Top 5 YA Cinderella retellings recommendations

Top 5 YA Cinderella Retellings recommendation

(DISCLAIMER: This is based on my own opinion and recommendations only. The books specified are not ranked in any order.)

  

  1. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

(Recommendation)

Of course Cinder has to be first on the list because of my undying love for this series, but Marissa Meyer has a really interesting take on the retelling of Cinderella that is set in this futuristic world where a power hungry Queen wants to rule. Expect lots of plot twists, action and romance.

 

  1. Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary, Fantasy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

(Recommendation)

This book has a great story plot and was well written. The characters are relatable and compelling. This book puts a modern twist on the classic fairy tale of Cinderella.

 

  1. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

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My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

(Recommendation)

This book shares various similarities to Cinder, but they are different and this book was actually published first. This book retells the well-known fairy tale of Cinderella in a more steampunk style. (And can I mention how beautiful this cover is?)

 

  1. The selection (The selection #1) by Kiera Cass

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My rating: 3/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Dystopian, Fantasy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

(Recommendation)

Okay, I know this book is not really considered a Cinderella retelling, but doesn’t it sound and feel similar to it? A normal girl gets thrust into a world where everyone is vying for the attention of the Prince? It really is a fairy tale like romance and personally I did enjoy the series, if there weren’t so much drama involved.

 

  1. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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My rating: (To be read)

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction,Fantasy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

(Recommendation)

I haven’t read this book yet, but its in my stack already, since I finally found a copy at my local library. But nonetheless, I have a feeling this book will be great and will recommend this book to those who love contemporary novels.

 

 

Have you read these books? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Top 5 recommendations for stand alone books

Top 5 recommendations for stand alone books:

(DISCLAIMER: This is based on my own opinion and recommendations only. The books specified are not ranked in any order.)

  1. Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction

Gorgeous

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Inner beauty wants out.

When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle’s mother dies, she’s summoned from her Missouri trailer park to meet Tom Kelly, the world’s top designer. He makes her an impossible offer: He’ll create three dresses to transform Becky from a nothing special girl into the most beautiful woman who ever lived.

Becky thinks Tom is a lunatic, or that he’s producing a hidden camera show called World’s Most Gullible Poor People. But she accepts, and she’s remade as Rebecca. When Becky looks in the mirror, she sees herself – an awkward mess of split ends and cankles. But when anyone else looks at Becky, they see pure five-alarm hotness.

Soon Rebecca is on the cover of Vogue, the new Hollywood darling, and dating celebrities. Then Becky meets Prince Gregory, heir to the British throne, and everything starts to crumble. Because Rebecca aside, Becky loves him. But to love her back, Gregory would have to look past the blinding Rebecca to see the real girl inside. And Becky knows there’s not enough magic in the world.

A screamingly defiant, hugely naughty, and impossibly fun free fall past the cat walks, the red carpets, and even the halls of Buckingham Palace, Gorgeous does the impossible: It makes you see yourself clearly for the first time.

(Recommendation)

Gorgeous teaches us about believing about our own beauty, both inside and out. Definitely a recommendation for those who love a great makeover story that will steal your heart away.

  1. My heart and other black holes by Jasmine Warga

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My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

My heart and other black holes

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.

Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

(Recommendation)

This book is exactly what it means when they say ‘love conquers all’. This book addresses heavy themes such as depression and suicide, and how a fated meeting will change everything. Recommended to those who feel as though they are alone when times are tough, check out this book, and know that you are never alone.

  1. Beautiful Decay by Sylvia Lewis

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

Beautiful Decay

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Ellie Miller has always needed her space. Literally. With a touch that rots whatever she encounters, Ellie must keep people at a distance for their own good. Not that her classmates are itching to be best friends with the “freak” of the high school.

So when newcomer Nate MacPherson makes it his mission to get close to her, Ellie has her suspicions. But when he identifies her as a viviomancer who can work the forces of life and reveals himself to be a necromancer who can manipulate death, Ellie finds herself trusting Nate and the romance that is blossoming between them. Unfortunately for the two, family secrets can kill, and they will need more than their abilities to keep a zombie mom and a conglomerate of evil-doing supernaturals under control.

After spending her life pushing everyone away, Ellie’s realization of the full extent of her power and willingness to let people get close to her may be the only way to save the ones she loves.

(Recommendation)

A definite read for fans of shatter me, this story talks about a girl who literally destroys everything she touches, but a sudden romance changes everything. A beautiful story set in a decaying world with romance and everything in between.

