A few weeks ago, I was drafting a post about my favorite heroines of 2018 (so far). Then, I come to a startling conclusion: the book covers were all blue. A conspiracy? Perhaps. Something that will forever make me think of the Halsey song Colors? Yes. The perfect post idea? Most definitely.
Today, I’m sharing my favorite books of 2018 (so far) that all have blue covers.
ALWAYS NEVER YOURS
Okay, yes Always Never Yours is turquoise~. BUT, I clearly associated it with the 💙emoji as opposed to the 💚 emoji (and Emily Wibberley finger painted the cover with a blue background. I’m taking her side on the issue. If you’re curious about the context of how this cover recreation fun happened, check out this video).
Back to why I love Always Never Yours. Megan Harper is my favorite YA heroine of the year. She’s a shameless flirt who meddles in her friends lives and wants to be a director. Megan is also the girl boys date before they find “the one”. Her story parallels that of Rosaline from Romeo and Juliet when coincidentally, she gets cast as Juliet in her school play, very much to her annoyance.
Over the course of Always Never Yours, Megan learns to be okay with the spotlight and stop feeling like everyone else’s lives are moving on without her. Now, that’s a very oversimplified version of the plot. Seriously, I adore this book and Megan so much. I’ve been waiting for a YA with a heroine like here. I mean, there’s a reason why I made a playlist for her. Plus, there’s an adorable romance between Megan and Owen Okita, the playwright she’s helping.
If you like theatre kids, unlikeable heroines, Shakespeare retellings, and stories without slut shaming, then Always Never Yours is for you.
AYESHA AT LAST
Quick brief for those of you who don’t know: Ayesha At Last is a Muslim Pride and Prejudice Retelling set in Canada featuring Indian main characters. Odds are, if you follow me on Twitter, you saw me freak out over Ayesha At Last being announced and then freaking out again once it was released. As of now, Ayesha At Last is only available in Canada until its release in June 2019 from Berkley. I did my “I’m desperate for this book” magic and got a copy from Canada because I could not wait for Ayesha’s story. And, boy am I glad I did.
Ayesha At Last is without a doubt my favorite Austen retelling. In fact, it’s the first P&P one that broke 5 stars for me. Uzma Jalaluddin did what no one else has been able to. Ayesha At Last is the poster child of what all other Retellings should be: familiar yet surprising, classic yet modern, and completely able to stand in its own right.
I loved the modernizations like Ayesha directing slam poetry at Khalid as a reference to a certain scene. And, probably for the first time, I loved how characters were meshed together or how lines were exchanged. Jalaluddin did a stellar job of combing events or characters without making it feel obvious or cheap. It was a pleasant surprise every time I came upon a character or a scene doing so. Reading a retelling while not knowing exactly when to expect beloved scenes was refreshing.
Uzma Jalaluddin made me fall in love with Pride and Prejudice all over again. I highly recommend getting your hands on Ayesha At Last. You can purchase it from Indigo if you’re in the US. Although, I don’t know how much shipping will cost. If not, make sure you put Ayesha At Last on your TBR for June 2019 when it releases in the US.
A DUKE BY DEFAULT
Portia Hobbs…. love of my life.
My most recent post was actually my review/blog tour posting for A Duke by Default. A Duke by Default is something special. It’s still even hard for me to express what this book means to me.
A Duke by Default follows Portia Hobbs, a hot mess trying to reform, who goes to Scotland for an apprenticeship at an Armory with one Scottish/Chilean, silver fox hottie.
Romance readers who read for heroines will love Portia Hobbs. She’s my favorite Romance heroine of all time. Over the course of the book, Portia figures out she has ADHD via a youtube channel called Hot Mess Helper. A Duke by Default has the most realistic deception of ADHD I’ve read. I loved how Portia’s self diagnosis was handled because a lot of people don’t find out they have ADHD until later in life when they’ve been told they “just don’t try” or are “inconsiderate” again and again. Even if you don’t have ADHD, Portia’s inner dialogue about wanting to be a new, better version of herself and becoming the heroine of her own story is inherently relatable.
If you like superb Contemporary World building, secret royals, grumpy heroes, and Renaissance faires, then A Duke by Default is for you.
Honorable Mentions & Blue Books on My TBR
Honorable Mention: It Takes Two was actually my first Jenny Holiday Book!! Luckily enough, I enjoyed the book enough to continue on reading this author’s books. Normally, I’m not too fond of the “best friend’s older brother” trope. What surprised me about It Takes Two was that it had the emotional development I look for, but often don’t find in Romances with this trope. I was impressed. But, while great, It Takes Two doesn’t pack the same punch as the 3 books mentioned above, which is why it’s getting a shout out down here. Don’t let that deter you from reading It Takes Two though because it’s a 4 star read from me. If you’re a fan of “best friend’s older brother”, you’ll definitely want to read it.
On my TBR
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory ― I’m very excited to read The Proposal!! The Wedding Date, was one of my early favorites of 2018. I love the distinct California vibes from the books Jasmine Guillory writes. The Proposal is about a heroine who rejects a proposal she gets at a Dodgers game. The hero, Carlos, comes to her rescue and helps her escape the stadium. Also, I’ve heard the hero likes cooking. Huge thanks to Berkley Romance for sending me an ARC. I know it’ll be another favorite Blue Book.
Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai ― NO ONE REVOKE MY ALISHA RAI STAN CARD FOR NOT HAVING READ THIS I KNOW I’M TERRIBLE. Why haven’t I read Hurts To Love You already? I don’t like finishing series. While I do love endings once I get there (they’re always my favorite part of a book), it takes me awhile to be emotionally ready to let them go (there’s a reason why I haven’t watched the last season of Community). I will continue to live in hidden fear of series finishers, but I know I’ll be nutting up and reading this one soon.
The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting ― Little know fact about me: I love Romances that deal with luck and fate. Although, the books I read usually don’t deal with those themes. The Good Luck Charm is my way of satisfying that craving. Plus, it has a second chance romance which is my kryptonite.
Do you have any favorite Blue Books that came out in 2018? Do you ever find yourself gravitating towards certain color books?