New Release Recap 2019 – Spring

For one reason or another, the spring always feels like a whirlwind that I can never remember. In college, the spring semester dragged on forever but since graduation, I feel like springtime is often forgettable for me. Do you feel like the seasons have changed in the last few years? Like winter takes longer to get here than it used to, which pushes it back later than we’d like? The same can be said about summer though. It’s like it gets hot, and stays hot for so much more than what I remember as a kid. Spring and Fall have been condensed and almost forgotten, and maybe that’s why spring releases fall under my radar. Looking back though, a lot came out in just a few short months. Do you remember any of these?

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April 16th

This was a pretty *quietly* buzzy book this season. It won or was mentioned for a bunch of awards, was a BOTM selection and I personally know at least three blogger friends who read, reviewed and really loved it. It’s not a particularly long book, but it follows two people who continuously (secretly) hookup for years, starting in high school and following them through adulthood. It shows how the power transfers from person to person depending on the time period, and the emotional impact they have on each other, especially realizing that they are the only people they feel comfortable or themselves with after all this time. It’s of great interest to me still but I don’t know when I’ll get to it.

 

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April 2nd

was super excited for this one despite not reading Geekerella yet. However it got some pretty mixed reviews and to be honest, it just fell off my radar for a bit. I’m not even sure I am still interested in it anymore. Will you change my mind?

 

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April 23rd

I was really pleasantly surprised by this one actually. The writing duo’s first book was also based off of Shakespeare and it just didn’t peak my interest despite a glowing review from my fav. Booktuber, Hailey. This one is a Taming of the Shrew retelling? re-imagining? and that whistled a slightly different tune for me. I thought it was done well, and it definitely put their next book on my radar for next year.

 

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April 30th

This has got to be one of my most disappointing reads ever. LOOK AT THIS COVER! IT TAKES PLACE AT AN AMUSEMENT PARK. The main character’s job at this amusement park is to be a HOTDOG! It was supposed to involve fake dating, MY FAVORITE TROPE! I loved this whole concept but the execution was downright disappointing. And I am not usually one to let big moral/ethical issues bother me during a read so long as I can see how it aids the story line but that was not the case for this one. I mean, we all know cheating is bad. We all know that it is not morally correct to try an “break up” an already existing couple just for your own benefit. This book however, not only utilized that plot line, but abused another character in a “fake dating” scheme that was more hurtful than “swoony.” This main character was unbelievably selfish, to the point that I wanted nothing to work out for her in the end. It was cringe-y the entire time. The only reason I finished was a sliver of hope that it would redeem itself somehow, but it didn’t.

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Other Noteworthy Books in April

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May 14th

THIS BOOK IS ALL THE THINGS! I practically read this chunker in one sitting! Who knew I needed a m/m secret romance between two politically famous characters? NOT ME! I am SO glad I picked this book up. I actually want to read this over to be honest. It was so cute and swoony, while also being heavy and political, and just *chef’s kiss* It was HUGELY hyped when it came out, and like Evelyn Hugo, absolutely was worth every moment of the hype. If you haven’t read this yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! Side note: I totally need to own this. BOTM has it has a selection for December but like, I’m moving and can’t really get another book right now. Soon though.

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May 7th

Another A+ from Acevedo. And this one had an absolutely stunning packaging. The cover is that velvet-y matte with the gorgeous burgundy color, and don’t even get me started on the naked hardback. I have consistently loved Acevedo’s writing thus far, but I will say this; despite how gorgeous this book is, and how much I like her books, I feel like Acevedo is one of those authors that I am better off reading from the library than owning. I liked this book, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t see myself re-reading it. We’ll have to see when Clap When You Land comes out in 2020, but I think I will hold off on the pre-order and just borrow it this time around.

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May 7th

Christine Riccio, aka Poland Banana Books on Youtube, has written a book. While she may not be the first youtuber to get published, this was kind of a big deal because she was one of the OG booktubers, and has an incredible following. A lot of petty people speculate that her “internet fame” is what got her a book deal and not her writing, but I’m not going to touch that. It was a highly anticipated book for a lot of people and from what I can see, ended with a lot of very confused, mixed reviews. Complaints about the writing and the surprise fantasy aspect were common, but a lot of people also really enjoyed the story and the main character. Others felt she resembled Christine a little too much which made the whole story hard to get into.  I read about four pages and put it down. I didn’t mesh well with the writing and the main character was already irritating me, however, my best friend read it and really liked it so I’m sure I will give it another chance down the line.

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May 28th

I got super into this book after seeing it pop up all over the place around it’s release. I thought the concept of a “Disney land with robots” was interesting and wanted to get more information. I even had it sitting in a few book discount book carts because I was that interested but after talking with a fellow blogger, I decided to put this one on the back burner. I still am really interested based on the description, but I am a little more hesitant. Maybe it’s another library loan for the future.

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May 28th

Why haven’t I read this yet? Oh right, because I am horrible at reading new releases, especially when I pre-order them. It’s Witches! I have heard some pretty good things about this book too, and I saw the sequel is coming out in 2020 so I am hoping to get to this sooner rather than later but since I have already waited so long, now I have even more books piled up waiting for their turn.

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Other Noteworthy Books in May

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So what have we learned? That I buy a lot of books and don’t read them. Something I will for sure be working on in 2020! Have you read any of these books this year? Were any of them your favorites? Did you put off any of these titles? Which ones do you still have on your TBR?

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