Thursday, April 3, 2014

New April Books

It's a new month! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and new books are hitting the shelves!! Here are the books I've gathered so far for the lovely month of April.

Title: Side Effects May Vary
Author: Julie Murphy
Summary: What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you? 
When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.
Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most? 
Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.

The cover is adorable and the book looks really good so I'm looking forward to starting this one. The plot looks neat and I've heard great things about the book.

Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 
Author: Jesse Andrews
Summary: Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.
Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.
Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives. And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

I'm about halfway through this book and I really like the characters
and the writing style. I can honestly say I have never read a book
quite like this one.
Title: Nil
Author: Lynne Matson 
Summary: On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days--to escape, or you die.
Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.
Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.

Nil looks like a really interesting read and the plot is quite different from the
other books I've read recently. 

Title: All Quiet on the Western Front 
Summary: Paul Bäumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Youthful, enthusiastic, they become soldiers. But despite what they have learned, they break into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. And as horrible war plods on year after year, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principles of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other --- if only he can come out of the war alive.
"The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure."- THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

I have to read this book for school and usually I despise the school books, but I've actually really enjoyed this book so far. It's extremely 
depressing but really well written, and it perfectly depicts WW1.

Title: Dorothy Must Die
Author: Danielle Paige
Summary: I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.
What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas. I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I've been trained to fight. And I have a mission: Remove the Tin Woodman's heart. Steal the Scarecrow's brain. Take the Lion's courage. Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

Everything about this book just screams unique and different so I can't wait to start reading this book. I love fairytale retellings and this one kind of reminds me of what is happening on Once Upon a Time right now. 

Has anyone read or planning on reading any of these books? What are you all reading this month? Let me know in the comments!



  1. I have been looking forward to Dorothy Must Die ever since I saw the cover a whole ago. It also helos that I keep seeing amazing reviews for it.

    Another book I have been looking forward to on the list was Side Effects May Vary. I heard of this waaay back at the start of 2013. I recently read a bout of reviews from blogs I follow and they all hated this one! :/ Such a shame!

    Thanks for sharing this and have a great weekend! :) xxx

    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

  2. Enjoy all the pretties, Amanda. Dorothy Must Die sure is making the rounds today. :)

  3. NIL and Dorothy Must Die look super good! Looking forward to what you think of these books. :)


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