My Favorite YA Contemporary & Fantasy Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors
I’m going to break it up into favorite contemporary and fantasy authors.

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Since You've Been Gone by Morgan MatsonAnna and the French Kiss new coverEleanor & Park by Rainbow RowellTwo Boys Kissing by David LevithanTwenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

1. Morgan Matson
2. Stephanie Perkins
3. Rainbow Rowell
4. David Levithan
5. Sarah Ockler

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneFinnikin of the Rock by Melina MarchettaGraceling by Kristin CashoreThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae CarsonShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

6. J.K. Rowling
7. Melina Marchetta
8. Kristin Cashore
9. Rae Carson
10. Leigh Bardugo

Saturday Situation: Link up your bookish posts & giveaways

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Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope you’re having a nice Spring weekend. It’s time for a new Saturday Situation, hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog  and me. So, here’s the scoop: I’m going to set up two Linky’s. One for Giveaways that you want to promote and one for Posts that you want to promote. The posts can be reviews, discussions, rants, events you are planning, anything that you want people to read! I know there’s so many great posts out there that often go unread. Here’s your chance to tell the world! Feel free to link up to other bloggers posts as well! Let’s spread the love!

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Review: Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

Review: Things We Know by Heart by Jessi KirbyThings We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
on April 21, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
5 Stars

When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.

pireviewTo be completely honest I didn’t think Things We Know by Heart sounded like something I would love. The topic just didn’t speak to me. I’ve loved Jessi Kirby’s other books so I thought I would give this one a shot too. I’m so, so thrilled that I did, because it was a fantastic, heart wrenching read.

I was pulled in so quickly by this book. The story starts over a year after Quinn’s boyfriend was tragically killed. Quinn’s grief felt incredibly realistic, but I never found it depressing. Probably because Colton quickly enters her life and he brought such light and happiness to the story (and to Quinn). Their feelings for each other blossom slowly. I was right there with Quinn feeling her guilt and hope. It was so easy to relate to everything she was feeling.

Things We Know by Heart kind of revolves on a lie…or a really big secret. It could have been easy to dislike Quinn because of the secret, or hold it against her, but Jessi Kirby handles her character so well. While Quinn got herself in such a tough situation, I couldn’t help but root for her and Colton’s happiness.

I guess you can tell that I really loved Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby. I’ll never question reading one of her books again. Definitely add this to your summer reads list or beach bag. It’s perfect for it!

Waiting on Wednesday: The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

 

September 8, 2015

“A soaring tale of life and love, of sacrifice and renewal, and learning to see people as they really are.”

Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won’t invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie’s rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn’t interested in rehabilitation, not when she’s still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

Then Maggie’s whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she’s ever met.Ben’s life isn’t easy, but he doesn’t see limits, only possibilities. After awhile, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn’t have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she’s currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the infuriatingly attractive lead singer of Maggie’s new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben’s brother.

But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future…before she loses everything she has grown to love.

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This book sounds so unique! I’m very intrigued.

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Saturday Situation: Link up your bookish posts & giveaways

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Happy April ans Easter weekend, everyone! It’s time for a new Saturday Situation, hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog  and me. So, here’s the scoop: I’m going to set up two Linky’s. One for Giveaways that you want to promote and one for Posts that you want to promote. The posts can be reviews, discussions, rants, events you are planning, anything that you want people to read! I know there’s so many great posts out there that often go unread. Here’s your chance to tell the world! Feel free to link up to other bloggers posts as well! Let’s spread the love!

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Review: Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash

Review: Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz TashThree Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash
on May 19, 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
4 Stars

Michael is unsure about most things. Go to college? Enlist in the military? Break up with his girlfriend? All big question marks. He is living for the moment and all he wants is a few days at the biggest concert of the summer.

Cora lives in the town hosting the music festival. She’s volunteering in the medical tent. She’s like that, always the good girl. But there is something in the air at this concert and suddenly Cora finds herself wanting to push her own boundaries.

When Michael and Cora meet, sparks fly, hearts race, and all the things songs are written about come true. And all the while, three days of the most epic summer await them…

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I’ve always had a fascination with the 60’s and 70’s. I have often thought I was born in the wrong decade. So when I heard about Three Day Summer by Savenaz Tash it felt like a dream come true. A YA that takes place at Woodstock? I had to read it right away. I’m so very happy to say that it did not disappoint.

Three Day Summer is told from alternating perspectives and I loved that. Cora and Michael are so very different. It was great getting to see the festival through each of their eyes. I felt like their relationship happened realistically. It was sweet watching it unfold. I really enjoyed their chemistry.

A big part of my 60’s love is the music. It was just better then. I was a little worried that the music would just be skimmed over in the book. I didn’t want it to be just a backdrop, and it wasn’t. Michael’s love for music shines on every page and that makes it a huge part of the story. The music, artists, and the feelings it inspires are talked about so much that it feels like you are there with Cora and Michael. That was an incredible feeling.

Three Day Summer is a short, well paced read. It’s prefect for summer and music lovers. This is such a fun debut. I’m looking forward to reading more by Sarvanaz Tash and I recommend you read this one.

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