Here is the first of my posts about new releases I am excited for. I am starting off with a bang by discussing three new books. I hope I can inspire you to check out at least one of them!
Insurgent (Divergent) by Veronica Roth
The Lowdown: Insurgent is the sequel to Roth’s dystopian YA novel Divergent; winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Favorite Book of 2011. The book deserved the win, and I’m hoping the second book in the trilogy is just as good.
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.
Why you should check it out: I know it’s hard for people to get excited about another YA dystopian novel right now. I’ve read a lot of them and have only loved a few. So far this series has been one of my favorites. Why? I really enjoy the fact that the protagonist is a strong woman who survives based on her own skill and determination. It also helps that she is not in the middle of a love triangle. This is a refreshing change from other dystopian novels, which makes for a strong story. If you still aren’t convinced, you can check out the first few chapters here. Just be warned that these chapters will contain spoilers for the first novel Divergent. I can not wait to start this book after pre-ordering it weeks ago.
The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service by Beth Kendrick
The Lowdown: The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service is a standalone novel by Beth Kendrick, and it’s Kendrick’s eighth fiction release.
Lara Madigan has a gift. She can help you find your soulmate—your canine soulmate, that is. As a dog trainer with a soft spot for strays, she’s found the perfect home for sulky Shih Tzus, broken-down border collies, and diabolical Dalmatians. But while she’ll always make room for one more rescue mutt, she’s not sure she’s ready to commit to another human being. Especially after her live-in boyfriend drops the bomb: he’s not a dog person.
Horrified and temporarily homeless, Lara and her furry pack move in with her mother, a wealthy fashionista who forbids even a single drop of drool. As word gets around the exclusive gated community, Lara is overwhelmed with demands for her services. A model wants personal training for her overweight “flabrador”. An aging socialite preps her pedigreed puppy for dog show domination. If Lara can survive the breakup, the outrageous requests of her high-maintenance clientele, and her dogs systematically destroying her mother’s McMansion, she might finally find the rescue dog who rescues her back– leading her straight to the guy who could be her perfect match.
Why you should check it out: I picked up my first of Kendrick’s books–Nearlyweds–on a whim. I enjoyed it enough that I purchased her next novel; The Pre-Nup. Again I found it worth my money. I checked out her 2010 release–Second Time Around–after wining a copy. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book in contrast to the first two. I felt as if the writing had really improved. Kendrick was able to depict relationships so much stronger in this story than her previous story. The way she showed the connection between the woman of the novel made me relate to the characters and cheer them on.
I was lucky to win a copy of the author’s 2011 release The Bake-Off. This time the plot focused on the bond between sisters who ha not always gotten along. Again I found myself loving the story. This helped me reach the conclusion that Kendrick’s writing improves with each new release. To me this means that her newest story will be the best yet. Not convinced? Check out this excerpt. That snippet was enough to persuade me to get my hands on this book soon after its release.
The Lowdown: Jen Lancaster returns to her nonfiction roots with this release. I have checked out–and loved-her five previous memoirs.
In Such a Pretty Fat, Jen Lancaster learned how to come to terms with her body. In My Fair Lazy, she expanded her mind. Now the New York Times bestselling author gives herself—and her generation—a kick in the X, by facing her greatest challenge to date: acting her age.
Jen is finally ready to put away childish things (except her Barbie Styling Head, of course) and embrace the investment-making, mortgage-carrying, life-insurance-having adult she’s become. From getting a mammogram to volunteering at a halfway house, she tackles the grown-up activities she’s resisted for years, and with each rite of passage she completes, she’ll uncover a valuable—and probably humiliating—life lesson that will ease her path to full-fledged, if reluctant, adulthood.
Why you should check it out: I have read the author’s previous five memoirs and loved them all. The crazy antics in Lancaster’s life have often made me laugh out loud while reading. They are the perfect stories for when you just want to escape from your own life for a bit. Sometimes you need that in a book. I know that someday when I’m having a crappy week I’ll read this book and it will be able to put a smile on my face. Looking for an example of the sort of crazy you can expect in this book? Check out the author’s trailer for the book here.
I hope you enjoyed this first post about the new releases I’ll be checking out this week. I’ve helped others add something to their “to-read” pile.