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July 10, 2020

Book Blogger Hop: Book Recommendations

Time for a Book Blogger Hop! This time the question is – If you can recommend a book from the following genres, what would they be? A book from Romance, NA, YA, Fantasy. (submitted by Tabatha @ Broken Soul Reviews)

This was hard! These are my favorite genres and choosing just one book was – ARGH. But I’ve done it. Although, ask me this question tomorrow, or even an hour from now and you’ll get an entirely different list. I know, I’m a fickle booklover.

On to my choices!

Romance

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

There is everything to love about this swoony romance – witty banter, hot and smart MCs, royalty, enemies to faux friends to real lovers. AAAAH! All of it! This book was on so many Best Of, Must Read lists in 2019. And they’re all correct. This is the best romance and you must read it. Do it! My review is here but seriously, just read it already.

Alex is the First Son to the USA’s first woman president. (Please, let me live in this alternate timeline, please!) And he has a long standing rivalry with Prince Henry, second son to the British monarch. Things come to a head when the two accidentally end up brawling at a high profile wedding which goes viral. To mitigate the damage, the two are forced to pretend to be friends in several carefully orchestrated PR outings.

But then maybe it isn’t so forced. Maybe they can be friends.

Or maybe what they thought was a rivalry was really a seriously hot attraction.

Read my review of Red, White & Royal Blue.

New Adult

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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

This is a delicious locked room mystery thriller. Travel writer Lo is given a fantastic opportunity. Her boss is unable to travel on a boutique cruise on a yacht and offers the plum assignment to Lo. Freaked out by a recent break-in at her apartment, this is the perfect time for Lo to snag a high profile assignment. Who wouldn’t want to be pampered on an ultra fancy yacht?

Except that her first night onboard, Lo witnesses what appears to be a murder. She sounds the alarm. And no one is missing.

So did she really witness a body being chucked overboard? And if she did, who was it? If not, what’s really going on? Is she going mad?

This is a classic locked room or in this case isolated yacht mystery> Limited number of suspects in a tightly locked down environment.

Young Adult

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

This book! The ending *flails wildly* OMG. *deep breath*

This book is about four friends who summer together on a private island, enjoying leisure and privilege.

And yet from the moment the book starts, the lies start. Think you have it figured out? Wrong!

Know were this is going when their relationships and antics take a turn for the destructive? Wrong!

I read a lot, I mean, A LOT of mysteries so I thought I knew where this was going. WRONG. I didn’t see THAT ending. Phew! What a roller coaster ride of a book.

If you like thrillers and unreliable narrators, read this!

Fantasy

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

This is the first book in the Wayward Children series and I feel like Seanan McGuire looked into my introverted, socially awkward, always feels out of place and time soul and wrote this portal fantasy for me. Children, out of place children can discover doors and if they’re brave enough to go through them, they find a world they belong to.

Yet sometimes those children end up back here. With families and friends who don’t understand or believe when the wayward child tells of where she’s been.

Some children give up their dreams of another world and assimilate back into their lives here.

Others can’t stop longing. Can’t stop searching for a way back. Those children end up at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. Which is where Nancy finds herself. Along with other misfits.

Then murder is committed and it’s up to Nancy and the others to figure it out before it happens again.

I cannot recommend this series enough. Beautifully written, inclusive. Be prepared to have the feels when you read it. This series well deserves all of the awards it’s won.

Seanan writes an Urban Fantasy series that I enjoy, InCryptid. Here’s my review of Imaginary Numbers, the latest book.

She recently wrote a middle-grade reader under the name A. Deborah Baker called Over the Woodward Wall. Read my review of it.

Your thoughts

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What would your choices be?

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Laura
Laura Eckert
I'm a lifelong book lover and voracious reader. I'm a former bookstore owner and current library marketer and book blogger.

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    I loved Every Heart a Doorway. I’m a little bit behind in this series, but I hope to get caught up soon. I’m a huge fan of Seanan McGuire’s October Daye and Incryptid series. Her books are always so good! 🙂

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