I feel like I should start this post with a deep breath. Maybe I should light a candle, do some yoga, and then take a bubble bath because otherwise I will freak out! 2016 is such a huge year for me. In case you haven’t heard, my book GENESIS GIRL hits stores September 27, 2016.
In the meantime I’ve joined forces with fifteen other authors. Together we are Sixteen To Read. When I say it like that it makes us kind of sound like superheroes, huh? That’s actually an appropriate description because these women are incredible writers, terrific friends, and have held my hand on the journey to publication. I’ve read Advanced Review Copies of almost all of their books and have been impressed by every single one.
We even have matching bracelets!
This year, when you are choosing what books to read, I hope you’ll join me in taking the #SixteenToRead challenge of enjoying all sixteen books. Buy them in stores or borrow them from your local library; it doesn’t matter how you get them. Read them, review them, share pictures on #TakeALookTuesday on my Facebook page, and tweet us at: https://twitter.com/SixteentoRead. At the end of the year there might even be prizes for people who have read all sixteen books, stay tuned on that.
Are you with me? Here are the details:
January 5, 2016
(I’ve read.) On the surface Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn is about seduction and sex, but this book digs deep. Mercedes Ayres is a seventeen-year-old girl that the other girls at high school don’t really notice. She’s a whiz at science and besties with the ultra-religious Angela. But what most people don’t know is that Mercedes has her own after-hours tutoring program going on. She teaches virginal high school males how to give their girlfriends the perfect first time. Laurie Elizabeth Flynn handles a weighty subject matter with a deft touch. This is a book that will make your jaw drop.
January 12, 2016
I have not yet read Underwaterby Marisa Reichardt but boy do I want to! Here’s the description: “In the aftermath of a deadly high school shooting, 17-year-old Morgan is an agoraphobic trapped in the apartment she shares with her mother and brother; when surfer boy Evan moves in next door, she has to face the life she’s been missing.”
March 1, 2016
(I’ve read.) The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker will prompt girls everywhere to ask tough questions. The relationship starts with a flower. And a picnic. And sweet love notes. Zephyr falls so quickly that she doesn’t realize what’s happening until it’s too late. Alec has become her everything. He needs to be her everything. Alec seems like the perfect boyfriend…until the volatile relationship he insists on threatens to explode. The Girl Who Fell is a stunning YA contemporary romance.
March 1, 2016
(I’ve read.) Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor tells the story of a homeschooled teenage girl named Hope who thinks her mother is dead. Actually her mom is a member of an elite time-traveling society and is trapped in the 12th century. In order to rescue her mother Hope must face her deepest fears, blend into the court of Eleanor of Aquitaine, and match wits with the evil Thomas Becket. Not only did I adore this book, my fifth grade son did too. It’s just barely PG enough that I felt comfortable with him reading it. He stayed up until 10:30 p.m. to finish it, which was way past his bedtime. Into the Dim is worth missing sleep for!
My Senior Year of Awesome by Jennifer DiGiovanni is another one I have not yet read, but can’t wait to purchase. Here’s the synopsis: “A girl desperately tries to avoid the boy she was voted most likely to marry by her senior classmates. To prove senior superlative votes are meaningless, she and her best friend create their own list of awesome high school achievements to be completed by graduation.”
April 12, 2016
(I’ve read.) Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers is a YA spy thriller that kills. Imagine James Bond as a teenage girl, and go from there. Jocelyn Steely is a trained assassin and North Korea’s top agent. But she has other plans for her life–ones that include turning herself over to the United States and becoming a double agent. Can she be trusted? In Crossing the Line Meghan Rogers creates a teen heroine who puts her integrity first, beyond all of the men, boys and institutions that want to control her. Jocelyn Steely is a powerful role model for YA readers of all genders to look up to.
