Book Riot YA Quarterly Box #2

The second Book Riot YA Quarterly Box was delivered last week and I love it!!

Just a quick recap of what a Book Riot YA Quarterly Box is: Book Riot is website/company/thing-a-ma-bob which provides book recommendations, literary commentary, book schwag, pretty much all things literature!  After I started regularly following Book Riot, I found out about their YA Quarterly Boxes.  This is the second box I have received.

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Book Riot: Young Adult – Books and Bookish Goods for YA Fans.  As our friend good ole Billy Shakespeare reportedly said, “a friend is someone that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts that you have become, and still, gently, allow you to grow.”  Get ready to make friends with these friendship-heavy YA reads.

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First impression of the friendship-themed box: 3 books AND goodies – woot woot!!

Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi – Before: Corey, Holly, and Savitri are one unit—fast, strong, inseparable. Together they turn Chicago concrete and asphalt into a freerunner’s jungle gym, ricocheting off walls, scaling buildings, leaping from rooftops to rooftop.  But acting like a superhero doesn’t make you bulletproof…  After: Holly and Savitri are coming unglued. Holly says she’s chasing Corey’s killer, chasing revenge. Savitri fears Holly’s just running wild—and leaving her behind. Friends should stand by each other in times of crisis. But can you hold on too tight? Too long?  In this intense novel, Swati Avasthi creates a gripping portrait of two girls teetering on the edge of grief and insanity. Two girls who will find out just how many ways there are to lose a friend…and how many ways to be lost.

A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith – A beautiful coming-of-age story about deep friendship, the weight of secrets, and the healing power of nature.  It’s senior year of high school, and Annabeth is ready—ready for everything she and her best friend, Noe, have been planning and dreaming. But there are some things Annabeth isn’t prepared for, like the constant presence of Noe’s new boyfriend. Like how her relationship with her mom is wearing and fraying. And like the way the secret she’s been keeping hidden deep inside her for years has started clawing at her insides, making it hard to eat or even breathe.  But most especially, she isn’t prepared to lose Noe.  For years, Noe has anchored Annabeth and set their joint path. Now Noe is drifting in another direction, making new plans and dreams that don’t involve Annabeth. Without Noe’s constant companionship, Annabeth’s world begins to crumble. But as a chain of events pulls Annabeth further and further away from Noe, she finds herself closer and closer to discovering who she’s really meant to be—with her best friend or without.  Bonus Item: a series of postcards and a signed bookplate from the author.

Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour – A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.  Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.  Bonus Item: a deleted scene!

I haven’t heard of Chasing Shadows or A Sense of the Infinite but I’m stoked to read them.  I can’t wait to read Everything Leads to You – ELTY was a previous bookclub pick of a month that I missed!  (Book descriptions taken from GoodReads)

IMG_5083The goodies include a colorful book light (which comes with a free e-book!) and these killer library cards from Knot & Bow!  I’m pretty generous with my book lending and I keep a list in my phone of who has what but now I have my own awesome library cards!

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Here’s one more pick of the whole awesome box! #BYA02

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