Day 18: Love Stories

I’m a sucker for a good love story, and luckily if there is anyone on your shopping list who has the same problem, this list is perfect!

Once again, all titles in alphabetical order πŸ™‚

 

Hardcovers

How to Make a Wish
by Ashley Herring Blake

9780544815193Grace, tough and wise, has nearly given up on wishes, thanks to a childhood spent with her unpredictable, larger-than-life mother. But this summer, Grace meets Eva, a girl who believes in dreams, despite her own difficult circumstances.
One fateful evening, Eva climbs through a window in Grace’s room, setting off a chain of stolen nights on the beach. When Eva tells Grace that she likes girls, Grace’s world opens up and she begins to believe in happiness again.
How to Make a WishΒ is an emotionally charged portrait of a mother and daughter’s relationship and a heartfelt story about two girls who find each other at the exact right time.

Rachel says:

One of the most beautiful books–very emotion driven featuring complex mother-daughter relationships

Main love story: F/F (both cis)

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Of Fire and Stars
by Audrey Coulthurst

9780062433251An atmospheric and romantic debut fantasy perfect for fans ofΒ AshΒ andΒ The Winner’s Curse.
Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile kingdoms. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire–a dangerous gift for the future queen of a land where magic is forbidden.
Now Denna has to learn the ways of her new kingdom while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation–and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine, sister of her betrothed.
When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, they discover there is more to one another than they thought–and soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.
But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms–and each other.

Rachel says:Β 

I was so incredibly invested in this ship it’s ridiculous (my investment, not the ship the ship is perfection)

Main love story: F/F (both cis)

 

The Sun is Also a Star
by Nicola Yoon

9780553496680Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.Daniel:Β I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store–for both of us.The Universe:Β Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Rachel says:Β 

There is a reason this was a finalist for the National Book Award

Main love story: M/F (both cis)

 

 

When the Moon Was Ours
by Anna-Marie McLemore

9781250058669Anna-Marie McLemore’s debut novelΒ The Weight of FeathersΒ was greeted with rave reviews, a YALSA Morris Award nomination, and spots on multiple “Best YA Novels” lists. Now, McLemore delivers a second stunning and utterly romantic novel, again tinged with magic.
To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.
Atmospheric, dynamic, and packed with gorgeous prose,Β When the Moon was OursΒ is another winner from this talented author.
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Rachel says:

A perfect, perfect book.

Main love story: M/F (trans male)

 

 

Paperbacks

The Geography of You and Me
by Jennifer E Smith

9780316254762Lucy lives on the twenty-fourth floor. Owen lives in the basement. It’s fitting, then, that they meet in the middle — stuck between two floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, Lucy and Owen spend the night wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is back, so is reality. Lucy soon moves abroad with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and to San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland, Lucy and Owen stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and phone calls. But can they — despite the odds — find a way to reunite?Smartly observed and wonderfully romantic, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. Sometimes, it can be a person.

Rachel says:Β 

One of my top Jen E Smith books, all about finding ways back to someone.Β 

Main love story: M/F (both cis)


Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli

9780062348685.jpgSixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out–without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story–wrapped in a geek romance–is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli

Rachel says:Β 

One of the all time faves.Β 

Main love story: M/M

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Tell Me Three Things
by Julie Buxbaum

9780553535679Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son, and to start at a new school where she knows no one.Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?In a leap of faith–or an act of complete desperation–Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

Rachel says:Β 

DO YOU LIKE WAFFLES YES YOU LIKE WAFFLES GREAT BUY THIS BOOK

Main love story: M/F (both cis)


The Weight of Feathers
by Anna-Marie McLemore

9781250115997For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows-the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.
Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone to keep her distance from the Corbeaus. She’s heard the rumors that their fearlessness of heights is from the devil himself, and that simply touching a Corbeau could mean death. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the Corbeaus’ world, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.

Rachel says:Β 

Just buy all the Anna-Marie books ok

Main love story: M/F (both cis)

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Back to Day 17

Onto Day 19

❀ Rachel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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