I've been reading a ton of books, in part because we went on a long vacation so I had more time on my hands. Here are a few titles that captured my attention, and one to give away as well.
I didn't want to read this book because I'd recently read two other very good books that featured dead sisters (Tell Me a Secret and Losing Faith), but oh, how I loved this story. And despite starting from a similar place as the other characters, this book had something that the other two didn't: majorly HOT romantic scenes. Interspersed with poetry from the main character, prepare yourself to fall in love with this beautifully written story.
This historical novel chronicles the Fox sisters, three girls who unwittingly led the spiritual movement back in the 1800s. That alone makes for a fascinating read. But the story also follows the romance between one of the sisters and the best known explorer of the time, Elisha Kane. It's a story of survival and class distinction, of families and lies, and it totally pulled me in. Author Dianne Salerni has penned a script for this sweeping saga. I'm hoping the story makes it to the big screen soon.
Once I started this middle grade novel about acceptance, fitting in and staying true to yourself, I couldn't stop reading it. With a sweet romance (Are we noticing a pattern here? Maybe it's because I just had an anniversary!), wonderfully real characters and heart-wrenching choices, this story stuck with me long after I read the last page. Kekla is an agent-mate, but even if she wasn't, I'd be recommending this book.
Okay, so this isn't exactly a new book. I'm just a little late to the party. What can I say -- the guy on the cover always creeped me out so I never picked it up before. But with all the dystopian titles I've been reading, I thought it was time to go back to a classic. Was I ever blown away. The book lacks some of the action of the current crop in this genre, but it's obvious that 18 years later, authors are still using some of the world-building that Lowry created in this 1993 novel. If you haven't read The Giver, you really should. And I'm going to make it easier for one lucky reader by giving away a copy.
If you'd like to win a copy of The Giver, tell me your favorite dystopian novel in the comments by Sunday night. I'll announce the winner on Monday, January 31.
Even if you don't want to win a copy, I'd love to hear some of your favorite recent reads. I'm always on the hunt for a good book :)