Anticipated Releases | October 2016

8:05 AM

It's that time again!

In the month of October, I'm excited about many books that fall under many different genres and categories. That's usually the case, most months, but I feel since I had the opportunity to go to a few Fall book previous events where I was able to discover and get my hands on some amazing fall release. Under each synopsis I have included a little bit of why I'm excited for each book

YOUNG ADULT

Replica - Laura Oliver 

Release date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi


Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. 'A sickly child', her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father's connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she's always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father's name seems inextricably linked to it.
Amidst the frenzy outside the institute's walls, Lyra - or number 24 as she is known as at Haven - and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven's purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever... 
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This will be the second book I read by Lauren Oliver and the other book I read by her is a book many Lauren Oliver fans don't even like, Panic. So, I'm not sure how I'll like this but I'm going to give it a try. ARC provided by HarperCollins Canada.

Pushing Perfect - Michelle Falkoff

Release date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA, Contemporary


A girl’s quest for perfection results in dangerous consequences in this layered, suspenseful YA novel by the author of Playlist for the Dead.

How far would you go to be perfect?

Kara has the perfect life. She gets perfect grades. She never messes up. Until now. Because perfection is an illusion, and Kara has been struggling to maintain it for as long as she can remember. With so much pressure to succeed, it’s hard not to do whatever it takes. 

But when Kara takes a new underground drug to help her ace the SATs, she doesn’t expect to get a text from a blocked sender, telling her to follow a set of mysterious instructions—or risk her dark secret getting out. Soon she finds herself part of a group of teens with secrets of their own, who are all under the thumb of the same anonymous texter. And if they don’t find a way to stop the blackmailer, their perfect futures will go up in flames.

This dark, emotionally resonant contemporary YA novel is perfect for fans of We Were Liars and The Secret History.
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I'm interested to read Pushing Perfect because it's pitched to be suspenseful and it's about a "perfect" teenage girl struggling to stay perfect which leads to her self destructive actions.





If I Fix You - Abigail Johnson 😍

Release date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen 
Genre: YA, Contemporary

Readers of Sarah Dessen, Cammie McGovern and Morgan Matson will adore this thought-provoking, complex and romantic contemporary novel from debut author Abigail Johnson, about finding the strength to put yourself back together when everything you know has fallen apart.
When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker’s mom walks out—with a sticky note as a goodbye—only Jill knows the real reason she’s gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself.
Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things—cars, relationships, romances, people—is all broken up. Used to be, her best friend, tall, blond and hot flirt Sean Addison, could make her smile in seconds. But not anymore. They don’t even talk.
With nothing making sense, Jill tries to pick up the pieces of her life. But when a new guy moves in next door, intense, seriously cute, but with scars—on the inside and out—that he thinks don’t show, Jill finds herself trying to make things better for Daniel. But over one long, hot Arizona summer, she realizes she can’t fix anyone’s life until she fixes her own. And she knows just where to start . . .

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I was sold when I read "readers of Sarah Dessen will adore this thought-provoking, complex and romantic contemporary novel". I've been wanting to read a new Sarah Dessen book for months now! And I've been seeking for similar book to Sarah Dessen so, this is perfect. I've been reading Sarah Dessen since I was 16 years-old and I think for my entire life I will read all of Sarah Dessen's new books.



Holding Up the Universe - Jennifer Niven 😍

Release date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mental Illness, Romance

From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone—and love someone—for who they truly are.
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone. 
Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.
Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.

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I love YA romance contemporary and it's no surprise to anyone that I'm excited for Holding Up the Universe. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of this beautiful book and plan to read it this month! ARC provided by Indigo Books and Music.

Our Chemical Hearts - Krystal Sutherland 😍  

Release date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: G.P Putman Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can't-eat-can't-sleep kind of love that he's been hoping for just hasn't been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he's been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything's about to change.

Grace isn't who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys' clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It's obvious there's something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn't your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland's brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.
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This is another one of those books, like the previous anticipated release above, that's YA, romance, contemporary and also speculated to be great for John Green and Rainbow Rowell readers! (I LOVE John Green!) ARC provided by Penguin Random House Canada.

Amy Stacie Chelsea Dee - Mary G. Thompson 😱

Release date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: G.P Putman's Sons Books for Young Readers 

Genre: YA, Contemporary

A bittersweet homecoming holds dark secrets in this heart-wrenching story of loss, love, and survival for readers of Room.


When sixteen-year-old Amy returns home, she can’t tell her family what’s happened to her. She can’t tell them where she’s been since she and her best friend, her cousin Dee, were kidnapped six years ago—who stole them from their families or what’s become of Dee. She has to stay silent because she’s afraid of what might happen next, and she’s desperate to protect her secrets at any cost.


