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Top Ten Tuesday (31): Top Ten Books for YA and Contemporary Romance Newbies


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish

I’m going to do a split version for this week and do a top five for YA books and another top five for Contemporary Romance books. So here we go…

Top Five Books for YA Newbies…


Jellicoe Road
JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta. My general belief is that everybody should read this book at least once in his/her life. 🙂 It’s an amazingly woven, poignant, and powerful story. Here’s my attempt to REVIEW this.


FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell. If you need an initiation to the YA genre, you’ve got to try Rainbow Rowell’s YA books.


since you've been gone
SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson. I love the plot and character development in this one. It was great being with Emily in her journey of discoveries.


the winner's curse
THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski. This is a historical fantasy variation of YA, whose story presents sides that you will have a hard time choosing over. Here’s my REVIEW.


queen of attolia
THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA by Megan Whalen Turner. This is actually the 2nd book in The Queen’s Thief series and my favorite. But I would still recommend reading the series in order to get that full impact of MWT’s genius.


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News: Upcoming anthology and full-length novel from Mary Ann Rivers

Mary Ann Rivers debut book (which is actually a novella but boy did it blew all the other competition away), The Story Guy, has been reviewed and rated highly by a lot of critics. And I absolutely adore it. In just a hundred pages or so, this book had me laughing, intrigued, and head-over-heels in love with the story. And I couldn’t believe Mary Ann Rivers was able to get all that in a novella.


So when I heard that she’s coming out with a new full-length book by January 2014, I was ecstatic. It’s entitled LIVE, book one of a four-book series featuring the Burnsides.




“The Burnsides are a close-knit, working class family of two brothers and two sisters who are at a tremendous crossroads as the grieve the death of their father. They live in a neighborhood of family friends, old classmates, and families who take care of each other.”



Mary Ann Rivers is also coming out with an anthology scheduled for release before the end of this month. Here’s the blurb from her website:


SNOWFALL by Mary Ann Rivers

When Jenny Wright becomes involved in an online romance with someone she knows only as “C,” she can’t get enough of their erotic conversation. In truth, Jenny is hiding from the confronting the innumerable changes to her life as she slowly loses her vision. It’s easier having a relationship with someone behind a computer screen, someone with whom she doesn’t have to share every intimate detail of her life.

Jenny shares the most with her occupational therapist, Evan Carlisle-Ford; she shares her worst emotions, the work she loves, and her true self.  Evan finds a way to partner with Jenny to face the challenges ahead, even as he has to confront his growing attraction to his fiercely intelligent client by ending their professional relationship.

Evan is real in every way–forthright, trustworthy, and his kisses can melt snow faster than it can fall. Jenny finds herself again, for herself, and is ready to see the world in new ways and let “C” go. When Jenny receives a very unexpected surprise for Christmas, she must decide whether to let down her defenses and trust–in herself, in the ever-changing world, in the possibility of true love.


And for all those who haven’t read The Story Guy yet, oh my gosh. Please do check it out. It’s amazing! Here’s the blurb that can lure you in…


“I will meet you on Wednesdays at noon in Celebration Park. Kissing only. I won’t touch you below the shoulders. You can touch me anywhere. No dating, no hook-ups. I will meet with you for as long as you meet me, so if you miss a Wednesday we part as strangers.”

Carrie West is happy with her life . . . isn’t she? But when she sees this provocative online ad, the thirtysomething librarian can’t help but be tempted. After all, the photo of the anonymous poster is far too attractive to ignore. And when Wednesday finally arrives, it brings a first kiss that’s hotter than any she’s ever imagined. Brian Newburgh is an attorney, but there’s more to his life . . . that he won’t share with Carrie. Determined to have more than just Wednesdays, Carrie embarks on a quest to learn Brian’s story, certain that he will be worth the cost. But is she ready to gamble her heart on a man who just might be The One . . . even though she has no idea how their love story will end?



Super Six Sunday: Books that made me cry


Super Six Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Bewitched Bookworms. This Sunday’s theme: Books that made me cry.

Although I don’t go about reading books that make me cry, there comes that time when books just do that to you. Sometimes you expect it would, other times it just blindsides you a bit. But what I appreciate is the fact that the authors don’t have it in their minds as an ultimate goal to make the readers cry. It’s just that in-between sort of thing in pursuit of their telling their stories.

Now, without further ado, here’s my list:

297887#6 One Night of Sin by Gaelen Foley

This might seem a little out of place in this list because it’s a historical romance but nevertheless Alec’s back story just grabbed at my heart, squeezed it, and won’t let go until tears were running down my cheeks.



17411704#5 The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers

A person’s dedication to and sacrifice for another person is sometimes a sad but beautiful thing to watch (or read).




15931#4 The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

It wasn’t just the Alzheimer and the power of love to break through this disease. It’s the long, long journey that Allie and Noah went through to be together.




6990472#3 If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The choice between staying and leaving has never been this gut-wrenching. She’s presented with these two choices and while you want her to choose one, it also makes sense that she would want to choose the other.



15507958#2 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Oh, Jojo Moyes, how you bleed my heart. Learning and wanting to live your life like you want to instead of just going through the motions is at the heart of this novel.




10929#1 For One More Day by Mitch Albom

“Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back.”

What can be more heartbreakingly pure and true than a mother’s love?