Welcome to another edition of Must Read Monday!
This feature is where I spotlight older, recent, or upcoming releases I am looking forward to. The lists will include all genres I like to read, everything from picture books to comics, children’s lit to adult fiction!
This week: upcoming YA releases from two great authors: Morgan Matson and Jessica Spotswood. First up is The Unexpected Everything from one of Matson (one of my can’t miss, must-read young adult authors). I have enjoyed everything Matson has published (with Second Chance Summer being my personal favourite out of a strong selection), so I am eagerly anticipating this latest contemporary offering. I must admit to not hearing/knowing anything about the book beyond the description, but my expectations are high given Matson’s lovely writing and moving stories. Second up is Jessica Spotswood’s Wild Swans. Readers of YA paranormal/fantasy may immediately recognize Spotswood as the author behind The Cahill Witch Chronicles trilogy- a historically-set romantic series I very much enjoyed. Now Spotswood is taking on an entirely different genre with a contemporary fiction title: Wild Swans sounds intriguing and mysterious and I very much look forward to reading it!
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Expected publication: May 3, 2016 by Simon & Schuster
When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.
Important internship? Check.
Amazing friends? Check.
Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.
Because here’s the thing – if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?
Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood
Expected publication: May 3, 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?
But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past…