It has recently occured to me (because someone said it, actually) that I read A LOT. A book or two per day. Is that a lot? I don't know. It's just normal for me. Anyway, if I reviewed every book I read, you'd be sick of me already. As it is, here are 10 of the most recent books I read.
Tarzan, spoiled princes, nerdy girls and sea witches...
The good, the bad, and the ugly. Let's do this.
1. Beautifully Broken by Laura Lee
This New Adult story was heart breaking and well-written, I enjoyed every part of it. Some chapters were a bit too wordy, which made me put this book down a few times, but I always came back to it, wanting to know where the characters would go, how they would grow, and how they would face their problems.
It deals with a lot of issues, but it's a feel-good book in the end, so if you're a fan of the New Adult genre, definitely look into this.
2. Bully by Penelope Douglas
Okay, let's talk about Bully.
First things first: I loved it.
Second things: I didn't expect to.
I mean, I did start reading this book feeling very curious about how a girl would handle the boy who had been making her life a misery for years and years of high school (that's literally all the description lets us know) but I wasn't expecting THIS. It blew my mind.
I would go so far as to say that, if there could EVER be an explanation or a reason behind bullying in the universe, this would be it. Unfortunately, there isn't. Some things are unjustifiable, unforgiveable, and unchangeable.
And the fact that both the protagonists alternate between bullying each other in no way redeems or helps them grow. It is NOT the way one fights against bullying, and although it is suggested near the end of the book that indeed it's wrong for the bullied to bully, the entire plot of the book belies that truth.
Oh, did I mention that this book made me bipolar? Because even though I inherently disagreed with everything it said, I couldn't stop reading. I had to know the reason. And to some extend, I understood. I felt for him. I got it.
And isn't that why we read, after all's been said and done?
(Not to mention that the intense romance didn't hurt, either).
3. Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
This book is in the Poison Study series, so if you've not read any of those books (which are brilliant), then you won't be able to enjoy this one. It's high fantasy, and Yelena and Valek are together now, on the brink of war against magic and powers that threaten to pull them apart. The writing is amazing, as usual, but I personally didn't enjoy this book as much as the previous ones in the series.
For one thing, I really don't enjoy reading about pregnant young adult heroines going to war (a pet peeve of mine), and for another, when the main protagonists are already together (and their relationship in previous books was beyond yummy) a bit of the charm of the story is lost for me. But, as I said, the writing and world-building is exquisite. If you're more of a fan of action than storytelling, you might like this book.
4. Flirt by A. Destiny and Catherine Hapka
This YA book was cute and fun, but a bit too young for me. Maybe it should be marketed as middle grade, although the protagonists are in high school. It's just the writing that's juvenile. Also, (another pet peeve), the story is left unfinished. Not on a cliff-hanger. It just stops, to be continued in the next book.
But apart from these issues, this was a sweet slow-building romance about a nerdy girl who has to give private tutoring lessons in math to the hottest guy of her school. Of course, she's got the hugest crush on him. If that doesn't sound like a recipe for disaster/romance, I don't know what does.
If you're a fan of the bookworm getting the jock, then definitely go for this one.
5. Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca
Let the fangirling begin! This book.... It was the best thing that happened to me this week. THE FEELS.
Okay, I'll try to give the synopsis in a few words, and try to fangirl as little as possible. But you've been warned.
Last Year's Mistake is a New Adult novel that goes back and forth between a girl's college daily life and her last year of high school. She and her best friend (a guy) didn't part well, and she misses him, while at the same time trying to navigate the murky waters of college friendships and a new relationship. Then, out of the blue, their paths cross again.
I can't say anything else, since I went into this book knowing nothing about it, and that enhanced the experience so much for me. Inspite of the back and forth in time, which usually turns me off a book immediately, I couldn't stop reading. It was full of twists and turns, and the male protagonist, David, is the guy us girls dream about. Hot, kind, considerate, and... Well, you'll see.
I read this book in ebook (again, you know how much I hate that, so the fact that I couldn't put it down should tell you a lot about how much I LOVED it) but I am SO BUYING a paperback copy first chance I get.
