I like themes for my Friday Reads posts. This week's theme is books I found by attending UtopYA 2014. If you saw the post on my blog after we got back, you know how absolutely AMAZING I found UtopYA. Besides the fun of meeting some of my fellow Rebels, and all of the other incredible authors, readers and bloggers in person, I found a ton of fabulous new books to read. I limited myself to three, although I could probably talk your head off about many others. So without further ado....
This book won four awards at the UtopYA awards, including Book of the Year, so I knew I had to check it out. Amy sat right in front of me at the awards and she was just the nicest person ever, so humble as she accepted award after award. And what can I say about the book? Wow, just wow! I loved this book and am waiting, impatiently, with all the other Amy Bartol fans, for book #2. Kricket's story is different from anything else that I've read lately. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and found myself cheering for her throughout the book. You need to read this!!!
Kricket Hollowell never wished upon stars. She was too busy hiding in plain sight, eluding Chicago’s foster care system. As her eighteenth birthday approaches, she now eagerly anticipates the day she’ll stop running and finally find her place in the world.
That day comes when she meets a young Etharian soldier named Trey Allairis, who has been charged with coming to Earth to find Kricket and transport her to her true home. As danger draws close, he must protect her until she can wield the powers she cannot use on Earth…and he soon realizes that counting a galaxy of stars would be easier than losing this extraordinary girl.
Kyon Ensin knows the powerful depths of Kricket’s gifts—gifts he’ll control when he takes her for his tribe and leads the forces that will claim Ethar and destroy his enemies, starting with Trey Allairis. Now, Kricket faces the most difficult choice of her life: whether to wage a battle for survival, or a fight for love
I am sure many of you have heard of Jennifer Armentrout, I know I had, but I just hadn't had time to read her books in the hundreds (or thousands, to be honest) on my TBR list while still trying to finish my own first draft, At UtopYA, I met some very lovely ladies, members of the Armentrout Army (you know who you are), who were HUGE fans of Jennifer's. They strongly encouraged (read that as harassed) me to pick up the Lux series. (They actually wanted me to pick up all of her books, but as they were all wearing Daemon shirts, this is where they wanted me to start.) Who's Daemon? This hottie is one of the main characters in the series and 1/2 of the Best Couple award at UtopYA. I can't forget the other 1/2, Kat, who is an another amazing female character. Yep! I loved this book too and immediately bought the next couple in the series. I've only read the first three, but that's because I can only ignore my own book for so long. I can't wait to pick up on this series after 9/15!
Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring...until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up
.And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don't kill him first, that is.
This book is less of a new find than a rediscovery. I read this book around three years ago, and I loved the story about elves living around us, When I read this book, the sequel had not been published yet, so I had to wait and as sometimes happens, other books were added to my TBR and I didn't get back to it. I found Julia's table in the same room as the Rebels' at UtopYA and I was glad I did. By now, there were three more books out in this series. Julia was super sweet and signed them all for me. Check this series out!
Sixteen-year-old Keegan is struggling to keep her huge secret from her friends—she's an elf, descended from a long line of elves that live in secrecy alongside humans.
In elfin society, mates are predetermined but not allowed to meet until they are eighteen. Against tradition, Keegan's brother Thaddeus told her Rourk's name because his visions warned him she'd need Rourk's protection, especially since Keegan will play a key role in the coming war between the dark and light elves.
Rourk finds himself drawn to Keegan's side every time she thinks his name. He wants to talk to her but remains in the shadows, silently guarding her every time she mentally beckons him. A twist of fate thrusts the two of them together when Rourk is forced to step up his protection and make his presence known.
An ancient prophecy deeply entwines Keegan's family and the future of their society. Somehow they must find a way to thwart fate and win the battle...without losing Keegan. With war brewing, and dark forces aligning, will Keegan and Rourk ever have the life together that they both desire?
Happy Friday everyone!!! Have a great weekend and get reading (or finish editing, in my case)!