Reading Recommendations 4

Since my 1st reading recommendations post, my 2nd one and 3rd one, I have read (or listened to on audiobook on my way to work) some more great books to share with you! These are the ones that I would recommend!!

The Hunt, The Pray, The Trap

Don’t Sweat.  Don’t Laugh.  Don’t draw attention to yourself.  And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

Gene is different from everyone else around him.  He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood.  Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.  Keep the truth a secret.  It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him.  He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

–> another vampire book? Yup, I was a little skeptical at first too, but I really liked this series. And it’s different from the typical vampires stories. A fun read with lots of twists in the trilogy series.

Absolute Power – David Baldacci

In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping Luther Whitney, a career break-in artist, behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and Luther is running into the night. Because what he has just seen is a brutal murder involving Alan Richmond, the president of the United States, the man with…Absolute Power.

–> oh man – awesome read. Great twists, turns and shockers.

After Her – Joyce Maynard

Marin County, California, summer, 1979. When young women start turning up dead on the mountain behind the home of Rachel and her devoted eleven-year-old sister, Patty, their father—a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome (and chronically unfaithful) detective—is put in charge of finding the “Sunset Strangler.” Watching her father’s life slowly unravel as months pass and more women are killed, Rachel embarks on a dangerous game to catch the killer. Her actions will destroy her father’s career and alter forever the lives of everyone she loves. Thirty years later, believing that the wrong man was arrested for the crimes, leaving the true killer at large, Rachel constructs a new strategy to smoke out the Sunset Strangler and vindicate her father—and discovers more than she bargained for.

Loosely inspired by the Trailside Killer case, After Her is part thriller, part love story—a poignant, suspenseful, and painfully real family saga that traces a young girl’s first sexual explorations, the loss of innocence, the bond shared by sisters, and the tender but damaged relationship between a girl and her father that endures even beyond the grave.

–> a very thoughtful book. . . one that you will think about long after reading.

The One – Kiera Cass


The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!

–> Love love love this book and this entire Selection Series. Such a chick flick but a great, quick, cute read.

Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant – Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

–> so unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve probably at least heard of this series, maybe have read the books or seen the movie..  . well, I might be the first person ever to say that I didn’t love them. Well, not exactly. . . I really enjoyed Divergent, but it went downhill after that. Insurgent was just ok and Allegiant was totally boring for me. Oh well, you can’t win them all. BUT, I am still going to see the movies. Winking smile

Read any good books lately???

Linking up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud!!


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17 Responses to Reading Recommendations 4

  1. Awesome reviews! I am always on the hunt for new interesting books!
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  2. I totally agree with you about the Divergent series. I felt almost the exact same way. It always gets compared to The Hunger Games so, in that regard, I totally pick The Hunger Games. Also, I loved The Selection series! I always describe it as dystopian fiction meets The Bachelor. Just a really fun read!
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      Yes! that is a perfect description for The Selection Series – did you know they are making it into a TV show?

  3. I read The Good Girl, and really really liked it! Kind of a mystery like gone girl, but I like The Good Girl’s storytelling style better!
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  4. Love David Baldacci so I’ll have to check that one out. I also read the whole Divergent series in 5 days lol. So good!
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  5. I definitely agree with you about the Divergent series. I enjoyed Divergent, I barely remember Insurgent, and Allegiant felt like a weak, rushed joke. I’ve found a few series’ over the past couple of months that I really love. Throne of Glass and Under the Never Sky. I enjoyed both way more than Divergent and The Hunger Games.
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  6. Loved the Selection series! For a YA series, it was fantastic!
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  7. Ah, I love the Selection series!! So dang good, it drew me in from the very beginning. I recently read Baking Bree by Sarah West and it was cute, quirky, and had a great storyline.
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  8. Just bought “After Her” on your recommendation. It’s so hard finding good books lately.

    Totally appreciate your suggestions, they all seem like books I’d love reading.
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  9. I agree– loved divergent and insurgent, but the last one was not my fave. I did recently see the divergent movie and thought it did a good job of following along! I swear I saw somewhere too that there is another series based on Four from the book?

    I haven’t been able to free read much lately, but my next book is going to be the new memoir from Amy Poehler!!!
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