The Beast in an Animal by Peternelle Van Arsdale
Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling
The Program by Suzanne Young
The Bone Witch by Rin Chapeco
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Vitro by Jessica Khoury
The Girls by Emma Cline
The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo by Kent Nerburn
The Impossible Art of Falling by Sara Fiorenzo
Here is a mostly complete list of what I read:
Pack of Dorks by Beth Vrabel
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
Tell me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
The Assassins Game by Kersty McKay
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
Dorothy Must Die Series by Danielle Paige
The Gauntlet by Megan Sheperd
The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond
Everything I Was by Corrine Demas
Overturned by Lamar Giles
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Follow Me Back by AV Geiger
The Leaving by Tara Altebrando
Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Replica by Lauren Oliver
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
When She Flew by Jennie Shortridge
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Just One Year by Gayle Forman
Book I could read over and over again:
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen. (from goodreads.com)
I love all of Steifvater's books, but this one has a special spot in my heart. I love Puck Connelly and Sean Kendrick. I love the way their relationship builds as they both fight to keep a life they love. I love that Stiefvater frames it all around a dangerous and magical horse race.
It contains one of the best lines in any book I've ever read.
Not only could I not put this book down, I immediately drove down to Old Forge and got the sequel (Just One Year)... and then immediately got 2.5 on Kindle (Just One Night). I couldn't NOT know what was going to happen next. This was such a great story because everyone can find something to relate to.
Book I Couldn't Put Down
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Allyson Healey's life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.
A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.
Book That Made Me Want to Read Everything By The Author:
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still a yellow brick road - but even that's crumbling.
What happened? Dorothy.
They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.
My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission.
I didn't anticipate liking this book. I grabbed it at the Old Forge Hardware Store and figured I'd give it a shot. I'd seen it several places over the last few years and for whatever reason it just didn't strike me as my cup of tea. I was very, very wrong.
This book is so captivating because it takes a story we all know and flips the script and changes everything we think we know. What would happen in OZ once the Wizard is gone? Such a simple question and it leads to an amazing series of books that explore a land we think we know and how characters we love buckle under the wight of power.
Once I was done with this whole series I went out looking for more, and found Stealing Snow, which came out in 2016. Another great re-imagining of a story we already know, this one has me excited for the sequel which is set to come out in 2019 (which is not nearly soon enough!)
Luckily Paige keeps us entertained with a lot of novellas and short stories!
This is one weird, creepy book. It took me a little bit to get in to, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what Alys was, what the twins really were and more then anything else, what the Beast was.
It was also really interesting to see who the bad guys were. There is the Beast and the Soul Eaters, but then there are the townspeople who treat each other in some pretty horrific ways.
This was a really scary book that also made you really think about how people react to fear.
Book Most Likely to Keep Me Up All Night
The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle Van Arsdale
A girl with a secret talent must save her village from the encroaching darkness in this haunting and deeply satisfying tale.
Alys was seven when the soul eaters came to her village.
These soul eaters, twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly morphed into something not quite human, devour human souls. Alys, and all the other children, were spared—and they were sent to live in a neighboring village. There the devout people created a strict world where good and evil are as fundamental as the nursery rhymes children sing. Fear of the soul eaters—and of the Beast they believe guides them—rule village life. But the Beast is not what they think it is. And neither is Alys.
Inside, Alys feels connected to the soul eaters, and maybe even to the Beast itself. As she grows from a child to a teenager, she longs for the freedom of the forest. And she has a gift she can tell no one, for fear they will call her a witch. When disaster strikes, Alys finds herself on a journey to heal herself and her world. A journey that will take her through the darkest parts of the forest, where danger threatens her from the outside—and from within her own heart and soul.