YABC Staff's Current Reads ~ November 16, 2020

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Hello YABC'ers!

Welcome to the weekly post by the Staff at YA Books Central called Current Reads Monday!

We love everything bookish and just wanted to share with our readers what books we are currently reading and

obsessing about! So check out what books the YABC Staff are currently reading below and comment to let us

know what book or books you're reading as well!!

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Happy Reading!!

 

 

 

*Olivia's Current Read*

(Staff Reviewer)

The Camelot Betrayal (Kiersten White)

Author: Kiersten White

Publication Date: November 10, 2020

Publisher: Delacorte Press

The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, exploring the nature of self, the inevitable cost of progress, and, of course, magic and romance and betrayal so epic Queen Guinevere remains the most famous queen who never lived.

EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom's influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her.

Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to the people around her--Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde; Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen's knight; and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere--the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn't belong. She never will.

When a rescue goes awry and results in the death of something precious, a devastated Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat yet has arrived. Not in the form of the Dark Queen or an invading army, but in the form of the real Guinevere's younger sister. Is her deception at an end? And who is she really deceiving--Camelot, or herself?

 

 

 

*CJ's Current Read*

(Site Owner)

Tokyo Ever After (Emiko Jean)

Author: Emiko Jean

Publication Date: May 25, 2021

Publisher: Flatiron Books

The Princess Diaries meets Crazy Rich Asians in Emiko Jean’s Tokyo Ever After, the irresistible story of an ordinary Japanese-American girl who discovers that her father is the Crown Prince of Japan!

Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izumi discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity…and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.

In a whirlwind, Izumi travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.

Izumi soon finds herself caught between worlds, and between versions of herself—back home, she was never “American” enough, and in Japan, she must prove she’s “Japanese” enough. Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairy tale, happily ever after?

 

 

 

*Kim's Current Read*

(Staff Reviewer)

All Our Hidden Gifts (Caroline O’Donoghue)

Author: Caroline O’Donoghue

Anticipated Publication Date: March 30, 2021

Publisher: Walker Books

The Princess Diaries meets Crazy Rich Asians in Emiko Jean’s Tokyo Ever After, the irresistible story of an ordinary Japanese-American girl who discovers that her father is the Crown Prince of Japan!

Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izumi discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity…and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.

In a whirlwind, Izumi travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.

Izumi soon finds herself caught between worlds, and between versions of herself—back home, she was never “American” enough, and in Japan, she must prove she’s “Japanese” enough. Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairy tale, happily ever after?

 

 

 

 *Stephanie's Current Read*

(Staff Reviewer)

A War for Love (Michelle Bryan & M. Lynn)

Authors: Michelle Bryan & M. Lynn

Anticipated Publication Date: October 28, 2019

Publisher: Independent

I’ll never forgive myself. 

I’m no longer the no-name orphan taken in by the crown. We know who I really am. The secret took everything good in this world and twisted it. 

Rissa, once the beacon of righteousness, now kills without hesitation. 

Trystan almost died by my hand. 

The mythical magic keepers are divided and may never return magic to the land. 

But still, we must ride to war. We must fight for the realm one last time. 

At least when I die, It will be for something I believe in. 

I’m Davion. The kid who betrayed the realm unknowingly. The young man who fell in love with a fiery princess he knew he couldn’t have. 

And now… the man who rides to war against someone he should love. 

Like I said, I’ll never forgive myself for the things I’ve done.

But maybe all that matters is what I do next. 

 

 

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