Tuesday, March 15

Recent Reads

Here are a few books that I've read recently that I've loved. They are all YA paranormal (shocking, I know)

The Hex Hall Series by Rachel Hawkins- Hex Hall and Demonglass are the first two in a trilogy. These books are brilliantly written, hysterically snarky and laugh out loud funny. They are about a girl who is a witch that gets sent to a boarding school with other witches, vampires, werewolves, fairies, etc and her inability to stay out of trouble.

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer- This is the first of a trilogy and it is phenomenal!! Wolfsbane comes out this summer and Bloodrose comes out next March. The book is about Calla Tor who is Guardian, which is a wolf. I  was leery about reading another wolf book but the Guardians are completely different than any other wolves I've read about. I loved everything about this book- the characters, the plot, the history/mythology- all of it!!

The Body Finder Series by Kimberly Derting- I'm a crime show junkie- Bones, Criminal Minds, CSI, NCIS- I love them all. So a book about a girl that could "hear" dead bodies is right up my alley. These are just the right amount of creepiness mixed with teenage angst and romance. I think there are going to be four books in this series so it's halfway finished.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver- I was hesitant to read this book for a number of reasons- I was kind of burnt out on the dystopian genre and I didn't love Lauren's first book so I kept putting off reading it. I finally picked it up and read it in one day. I got sucked into this story and fell in love with the characters and the world where love is considered a disease. It's the first of a trilogy (I know, I know- enough with the series!)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- Spunky lead female, boarding school in Paris, swoon worthy boy... it's perfect!! I LOVED this book! It's fun and light and left a huge smile on my face. This one is a stand alone although the author is writing a companion book that has overlapping characters. (This is the only one on the list that isn't paranormal- it's just YA)

Firelight by Sophie Jordan- I probably wouldn't have picked this book up because it's about dragons but Elizabeth Eulberg recommended it so I gave it a shot. I'm so glad I did. I really enjoyed this book about the Draki, who are descendants of dragons. This one is the first of a trilogy as well.

The Hourglass Door Series by Lisa Mangum- I met Lisa Mangum at a local authorpalooza and she was really nice and sold me on her book about time travel. I put it on the bookshelf and forgot about it until a friend of mine told me how much she liked it. I really, really enjoyed this book about time travel and the chaos that comes with messing with time. Luckily by that time the second book, The Golden Spiral, had been published so now I only have to wait for the final book, which will be out this fall.



Anonymous said...

I was looking for some good recommendations! You have some listed here I haven't heard of yet, so I'm excited to see if they're available via Kindle! :) Thanks, Amy! --Stacie

jen said...

I love your book recommendations cause we have pretty much the same taste in books.
Have you read Across the Universe? If so I'd love to know what you thought. I was totally unprepared for the sex and sadly it won't be on my reread list - but it came very highly recommended so I'm wondering if I'm just crazy.

Amy said...

I did read Across the Universe. I liked it, I didn't love it, but I liked it. I was bothered by the sex as well. That and a couple other things kept me from loving it. I will read the sequel because I'm curious to see where she takes the story. Hopefully nothing like The Season will occur in the second book or I won't be reading the third.

jen said...

I'm sure I will read the second as well - curious about what will happen to that dang ship and the people on it.

John and Heidi said...

Thanks for the book reviews!!!! No I more to add to my list of can't wait to read.

I loved!!!! Nightshade I think it is my new addiction.