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I haven't done a book round up in a while, so here goes:

In TEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU by Julia Quinn, Annabel is destined to marry a rich dude she can't stand, just to save her family from dire straights. But rich dude's newphew, Sebastian, is far more appealing.

That's really all you need to know about the subject, becuase, COME ON, It's a Julia Quinn regency romance. And you KNOW Julia's witty dialogue reins supreme, and TEN THINGS Is no exception. I actually found myself giggling. A lot. So if you're looking for a classic Julia Quinn WIN, look no further.


I was reading MY DANGEROUS DUKE when my brother came over. I was walking down the hall when he sat down near where I'd placed the book, and I heard him say, "Is my sister reading a trashy romance?"

Uh, yes. If by Trashy you mean, totally HAWT.

I've never read Gaelen Foley before. But Julia Quinn (see above!) calls her "Always Fabulous" so I may have to read her again. Scratch that: WILL read her again.

I LOVED the set-up for this: girl is kidnapped to be given to "the beast" (a hot duke known for being heartless) as a gift. They drug her so she wont put up a fuss, then tell the Duke that she aspires to be a London Mistress (wink wink) so he should teach her a thing or two. I swear the whole plot is well-supported and makes perfect sense, even though this review probably doesn't.

I read the first 50-60 pages in the backseat of a moving, topless jeep, my  hair blowing around me like crazy, just becuase I *HAD* to know if he was going to hit that.

Wow, this is the least professional review ever.

But admit it: You want to know too.

STAY By Allie Larkin is a debut novel, and it's PERFECT for readers looking for a crossover title. If you normally read YA but you're looking for something a little older without it being all, "my grandmother would read this while eating tea and crumpets," STAYis your book. It's about a twenty-something woman who, when the love of her life marries her best friend, kind of accidently orders a dog online. From, like, Russia. And he's well trained, as long as you know all the slovakian commands.

Also: There's a really, really hot veterinarian. One of the most well-rounded, realistic love interests I've seen in a long time. Insted of being the hardass (ahem, see "the beast" above) he's actually... sensitive. But not in that "let's all write poetry way" but in that "OMG I THINK I JUST FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS GUY" kind of way.


DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS by CJ Omololu is a debut YA title. It's about a girl whose mother is a hoarder, and their entire house is filled with junk. She's desperate for friendship and love but just as desperate to hide the truth behind the front door.

And then something unthinkable happens.

And the days that follow will drive Lucy, the MC, to do things she never imagined she'd do. Make choices that seem impossible.

I loved the voice in this one, and even more, i was fascinated by the choices the character made. Would be a good book to read as a group, because I can guarentee you'll want to discuss this with your friends.




Yeah, so maybe I'm an Elizabeth Scott fan. Months ago, I read LIVING DEAD GIRL (far left).
It is brutal, horrifying, and haunting. It's about a girl who was kidnapped years ago from a school field trip, and she's still living with her abductor/abuser. It's difficult to say this is my "favorite" book of all time becuas how can I love something so terrifyingly gritty and real that I can't get it out of my head? But time and time again, I rave about this book, shoving it in the direction of every one I know. I can't stop talking about it. So.. if you haven't read it and you think you can handle something horrifyingly dark and disturbing, check out LIVING DEAD GIRL. 

Also, more recently, I read SOMETHING, MAYBE and was truly impressed by Elizabeth's range. It's a lighter book, but just as much a page-turner, and has a beautiful literary quality, a la Sarah Dessen.



So now I own PERFECT YOU as well as BLOOM and have to decide which one to read next. Any help there, guys? Have you read either of them?













LASTLY: Leave me a  book recommendation in the form of a comment-- title, author, and a 1-3 sentence summary/review, and you'll be entered to win a copy of PRADA & PREJUDICE or AT ANY COST, or if you prefer to wait a few extra weeks, a finished copy of YOU WISH!

