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These are some of the titles I have read in the last year. Some titles were harder to get through than others, but as a writer, I know how hard it is to write a book, even a bad book. Let me know if you have any recommendations that are not on my list. If you like what you read, please don’t forget to subscribe. The list will continue to grow.
Star Ratings Excruciatingly Painful On pins and Needles Cloudless Skies, Warm Sun on Face Almost too perfect for words Shakespeare would be jealous
My Book Recommendations
Stephenie Meyer – Twilight Stephenie Meyer - New Moon Stephenie Meyer - Eclipse Stephenie Meyer - Breaking Dawn Tagline: Human girl falls in love with vampire. Review: I got on the Twilight bandwagon late. How late? Really late. I didn’t read this series until the first film was almost out. Yes, shame on me. I only read it because I was curious to see what the fuss was all about and then, I got it. I would give it a firm recommendation just for Stephenie’s ability to recognize the basic need for all women to be and feel desired by a hot young stud, who happens to be a ninety-year old vampire (Yes, Edward Cullen, I’m talking about you). This book series has also been credited for beginning my fascination with other books about vampires. I’ve actually liked a few other books since. Who knew? I can’t say that Stephenie Meyer is the best writer I’ve ever read, but her books have been more engaging than most. Pros: Hot vampires come to your bedroom at night. Cons: No guy will ever live up to the Edward Cullen fascination. Damn. Books That May Interest You: Richelle Mead Vampire Academy Frostbite Shadow Kiss Blood Promise Becca Fitzpatrick Hush Hush Suzanne Collins Hunger Games Catching Fire Cassandra Clare City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass Richelle Mead - Vampire Academy Richelle Mead - Frostbite Richelle Mead - Shadow Kiss Richelle Mead - Blood Promise
Tagline: Half-vampire girl trains to be a vampire’s guardian. Review: So my fascination with vampires continued with Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series. No Edward Cullen, but instead we have a badass vampire in the form of Dimitri ‘Dimka’ Belikov. The only problem I’ve ever had with Dimitri is his long hair. I know I sound silly for mentioning this, but these things are important. I could never picture the character with long hair; he was too structured for it. However, everything else about him is scorching and the story is interesting. I must say, I’m not really a big fan of the high school babble, but there are plenty of good popcorn action and intrigue to keep reading. And of course, something really big happens, to one of our beloved characters, at the end of book 3 that had me tearing my hair out for months until Book 4 was finally released. You know the writer has done her job, when you care that much about the fate of the characters you read about. Pros: A romantic storyline that is engaging. Cons: The pacing can be slow sometimes and some of the characters can get a little annoying. Books That May Interest You: Cassandra Clare City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass Carrie Ryan The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Richelle Mead - Succubus Blues Richelle Mead - Succubus on Top Richelle Mead - Succubus Dreams Richelle Mead - Succubus Heat Tagline: Succubus falls in love with a human. Review: The funny thing about this series is that I had a similar idea for a story like this once. I still tinker on it, but I have changed many things over the years. The characters in this story are engaging and funny. I believe the second book was my favorite, though the story has started to blur a little. Pros: Sexy Succubus takes over city and has fun while doing it. Cons: I have more fun with the characters, than I do with the plots. Books That May Interest You: Nina Harper Succubus in the City Succubus Takes Manhattan Cassandra Clare - City of Bones Cassandra Clare - City of Ashes Cassandra Clare - City of Glass
Tagline: Human girl finds out she belongs to a world of demon slayers. Review: This book series definitely has some great elements. A revelation at the end of Book 1 had my head spinning, but I had no doubt that it would be resolved. I wasn’t sure if that plot point was the right move and I felt a little dirty reading it, but it turned out better than expected. I also should probably mention that while reading the books I found a few similarities between these books and the one that I am writing. Though the stories are different, one can imagine as a writer, I was bashing my head with the book and yelling “No!” at the top of my lungs when I felt something was literally ripped from my work. Now, of course, I am not saying she stole from me. It would have been impossible, but it’s weird to read similar ideas that I had been working on for months. I just hope no one thinks I ripped it from her. Yikes! Pros: Lots of good action and intrigue Cons: Useless conversations that could have been cut shorter, just so the reader can get there faster. I always want to get there faster. Books That May Interest You: P.C. Cast + Kristen Cast Marked Betrayed Chosen Untamed Hunted L. J. Smith - Secret Vampire
