HAPPY THURSDAY everyone! As always, we have some amazing posts in store. And did you know that there is another great bookish site in town – The Reading Room! The Bookanistas even have their own book club there – check it out:
Now, on to this week’s fabulous reviews:
- Jamie Harrington falls for FALLING UNDER
- Shelli Johannes-Wells visits DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES
- Elana Johnson reveals the cover of THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE
- Carolina Valdez Miller is wild about WITHER
- Bethany Wiggins commends KETURA AND LORD DEATH
- Beth Revis discovers LOST AND FOUND
- Lisa and Laura Roecker wonders WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE
- Megan Miranda swoons for ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS
- Shana Silver gushes over WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE
- Jen Hayley peers into CLARITY
- Carrie Harris is mesmerized by MOMENTO NORA
- Matt Blackstone visits THE NINTH WARD
- Stasia Ward Kehoe spotlights STRINGS ATTACHED
Now, on to my Bookanista Shout out – the Amazing LIKE MANDARIN by Kirsten Hubbard
Release Date: 3/8/2011
Basic Blurb: (from Amazon)
It’s hard finding beauty in the badlands of Washokey, Wyoming, but 14-year-old Grace Carpenter knows it’s not her mother’s pageant obsessions, or the cowboy dances adored by her small-town classmates. True beauty is wild-girl Mandarin Ramey: 17, shameless and utterly carefree. Grace would give anything to be like Mandarin.
When they’re united for a project, they form an unlikely, explosive friendship, packed with nights spent skinny-dipping in the canal, liberating the town’s animal-head trophies, and searching for someplace magic. Grace plays along when Mandarin suggests they run away together. Blame it on the crazy-making wildwinds plaguing their badlands town.
Because all too soon, Grace discovers Mandarin’s unique beauty hides a girl who’s troubled, broken, and even dangerous. And no matter how hard Grace fights to keep the magic, no friendship can withstand betrayal.
Oh yes, I love this cover!
Why I liked it: LIKE MANDARIN was one of the most beautifully written books I have read in a long time. It had the lyrical quality you find in a lot of literature, while still keeping the pace moving. The storyline sort of sneaks up on you, which I liked as well. There were no big action scenes – no huge EMO moments. And yet, it didn’t need them because as a reader I was so wrapped up in the beauty of the words that I didn’t feel like I needed the rest – if that makes sense. It was a wonderful well crafted story that epitomized, for me, what a character-driven story does – highlight the characters themselves without a fast paced plot. The setting was like an additional character and beautifully described throughout the book. The ending was not what I expected, but I was not disappointed.
All in all, a beautiful read.
Where to find it:
I made some good headway on my TBR pile – or so I thought!!! There are just so many fabulous reads….