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I Recommend… A friend suggested I compile a list of YA novels that I would recommend to anybody and everybody wishing to explore this amazing genre. I will update this list every time I read a book I can’t bear to go unnoticed. But, with out further a do, here they are:

Along for the Ride, Sarah Dessen
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Morgan Matson
Beauty Queens, Libba Bray
Bloodlines, Richelle Mead
Blood Red Road, Moira Young
Cinder, Marissa Meyer
City of Bones, Cassandra Clare
Entangled, Cat Clarke
Forbidden, Tabitha Suzuma
Glass Houses: A Morganville Vampires Novel, Rachel Caine
How I Live NowMeg Rosoff
How to Keep a Boy as a Pet, Diane Messidoro
Ice, Sarah Beth Durst
Junk, Melvin Burgess
Kiss, Date, Love, Hate, Luisa Plaja
Let’s Get Lost, Sarra Manning
Looking for AlaskaJohn Green
Lucas, Kevin Brooks
Nobody’s Girl, Sarra Manning
Perfect ChemistrySimone Elkeles
Second Chance Summer, Morgan Matson
Skin Deep, Laura Jarratt
Split by a Kiss, Luisa Plaja
Stolen, Lucy Christopher
The Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins
The Immortal Rules, Julia Kagawa
The Iron King, Julie Kagawa
The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Emily M Danforth
The Scorpio Races, Maggie Steifvater
The Sky is Everywhere, Jandy Nelson
The Summer I Turned Pretty, Jenny Han
The Truth About ForeverSarah Dessen
This Lullaby, Sarah Dessen
Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas
Tithe, Holly Black
Uglies, Scott Westerfeld
Undead, Kirsty McKay
Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead
What Happened to Goodbye, Sarah Dessen
Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr

I hope you find something you like!

 

 

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Awakened (The Guardian Legacy #1) by Ednah Walters


Awakened (The Guardian Legacy,prequel)

Awakened (The Guardian Legacy #1)

Paperback
272 pages
Published August 22nd 2010 by Pill Hill Press
ISBN 1617060380 (ISBN13: 9781617060380)
5 Stars out of 5
Descritpion:
Most teens turn sixteen and get the license to drive, but Lil Falcon gets the license to kill demons. Orphaned as a child and raised by an eccentric grandfather, Lil is concerned with surviving high school and is unaware that she’s a Guardian-a being with super powers charged with killing demons and protecting humanity. When she meets Bran, a mysterious boy with amazing abilities, his psi energy unlocks her latent powers. But Bran has a secret that can ruin their growing relationship, and the truth she discovers may destroy everything she believes in unless she finds the right balance between love and sacrifice.
Review:
The prologue was really good , The synopsis intrigued me like a great synopsis should . We get to meet lil falcon and branimmediately. (I had the tendency to read little falcon instead of lil falcon trough the first chapters but later I got used to her name.)Lil accepted who she was and did not hide her gypsy heritage, that was cool. I loved that she was a good friend to her friends. Most of all Not a WHINY lass.Sykes and Remy , two of the side characters who acted immature , and funny and are witty. And enjoying like brothers towards lil, but loved her as a sis.what do you expect from teenage brothers there annoying lol. The other side characters were really enjoyable and needed to create a wonderful tale. Grandpa, Izyy, Kim and othersThe romance is brief in all the action . It not gagging for a boy . Lets me honest Boys don’t read as as girls . With romance all most non-existent . Lil and bran felt like real people , real teens. And have to say Bran is the perfect gentlemen , although grandpa was a bit hesitant , I can imagine he only has her left , you will find out why if u read it
Found a song that fits with a beloved scene of this book, for those who read it its the mountain scene at night ,the first date.
It’s from lady antebellum , just a kiss
The fighting scenes were Amazing , was on the edge of my seat , the tempo was good not to quickly but did not drag at all. Sadly did not find a good song for those scenes

The bad guys were bad/evil but I felt like there was some good somewhere. You will find out a lot of family history and a lot of question will be stirred up.

 

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Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate


Rapture (Fallen, #4)

Rapture (Fallen #4)

Hardcover
448 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Press
RATING: 5/5 Stars
Description:
The sky is dark with wings . . . .Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.

Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.

For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?

 

Review:

OMGI love this book – I just want to hug it

Please bear in mind that this is the fourth and last book in the series and may contain spoilers for the earlier books.

Rapture continues straight on from the end of Passion without a break, there is very little recapping so you really need to have read the books to fully appreciate the plot. Daniel and Luce had 9 days to find the sight of The Fall to stop Lucifer from restarting history to his liking. The revelations come thick and fast accompanied by stunning imagery, fast paced action and the most beautiful depiction of love that there has ever been. Lauren Kate’s use of simile, metaphor and personification bring the world of Daniel and Luce to vivid life within the imagination.

The defining feature of this series and especially this book for me was the way faith, hope and love are the cornerstones that strong foundations should be built on. I don’t meant his in a religious sense. Faith is shown in many forms, faith in yourself to overcome difficulties; the belief that you can do anything. Faith in your friends to be there when it counts, to support and guide you. Faith that true love does exist, love that has the power to make you a better person for it and that you can conquer anything that is thrown in your way. The detail and emotion Lauren Kate has managed to convey in her writing is like being wrapped in a cocoon, warm and cosy til you metamorphosis into something better than you were just from having followed Daniel and Luce’s journey.

