Do you ever experience book hangover? You know what I mean: when you finish a book and realize that you're left feeling empty because there isn't a sequel (or it hasn't been released yet). I've got a serious case of book hangover right now. Because I know that everyone enjoys a good book hangover ;) and is continually expanded their "to read" lists, I'm going to share what I've been reading lately.
1. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
This realistic sci-fi novel focuses on the young protagonist, Etta Spencer. Etta is an accomplished violinist. What she doesn't know is that her family story is far from what her mother offers up. Etta Spencer unexpectedly travels through time to end up in a strange place where she isn't sure who to trust. All the while, she's just trying to discover what and who she really is. It's got adventure, time travel, romance, and family drama. I couldn't put this down. P.S. The sequel, Wayfarer, comes out in January!
2. Rook by Sharon Cameron
When I picked up this book, I thought it was THE Rook by Daniel O'Malley not Rook by Sharon Cameron. However, I was pleasantly captivated by the storyline. It takes place in a futuristic world where technology is seen as a threat that needs to be destroyed. The story follows Sofia Bellamy as she tries to navigate the social classes and her arranged marriage. Meanwhile, everyone else is trying to figure out who the red rook is: a robin hood of sorts that works to free people from the revolution's death sentences. Adventure and romance, with a bit of futuristic dystopian sprinkled in, was enough to keep me turning the pages.
3. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Where do I even start? Bone Gap is a small town that is home to a group of close knit people. When a girl shows up in a mysterious way, they accept her. However, when she is gone one day, no one considers it strange. Everyone thinks that she left the way she arrived except for one person: Finn O'Sullivan. Finn is convinced that Rosa was kidnapped; he's determined to find her and bring her back. This book has a weird vibe to it, and then it gets weirder. It's a good kind of weird though. It's a quick read that keeps the reader guessing.
4. The Mystery of the Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
Imogene Scott has been told a bedtime story her entire life: the story of how her father met her mother. However, all that Imogene knows of her mother is through the stories that her father tells. The mother she knows is the same mother who disappeared when she was young: a troubled and lonely girl. Now 17, Imogene wakes up one day to find that her father in missing. No one is sure where he may have gone, but Imogene is convinced that he has left to find her mysterious mother. This mystery follows the path of young woman who is trying to locate her father. She just isn't sure what or who to believe.
5. The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie Sue-Hitchcock
Let me be completely honest. I picked this book up because the title was intriguing to me. This is the story of four different lives that become very entangled in ways that none of them ever expected. The story takes place in Alaska in the 1970s and utilizes rotating narrators for a fresh perspective. It tells the story of Ruth, Dora, Alyce, and Hank. Each of these characters face turmoil and conflict in their daily lives. However, as they try to save one another, they'll realize that sometimes things aren't as simple as they seem. This first novel by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock weaves an intricate story of love, friendships, and forgiveness.
I bet you want to read these now, right? Check them out and let me know what you think, or if you've read them, share your opinion. Did you like them? Hate them?
Also, please be sure to leave any great books, that you've read recently, in the comments! I'm always up for a good book!
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