Last week I finally used up some of the book token I won over on Jennie's lovely blog Sailboat back in December (no, I can't believe I held onto it for so long either!). I took to my local Waterstones in search of inspiration and after browsing many of the sections including Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Film & TV, even Popular Science, I predictably ended up back in the YA section, opting for three books from authors I've read before.
The first novel I picked up was The Good Girls (Sara Shepard, 2015), the sequel to 2014's The Perfectionists which I read back in April. Similarly to Shepard's other novels, the series is all about a group of teens caught up in a web of secrets and lies. The girls all have history with the school's bully Nolan so when he's found dead in the first novel the girls, who all have a reason for revenge, are top of the suspect list.
So far I've read seven of Shepard's popular teen novels an have enjoyed the majority of them (although despite loving the adaptation I've not been a huge fan of the PLL books) so I have pretty high hopes for this sequel!
My second choice was inspired by the fact that Dangerous Girls (Abigail Haas, 2013) which I read a couple of months back is easily my most memorable read of the year so far. Ever since then I've been stopping by my local Waterstones hoping to stumble upon a copy of Haas' other mystery/thriller novel Dangerous Boys (2014) and last week I was in luck! One of the elements I really loved about Dangerous Girls was the way it wasn't just a straightforward story-telling but also included TV/call transcripts, interview tapes and text messages all related to the crime the main character was accused of. I'm really looking forward to finding out if Dangerous Boys will follow a comparable layout and just what the mystery will be this time.
The final novel I brought home was one I never expected to find sitting on the shelf waiting for me. As you may know I'm a big fan of Neal Shusterman's Unwind series (a YA dystopian) and have been keen to read more of his work. Unfortunately it hasn't proven the easiest to get hold of in local stores and I've only ever seen books from the Unwind series in actual bookshops a few times, let alone any of his other novels. Just as I was about to take my other two choices to the till I spotted his latest release Challenger Deep (2015) up on the top shelf and didn't hesitate to add it to the pile. Honestly, I don't know much about the book's plot but I can't wait to read it!
Have you read any of these novels?