Top 5ish: Lissa's Top 5ish Reads
Within the last 6 months we have reviewed a lot of books. Some really amazing ones. This is my Top 5ish books in the last 6 months. It was hard to choose but these are the ones that stood out the most to me. I've also purchased all these titles for myself. :)
1. Turning Grace by J.Q. Davis
Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Science Fiction
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Everything seems ordinary for Grace Watkins. With the exception of her abnormal obsession for B-rated slasher movies and a strange hunger that is building inside her with each passing day, her life is as typical as any other senior at Middleton High. The only issue Grace has is keeping her protective best friend away from giving her lone enemy, the ever-so-popular Sonny Westwood, a classic schoolyard beat down. It doesn't help that Grace has had a secret crush on Sonny’s man, Tristen, since the first day she laid eyes on him. But as one of her favorite nights of the year approaches, Grace begins to realize there may not be anything...normal about her. Her body is changing and her appetite is growing. Her urges are intensifying and becoming uncontrollable. And she just...wants...more. What happens when something or someone stands in the way of feeding her need? Better yet, what the hell is wrong with her?
**Turning Grace is currently only 99cnts!!!**
I actually stumbled upon this book. I believe it was through an authors group. I saw that it was about Zombies, I love Zombies. Anyone who knows me, knows that. I didn't know much about it. But when I started it, I couldn't put it down. It was a dfferent type of Zombie book. It was creative, it was from the view of Grace. A lot of people dislike, when people put their own spin. But I'm not that type of person. One of the best Zombie/Young Adult series out there. Davis wrote the sequel, Escaping Grace, which is also amazing. It was just recently announced that there will be a third in the series! so excited.
2. More Than Forever by Jay Mclean
Genre: New Adult Contemory Romance
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-LUCY- There is a love so fierce it cannot be measured. A heart so strong it will never slow. There is a promise so sure it can never lie. He promised me that love forever. Even when it wasn't enough. -CAMERON- Forever. Everlasting. Eternal. There is no measure of time. No sounds of the ticking of a clock. Just the rising and falling of the sun. And our own sense of forever. But our forever isn't always.
** This is part of a Series, So make sure to pick up the first one More Than This**
I remember being on my Kindle and browsing. This series always popped up and it was also on Kindle Unlimited. I loved the first one, More Than This. So I couldn't help but read all four of the books available. I can't really explain the love I have for this series. I cried so much reading all of them. I also laughed, a lot. But More Than Forever, had me bawling it was so good! Lucy and Cam are my favorite characters from this series. Logan is a close second. Jay is such an amazing writer. She has many other books available Where The Road Takes Me, Boy Toy Chronicles, and the new one Combative. There might be a fifth book in the series but I don't believe there's been a confirmation. I'll wait though. I'm a patient individual lol. So if you want a New Adult series to read, go get it. I ended up buying all of them.
3. Finding Thor by Kai Strand
Genre: Young Adult/Mystery Suspense
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Tragedy has left Cara Cassidy broken and the only thing keeping her from giving in completely is her guilt. Until Nik Rock. Nik stirs up feelings in degrees she has never experienced, and causes her to do things that most assuredly give him the wrong impression – like kiss him before their first date. Somehow, he breaks down the walls around her emotions until she has no choice but to forgive herself and feel again. But a mysterious, troubled past follows Nik, and Cara may prove to be his weakest link. When a royal princess shows up looking for Nik, and an international gang arrives looking for missing jewels, Cara lands in mortal danger. Will she be able to save herself? What will happen to her newly repaired psyche if she loses Nik? Romance, mystery, and high stakes – just another day in high school.