Poppy Mayberry, The Monday by Jennie K. Brown is the one and only middle grade book on the #SixteenToRead list. I can’t wait to read this one to my kids! “Poppy Mayberry, The Monday is about a town where special powers are determined by the day of one’s birth and a girl (Poppy Mayberry) whose Monday telekinesis skills need a bit of work. Because of this, Poppy is sent to a remedial summer camp – Power Academy – where she is teamed up with her arch nemesis, a mind-reading Thursday Ellie Preston, to solve a mystery and combat the awful Headmistress Larriby and her equally awful sidekick Mr. Grimeley!”
May 3, 2016
I haven’t read Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider but am eager with anticipation! “Seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre discovers her boyfriend and best friend’s ultimate betrayal just before leaving to spend the summer in Hawaii; while nursing a broken heart, she meets a boy who is equally troubled, but just might be the key to learning how to forgive — and live.”
May 3, 2016
(I’ve read.) Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake fuses high school, divorce, first love, and gut-wrenching drama into a book that begs to be read in one day. It tells the story of two teenagers whose families have been ripped apart. When Hadley comes home to a flurry of notes on her front door she learns the truth. Her father isn’t the man she thought he was. The only bright point in her life is meeting Sam, who seems to make everything better. But what Hadley doesn’t realize is that Sam has secrets of his own. Like Romeo and Juliette, Sam and Hadley’s relationship might be doomed from the start.
May 3, 2016
Who loves a road trip? The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott is another one I have not yet read. “A dual narrative in which two grieving teens, Cloudy and Kyle (along with a stray kitten), road trip through Oregon, California, Arizona and Nevada to see the organ recipients of their deceased friend – and on the way, chart a journey of loss, hope, and love as they discover the ways she lives on even after her death.”
May 10, 2016
(I’ve read.) Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods is a fun and flirty romantic comedy that will have you laughing on one page and tearing up on the next. The main character is a teenage girl named Wil who is an avid astrology buff. Wil believes she must find her true love in the next month…or else the stars will doom her to ten years of loneliness. Woods does a fabulous job crafting her characters. Every single person has a back story that reveals slowly, deliciously, page by page. Wil is a heroine to root for, but so are her supporting cast of best friend, grandmother and various heartthrobs.
June 7, 2016
(I’ve read.) How it Ends by Catherine Lo is a coming of age story about two sophomores whose lives intertwine and then rip apart. If you’ve ever had bff drama then this book will speak to your heart. This novel deals with everything from divorce to mental illness. Every high school girl will recognize a bit of herself in at least one of Catherine Lo’s living-breathing characters. Jessie and Annie will have you rooting for them from page one. The question is, whose side are you on?
July 26, 2016
Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee is another one I haven’t had the pleasure of reading yet. “Gemini is a coming-of-age story about 17-year-old conjoined twins at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys. As high school graduation approaches, each twin needs to untangle her dreams from her sister’s, and figure out what it means to be herself.”
I was a beta reader for In The Shadow of the Dragon King by J.Keller Ford so I know that YA Fantasy fans will thrill for this book! “A seventeen-year-old squire with knightly ambitions reluctantly joins forces with a sixteen-year old over-achiever to battle a dragon, save the realm, and maybe even get the girl.”
Sarah Glenn Marsh is an amazing YA Fantasy writer and I know I will love Fear The Drowning Deep even though I haven’t read it yet! “In 1913, a teen girl knows there’s something sinister in the waters around her Isle of Man home. Together with the mysterious boy who washes ashore, Bridey must face her fear–and the danger–before the ocean claims everyone she loves.”
September 27, 2016
(I wrote!) Last but not least—GENESIS GIRL!!!!! “Shielded from the Internet for eighteen years, Blanca’s lack of a digital footprint makes her so valuable she is auctioned off to the highest bidder.” If you like books with mystery, suspense, and a psychological edge, then I think you’ll enjoy my book. (Here’s hoping, at least!)
Do you want to find out more? Head on over to Sixteen To Read.com for all the details!