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Binding of Bindings #6: Love is in the Book Air

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I can show you the world,

Love, affection, devotion.

Tell me, reader, your afflictions,

So that you can avoid those books.

I can open your eyes,

To heartbreak and true love.

Under harsh rules and above,

On a magic book ride.

A whole new world,

With Fae, Ghosts and Murderers.

Some stories may start out sweet,

But then end dark and bleak.

But don’t let that keep you away.

A whole new world,

One where you can find your mate and lover.

You may cry with despair, or even joy

But no matter which, your tears will deploy.

Because those mushy stories are here!

Your heart will start pounding,

You might feel like you’re drowning.

But just make sure you come up for air.

A whole new world,

One of intrigue, passion and flare,

Don’t you dare turn away,

Here is where you have to stay.

Because:

~ * ~ Love is in the Book Air ~ * ~

 

 

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

*Sigh*

We all just need a Rhysand, don’t we?!

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This series is EVERYTHING our mushy, hopeful souls need when it comes to romance. Some Fae male to steal us away from the human realm, a first love, despair, true love/mates and a High Court of lethal dark characters.

I am currently reading this series over, AGAIN, just because I needed that soul-clenching love to hit me like a ton of bricks.

 

2. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

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A favorite of mine for YEARS! Just Listen is an incredibly sweet and sad story. It follows a girl named Annabel who is dealing with a very traumatic event that happened one night with her former friend Sophie. As she tries to come to grips with the event, she meets a guy named Owen who helps put her back on her feet.

This is SUCH a touching story that focuses on some serious topics like anorexia and sexual assault, but it is also a tender story of acceptance and forgiveness.

This will make you swoon.

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3. The Purification Era series by Angie Grigaliunas

If you want a Fantasy series obsession, with a truly envious romance, READ THESE BOOKS!

Sowing and Quelling follow the lives of two sisters, Ariliah and Rabreah, as they try to find their place in a village ruled over by the Hulcondans – ruthless soldiers who are meant to protect the city and inhabitants. For Ariliah, the Hulcondans are her protectors and people she trusts without question, but for Rabreah, they are vile and will take advantage of men and women just because they are the law.

Rabreah joins the rebellion and meets Sorek, their fearless leader. So ensues a tale of an uprising, battles and murders, and of course…romance.

The romance in this series is definitely one of my favorites, because the characters feel SO real and relatable. The love in this series is a slow-build, so one you can definitely get to know and appreciate. Plus, the female characters are BADASS and Sorek is truly my dream man. LOVE it.

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4. Atonement by Ian McEwan

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Grab your tissues boys and girls.

This will rip your heart out.

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This book starts in 1934 and takes the reader through World War II, following the lives of two lovers, Robbie and Cecilia. It begins with a young girl named Briony making a colossal mistake of accusing Robbie of a heinous crime one summer night, which in turns changes the lives of these three characters forever.

This is a tale of fierce love and loss, and will absolutely make you WEEP.

I’m not kidding guys, this will crush you.

But it’s just OH SO worth it!

 

5. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

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This is a BEAUTIFUL and UNIQUE YA contemporary romance that I know you guys will LOVE!

Steffi is a selective mute, and has been for years. But with her choice of silence comes isolation from her peers at school, until she meets Rhys. Rhys is deaf but is able to communicate with Steffi through sign language. Soon a romance sparks between them, and they learn how to navigate through the world together.

This book does a fantastic job of showcasing the struggles that both of these characters endure, while also giving it a positive layer of perseverance and helping one another grow.

It’s a fantastic coming-of-age story, and one with a romance SO sweet and innocent that you’ll want to put these two in your pocket.

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6. The Mediator series by Meg Cabot

I have always had a liking for Meg Cabot books (especially the 1-800-Where-Are-You series) and this series is no exception.

The main character, Suze, can speak to the dead. The series goes through her life at school, and each book showcases a new spirit who needs her help to cross over or move on. But the real story is with a ghost named Jesse who she falls MADLY in love with, even though they obviously cannot be together.

It is a very lighthearted and enjoyable series, and one you will FLY through.

 

7. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

There obviously can’t be a “Love is in the Air” post without Throne of Glass!

