Welcome back to another exciting edition of gift guides! I know I have done one whole gift guide and now I think I’m an expert. For part two of the book lover’s gift guide, I’m handing out a list of some of my favorite books I’ve loved period. Part 1 was strictly focused on books I’ve read this year and loved. Part 2, we are expanding.
Reminder, don’t be afraid that the book lover in your life has read these books or might already own them. Just grab a gift receipt. Nobody was ever injured exchanging a book and waltzing through a bookstore for a few hours.
1. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter– I have loved this book since I got it in 2012. I’ve reread it multiple times. This is a wonderful re-telling of Hades and Persephone. It’s a modern re-telling. It has so much greek mythology that 7th grade Ashleigh was squealing in my heart. (Mythology was my favorite part of 7th grade english) This is a start of a wonderful series and love all the books. Start here though. Five out of five stars.
2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson– THIS BOOK. Oh my gosh. Okay, this book had me guessing and every time I thought I had figured out what was going on, I’d turn the page and discover that I was wrong. This book is so good. I still need to read the rest of the series. Our main character flees her wedding day for an arranged marriage and starts a new life where two mysterious men show up. One is the prince who she was supposed to marry, the other, an assassin sent to kill her.
3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas– My favorite thing about this book is that it is set in “olden” times. Which is just my way of saying that it happens in a time period from the past before technology was a thing. Here we have an assassin who is in what is basically a jail. If jail was a place where bad people went and there were no rules on how they were treated. The prince plucks this assassin out of the jail to be his champion in a contest for the king.
4. Control by Brittany K. Blair– Think X-Men with a government that was able to force them to register and a society that hates them and only sees them as a threat and a danger. Control focus on Cole, who has all the trademarks of an Anomaly (what they are called in this world) except a power. This book has a wonderful group of characters and this book has plenty of action.
5. Uninvited by Sophie Jordan– Dystopian world where they have narrowed down the probability of whether or not you’ll kill someone based on a certain gene you may or may not carry. Society’s fear has tracked “Killer Gene” killers and the numbers are high and scary. I mean, other murders happen by people without the gene but public fear has made it so they start testing teenagers for the gene and those who test positive, end up isolated from the rest of society and labeled as a killer before they even do anything to warrant the fear. Well, enter our main character who is literally perfect with a perfect life and she comes up positive for the killer gene and we get to follow her “fall from grace.” This book is so good. It brings up a lot of different perspectives and it keeps you flipping through the pages.