Stephanie Perkins’ Novels

Pages: 400, 368, 352
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Speak
My Rating: 4.8/5
Stephanie Perkins writes contemporary novels that are so fresh and happy. In between the heavy, epic series’ that I read, I always get depressed in between books because I’m searching for the next amazing book. These books are the perfect pick me up you need when you’re in “book mourning”. Each of these books takes place in lovely locations. Anna and the French Kiss takes place in a boarding school in Paris, France. Lola and the Boy Next Door takes place in San Francisco. Isla and the Happily Ever After takes place in New York. These books are not a series, but I think it best to read them in order because the main characters from the first, show up in the second, and so forth. Anyways, these books are easy reads that can be read in a couple hours or a day. So, pick one up they are all wonderful!
 
Enjoy the descriptions of each:
“Anna and the French Kiss”
Anna can’t wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?
“Lola and the Boy Next Door”
Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
“Isla and the Happily Ever After”
Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.
Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoon-worthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.
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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Pages: 627
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publisher: Deli Publishing Company
My Rating: 4.8/5

This book is a vastly popular Historical Fiction novel. One of few grown up books I’ve actually enjoyed haha. This book is an epic story of Claire Randall and James Frasier. Based partly in 1945, the majority of the book is set in 1743 Scotland. This book, and all books in this series, is a marathon, not a sprint. It is a very long book with many words on every page. I quite enjoyed reading this book a little each night so that I was slowly exposed to the story bit by bit. I would compare this series to that of Game of Thrones, it has the same amazing character and world building. I think it is actually better than Game of Thrones because it focuses on the same main characters the entire book, so it is easier for the reader to really know the characters. If you are interested in a wonderful story that is based in historical facts, I highly recommend this series!

Enjoy the book’s description:
“The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.”

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Pages: 336
Author: Kerstin Gier
Publisher: Henry Holt
My Rating: 5/5

Time travel! This book is so cool! It is set in present day London and the dialect is wonderful. This book consists of secret societies, time traveling, centuries of family relations, romance, and coming of age. I highly recommend reading the audiobook because wow the accents make it so much more interesting. I instantly fell in love with this book. There are many trips back in time to different centuries where you learn a lot of history and actual facts. This book is based in actual fact as well as an imaginary, secret world. The main character is entirely relatable and funny. I highly recommend reading this series. I am currently in the middle of the second book and I can honestly say, it only gets better!

Enjoy the book’s description:
“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.”

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Pages: 412
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publisher: Mira
My Rating: 5/5

This book is very refreshing. I have yet to read something even close to along the lines of this plot, so I was thoroughly impressed. The main gist of it is, the main character, Yelena, gets a second chance at life by being offered the job of the commander’s food taster. The commander is basically the “king” of this world. So many assassinations are attempted via poison. The book provides imaginative and inventive knowledges of poison. It also combines elements of magic that create another factor in the plot. This story is told wonderfully and, set in a completely new world, does not fail to impress. I will certainly continue the rest of this series and recommend it to all.

Enjoy the book’s description:
“About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…”

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Pages: 422
Author: Sara Raasch
Publisher: Harper Collins, HarperCollins Publishers
My Rating: 4/5

I was extremely excited about this book because I read the description of it long before it was released and saw that it was definitely the kind of book I like to read. It encompasses all my favorite things, such as beautiful world building, character building, female heroines, and a bit of romance. Raasch is an excellent story teller. One way or another the story did get told. I however would have preferred for it not to have taken so long. Whenever actual action and major events started happening, I was well past the 3/4 mark and confused at what took up the entire first half of the book. I believe it is intentionally slow paced, but combining that with my dislikes of the main character Meira, and I was not entirely impressed. Meira is impulsive, reckless, and immature. It is hard to relate or understand why she does the things she does when there is never a rhyme or reason. But, overall it is a great book, I recommend picking it up!

 

 

Enjoy the book description:
“Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.”

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas


Pages: 562
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
My Rating: 5/5

This book is the third book in this six book series. It was released on September 2, 2014. It perfectly continues the story of “Throne of Glass” and “Crown of Midnight”. If the covers of these novels scares you off, I urge you to be open-minded. The books are a beautiful fantasy tale of monarchy, witchcraft, female heroines, and coming of age, as well as being full of action. This series is never boring. I would compare Sarah J. Maas’ writing to that of (dare I say) J.K. Rowling. In the way that they can make a later book explain a detail in the first book you didn’t quite understand and vise versa. The story continues to build so intricately without confusing the reader. I highly recommend you start reading this beautiful series. There, I did it, NO spoilers! *high-fives self*

 

 

Enjoy the book description:
“Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.
While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?”

The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
My Rating: 4.85/5
I have been in love with Cassandra Clare’s writing since I read The Mortal Instruments series. Her books have built an incredible world that is so complex and inventive. However, I thoroughly enjoyed The Infernal Devices series more than her previous work. Starting with the first book, “Clockwork Angel”, she jumps right into the action and beautiful story telling. The character building in this first book is what made me want more. Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs characters are so fun and witty.
The second and third books, “Clockwork Prince” and “Clockwork Princess”, perfectly continue the story. They are paced just right. If anyone has read her previous books and not been all that impressed, I urge you to try out this series! You will not be disappointed. And for anyone who has yet to read any of Cassandra Clare’s books, this is where you need to start off. I cannot talk about this series enough. I don’t know what else to say without giving away too much of the plot.Enjoy the book descriptions from each:

“Clockwork Angel”

Magic is dangerous–but love is more dangerous still. When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own. Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by–and torn between–two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length…everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world…and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

“Clockwork Prince”
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them. Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do? As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
“Clockwork Princess”
Tessa Gray should be happy—aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.