January is here and I am actually ahead of my ARC/review queue? What is this madnesS? This is a weird feeling and I... entirely do not expect it to last. But hey, the sooner I get to the books on this month's TBR, the happier I'll be!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
I think most of us have heard of this book by now. It has gotten a lot of attention and I really am hoping it's as good and as important as hoped. I have only heard excellent things from those who have read it so far, so I am tentatively very optimistic about it.
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller -- teenage girl pirate captain! Deceptions! Enemy pirates! Let this be as awesome as it sounds!
A Lie for A Lie by Robin Merrow MacCready -- teenage photographer finds out about her father's secret second life + family.
The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine (Ravenspire #2) -- I know I know. I didn't even like book one all that much. But I am a terrible glutton for punishment and I swear if THIS one isn't good, I'll stop.
Dreadnought by April Daniels (Nemesis #1)
Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of the world's greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, she was trying to keep people from finding out she's transgender. But then her second-hand superpowers transformed her body into what she's always thought it should be. Now there's no hiding that she's a girl.
It should be the happiest time of her life, but between her father's dangerous obsession with curing her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he's entitled to date her, and the classmate who is secretly a masked vigilante, Danny's first weeks living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined.
She doesn't have much time to adjust. Dreadnought's murderer, a cyborg named Utopia, still haunts the streets of New Port City. If Danny can't sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.
This reminds me of Steelheart? But even better? Own voices telling the story of a transgender superheroine? I am beyond excited to read this --- and to be on the blog tour for it! That post will be up in a couple weeks so keep an eye out! :)