Not everyone has the luxury of being able to afford a lot of books like I do. Thankfully, there are still ways for book lovers to be able to read without having to buy the books themselves. One of my favourite ways to do this is to visit my public library. As well, the library is a great place to go if you’re not sure if you’d like to own a book or you want to try something out of your comfort zone without the commitment of owning the book.
This week, I swung by the library and picked up a couple of books. I only stopped by the Young Adult section this time as I didn’t have a lot of time to spend in the library. However, I usually try to diversify my picks a little more when I go to the library. Here are the books I picked up:
Pirouette by Robyn Bavati: As someone who took dance classes for 16 years – from age 3 to 19 – I’m always up for a good dance book. Sadly, not every book about dance that I’ve read has been good. In order to get around that, I tend to borrow these kinds of books from the library when I can. In the case of Pirouette, the story is a Young Adult, Freaky Friday-esque read with a touch of dance thrown into it. When twins Simone and Hannah are adopted by different families, they’re unlikely to know that they’re identical twins. Simone was raised as a dancer but hates performing, whereas Hannah loves to dance but her parents don’t take her passion seriously. The girls meet for the first time at age fifteen and decide that this chance meeting is a perfect opportunity for them to switch lives. Centered around one twin’s love of dance and the other’s unwillingness to continue, I find myself looking forward to reading more about this world of dance. I’m hoping that the book doesn’t throw dance into the background like most dance novels I’ve read do.
Replica by Jenna Black: A YA novel about Nadia Lake who has an arranged marriage with the most powerful family in her state. Living a life of luxury as well as public scrutiny, Nadia’s future is assured as long as she can keep up her image. Her fiance, Nate Hayes, is a notorious playboy and heir of Paxco, the company that created human replication technology. While not in live, Nate and Nadia are happy enough with there match. That is, until Nate ends up dead and Nadia was the last person to have (reportedly) seen him alive. When the new Nate wakes up in the replication tanks, he knows nothing about what happened after his last memory backup. Together, Nadia and Nate must find out who killed him without revealing the secrets that those who run their world would kill to protect.
The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright: In this YA Contemporary, American Evie Gray follows her now-deceased mother’s letters in order to discover what secret life she held before Evie was born. Her first stop, Oxford, her mum’s alma mater. Here she runs into Edmund Stuart, the second prince of England. They two face their growing attraction as they work together to unravel the clues that her mum left behind.
Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton (Book 1): 17 year old Mia Rose has pledge her life to hunting Gwyrach, the same demons that killed her mother. When her dad pledges her marriage to the prince, she’s forbidden from taking up her knife again. She instead finds herself being forced into silk gowns. After the wedding goes horribly wrong does she realize she has the same magic that she’s sworn to destroy. While I ended up ordering this book for myself while Barnes and Noble was having a sale, when I saw this book in the library I felt the need to pick it up. This way, I don’t have to wait to read it if I don’t want to but I also won’t feel the rush to finish the book before all of the library books are due.
The Reader by Traci Chee (Book 1): In this YA Fantasy, after her father is killed Sefia escapes to the wilderness with her aunt Nin. Nin teaches her how to hunt, track, and steal. When Nin gets kidnapped, none of Sefia’s skills can tell her where her aunt is or even if she’s still alive. Her only clue is an odd rectangular object she comes to realize is a book. In her otherwise illiterate society, this is a rare find. With its help, and the help of a mysterious stranger, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and figure out what really happened to her father. Of course, my primary reason for picking up this novel was that a key feature to the story is the book that Sefia has. As an avid reader myself, I love reading about books within books.
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (Book 1): Maya is cursed with a promised marriage of death and destruction, earning her scorn and fear from her father’s kingdom. When her father, the Raja, arranges a marriage of political convenience, Maya soon becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. As Akaran’s queen she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife she finds compassion, protection, desire. However, Akaran’s secrets soon make Maya suspect her life is in danger. In this novel Maya needs to inravel an ancient mystery spanning reincarnated lives to save those she loves most… including herself.