Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

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4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.”

A friend of mine suggested this book and it was on sale for really cheap so I quick picked it up and read through it.  If you loved dystopian YA novels like Hunger Games and Divergent, but kind of want to be reading something a little more adult, you are going to love this book!

It kind of has a Game of Thrones feel to it where there are different families, and you don’t know who you are able to trust.  The characters are great and come together to tell an exciting story.  There is a bit of romance to it, which I’m kind of thinking might play a bigger role in the following novels, but it isn’t done in a cheesy YA kind of way.  I think it is easy to forget that the characters are only in their late teens, which to me is a good thing.

You’re going to get hooked early on, but the just you wait until you get towards the end and see what happens because you are going to get that much more into it.  I’m so excited to get my hands on the second book in the series because I need to know where it is going to go next.

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Twelve Days of Dash and Lily – Rachel Cohn

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3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Dash and Lily have had a tough year since they first fell in love among the shelves of their favorite bookstore. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends must take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the unique holiday magic of a glittering, snow-covered New York City in December.”

Why have I never thought of reading a Christmas book before?

When I heard about this one, I knew I had to read it around Christmas time.  Didn’t realize however that it was the second book in a series—good thing it didn’t really seem to matter.

While dealing with some serious topics, it doesn’t take itself too seriously.  It’s a light and quick read, perfect for a wintery day home.  Most people could probably read it in a day or two, I just took forever because that’s how I am.

It’s a cute story and while I wouldn’t call it a classic or anything that I would want to reread, it’s worth adding to your TBR list for next December.

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland – Rebekah Crane

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “According to sixteen-year-old Zander Osborne, nowhere is an actual place—and she’s just fine there. But her parents insist that she get out of her head—and her home state—and attend Camp Padua, a summer camp for at-risk teens.”

almost didn’t bother reading this book because it’s about a group of 16 year olds at a camp and I thought it would be too childish (for lack of a better word).  While it is still considered to be a YA novel, it isn’t at all what I worried it was going to be.

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland is a great book with interesting characters.  It takes serious issues that teens go through but puts it in a lighter, but not too light, tone.  One girl is dealing with an eating disorder while a boy makes up different stories about all details of his life, including his name.

A little predictable at parts, sure, but most importantly this book is a page turner.  It’s cute and fun and might make you shed a tear or two.  Give it a read and let me know what you thought!