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Friday, September 30, 2011

The Best of the Bunch: September 2011!

Best of the bunch is a monthly meme hosted by Lyrical Reviews. It spotlights our very favorite, out of all the books we've read each month.

Okay, so I have read so many great books this month, I couldn't pick just one. I thought, since one is a contemp and one is paranormal, it would be okay :0)
My picks for September are:

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.
When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
I know it's a cop out to pick two books, but I just couldn't decide between both of these wonderful stories. It was like Sophie's choice, ya'll! Both Laini Taylor and Stephanie Perkins create awesome characters and amazing worlds, whether real or fantastical. Everyone really needs to go out and get both of these books. I'm going to go re-read, so they can be my best of October, too...hehe :0)


  1. This is the first time I've seen this meme, but I've seen it on several blogs today - I have to do a post later. I really want both of these books. I keep hearing great things about both of these so I think you made wonderful choices for your best of the bunch! Hope you have a great October as well!

  2. Two books is totally illegal! Haha! Just kidding... They definitely sound like two amazing books. I'm not one of those people who don't judge books by their covers, so I can safely say that the cover for Daughter of Smoke and Bone is gorgeous and makes me want to read it just for that! And yes, I have previously read some shockers based on that philosophy...

  3. I'm so glad you loved both these books, I'm dying to read them both! I'm definitely reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone next!

  4. I REALLY want to read these two books! They're at the top of my list of books I need to buy ASAP! I'm glad you love them.

  5. Weee, book pick twins! :D Definitely the best two this month and, without a doubt, two of the best of this year. So, SO good.

    Happy weekend!

  6. Haha, I definitely picked two books last month, so no worries. :P And these are two awesome choices! Lola was my pick this month too, and OMG I WANT DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE SO BADLY. It sounds sooooo good and I keep hearing the most wonderful things about it. I need to get on that soon.

    My Best of the Bunch

  7. I wanted to pick Daughter of Smoke and Bone last month, but I hadn't written the review yet. It was a wonderful book! =)



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