Recommended Reads: THE GIRL FROM RAWBLOOD

Here’s the book that has been ruining all my writing progress. It’s the kind of story that forces you to slow down and savor every word of the enviable prose. And then when you’ve finished, you’ll have to start over at page one just so you can read it again with the knowledge you have gained at the end.

Quietly twisted, to horrifying, to bitterly sad, with the most fitting ending I never expected. What a perfect horror story. It left me perfectly unsettled just as it should have. Exceptional on every level. My favorite read of the year.

(For those of you who are sensitive to animal cruelty, skip a few pages when rabbits are mentioned. It’s not graphic, but the details are haunting enough for me to wish I could unread.)

THE GIRL FROM RAWBLOOD by Catriona Ward
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Recommended Reads: THE SCORPIO RACES

Here’s another magical story I couldn’t put down. Part of me was bothered by the idea of capturing and caging mythical sea horses, and that feeling only seemed to get worse as the story went on.

But I think that’s kind of the point. It adds to a darkness in this book that wouldn’t be so pronounced without it, and in that darkness this love story shines so bright.

One of my favorite concepts in love stories is when the differences between two people create the perfect connection, a meant-to-be team, and each brings something to the other. Where each person guards the other, keeps them safe from their demons. They don’t just love each other, they need each other in a life-or-death way.

And there’s so much more going on in this plot which I don’t want to mention for fear of ruining the magic.

THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater
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Recommended Reads: THE MAN I LOVE

Characters so real and honest that when tragedy strikes it’s shocking and chilling and so utterly traumatizing. Five hundred stars. Because it’s that damn good. Don’t read this book unless you like reading books with a hand over your mouth and a storm in your heart. But yes, do read it, because the writing is too good to miss.

There are some lulls in the plot early on, and at times it’s a serious slow burn, building lives and characters with lots of talk of ballet. I’ll admit I almost set it aside. Don’t set this book aside. Keep going. Once you reach the thick of it there is no option to set it down until you reach the end.

I read books to find complex, real characters who temporarily–and sometimes forever–become a part of me. I read books to find raw human struggle and survival and portrayals of deepest love. This book has all of that.

THE MAN I LOVE (THE FISH TALES BOOK 1) by Suanne Laqueur
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Recommended Reads: THE SCRIBE

This book has everything I love to read (and write). Ancient magic, underground war. Detailed modern setting with an undercurrent of fantasy. A hero haunted by the past. A heroine with her own demons. Both hunted, both fighting. Reluctant allies. Equals. Soul mates. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

If you like my books, you have to check out this series. Right now the first book is only $.99 on Kindle!

THE SCRIBE by Elizabeth Hunter
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Recommended Reads: NOBODY BUT US

I wrote a review on Goodreads immediately after finishing NOBODY BUT US, and although it’s a bit frantic and simple, I can’t come up with anything better. So here it is. This book will gut you. In the best way possible. And right now it’s only $3.99 on Kindle.

OH MY GOD. I hate this book. I love this book. Five screaming stars. Thank you to the author for having the courage to do that. Poignant, explosive, so brutally romantic.

I do have to add, though, that if you’ve read my books you know my definition of “romantic” is a bit, uh, weird? Twisted? Gory? I’m surprised I don’t get hate mail over what TB does to Liv in Chapter 33 of THE ALIGNMENT.

NOBODY BUT US by Kristin Halbrook
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Recommended Reads: THE RAVEN BOYS

theravenboysTHE RAVEN BOYS was so entertaining on so many levels I could barely stand it. It was hard to read without shouting aloud at the end of every page. What would I be shouting? No idea. Gibberish probably. Or maybe fangirl squeals. My brain was so consumed by great characters and story it had no power left to form words.

THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater
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