Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (★★★★☆½)
John Green is back with another touching novel that deals with the tough stuff. This time around Green tackles mental illness, dealing with his own OCD through the lens of Aza, a 16-year-old girl who struggles with crippling anxiety and obsessive compulsive tendencies. A thoughtfully written contemporary tale, Green’s latest work is an unflinching and occasionally difficult to read exploration of mental illness.
Saga Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan (★★★★☆)
After a heart-wrenching Volume 7, Brian K. Vaughan has gifted us a slightly (take note of the term slightly) more lighthearted arc, exploring our heroes most recent trauma and throwing some social commentary in for good measure. The only downside to the continued greatness of the series after all these years? We’ll have to wait until 2019 for Volume 9.
Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill (★★★☆☆)
The first book in a fantasy duology, Erin Summerill’s Ever the Hunted is a predictable tale about a girl with incredibly rare magic powers she’s unaware of and an unlikeable love interest who may or may not have killed her father. While Ever the Hunted had some bright spots, it suffers from incredibly slow pacing and an insufferable love story.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.
This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is about a secret society that goes too far: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy!
Despite the stellar cover, which may have tricked you with its galaxy color scheme, First We Were IV is not a science fiction novel, but a contemporary thriller about a group of friends who start a secret society that quickly gets out of hand. Because of course it does.
You can snag your own copy of First We Were IV on July 25, 2017.