Danielle's Must-Reads for September

Planning ahead is always good, especially when awesome book releases await us next month. Check out my September Must-Reads for a blend of YA, mainstream and mystery titles that add up to a swoon-worthy TBR list.

Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts

Release Date: September 2, 2014

What It’s All About: It hasn’t been an easy go for 17-year-old Zac. Despite his mother’s subtle terminology like “standard testing” and “precaution,” the Australian native has undergone intense Leukemia treatment. But when newcomer Mia transforms the cancer ward into a party scene — treating patients to a dose of Lady Gaga — things change. The two cannot forget each other upon leaving the hospital, thus the book’s remaining chapters explore their connection post-release.

Why I Must Read It: Zac & Mia is described as “The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park.” I am fangirling so hard at the mere thought of this. Can Barnes and Noble disregard publication dates and just provide me a copy immediately? I’m all for an emotional novel that tosses its main characters into real-life situations. Plus, I think intertwining two points of view is a clever way to tell the story. I have a feeling that Zac and Mia are going to be my 2014 version of Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace.

The Wishing Tide by Barbara Davis

Release Date: September 2, 2014

What It’s All About: For Lane Kramer, Starry Point provides an opportunity for new beginnings. Her dreams of writing a novel are put on hold while managing a seaside inn, a job where she crosses paths with an old, wise woman, Mary Quinn. Happenings at the inn are as expected, until English professor Michael Forrester arrives, seeking refuge from a storm and a place to work on his novel. Love blooms between the two, but an old secret looms over the new duo — and Mary Quinn — forcing Lane to make some decisions.

Why I Must Read It: Once I saw “aspiring novelist” and “English professor,” I was hooked. You know that killer combination will make a great story. I am interested in seeing how Lane and Michael’s relationship develops and I’m equally as interested in figuring out this secret. Chances are, my guess won’t even be close, so it's best to just preorder the novel.

Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis

Release Date: September 9, 2014

What It’s All About: Teen Rainey Rowell nurtures a creative spirit but navigates the road to self discovery with a few bumps: abandonment by her mother, inappropriate passes from her musician father’s friend and the task of creating a normal family life in New York City.

Why I Must Read It: Rainey’s life seems to be crumbling like her family’s Greenwich Village brownstone. The struggles that arise from this 1970s village scene are intriguing and I’d like to see how Rainey deals with all the chaos that surrounds her.  

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

Release Date: September 23, 2014

What It’s All About: A moment on local TV was enough to ruin Johanna Morrigan’s life, so the 14-year-old transforms herself into Dolly Wilde — emphasis on “wild.” By 16, she’s trying to support her family by writing band reviews, all while getting sloshed, smoking ciggs and fooling around — until she questions if her alter ego is satisfying after all.

Why I Must Read It: Maire Claire coined author Caitlin Moran as “the UK’s answer to Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler and Lena Dunham all rolled into one.” Sign me up, baby. Does it get any better than that? I really dig the punk-rock vibe that plays into this coming of age story. I bet Johanna/Dolly can give great music and book recommendations.

The Haunting Ballad by Michael Nethercott

Release Date: September 30, 2014

What It’s All About: Sleuthing duo Mr. O’Nelligan and Lee Plunkett head to a 1950s Greenwich Village to uncover the mystery behind the death of a controversial folk song enthusiast.

Why I Must Read It: Anything New York City-related gets me right off the bat. I look forward to seeing how this artsy, bohemian vibe meshes with a murder-mystery. No better setting for a cool story than the Village, right?

The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen

Release Date: September 30, 2014

What It’s All About: Leave it to the mob to make things messy. Teresa Casali’s photographic memory is used for the worst by her mob boss father, causing her to flee and make a new life for herself. A “stranger” Andre Mandak helps Teresa make her way into the Witness Protection Program and seeks his own benefits from her gift. Years later, Teresa (now Allie) is back on the run when her cover is blown.

Why I Must Read It: Can this poor girl catch a break? Teresa’s story seems like the thriller that just keeps on giving. How can our heroine lead a normal life with this “gift” — which proves to not be much of a gift at all? Hopefully there’ll be a good outcome for our heroine at the end of this suspenseful read.


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