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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

First Impressions: Amnesia! Spies! The End of the World!

Alright, we're on to the second half of my recent batch of First Impressions! If you missed the first half, I took a look at a trio of upcoming fantasies, and they all seem pretty damn promising. Today we're checking out some things romanciful and quirkiful. Take a listen to my thoughts in the video, find out more about the books below, and let me know YOUR thoughts in the comments!


KEEP ME IN MIND by Jaime Reed

Available April 26th!
A girl who doesn't remember. A boy who can't forget her. A wise, witty, and heartbreaking love story for today's YA generation.

Ellia Dawson doesn't recognize the handsome boy who sits in tears by her hospital bed. But he's telling her that he's Liam McPherson, her boyfriend. Boyfriend? Ellia thinks in shock. She has no clue who Liam is, let alone whether or not she once loved him. She remembers her family, her friends, and the fact that she wants to be a fashion designer. But Liam is a big blank in her life.

Meanwhile, Liam is devastated that Ellia, the love of his life, who suffered an accident while they were running together on the beach, has lost her memory. He is desperate to win her back, rebuild what they once had, but Ellia keeps him at an arm's length. She's much more comfortable with a new boy she meets at the hospital, who understands more what she's going through. So Liam begins writing the story of the two of them, piecing together the past in the hopes of having a future with the girl he loves.

Told from alternating perspectives, this is a lyrical, clever, and surprising novel from Jaime Reed.

LOVE, LIES & SPIES by Cindy Anstey

Available April 19th!
Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.

Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.

Available as of April 1st in the US; originally published in AUS 2014
Alba loves her life just as it is. She loves living behind the bakery, and waking up in a cloud of sugar and cinnamon. She loves drawing comics and watching bad TV with her friends.

The only problem is she’s overlooked a few teeny details:

Like, the guy she thought long gone has unexpectedly reappeared.
And the boy who has been her best friend since forever has suddenly gone off the rails.
And even her latest comic-book creation is misbehaving.

Also, the world might be ending – which is proving to be awkward.

As Doomsday enthusiasts flock to idyllic Eden Valley, Alba’s life is thrown into chaos. Whatever happens next, it’s the end of the world as she knows it. But when it comes to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might turn out to be the least of her problems.


  1. Love, Lies, and Spies had my early attention, but I might go for Keep Me In Mind. I've not read an amnesia romance before and I did love While You Were Sleeping.

    Really enjoy your descriptions and ability to form a clear impression so quickly. Very helpful! Thanks!

  2. Love, Lies and Spies is such a charming book. Cindy Anstey writes in a more authentic Regency style, so this reads like a Jane Austen novel. Treason is certainly a very serious endeavor, but the tone of the novel is rather light. There are mix-ups, machinating mamas, intrigue, larks, and even a most determined unsuitable suitor.


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