And for one bonus entry, feel free to second anyone else's rec's-- I need to buy a few books for my NYC flight and would love some help! :-) 

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ext_228880
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
I recommend Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala. It's a recent release about a girl that has been living in her dead sister's shadow for the past five years. Her sister was considered a "bad girl" and the MC, who had always been considered the good one, is finding herself in some bad sitatuions. Then, she finds out she's pregnant and her world starts to unravel.

It's amazing and face-paced and I could not put it down at all!
(Anonymous)
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
www.jordan-sleepeatread.blogspot.com
I would have to say Ellen Hopkin's Tricks.
It's simply AMAZING!
Tricks is about five teens, each with their different story, that fall into prositiution. Eventually their stories tie together, and in a very innteresting way.

It's an awesome book, and I didn not put it down once. I read it all the way through. I'm tell you, it's a good book

-Jordan

From Sleep. Eat. Read
jj20030@YAhoo.com
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(Anonymous)
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Suggestion
If you want something gritty and gutting but powerful, I'd recommend The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams. It's about a 13 year old girl in a polygamist community who is being forced to marry her 60 year old uncle- and doesn't want to. From her own family situation to her desire not to marry him, this book covers a lot. This is honestly one of the most thought provoking, grotesque books I've ever read.

And... I might come back later to second a nomination since... I'm first, or at least as I type this noone else has gone =P

Kari (Flamingo1325 on twitter)
mandyhubbard
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Suggestion
Oh, I've read THE CHOSEN ONE! I absolutely, totally adored it. Very powerful book, definitely got me choked up. :-)

(Dont worry this still counts as an entry!)
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tingilya
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Don't know if you've read THE OPPOSITE OF ME by Sarah Pekkanan yet, but I wholeheartedly recommend it. It straddles that fine line between chick lit and regular fiction very well. It's funny, sweet, sad and not at all predictable. I gobbled it up and wish I'd taken more time with it, because I hated for it to end! It's an excellent debut.
janellealexandr
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Have you read If I Stay by Gayle Forman?
This is one of my all-time favorite books, YA or otherwise. When something terrible and traumatic happens to Mia, she must make the most difficult decision of her life. I started crying somewhere around the middle and didn't stop until long after I finished (which was like, 3am!)

Definitely worth the read!!

Janelle :o)
mandyhubbard
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Have you read If I Stay by Gayle Forman?
Yes, I just read it a few weeks ago! Really rather liked it. :-)
breakdownslowly
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
YAY! Book recs! It's my favorite thing to do!

Salvaged by Stefne Miller is REALLY good. It's a YA romance with a lot of Christian themes. Atticus "Attie" Reed was in a car accident with her mom and best friend and was the only survivor. Her dad can't look at her anymore and sends her to live with her dead best friend's parents and their son who's kind of her "enemy".

ext_228711
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
No contest entry for me but dude... have you read Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler yet? Totes up our alley. I'm reading it now. Girl is about to go on a vacation with her best friend and bf's family. BF thinks this is the perfect op for girl to date a slew of guys and experience romance. Problem is, girl already has experienced romance--a secret one--with bf's older brother who died last year. The writing is phenomenal and fresh. I'm really digging it.
mandyhubbard
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
It cracks me up how we're ALWAYS on the same page with books. I read it several months ago and LOVED IT. It's beautiful and gorgeous and... *sighs dreamily*.
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runsamrun
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
I highly recommend STOLEN by Lucy Christopher. You may've read it - it came out in May - it's about a girl who is abducted from the Bangkok airport by a guy who's been planning it for years and takes her to the Australian outback. I just finished it the other day and it was AMAZING.
mandyhubbard
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
OOOOOOH, had never even heard of it and it sounds AWESOME *adds to TBR list*
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lilrongal
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
I'm going to go with Bloom next. I love Bloom so much. It's the book that started me in the love path to Elizabeth Scott. Living Dead Girl is an amazing, terrifying, gritty book. I'm definitely an Elizabeth Scott fan. :)
lilrongal
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
PS I've read ALL of Elizabeth Scott's books. :)
(Anonymous)
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Have you read The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson? IT IS AMAZING. The writing is so lyrical and gorgeous, I swear I wanted to lick the words off of the page.

