The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

My last read of 2014 and it knocked it outta the park!

5 out of 5 stars – easily.

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This is a Young Adult story about Mara Dyer in the aftermath of a tragedy where she is the surviver of a building collapse where three of her friends die, which include her best friend and boyfriend.

Mara’s mind is unraveling as she takes up in a new town and new school with her family.  To see more of my review, click here:

GoodReads Review

My favorite quotes from the story:

“Fix me,” I commanded him. “This thing, what I’ve done – there’s something wrong with me, Noah. Fix it.” Noah’s expression broke my heart as he brushed my hair from my face, and skimmed the line of my neck. “I can’t”

“Why not?” I asked, my voice threatening to crack.

“Because,” he said, “You’re not broken.”  ― Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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“Did I just see you litter?’
‘I’m driving a hybrid. It cancels out.” ― Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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“Asscrown,” I muttered under my breath as I headed to my next class. I wasn’t proud of swearing at a complete stranger, no. but he started it.

Noah matched my pace. “Don’t you mean ‘assclown’?” He looked amused.

“No,” I said, louder this time. “I mean asscrown. The crown on top of the asshat that covers the asshole of the assclown. The very zenith in the hierarchy of asses,” I said, as though I was reading from a dictionary of modern profanity.

“I guess you nailed me then.” ― Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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Have you read this story, what did you think? Would love to hear from you.  If not, certainly put it on your list to read soon.

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OOOs and OOh… (Lux Series 1-5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

So I just read the entire Lux series books 1-5 in 13 days, loved it and of course like a book nerd, sad it’s over! Basically what you’re getting is a YA (Young Adult), SciFi, Romance book. If you’re not a fan of these types of books, you most likely won’t enjoy it, but if you are – jackpot.

This series is about Katy moving and starting her senior year in a new school in a small West Virginia town. She is a blogger and book nerd, therefore 14743935I completely love her character (there are other reasons to like Katy too). Her neighbors are a bit different, they are twins Dee and Daemon Black, they are aliens and not Alf mind you – yep, you guessed it the beautiful kind. But wait, they have personalities and fun quirky ones at that.

Complications, adventures, character growth, story arcs; it’s got it all. I really enjoyed books 1-2 and the hook was in me, by book 3 – forgetta about-it, I was/am a complete fan. Reminder, I read them back to back as my own personal mental movie series for the last 13 days and yes, I have a full time job and family to attend too☺.  Let’s not be petty tho on the attention of ordering pizza or other shortcuts that may have occurred during this time period, I plead the fifth.

So brass tacks – this is the reading order and behind each link you’ll find my Goodreads review, along with my favorite quotes from each book. Yes, most of them are sarcastic quotes from Daemon.

Presenting the OOOs & OOhs:
Obsidian (book 1)
Onyx (book 2)
Opal (book 3) Totally my favorite!
Origin (book 4) A close 2nd to being my favorite… ☺
Opposition (book 5) All things must end, epic conclusion and I certainly enjoyed the ride.

Are you reading the Lux series or are you in process of reading any of these? If not, put on your ‘to read’ list.

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Defy By Sara B Larson

Rating: 5  out of 5 Stars

I obviously really enjoyed this story, per my star rating above.  As you know, I’m stingy on handing out 5 stars ratings.  This book is YA (Young Adult), and this middle-aged adult couldn’t put it down.  I enjoy the switcheroo type stories then this had a Merlin type backdrop that put me in heaven.  I thought it was a great story, there are certainly some mixed reviews on it, but stories and entertainment are subjective.

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Fantastic tale set in Medieval times about a girl (Alexa) and her twin brother (Marcel) in their roles for survival upon their parents deaths.  Alexa will assume her new identity as Alex to join her brother in the king’s army.  Certainly no damsels in distress here.  Alex is a powerful character in disguise.  His/her character growth is well paced and revealing as most teenaged girls.

Click on my link and check out my GoodReads Review for more specifics.

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Leo by Mia Sheridan

17608346Rating 4 out of 5 stars

A beautiful romance crafted by the talented author Mia Sheridan.  This is the 2nd book I’ve read this year written by the author and I really enjoy her writing style.  This book stands alone and is a quick read at less than 200 pages.  I personally, engulfed it in less than 24 hours.

What I really liked about this book, was the premise of young love that shaped Evie, the main character, and the back and forth between her youth with Leo and adulthood with Jake, Leo’s friend.  Never a dull moment in this book lots of good twists that I dare not spoil.  It’s one to add to your ‘reading list’ for sure.

Click on my Goodreads Review for a more detailed summary on the book.

There were a ton of fantastic quotes that I enjoyed from this story, but the best is:

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“After a minute, I look up and the boy named Leo is staring at me. I stare back, but he doesn´t look away. “Why are you looking at me?” I hiss at him, my cheeks turning hot, filled with shame for the exchange he just heard.

He just keeps looking at me for a moment, and then he shrugs. “Because I like your face,” he says, but now a corner of his mouth is quirking up in a half smile.” ― Mia Sheridan, Leo

Ahh, this quote is a girly girl swoon moment… Oh Leo!

Okay I can’t resist, here are a few more quotes to enjoy:

“Sticks and stones and fists CAN break your bones, but it’s the words that break your heart.” ― Mia Sheridan, Leo

“I think that 95 percent of knowing you’re the greatest is all about confidence. You might suspect you’re the greatest, you might hope you’re the greatest, but if you don’t have the balls to proclaim yourself the greatest in bold packaging, and let your critics test you if they dare, then you probably aren’t the greatest. Who can resist the guy who really, truly believes in himself?” ― Mia Sheridan, Leo

“And the thing about falling in love is that no matter where you are when it happens, you can’t help but to color those moments with beauty,even if you’re in a location of ugliness. He made what would have been a place of nightmares into a place to dream.” ― Mia Sheridan, Leo

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