The Rose Society by Marie Lu

the-rose-societyTitle: The Rose Society
Author: Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Published: October 13th, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5)

Quick Look: Lu is one author who doesn’t disappoint. The Rose Society was amazing. I absolutely love Adelina’s character development, even though loving it hurts. Really, everything hurts after this book, but it’s wonderful. Continue reading

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu

the-young-elitesTitle: The Young Elites
Author: Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites
Publisher: Putnam Books for Young Readers
Published: October 7th, 2014
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5)

Quick Look: This is not the typical book about the development of a hero. This is the story of how a villan came to be and I loved it. Continue reading

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

born-a-crimeTitle: Born a Crime: Stories form a South African Childhood
Author: Trevor Noah
Series: No Series
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Published: November 15th, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5)

Quick Look: I’d enjoyed Noah’s take on the world from watching him on The Daily Show. Born a Crime gave me new respect for him as a person, separate from his comedic ability, and is easily one of the best non-fiction books I’ve read in a long time. Continue reading

The Memory of Us by Camille Di Maio

the-memory-of-usTitle: The Memory of Us
Author: Camille Di Maio
Series: No Series
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Published: May 31st, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5)

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I originally saw this book because it was on sale. I bought it because it’s hard for me to resist what sounds to be a good historical fiction novel. I couldn’t put it down because it was beautiful and heartbreaking. Continue reading

Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson

like-a-river-gloriousTitle: Like a River Glorious
Author: Rae Carson
Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Published: September 27th, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5)

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I just love everything Carson writes. Add in the fact that this, aside from Leah’s power, has an entirely real outlook on history, and I’m in love. I loved how Leah and her small group of friends grew and started a community that is filled with good people and how that group contrasts with the other people she meets. This is definitely a must-read book and series for me. Continue reading

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

code-name-verityTitle: Code Name Verity
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Series: Code Name Verity Series
Publisher: Hyperion
Published: May 15th, 2012
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5)

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About a third of the way through this book, I tweeted that I knew this book was going to punch me in the heart. It’s one of those books that you know is going to hurt, but you just don’t know how much. It was absolutely stunning and had me in tears several times. Continue reading

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

The Beauty of DarknessTitle: The Beauty of Darkness
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Published: August 2nd, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5)

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What an ending to this series. I mean…wow. I felt like I had been put through the ringer. Everything is not tied off with a pretty bow. Everything is not rainbows and happiness. But it is the ending these characters earned and deserved. Continue reading