In My Mailbox -- March 4, 2018

Hey y'all!It's Grace here after a long week of school, sharing some of the books I got during my time in New York over break. I got a little spoiled by publishing friends, admittedly, which made me way too happy. I'm going to try a new format this week, however, and describe each of the books I got in a little blurb. Fully planning on spending the next however many hours drinking too much coffee and chipping away at my Latin homework, so this feels like a nice preface.Without further ado, here are books I've gotten lately that I'm excited about!

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart | Preorder It

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

For one, I love palace intrigue stories -- and I'm not great at picking high fantasy out for myself, because it all blurs together after awhile. I love books that explore contemporary issues through rich stories. So when my friends at Hachette tossed this one my way, I added it to the list.

Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert | Preorder It

Since she was seven years old, Yvonne has had her trusted violin to keep her company, especially in those lonely days after her mother walked out on their family. But with graduation just around the corner, she is forced to face the hard truth that she just might not be good enough to attend a conservatory after high school.Full of doubt about her future, and increasingly frustrated by her strained relationship with her successful but emotionally closed-off father, Yvonne meets a street musician and fellow violinist who understands her struggle. He’s mysterious, charming, and different from Warren, the familiar and reliable boy who has her heart. But when Yvonne becomes unexpectedly pregnant, she has to make the most difficult decision yet about her future.

I haven't read Little & Lion (I need to) but heard raving reviews; beyond that, I loved  Pointe, her first YA. It was a little gutting, and still atmospheric. So I'm itching to read this one -- especially since it deals with violin, and Colbert has already proven herself as being able to write about the arts.

The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse | Preorder It

Aubrey and Rae have been planning their trip around Europe practically from the moment they became BFFs in primary school. And, now, it ought to be the perfect way to spend their last summer together before university.But things are more complicated at eighteen than they were at ten. There's Jonah, Aubrey's seemingly perfect boyfriend, and his best friend Gabe, the boy Aubrey may have accidentally kissed. And there's Clara, the friend Rae is crushing on, hard, even though there's no hope because Clara is definitely into guys, not girls.Five friends. Ten days. Paris, Amsterdam, Prague, Florence, Barcelona. And a messy, complicated, can-this-really-be happening love story, or two ... because how could there not be?

I'm really psyched for The Summer of Us because I'm always so weak for European romps. Even the cover -- that light blue and sunny yellow -- makes me want to be beachside. When the gray Lexington skies have me a little down, I'll be more than happy to experience summer through this lovely.

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham | Preorder It

Some bodies won’t stay buried. Some stories need to be told.When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past, the present, and herself.One hundred years earlier, a single violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what’s right the night Tulsa burns.

Like I've mentioned before, I love reading diverse books because they expand my horizons and widen my perspectives. And I've heard this one in particular -- part murder mystery, part historical fiction -- is powerful. I'm not usually a historical gal, but when I fall, I fall hard. Ex: Revolution, Code Name Verity.

What did y'all get this week?