  1. It ends with us by Colleen Hoover

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

It ends with us

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

(Recommendation)

In this book, the author, Colleen Hoover tells this painful story based on her own experience with the topic. Is this the perfect romance or a heartbreaking nightmare? We hope domestic abuse ends and for any of those who are currently experiencing it or have experienced it, you are not alone, reach out, stay strong.

  1. The lovely reckless by Kami Garcia

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

The lovely reckless

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

(Recommendation)

A reckless story about forgiveness and love, are risks really worth it? A definite recommendation to anyone who loves a romantic contemporary story, it is sure to tug at your heartstrings.

 

Have you read these books? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Top 5 YA mermaid books I would recommend

Top 5 YA mermaid books I would recommend

  1. The Siren by Kiera Cass

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Mythology (Mermaids)

The siren

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny…and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.

(Recommendation)

This story feels really similar to the little mermaid, but with a more modern twist to it, I would definitely recommend this to all fans of the mermaid mythology even though I have heard mixed reviews, I personally enjoyed this book a lot.

  1. Forgive my fins (Fins #1) by Tera Lynn Childs

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Mythology (Mermaids)

Forgive my fins

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old Lily, half-mermaid and half-human, has been living on land and attending high school, where she develops a crush on a boy but is afraid to tell him of her true destiny as the ruler of the undersea kingdom of Thalassinia.

(Recommendation)

This book’s cover is so pretty and it’s the first book in the Fins series (but I’ve only read this first book L ). The relationship in this story is really cute, there was really got plot structure and obstacles encountered by the protagonist.

  1. Ocean of Secrets by Aimee Friedman

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My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Mythology (Mermaids)

Ocean of Secrets

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Many are drawn to Selkie Island.
Few know why.

When Miranda Merchant escapes her lonely, hot summer in New York City, little does she know what awaits her. She steps off the ferry on to an island rife with legend and lore.

She isn’t expecting to feel a connection to this unusual place. And when she meets Leo, a mysterious local boy, she finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship, reality . . . and love.
But is Leo hiding something she never could have imagined?

(Recommendation)

The concept of this book was really good and the romance was cute between Miranda and Leo. Definitely recommended for those currently enjoying the summer.

  1. Revel by Maurissa Guibord

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Mythology (Mermaid)

Revel

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

There’s an island off the coast of Maine that’s not on any modern map.

Shrouded in mist and protected by a deadly reef, Trespass Island is home to a community of people who guard the island and its secrets from outsiders. Seventeen-year-old Delia grew up in Kansas, but has come here in search of her family and answers to her questions: Why didn’t her mother ever talk about Trespass Island? Why did she fear the open water? But Delia’s not welcome and soon finds herself enmeshed in a frightening and supernatural world where ancient Greek symbols adorn the buildings and secret ceremonies take place on the beach at night.

Sean Gunn, a handsome young lobsterman, befriends Delia and seems willing to risk his life to protect her. But it’s Jax, the coldly elusive young man she meets at the water’s edge, who finally makes Delia understand the real dangers of life on the island. Delia is going to have to fight to survive. Because there are monsters here. And no one ever leaves Trespass alive.

(Recommendation)

This was a really cute read, the romance was good and the story was interesting throughout the entire book.

  1. Waterfell (The Aquaranthi #1) by Amalie Howard

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Mythology (Mermaids)

Waterfell

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE QUEEN

Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright—the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon—until her father’s betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa’s upcoming birthday—the day she comes of age.

Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa’s mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?

(Recommendation)

I’ve only read the first book of this series as my local library didn’t carry the 2nd book T.T, but I absolutely loved this book. The storyline was predictable but it was still good, the romance and flirting in the book was really cute.

 

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Top 5 YA Summer Romance recommendations

Top 5 YA summer romance recommendations

(DISCLAIMER: This is based on my own opinion and recommendations only. The books specified are not ranked in any order. May contain spoilers for the books.)

  1. The replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

The replacement crush

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)
After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.

But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.

Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.

(Recommendation)

This story’s set up and pay off was fantastic and the characters were really relatable throughout the entire story. It was literally heart wrenching not to see the characters end up together till the end of the book. Definitely recommended to those who enjoy a good read with contemporary elements.

  1. One paris summer by Denise Grover Swank

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

One paris summer

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren’t betrayal enough, he’s about to remarry, and they’re expected to play nice with his soon-to-be wife and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter, Camille, agrees to show them around the city, but she makes it clear that she will do everything in her power to make Sophie miserable.

