On the Maybe Shelf(3)

Posted June 18, 2015 by Stormy in Books / 7 Comments


Welcome to the 3rd installment of On the Maybe shelf, where I list books I’m on the fence about adding to my TBR(because I am a very indecisive person).


1. The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes

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The Story:

Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher’s son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her … silent.

Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can’t find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. Not even meeting Rachel, an outgoing newcomer who isn’t aware of her past, can pull Hallie out of her shell. Being on the defensive for so long has left her raw, and she doesn’t know who to trust.

On a group hike, the incessant bullying pushes Hallie to her limit. When Hallie, Rachel, and Hallie’s former friend Jonah get separated from the rest of the group, the situation quickly turns dire. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to band together.

With past betrayals and harrowing obstacles in their way, Hallie fears they’ll never reach safety. Could speaking up about the night that changed everything close the distance between being lost and found? Or has she traveled too far to come back?

I’m considering adding to the TBR because. . .

I like YA books with teens exploring spirituality, whatever that may be. I also think the plot of them being stranded and having to work through past betrayals, silences, etc. has a lot of promise.

I’m not sure because. . .

Her name is Hallelujah. Hallelujah. I guess it make sense that she’s the pastor daughter. . . still. Also, skimming reviews shows me that there’s an attempted sexual assault in this book(I believe) and some of those review lead me to believe it may not be handled with the most care.

2. Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer

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The Story:

The author of Conversations with a Fat Girl—optioned for HBO—returns with the hilarious and heartfelt story of a woman who must learn how to be the heroine of her own life-a journey that will teach her priceless lessons about love, friendship, family, work, and her own heart

An account executive in a Mad Men world, Anna Wyatt is at a crossroads. Recently divorced, she’s done a lot of emotional housecleaning, including a self-imposed dating sabbatical. But now that she’s turned forty, she’s struggling to figure out what her life needs. Brainstorming to win over an important new client, she discovers a self-help book—Be the Heroine, Find Your Hero—that offers her unexpected insights and leads her to a most unlikely place: a romance writers’ conference. If she can sign the Romance Cover Model of the Year Pageant winner for her campaign—and meet the author who has inspired her to take control of her life—she’ll win the account.

For Anna, taking control means taking chances, including getting to know Sasha, her pretty young colleague on the project, and indulging in a steamy elevator ride with Lincoln Mallory, a dashing financial consultant she meets in the hotel. When the conference ends, Anna and Lincoln must decide if their intense connection is strong enough to survive outside the romantic fantasy they’ve created. Yet Lincoln is only one of Anna’s dilemmas. Now that her campaign is off the ground, others in the office want to steal her success, and her alcoholic brother, Ferdie, is spiraling out of control.

To have the life she wants-to be happy without guilt, to be accepted for herself, to love and to be loved, to just be—she has to put herself first, accept her imperfections, embrace her passions, and finally be the heroine of her own story.

I’m considering adding to the TBR because. . .

This may not be my usual genre, but the premise–the main character goes to a romance writer’s conference? I can get behind that! I love when books take place in/around conventions, etc.(actually. . . I’m not sure I’ve ever read one with that premise. But I’ve uh, read a good chunk of fanfiction like that and I’ve always liked those, so. . . ) Plus, it’s gotten good reviews from all my friends that have read it.

I’m not sure because. . .

Hmm. I think I’m mostly worried about it being cheesy?

3. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson


The Story:

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

I’m considering adding to the TBR because. . .

I’ve seen this one recommended EVERYWHERE. Plus, it sounds pretty intriguing.

I’m not sure because. . .

Mostly. . . I’ve never read a graphic novel before. That might sound like a silly reason not to read(uh, because it is, really), but I have new format fright.



7 responses to “On the Maybe Shelf(3)

  1. I’ve heard ah-mazing things about Girl Before A Mirror from Hannah at So Obsessed With and Lindsey at Bring My Books, I think. I’m nearly sure that’s where I saw the reviews. I added it right away! R x

    • Stormy

      Yeah, I’ve heard some pretty great things about Girl Before a Mirror! It does intrigue me. . . though I think for me it’s more of a library book than a buy book(which means it will have to wait awhile, since my local library has a tiny selection).

  2. WHAT

    I read Nimona when it was a webcomic, and it is FUNNY AS HELL. I’ve been thinking of picking up the graphic novel version because bonus content! *sparkles* But even if that wasn’t there, it’s worth reading. Truuuust meee…

    • Stormy

      Ah, that’s good to know! I just never really noticed graphic novels until a few years ago & I’ve never picked one up.

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