Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm, where we show off books we recently added to our TBR list or books we recently purchased, borrowed, etc.

I got approved for some great ARCs this week. I am beyond excited for every single one of these! My husband says I need to stop requesting so many because I will never be able to read them all. Umm, why is he trying to bring logic into this? Besides, I can and I will read every single one of these!!

Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Synopsis: Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie has a life-threatening allergy to electricity, and Moritz's weak heart requires a pacemaker. If they ever did meet, they could both die. Living as recluses from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times-as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him. Narrated in letter form by Ollie and Moritz-two extraordinary new voices-this story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances blends elements of science fiction with coming of age themes, in a humorous, dark, and ultimately inspiring tale is completely unforgettable.
Note: I pretty much read this book as soon as I received it. I will be posting my review this weekend. Spoiler alert: I LOVED IT!!
This Raging Light by Estelle Laure
Synopsis: Can the best thing happen at the worst time? Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.

If You're Lucky by Yvonne Prinz
Synopsis: When seventeen-year-old Georgia’s brother drowns while surfing halfway around the world in Australia, she refuses to believe Lucky’s death was just bad luck. Then a stranger named Fin arrives in False Bay, claiming to have been Lucky’s best friend. Soon Fin is working for Lucky’s father, charming Lucky’s mother, dating his girlfriend. Georgia begins to wonder: did Fin murder Lucky in order to take over his whole life? Determined to clear the fog from her mind in order to uncover the truth about Lucky’s death, Georgia secretly stops taking the medication that keeps away the voices in her head. Georgia is certain she’s getting closer and closer to the truth about Fin, but as she does, her mental state becomes more and more precarious, and no one seems to trust what she’s saying. As the chilling narrative unfolds, the reader must decide whether Georgia’s descent into madness is causing her to see things that don’t exist–or to see a deadly truth that no one else can.  

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
Synopsis: She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can't get the girl out of her head. Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home. Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow's past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she's willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
Synopsis: Everyone has secrets. Everyone is a secret. Parker Grant is a junior in high school who loves to run, has great friends, and isn't afraid to speak her mind--especially when it comes to how stupid some people can be around a blind person like her. The only topic to avoid is how Parker feels about the boy who broke her heart in eighth grade... who has just transferred to her school. And as long as she can keep giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn't cried since her dad's death three months ago, she'll be just fine. Right?  Combining a fiercely engaging voice with true heart, debut author Eric Lindstrom's Not If I See You First sheds light on the metaphorical blind spots that are a part of life, whether you're visually impaired or not.

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
Synopsis: Nicolette's awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother's knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday—and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse—Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself. And the timing may be perfect: There's a technological exposition and a royal ball on the horizon. Determined to invent her own happily-ever-after, Mechanica seeks to wow the prince and eager entrepreneurs alike.

What new books have you acquired this week?


  1. Oh so many good finds!! I have requests out for the first two. So excited to see you loved Because You'll Never Meet Me.

    1. Thanks Grace. I hope you get them, especially Because you'll never meet me. It was amazing!

  2. Pretty Baby is on my wishlist as is the author's previous book. Thanks for sharing your list, have a good weekend.

    1. Thanks Rita! I have not read her previous book either, but it is on my wish list for sure. Have a great weekend as well!

  3. Ah, what a list! Mechanica is calling my name!!! I bout Fell of Dark, which is totally unlike any book I ever read and I recommend it to you. Happy Friday!

    1. Thanks Ramona! I am going to check out Fell of Dark for sure. Thanks for the recommendation. :)

  4. Oooo, nice list!!

    Here's a link to my Friday Finds link for the week:

  5. Nice finds! Because You'll Never Meet Me sounds intriguing as well as Mary Kubica's new book. Hope you enjoy them all!

    My StS for this week.

  6. Congrats on getting approved for these great ARCs! Because You'll Never Meet Me is one that I have my eye on. I hope you enjoy them!