That’s it for June! I can’t believe we’re already halfway through 2015! How is everyone doing with their reading challenges for the year? My goal is to read 50 books this year and I have already read 37! I’m feeling really proud of myself and it looks like I just might surpass my goal! Feel free to take a look at what I read this month!
Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ
Release Date: April 7th 2015
Page Count: 303
Goodreads synopsis: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
Author: Andrew Smith
Series: Winger (Book #1)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: May 14th 2014
Page Count: 439
Goodreads synopsis: Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids in the Pacific Northwest. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy. With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart. Filled with hand-drawn info-graphics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen’s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking.
Deadly Class, Vol.1: Reagan Youth
Author: Rick Remender
Illustrator: Wesley Craig
Colourist: Lee Loughridge
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel, Thriller
Release Date: July 16th 2014 (first published January 1st 2014)
Page Count: 160
Goodreads Synopsis: It’s 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush has a double-digit body count. Welcome to the most brutal high school on earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical.
The October Faction, Vol.1
Author: Steve Niles
Illustrator: Damien Worm
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Genre: Graphic Novel, Horror, Paranormal
Release Date: July 21st 2015
Page Count: 152
Format: eBook (ARC provided by NetGalley)
Goodreads Synopsis: The October Faction details the adventures of retired monster-hunter Frederick Allan and his family… which include a thrill-killer, a witch, and a warlock. Because sometimes crazy is the glue that binds a family together.
Deadly Class, Vol.2: Kids of the Black Hole
Author: Rick Remender, Illustrator: Wesley Craig, Colourist: Lee Loughridge
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel, Sequential Art, Thriller, Dark
Release Date: March 3rd 2015
Page Count: 128
Goodreads Synopsis: Marcus Lopez is settling into life at Kings Dominion for the Deadly Arts, a secret elite school, to train the next generation of assassins. He has a girl, a circle of friends, and he’s learning a trade: the craft of killing. But his murderous past is about to catch up with him, and there are a few things about Marcus that even his friends don’t know. Secrets that threaten the lives of everyone around him. Because there’s a reason Marcus was sought out by the school’s shadowy principal Master Lin, a man who’s long had an eye for Marcus’s unique talents. Continuing the story of a group of damaged, deranged, and struggling teenagers living through one of the country’s most vibrant and chilling eras.
From A Distant Star
Author: Karen McQuestion
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Release Date: May 19th 2015
Page Count: 272
Format: eBook ARC provided by NetGalley
Goodreads Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Emma was the only one who hadn’t given up on her boyfriend, Lucas. Everyone else—his family, his friends, his doctors—believed that any moment could be his last. So when Lucas miraculously returns from the brink of death, Emma thinks her prayers have been answered. As the surprised town rejoices, Emma begins to question whether Lucas is the same boy she’s always known. When she finds an unidentifiable object on his family’s farm—and government agents come to claim it—she begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems. Emma’s out-of-this-world discovery may be the key to setting things right, but only if she and Lucas can evade the agents who are after what they have. With all her hopes and dreams on the line, Emma sets out to save the boy she loves. And with a little help from a distant star, she might just have a chance at making those dreams come true.