Book Recommendations

Museum of Thieves: a book recommendation

4 out of 5 stars.

I saw this book in the store, and I literally did a double take. I mean, just look at that cover. Without even reading the summary on the back, I bought the book and started reading immediately.

And–fortunately–the story inside is just as good as the cover suggests.

Welcome to the tyrannical city of Jewel, where impatience is a sin and boldness is a crime.

Goldie Roth has lived in Jewel all her life. Like every child in the city, she wears a silver guardchain and is forced to obey the dreaded Blessed Guardians. She has never done anything by herself and won’t be allowed out on the streets unchained until Separation Day. (Read more…)

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Tangled: a book recommendation

5 out of 5 stars.

I adored Erica O’Rourke’s first book, Torn, and I won’t lie: I had very high hopes when I went into Tangled.

Well, I can honestly say that my hopes were met and then some. This sequel takes the twisted, complex plot from book 1 to a whole new level.

A month ago, Mo Fitzgerald risked her life to stop an ancient prophecy and avenge her best friend’s murder. Now, she only wants to keep her loved ones safe. But the magic—and the Chicago Mob—have other plans. 

Mysterious, green-eyed Luc is back, asking for help—and a second chance. Colin, her strongest protector, is hiding a shocking secret. And inside Constance, the magic is about to go terribly wrong. Tangled in a web of love and betrayal, Mo must choose between the life she’s dreamed of and the one she’s destined for. (Read more…)

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Scarlet: a book recommendation

5 out of 5 stars.

I opened this book, and after reading the dialect, I thought, “Huh…I’m not sure I’ll be able to read this…” Then, three pages later, I was so sucked into the story, I stopped noticing the dialect. All I saw was Scarlet’s VOICE–and let me tell you, she has one. A powerful, compelling, stubborn-as-hell voice that fits every impulsive, disgruntled course of action she chooses.

Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance. 

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in. It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for. (Read more…)

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Cinder: a book recommendation

5 out of 5 stars.

What a fun read! Honestly, I was hooked from page 1–Cinder has such an appealing voice, and the world is so fascinating (I heard someone liken it to Sailor Moon, and that just made me DETERMINED to read).

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl…

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. (Read more…)

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The Assassin and the Pirate Lord + Flipped: book recommendations

5 out of 5 stars.

My BFFR Sarah J. Maas‘s first novella is FOR SALE! And all I can say is: you NEED this story in your life. And no, I’m not just sayin’ that because she’s my BFFR. All friendships aside, this story and its heroine are fantastic.

Celaena Sardothien is tough, stubborn, and impulsive–we all know that from Throne of Glass…but she wasn’t always AS tough (though she was certainly MORE stubborn and MORE impulsive).

On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes – and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about. (Read more…)

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Fright Night: a movie recommendation

5 out of 5 stars.

My love for Craig Gillespie’s 2011 Fright Night is…well, enormous. I’d never seen it because I (wrongly) thought it was a horror flick. Then, when I was visiting my BFFR  Sarah J. Maas, she corrected me of my very false notions.

A remake of the 1985 original, teenager Charley Brewster guesses that his new neighbor Jerry Dandrige is a vampire responsible for a string of recent deaths. When no one he knows believes him, he enlists Peter Vincent, a self proclaimed vampire killer and Las Vegas magician, to help him take down Jerry.

It’s a comedy. A terrifying yet downright hilarious comedy. (Read more…)

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Sometimes It Happens: a book recommendation

5 out of 5 stars.

This book was so much better than I expected–primarily because I went in with ZERO expectations and only a hazy idea of the story…

Well, the story, the characters, and the hilarity downright BLEW me away. I thought, “Oh, I’ll read a few pages before I go to bed…oh…wait…HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Ooooh…” Three hours later, at 2 AM, I finally put it down…having read the entire, fantastic book.

On the last day of her junior year, Hannah’s boyfriend Sebastian dumped her. Facing a summer of loneliness, Hannah turns to her best friend Ava for comfort. Ava does what BFFs do: she stays by Hannah’s side…until it’s time for Ava to head up to Maine for the summer. Also left behind is Ava’s boyfriend, Noah, who’s such a great guy he gets Hannah a job at the diner he waits tables at. Slowly, Hannah comes out of her funk thanks to Noah’s good conversation and their fun times at the diner. But things get complicated when their friendship turns into attraction—and one night, into a passionate kiss. The novel opens on the first day of senior year; the day Hannah is going to see Ava, Sebastian, and Noah all in one place. Over the course of the day secrets and betrayals are revealed, and alliances are broken and reformed. In the end, everyone is paired up once again, but not the way you might think… (Read more…)

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Untraceable: a book recommendation

Shelli Johannes is making headlines with her indie-published YA thriller, Untraceable. I mean, even Kirkus Reviews loved it–and everyone knows how hard Kirkus is to please.

Lucky for moi, I got to read an advanced copy of Untraceable…and lemme just say. WOW.

16 year old Grace was reared in the wilderness. Her first pet was a bear named Simon. Her first potty, an oak tree. And, her first swing, a forest vine. Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her everything he knew about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival. 

When Grace’s dad goes missing on a routine patrol, unlike everyone in her sleepy mountain town, she refuses to believe he’s dead. After finding a Cheetos bag and stolen government file, Grace is convinced she’s one step closer to proving all the non-believers wrong. 

One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from imminent danger by Mo, a hot guy who has an intoxicating accent and a secret. Grace has never felt a connection like this before, certainly not with her ex-boyfriend, the adoring, but decidedly unrugged, Wyn.  (Read more…)

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In Defense of Food: a book recommendation

5 out of 5 stars.

In honor of the coming Thanksgiving (and impeding over-indulgence), I thought I’d recommend a slightly different sort of book than my usual YA/MG recs.

Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food is…well, shocking. And disturbing.

But good–very good. It changed my life and led to a complete overhaul of how I cooked, how I shopped, and ultimately, how I ate.

Michael Pollan’s last book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, launched a national conversation about the American way of eating; now In Defense of Foodshows us how to change it, one meal at a time. Pollan proposes a new answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating. (Read more…)

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Past Perfect: a book recommendation

5 out of 5 stars.

At the suggestion of Taryn last Sunday (when I asked for YOU to recommend ME something), I picked up Leila  Sales’s Past Perfect.

And oh my gosh, I’m so glad I did. This book is so, so, SO funny. I could not stop giggling while I read this on the bus, on the train, and at the airport–basically, any moment I had, I devoured this story.

All Chelsea wants to do this summer is hang out with her best friend, hone her talents as an ice cream connoisseur, and finally get over Ezra, the boy who broke her heart. But when Chelsea shows up for her summer job at Essex Historical Colonial Village (yes, really), it turns out Ezra’s working there too. Which makes moving on and forgetting Ezra a lot more complicated…even when Chelsea starts falling for someone new. (Read more…)

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