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So, I’m a few days away from sending my editor Novella #3 (THE ASSASSIN AND THE CAPITAL), and in the meantime, I'm gearing up to write TOG Book 2, and outlining Novella #4. Yet, somehow, despite all that, I’ve been reading up a storm lately. And reading REALLY. GOOD. BOOKS.

I think it’s been a while since I did any book recommendations, and if you guys are ever looking for books to read, there’s a whole bunch of links in the sidebar of this blog. To be honest, for a while, I felt like I was in a bit of a reading slump—but then January hit and I seriously just read one awesome book after another that it’s NO WONDER I’m so tired every morning…I’ve been staying up way, way past my bedtime to read all of these!

Last week, I feel in LOVE with the TORN series by Erica O’Rourke. Like, head-over-heels, so-much-awesome-I-might-die kinda love. I cannot begin to tell you how much I adored TORN and its sequel, TANGLED. Like, I get kinda emotional talking about it because I love these books THAT much.

On the surface, TORN might look like your usual YA paranormal romance. But it is so, so much more. (Yes, there is a love triangle--and it is executed WONDERFULLY). Seriously, this book FLOORED me. It was different and fresh and swept me up for an amazing ride.

What I didn’t realize going into the book was that Erica took the whole “Chosen/Special Girl” scenario and turned it on its head. Hell, Erica dumped that cliché in the river. TORN is basically the story of what happens AFTER the “Chosen One” fails—what if the beautiful/perfect “special” girl didn’t succeed? What if she died and didn’t fulfill her purpose? What would happen to the people left in her wake?

It’s part romance, part grief narrative, part story of the vital importance and beauty of female friendships. And okay, the US cover is great, but LOOK at the German cover! Holy crap, right?

And Colin. If you read this book, you’ll understand. Colin might be my favorite YA (Paranormal) love interest of ALL TIME. *sigh* Seriously, do yourself a favor and read TORN. Clear your schedule, curl up on the couch, and read it.

Another paranormal read that I adored was THE SHADOW READER by Sandy Williams. It’s adult fantasy (nothing too graphic though), and…God, I am ACHING for the second book. I haven’t read much adult urban fantasy, but this has got me totally hooked. I cried, I laughed, I swooned. The heroine is fierce, the love interests smoldering (and complex! Which is even more important!), the world wonderfully imagined. I spread this book out over a weekend because I wanted to make my reading experience as long as possible. I seriously didn’t want it to end. It’s a fast, delightful, beautiful read, and I am now a HUGE fan of Sandy Williams!

Speaking of adult urban fantasy…Well, I don’t normally read much romance-heavy UF, but I saw a recommendation for DRAGON BOUND by Thea Harrison on Dark Faerie Tales, and wound up buying the book a few minutes later. And....Oh. My. God. THIS BOOK. THIS SERIES. I gobbled down DRAGON BOUND, then bought the next book (STORM’S HEART), gobbled THAT down, and then bought the third book (SERPENT’S KISS), and gobbled THAT down, too. All in the span of, like, five days.

I now have March 6th circled on my calendar because THAT is the day that Book #4 (ORACLE’S MOON) comes out. The heroines are fun, the heroes are pretty steamy (to say the least), and the world…Oh, I want to live in that world, for some reason. Warning: there IS a good amount of veryyyy intense romantic/sensual-y stuff in the book. Confession: I’m so used to reading YA romance that I nearly fainted during the first romantic scene. And then quickly got over my shock. ;)

And then…UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi. Oh, what an awesome, refreshing YA dystopian. The world is masterfully built, the characters are wonderful and compelling (PERRY. OH, GOD, PERRY.), and there's a perfect blend of action and romance and some hands-down creeptastic stuff (just wait until you read about the cannibals. I still get the heebie-jeebies thinking about them). I am so, so impressed by this book, and I really cannot wait until the sequel releases, because I NEED to know what happens. It’s just…epic and kickass and poignant. Really stellar.

And, since I’ve totally run out of space, I just want to give shout-outs to some awesome new releases: INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows (definitely grab a copy!!!), IN TOO DEEP by Amanda Grace (also known as Mandy Hubbard!!!), and EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton (realllly loved this book, too!!).

Anyone have any must-read book recommendations??

Hope you guys are well!!!


Feb. 14th, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
Ooho, that's vote #2 for THE WAY WE FALL! Totally gonna see if I can grab a copy at some point this week...

And I went to buy BORN WICKED this weekend but it was SOLD OUT at my local B&N! It looks so fabulous.
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