7 Great New Books Hitting Shelves Today

Posted by Cybil on May 9, 2017
Need another excuse to go to the bookstore this week? We've got seven! Bulk up your Want to Read shelf with these brand-new standalone titles.


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It Started with Goodbye
by Christina June

You should read this book if you like: YA contemporary fiction, modern Cinderella stories, feisty heroines who fight for their own happily ever after


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Killing Gravity
by Corey J. White

You should read this book if you like: Science fiction, super soldiers, quests of vengeance, psychic killers and bounty hunters, living on the run


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Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular
by Mayim Bialik

You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, the science of growing up, The Big Bank Theory, books for teens, candid and fun inspiration


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Woman No. 17
by Edan Lepucki

You should read this book if you like: Fiction, sinister noir, the Hollywood Hills, magnetic young artists, intense female friendships, dark mysteries


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Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
by Holger Hoock

You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, a new take on the American Revolution, elegant and thrilling prose, forgotten moral dilemmas



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Deadmen Walking
by Sherrilyn Kenyon

You should read this book if you like: Paranormal romance, pirates and warlords, Dark-Hunterverse, betrayal and vengeance, evil sisters



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Since We Fell
by Dennis Lehane

You should read this book if you like: Psychological thrillers, dangerous conspiracies, heart-pounding suspense, mind-altering truths
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BONUS: The wait is over—check out three of the buzziest sequels coming out today!

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The Unseen
by Jacob Devlin

The second book in the Order of the Bell fantasy series
(Start off the series with The Carver)



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Until Sage
by Aurora Rose Reynolds

The second book in the Until Him contemporary romance series
(Start off the series with Until Jax)



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The Girl on the Bridge
by James Hayman

The fifth book in the McCabe & Savage thriller series
(Start off the series with The Cutting)





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message 1: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Heavilin Who else wishes that there would be less, "Fairytale retellings" and more actual fairy tales?


message 2: by Adriana (new)

Adriana Aiden wrote: "Who else wishes that there would be less, "Fairytale retellings" and more actual fairy tales?"
I don't mind retellings and a bit of inspiration from here and there, but it would be nice to come up with some new legends. Even though, at this point, I think it's hard to write something pure original, everything is inspired from something( that is not bad) and sometimes the authors aren't even aware of it. :)


Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ Aiden wrote: "Who else wishes that there would be less, "Fairytale retellings" and more actual fairy tales?"

How would one go about telling an original fairy-tale though, is the question?


message 4: by Mary (new)

Mary Er. "The Big Bank Theory"?


message 5: by Anissa (new)

Anissa Mary wrote: "Er. "The Big Bank Theory"?"

Ha! I read that & also thought "That's not a thing." One more read through there, GR.


message 6: by Beth (new)

Beth Roberts Aiden wrote: "Who else wishes that there would be less, "Fairytale retellings" and more actual fairy tales?"

ME!!!!
I liked fairy tales as a kid, but retellings as an adult do nothing for me. Same with Jane Austen et al retellings.
Classics are classics. Re-telling them is just an easy way to make a buck and call it fandfiction.

And the adult fairy tale porn is just squicky.


message 7: by Chloe (new)

Chloe Aiden wrote: "Who else wishes that there would be less, "Fairytale retellings" and more actual fairy tales?"
I do - rehash is not a meal I eat with much gusto.


message 8: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Heavilin Elizabeth♛ Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ wrote: "
How would one go about telling an original fairy-tale though, is the question?"


A few rules for writing one: Patterns of 3 or 7. Very short. No one is really, "evil" as much as they are mischievous. Appropriate for children, but adults notice how much moral ambiguity there really is: fairy tales can be enjoyed in a different way by all ages.

It would take care, but it wouldn't be that difficult, and I wish someone would write more actual timeless fairytales, instead of producing more, "It's DARK Cinderella" or "It's Beauty and the Beast with ROBOTS".

And also, let's be honest, there's been such a backlash against, "Damsel in distress" that there hasn't been an actual damsel in distress forever. The "princess that can save herself" has become as much a stereotype as "the princess that needs rescuing".


message 9: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Heavilin Here, I wrote a fairy tale. It's not a very good one, but I think it is interesting.

https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/...


message 10: by Nocturnalux (new)

Nocturnalux Aiden wrote: "Who else wishes that there would be less, "Fairytale retellings" and more actual fairy tales?"

Not really, but I find retelling to be dull unless they are subversive in some way or another. Something Revolutionary Girl Utena, Vol. 1: To Till (although the anime did this so much better) that draws from a wide background of fairytales, without quite committing to any, and then spins them for all they're worth, thus being both very refreshing even as it deconstructs the often cruel logic beyond fairyatales.

But more than even that, I wish that this kernel of cruelty that is at the heart of fairyatles was more explored instead of the sugary, sanitized versions that most are familiar with. The Children's Book did this quite well although it was not the main thrust of the novel (or maybe, actually, it was, if we broaden what passes for 'fairytale).


message 11: by Chloe (new)

Chloe Aiden wrote: "Who else wishes that there would be less, "Fairytale retellings" and more actual fairy tales?"

Aiden I wish for better novels in general. There must be an app for that. There is non-fiction that unfurls like fiction and for fairy tales really great sci-fi can do that (although we are living life imitates art now. And the sudden proliferation of “I can do better than that” copy cats are annoying. I am always looking for great books of any genre. I have found that Indian and Anglo Indian offer the most variety and great writer. I do not include Arunhdati Roy’s Ministry of Utmost Happiness, sadly.


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