My Most Excellent Year — Steve Kluger

5/5 stars
Goodreads summary: Meet T.C., who is valiantly attempting to get Alejandra to fall in love with him; Alejandra, who is playing hard to get and is busy trying to sashay out from under the responsibilities of being a diplomat’s daughter; and T.C.’s brother Augie, who is gay and in love and everyone knows it but him.

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Top Ten Tuesday!

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Romances. It can be romantic couples, romantic books, etc. In 2012 I discovered I am a huge romance softy, so I focused on a specific category (YA) for mine this week. And here they are, in no particular order of importance:

Katy and Daemon, the Lux series (Jennifer L. Armentrout): The series isn’t over yet, but so far these two are one of my favorite fictional couples ever. They respect and value each other’s feelings and opinions; they are romantic and silly together; they fight and make up without playing mind games. Apart from the whole constantly-fighting-for-their-lives thing, I would love to have a relationship like theirs.

Lucas and Jacqueline, Easy (Tammara Webber): The circumstances in which they meet are not ideal by any means and there are of course misunderstandings, but these two have another relationship to envy. They take things slowly and are considerate of each other’s hang-ups. They bring out the best in each other and teach each other to be brave.

Logan and Amy, Preloved (Shirley Marr): This is such a creative and wonderfully-written love story. A ghost and a girl who were best friends in a past life, falling in love in this life. It’s an Aussie book and hard to get here in the US, but you can nab a copy here.

Truman and Daphne, The Space Between (Brenna Yovanoff): The daughter of Lilith and Lucifer and a human boy bent on his own destruction. This is a hauntingly beautiful story on its own and Daphne, discovering love and the humanity within her at the same time, made it especially poignant.

Gemma and Kartik, the Gemma Doyle trilogy (Libba Bray): Forbidden love, overcoming odds, sacrifice. Theirs isn’t a typical happy ending but it’s one of the best I’ve ever read.

R and Julie, Warm Bodies (Isaac Marion): A zombie Romeo and Juliet! Talk about love conquering all. If you’ve seen the movie, you should definitely still read the book; Marion wanted the screenplay to complement his novel and there are differences, but both are beautiful in their own way.

Eva and Sean, The Lost Girl (Sangu Mandanna): Another forbidden love (I’m sensing a trend here). The whole novel is really an exquisite portrait of the sorts of love that motivate us all, but their love is so pure and powerful that it really sticks out to me.

Sydney and Adrian, the Bloodlines series (Richelle Mead): I loved Adrian from the moment he showed up in the Vampire Academy series. The way he and Sydney keep each other balanced and support each other makes me all sappy.

Katniss and Peeta, the Hunger Games trilogy (Suzanne Collins): It’s hard not to like these two. It’s a grim love story but I think that’s part of why I like them so much. I feel like if you can get through fighting the Capitol for your lives and still like each other, it’s gonna last.

Reid and Dori, Good for You (Tammara Webber): Another one of those opposites-attract, balancing-each-other-out couples who bring out the best in each other. Webber’s writing another Between the Lines book and I’m hoping so hard for more Reid and Dor

A Breath of Eyre — Eve Marie Mont

2/5 stars
Goodreads summary:
 In this stunning, imaginative novel, Eve Marie Mont transports her modern-day heroine into the life of Jane Eyre to create a mesmerizing story of love, longing, and finding your place in the world… Emma Townsend has always believed in stories-the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect-apart from a crush on her English teacher-is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre…

Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she’s never known-and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own…

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I’m back!

I want to apologize for being gone for so long. Between work, classes starting up again, and then being struck down by the flu, I have a backlog of books I need to review and reviews I wrote on Goodreads but never posted here. So sorry!

But though I am still phlegmy and hacky and gross-sounding, I am alive! And back! With a review! Prepare yourselves!