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

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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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Something Like Normal — Trish Doller

3/5 stars
Goodreads summary: When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.

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Losing It — Cora Carmack

3/5 stars
Goodreads summary: Virginity.

Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible– a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.

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Mini reviews: A two-for-one special!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve read a few books that I just didn’t have much to say about. I don’t feel they warrant their own pages, so here! Here they are! Two mini reviews on one easy-to-read page!

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Chasing Brooklyn — Lisa Schroeder

2/5 stars
Goodreads summary: Restless souls and empty hearts.

Brooklyn can’t sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has just died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe’s ghost is there waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn’t Lucca visiting her dreams.

Nico can’t stop. He’s always running, trying to escape the pain of losing his brother, Lucca. But when Lucca’s ghost begins leaving messages, telling Nico to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface.

As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they’re being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest.

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Where She Went — Gayle Forman

4.5/5 stars
Goodreads summary: It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.

Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I StayWhere She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

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