Lauren depicts love in such a way that it was like being surrounded by light, fluffy clouds drawing feelings of being warm, protected, secure and comfortable *sigh* isn’t that how love should be *double sigh*

There are some astounding twists that I honestly just did not see coming at all (my lips are sealed) I actually sat on the sofa making very good goldfish impression at one point. Completely unexpected but completely brilliant.

The way God and religion are portrayed was eye-opening but essentially made so much sense. Raising questions like: If angels were made in God’s image the same as mankind does that mean that Lucifer is an embodiment of all the bad things in God?? Just wondering and yes my mind works in strange ways [ ; D ]

The journey and ultimately the end of this series is in one word PERFECT. It was so emotional, I just didn’t want it to end. I sat with tears streaming down my face; I still can’t believe it’s all over. One thing I would like is maybe a spin-off series featuring Cam, I would really love to know what he gets up to next.

I still can’t believe it’s over *sniff*

 
 

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Thirteen By Kelley Armstrong


Kelley Armstrong's 13

 
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Quote of the week :)


The scariest moment is always just before you start.

-Stephen King

 
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Passion (Fallen #3) by Lauren Kate


Passion (Fallen, #3)

Passion (Fallen #3)

Hardcover, First Edition
420 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Delacorte Press
ISBN 0385739168 (ISBN13: 9780385739160)
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Description:
Luce would die for Daniel.

And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . .

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.

Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.

Sweeping across centuries, PASSION is the third novel in the unforgettably epic FALLEN series.

Review:
Luce stepped into the Announcer, leaving her Daniel behind, trying to understand everything, and to destroy the curse. From Moscow to Milan, she travelled alone, had no idea of Daniel following her. Daniel was always a step late. In Moscow, Luce found out that all the angels, Cam, Gabbe, Arriane, Roland and Molly were also there. They had good knowledge of her fearful fate.

In Helston, England, 1854 she met Bill, a tiny gargoyle inside her announcer. Bill helped her adjusted herself with the current situation, with outfits and bits of information. But Bill hid himself when the angel was around. One thing that was confusing. Roland seemed to sense Bill while Arriane did not. Luce continued with her journey to Tahiti and Prusia. In Prusia, she saw Daniel’s pain. Daniel ignored the world and fell to sleep after Luce’s death.

In Lhasa, Tibet, Luce was devastated watching Daniel tried to kill himself after Luce’s demise. It was the worst experience for Daniel, to watch Luce met her demise by only talking to him. Daniel ‘s agony made him jumped from a cliff, broke all his bones and stayed motionless until Gabbe found him, made him vowed to never lose hope, to never destroy himself again.

Daniel was arrested in Paris, France, for ‘killing’ Luce, Louis XV future mistress. He did not want to free himself but stayed in misery at The Bastile, waiting for a new Luce to arise. In England, playing Anne Boleyn, Luce burnt the Globe, the famous theatre. Luce Also realised that Daniel’s curse has been worse than her.

After losing Luce in so many places, Daniel stepped into Central Greenland, year 1100. At that time, he felt suffocated, and was so weaken by his broken heart. Both sides of angels were pleading him to join them. Gabbe was for heaven and Roland for Hell. He was so devastated and his future self had come to save him, to reaffirm his choice, to choose Lucinda over everything.

In Chichěn, ITZÁ, Luce found out that she will always know Daniel, know his soul, although Daniel’s appearance was different from his usual self. It never matters since their love will find each other, regardless their physical forms. Luce witnessed Daniel true self for the first time.

Daniel arrived in Bethlehem, Israel, where Cam had his heart-broken by Lilith. That was when Cam crossed to Hell’ side. Daniel befriended Miles and Shelby there when he realised that regardless their recklessly idiotic way, Miles and Shelby had only tried to help. In his announcer, Daniel met Scale, the angel who sides Heaven Scale showed Daniel the place where Luce stepped out.

Luce was in Memphis, Egypt, 3100 BC. She was Layla, who fell in love with Daniel, the army commander, her princess’ fiancée. Bill told her to kill her soul with a starshot, to free Daniel from his misery, for their cursed fate. The starshot will kill her immortal soul and will return her into her old self. But Daniel’s love has prevented her from doing so. Daniel’s love made her believed that one day they would be freed from the curse. Bill was furious with that and was changed into something bigger. His true self was Lucifer and he was so furious of Luce’s failure.

Daniel came to the Heaven Gate, where the angels were gathering, where the roll call was conducted. That was a very important time when the angels had to choose their side, Heaven or Hell with Lucifer, when Daniel old self had chosen Lucinda. He was punished for that. Lucinda, his love will never meet her adolescence, will die again and again.
Daniel then begged for clemency, saying that some millennium had passed and he now asked for mercy. The Throne granted his plea and Lucifer was so mad with that.

Will Daniel able to save Lucinda? What will Lucifer do? What will happen to all the angels?

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I love the story. The only thing that annoys me that there was Sophia in the beginning and that was all. Nothing more about the outcasts through the story. It was confusing. But Ms Kate had done an excellent job with the series. Fallen is the introduction where we can meet Daniel, Luce fallen angel. Torment is where everything went into a mess, where Luce doubted their love and cursed fate. Torment is what it is named. A torment for its readers.
Passion is where we can understand things
Rapture will be fantastic with its ending.

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This is the book that I am dying to read. Torment left me with sadness. I can understand why Luce needs her ‘alone’ moment to understand more about who she was. But it’s still heart breaking….to have Daniel left that way…I could feel his pain, sadness and loneliness. It’s good to know that he will not stop and will fight their terrible fate. I just love love love Daniel Grigori.

 

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