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Recommend A: Book You Weren't Expecting to Love

Monday, February 24, 2014
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This week's prompt:
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Recommend a book you weren't expecting to love
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Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Website | Facebook

Random House, 472 pages
Release Date: October 12, 2010
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BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

I read this a few years ago, and I still remember my surprise as marking this as one of my favorites. It was New Year's Eve when I purchased Revolution. I had to attend a party I didn't want to go to, so I decided to sneak a book into my purse. I was hiding out in the kid's play room and just read the entire book. Revolution was only something to keep me busy, and I really didn't think much of the book or knew what it was about. I most definitely was not expecting to love the writing and characters as much as I do now.


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Which book did you unexpectedly love? 
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Epic Recs | February Intro

Monday, February 17, 2014
Epic Recs is hosted by Judith from Paper Riot and Amber from Books of Amber. Each month they recommend each other a book to read. Check out their February post and join in!

I'm a little late to the party, but better late than never. It is once again time for Jen (Books and Other Happy Ever Afters) Aneeqah (My Not So Real Life), and Willa (Willa's Ramblings / Lit Up Review) to do another Epic Recs.

 Each month will be a different combination of recommendations between Willa, Jen, Aneeqah, and I.  For February, Willa recommended me to read Vixen by Jillian Larkin, and I'm recommending Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers to Jen. I've been meaning to read Vixen for a while now. Willa and I have very similar tastes in books, so I'm excited to start reading.  


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Aneeqah's Post | Jen's Post | Willa's Post (coming soon)

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Recommend An: Author Similar to an Author You Love

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This week's prompt:
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Recommend an author similar to an author you love
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   Divergent                                 The Darkest Minds                            Blood Red Road
     Insurgent                                        Never Fade                                     Rebel Heart
     Allegiant                                        Untitled #3 (9/14)                            Raging Star (5/14)
So I may have cheated just a bit and added an extra author. I had such a hard time picking authors for this week because there are so many who are fantastic. But then I remembered that many people have been asking for books to read after Divergent as many are preparing for the movie. (ARE YOU AS EXCITED AS I AM?!) How could I pick only ONE author who's writing I love just as much as Veronica Roth's?

Veronica Roth, Alexandra Bracken, and Moira Young all share a fantastic gift of story telling with unique female protagonists. Each leading lady are slowly learning their way around the new world around them, and each have a vulnerability about them that make them connectable. What they also have in common is all of these ladies are complete badasses. Not just physically, but also mentally as they fight to stay alive. The leading ladies are far from perfect, but that just makes them even more interesting.


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Recommend A: Book with your Favorite Fictional Couple

Monday, February 10, 2014
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This week's prompt:
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Recommend a book with your favorite fictional couple
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Dare You To by Katie McGarry 
Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Harlequin Teen, 456 pages
Series
: Pushing the Limits #2
Release Date: May 28, 2013
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If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all...

The McGarry boys. I could have picked any of them, but so far, Ryan and Beth are my favorite. Does anyone else love romances that start with hate? You put "golden boy" with the "skater girl" and amusing sass and remarks will never end.

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Top Ten Books That Made Me Cry

Monday, February 3, 2014
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful people of Broke and Bookish
This week's topic: Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry

I am that person who cries at everything, so it doesn't really take much for me to start tearing up a bit. I cry reading books, watching movies, etc. I even teared up watching The Expendables. Like really now. Considering how I cry at everything, I decided to slightly change this week's topic to books that made me cry. 


1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Lets be real here. Who doesn't have this on their list?

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I just had a lot of feelings about St. Clair, okay? 

3. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
I was sitting in the LAX airport when I started breaking down. NO SHAME. 

4. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Did anyone else cry themselves to sleep after finishing this series? No? That's cool. 

5. The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta
I actually don't remember crying while reading this, but apparently I did because there are some tear marks. 


6. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Many of you know that I've read Where She Went at least 10 times now, and I can tell you by page when the water works begin. 

7. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
I was not expecting to tear up while reading this, but it happened... on the bus. 

8. With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent
I just don't handle series finales well. 

9. Champion by Marie Lu
It's more of that "end of the series" feels. I was just not ready for this amazing series to end. 

10. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
"Kiss Me, Hardy. Kiss me quick!" That is all. 

Recommend me your cry-worthy reads. Which books are on your list? 
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Recommend A: Book with Your Favorite Cover

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This week's prompt:
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Recommend a book with your favorite cover
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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Blog | Twitter | Website

Simon & Schuster, 452 pages
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Release Date: September 27, 2011
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Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.




It is seriously no secret that I absolutely LOVE The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Not only is the cover completely stunning, but the story blew my mind. Now back to the cover... I LOVE the font used for title. Yes, I actually notice fonts. Mara's dress is beautiful, and I love how the cover sets the dark tone of the story.

The photographer of this beautiful cover is Heather Landis. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer's cover is actually part of her series titled Abyss of the Disheartened. Here's a bit of her amazing work:

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View the rest of her series here. Love her work and want to buy them in print? Visit her Society6 page


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