Sophie could deal with all the pain and humiliation if only she could practice piano. Her dream is to become a pianist, and she was supposed to spend the summer preparing for a scholarship competition. Even though her father moved to Paris to pursue his own dream, he clearly doesn’t support hers. His promise to provide her with a piano goes unfulfilled.

Still, no one is immune to Paris’s charm. After a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie finds herself warming to the city, particularly when she discovers that he can help her practice piano. There’s just one hitch—he’s a friend of Camille’s, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.

(Recommendation)

This book was really good, and I don’t read much contemporary books since I’m not a big fan of the genre, however, the storyline was well written and the protagonist, Sophie was really relatable. There was a really good character arc and I almost cried at the end of the book. Definitely recommended as a book to binge read while sitting by the pool or just laying on the sofa.

  1. 26 kisses by Anna Michels

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, contemporary, romance

26 kisses

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Getting dumped by her boyfriend is not how Veda planned on starting her summer. When Mark makes it clear that it’s over between them, Veda is heartbroken and humiliated—but, more importantly, she’s inspired. So she sets out on the love quest of a lifetime: use the summer to forget about Mark, to move on, and move up. All she has to do is kiss twenty-six boys with twenty-six different names—one for each letter of the alphabet.

From the top of the Ferris wheel at her hometown carnival to the sandy dunes of Lake Michigan, Veda takes every opportunity she can to add kisses (and boys) to her list, and soon the break-up doesn’t sting quite as much. But just when Veda thinks she has the whole kissing thing figured out, she meets someone who turns her world upside down.

(Recommendation)

It was a really nice casual read but the plot was intense and dramatic. The entire idea of 26 kisses was crazy, but it ended up really cute as well. This book is definitely recommended to those who enjoy a dash of drama with their summer drinks.

  1. Love fortune and other disasters (Grimbaud #1) by Kimberly Karalius

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My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy

Love fortunes and other disasters

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Love is real in the town of Grimbaud, and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.

Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate—even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.

Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?

(Recommendation)

The character arc in this book was really well developed, a definite read for those who want to break away from the expected. The characters are contrasting, which makes the conflict in the entire story way more interesting. It is part of a series, but all books in the series can be read as stand alones as each book features a different character as its protagonist. This book may just be our 100% true love fortune ticket for the summer 😉

  1. The boyfriend app by Katie Sise

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary, Chick lit, Fiction

The boyfriend app

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Computer-whiz Audrey McCarthy feels most at home in a tech lab, surrounded by her fellow geeks. Once popular and fearless, she hasn’t been the same since her dad died. And her ex-best friend, gorgeous queen bee Blake Dawkins, has turned into her worst nightmare. Audrey is counting the minutes until high school is over and she can get the hell out of Dodge and go to college-that is, if she can find a scholarship.

So when Public Corporation, a giant tech company, announces a contest for the best app developed by a high schooler-with $200,000 in prize money-Audrey is spurred to action. She comes up with an idea so simple, yet so brilliant, she can’t believe it hasn’t been done: the Boyfriend App. With a simple touch of the screen, romance blooms among the unlikeliest couples in high school, and people start to take notice. But it’s not quite enough.

To beat out the competition, Audrey will have to dig deeper. And she does-right into a scandal that would rock Public to its core. Suddenly the Boyfriend App lands Audrey where she never expected to be: in the middle of the limelight, passionately kissed by the hottest guys in school, causing complete and utter mayhem. But can it bring her true love?

(Recommendation)

The concept of this story was really interesting and the progression of the book was really good. The obstacles that Audrey faces were really well thought out, each becoming more difficult than the previous one. The romance was really cute and the characters were really relatable.

 

 

Top 10 recommendations for YA series

Top 10 recommendations for YA book series

(DISCLAIMER: This is based on my own opinion and recommendations only. The books specified are not ranked in any order.)

  1. The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole

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Books in the series: Poison Princess (#1), Endless Knight (#2), Dead of Winter (#3), Day Zero (#3.5), Arcana Rising (#4), The Dark Calling (#5)

My rating: 5/5

Genres: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Dystopian

The arcana chronicles

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – Poison Princess)

She could save the world-or destroy it.
Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future-and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Derveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.
With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?
As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…

(Recommendation)

I absolutely adored the series and I’m team Death/Aric all the way 😀

While binge reading the first 3 books, I was so paranoid that at any moment the book would come true. The Arcana chronicles is a fantastic mash-up between Hunger games and the Tarot cards, the characters are lovable and compelling and the amount of plot twists in this series makes my jaw drop in EVERY book! I also recommended this book to my best friend and she loved it as well!

