January Book Sampler #1

Just because I have given up traditional reviewing due to time constraints doesn’t mean I am leaving you guys in a lurch. Every week I will give you a stack of books I think you should consider for purchase for the month and why I loved them. There will be a new batch every Monday of every week.

A Million Suns

From Goodreads: Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.
It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He’s finally free to enact his vision – no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that’s growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.

In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.

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I stayed up half the night to finish this one folks. I never do the irresponsible thing and stay up but last night Elder and Amy were learning things and they were in danger and the ship was in a massive state of WTFKery and I had to know what happened. A Million Suns is pretty, well written and a mystery in space. I loved every moment I spent on the Godspeed.

Official Blurb: A Million Suns is a fabulous continuation to an already intriguing series. Revis’ science fiction is a welcome addition to any YA readers shelf.

From Goodreads: He’s persuasive, charming, and way too mysterious. And for Samara Marshall, her co-worker is everything she wants most–and everything she most fears. . .

Samara Marshall is determined to make the summer before her senior year the best ever. Her plan: enjoy downtime with friends and work to save up cash for her dream car. Summer romance is not on her to-do list, but uncovering the truth about her flirtatious co-worker, Caleb Baker, is. From the peculiar glow to his eyes to the unfortunate events that befall the girls who pine after him, Samara is the only one to sense danger behind his smile.

But Caleb’s secrets are drawing Samara into a world where the laws of attraction are a means of survival. And as a sinister power closes in on those she loves, Samara must take a risk that will change her life forever. . .or consume it.

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Living Violet is a debut paranormal with smarts. I loved having a MC that was very different from your normal blond/blue-eyed pretty girl who enjoys having the guy stalk her into love. Samara is smart, sassy and full of hilarious commentary and I found myself reading passages aloud to my husband, who I can promise you is not at all interested in YA paranormal. I had to share the LOLs with someone. Caleb was also different than your normal paranormal boy love interest. He was smart, caring and completely lovable. He had zero creep factor. You know how you have that book you buy for everyone all year long? Living Violet will be that book for me in 2012.

Official Blurb: Living Violet is everything YA Paranormal should be. It shows that you don’t need a vapid MC and a creepy boy to write a great book. I feel utterly and completely in love with Samara and Caleb.

From Goodreads: Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she’s returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld… this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki’s time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she’s forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s…

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Everneath was in one word astonishing. Beautiful writing coupled with a haunting and lyrical story will have the reader’s eyes glued to the page in a manic pace to finish. Everneath’s ending was tight, the lore was solid, the characters felt incredibly real and I am still haunted by Nikki’s fate. Beautiful doesn’t even begin to describe this tragedy.

Official Blurb: Haunting, lyrical and completely astonishing Everneath is the must have for lovers of myth, lore, and romance. Ashton has talent, and she has it in spades.

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