This series as you know (at least, I hope you know) is positively SEEPING in romance and lust! There’s endless games of cat and mouse, love triangles, mates, deaths, battles and murders. It is a series with such intense and soul-crushing romance that you will never again be satisfied in an actual relationship in real life.

You can thank Sarah J. Maas for that.

There’s just SOMETHING about a man that would skin someone alive for hurting you

 

8. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

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Dreamland is another book you will need that box of tissues for, so I hope you’re stocking up now!

Caitlin and Rogerson.

The beautiful relationship that starts out so promising, so smoothly, and then…it shatters.

It’s a relationship that is just as much addicting as it is toxic. It is one that is SO relatable to so many readers, and teaches us all a really amazing lesson.

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Your heart will need bandaging after this one.

 

9. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

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I think we have all seen this amazing movie, but have you read the book?!

The book is set in 1958 and follows Landon Carter as he recounts his days in high school. He starts to spend his time with Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town’s Baptist minister, and soon a romance blossoms. This story is a passionate fairy-tale dream, one with a bad boy falling in love with a sweet girl…but one that also ends on a sad note.

If this doesn’t capture your heart, I don’t know what will.

My stomach is doing little flips just thinking about it!

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10. The Garden by John Nuckel

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The Garden is a short story of love and forgiveness.

Walt is nearing the end of his life, and while laying in the hospital he recounts small memories with his daughters and late wife, Meg. The reader follows Walt as he makes his journey into the afterlife by making amends with his daughter.

It is a short and sweet tale filled with love and adoration, and one that completely reminds me of Carl and Ellie.

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11. Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher

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Thirteen Reasons Why has been at the top of my “Most Obsessed-Over Books” for years now, and there’s so many reasons why.

Not only is it COMPLETELY unique, but it gets down and dirty into suicide and what comes after.

Clay Jensen comes home one day to find a box of cassette tapes addressed to him. As he plays the first tape, he realizes it is Hannah, a girl who had committed suicide two weeks earlier. On each tape Hannah gives a reason that lead to her decision to kill herself, and that the tapes will be sent to each person who played a role in her suicide.

This book will strip you bare, make you take a long hard look at yourself and your actions, and will make you feel EVERY SINGLE FEEL there is.

It’s the story of a romance that never was, but in my opinion, a romance that is incredibly powerful and important.

 

12. The Darkness series by Stacey Marie Brown

On a lighter note…

The Darkness series!

This is a Mature YA Paranormal Romance that includes demons, faeries, goblins and Dark Dwellers. This series is HOT, HOT, HOT!!! It’s like a Twilight for the mature reader, but with more bloodshed and better writing 😉

It is about a girl named Ember who is forced into a school for troubled youth after she accidentally causes a series of electrical explosions. Here Ember learns the truth of what she is, a species of Otherworld that is forbidden to be alive, and falls for the alluring and dangerous Eli Dragen.

It is another story with a romance that builds, so don’t worry…no Insta-Love here!

 

13. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

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Awwww…Young love!

If you have not had the immense pleasure of reading Flipped, you NEED to get involved!

It’s a Pre-teen/YA Coming-of-age Contemporary Romance, but is a wonderful read for all ages! The story flips back and forth between Julie Baker and Bryce Loski as they grow older. Julie has been in love with Bryce since the day they met when his family moved in across the street, but Bryce wants nothing more than for Julie to leave him alone.

It is a WONDERFUL, innocent and heart-filling story of two young characters as they grow, make life decisions, and really find out who they are and who they want to be.

 

14. The Immortals series by Alyson Noel

The Immortals is YA Fantasy/Paranormal romance series about a girl who acquires the ability to read people’s auras after a fatal car accident. By just touching someone, Ever can learn someone’s life story. This pushes Ever into a life of isolation from her peers, until a boy named Damen enters her life. Damen is both mysterious and intoxicating, but knows just how to help her and keep her sane among the insanity that her life has become.

This series is the epitome of a love story. It is SO sweet and beautiful, and definitely the reason I have such high expectations when being courted! 😉

 

15. Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler

AW, this brings back such wonderful memories!

I read this series in high school. I fell in love with it, and expected all my future loves to be JUST. LIKE. THIS.

