Category Archives: YA Series

Contemporary Romance Challenge 2016 Monthly Topic

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April’s monthly topic is:

Top 10 Contemporary Romances

This list is by no means comprehensive, but rather some of my favorite recent 5 star contemporary reads. I hope you give them a chance. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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Book Blitz: The Queen’s Poisoner + Giveaway

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The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler

Buy Links: Amazon | B&N

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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Let’s see what I’m waiting on this week. . .

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Book Avengers: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Hello and welcome to our March Book Avengers post!  Today we are featuring Red Rising by Pierce Brown.  If you’ve read our intro post you know that this book has been on both of our TBR piles for a while and we were excited to start this series together for our new feature!

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

SOURCE:  ARC picked up at ALA

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These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekus

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Jane Austen meets X-­Men in this gripping and adventure-­filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.

England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared. (From Goodreads.)

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Life Lessons from Gayle Forman

Hey guys!  Today I’m taking part in Penguin’s celebration of the paperback release of I Was Here by sharing what Ms Forman’s wonderful words have taught me.

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I Was Here by Gayle Forman

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

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I first discovered Ms Forman’s books with If I Stay as I’m sure a lot of bloggers/readers did.  It is the type of book that made me forget my favorite genre wasn’t contemporary or that there were even other contemporary books out there.  It’s a book that makes you understand what true love actually is and why people fight so hard to keep it once they find it.  It shows a family outside of the normal dynamic that you want to be a part of because frankly they are just flipping awesome.

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