Weekly Recommendations #8

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Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Published October 12th 2010 by Random House Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Genres: Young Adult, Historical

Pages: 472

Rating:5/5 stars

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This book isn’t just a YA Historical, it’s much more than that. It’s half set in modern time and half set in the french revolution. A fantastic mash up of coming of age, romance and how life was if you were a member of the royal family in france at the time. It’s a truly captivating story and I couldn’t put it down. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a bit of history thrown in there with a mystery to solve. This book is suitable for teens of any age.

Synopses:

Readers of If I Stay and Elizabeth George will love Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light. Revolution artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love; it spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.

BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.“

Happy Reading 🙂

Weekly Recommendations #7

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Published  September 21st 1937 by HarperCollins

Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 388

Rating:5/5 stars

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So it’s fair to say that this is a classic that everyone needs to read. The book itself is not very long but somehow Tolkien seemed to pack so much in there. I’m not usually a fan of classics and I thought I would find this book boring, but boy was I wrong. The story pulled me in straight away and I couldn’t put this book down. The characters and world building were fascinating, funny at times as well. If you think this book doesn’t sound like your cup of tea like I did, I encourage you to just give it a try anyway, you’d be surprised. I would recommend this book for teens and older readers as the story can be hard to follow at certain points.

**For all who don’t know this is the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy**

Synopses:

This is the story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected…

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further then the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag-End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day, to whisk him away on a journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…”

Weekly Recommendations #6

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Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Published March 18th 2014 by Atria Books

Genres: New Adult, Romance

Pages: 385

Rating:4/5 stars

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I only recently read this book, but I absolutely loved it. It was just a perfect mix of romance, music and what it’s like to be young and in love. Colleen Hoover is like the new adult version of Sarah Dessen, and my next favorite author I’m pretty sure. I would recommend this to lovers of contemporary romance with swoon worthy musicians. This book is suitable for readers 15+.

Synopses:

At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.”

Weekly Recommendations #5

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Numbers by Rachel Ward

Published November 8th 2008 by The Chicken House

Genres:Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Pages: 285

Rating:5/5 stars

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This is literally the most unique amazing book I have ever read. I loved this story so much. The characters were very well developed, the whole concept was so interesting. This is one of my favorite books and I highly recommend it. This book is suitable for 15+.

Synopses:

Ever since she was child, Jem has kept a secret: Whenever she meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die. Burdened with such awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. The two plan a trip to the city. But while waiting to ride the Eye ferris wheel, Jem is terrified to see that all the other tourists in line flash the same number. Today’s number. Today’s date. Terrorists are going to attack London. Jem’s world is about to explode!”

Weekly Recommendations #4

The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

Published January 2nd 2008 by HarperTeen

Genres:Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Pages: 297

Rating:4/5 star

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I absolutely loved this book when I read it. It was so filled with action and adventure, I found the concept really intriguing and could not put it down. It was different than the other books I have read and I got a darker feeling off of it than I’ve gotten with other books before. I would highly recommend for lovers of paranormal romance. This book is suitable for teens of any age.

Synopses:

Strange things happen at midnight in the town of Bixby, Oklahoma. Time freezes. Nobody moves except dark creatures that haunt the shadows and the few people who are free to move at midnight, Midnighters. Their different powers strongest at midnight are: Seer, Mindcaster, Acrobat, Polymath. All changes when Jessica Day comes to Bixby High with a hidden power.

Weekly Recommendations #2

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Sleepwalking by Nicola Morgan

Published by Hodder & Stoughton on October 1st 2004

Genres:Young Adult, Dystopian

Pages:304

Rating:5/5 stars

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I could not put this book down until I was finished and even then I didn’t want to let it go. This book is one of my favorite dystopian story’s and one of my favorite books in general. I would recommend this for fans of Gemma Malley,  and Veronica Roth. This novel is suitable for teens of any age.

Synopses:

A chilling vision of a world where the power of ideas and language is no longer necessary—or possible. The Citizens of this future world drift contentedly, their every emotion regulated, complete with drug-induced happiness. But a small group, known as the Outsiders, crave real emotion, real freedom, even suffering—and they have a plan to change society.