What I’m Reading 2018

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These are all the books I’ve read this year with a little snippet about them to entice you to read them. Feel free to make comments or leave suggestions. I am always searching for new authors to read.

CURRENTLY READING:

(Sometimes I’m reading more than one book at the same time)

 

 

WILDWOOD by Colin Meloy with Illustrations by Carson Ellis

 

Prue McKeel’s life is ordinary. At least until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one’s ever gone in—or at least returned to tell of it.

So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend Curtis deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval—a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. And what begins as a rescue mission becomes something much greater, as the two friends find themselves entwined in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness. A wilderness the locals call Wildwood. (Plot summary from author’s website.)

Learn more about Wildwood Chronicle series here.

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A DANCE WITH DRAGONS (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George RR Martin

In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance once again–beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has three times three thousand enemies, and many have set out to find her. Yet, as they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

To the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone–a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge yet. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

And from all corners, bitter conflicts soon reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all. . . .

(Plot summary from author’s website.)

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— Books I’ve Read in 2018 —

SEIZE TODAY (Forget Tomorrow #3) by Pintip Dunn

Very satisfying ending to this enjoyable series. One thing I would have liked better was if all the books followed the same character instead of each one being from a different POV. Or maybe having all from multiple POVs. I just really enjoyed the MC in the first book and you just don’t get to spend much time with her  throughout the rest of the series.

The other characters are great, too, but, just a personal preference, I guess. Still a fun series. I just loved the concept of how knowing something, even just a small something, about your future could effect your entire life. And where that left choice versus fate.

Conclusion to the New York Times bestselling and award-winning series, Forget Tomorrow. 

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Dresden is a precognitive. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can see the way for everyone to be their best self-if only they would make the right decisions. No one is more conflicted than her mother, and Olivia can only watch as Chairwoman Dresden chooses the dark, destructive course every time. Yet Olivia remains fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be.

But when the chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, the striking and strong-willed boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia sees a vision of her own imminent death…at Ryder’s hand. Despite her bleak fate, she rescues Ryder and flees with him, drawing her mother’s fury and sparking a romance as doomed as Olivia herself. As the full extent of Chairwoman Dresden’s gruesome plan is revealed, Olivia must find the courage to live in the present-and stop her mother before she destroys the world. (Plot summary from author’s website.)

Learn more about Pintip Dunn here.

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ALL FALL DOWN (Embassy Row #1), SEE HOW THEY RUN (Embassy Row #2) and TAKE THE KEY AND LOCK HER UP (Embassy Row #3) by Ally Carter

 

 

 

 

Exhilarating and fast-paced. Loved following Grace on all of her adventures on Embassy Row. Wonderful series. I raced right through all three books.

Plot summary for ALL FALL DOWN:

Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her–so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door who is keeping an eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace–no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do.

Her past has come back to hunt her . . .  and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world all stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

Plot summary for SEE HOW THEY RUN:

SOME SECRETS
ARE BETTER LEFT
UNFOUND.

For the past three years, Grace Blakely has been desperate to find out the truth about her mother’s murder. She thought it would bring her peace. She thought it would lead her to answers. She thought she could put the past to rest.

But the truth has only made her a target.

And the past?

The only way to put the past to rest is for Grace to kill it once and for all.

On Embassy Row, power can make you a victor or a victim, love can turn you into a fool or a fugitive, and family can lead you forward or bury you deep. Trust is a luxury. Death is a very real threat. And a girl like Grace must be very careful about which secrets she brings to light.

Plot summary for TAKE THE KEY AND LOCK HER UP:

THE PRINCESS IS DEAD.
LONG LIVE THE PRINCESS.

Centuries ago, the royal family of Adria was killed . . . or so everyone thought.
Now Grace Blakely knows the truth:

There was one survivor, and that survivor’s blood runs through her veins. This simple fact could cause a revolution — which is why some people will stop at nothing to keep it from coming to light.

There is only one way for Grace to save herself, save her family, and save the boy she loves. She must outmaneuver her foes, cut through the web of lies that has surrounded her for years, and go back to the source of all her troubles, despite the risk.

If she wins, she will inherit a throne.

And if she loses, she will inherit the fate of all the dead princesses who came before her.

Plot summaries from author’s website.

 

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LOVE by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Loren Long

This is what the world needs more of…perfect timing, too. Absolutely beautiful story. Gorgeous illustrations heighten the emotional impact.

“In the beginning there is light
and two wide-eyed figures standing near the foot of your bed
and the sound of their voices is love.

A cab driver plays love softly on his radio
while you bounce in back with the bumps of the city
and everything smells new, and it smells like life.”

In this heartfelt celebration of love, Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond. With a lyrical text that’s soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age. (Plot summary from author’s website.)

 

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THE DEAD HOUSE by Dawn Kurtagich

I read this book at an agent’s suggestion as a mentor text for my current WIP. Wow! Did she ever get that right! I have so many great ideas for my own manuscript, now. Ways to push my story to make it even better.

This was such a fun/scary read! Loved the psychological aspect of the story which made it so much more fun trying to figure out what was real and what wasn’t. Great unreliable narrator! And the mixed media format – which reminded me a lot of the ILLUMINAE FILES , so awesome – really added to the experience. Super creeptastic in the best way!

Three students: dead.
Carly Johnson: vanished without a trace.

Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbridge High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear. The main suspect: Kaitlyn, “the girl of nowhere.”

Kaitlyn’s diary, discovered in the ruins of Elmbridge High, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night, and the girl of nowhere is caught in the center of it all. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn’t exist, and in a way, she doesn’t – because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson.

Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It’s during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it.

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich masterfully weaves together a thrilling and terrifying story using psychiatric reports, witness testimonials, video footage, and the discovered diary – and as the mystery grows, the horrifying truth about what happened that night unfolds. (Plot summary from Goodreads.)

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CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

Relaxed & Groovy Book Club Pic

So magical!

Loved the twists all the way to end. Kept me reading well into the wee hours of the morning.

As fantastic as the plot was, the characters were just as amazing. Watching the growth of Scarlet’s character from fearful to brave was masterfully done. And Julian is no typical two-dimensional pretty boy, he showed great depth and there were many interesting twists to his storyline as well.

Dying to read the next installment!

Read full discussion here.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . beware of getting swept too far away. (Plot summary from author’s website.)

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ANOTHER DAY by David Levithan

Loved experiencing one of my favorite stories from the other side. Levithan still left room for discovery and character exploration. Always want more time with A. Beautiful story. Really, really made me want to read EVERY DAY, yet again. Still one of my favorite YA books of all time.

In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan (co-author  of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all. (Plot summary from author’s website.)

Learn more about David Levithan here.

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HOLLOW CITY by Ransom Riggs

I really enjoyed this sequel to MISS PEREGRINE’S PECULIAR CHILDREN. ( It did take some adjustment after watching the film so recently to remember the differences in the plot and characters.) Riggs really knows how to blend those creepy old photographs into his storytelling with panache. They add a level of spooky that makes your skin crawl like only odd black and white photos can.

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises. (Plot summary from Goodreads.)

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