Mr. Flood’s Last Resort by Jess Kidd | May 1
Released in February in the UK as The Hoarder, this novel tells the story of Maud Drennan, a caregiver with a tragic past. Her latest client is the cranky and cantankerous Cathal Flood, a menace who lives alone in an old Gothic mansion that’s become something of a haven for feral cats. His son has been trying to get his father into a nursing home and the last caretaker was sent running – but Maud is Cathal’s last bit of hope: if the pair can get the house in order, he’ll be able to stay. Despite the small bond that’s forming between the two, Maud can’t help but remind herself she really doesn’t know Mr. Flood, especially when an old case of a missing schoolgirl comes to light. People are already raving about this one!
Limelight by Amy Poeppel | May 1
Okay, cheating a little. I have an e-ARC of this one. After packing up and moving her family from the suburbs of Dallas to the insanity of Manhattan, Allison realizes she might be in a little over her head. After she loses a job and gets a humiliating call from the principal’s office, she finally admits that New York might not be the place for her family. Then comes the tiny fender-bender, naturally witnesses by all the mothers outside her son’s school. She whisked away to a glamorous penthouse and comes face-to-face with a teenager. ..a teenager who just happens to be a wildly famous pop star recently cast as the lead in a Broadway musical.
Love and Ruin by Paula McLain | May 1
It’s a given that if a book features Hemingway I’m going to read it. There’s really nothing more than needs to be said here ha! It’s 1937 and Martha Gellhorn is traveling alone to Madrid to cover the Spanish Civil War. It’s there she meets Hemingway and the rest is history.
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson | May 8
I will read anything Lily writes and have already put in a hold for this one at my library. Mila and Riley, two inseparable besties, spend the majority of their time practicing amateur witchcraft. When Riley and two Mean Girls at their school die under mysterious circumstances, everyone believes it was a suicide pact. Mila refuses to believe this absurd theory and instead brings all three girls back to life. Unfortunately, none of them remember anything about their deaths and they only have seven days before the spell wears off. Mila needs to track down the killer…before he strikes again.
The Hidden Side by Heidi Chiavaroli | May 8
Another cheaty-petey. I have a beautiful ARC of this one and am diving into it this weekend!!! Heidi’s debut, Freedom’s Ring, was one of my top reads of 2017 and I will read whatever she writes! Bouncing between New York in 2016 and 1776, this one follows present-day Natalie Abbott, a popular radio host and a spy ring. Natalie Abbott spends her day giving callers advice – though she could certainly use some herself, especially when a family member commits an unspeakable act. Mercy is shocked when she learns her fiance is arrested and hanged for being a spy..and readily accepts an invitation to join in order to avenge his death. The two women are brought together by journals Mercy kept and ohhh I am so looking forward to completely immersing myself in this one.
The Boy from Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis | May 8
Another e-ARC, #sorrynotsorry. This Middle Grace novel follows two children, Josie and Alec, who live in the same house. …one hundred years apart. The two happen to meet through a spirit board, leading to a disturbing chain of events. This one is being compared to Tom’s Midnight Garden and other works of “classic English fantasy.” Sign me up!
My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma | May 15
Another book I already laid a claim to at the library. Despite a prediction that Winnie would meet her soulmate before her 18th birthday, she never really believed Raj was her one true love, even though he meets all of her qualifications. No one is more shocked than Winnie when she returns home from film camp to discover Raj, her boyfriend of three years, hooking up with another girl. What’s worse, Raj has a spot at the student film festival that Winnie had been counting on. Enter Dev. He’s a charming film geek and one of the few people Winnie can count on. Would choosing someone on her own mean giving up on her prophecy?
The Outsider by Stephen King | May 22
It’s a new Stephen King, do I really need to explain? A boy’s mutilated corpse is discovered in a park and the evidence points to a beloved Little League coach.
From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon | May 22
I feel like I’m the only person who hasn’t read When Dimple Met Rishi and I need to fix that! Sandhya’s upcoming one sounds just as excellent: Twinkle Mehra is an aspiring filmmaker who was just approached about directing a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival. Even better is that this will give her the chance to get closer to her crush Neil. When she begins receiving emails from the mysterious ‘N,’ Twinkle is convinced they’re from Neil. There’s just one tiny problem…and his name is Sahil aka Neil’s adorable twin brother.
Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka | May 22
Megan is the girl her exes dated before finding their One True Love. And that’s okay with Megan, she’s accepted it and instead of feeling sorry for herself, she focuses on theatre and directing. Everything crumbles when her school announces their production of Romeo & Juliet…and Megan is cast as none other than Juliet herself. Megan’s not even an actress! Owen is an aspiring playwright and agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a cute stagehand if she’ll help him with his new script. So I’ve noticed there seems to be a theme with my YA picks: film and theatre..and I’m more than okay with that!
All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller | May 22
I first mentioned this one back in December in a recently added post. This book is a Cinderella retelling told from the stepmother’s perspective. UM YES PLEASE. Before she was cast unto history as a cruel villain, Agnes was a peasant, forced into an apprenticeship when she was 10.As a teen, she’s seduced by an older man, only to be left penniless and pregnant. With nowhere else to turn, she takes a position as a nursemaid for a baby named Ella. Yes yes yes yes.
The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable | May 29
Another ARC I have and one I’m ecstatic about! I’ve mentioned roughly a million times here that I adore Michelle and her books. This upcoming one features Alicia Corning Clark, a Polish maid working for one of America’s wealthiest families, the Kennedys. Alicia is charmed by the whole lot, but she’s particularly intrigued by the rising politician Jack. Michelle’s books always feature real people and events in history (my fav!) and I am SO curious about this novel of an affair between this woman and JFK! J. Edgar Hoover claims the Kennedys bought her silence and there’s possibly a baby thrown into the mix!! This one sounds deliciously scandalous and right up my alley.