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1. Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) by Charlaine Harris
2. The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Who Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler
3. Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles #2) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
4. A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
5. The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
6. On A Dark Wing by Jordan Dane
7. Wither (Chemical Gardens #1) by Lauren DeStafano
8. Red Glove (Curse Workers #2) by Holly Black
9. Overbite by Meg Cabot

- Dead Reckoning was all right, but I'm greatly annoyed that Charlaine Harris seems to be intent on destroying Sookie/Eric and setting up Sookie/Sam as an end game. Also, I swear each book has at least a five person body count by the end of it.

- The Girls Who Went Away was a book I've had on my to-read list for a while and I finally managed to snag the local library's copy a couple weeks ago. Eye opening, incredibly depressing and heart breaking. Would definitely recommend if you're interested in women's issues at all, no matter what side of the fence you're on.

- Was not impressed by Beautiful Darkness one bit. I love the writing style, the setting and a lot of the minor characters, but I guess I just don't understand the world building and I hate a lot of the main characters. I don't ship Ethan/Lena, and I don't understand what Lena's appeal is supposed to be. She's basically the girl version of Edward Cullen but with less stalking. And this book pretty much followed the New Moon format of, "Oh noes, my paranormal significant other must leave me for my own good and the resulting angst will set me up in a love triangle!" I want to like this series so bad, but I just can't. Might borrow the third book from the library just because I've invested so much time in it.

- A Hunger Like No Other can go die in a hot fire. A co-worker recommended this book to me because we both enjoy Lora Leigh books and said this was similar, but I really didn't like it. Trigger warning: It had a lot to do with the fact that the supposed hero sexually assaults the heroine in the first 50 pages and very nearly rapes her several times which tends to be a problem in these "Alpha male" type of romance novels. I probably would've liked this book a few years ago when I was less in-tune to rape culture bullshit and thought this sort of stuff was sexy, but it really just made my stomach churn. I might borrow other books in the series from the library because I heard they get better, but I cannot wait to get rid of this one.

- PLEASE GO OUT AND BY A PROBABILITY OF MIRACLES IMMEDIATELY. I usually don't read contemporary YA lit, especially about topics like cancer (I blame my distaste for Lurlene McDainel's books on that one, although I have never read one of her books and just make fun of the titles in my head when I walk past them), but the summary really grabbed me and the cover is just gorgeous. I loved this book - it was absurd, laugh out loud funny, cute and packed an emotional punch.

- DO NOT GET SUCKERED INTO THE COOL COVER AND READ ON A DARK WING. You'd think I know better by now, but I don't. I have a weakness for YA novels with a cool idea and kinda cool cover, okay? But this book was no bueno and the concept was out of this park ridiculous. I will try to explain it to you.

So we have our emo protagonist Abbey who got in a car accident a few years before the book starts and her mother traded her life to save Abbey's. Abbey is friends with her BFF Tanner and they're both social outcasts for no real reason other than to create drama. Abbey has a crush on Nate Holden who she has never once spoken to and by crush, I mean she has OBSESSIVE FANTASIES about dating stalking him. Like she talks to Nate OUT LOUD in her room and says stuff like, "Nate, give me strength!" It's ridiculous.

So anyway, Nate's climbing a mountain in Alaska, which is really the most interesting bits of the books, gets caught in an avalanche and Death visits him to possess his body. Why? Because Death is in love with Abbey because apparently, when he reaped Abbey's mom's soul, he felt love like he never did in all the thousands of years he's done this job. Yeah. So then Death!Nate shows up and Abbey immediately makes out with him, not questioning why the hell Nate would show up in the middle of nowhere and want to make out with her.


- Wither was great. The world building was a little weak, but if you're the kind of person who that doesn't bother, then you'll be fine. I saw someone describe it as A Handmaiden's Tale for the YA audience, and I think that fits too.

- Red Glove was fantastic. So much better than White Cat, which suffered from I-need-to-set-my-world-up-itis. I just want to crawl into Lila's head and figure out what's going on with her because I love her so. And Cassel, you silly, silly boy. Black Heart COME OUT FASTER PLZ.

- And finally, Overbite, which is the blegh sequel to Meg Cabot's meh-worthy foray into the vampire romance trend. I enjoyed the first book, but this second one was lacking a lot of Cabot's usual spark and humor. I pretty much forced myself to read it after a certain point rather than rushing to read it for the fun of it. I really think Meg's publishers told her she better get her ass on the vampire bandwagon or else, because this book is a prime example of phoning it in.

Currently reading: The Death Cure by James Dashner. It really doesn't say much for a series when I hate almost all the characters and am just reading it for the creepy nightmare fuel the author provides, does it? Oh well, should finish this up by the end of the week. And also, thanks to whoever on tumblr who spoiled bits of it for me. I REALLY APPRECIATED THAT.

Up next: I have a pile of books from the library to get through and several on my Nook I need to read too... if I decide to plug it in. I've got Wildwood, Going Bovine, the first two books in The Vampire Diaries and a couple others. Hopefully I'll get through those before all the good books start coming out in February and March!
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