Trending Now….

As 2015 draws to a close and we’re  looking towards the horizon at books that are soon to be released, there are many patterns to be found… here’s just a few.

PIRATES

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman is not a swashbuckling sort of novel, but as it tells the story of a young Blackbeard, perhaps the most infamous pirate, I decided to include it. The next, in the middle, and my personal favorite, is The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig and on the far right is Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.

GIRLS IN BALLGOWNS STARING INTO THE HORIZON

Personally, as someone who has never worn a ball gown, I find this trend the most amusing. Starting off on the left is A Cold Legacy by Megan Sheperd. Next to that is The Siren by Kiera Cass, which although it’s technically being republished, I decided to include, because it was given a new cover. Finally, and my personal favorite cover, is The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi.

WORLD WAR II INSPIRED  FICTION

Definitely my favorite of the trio, Ruta Sepetys’s Salt to the Sea is on the left. Front Lines by Michael Grant is in the center, and on the right is Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin (which did come out late this year, but I included anyway).

TIME TRAVELING, NAUTICAL ADVENTURES

As a bonus, here are two, both very well written, novels coming out in 2016 that involve time traveling and nautical living. On the left is Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger and on the right is Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere.

Have a happy new year!

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.

If you’ve followed my blog, you know I went on an Out of the Easy New Orleans tour back in July (here’s the link: http://bookreviewsbyava.tumblr.com/post/124327243159/out-of-the-easy-by-ruta-sepetys-french-quarter ) and that was when I officially discovered my love for Ruta Sepetys’s books. She’s the whole package- a great writer who chooses words wisely and creates you’re not soon to forget. So when I got the chance to review her new book, Salt to the Sea, I was thrilled. I didn’t think it could live up to Between Shades of Gray however. Boy was I wrong.

Salt to the Sea is about four teens. Joana, who you might recognize from Sepetys’s debut, is a Lithuanian deserter and nurse. Florian is a Prussian who restores art, and is Emilia the Polish girl he finds in the woods, who’s hiding a big secret. Finally, there’s Alfred, a Nazi ship worker. Throughout their journey through Eastern Europe and its seas, these four young people fight for their country, their family, and, most importantly, their sanity.

Ruta Sepetys’s third novel is a doozy, packed with love, loss, and history, not to be missed this winter. You can pick it up in stores February 2016.