Book Lust: May 1st Releases

Hey y'all!It's Grace and I have been positively itching for today to arrive! On the May 1 square in my blogging planner, there are words everywhere - bits of titles, notes to myself about which books to buy and review - because there are so many books releasing tomorrow, several of which I have been waiting for and others which I have gotten the incredible opportunity to read. I'm going to spotlight a few of these releases today and I hope y'all get the chance to go to a bookstore soon because I will definitely be dying to go!

Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame

The prettiest people often have the ugliest secrets… Eighteen-year-old Maggie Darlington has turned into an entirely different person. The once spirited teen is now passive and reserved. A change Lord and Lady Darlington can’t help but be grateful for.It’s 1912, and the Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall have more than just the extensive grounds to maintain. As one of Britain’s most elite families, they need to keep up appearances that things are as they have always been… even as their carefully constructed façade rapidly comes undone.Maggie has a secret. And she’s not the only one… the handsome groom Michael, the beautiful new French nanny Therese, the Darlingtons’ teenage houseguests Teddy and Jessica, and even Maggie’s younger sister Lila are all hiding something. Passion, betrayal, heartache, and whispered declarations of love take place under the Darlingtons’ massive roof. And one of these secrets has the power to ruin the Darlingtons forever.When scandalous satires start appearing in the newspaper with details that closely mirror the lives of the Darlingtons, everyone is looking over their shoulder, worrying their scandal will be next. Because at Wentworth Hall, nothing stays secret for long.

WHY I WANT IT: Historical and British! I have a fascination with all things British (ahem, including One Direction) and this looks positively delicious. The elegance and secrecy makes it look like something that I am dying to get my hands on and while I don't usually indulge in books focusing on scandal and gossip, the atmosphere behind this one makes it one that I think I'll really enjoy.

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.Tenderhearted Southern girl, Anna Whitt, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.A cross-country trip to meet her father forces Anna to face the reality that hope and love are not options for her kind. When she confronts her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

WHY I WANT IT: I had the chance to read this earlier in the year and no book has topped it so far. Sweet Evil still remains my favorite book of 2012 and it is well-written, the character development is incredible, the plot is fantastic, and everything about this book has me completely sold on it. If there was one book that I've read this year that I could recommend that you read, it would be Sweet Evil.

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

WHY I WANT IT: I represented Fire in the YA Heroine Tournament and I love Kristin Cashore's lush fantasy and strength in her heroines. With fiery romance and everything at stakes in intense wars and battles, everything about these books just calls to me. Superb writing and solid story building make her writing stand out and I can't wait to read Bitterblue.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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 I WANT IT: Do I even have to explain myself on this one? I liked Divergent even more than The Hunger Games! This book makes me speechless. It is like a drug to me and I need the sequel NOW. I needed it a year ago when I first read Divergent and I am obsessed with this book. I am completely fangirling over this one right now!

Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready

In this dramatic conclusion to the Shade trilogy, Aura and Zachary’s relationship sizzles as the secrets of the Shift are revealed.Life can change in an instant, and no one understands that better than Aura. It’s been almost a year since her boyfriend tragically died. She’s finally letting go of Logan’s violet-hued ghost, but not her search to uncover the truth about her past.As the first in a generation that can see ghosts, Aura is convinced she has a connection to the Shift. She’s trusted Zachary, ever patient and ever by her side, with all that she knows. But when the government threatens his life in an attempt to learn Aura’s secrets, she will stop at nothing to protect herself and the one she loves...even if that means betraying her own heart.

WHY I WANT IT: I was Team Kilt during the YA Crush Tournament and I really enjoyed the first books! There was an awesome opportunity where Jeri Smith-Ready told her fans that she was putting us in her acknowledgements, so I will actually be in them! My name "Grace Smith" will be in an actual published book. Plus, there's a reason I was Team Kilt. Zachary Moore...and pretty much everything about the books...swoon.

The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova

For Tristan Hart, everything changes with one crashing wave.He was gone for three days. Sucked out to sea in a tidal wave and spit back ashore at Coney Island with no memory of what happened. Now his dreams are haunted by a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp teeth.His best friend Layla is convinced something is wrong. But how can he explain he can sense emotion like never before? How can he explain he’s heir to a kingdom he never knew existed? That he’s suddenly a pawn in a battle as ancient as the gods.Something happened to him in those three days. He was claimed by the sea…and now it wants him back.

WHY I WANT IT: I think y'all have heard about my obsession with mermaid books. I love them because I not-so-secretly wish that I was a mermaid. Doesn't everybody? I devour books like this so easily and love when I can go to the beach and tear through them while listening to the crashing waves.  This one is also about a boy so I really like that. It also seems like more of a fantasy then contemporary, and with the mermaid trend sometimes being clogged by paranormal romance, it seems very refreshing. Since summer is coming up, I really want this one!

Destined by Aprilynne Pike

Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to tuck her hair behind her ear.He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn't kiss her, just held her face close to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.She hated how much it felt like good-bye.Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and Klea plans to use her to help conquer and destroy Avalon. But Klea's reach extends far beyond one wild Winter faerie. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares to face what may be Avalon's final days, in the stunning conclusion to the Wings series.

WHY I WANT IT: Aprilynne Pike just has this flowing, gorgeous writing style that I completely adore. Her stories are clever and her faerie dynamic is so well done. Wings was a wonderful book and I just want to sink into this book and let it bring me into the dreamy mood that her books create. Action, romance, and faeries! What more could you want?

Wrecked by Anna Davies

Secrets of the sea have never been sexier than this. Ever since the death of her parents, Miranda has lived on Whym Island, taking comfort in the local folklore, which claims a mysterious sea witch controls the fate of all on the island and in its surrounding waters. Sometimes it’s just easier to believe things are out of your control.But then a terrible boating accident takes the lives of several of her friends, and Miranda is rescued by a mysterious boy who haunts her dreams. Consumed by guilt from the accident, she finds refuge in late-night swims—and meets Christian, a boy who seems eerily familiar, but who is full of mystery: He won’t tell her where he is from, or why they can only meet at the beach. But Miranda falls for him anyway…and discovers that Christian’s secrets, though meant to protect her, may bring her nothing but harm.Seductive and compelling, Wrecked brings a contemporary, paranormal twist to a classic enchanting tale.WHY I WANT IT: Another mermaid book! Might I just say that this one looks darker and I do love it when it incorporates folklore. This one looks a bit edgier than The Vicious Deep and I keep getting torn between the two. These all look fantastic! How am I ever going to choose between them? I also really love how it's focused more on the boy because I do enjoy stories like that and I know it can get frustrating when it's all just focusing on the girl.

See any you like? I know that tomorrow I'll be daydreaming of these books during class!