Review: I don’t have much to say about it. I enjoyed it while I was reading it, but the story is forgettable. Pros: Good for anyone who likes vampire love stories Cons: Very straightforward. Not much conflict. Books That May Interest You: Richelle Mead Vampire Academy Frostbite Shadow Kiss Blood Promise Becca Fitzpatrick Hush Hush
Carrie Ryan - The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Tagline: A girl escapes from the clutches of zombies and goes on a quest to find the ocean. Review: I loved this book. I respond well to great visuals and this book spoke to me. It had several scenes that I can still see so vividly in my mind. I think it would be hard to forget them for many years. I could talk for hours about this little gem. I was mad when I got to the end and saw how everything turned out. I really wanted to hurt the author, but that is a good thing, a very good thing. It showed that I cared and I really did. The end was bittersweet, and I believe there might have been a few tears, but I won’t confirm this. My heart was racing while reading one particular scene and I thought I would have had a heart attack. This one stayed with me for sure. Pros: Great story. Great love triangle, but still subtle and not thrown in your face. Cons: I wanted to know more. There were definitely some unanswered questions. Grrrrr! Books That May Interest You: Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games Catching Fire Kristin Cashore Graceling Maggie Stiefvater Shiver Diana Peterfreund Rampant Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire
Tagline: A girl is thrown into a sadistic game show that forces her and others to kill for survival. Review: I am a big fan of this series and I love Katniss, our protagonist. I like that the characters have these daring and interesting names. I am so tired of reading about Elizabeth, Jane, Isabella, and Sarah. I think names can say a lot about your character and giving a character an interesting name can say a lot more about them than giving them a generic name. Besides the names, the characters are engaging. I love Peeta. Many people, it seems, are rooting for him to be with Katniss, but I am probably in the minority when I say I prefer Gale. Katniss speaks of him with such fondness and familiarity. I wish he had been around more in the first and second book, but we’ll see how the third goes. This book also makes a few political statements, which give it more depth and shape. It deserves a read if you haven’t read it yet. Side Note: I heard that the plot for Hunger Games was very similar to Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, but I haven’t read the book, so I can’t make a judgment on that. Perhaps in the future I will give it a read. Pros: The action keeps moving and the love triangle is what I live for. Cons: It is written in the first person, which does make the outcome more predictable. Some people hate the violence, but if it is necessary, then I don’t have a problem with it. Books That May Interest You: Michael Grant Gone Hunger Diana Peterfreund Rampant Carrie Ryan The Forest of Hands and Teeth Cassandra Clare City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass
Nina Harper - Succubus in the City Tagline: Succubus falls in love with human while living a pretentious big city life. Review: After reading Richelle Mead’s Succubus series, I decided I would read this book, but I am still trying to get through it. The constant ruminations by the protagonist bored me to tears and the Sex and the City type conversations were far from clever. If anyone has actually gotten through it, let me know how it ends. Books That May Interest You: Richelle Mead Succubus Blues Succubus on Top Succubus Dreams Succubus Heat Michael Grant - Gone Michael Grant - Hunger
Tagline: A group of children are abandoned by adults and must depend on each other to survive. Review: Now here is a story that I think more people should get into. I love the plot. It has a twist on one of my favorite novels: Lord of the Flies by William Golding. If you haven’t read that classic book, then check it out. It is well worth it. Going back to the Gone series, it is about a group of kids who have been left to fend for themselves after their parents have gone missing. At first, everything is fun, until people start dying and chaos ensues. I am a sucker for stories like these, especially when you throw in super powers. I love some of the ideas brought up in this story; wish I thought of it first. I’ve got writers envy. Pick this up if you get a chance. Pros: Interesting plot and characters. Cons: Not impressed by the multiple point of views. It is hard for any writer to conquer, but it was a noble effort nonetheless. Books That May Interest You: Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games Catching Fire Rick Riordan The Lightning Thief The Sea of Monsters The Titan's Curse The Battle of the Labyrinth The Last Olympian Laura Whitcomb - A Certain Slant of Light
