Everyone picks up a good book once in a great while just for fun. Not many people pick up books because they want to read the stories. There are some books where the author completely drowns you in the story. You get attached to the characters and you never want to put the book down. You lose sleep at night because you can’t stop thinking about the book and the characters. These are five of those books that I’ve found to be worth reading and made me feel all the feels.
1. The Color Project
Summary: “Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.
Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.
When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely, or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.” – amazon.com (https://www.amazon.com/Color-Project-Sierra-Abrams…)
This book is all I could ask for in a contemporary. A slow burn romance, a relatable main character, and a relatable storyline. I gave this book 5/5 stars on goodreads and could not get enough of it. What made it even better was receiving an Advanced Reader’s Copy from the author herself in exchange for a review and absolutely falling in love with this book.
“Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.”-MacMillan Publishers (https://us.macmillan.com/caraval/stephaniegarber/9…)
This young adult fantasy story will immerse you from the very beginning. Reminding many readers of the night circus this storyline is very similar only it is geared towards young adults and the night circus is geared towards adults. Once the game beings in the storyline you do not want to put this book down as you want to uncover the mystery behind Tella’s disappearance as well and save her from her ultimate demise as you become attached to Scarlett and her desperate search for her sister in the middle of a magical game. I absolutely adore this novel and the author behind it, Stephanie Garber, as a lover of The Night Circus this book sucked me in from the very description and I was so grateful to have won a giveaway for an advanced copy and read this before it’s release. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars as I loved this book from the very beginning.
3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
“Quirks of timing feature in this romantic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver find that true love can be unexpected.Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having just missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row. A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?”- Poppy Publishing an imprint of Hachette Book Group (https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/jennifer-…)
This is one of my favorite books to read when i’m traveling. Not only is it a quick read it’s another one that will suck you in from the two main characters first meeting and it reads like a movie screenplay. The 24 hour time period is what makes it seem the most like a screenplay, and, naturally, it is being made into a movie! It is such a feel good story and it makes you want your own romantic love story. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars as well.
4. Sarah’s Key
“Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.
Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.”-St. Martin’s Press of Macmillian Publishers (https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250097569)
This is one of the most compelling historical fiction books I have ever read. It grabbed me from the start as I have always been interested in French history and culture. I also have a particular interest in reading historical fiction surrounded by the holocaust and what happened as a result of the German invasions across Europe. It makes for an interesting read from dual perspective as we jump from 1942 in Sarah’s perspective to 2002 in Julia’s perspective. There is also a compelling film based off of the book, but like I always say, the book is better. I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it.
5. The Queen of the Tearling
“Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.
On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.
Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.
But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.”-Harper Collins Publishers (https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062290366/the-qu…)
This is an interesting read from what I recall. The setting is interesting because it’s a country that seems to be in medieval time but is set in current time and the country does not want to be a country based on current technology. It’s also a great coming of age story as we see Kelsea stepping up to her rightful place as Queen and making changes which do not suit well with some of her subjects. I loved this book as it reminded me of the book Throne of Glass which is one of my favorite books! I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.