I swear I read!

I am so behind in my book recommendations! Like I just saw that I haven’t posted a recommendation since October.

Oops! 🙂

I did move across the ocean so I guess I have an excuse, but still… bad me.

I started to catch up… but then I was like, nope. Not gonna happen. I’m writing a new book and don’t have the time!

SO I’m not going to cloud this feed with a a dozen or so posts and instead will just post my recent favorites. I’ve obviously read far more than this in the last seven months, but these are the standouts.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I’m not going to lie, I was devastated by the ending, but I just LOVED this series so much!

All our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrell

I loved this book so much! It was extremely fast-paced and kept me spinning the entire time. It was really fresh and awesome. Totally recommend!

Champion by Marie Lu

What a fantastic ending to this trilogy. I couldn’t have wished for a better ending. Seriously YES! Read this trilogy!

Under the Never Sky trilogy by Veronica Rossi

I really enjoyed this series so much! You’ll find yourself so wrapped up in the characters and the story that you’ll zip through this series incredibly quick!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy

I thought this was a pretty great take on what can be considered a hard to re-invent the wheel genre. Loved it and totally recommend!

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

This was a really great book that I am totally pumped for the series! I thought Pierce Brown did such a great job of building this in-depth, detailed world and how he crafted his main character. Loved!

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Kate is an incredible story teller and this story was true to form. A great and haunting book with an ending that totally caught me by surprise!

Reboot by Amy Tintera

This was a really great and fun book that had me hooked pretty quick into it. I like Amy’s writing style as it sets the pace at a fast speed and doesn’t let up. I’ll definitely be reading the next book!

We were Liars by E. Lockhart

What a beautiful haunting book. It was definitely one of those books that draws you in and makes you sink so far inside that you don’t look up until you turn the last page. I read it in one sitting and loved it (though I totally guessed the ending) 🙂

Recommend: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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ebook, 320 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin (first published April 12th 2012)
ISBN
1250031214 (ISBN13: 9781250031211)

Summary:

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

My thoughts:

Man this book reminded me of high school even though my high school was nothing like this. Rainbow Rowell just captures what it’s like to be an angst filled teen so well! I loved this book! Like LOVED!!!!

Book Review of Letters to Nowhere by Julie Cross

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Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Long Walk Press
Summary:
From the International Bestselling Author of the Tempest Series…Set in the tough world of Elite Gymnastics…I’ve gotten used to the dead parents face. I’ve gotten used to living with my gymnastics coach. I’ve even adjusted to sharing a bathroom with his way-too-hot son. Dealing with boys is not something that’s made it onto my list of experiences as of yet. But here I am, doing it. And something about Jordan–being around him, talking to him, thinking about him–makes me feel like I can finally breathe again. That’s something I haven’t been able to do lately. He knows what it feels like to be me right now. He knows what it’s like to wonder–what now? I think about it constantly. I need answers. I need to know how to get through this. In the gym, if you’re struggling, you train harder, you do drills and conditioning. How do I work hard at moving on? At being on my own? And what happens if I might be…maybe…probably falling for Jordan? I mean we live together now. That can’t happen, can it? But kissing him…well, let’s just say it’s not an easy activity to forget.

My Thoughts:
I thought this was a great read! I had my doubts that a book that centered so much around gymnastics would keep my interest, but it really did and that is mainly because the characters are so engaging. I definitely recommend!
I recommend!

Review of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

 

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Before I fall by Lauren Oliver
470 Pages

SUMMARY:

What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

My Thoughts:

I thought this was a great “Mean Girls” type contemporary YA book. It reminded me of what a total B that I was in high school *insert uncomfortable cringe* Aren’t we all SO glad that the majority of us have the chance to right some wrongs and change our stars before we die? I for one am!

I didn’t LOVE the ending, but it was a great story.

 I recommend.

Review of Winger by Andrew Smith

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Winger, by Andrew Smith

SUMMARY:

Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy.

With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.

Filled with hand-drawn info-graphics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen’s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking

REVIEW: I think big fans of YA contemporary will love this!

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