Article 5 — Kristen Simmons

2.5/5 stars
Goodreads summary: New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.

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Shadow and Bone — Leigh Bardugo

3.5/5 stars
Goodreads summary: The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

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Half-Blood — Jennifer L. Armentrout

1.5/5 stars
Goodreads summary: The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

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Eleanor & Park — Rainbow Rowell

4/5 stars
Goodreads summary: TWO MISFITS. ONE EXTRAORDINARY LOVE. 
It’s 1986 and two star-crossed teens are smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love–and just how hard it pulled you under.

 A cross between the iconic ’80s movie Sixteen Candles and the classic coming-of-age novel Looking for Alaska, Eleanor & Park is a brilliantly written young adult novel.

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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

Delirium — Lauren Oliver

3/5 stars
Goodreads summary: THEY SAY that the cure for Love will make me happy and safeforever. And I’ve always believed them. Until now.

Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected
with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

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Forget You — Jennifer Echols

2.5/5 stars, I guess? Maybe?
Goodreads summary: WHY CAN’T YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU FORGET . . .  AND WHAT YOU REMEMBER?

There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four-year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. Feeling like her life is about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon.  But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all–the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug–of all people– suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life–a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.

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