Dexter:

But as 3 year olds are wont to do, Dexter soon came down with the sort of plague that only little kids seem to carry, and I mean look what am I supposed to do when the kid who never wants to cuddle anymore is suddenly all “lay down with me and watch a movie”?

dexter sick

Long story short, the second I stepped off the plane coming home I was sick, and man does this thing stick around. I am still super sick, super exhausted, and possibly getting an ear infection.

SO as many of you may remember, this is the week of the camping trip. But due to camping sites in Idaho being closed (this is a thing? idk), the husband wanting to compromise, and the good fortune of Dexter infecting me right before this trip, camping has turned into…………..AN AIRBNB!


You guys, the lazy pugs and I can now look out these huge windows and feel like we’re in the trees without actually touching the trees! We can watch Vampire Diaries and listen to the sounds of nature without any of the bugs! We can read ALL THE BOOKS and look at the mountains in a climate controlled space. IS GENIUS!

ANYWAY, today turns out to be an even huger day for book releases than the last time I did one of these. I have 12 on my list, though I didn’t actually get to read all of them. Again, I’ll be doing a mini review for these, but if you want to chat more about any, let me know!

The Last Wish of Sasha Cade, by Cheyanne Young         the last wish of sasha cade
Goodreads ¦ Amazon¦ Barnes & Noble
Series?: No
Publisher:  KCP Loft
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Length: 320 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: thumbs-up thumbs-up thumbs-up thumbs-up thumbs-up

Mini Review: I have been gushing about this one all over Twitter lately because it is SO SO GOOD and I need everyone to read it ASAP. It’s like the movie P.S. I Love You, only AWESOME, and with best friends instead of a married couple. I’m glad this is a mini review because I seriously don’t know how to put my love for this book into coherent thoughts. Even though Sasha is dead for 95% of the book, she is such a clear and involved character. I love Raquel, love Elijah, love the letters, the tapes, the adventures. I have some complicated feelings about Sasha’s parents, but in the end I do understand them and I honestly might have made the same choices. And it’s just another reminder that parents are just people, which I always appreciate seeing in YA. And that ENDING, Cheyanne what are you DOING TO ME it was beautiful and perfect and lovely and heartbreaking but now I want a second book k pls thanks.

“She will never again be the girl sitting across from me on my bed, eyes wide, the air smelling like wet nail polish, listening to my stories and telling me exactly what she thinks about them. For the rest of my life, I will only have moments like these. Moments I will treasure, but moments I can’t share with her.”


The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, by Mackenzi Lee
Lady's GuideGoodreads ¦ Amazon¦ Barnes & Noble
Series?: Yes
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

                                    Release Date: October 2, 2018
Length: 512 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: thumbs-up thumbs-up thumbs-up


Mini Review: I could never love anything quite as much as I loved Monty and Percy’s journey, but Felicity’s struggle to become a doctor in a world of men telling her no was so relatable and so infuriating to read about in today’s world, where so little has changed. But Felicity doesn’t give up, and the friends she finds along the way are incredible. And if you’re only in it for more of Monty and Percy, don’t worry because they’re here too!

“I do not need reasons to exist. I do not need to justify the space I take up in this world.”

“Thank God for friends who learn to speak to you in your own language rather than making you learn theirs.”


Dry, by Neal & Jarrod Shustermandry
¦ Amazon¦ Barnes & Noble
Series?: No
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Length: 352 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: thumbs-up thumbs-up thumbs-up thumbs-up


Mini Review: This was a super powerful book. It’s technically a dystopian, but reads like a contemporary, and you wouldn’t have to change a single word. Living in California, I’m already intimately acquainted with the draught and water conservation. This book feels like it could take place tomorrow, next week, or maybe it even started a couple days days ago. It’s unsettling, how plausible this book is. I suggest reading with plenty of water nearby, because I have never been so desperately thirsty.

“The secret to a successful group collaboration is a dynamic, responsive leader, and the key to being a good leader is acute observation and subtle manipulation—so subtle that no one knows they’re being manipulated. Come to think of it, that’s also the key to a successful government.”

And a few weeks ago, I reviewed A Spark of Light, by Jodi Picoult, which is also out today, and is gorgeous and important and sure to get people talking in many different ways.

And finally, below are the other books I’ve got on my radar that I haven’t read yet, but are out today also!

The Geography of Lost Things, by Jessica Brody
Broken Things, by Lauren Oliver
Sawkill Girls, by Claire Legrand
Words We Don’t Say, by K.J. Reilly
Grim Lovelies, by Megan Shepherd
The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig, by Don Zolidis
(Don’t) Call Me Crazy: An Anthology
Me and Me, by Alice Kuipers

WELL guys, I know there are a LOT more out this week, so tell me what I’m missing! Have you ready any of the ones I didn’t get to yet?




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