Are you imagining? What a world, right? I'd give anything to live in a world with those three books! Books that called out to read like the magical forest unicorn calls out to be ridden. Books whose authors possessed brains of pure genius, and sweet personalities to boot.
There are three books like that. In this world. Coming onto the YA scene now. And their authors? Having met each one, I can honestly attest to their genius brains and sah-weet personalities. And so, I present to you: three books winning the universe right now!
#1. A TOUCH MORTAL by Leah Clifford (February 22nd, HarperCollins)"Eden didn't expect Az..."
Leah offers an imagining of the afterlife that should leave anyone reeling.
The best part? This book officially comes out TODAY! So if you're not afraid of meeting (actual) tortured souls, finding out your boyfriend is an angel, or facing the dangerous allure of a certain sexy musician, then come along with Eden on her wild paranormal ride. Just know that I recommend wearing a seatbelt. (Safety is fun!)
#2. ANGELFIRE by Courtney Allison Moulton (February 15th, HarperCollins)"Ellie's powers have been awakened..."
Okay, so no one likes getting punched, right? (On second thought, don't answer that.) But when a book named Angelfire punches in you in the gut with its kick-ass heroine and crazy action scenes - that's another thing. Oh, and don't forget the excellent romance: one sewn into the layers of history, reaching its peak in a world packed with mythology, surprise attacks, and cool parties.
Forreal: if you're looking for a book to set your day on fire in a good way, gorgeous author Courtney's got the goods. So check it out, and get ready to wave an imaginary sword in your bedroom! (That was so not me. Who got video of that? Oh, man!)
#3. LIKE MANDARIN by Kirsten Hubbard (March 8th, Random House)
"Grace would give anything to be like Mandarin..."
To communicate the epicity of Like Mandarin to you, I shall utilize the perfect words of fellow YA writer Phoebe North, who described it as "intense and engaging and thoroughly beautiful." Beyond the beautiful book itself, I want to let y'all in on a not-so-secret secret: author Kirsten is the ultimate. As in, it's almost impossible for me to fathom what an incredible friend, writing partner, blog teammate, and person Kirsten is.
Come March 8th, I'm so happy everyone will have a window into the mind of this ultimate girl. To sweeten the deal, Kirsten's hosting a rad blog tour all this week into March! Seriously, you guys - in one vlog, we get to meet her puppy. Warning: ADORABLE AHEAD.
So there you have it: three books on the current scene that deserve their own flash-bang Hollywood trailer. Pick them up, devour them (it's the only way to prevent a deadly explosion!), and come back to tell me what you thought!
Which new books have gotten you excited recently? High-five if your answer includes any of the above - and even more high-fives if it's something completely different. Love to you all, and I hope you have a wonderful week!