Recommendation Friday

Thank God It’s Friday! Which means time for a good book! Don’t you know what to read this weekend? No fear, we have some killer recommendations for you. Which one do you want to read this weekend?

Alex’s pick: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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One extraordinary love. 

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Why should you read this book?

The reason why I chose to recommend this book is because I think it’s such an original YA contemporary. We are normally used to our typical shy drop-dead beautiful main character with her mysterious and bad boy love interest. And I’m not saying I don’t enjoy that kind of books because I’m a sucker for those stories. But sometimes it feels like I am always reading the same stuff and Eleanor & Park is just a novelty in the contemporary world. The characters will make you swoon, laugh, cry and if you have ever felt like an outcast you’ll definitely feel somewhat identified with the characters. Just give it a try if you haven’t already, it will surprise you.

Amy’s pick: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

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Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

Why should you read this book?

Why not, is the question! First of all, Gwyneth (or Gwendolyn in  German & Dutch. I don’t know why they translated it, I love Gwendolyn a lot more) is such a relatable character. She’s sweet, but awkward around guys and reading from her point of view, it’s just so funny!

“You were talking to that niche in the wall again, Gwyneth. I saw you.”
“Yes, but it’s my favorite bit of wall, Gordon. I’d hurt its feelings if I didn’t stop and talk to it.”

Also, there’s a super cute guy making an appearance. Gideon de Villiers is his name. Maybe it’s me, but that name does things to me. Gideon also has the timetravelling gene, but from another family. And he is one good looking boy. At first, you probably won’t like him, BUT keep reading. He’ll grow on you *wink*.

And the third reason.. it’s just a really awesome, fun and original book. I have never read something like this before. It has action, humor and romance. That’s the best combination for a book, right? To get you even more excited: it’s the first in a trilogy. The sequels are Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green.

Manu’s pick: Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee

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It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Why should you read this book?

I think Angelfall is one of my favorite books in its genre. There’s a lot of action, a smartass and badass heroine you can’t help but love, evil angels invading our planet, and a seriously hot and amazing archangel that will make you swoon. For once, we have the female character saving the guy and doing everything she can to rescue her little sister, and nothing can stop her. And let me tell you, the ending was one of the most emotional, heartbreaking endings I’ve ever read, my heart is still suffering from it. So, please read it and I’ll be here to cry some more with you!

Rheeza’s pick: Bully  (Fall Away #1) by Penelope Douglas

bullyBully is about Tate and Jared, and what a pair! Childhood best friends and now high school enemies! Jared was sweet, caring and friendly and one summer at his dad’s, he changed. Now he lived to torment her. After a year away, Tate returns and when she realized her hope that Jared would finally stop is futile, she finally stands her ground!

Isn’t it about time you fought back?

Why should you read this book?

I never thought I would love this book so much but boy I was in for a treat! Not only that the story is engaging but it is really just a well written book so hat offs to Ms. Penelope.  It has the perfect blend of angst, romance and the chemistry between the two character is off the chart HOT but also heart wrenching *clutches chest emotionally*! But I’m warning you, it is impossible to put this book down! So don’t blame me for your sleepless night, though it will be definitely worth it! It is a relevant and strong book. Bullying is a sensitive topic and in reading this, you cannot help but feel and think. It will stay with you.

Paula’s pick: Reclaiming the sand by A. Meredith Walters

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Ellie McCallum was a bully. No connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable.

Flynn Hendrick lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger’s. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.

But then Flynn and Ellie grew up.

And moved on.

Why should you read this book?

Two words: Flynn Hendrick. If you are like me and cry and love easily this book is what you need, because it’s cute and the flashbacks are sad (I personally recommend to listen to Say Something through some of the scenes or the whole book). A thing I loved about this book is the character development in both Ellie and Flynn (although you can see the process more in the first one) it’s also really clear in Flynn’s character and it feels real. The background story for both of them is extremely sad but they get through it, it’s a book full of hope. So I hope that if you decide to read it you love it.

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