Some precautions before you decide to read this series, it is very dark and grotesque as its set in a dystopian world with zombies (known as bagman, if I remember correctly), but the romance here is to die for as you ultimately start choosing a side once you get absorbed into the Arcana Chronicles’s excellent world building.

I heard that there will be a TV adaptation of this series and I’m so excited!!

  1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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Books in the series: Cinder (#1), Scarlet (#2), Cress (#3), Fairest (#3.5), Winter (#4), Stars Above (#4.5), The Lunar Chronicles Colouring Book

My rating: 5/5

Genres: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Dystopian, Science Fiction

The lunar chronicles

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – Cinder)

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

(Recommendation)

Okay, I love love love this series like how a kid loves candy. Cinder was the first book that brought me back to reading and this whole series was so awesome due to how Marissa Meyer brought the entire world to life with compelling characters and the settings. I would definitely recommend this to those who love sci-fi, retellings, romance and OMG, just read this series XD

I heard that this series is getting a movie adaptation but there hasn’t been much news yet.

Did I mention I have all the books to the series? XD I haven’t gotten my hands on Wires and Nerves though, this epic chronicles continues on with Iko as the main character in the graphic novels!

  1. Shatter me series by Tahereh Mafi

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Books in the series: Shatter Me (#1), Destroy ME (#1.5), Unravel Me (#2), Fracture ME (#2.5), Ignite Me (#3) and (the author has announced 3 more books, YES, 3 MORE BOOKS!)

My rating: 5/5

Genres: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Dystopian

Shatter me series

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – Shatter Me)
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

(Recommendation)

I would definitely recommend this to readers who prefer more darker fantasy stories. The romance between Juliet and the boys are really interesting. The characters are unique and have great redemption & character arcs. Each book is more interesting than the previous one and I binged read the entire series, even the novellas, which I normally don’t read at all.

I was so excited when I heard that The Shatter Me series is getting a TV series adaptation (IMDB states that its supposed to come out this year), I hope they adapt this book well since it was really hyped up.

  1. Firelight Series by Sophie Jordan

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Books in the series: Firelight (#1), Vanish (#2), Hidden (#3)

My rating: 4/5

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Firelight series

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – Firelight)

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will’s dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away;if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She’ll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

(Recommendation)

I would recommend this series to those who love dragons and great plot twists. The characters’ character arcs might not be as strong, but the plot and setting for this book is great. The plot twists are unpredictable yet with every one that is revealed, the story becomes more conflicting for the different characters.

Online sources have mentioned that this series has been optioned for a movie adaptation in 2012, but nothing else has been heard since then. I felt that this series is one of the more under-rated series that didn’t have much hype around it despite this series being really good, so do give this series a try!

  1. The Cage series by Megan Shepherd

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Books in the series: The Cage (#1), The Hunt (#2), The Gauntlet (#3)

My rating: 4/5

Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopian, Romance

The cage series

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – The Cage)

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

(Recommendation)

I finished the last book today, after waiting 2 long years, and to be honest I was really disappointed with the ending of the book, however, it was a really great series and its one I would definitely recommend to people who enjoy The Lunar Chronicles as well.

I also have all the books in the series as well, now excuse me while I hide in a corner to cry about the ending of this series, if you’re interested, go have a read! To me, this series is one of the most under-rated books that totally deserved a hype.

  1. Fire & Flood Series by Victoria Scott

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Books in the series: Fire & Flood (#1), Salt and Stone (#2)

My rating: 5/5

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Action

Fire & Flood series

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – Fire & Flood)

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying–and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

(Recommendation)

Being quite similar to the Hunger games, but different, but this series is so good, it was so sad that there were only 2 books. The thrill in this book was great, definitely recommended to fans of dystopian novels with the protagonist playing a ‘game’ of sorts. It was definitely one of the more under-rated series that I would recommend.

  1. Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard

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Books in the series: Red Queen (#1), Glass Sword (#2), King’s Cage (#3)

My rating: 4/5

Genres: Fantasy, YA, Dystopian, Romance

Red queen series

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – Red Queen)

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

(Recommendation)

I definitely loved the first book, Red Queen, but subsequently, everything felt like it was getting way too dragged out. I am Team Cal all the way! Well, this series is recommended to fans of A court of thorns and roses, Snow like ashes and anyone who loves a thrilling action-packed YA fantasy novel.

