Sunday, December 11, 2016

Favorite Book Recommendations

Hello everyone! Today I am going to be recommending all of you some of my favorite books! I have a lot of books I could tell you about and I could spend all day writing about them...but I narrowed it down to a few from many different genres (and only one from each, which really made this hard!) I hope you all enjoy!


If you like high fantasy...try the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.
ToG is my favorite book series and the author is my favorite author of all time. Every day I grow more and more in love with these characters and their stories. Here is the synopsis for book 1:

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her ... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead ... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

I absolutely adored the way the first book set the rest of the series up. There is so much character development and world building in the following novels. It is honestly an amazing series that I think has a little something to appeal to everyone.


If you like historical fiction...try Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.
I read through this book so fast. It enraptured me and left me gasping for more whenever I had to put it down for adult responsibilities. I fell in love with the characters especially. The main character, Audrey, was humorous, adventurous, and all around amazing. I thought the supporting characters were great. There were plot twists and I was constantly stuck guessing what was going to happen next. Here is the synopsis for book 1:

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.


If you like romance with a hint of adrenaline...try the Thunder Road novels by Katie McGarry.
I had these books on my wish list for a very long time and when I finally got them in my hands I binge-read them. They were amazing. Each book tells a different story focusing on a different pair of characters from the series. The main female characters were different from each other but both were strong, both were kind, and both were amazing. The male characters were different and each amazing in their own way. I can't wait for the third book coming out next month! Synopsis for book 1:

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. 

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. 

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.


If you like science fiction and romance...try The Host by Stephenie Meyer.
It may be a longer book, but I flew through it. The writing was phenomenal and so different from Meyer's other books. The characters were so layered and realistic. They all had different flaws and problems, but they were all amazing. The relationships between characters grew in a way that was realistic and had my starving for more. The plot was great. The planning was beyond fantastic. The Host is one of my favorite books of all time and a definite must-read for romance/science fiction lovers. Here's the synopsis:

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.


If you like paranormal...try the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. 
I loved this series. I binge-read it so fast and I constantly find myself randomly picking it up off my shelf just to re-read favorite scenes of mine. I love the characters and the relationships they have. Katy and Daemon are a pairing that stands out in my mind and I love it. To balance off their love/hate relationship there is plenty of action and side characters to hold your interest. Synopsis for book 1:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens. 

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 

If I don’t kill him first, that is.


If you like mystery/thriller-esque with some romance...try Hide and Seek Her by H.B. Stumbo.
This story is so thrilling and amazing. When you first start reading it, you may wonder where the mystery and suspense is. And then it all starts falling into place. This story is one of my favorites. Charlotte and Vance are two broken souls finding each other in the shit-storm created by Jackson and I loved every second of it. Book two destroyed me in the best way possible and I am eagerly awaiting book three. Synopsis for book 1:

Jackson Greene was the dark. If there was a place in the world where all of the light had been sucked out of, Jackson Greene would be what was left standing. Charlotte Lyons had let Jackson Greene take all of the light from her world and after his mysterious disappearance and her near death experience she worries that she will spend the rest of her life trying to find the light again. 

Enter Vance Wait, the mysterious yet intriguing man who pulls Charlotte from the darkness of the shadows of her past and out of the world she has spent years hiding in. As Charlotte attempts to rebuild her life and learns what it is like to let someone new in, she finds that the things she thought were gone are hiding just out of her line of sight. The lingering thought that she should always look over her shoulder is like a burn that will never fade. Where Jackson is the flame still inflicting the wounds, unbeknownst to Charlotte, Vance is the gasoline used to ignite those flames. 

Sometimes the things we think we see are mirages, hallucinations even. Our imagination is usually what haunts us more than the actual vision our eyes process. It's the things we don't see, the things that we feel but cannot ever point out that are the real threat in our lives. Seeing isn't believing, believing is seeing and you wouldn't believe the things you miss seeing when you're searching for something else.


Thanks for reading everybody! I hope you found a book that interests you! All of these books are special to me and I love them all. Stay tuned for more posts and more recommendations!


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