Epic Recs (2): March with Danie!

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Ok – I loved participating in Epic Recs so much last month that I am doing it again!  Epic Recs is a really fun online book club idea hosted by Judith at Paper Riot and Amber from Books of Amber.  Basically they recommend books to each other every month that the other one has to read and review.  And they’ve opened this awesomeness up to others to participate in and they will even pair you up with someone who’s reading taste they think goes along with yours.  Can we just talk for a second about how awesome this is?  If you’re interested in more info and the rules and whatnot, check out Judith’s post here.

This month I am teaming up with one of my best blogosphere friends Danie from The Bookish Brunette!  Danie’s blog is so amazing and a must visit for basically everyone.  If you like my blog, you will DEFINITELY love hers.

So what are we reading this month? 

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I was actually pretty torn on what to recommend Danie this month until I read her most recent Top Ten Tuesday post!  In that post, Danie mentioned that she had never read anything by Richelle Mead and I just KNEW I had to recommend Vampire Academy.  I think Danie is going to really love Rose and REALLY freaking love Dimitri.  Even better, Rose and Lissa have (at least in this first book) one of my favorite friendships in all of YA and so I knew I had to recommend this for Danie.  When I first read this book, I got so swept up in the series that I basically marathoned all six.  I really hope Danie loves this series as much as I did!

Danie suggested I read The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd.  Here’s what she had to say about it:

“I am choosing this one because it was my all-time favorite of last year. And everyone needs to read it. It was beautifully written, and the story itself was perfect. I honestly have so much love for this book. I wasn’t interested in it at all, until I got the sequel for review so I decided to try it. And became obsessed with it. I push it on everyone. If the time period isn’t your thing, or the subject matter bugs you a bit, keep reading. Go into it with a completely open mind.”

I am have had this one on my radar for so long and really keep meaning to get to it.  I mean, that cover!  I am super-excited that Danie pushed this one on me and I can’t wait to see what I think.  Come back at the end of the month to see how we liked these awesome books! And in the meantime, definitely check out Danie’s post here to see what she thinks of her rec this month!

My First Epic Recs!

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I am so freaking excited!  This is my first time participating in Epic Recs, which is a really fun online book club idea hosted by Judith at Paper Riot and Amber from Books of Amber.  Basically they recommend books to each other every month that the other one has to read and review.  And they’ve opened this awesomeness up to others to participate in and they will even pair you up with someone who’s reading taste they think goes along with yours.  Can we just talk for a second about how awesome this is?  If you’re interested in more info and the rules and whatnot, check out Judith’s post here.

This month I was paired up with the AWESOME Kim from The Avid Reader.  Not only have I gained a really awesome book recommendation, but another really awesome bookish friend!  You should definitely check out her awesome blog if you haven’t already for some really amazing YA recommendations.

So what are we reading this month? 

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I checked out her shelves and IMMEDIATELY knew I had to push Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. It fit right in with her love for strong female leads, YA slow-burn romances, and desire to start a new series. I really hope she loves it – I sure did!

Kim suggested I read Unwind by Neil Shusterman.  Here’s what she had to say about it:

“For you, I was torn in at least three different directions… but then I read your review of The Darkest Minds, and your sheer enthusiasm for that book made me decide that I’m picking Unwind, by Neal Shusterman for you. You said that part of your love for The Darkest Minds stemmed from its close examination of Ruby’s character – how her past has shaped the person she has become. You’ll have a similar appreciation for Connor, Risa and Lev. This is one of my favorite books and I think if you like dystopian even a little you can’t help but love this one. It’s definitely one that will stay with you long after you’ve read it.”

I am super excited to dig into this one!  Come back at the end of the month to see how we liked them and in the meantime, check out Kim’s Epic Recs post here!