Obviously, I was very wrong. But I’m still hoping!

Ivy and Tristan are everything that embodies the title of love. When Tristan suddenly dies in a car accident, Ivy’s world shatters from the loss of her soulmate. But when Tristan comes back as an angel to protect and watch over Ivy, his dreams are crushed when she is unable to feel his presence.

I know it sounds cheesy, and it is. I mean come on, it’s a LOVE story guys! But trust me, this is a swoon-worthy series and will make you wish you had an angel to fall in love with.

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Ugh, am I the only one nauseous from the FEELS of all those books?!

I just want to crawl into a hole and suffocate myself with every single one of these romance books, until my hole becomes a puddle from my tears.

Which will turn that puddle into a river, that you can tell me to cry for you.

Let me know how these turn out for you, I’m dying to know how much they rip your heart out!

 

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KEEPING SECRETS (Saving Zoë) By Alyson Noël

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Keeping Secrets is one of those awesome book reissues involving two stories, Faking 19 and Saving Zoë. I decided to split this review into a “Part 1/Part 2” review, just so nothing gets confusing, and because they both deserve their own attention. I have already posted my review for Faking 19, which you can see here.

Genre: Young Adult/Fiction/Tween

Plot: In Alyson Noël’s newest teen novel, one sister’s secrets save the other’s life–in more ways than one.

Meet fifteen-year-old Echo, a typical teen trying to survive high school without being totally traumatized by boy trouble, friend drama, and school issues. As if she didn’t have enough on her plate, Echo is also still dealing with the murder of her sister Zoë. Although it’s been over a year, Echo is still reeling from tragedy that changed everything. Beautiful and full of life, Zoë was the glue that held her family together, and although the two sisters were as different as night and day, they still had a bond that Echo can’t let go of. When Zoë’s old boyfriend Marc shows up one day with Zoë’s diary, Echo doesn’t think there’s anything in there she doesn’t already know. But as she gives in to curiosity and starts reading, she learns that her sister led a secret life that no one could have guessed–not even Echo.

Opinion: I would first like to say that it was a FANTASTIC idea to put Saving Zoë as the second story in this reissue. If it had been first, than I would have been pretty disappointed reading Faking 19 after a story like this. This is one of those books that will leave your inner child feeling a bit squirmy and queasy, but ultimately leaving a reminder behind about the dangers of the internet and strangers. Books like this need to be required reading in junior high and high schools; but since they are not, I recommend sipping this dose of reality.

Echo is fifteen and starting high school with her two best friends, Abby and Jenay, who are more than optimistic at their chance of meeting new friends and boys. But if starting high school wasn’t stressful enough, the looks and whispers that Echo receives when she walks by her classmates doesn’t help. Readers connect with Echo just one year after the disappearance and murder of her older sister Zoë, and her feelings of loss are more present than ever. Not only are the people around her accidentally dropping constant reminders; but being in the same school with Zoë’s old boyfriend Marc proves to be challenging, especially when Marc was a suspect in her murder.  But when Marc reaches out to Echo one day and gives her Zoë’s old diary, her world is split wide open as she falls into the life of a sister she thought she knew inside and out. Soon Echo realizes the true story behind what happened to her sister; as well as finding herself along the way.

After reading this book, I sat in my chair for a few minutes feeling disgusted and sad. I am really not a big reader of any book that involves sexual abuse, stranger danger, or gruesome murders. Call me a pansy (I dare you 😉 ) but it just gets way too serious for me sometimes. But here I am, reading another book that makes me scream WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO YOURSELF, and not giving one single damn! Though these kinds of stories completely “weird me out”, I still find myself coming across them and getting sucked into every detail of the plots. Most of the time, these stories always turn out great because of the message they leave behind for readers. If an author can make me feel physically and mentally drained and saddened by a fictional story, they have my full attention from then on.

