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Book Recommendations-Dec 2015 Part 1

It’s been a while since I did a book recommendations post, so long in fact, that I’m doing it as a 2 parter because I’ve read so many great things. I’ve been on a real winning streak as of late in the book department. Before I dig in, I’ll point your attention to the rafflecopter below. I’m giving away a $15 gift card to Amazon or B&N to celebrate my book being chosen as a $1.99 Amazon Holiday Deal. Check out the rafflecopter, if you haven’t already!

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Now onto the recommendations…

Tracked by Jenny Martin-In my humble opinion this book hasn’t been getting the attention it deserves. On the surface it’s about car racing on a distant, dystopian-type planet but it’s also about so much more than that. It’s about politics, love, loyalty and family and has a first rate heroine in Phee. Tracked is Hunger Games good!

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The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes-I’m not a contemporary romance type person but decided to read Lainey because I loved Paula Stokes’ other book, Liars, Inc. I wasn’t expecting much because the genre really isn’t my cup of tea but I ended up being totally charmed. I shipped on Micah, the male lead, hard!
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Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez-If you like noir style thrillers, you’re going to want to check out Kiss Kill Vanish! It had me from the first chapter. Martinez is a master at creating atmosphere and there were so many awesome twists and turns in KKV. KKV just so happens to also be a $1.99 Amazon Holiday Deal at the moment so grab yourself a copy!

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Mosquitoland by David Arnold-This book had an incredible voice in Mary Iris Malone, also known as, Mim, and was a really good example of a road trip story. I loved tagging along with Mim on her journey. Mosquitoland was such a believable and heart felt story with a great cast of secondary characters, I’d love to meet in real life.

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Until Beth by Lisa Amowitz-A romping great read about a school for powered people. A Harry Potter meets Super Heroes type affair that was loads of fun! And just look at that beautiful cover! I’ve got major cover envy!

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard-Some books get a lot of undeserved hype but Red Queen delivered on all the hype and then some. I can’t wait to read the next in the series! Mare was a great heroine you can really connect with and the court intrigue was…well… intriguing!
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Girl Stolen by April Henry- As per usual, April Henry delivers a great thriller. This one was made all the more interesting with the heroine being a blind kidnap victim.

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Untamed by Madeline Dyer-Katniss Everdeen meets Mad Max! A very unique dystopian novel with a killer heroine. An edge of your seat ride!

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Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher-Fisher is an indie author success story and after reading Mud Vein, I can see why. Mud Vein starts off with the two main characters trapped inside a house in a dark, snowed in landscape and Fisher does an amazing  job of creating a sense of claustrophobia to go along with their entrapment. In addition to that claustrophobia, Fisher created two characters who are so beautifully and realistically flawed and broken you can’t help but be intrigued by their journey.

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I Am Her Revenge by Meredith Moore-Moore has a really beautiful writing style and does a great job of creating a uniquely moody atmosphere for her revenge story.

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The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey-The 5th Wave and its followup The Infinite Sea are two of the most realistic alien invasion stories I’ve ever read. I was utterly riveted and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. What most surprised me about these books was the level of the philosophical debate. These books aren’t just a fun romp but actually ask meaningful questions about humanity and what it means to be human.  I can’t wait for the final book in the trilogy and the movie!

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