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Awesome Reads!

So, this last month, I’ve gobbled up some books using my usual coping techniques.  Losing FeistyPants and BoyBlue—though I knew it was right that they go home—was pretty much like a dagger to the heart.

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Rather than actually face that mess, I just gave myself permission to sink into some books and let it all fade.  I was actually pretty prepared in advance to lose them, so…recovery…was better than I thought.  Thank goodness!

And you know what?  I was doubly blessed to find some books I really loved.  This was the minor miracle, being able to function being the major one.  But regardless, here are the books that I tried on whims and loved.  Maybe you’ll love them too.  Considered yourself buzzed or hyped or whatever.

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.  This guy wrote The Monstrumologist which is still on my TBR pile, but just jumped much higher on that pile.  People complain about the unanswered questions, so I’ll just tell you now that I thought it was a fun ride and probably the questions will be answered in the SEQUELS.  Dudes, it’s the first book—of a bigger story, just calm it down a smidge.

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Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst.  Now, it just so happens I’ve read two books by this author and neither one really struck my fancy.  I wouldn’t have tried her again under most circumstances; however, there was the most raving review, and I was in a WTHeck mood, so I bought it.  I read it.  And it turns out I loved it.  ❤ ❤ ❤  Good news if you hate waiting for sequels—this one is a stand alone.

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This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.  Warning:  This book is pure fluff and intends to be nothing else.  But if you want a cotton candy of a read, then try this.  I gobbled it like any good fair food and unlike fair food, I wasn’t sick after.

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.  Secondary Warning: Gushing ahead.  I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH.  JUST SO MUCH.  THE CRAFT WAS AMAZING.  THE STORY WAS GREAT.  IT TOOK YA TROPES AND IT SMASHED THEM TO PIECES.  I LOVE THIS BOOK.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT.

Now that I’ve had a deep breath, I’ll just say I saved the best for last.  The Raven Boys—read it.  As far as YA goes, I’ll say I haven’t seen better craft outside of J.K. Rowling and Laini Taylor, and Maggie Stiefvater definitely equals Laini.  Too soon to say if its an epic love story, but it isn’t too soon to say that I’ll read the sequel on the day of release and that I just might pick up The Raven Boys again.  Soon to be coming home with me are some of Maggie’s other books.  Because good news peeps, she’s got several books out to tide me over until The Dream Thieves arrives.

~Amanda

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2 thoughts on “Awesome Reads!”

  1. I clearly need to borrow some books…..I take home stacks from the library and read a fraction of them….but I love them and always think I am going to have time to read them all! I am always up for a recommendation instead of mindlessly picking up the ones at the library with interesting covers, so thank you for this list!!

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