Book Birthdays September 15th – 21st: The Dream Thieves, Frozen, This Song Will Save Your Life & more!

Posted 09/17/2013 by alicemarvels in Book Birthdays

We’d like to wish a very happy book birthday to each of this week’s YA/middle grade new release lovelies! We’re excited for some long-awaited sequels and a few interesting debuts this week. Which new releases are you most excited to read?




Featured Book:

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.





Read an excerpt here.



Blogger Buzz:

Here are links to some particularly well-written, thoughtful reviews of This Song Will Save Your Life:


The Social Potato Reviews “Anyone who has ever felt loneliness will easily find themselves relating to Elise’s situation and troubles, making it quite a painful (in a good way) and uplifting experience.”

Ivy Book Bindings  “Utterly moving, deeply touching, and poignant, this is not a book that will leave your thoughts for a long time to come. Leila Sales, you are my hero.”

Xpresso Reads  This Song Will Save Your Life is emotional and beautiful; a story that will bring out your happy-tears by its conclusion!”

Nick’s Book Blog   “The writing was my favorite part of This Song Will Save Your Life. Leila Sales writes gorgeously. She really made me feel all the emotions coming through the pages and her prose flowed smoothly and beautifully.”

MTV Hollywood Crush   “The book is funny, insightful and captures with unflinching authenticity the experience of a bullied kid; Sales gets everything right as she shows how even a smart, self-aware girl with involved parents and a bright future can end up crushed by the hopelessness and helplessness of being victimized.”

Pretty Deadly Reviews  This Song Will Save Your Life was amazing. Absolutely amazing. I had some struggles with the main character, Elise, but other than that, this book is heartbreaking and powerful.”

A Reader of Fictions  This Song Will Save Your Life is a book that I could see saving lives. I sincerely hope that young people who are friendless and desperate, who do not understand why no one likes them, find this book and know that they’re not alone. “

Anna Reads  “It also celebrates being different, which is partly why it felt like such a ‘real’ story. Everything Elise experience was amplified for the sake of storytelling, but it still reminded me of what it felt like to be a teenager.”

Rather Be Reading   “Leila Sales has delivered a book I would declare ‘pretty much perfect.'”




    I tell ya, YA is the BEST covers out there.


    Gah for some reason Bloglovin’ isn’t updating your feeds. I am so sorry I didn’t see this earlier. There are a lot of great books out this week!


    I’m going to Powells tomorrow and I’m hoping they have This Song Will Save Your Life out (though I have an inside connection, so if it’s in the back I might be able to snag a copy). Dying to read it!


    I see some I really want there

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