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Tracey Neithercott, Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, and Jessica Love
(All titles are linked to their Goodreads pages.)
(OR, THE PLOT YOU WISH YOU'D THOUGHT OF YOURSELF.)
(Kasie West) (Lauren Miller)
I've always been a big fan of the Gwyneth Paltrow movie Sliding Doors, so I was plenty envious when these two (among others like TANDEM by Anna Jarzab, which I haven't read yet) jumped on the whole parallel realities/Many-Worlds notion. I only wish I'd been the one to run with this not quite unique but still totally awesome idea. I've been taken over by the green-eyed monster.
(OR, THE SETTING YOU DEFINITELY WOULD NOT WANT TO VISIT.)
(Rick Yancey) (Leigh Bardugo)
I don't know which is worse: a world taken over by aliens or a world where What's-His-Face (no spoilers!) is trying his darnedest to take over. The only positive the latter world has going for it is Sturmhond, which now that I think of it, is actually a pretty big plus!
(OR, THE SETTING YOU WOULD HAPPILY TRAVEL TO.)
(Carey Corp + Lorie Langdon)
I wanted more from this book than I got, (I'm still bummed) but the one thing I will definitely give it is a truly beautiful setting. Think lush, green, fictional kingdom in Scotland with princes. The cover gives only a glimpse of the wanderlust you can expect.
Maggie Stiefvater's prose will more often than not win this title...unless there's a Laini Taylor book in the running, in which case we'd have a serious fight to the death on our hands. Her prose makes me stop, re-read, consider giving up writing, then read on.
(Jennifer Salvato Doktorski)
How's this for a great first line: "I wasn't always the kind of girl who wakes up on the first day of summer to find herself on the receiving end of a temporary restraining order." Pretty darn hook-y, right? And I wasn't disappointed by the words that followed.
(Sarah J. Maas) (Leigh Bardugo)
Both Celaena and Alina could be summed up as kickass, but there are so many other fascinating layers to the two of these leading ladies. Of course, they both grow and change and become that much more compelling as their respective stories progress.
I will be VERY surprised if ALLEGIANT doesn't win the day for this superlative. Without treading into spoiler territory, I will say that I think all of us who've read it can agree, whether we liked it or not, that this finale to Roth's series was most certainly jaw-dropping.
(Veronica Rossi, Leigh Bardugo, and Marissa Meyer)
Well, what do you know? A three-way tie between three of my favourite book boys of 2013. Food for thought: All three of them have names that are somehow animal-related--> Roar (like a lion or some other sort of ferocious beast), Sturmhond ("sturm" means "storm" + "hond" which is similar to "hound"), and Wolf. Weird, right? In all three cases, these fascinating guys stole the show.
Not gonna lie, I kind of suck at pinpointing theme in most books I read. Well, maybe it's more that I'm never really looking for it. (Consider it the result of years in school studying such things.) But I think it's safe to say that this book has themes of power and corruption, hubris and its inevitable downfall, as well as the danger in allowing scientific research and progress to go much too far.
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