Books of the Month: September 2013

September was a slow reading month for me, due to illness and our family vacation.  But, I managed to read 13 books, all of which I really enjoyed.  There were three books, though, that really stood out for me.  I've listed the books in the order I read them; I liked all three equally. The first is Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott.  I loved this emotional, gripping novel!  It won't be published until January 2014, so I don't have a cover to post.  I do have a summary though.

Summary for Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott:
Life. Death. And...Love?
Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.
But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.
Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.
Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

Next is What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles #1) by Kat Zhang.  I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.  It reminded me of Stephenie Meyer's The Host, but not so much that it felt like a reproduction of The Host.  If you like paranormal YA or sci-fi, you'd love What's Left of Me.  And even more exciting, book two (Once We Were) is already out! 

Summary for What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang:
I should not exist. But I do.
Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .
For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

Last, but certainly not least, is Only For You (For You #1) by Genna Rulon.  I fell head over heels in love with this smart, suspenseful, well-written New Adult novel!  Only For You embodied everything I love about NA fiction, and I found myself reading for hours on end, I was engrossed in the story.

Summary for Only for You by Genna Rulon:
All Everleigh Carsen wanted to do was complete her final semester at Hensley University and begin the life she carefully planned.

When a wave of violent crime seizes campus, Everleigh is persuaded to attend a school sponsored self-defense seminar by her best friend, where she meets volunteer instructor, Hunter Charles. After Everleigh’s biting sarcasm induces Hunter to eject her from class, a tempestuous relationship is born.

Everleigh is determined to forget the striking man, but fate—that fickle shrew—continuously intervenes. Unable to escape him, she declares Hunter an enemy combatant. The only complication…Hunter is resolutely pursuing vindication…by any means necessary. Verbal warfare ensues, and despite Everleigh’s ingenious efforts, in Hunter, she has finally found her equal.

Only For You is a compelling tale of friendship, desire, and redemption—brimming with intelligent characters, witty dialogue, unexpected twists, profound sorrow, unfettered hope, and love’s unassailable perseverance.

What were your favorite September reads?   


1 comment:

  1. Happy October reading!! I hope you are feeling better!


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