Excerpts Review: Spring 2016 Penguin Teen Preview

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Excerpts Review: Spring 2016 Teen Preview Sampler

(All Synopses are from Goodreads)

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetyssalt to the sea

Expected Publication Date: February 2, 2016

The author of Between Shades of Gray returns to WWII in this epic novel that shines a light on one of the war’s most devastating—yet unknown—tragedies.

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are  Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

What I thought of it:

I’m really excited about this book! HIstorical fiction in a YA format sounds awesome. I’m always a fan of a book in written in multiple POVs.

dark days clubThe Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

Expected Publication Date: January 26, 2016

London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

What I thought of it:

I got kind of bored with this excerpt.  The first two chapters were given. I think they were good to introduce the book with, but I’m not sure they gave a great idea of what the book will be or could be considering it is a big one at 496 pages.  I’m not very excited about this one.

The Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamiltonrebel of the sands

Expected Publication Date: March 8, 2016

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

What I thought of it:

There has been so much hype about this book already, so I was a little nervous the preview wouldn’t live up to it. But no need to worry, it so did! I loved every bit of it! I’m super excited to read the whole thing!

passion of dolssaThe Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

Expected Publication Date: April 12, 2016

Buried deep within the archives of a convent in medieval France is an untold story of love, loss, and wonder and the two girls at the heart of it all.

Dolssa is an upper-crust city girl with a secret lover and an uncanny gift. Branded a heretic, she’s on the run from the friar who condemned her mother to death by fire, and wants Dolssa executed, too.

Botille is a matchmaker and a tavern-keeper, struggling to keep herself and her sisters on the right side of the law in their seaside town of Bajas.

When their lives collide by a dark riverside, Botille rescues a dying Dolssa and conceals her in the tavern, where an unlikely friendship blooms. Aided by her sisters and Symo, her surly but loyal neighbor, Botille nurses Dolssa back to health and hides her from her pursuers. But all of Botille’s tricks, tales, and cleverness can’t protect them forever, and when the full wrath of the Church bears down upon Bajas, Dolssa’s passion and Botille’s good intentions could destroy the entire village.

From the author of the award-winning All the Truth That’s in Mecomes a spellbinding thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page and make you wonder if miracles really are possible.

What I thought of it:

This is told in a multiple POV format. I enjoyed this excerpt. I definitely liked one POV over the other, but I think that is because one is more mysterious and fraught than the other, but my hope would be that as the book goes on that the other POV would get better and fleshes out, especially considering that the two characters are eventually supposed to meet. I will definitely be reading all of this one.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholkewink poppy midnight

Expected Publication Date: March 22, 2016

Every story needs a hero.

Every story needs a villain.

Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?

Someone knows.

Someone is lying.

For fans of Holly Black, We Were Liars, and The Raven Boys, this mysterious tale full of intrigue, dread, beauty, and a whiff of something strange will leave you utterly entranced.

What I thought of it:

I got really annoyed with this excerpt really fast. I couldn’t figure out who was narrating. I think I can yell that it is in a multiple POV format, but I couldn’t tell when the narrator switched.  It sounds like it could be a good story, but if the formatting stays the same for the book, I won’t be able to read it, I’ll get too confused.

So, overall, for these books it seems like it came out about half and half. Hopefully, I can get to all the ones I liked this year.

Happy Reading!




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