What books have taken you by surprise lately?
I couldn't asked for four books so different from one another. It was quite refreshing to have such different settings and characters. I have to say, I recommend each and every one of the reads this month. Read a bit more below to find out why.
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
I've been waiting since forever to buy and read this book. I'm a huge fan of the author's Killer Unicorn series and I can't recommend it enough (especially to Buffy fans). This book is nothing like that series, but that is fine by me. This is a different interpretation of Jane Austen's Persuasion.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I've been meaning to read this book, but for years. My best friend had it in on her bookshelf and the title stuck with me. When the movie was announced, and I watched the trailer, I knew I couldn't put it off much longer. It was much different than I expected coming from a very smart freshman boy who is befriended by seniors. It is written as letters to a friend so the voice is totally the protagonist and how he interprets the world. The very last part of the book brought out an emotional response in me that I didn't expect and it stayed with me throughout the day. I'm really looking forward to seeing the movie.
The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
I loved Carson's first book "The Girl of Fire and Thorns" (the title!) and this book is not just as good, it is better. It is not very often where I'm completely blown away from a second book compared to the first. This books has such a different feel now that Eliza has come a bit into her own. If you're looking for a great fantasy, this is the book for you.
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
I received this book as an ARC and I decided to wait closer to the date to read it. This is so much different than the fantasy of Bracken's first book. This is a dystopian written in the not so distant future where children start to develop abilities. The book follows one of those children as they filter them into camps, and what happens when she is broken out. The writing is almost written like a movie where one thing after another happens, much like The Hunger Games. It was hard to put it down!
As you can see, I'm a little late on posting this October post due to NaNoWriMo. Keep an eye out for the November reads later this week!