On the Maybe Shelf(4)

Posted October 8, 2015 by Stormy in Books / 9 Comments


Welcome to the 4th 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). I realized while looking at my blogging calendar that I hadn’t done one of these since June, so I decided it was time for another one.


1. Behold the Bones by Natalie C. Parker

Behold the Bones


The Story:

Candace “Candy” Pickens has been obsessed with the swamp lore of her tiny Louisiana town for . . . forever. Name any ghostly swamp figure and Candy will recite the entire tale in a way that will curl your toes and send chills up your spine.

That doesn’t mean Candy’s a believer, however. Even though she and her friends entered the swamp at the start of summer and left it changed, Candy’s the only one who can’t see or feel the magical swamp Shine. She’s also the only one who can’t see the ghosts that have been showing up and spooking everyone in town ever since. So Candy concentrates on other things—real things. Like fighting with her mother and plotting her escape from her crazy town.

But ghosts aren’t the only newcomers in Sticks, Louisiana. The King family arrives like a hurricane: in a blur and unwanted—at least by Candy. Mr. King is intent on filming the rumored ghostly activity for his hit TV show, Local Haunts. And while Candy can’t ignore how attracted she is to eighteen-year-old Gage King and how much his sister, Nova, wants to be friends, she’s still suspicious of the King family.

As Candy tries to figure out why the Kings are really in town and why the swamp that had previously cast her aside now seems to be invading every crack in her logical, cynical mind, she stumbles across the one piece of swamp lore she didn’t know. It’s a tale that’s more truth than myth, and may have all the answers . . . and its roots are in Candy’s own family tree.

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

I enjoyed the first book a lot, and creepy atmosphere is always good! Also, this one doesn’t come out for awhile, so I have plenty of time to decide if I want to return to Sticks, Louisiana.

I’m not sure because. . .

Even though I liked the first book, Beware the Wild, a lot, I’m not sure I feel any particular draw to this book. I enjoyed the first book, but it wasn’t the type of book I’d re-read and it makes me wonder if I really want to read this one.

2. The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

 The Glass Arrow

The Story:

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.

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

  1. It’s a standalone speculative book in YA, which is rare & I happen to love.
  2. The comparison to The Handmaid’s Tale.
  3. A lot of my blogging friends have liked Kristen Simmon’s writing.

I’m not sure because. . .

  1. It’s Dystopia and I am definitely feeling the burnout in that genre(though I did like The Scorpion Rules, which has dystopian elements)
  2. Mixed reviews. So many mixed reviews. I know that’s true of a lot of books, but the reviews for this book are INCREDIBLY mixed. I don’t know I’ve ever seen a Goodreads page for a book filled with such a 1-star, 5-star seesaw.

3. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Please Ignore Vera Dietz

The Story:

Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.

So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?

Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising

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

I see Please Ignore Vera Dietz referenced all the time, it’s a Printz Honor book, and I do want to try another A.S. King book. I think out of all her books I haven’t read, this(or Ask the Passengers), seems the one I have the best chance of enjoying.

I’m not sure because. . .

Well, the reason I want to try another A.S. King book is because I haven’t loved the two A.S. Kings book I’ve read. I didn’t dislike them, really, but I can’t say I enjoyed them–they were both solid 3 star reads. I’ve read The Dust of 100 Dogs and Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future(which was my favorite of the two). I *want* her writing to be for me desperately, but I’m not sure it is.

LET’S CHAT: Have you read any of these books? Or, in the case of Behold the Bones, are you anticipating reading that book? Any of these three books you’d definitely recommend reading or skipping?



9 responses to “On the Maybe Shelf(4)

  1. I’ve only read Please Ignore Vera Dietz, and the only thing I remember about it is that it was pretty mediocre. I think I have it a generic 3 stars, though 2 might have been more accurate. It’s probably worth skipping.

    • Stormy

      Oh, yikes. Hmm. I’m just so torn on A.S. King’s books in general. I’ve never disliked like one I’ve read. . . but I’ve never particularly liked one, either.

  2. I keep eyeing The Glass Arrow, but I haven’t read any “the patriarchy is bad and want women for breeding” dystopians that I thought were any good, so I think I’m going to pass on it.

    • Stormy

      It seems like there’s a fine line in that kind of dystopia between showing a sexist world and just kind of having one and not taking the time to deconstruct all the various factors, which is why I’m always wary.

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