Sarah the Book Owl - Chapter 4

With the Forest Friends Book Club and everything else that has been going on at The Duck and The Owl lately, I haven't had time to post any book reviews. My last set was in September. And I've read many books since then. (Remember when I was going to try and do one of these every three books I read?)

Instead of reviewing the last three books I read, I'm going to review the best three books I've read lately. I've been reading a looooot of YA lately. It's just what I've been in the mood for :) So, onto the reviews!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black (2013)
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Synopsis: click here.
Pages: 419
Review: I don't usually gravitate to books under the Paranormal Romance section of Barnes & Noble. In fact, I actively try to stay away from it. But I kept hearing great things about this book, so I bought it. I'm so, so glad I did. This book, which is a standalone (rather uncommon for a YA vampire novel), seamlessly weaves together a vampire story, a love story and a social commentary on LGBTQ people. In this book, there are people (and vampires) of many different sexual orientations, including gay, bisexual, trans* and straight. And it's just normal in the book, no one thinks twice about boys kissing boys or girls kissing girls or anything of the sort. Which is the way life should be. I also enjoyed that this book was more about vampires than some silly love-angle. The premise was smart and easy to follow, and right away I was sucked (HA - PUN INTENDED!) into the plot. I also loved the characters, mostly Tana, Aidan and Gavriel. The only reason I gave the book four stars was because I wanted more! I could have used another 100 pages.
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Recommendation: To anyone who hated Twilight, but still loves vampires.

The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey (2013)
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Synopsis: click here.
Pages: 457
Review: This is another type of book I don't typically read - aliens. But I've been loving YA dystopians lately and this did not disappoint. Sometimes when authors write from different perspectives, it can be difficult to differentiate between the voices (cough Allegiant cough Across the Universe cough). Rick Yancey has no trouble with this. There are about four different POVs throughout this book, each interesting and with its own voice. I loved how unique this story was. There is a bit of insta-love, with I didn't instantly-love, but the reason for it is explained later in the book. I came to appreciate the bond between two main characters, Cassie and Evan, despite how quickly it happened. This is a story of strength, loyalty and love, and I cannot wait for the second one.
Rating: ★★★★(5/5)
Recommendation: To anyone looking for a great story told through easily decipherable point of views.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz (2012)
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Synopsis: click here.
Pages: 359
Review: After reading this book, it is now in my top 5 all time favorites. You guys, I ADORE this book. The characters are wonderful, as is the writing. The story was just so real and touching, a perfect coming-of-age tale. Ari and Dante are both unique characters and so lovable. And can we talk about that cover! Beautiful. That's the word I would use to describe everything about this book - beautiful. I'm really trying not to talk it up too much (I think I did for Kaitlyn and she didn't end up loving it as much as I did), but I can't help it. One of the best books I've had the pleasure and privilege of reading this year.
Rating: ★★★★★ (I'd give this book a million stars if I could/5)
Recommendation: To anyone who isn't quite sure where they fit in the world. And to anyone who enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Any books you’ve read lately that you’re dying to talk about? Please share in the comments. I love book recommendations. (I’ve been on a YA kick lately, if that helps.)

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