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

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The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby

the-stranger-gameTitle: The Stranger Game
Author: Cylin Busby
Series: No Series
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: October 25th, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5)

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I thought I had the story figure out before I started reading. But then Busby created two narrators who are entirely unreliable and everything I thought would happen changed. I was so thrown off for a majority of the novel, with my mind trying to come up with new answers as my theories were proven wrong. Continue reading

Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas

rose-thornTitle: Rose & Thorne
Author: Sarah Prineas
Series: Ash & Bramble Series
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: October 18th, 2016
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5)

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Set fifty years after Ash & Bramble, this is a look at the Sleeping Beauty story that really twists the story around, but in an interesting and wonderful way. Rose has been protected her entire life, keeping her safe from falling into Story. Griff has been raised his entire life to defeat Story. I really enjoyed the different take on the Sleeping Beauty story, and I thought Rose was a spunky character with a lot of fight and strength. Continue reading

Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

faking-normalTitle: Faking Normal
Author: Courtney C. Stevens
Series: Stand Alone (although there is a short companion story)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: February 25th, 2014
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5)

Trigger Warning: Rape, self-harm

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I didn’t expect to feel as strongly about this book as I did. I’ll admit that the basic plot isn’t unique. However, Stevens still made it feel different and real. I will say, one of my biggest issues with stories like this didn’t show up, and for that I was grateful. I did have a few issues, but it still tugged at my heart. 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

Disruption by Jessica Shirvington

DisruptionTitle: Disruption
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Series: Disruption Series
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: October 4th, 2016 (US pub date)
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5)

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The concept behind this book is a good one, and completely believable. A future where people rely on technology for everything, including telling them who they are compatible with for friendship and romance. Maggie fights against the system because she knows it’s flawed. She’s a take-no-prisoners kind of person, determined to see her mission through until the end. I had a few issues with some things, but overall, the book was really interesting and captivating. 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