Book of the Month – May 2017

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Book of the Month Club never ceases to deliver some of the most unique and anticipated books each and every month and this month was no exception.

Book of the Month is a monthly subscription box that scours through countless titles to narrow it down to the top 5 best upcoming books!  They offer their selections to their subscribers for a discounted rate compared to what you’d pay at the bookstore.

I selected three titles this month that jumped out at me for various reasons and each sounds absolutely amazing.

The first choice I made was for The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich.  This story is a unique take on a love-triangle while also including mystery, diversity and danger.
There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets. Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad? Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die. What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich is a gay YA thriller that is non-stop action from start to finish.

The next title I grabbed was The Leavers by Lisa Ko – a novel that tackles social injustice and immigration.  Both of these are topics that I think could definitely be discussed more and the summary absolutely grabbed me.
One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind. Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It’s the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.

Finally, I selected Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki, a dark story inspired by the lives of Hollywood’s elite and the secrets they hold closest to their chest.
Seattle Times High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she’s going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth. S performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady. But in the heat of the summer, S’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. And as Lady and S move closer to one another, the glossy veneer of Lady’s privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear. 

All three of these stunning titles grabbed me with their unique and captivating summaries and I cannot wait to give each of them a try – keep an eye out for my reviews!

If you’d like to give Book of the Month a try, head to their website!

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