Ship Wrecked by Olivia Dade
Release Date: October 19, 2022
Why I Love this Book: Olivia Dade is one of my all time favorite authors, so it's no surprise that I absolutely loved Ship Wrecked. This one is part of the Spoiler Alert universe (the SAU!!!), and it's always fun to dive back into a familiar, well loved world with characters that you maybe missed a little. But that's not the focus of this one- revisiting old friends is just a little side bonus.
This book is all Maria and Peter and their messy, complicated relationship. Kicking off with a one night stand that is somehow both absolute perfection and a complete disaster, these two end up starring opposite each other and having to film in relative isolation for years. The one night stand, the forced proximity, ALL THE TROPES! This is really what Dade is a master of, she hits every trope out of the park in a way that makes the reader kind of giddy, and then she punches the wind right out you (and the characters) by not shying away from the darker things.
Peter and Maria are a mess, They can't get out of their own way and they are dealing with the realities of being a plus sized actor in Hollywood- which is obviously famous for being extremely accepting of all body types. Peter and Maria need each other to get through it, but also are fiercely independent, and are still nursing some old wounds that they'd rather not reopen. Have I said it's complicated yet... because it's complicated. Lucky for us Dade has a deft hand strikes the exact right balance of humor and serious moments.
That is all to say that Spoiler Alert is yet another amazing entry into the Spoiler Alert series.
White Out by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon
Release Date: 11/8/2022
Why I Love this book:
White Out is a phenomenal book that manages to take several threads of storyline and weave them together in a way that keeps all the characters distinct in who they are, while creating a beautiful tangle of relationships.
Even with the main relationship of Sola and Stevie at the center of the plot line, we are able to delve into all the other characters and who they are, what they want, and who they need to lean on to get there.
I really enjoyed the fact that the different contributing authors each took a character and built their story there, it really gave everyone a clear and unique voice and perspective that you don't always get in stories. Even though we don't know 100% who wrote each person, we were left with some hints, and I really love that.
I cant wait for everyone to get a chance to check this one out.
We Are All Constellations by Amy Beashel
Release Date: 11/8/2022
Why I love this book: This books sneaks up on you when you are least expecting it. At the jump, I thought I knew where the story was heading, and was prepared for how it would play out... and then... and then the twists began and each one took us down a path that I didn't see coming.
As a main character Iris lets us in just enough with each twist. She seems to be holding the world together, even though she lost her mom, even though she doesn't always get along with everyone, she is doing her best, she is doing well. Until pieces of her past start to come back at her, and she discovers that no amount of holding it together will make the grief of losing her mom go away.
I really liked how we learned things at the same speed that Iris did. Each revelation unfolding in real time for all of us- it really allowed for us to feel what Iris feels, the good, the bad and the ugly.
This isn't an easy read, and I don't think it's meant to be. But it's a good read, and I can't wait for everyone else to dig in.
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