Tagline: Two souls are on a quest to find peace. Review: Not much to say about this one. The story was a little weird and I felt gross while reading it. It passed a quiet Sunday evening quickly. Pros: It is short and to the point. Cons: The ghosts do a few things that made me feel a little uncomfortable. Books That May Interest You: Maggie Stiefvater Shiver Rachel Vincent My Soul to Take Lisa McMann Wake Fade Becca Fitzpatrick Hush Hush
P.C. Cast + Kristen Cast - Marked P.C. Cast + Kristen Cast - Betrayed P.C. Cast + Kristen Cast – Chosen P.C. Cast + Kristen Cast - Untamed P.C. Cast + Kristen Cast - Hunted
Tagline: A girl enters vampire finishing school and realizes she is chosen for much more. Review: I’m not quite sure why I still read this series. The characters are annoying and I never understand their motivations. The series starts out fine, but I think it got progressively worse with a slower pace and a weak plot. The protagonist has made some questionable decisions and the explanations for her decisions were weak at best. I don’t know why writers make each book, in a series, bigger than the last, thereby slowing down the pace of the books, and making them less compelling. I prefer to get a tighter story that moves the plot faster than something drawn out, which forces me to skip over pages or paragraphs at a time. Richelle Mead’s books suffer from the same problem, but Richelle has gotten away with it because her characters are funnier and more interesting. I guess I still read this P.C. & Kristen Cast series because I have invested so much time in reading the first 5 books and I wanted to see how it ended. I also wanted to find out what everyone finds so fascinating about these books. If someone can explain it to me, then that would be great. Pros: The plot can sometimes take you on a ride. Cons: When is this series going to be done already? Books That May Interest You: Cassandra Clare City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass Richelle Mead Vampire Academy Frostbite Shadow Kiss Blood Promise Annette Curtis Klause - Blood and Chocolate Tagline: A werewolf girl falls for a human and must protect him from her pack. Review: Watched the movie before I read the book, which in my world is called cheating. Skip the movie and read the book. The movie is cheesy, and cheap and book is more fascinating. In addition, I love the title; it sounds so sexy. Side Note: I started watching True Blood on HBO after I read Blood and Chocolate. I never finished the Charlaine Harris book series that the show is based on, but it doesn’t matter, the show is diverting from the original story. I don’t know why I just mentioned that, but I thought it deserved some attention. Going back to Blood and Chocolate. Pros: The story is solid. Cons: It could have been a great series. Books That May Interest You: Charlaine Harris Dead Until Dark Living Dead in Dallas Club Dead Dead to the World Dead as a Doornail Definitely Dead All Together Dead From Dead to Worse Dead and Gone
Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush Hush Tagline: A fallen Angel falls for a human girl. Review: The book Hush Hush (cool title, but I am not sure how it fits in with this book) was exactly what I expected. I understood the characters from the moment I was introduced to them, which made the events in the book quite predictable. The only thing that surprised me was how ineffective, the fallen Angel named Patch, was towards the end of the book. Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised at how ineffective he was, because he wasn’t very effective before that either. He is falling in love with our heroine, Nora (completely forgettable name) and knows scary details about her life, yet he can’t see that she is in distress after being stalked by some crazy person. How can a supernatural being be so obtuse? At the climax, the book does speed up after dragging through many scenes that I still don’t understand the point of, but in general, the book is not a bad read. Nora’s best friend, Vee, was a little annoying and daft and Twilight readers will note the plot similarities such as the fact that Patch and Nora meet in Biology class. (It is obvious in its attempt to get Twilight readers) Is there no other class that teenagers can meet in besides Biology? Chemistry maybe? There has to be a lot of clever lines and conversation that can come from a chemistry class or French class or any class that’s not Biology for that matter. Maybe they could leave the classroom all together. Anyway, I am getting off the point. The point is: if you have a few hours to spare, this is an easy read. Side Note: The mythology in the book is interesting at times, but it confuses me that in the end of the book, Patch is doing the same thing that made him fall from grace in the first place. I shouldn’t say anymore, I’ll give it all away. Give the book a try, you’ll see. I’m guessing we’ll get to see what happens in the follow-up to this book. Hush Hush is definitely a setup for a series. Pros: There is an undeniable chemistry between Patch and Nora. Cons: There aren’t many enjoyable characters to read about and the story runs a little slow in the beginning. Books That May Interest You: Stephenie Meyer Twilight New Moon Eclipse Breaking Dawn
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