Here are five books I want to read that have some form of pastel colour in their covers!
‘Solitaire’ by Alice Oseman
My name is Victoria Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.
Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.
I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.
I really don’t.
I first met Tori through her supporting role in Oseman’s fabulous comic ‘Heartstopper’, and I’d really like to know more about her! I also hear that this book has excellent mental health representation in young adults, so that’s a plus too.
‘Cinderella is Dead’ by Kalynn Bayron
It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.
Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .
Um. Fairytale retelling. SAPPHIC fairytale retelling. And a BIPOC author and characters? Is there any possible way in which I would not want to read this? Also cover, 10/10. Both of the cover girl’s (Sophia’s?) arms look like they’re missing – is that a hint to a plot twist? Backstory? Cinderella bust statue? I want to find out!
‘Spinning’ by Tillie Walden
For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden’s life.
It was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven. But over time, as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life, and whether all the work was worth it given that she and her teammates were nowhere close to Olympic hopefuls.
The more Tillie thought about it, the more Tillie realized she’d outgrown her passion–and she finally needed to find her own voice.
I actually haven’t read very many memoirs, but ‘Spinning’ comes highly recommended by so many (I’ve heard it’s beautiful and very moving) and I love graphic novels, so I’m looking forward to this one!
‘Super Adjacent’ by Crystal Cestari
Claire has always wanted to work with superheroes. Now that she’s landed a coveted internship with the Chicago branch of Warrior Nation, Claire is ready to prove she belongs, super or not. But complicating plans is the newest WarNat hero, Girl Power (aka Joy), who happens to be egotistical, self-important…and pretty adorable.
Bridgette wants out of WarNat. After years of dating the Vaporizer (aka Matt), she’s sick of playing five-hundredth fiddle to all the people-in-peril of Chicago. Of course, once Bridgette meets Claire, who clearly needs a mentor and wingman, giving up WarNat becomes slightly more complicated. It becomes a lot more complicated when the heroes go missing, leaving only Claire and Bridgette to save the day.
I’ve recently realised that I really enjoy superhero books! This one sounds so fun and has a sapphic romance (I think) and comes highly recommended by one of my bookstagram friends.
‘The Kingdom’ by Jess Rothenberg
Glimmering like a jewel behind its gateway, The Kingdom is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species–formerly extinct–roam free.
Ana is one of seven Fantasists, beautiful “princesses” engineered to make dreams come true. When she meets park employee Owen, Ana begins to experience emotions beyond her programming including, for the first time… love.
But the fairytale becomes a nightmare when Ana is accused of murdering Owen, igniting the trial of the century. Through courtroom testimony, interviews, and Ana’s memories of Owen, emerges a tale of love, lies, and cruelty–and what it truly means to be human.
This premise sounds amazingly creepy – like a subversive dystopia with A.I. ethics – and I generally really like narratives told in multiple formats.