Jessica
http://www.foreveryalit.com
foreveryalit at gmail
ext_228711
Jul. 7th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Just bought this one too and like what I've read so far. I second this!
megangilpin
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
ANYTHING by Lisa Kleypas or Stephanie Laurens. I've never been disappointed by their writing (very hot). I just finished Love in the Afternoon (Kleypas) and The Brazen Bride (Laurens). They are part of a series but can stand alone, too. Definitely check them out!
mandyhubbard
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
I *JUST* discovered both Lisa AND Stephanie! ha! Good to hear they are consistently good since I think I've only read 1 of each. Will keep an eye out for more of them!
wheems01
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Book Recommendation
If you liked Living Dead Girl, I would recommend reading Kristina McBride's book Tension of Opposites.

When Noelle disappeared two years ago, Tessa stopped living. It just didn’t feel right for her to go on, do things her best friend would not do, experience things her best friend would never experience. When she finds out that Noelle is alive, and is finally coming home, finally escaping from the man who held her captive for two long years, Tessa hopes things can go back to the way they were, that their friendship can pick up where it left off, but sometimes you can’t go back.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 7th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
www.maddzslightlybookish.blogspot.com
I would recommend HEAVEN LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE MALL by Wendy Mass.

It's about a girl who dies during gym class, and wakes up in her local mall (only, obviously, it's not really her local mall). She meets this boy, with a drill bit sticking out of his head, and he takes her to, like, the locker rooms in the mall. He takes out a box of stuff--HER stuff. All of the stuff she bought at the mall, and then sort of watches her life through them.

It's written in verse (before this book, I didn't even KNOW you could write a book in verse), and is VERY good! One of my favorites. Totally made me cry! You can read the review on my blog, if you want, but I practically already summed it up for you, so whatever, LOL!

So that's my entry for the contest! Hope you check this book out!

-Maddz
lena1xoxo
Jul. 7th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
Have you read Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver? *sigh* I love that book. It's about a girl who lives the last day of her life over and over again. I think she relives it like 7 times. She realizes the smallest things can change and effect future events. It's beautifully written and had me in tears.

Wait, that might not be the best thing for a flight read. Hahaha. But it's so good!

-Lena
addicted2novels(at)gmail(dot)com
ext_238694
Jul. 7th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
I would recommend BLOOM. Only because I read PERFECT YOU and I didn't think it was great. For a light read, you should read anything by Simone Elkeles: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/274533.Simone_Elkeles
PERFECT CHEMISTRY, HOW TO RUIN SERIES, LEAVING PARADISE

Sarah Dessen: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2987.Sarah_Dessen
DREAMLAND(not so light),JUST LISTEN, THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER, THIS LULLABY, LOCK & KEY, KEEPING THE MOON, ALONG FOR THE RIDE

Susane Colasanti: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/410418.Susane_Colasanti
WAITING FOR YOU, SOMETHING LIKE FATE, WHEN IT HAPPENS, TAKE ME THERE

Some other good books: A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT by Laura Whitcomb, STILL MISSING by Chevy Stevens, anything by Ellen Hopkins, BEAUTIFUL MALICE by Rebecca James, THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson, MY NAME IS MEMORY by Ann Brashares, IF I STAY by Gayle Forman, STRANGE ANGELS by Lilith Saintcrow, and THE BODY FINDER by Kimberly Derting.

Sorry, but I'm wayyyy too lazy to write summaries for all of these. Go GOODREADS!!!
meena_rendz
Jul. 7th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
Have you read Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess? It's about a gril who was raped by her father and her mother ignored it. Now he's out of prison and her mother wants to go back with him while the girl is making herself ugly so he will lose interest in her. Her grandma is trying to get custody of her. I wish I could explain it better but it is a fantastic book. I love that she's not broken and fights back.
mandyhubbard
Jul. 7th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
wow- sounds riveting! *adds to TBR list*
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