Amy tries to readjust to life at “home,” but nothing she does feels right. She’s a stranger in her own family, and the guilt that she’s the one who returned is insurmountable. Amy soon realizes that keeping secrets won’t change what’s happened, and they may end up hurting those she loves the most. She has to go back in order to move forward, risking everything along the way. Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee is a riveting, affecting story of loss and hope.

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This sounds interesting. I don't know much about it but what I do know is it's about a girl, Amy, and her cousin who were kidnapped and only Amy comes back a few years later. It follows her struggles dealing with being back and, I assume, the trauma of being kidnapped and what every happened during those years. I'm not sure if this is quite a mystery but yet, I haven't found much information about it but it kind of sounds like it. ARC provided by Penguin Random House Canada.

What Light - Jay Asher 😍

Release date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill 
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Holiday

From Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, comes a romance that will break your heart, but soon have you believing again. . . .
Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light is a love story that's moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.
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Here's another YA, romance, contemporary, but this one is set around the holidays!! Christmas is just around the corner and holiday reads are, for the most part, always whimsical, uplifting and perfect. ARC provided by Penguin Random House Canada.

ADULT

Strange Things Done - Elle Wild 🍁😱

Release date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

A dark and suspenseful noir thriller, set in the Yukon. 

"What a wonderful dark, quirky, and complex debut novel . . . Canada’s north was never more sinister." —IAN HAMILTON, author of the internationally bestselling Ava Lee series

As winter closes in and the roads snow over in Dawson City, Yukon, newly arrived journalist Jo Silver investigates the dubious suicide of a local politician and quickly discovers that not everything in the sleepy tourist town is what it seems. Before long, law enforcement begins treating the death as a possible murder and Jo is the prime suspect. 

Strange Things Done is a top-notch thriller — a tense and stylish crime novel that explores the double themes of trust and betrayal.
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At the start of 2016, I made one of my "reading goals" to read more Canadian written or Canadian published books, obviously,  because I am a Canadian and I want to support the Canadian writers and Canadian publishing industry. This book is one of them and since going out to read more Canadian books, I've been finding great titles from Dundurn Press. To the point that when I feel I haven't read a Canadian book in a while or I'm out to look for a Canadian written and published book, I'll go to Dundurn's website to find something.



Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult 💔

Release date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Random House of Canda
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?


Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy's counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn't offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

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I suspect this book will be hard to read at times but interesting and important. I expect to cry since it seems like that's what Jodi Picoult likes to do to her readers! I've only read My Sister's Keeper and I cried so much and so hard! She definitely knows how to pull on our heartstrings. ARC provided by Penguin Random House Canada.


NON FICTION


Life Sentence - Christie Blanchford 🍁


Release date: October 29, 2016
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Genre: Non Fiction, Political, Crime

A beloved crime reporter revisits some of her biggest assignments and passes judgement on our judicial system and especially its judges.

When Christie Blatchford wandered into a Toronto courtroom in 1978 for the start of the first criminal trial she would cover as a newspaper reporter, little did she know she was also at the start of a self-imposed life sentence.

She has been reporting from Canadian courtrooms for the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and the National Post ever since. Back in '78, she loved the courts, lawyers and judges, and that persisted for many years. But slowly, surely, she suffered a loss of faith. What happened? It was at the recent Mike Duffy trial she had the epiphany: That judges are the new senators, unelected, unaccountable and overly entitled. Yet unlike senators, they continue to get away with it because any questioning by government or its agents is deemed an intrusion onto judicial independence. In her explosive new book, Christie Blatchford revisits trials from throughout her career and asks the hard questions--about judges playing with the truth--through editing of criminal records, whitewashing of criminal records, pre-trial rulings that kick out evidence the jury can't hear. She discusses bad or troubled judges--how and why they get picked, and what can be done about them. And shows how judges are handmaidens to the state, as in the Bernardo trial when a small-town lawyer and an intellectual writer were pursued with more vigor than Karla Homolka.

For anyone interested in the political and judicial fabric of this country, Life Sentence is a remarkable, argumentative, insightful and hugely important book.
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If you're new here then you'll eventually figure out that I love non fiction. I'm interested in most crime, celebrity, memoirs and coming of age non fiction. I have this fascination of knowing what people are thinking and I find non fiction gives me an insider look to that. Life Sentence covers the insider look to Canadian crime and it's written from a Canadian reporter and I find that pretty interesting. The only concern I have is about the political aspect to this book is will it be difficult for me to read and follow because, it's no secret, I don't know very much about politics or understand much of it. ARC provided by Penguin Random House Canada.

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