This week I’ll be recommending my favorite dystopia book.
New World: Rising by Jennifer Wilson
Since witnessing her parents’ murders at the age of eleven, Phoenix’s only purpose in life has been to uphold her mother’s dying words- to be strong and survive. But surviving outside of The Walls- outside of The Sanctuary- is more like a drawn-out death sentence. A cruel and ruthless city, Tartarus is run by the Tribes whose motto is simple, “Join or die.”
Refusing to join and determined to live, Phoenix fights to survive in this savage world. But who can she trust, when no one can be trusted? Not even herself.
New World: Rising is definitely the best dystopia reads that I’ve come across in a long time. It was fast paced and interesting. I loved the writing and the characters were awesome. The world building was pretty great. There was some info dumping in the beginning but that didn’t really matter because the world that Jennifer Wilson created was so interesting. Phoenix is a really cool main character. She’s independent, self aware, and really smart. I read this book in just a couple of sittings because it was so fact paced and I really enjoyed it. If you love dystopian books, please pick this book up because it’s one of the best out there.
This week I’ll be recommending one of my favorite books of 2016. Even though I read this book in May, I still think about it a lot more often than I probably should.
Fortune by Tia Giacalone
A painter, a poet, a publicist, and a punk-rock princess… the boys of High Road Divide have no idea that this tour will change everything.
Tommy Fortune hadn’t realized he was looking for something different until he meets Cassandra Ryan. Soon their connection blurs the line between fame and reality, and it doesn’t take long for Cassandra to follow her inspiration into his world, where paint-stained hands and guitar strings become the basis of their future. But nothing is as perfect as it looks from the outside, and even the most exposed still have secrets to keep. When tour life gets complicated, loyalties will be tested on the road, and they’ll both learn that some harsh realities can’t be painted over.
What happens when an artist stuck in black and white falls for a musician who only lives in color?
I read this book during a really busy couple of days and I had barely any time to read. But every spare second I had, I was reading Fortune. Whenever I had to put this book down, I was so upset because I just wanted to keep reading.
This book was so amazing. I knew that I would love it and I was super excited to read it but somehow this book was even better than I was expecting. This book blew me away.
I loved the characters so much. They’re so well written and developed. I loved how Tommy didn’t droned on and on about Cassandra’s looks. He cared about her as a person and he always put more value on her personality. He appreciated Cassandra no matter how she looked. And the same was for Cassandra. She didn’t go on about how hot Tommy was. Their relationship was so healthy and realistic. The banter and dialogue between the characters was perfect and I normally don’t really notice those things but I did with Fortune and I think that really shows how well written this book is.
I’m so picky with New Adult books because the plots usually suck and the characters and relationships are so problematic. But Fortune, and Tia’s other two books, are perfect examples of the New Adult genre. They showcase everything that this genre is supposed to be about. Every NA author, every author who wants to create incredible characters, should look to Tia’s books as examples because she has done everything right with her characters. I don’t think it gets any better than Tia’s books.
This week I’ll be recommending one of my favorite nonfiction books and one of my favorites of 2016.
Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History
by Sam Maggs
Ever heard of Allied spy Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim woman whom the Nazis considered “highly dangerous”? Or German painter and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian, who planned and embarked on the world’s first scientific expedition? How about Huang Daopo, the inventor who fled an abusive child marriage only to revolutionize textile production in China?
Women have always been able to change the world, even when they didn’t get the credit. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs introduces you to pioneering female scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors—each profile a study in passion, smarts, and stickto-itiveness, complete with portraits by Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino, an extensive
bibliography, and a guide to present-day women-centric STEM organizations.
Prior to reading this book, I’d only heard of a couple of the women mentioned (Marie Curie and Amelia Earhart). I might not have paid attention to lot of my history classes in school but I would have remembered these women if I had been taught about what they’ve done for the world.
The fact that so many of women’s impact on history has been throw aside and disregarded upsets me so much. But thanks to Sam Maggs, we can educate ourselves on some of the women that changed the world. Sam clearly did a ton of research for this book and it shows. It’s extremely well written and fun to read. I’ve learned so much about history because of this book and I can’t recommend it enough.
This week I’ll be recommending a new favorite of mine that I read a month or so ago.
The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
Swallow, Daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ‘til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ‘til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heav’n or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, Daughter. Stay alive.
The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would trade his soul and lose his son to the sky.
My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.
But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird?
I seen The Bird and the Sword randomly on Amazon and the Kindle copy was less than $5 so I bought it not knowing what it was about or seeing any reviews. I went in completely blind and not really expecting much. But this book blew. Me. Away.
I loved it from the first page and I could barely put this book down. I read it in less than 24 hours and I wanted to reread it the second I finished it.
I loved everything about this book. The plot, the writing, the characters were all incredible. The characters were beautifully flawed and had some amazing and realistic development.
I’m rarely as emotionally invested in books as I was with The Bird and The Sword but I was basically shrieking the entire time I was reading this book.
Overall, The Bird and The Sword is one of the best books that I’ve ever read and is one of my all time favorites. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
This week I’m recommending a very underrated book that I read at the first of the year.
Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen
Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She’s grown up lonely and longing for magic. She doesn’t know that it’s magic her parents are running from.
When Sarah’s mother walks out on their family, all the strange old magic they have tried to hide from comes rising into their mundane world. Her father begins to change into something wild and beastly, but before his transformation is complete, he takes Sarah to her grandparents—people she has never met, didn’t even know were still alive.
Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family bloodlines, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast . . . unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.
This was such a surprising book! I was so blown away by the writing style and the plot.
Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down and I ended up finishing it in a little over 2 hours.
This book was so full of magic and I loved how deep rooted in classic fantasy the plot was. Beastkeeper reminded me of the books that my mom would read to my sister and I when we were kids. She always read fantasy to us and Beastkeeper is something that would have mesmerized me as a child.
I absolutely loved Beastkeeper. Not only is it a great book for young readers, it’s great for adult readers as well.
This week I’ll be recommending something a little different from most books that I read.
Shifting Bone by Alison Malee
Shifting Bone works to make familiar again all the pieces of one’s self that were almost forgotten. This collection speaks of one’s aching for the unknown, the desperate need to become known to ourselves, and just how healing love can be.
Alison Malee writes of love, heartache, and healing with a truthful and delicate touch.
This collection is for anyone who has ever felt lost and for those who were triumphant in finding themselves along the way.
I’ve never really read poetry before so I wasn’t sure how I would like Shifting Bone but after finishing this book, I’m definitely a fan of poetry. Every single poem in this book is so incredibly beautiful and well written. I loved this book so much.
Hi everyone! This week I’m going to be recommending one of my favorite books of 2015!
Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
Don’t deceive me. Ever. Especially using my blindness. Especially in public.
Don’t help me unless I ask. Otherwise you’re just getting in my way or bothering me.
Don’t be weird. Seriously, other than having my eyes closed all the time, I’m just like you only smarter.
Parker Grant doesn’t need 20/20 vision to see right through you. That’s why she created the Rules: Don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. Just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart.
When Scott suddenly reappears in her life after being gone for years, Parker knows there’s only one way to react-shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough on her mind already, like trying out for the track team (that’s right, her eyes don’t work but her legs still do), doling out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn’t cried since her dad’s death three months ago. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened–both with Scott, and her dad–the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken.
I was so pleasantly surprised by this book!
I love the writing of this book. It’s written really realistically. The dialogue and characters are very real and honest. I liked Parker a lot. She wasn’t always likable but it was realistic.
I just loved reading about her. And her character development was great.
My favorite thing about this book is it wasn’t romance driven. It wasn’t about Parker finding a boyfriend. It was about Parker and her life. How she lives her life without her parents. How she copes with high school and her friendships. Sure, it has some romance but it wasn’t the main point of the plot. And that’s why I loved this book so much.
Overall, I loved this book and I highly recommend it. It’s really well written and different from any other book that I’ve read. It has great character development and I loved the plot.
This week I’m recommending one of my favorite books of 2015. I absolutely loved this book!
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.
Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort accidentally shot himself while cleaning his revolver. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.
The more Jo uncovers about her father’s death, the more her suspicions grow. There are too many secrets. And they all seem to be buried in plain sight. Then she meets Eddie—a young, brash, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. Only now it might be too late to stop.
The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and the truth is the dirtiest part of all.
I loved this book so much. I loved everything about it. I loved the writing, the plot, the characters and, get ready for it, the romance. That’s right. As someone who alwayscomplains about romance in YA, I was blown away. Jo and Eddie are the real deal. Their relationship was well written and developed and real. And intense. I loved their bantering. I was so emotionally invested in this book. I can’t even begin to explain how this book made me feel. Jennifer Donnelly is an incredible writer.
It’s that time again and I’m finally finding enough time to be able to participate in weekly posts and what not. So here we go for recommendation friday! We’ll be hopping into some high fantasy that’s super engaging!
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.
Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.
And David wants in. He wants Steelheart – the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning – and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.
So I’m currently reading this/ listening to this at work. And I think this book is absolutely amazing. So amazing to the point where I’m willing to put it up for recommendation while I’m in the middle (yes, i’m legitimately about half way through) of reading it. I picked this up because I kind of wanted a segue into reading the Mistborn series. I’ve been super intimidated with the amount of detail in these books I thought to pick up Steelhart.
This book is about humans who get these powers and turn into Epics, but Epics take over the world and this one boy David is trying to get revenge on Steelhart. The one Epic who rules Newcago (Chicago) and the epic who murdered David’s dad.
The concept is AMAZING. Super heroes gone bad. And I have to say that the writing is amazing. I’m always so engaged whether I’m physically reading or listening. And when I do listen it’s almost like a TV show. It’s written with such ease and fluidity and thought that it’s just great.
So please if you’re looking for something with action and adventure and fantasy please pick this up. Or something to ease you into high fantasy like I do. Please please please nab this.
This week I’m recommending a book that I just finished yesterday but it’s quickly become one of my favorites.
A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes
How would you live if you knew the day you’d die?
Parvin Blackwater has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside.
In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the crooked justice system. But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall — her people’s death sentence.
What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her Clock is running out.
This is one of my favorites of 2015 for sure.
I loved everything about this book. The writing was really great, the characters were awesome, and the concept was so incredible. I thought the idea of having a little clock that counted down to the exact second you would die was so incredibly imaginative.
I just really loved the concept of this book and how Nadine brought it to life.
This book is just so interesting and entertaining. I read it in just a couple of days because I didn’t want to put it down. It’s such an awesome book and I definitely recommend it.