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) 🙂

Book Review of The Game by Barry Lyga

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Audio, 517 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Little, Brown Young Readers
Summary:

I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jasper (Jazz) Dent, the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer.When a desperate New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz’s door asking for help with a new case, Jazz can’t say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple–and its police force running scared with no leads. So Jazz and his girlfriend Connie hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer’s murderous game.

Meanwhile, Jazz’s dad Billy is watching…and waiting

My Thoughts:
Loved loved loved this latest installment of the I Hunt Killers series! Gritty, creepy, gorey and disturbing… It rocked!!! Can’t wait for book 3!
Five Stars and TOTALLY recommend!

Review of The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

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THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd

SUMMARY:

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.

REVIEW:

It took me getting through almost half the book before I really connected, but once I did it was fantastic! I look forward to book 2!


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Review of I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

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I HUNT KILLERS by Barry Lyga

SUMMARY:

Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal’s point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

REVIEW: I found this book to be such a fun read. It has this Dexter quality and the main character Jazz is incredibly likable.
I thought it was gory and uncomfortable at times, but in a good way. Many YA books tackle issues such as murder in such a mundane way. She was killed, but not raped. She was tortured, but after death. I was actually relieved to see the nitty-gritty reality of the fact that most women are murdered AND raped. And sick people torture people when they’re still alive. It’s not all roses 🙂
Weird rant that may make me seem insane aside, I really liked this book! and I really REALLY loved Jazz.

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Review of The Archived by Victoria Schwab

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THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab

SUMMARY:

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption

REVIEW: I really enjoyed this story and thought the concept was fascinating. I’m interested to see where she takes this series. I will definitely be reading book #2


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