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Recent Reads #2

As I did last month, I want to share with you the books I read in February. Now, I spent a whole lotta time reworking the second book in The Selection trilogy and just got my second batch of edits for the first one. That means I wrote more than I read. So it’s a short list, but I hope you enjoy:


Once was Lost by Sara Zarr- This book follows Samara, a preacher’s kid, as she hits a time in her life when she’s got a lot of reasons to question her faith. Her life is falling apart and then the disappearance of a local girl, a sort-of friend, sets the community in a tailspin. I really appreciated this book, because I get what it is to not know why you should hold on to something sacred when it seems like the sacred isn’t doing much for you. My experience with my faith has been completely different in that I got to choose my beliefs in my own time, and I’ve never been in a position where I felt like I had to portray something publicly for the sake of my family, but that’s why Samara’s journey is so heavy. A lot is riding on her choices. Anyway, I dig her, and if I was a teenager and she was real, she’s someone I’d hang out with. Two thumbs up. 


Red Hot New Year by Diana Mercury, Denise Rossetti, Virginia Reede and Cynthia Eden- Okay, so I recently heard that if you want to learn to write good love scenes for a younger audience, you should read romance novels, take it down by ten degrees, then back up by two. I knew I wouldn’t make it through a whole romance novel, so I went the short story route instead. I’m not sure what I’ve learned, but if you enjoy reading about quivering members, this might be for you. One sideways thumb. And a raised eyebrow.


Delirium by Lauren Oliver- In the world portrayed in Delirium, love is illegal. It’s a disease. And that is wicked creepy. When I started reading this, the only thing in my head was romantic love, and that was enough to make me anxious, but there are so many kinds of love. Familial love, the love for your friends, your love of God… so what if your ability to feel any of that was taken away?  It’s a great question. I don’t want to go into details about the book, because I’ll end up saying too much and giving things away. All I’ll share is the end had me crying. In front of Callaway and my in-laws. So thanks, Lauren. Two big thumbs up.

Have you guys read any of these? Any faves?