  1. The Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks

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Books in the series: Of Poseidon (#1), Of Triton (#2), Of Neptune (#3)

My rating: 5/5

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Mythology (Mermaids), Romance

The syrena legacy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – Of Poseidon)

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom…

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

(Recommendation)

Definitely another one of those under-rated series that have no hype, but this series was really good, especially the romance between Galen and Emma. The entire story was compelling and interesting and recommended to fans of mermaid stories with a nice twist.

  1. The Stars never rise Duology by Rachel Vincent

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Books in the series: The stars never rise (#1) & The flame never dies (#2)

My rating: 4/5

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Dystopian

The stars never rise duology

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – The stars never rise)

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie’s sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can’t survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

(Recommendation)

I really loved the first book in this series, but I felt that the 2nd book didn’t live up to the first book’s standard. However, the story had great developments and character arcs, whenever you think that it wouldn’t get worse, it does. The plot twists in series were the most shocking I’ve seen in my entire life.

  1. The Styclar Saga by Nikki Kelly

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Books in the series: Lailah (#1), Gabriel (#2), Jonah (#3)

My rating: 4/5

Genres: YA, Paranormal (Vampires & Angels), Fantasy, Romance

The styclar saga

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – Lailah)

The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

(Recommendation)

I haven’t read the last book, Jonah yet, but I have a feeling this series would be good. This story had an interesting concept and I definitely preferred Jonah over Gabriel as Gabriel seemed too perfect.

 

Have you read these series? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

 

Top 5 recommendations for Beauty and the Beast YA re-tellings

Top 5 Beauty and the Beast YA retellings

(DISCLAIMER: This is based on my own opinion and recommendations only. The books specified are not ranked in any order.)

As a kid, Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite Disney movie, and it still is. I mean, Belle reads (talk about relatable?) and the story is more unique and intriguing than the others. I especially love the message that it carries and how the entire movie also portrays courage as one of their themes.

  1. Beastly by Alex Flinn

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My rating: 5/5

Beastly by Alex Flinn

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

(Recommendation)

This version of beauty and the beast tells the story from the point of the Beast. In this beautifully retold story, beauty and the beast is set in the modern day world of New York.

The book was better than the movie (Yes, it was adapted into a movie), and for this particular book I actually watched the movie first. Usually when I watch movies I can’t seem to read the book, but I managed to get through this book and personally felt that it was better than the movie adaptation. The story was more well developed, the emotions behind the characters were great and the lastly, the character arc for Kyle was really strong.

This book is part of the series, The Kendra Chronicles, but this book can be read as a stand-alone book.

  1. Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

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My rating: 5/5

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.

(Recommendation)

This version of Beauty and the Beast is set in a YA dystopian world of Yuan, definitely for fans of dystopian and sci-fi. This version feels like a mash-up of Cinder by Marissa Meyer and the original Beauty and the Beast, which makes it uniquely one of it kind.

This book is a stand-alone and I wished that this book had been made into a movie.

3. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge 

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My Rating: 5/5

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

(Recommendation)

This version of beauty and beast is more on the darker side, but is also one of my favorites. The vibe of the entire story is really similar to the Vocaloid song – Cendrillon. The unique thing about this version of beauty and the beast is that the author; Rosamund Hodge has successfully blended in a Greek mythology story between Cupid and Psyche. This book can be read as a stand-alone.

4. Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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My rating: 3/5

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

(Recommendation)

Out of these recommendations, this book has to be the one closest to the original. However, this story did lack good plot twists but it was really nice how this version tied the entire story to the Prince (Read to find out more :D)

The author actually included pages of the Beast’s journal, which was really a nice touch, but for me I had trouble reading the cursive font.

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J.Maas

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My rating: -/5 (I didn’t finish the book, please don’t kill me)

A court of thorns and roses by Sarah J. Maas

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

(Recommendation)

This book’s hype has been crazy especially now that the series has ended. This version of beauty and the beast takes place within the faerie area of fantasy (I’m sorry, I’m not a big fan) and it definitely deserves a place on the list as even though I may dislike it, a million others have loved this series, so do take a read and you may find yourself in a new fandom 😉

 

 

Have you read any of these books? What do you think? Leave a comment below! 🙂