6. Paper Princes by Erin Watt
This book needs no introduction. It's the story of a poor (pardon my French, Mary Sue) who goes to live with her billionnaire "guardian" and his five (I think? - there were a lot) gorgeous sons. Bullying, general d-baggery and an incredibly unbelievable (bordering on silly) plot aside, I was kind of mesmerized by this book. The writing wasn't particularly good, but it was good enough to keep me interested. Once I decided to treat it like a romance novel, which helped me to suspend my disbelief as well as the rolling of my eyes (somewhat), I couldn't put it down.
I mean, I did try to throw it to a wall once or twice, but I immediately picked it up to see WHERE THE HECK this could go. I mean it's one thing from a story to go from hate to love, but how it could go from utter disdain and lack of interest to this... hotness... That's why everyone's been talking about this book.
And I don't think I'll read the next ones, there are too many issues with EVERYTHING about this book, but I'm not sorry I read this one. It had that sort of mythical, imaginary feel to it that makes you want to believe that bad, cruel people can change. Which they can't, not in real life, not usually, but for a while, it's fun to lose yourself in a world where they might.
7. The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser
What a gorgeous, well-written and well-researched historical novel! Of course, if you've read anything by Nancy Moser (I've read EVERY BOOK of hers) you'll know that she's incapable of writing anything that isn't sheer brilliance. Dashing gentlemen, strong women, changing times. This book is food for the soul as well as for the imagination, and it left me with my head in the clouds and my heart full of hope. Yum.
8. Unleashed by Sophie Jordan
Not much to say here.
When a writer can write, that's all there is to it.
Even if the dystopian world overthrown by teenagers trope is a teeny tiny bit overused and/or predictable, even if this is the second book in a series (I haven't read the first one, but I breezed through this one in a day, no problem), the book is PURE AWESOMESAUCE.
Also, to be precise, this book ends up deviating even from that trope, because adults come in at some point, so IN YOUR FACE, overused tropes.
Fangirling alert, look away.
Gosh this book ruined me. I don't know if I can be more specific (and I NEEEEEED to), but the male protagonist. SWOOOOOON. Wow. They don't write them like that, people. I've never read a dystopian book with a hero like that. Capable, wholesome, caring, dangerous but not broken. A rescuer. A rock.
Just writing this makes me want to pick the book back up. Of course the nonstoppable action didn't hurt either. Not to mention I more than enjoyed the moral aspect of the story, which is about people with the DNA of a killer being hunted down and put into concentration camps and killed. It was such a good metaphor for so much that's wrong with our world today, that I just wanted to grab that book and kiss it. (For more reasons than one.)
9. Witch's Sacrifice by Crissy Moss
This was a light young adult paranormal story about a girl who gets bullied and, in a moment of intense pressure, discovers that she was powers beyond her wildest dreams. She then has to run for her life. The story was good, if a bit too young for me (it's more on the middle grade spectrum of the young adult), but if you're anything like me and like stories about water creatures, you'll find this interesting.
The story is once again left unfinished, leaving the reader wanting for more.
10. Zan by Jane Shoup
And... I know you've suffered enough of my fangirling already, but cover your eyes, cause here comes more. WAY MORE. What even is this book? Where has it been my whole life? Can I marry it? Ooops sorry. Hopefully the dude doesn't read this.
This is a TARZAN story, people. Tarzan. Need I say more? I need not. It takes place in 1908, during the industrial revolution, as you can tell from the cover, and it stays pretty accurate to the well-known story of the ape-man, while at the same time managing to bring a fresh perspective of the wild man who was brought to his knees by beauty. We rarely, if ever, get to see Tarzan's more vulnerable side, and it's done brilliantly in this novel. I loved everything about the characters, the setting, the amazing storyline. Tarzan as a gentleman, be still my heart.
Needless to say, I'm getting my hands on a physical copy of this one YESTERDAY. I need to feel the turn of those gorgeous pages, I need to look at those words again. Okay, this got pretty intense pretty soon.
You get it.
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