This is one of the first books I reviewed, that I whole heartdly got into. It caught me from the first page. I was so happy that I got a book that was so good! This is a Young Adult book and one of the best of read for it's genre. The character Cara was such a good character. I couldn't help but love that her favorite Super hero was Thor. He's pretty amazing. Kai does have a lot of Young Adult books available as well
4. Elspeth, Living Dead Girl by Stuart R West
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
If you’re dead already, can you die again? Elspeth’s been summoned from limbo. Her new assignment? Track down the culprit in the mysterious death of a student at Clearwell High. And incidentally, uncover the identity of the new drug dealer prowling the halls. Only one problem—the body she has to co-inhabit has a different agenda. Elizabeth just wants to be prom queen, marry Prince Charming, and graduate with perfect posture. Both girls, alive and dead, will have their separate worlds rocked before the killer is unveiled. Nothing is as it seems. No one can be trusted. Being dead has never been so dangerous.
Now, let me just say that, I've loved all of Stuart's books I've read. He is really an amazing writer. He's also a pretty cool person :) I started reading Tex, The Witch Boy, He submitted it and originally it was going to go to Sara. But something had happened and she wasn't able to read it. So by luck I got it. I was happily amazed at how much I loved it. Stuart ended up submitting all his books to us, for me to read! I was honored. This book is part of Tex, The Witch Boy. So if you decide to read it, start from the begining. Elspeth, is a unique character. She is so kick ass and I absolutetly adore her. I think having strong female characters are important. I wonder if I beg Stuart to make a #2, if he'll do it lol.
5. Chipped Black Nail Polish by Nicholas Tanek
Genre: Coming of Age/Memoir
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A tribute to a different kind of Jersey girl. In New Jersey during the summer of 1989, an awkward thirteen-year-old who was obsessed with weird music fell head-over-heels in love with the coolest post-punk rock girl he had ever met. Nicholas was insecure. He was a daydreamer, wishing for romance when he was told, over and over, that he could not have it. He was a toy, pulled and pushed, wanted and used, dragged along yet held at a distance. Nicholas fell in with the out crowd, and loved every minute of it. He fell in love and got left behind, but not before she changed him forever. This is an irrational, emotional love story for the teenager inside all of us. The music is loud, and you’re about to be pushed into the pit.
I had no idea who Nicholas was, when this was submitted. I didn't read the Synopsis at all, I just dove into it. I like not knowing what the book is about and figuring it out. This book had a feel to it, one that reminded me of what it was like to be a teenager. Wanting to fit in, fall in love, just be free. This was a Prequel, to The Coolest Way To Kill Yourself, Which I still need to read. I've just have a lot to read currently. Nicholas is a super nice guy and I almost feel it a privilege to read something that is him. It's interesting, It can be dark but it was his life. It was his experiences, its unique. It is a coming of age/memoir. If anyone is looking for something in that genre, go get it. I promise you want be disappointed. I'm secretly hoping/wishing that some great person will turn this into a great movie.
5B. The Other Inheritance by Rebecca jaycox
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
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Seventeen-year-old Reggie has been having a tougher time than usual. As if dealing with her alcoholic mother and fighting school bullies isn't enough, this biker dude shows up in her dreams, babbling about magic and a world called the Other. Then, in biology class, her finger brushes a dead frog set out for dissection and it leaps off the table, scaring everyone, including her. Reggie's life is changing, and she has no idea why.
Or whether she should believe the man in her dreams, who claims she's in danger and that someone is coming to take her to a safer reality. But if there's one thing she's learned, nowhere is safe.
This review hasn't been posted for this one, yet. It is set to post on June 19th. There will also be an author spotlight. I can't wait for you all to see it! Anyways, this was also a book that was suppose to go to Sara. For whatever reason, she asked me to take it. I knew nothing about it as usual. This story is very unique. It's a Young Adult/Fantasy story. It's very action packed. Rebecca created this world, it was easy to understand, and never at one point did I think, What the hell is going on? When I was reading about how long it took for the book to be written and get a publishers attention. I was really, really surprised. It is so good! obviously, since it's in my Top 5ish lol. If your looking for a good Young Adult/Fantasy novel. Go get it. You won't be disappointed. She's also working on a second book. It's on Kindle Unlimited as well.