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Book Reviews, Contemporary, Five Stars, Young Adult

Concrete Rose (The Hate U Give, #0)

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Published by Balzer + Bray on January 12, 2021

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Pages: 360

“It’s kinda like how we have to do with ourselves. Get rid of the things that don’t do us any good. If it won’t help the rose grow, you’ve gotta let it go.”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Angie Thomas has not put out a bad book yet. All of her books have been absolute hits for me! Concrete Rose is no exception.

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Favorite Books of the Year Lists

Favorite Books of 2020

Can I blame how late this post is because of how fast this January is flying by? Usually January is never ending, but I seemed to go to sleep on New Year’s Day and wake up to the end of the month.

2020 was a terrible year for many people. It was a year unlike any other and I am not going to talk about how unprecedented or tragic the year was. We all know. We’ve read a thousand posts reiterating the same thoughts.

As much time I found myself having on my hands, I didn’t read as much as I thought. The year was off to a good start. I think I had 10 books read by mid-February. Then everything came to a halt. I limped out of the year, finishing my last book in October. I barely made it 2/3 into my reading challenge. Hopefully I prioritize reading more in 2021.

Despite it being a slow year of reading (and many, many re-reads), I read some great books.

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Aliens, Book Reviews, Fantasy, Four Stars, Series, Supernatural, Young Adult

The Brightest Night (Origin, #3)

The Brightest Night by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published by Tor Teen on October 20, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Sci-Fi

Pages: 504

“We didn’t come all this way, survive all we have, only to lose each other again,” he said. “You won’t allow that. I know you won’t, but if you can’t believe in that yet, then believe in me until you can.”

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The third installment in this series did not live up to my own expectations. I found myself getting bored and unable to focus in at some points of the book. It won’t stop me from reading the final installation though. I didn’t lose interest in the series.

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Dystopia, Five Stars, Series, Young Adult

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)

Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Published by HarperCollins on January 28, 2014

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Romance

Pages: 389

We all have the potential to do terrible things. But we also have the potential to overcome our mistakes.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I am so happy I re-read this series. Not only have I been wanting to do it for some time now, but I feel like it restored my reading fuel.

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Apocalypse, Dystopia, Five Stars, Series, Young Adult

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Published by HarperCollins on January 8, 2013

Genres: Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult

Pages: 341

Love is a rebellious bird that nobody can tame.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Unsurprisingly, the sequel to Under the Never Sky took me only a day to complete.

Captivating, well-paced, and packed with more urgency than the first book, it breaks the second-book-lull so often seen in trilogies.

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Apocalypse, Dystopia, Five Stars, Series, Young Adult

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Published by HarperCollins on January 3, 2012

Genres: Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult

Pages: 374

She looked up. “A world of nevers under a never sky.”
She fit in well then, he thought. A girl who never shut up.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

To jump start my never-ending reading slump, I wanted to revisit this series since it was something I’ve thought about for a long time now. I read these for the first time back in 2013 and I am so glad I picked it back up. Not only is the book still good, but it’s addicting and I read it in only a couple days.

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Book Reviews, Fantasy, Five Stars, Series, Supernatural, Vampires and Other Creatures, Young Adult

Midnight Sun (Twilight, #5)

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Published by Little, Brown on August 4, 2020

Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal

Pages: 658

My life was an unending, unchanging midnight. It must, by necessity, always be midnight for me. So how was it possible that the sun was rising now, in the middle of my midnight?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Where’s the GIF of Sirius Black from Harry Potter when you need it? Twelve years I’ve waited for this and I’m not going to lie to you, I didn’t think I’d ever see the day. I waited so long to march into that bookstore and pick up my copy of Midnight Sun. Back when it was just a draft and 200 pages long, I contemplated printing it and making my own copy to complete the series, but I never did and at last I have a beautiful hardcover copy.

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Adult, Book Reviews, Four Stars, Thriller

You (You, #1)

You by Caroline Kepnes

Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on September 30, 2014

Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction

Pages: 424

The only thing crueler than a cage so
small that a bird can’t fly is a cage so
large that a bird thinks it can fly.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thanks to You, I look over my shoulder more often and make sure my blinds are closed tight. Stephen King had it right when he said this book is hypnotic and scary.

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Dystopia, Five Stars, Series, Young Adult

Rebel (Legend, #4)

Rebel by Marie Lu

Published by Roaring Book Press on October 1, 2019

Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 376

Because, sometimes, being patriotic means calling out the problems rotting away your country.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A long-anticipated finale to the Legend series that I only ever dreamed of coming true. Yet somehow incredibly puissant read while watching all that is happening in the world today.

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Book Reviews, Dystopia, Four Stars, Series, Supernatural, Young Adult

Imagine Me (Shatter Me, #6)

Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi

Published by HarperCollins on March 31, 2020

Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Pages: 464

“Imagine me 
master of my own universe
I am everything I ever dreamed of”

I’m truly ashamed of how long it took me to read this. With COVID-19 and working from home, I have no excuse for reading 2 books in the last 4 months of WFH. Still, I’m glad I got this finished before I head back into a new normal daily grind and put this beloved series to rest.

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