The character of Echo is your typical teenage girl that was cast in the shadow of her amazing and bubbly older sister. Echo is a prime example of a sibling that has faced a loss at a young age, while also trying to figure out how to find who she is and what she wants. I found Echo to be a bit confusing, and I didn’t connect with her character nearly as much as I connected with the story as a whole. I think the reader gets the general sense of her and how she acts/reacts, but I don’t feel like I really got to know her as much as we get to know Zoë. On another note, I loved how to author gave a little bit of what happens to Zoë throughout the story instead of just throwing it all at us at the beginning. I find that I stay interested when I only get hints towards what happened in a story about someone being killed, and it builds towards the ending in such a better way.

I think every female should read this, or a story similar, because it gives us all that little reminder to be aware of who we talk to on the internet. The internet, and the world for that matter, can be a scary and twisted place when we don’t have that constant reminder that terrible things could happen if we aren’t careful. I found that coming across books like this in high school kept me aware for myself, because sometimes listening to your parents repeat it constantly loses its impact. I HIGHLY recommend this to girls, women, boys, and even parents! This is a very insightful and heart wrenching story that I think can benefit a lot of people.

4 Stars

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Books · Reviews

KEEPING SECRETS (Faking 19) by Alyson Noel

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Keeping Secrets is one of those awesome book reissues involving two stories, Faking 19 and Saving Zoë. I decided to split this review into a “Part 1/Part 2” review, just so nothing gets confusing, and because they both deserve their own attention.

Genre: Young Adult/Fiction/Tween

Plot: A beautifully repackaged two-in-one reissue of Saving Zoe and Faking 19 by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël

Secret wishes, hidden heartaches and painful truths. Everyone has them―but some secrets are harder to hide.

We usually tell our best friends everything. Our crushes, our embarrassing stories, our secrets―but sometimes there are truths so deep and dark that we can’t tell anyone. Not our parents, not our sisters…not even our best friends. Some secrets are so unspeakable that we keep them safely locked away so no one will ever discover them.

But what happens when they become more than you can handle alone? In these two magnificent novels, two girls can’t tell anyone about the terrible burdens they carry. But as they’re about to learn, it’s not our secrets that matter most―but those who still love us once they learn the truth.

Opinion: I truly had no expectations going into these two stories, except for the fact that I knew it was a Tween/YA read that would be light and fun. It proved to be just that: fun and exciting, innocent and mischievous, incredibly secretive but very honest. I think it was a great first start to the two books in this reissue collection.

Faking 19 is about a girl named Alex who lives in Orange County with her mother, and is dealing with the few weeks leading up to her possible graduation from high school. With her best friend M, who also happens to be one of the most beautiful and popular girls in her school, they decide to make their current situation more exciting by going to Los Angeles and experiencing the glamorous lifestyle. After soon meeting Connor and Trevor, two older and wealthy guys from England, the lies about their age any other things start to form. Readers follow Alex and M as they struggle with their social and personal lives, and secrets that they keep buried.

I read The Immortals by Alyson Noël in back in the day, and got completely hooked on her young adult romance writing. Her writing has always been simplistic and real, in the sense that I always get hooked right in but it is also usually an even paced read. Faking 19 proved to keep to the author’s style, but with a definitely more realistic take on a teenage girl. The reader catches up with Alex as she seems to be in quite a funk; she’s failing most of her classes, she isn’t as involved in her school as she used to be, and she is angry at her dad for not helping her and her mother financially when he left. M, Alex’s best friend, might be gorgeous and extremely wealthy but her parents are never home. Alex and M are your stereotypical California girls who are dramatic and “just wanna have fun”. They decide to start visiting L.A. more and eventually meet two older guys from London named Connor and Trevor.

I think the relationships between the girls and the two guys they meet was actually fairly realistic in most ways. I found myself becoming suspicious of Connor though, especially when it came to either of the boys realizing how young they were! I mean come on, I think you would know. …then again, the girls these days do look quite a bit older. Weird. I think the author did a great job of portraying the very different issues that M and Alex share in their home life, but that they are both quite similar in the sense that their parents are a bit absent. I think this read really proved to be a great coming-of-age story, and it dove into a lot of issues that young girls face when they are trying to figure out who they are or who they want to be.

All in all, cute story. This isn’t a genre I would probably read still, but it brought me back to my teen years and was enjoyable. I have no qualms at all with this story, so give it a try if you’re into the Tween/YA genre and want to read something laid back!

4 Stars

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