I read a lot of books, but rarely do I talk about them here. It's not on purpose, I just often have a hard time reviewing books in the traditional sense; I also read a lot of books that would definitely not be considered high literature.
Regardless, I do often read books that I'd like to share with y'all, and that's where this new feature comes into play.
My idea for Recently Read is to post photos of the books I've read recently (natch), along with a synopsis and a short review. (You can also always check out the books I'm reading on Goodreads, if you're so inclined.) I would also love to hear what you think, if you've read similar titles; I'm always looking for book recommendations.
So what have I read recently?
Matched, Crossed and Reached (The Matched Series) by Ally Condie
Here's the synopsis of the first novel in the series, Matched:
I read through this series in a matter of days. They're entertaining, but not super engrossing. I wanted to find out what happened with the characters, yes, but I found that everything was wrapped up a little too neatly in the end.In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.
Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one … until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.
For fans of: The Hunger Games, YA love triangles.
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult—also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer—if he doesn't catch her first.
I was really pleased when I started to read this book and found that it wasn't your typical YA romance. The main character took a bit of getting used to, but the way her story intertwined with the other stories in the books made for a great adventure. There's a lot of the unexplained in this book, both in the plot and in the "things left unsaid" behind the plot. It left me wanting more, but not so much that I will be pining for the next book in the series. (I'm just assuming there will be books to come.)
Genre: YA, thriller, supernatural
For fans of: Mysteries, CSI, the Roaring Twenties
Onyx and Opal (books two and three in the Lux series) by Jennifer Armentrout
Here's the synopsis for the first in the series, Obsidian:
I read the first in this series last October, and then received the second two books for Christmas. I was originally interested in it because I read a review on Goodreads that mentioned it was reminiscent of Roswell (one of my most favorite shows ever). To be totally honest—the books are not well written or well edited. (They're similar to some better fanfics I've read.) But the story is really amusing, and the whole "will they/won't they" animosity-turned-love makes up for some of the terrible bits.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.
For fans of: Roswell, annoyingly cocky but super hot protagonists
So, friends, what do you think? Would you like more of my opinions on the books in future editions of this feature? What else might you like to know about the books I've been reading?