Saturday, December 31, 2011
My Favorite Reads of 2011
Number one hands down was:
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I still haven't written a review of this one because I don't have the words
to express how I felt about this book and how it made me feel
reading it. It was so fabulous and fantastic. I am now a huge fan
of Lani Taylor and want all of her books!! I cannot wait for the next book
in the series but I will read this one again.
Across The Universe by Beth Revis
I put off reading it because I thought it was Science Fiction and
it's not a genre I usually read. I was so wrong. It totally lived up to
the hype and then some. I could not believe the story line. It was incredible! The characters stayed true to their nature, Elder, well I have a little crush on him. He is so honest even when it puts him in a bad spot. And I've read the sequel A Million Suns and it will blow your mind!
Now these are in now particular order but I loved them all the same.
I think Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma tackled a very controversial subject with such care and sensitivity that anyone reading it would have a hard time remembering this was a book about what all the buzz was about. It read like a love story and it killed me at the end. I wasn't a sobbing mess, but I was sad all the same. I really didn't see another ending for the mess they were in. But I thought it was a well written book and I was captivated by it from page one until the end.
I also loved Stay by Deb Caletti. That one touched me like most books don't. I actually wrote a fairly decent review of it. I thought the way she did the narration like the main character was telling the story directly to the reader was an incredible way to tell the story. It removed the author from the story and I really felt I was part of the story. It's not often I feel that engrossed in a story, like I'm there experiencing it. Maybe it hit too close to home, as well.
Flashlight Reader. We discussed it on Twitter and Tera Lynn Childs followed our tweets, but gave nothing away. Authors are like that!!
There were so many books I loved, some you probably never heard of that I wish you'd give a try.
Damage by Anya Parrish
That's what happens to Dani and Jesse when a school trip goes terribly wrong and they find themselves on the run from some ruthless people that will stop at nothing to capture them. And their ruthless childhood nightmares chasing them trying to kill them. This is a paranormal thriller with incredible betrayals and a quick read. I was stuck to this book like glue trying to figure out if the imaginary friends were real or not. Wait til you read it!
I don't know how to explain this one except to say what seems like a great summer without parents in the California sun turns into a nightmare of weeks of a possessive brother who only wants to protect his sister but takes it to the extreme and she lets him. The story is told from
alternating points of view-the brother one chapter, the sister the next.
It is a fascinating read, dark, disturbing and shows the effects bullying
can have on a person after years of abuse at the hands of others. I
have gotten more likes on that review on Good Reads than any other
review I've ever written.
And I cannot forget my Middle Grade Reads!