Monday, April 18, 2011

I, Recommend

Okay, we talk a lot about books on The Book Lantern, but they're mostly passing references to illustrate our points, yes? So my fellow Torch Bearers and I decided to run a weekly feature henceforth where we actually come right out and share our favourite books with you guys. On the recommendation section this week, here are my favourite reads of the moment!

(All titles are hyper linked to reviews or book descriptions)

ARC Recommendations (Available on Net Galley):

Disney Hyperion is sweeping the stakes this summer, on my book list, at least!

1. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab - Vividly atmospheric and heart-wrenchingly lyrical, The Near Witch is my pick of the season. If you don't score an ARC of this book, mark the release date on your calendar, and go grab it! Trust me, you don't want to miss this one!

2. Queen of The Dead (sequel to The Ghost and The Goth) by Stacey Kade - This book is fun, without being fluffy. Like the first book, this sequel too evokes a variety of emotions... laughter, sympathy, frustration and fun! If you're looking for a light read that doesn't leave you feeling like you've OD-ed on cotton candy, this is your perfect fit!

3. Mercy by Rebecca Lim -  Rebecca Lim once again confirms our collective faith in Australian authors by coming up with a dark, innovative tale of a body snatcher who wakes up in a new body every few weeks. A little more challenging than the books mentioned above, Mercy is a good pick for anyone tired of formulaic YA paranormals.

Released this month:

1. Where She Went (sequel to If I Stay) by Gayle Forman - If you've been living on Mars, you may not have heard of these books yet. Otherwise, I'm here to tell you, stop dithering and go buy this book, NOW! Whether you loved If I Stay, like Jillian, or merely liked it, like me, I guarantee you, you will fall in love with Where She Went.  Moving and strangely cathartic, this is a book that will stay with you for a long, long time!

2. Bumped by Megan McCafferty - This book has received very mixed reactions amongst my Goodreads friends, but for me, it was made of WIN! Smart and satirical, this is a breath of fresh air in contrast to the woe-is-me tone of most dystopians. I've been a fan of McCafferty since the Jessica Darling books, and I'm glad to see the magic hasn't vanished!

3. What Can't Wait by Ashley Hope Perez - Okay, this book actually came out at the end of last month, but I'm putting it here because I feel strongly that more people ought to read it. This is a very real book, one that doesn't sidestep or airbrush the very real issues faced by teenage girls with limited life choices and big dreams.

 On my Must-Read shelf

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman - This is pretty much my dream book. Gender-bending, Oriental-inspired fantasy that is bound to leave you gasping for breath. A really stellar book (from an Australian author!!!) that hasn't received anywhere near the attention it deserves!

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta - A beautiful composite of love, humor and sorrow, Saving Francesca is one of my favourite YA books. I bow to the genius of Melina Marchetta! And though I haven't read the sequel, The Piper's Son yet, I've heard it's even better!

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand - I like talking this book up for several reasons, but the biggest one is the romance aspect of this story. No insta-love, no soulmate-angst, this is the perfect example of what real romance ought to be. Definitely on my favourite YA paranormals list this year.

On my Can't Wait shelf

Eona: The Last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman -  The sequel to Eon; this book comes out tomorrow! *squee*

Blood Red Road by Moira Young - This book doesn't come out till June and the wait is killing me!!! Put it on your TBR and don't move it below #1!

Go forth and spread the word, my friends! Happy reading!


  1. Thanks for sharing Vinaya, everything's been duly noted.

  2. Thanks for the love! Glad you wanted to get What Can't Wait on folks' radars!

  3. My "best read" of last year was Plain Kate by Erin Bow. It's kind of like historical fantasy, set in a medieval eastern European sort of setting with witches, gypsies, etc. It has a fairy-tale quality to it but is fairly dark. The heroine, Kate, falls under suspicion of being a witch after making a deal with a mysterious stranger who takes her shadow in exchange for her heart's desire. I won't give a lot away, but I really loved this book and the characterization of the heroine, her talking cat, and the antagonist. No romance. I personally found the prose to be enjoyable as well (the author is also a poet) and not overwrought.

  4. I haven't heard of some of the titles mentioned in this post but I'm going to check them out. Yes, The Piper's Son is even better than Saving Francesca. :)

  5. What Can't Wait is a very good read. I wish more stories were written about this topic.

  6. I've read Saving Francesca and Unearthly and have adored both books. I hope you like them :)
    I've never heard of What Can't Wait and The Ghost and the Goth. Hmmm... *grabs notepad*