Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bookanista Feature: Recent Awesome Reads

I promised myself I was going to be more regular about my Bookanista posts. But alas, this month got away from me with all of my events and travel. So I thought I'd use today's post to highlight THREE books I've read and loved recently, instead of only one. 

And btw, I've noticed that I now have quite a variety of ages reading this blog (and yes, I have seen all of your amazing emails, even if I haven't had time to reply yet!). So I'm listing the age range of each of these awesome books and I hope that you'll all please keep in mind that some of them may be too old for you--for now, at least. 

Okay, onto the books!

Ages: 13 and up

Goodreads Description: Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

I had a feeling I was going to love this book, because I'm a huge fan of the movie SLIDING DOORS. But I was still blown away by how MUCH I loved it. The way Kasie plotted both stories and wove them together was absolutely amazing (I have no idea how she pulled that off!). I'm afraid to say more than that and risk giving anything away. So I'll just say: read it. It's seriously amazing!


Ages: 14 and up

Goodreads description: Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

I absolutely loved this book. In fact, it surprised me how much I loved it, because I'm not a big dystopian fan and I generally struggle with suicide books because of my own personal experiences with it. But Suzanne's writing is addictive, and the way she showed Sloane's struggle both in and out of the Program was absolutely brilliant. I can't wait for book 2 and I'm so excited that people will finally get to read book 1 (comes out April 30--go get yourselves a copy!)


Ages: 12 and up

Goodreads description: Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it's that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting-or stealing-whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale's family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother's billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there's no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won't let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother's will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company's fortune. So instead of being the heir-this time, Hale might be the mark. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she's willing to save her boyfriend's company if it means losing the boy.

For those who don't know, this is the third book in the Heist Society series--which is one of my favorite series. And this time Ally decided to give her readers exactly what we want: a whole book centered around Hale! You'd think with that kind of set-up it'f be a no brainer that I'd love it--but sequels are HARD. Fortunately Ally seems to be a master of them. Each book just keeps getting better and I'm really hoping there's going to be more. I will never get enough of Kat and Hale. 


I could keep going--I've had a lot of time on planes where I've actually been able to read. But I think three is enough and I'll save the rest for another day. And if you'd like more awesome book recommendations, be sure to check out what my fellow Bookanistas are talking about:

Katy Upperman  ponders LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE ITEMS by Laura Buzo
Kimberly Sabatini wonders at WHEN YOU WERE HERE by Daisy Whitney
Elana Johson  falls for THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green
Tracy Banghart  loves LACRIMOSA by Christine Fonseca
Corrine Jackson adores the ARCADIA BELL series by Jenn Bennett
Rebecca Behrens delves into CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein
Lenore Appelhans raves about THE RULES by Stacey Kade
Stasia Ward Kehoe wraps up National Poetry Month with THE POETRY TEACHER’S BOOK OF LISTS by Sylvia Vardell
Christine Fonseca  celebrates UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi
Jessica Love hails THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith


  1. LOVED Pivot Point AND The Program!! Definitely some favorites for the year so far!

  2. Have only read Pivot Point. I really loved it too. It was such a unique idea. Need to read The Program. Glad you're sharing what you've read.

  3. I must must get those books by Ally Carter read. Have some kids at my new job that I think would like them!


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