Great Reads from January 2017

I should really title this series “Great Reviews from January 2017” since I didn’t actually read all of these books in January, but “Great Reads” sounds better. Regardless, I read these books, and I rated them all 4-stars, so it still works.

Click on the book title to open my full review from Opinionated Book Lover.

 Always by Sarah Jio

As she leave a restaurant with her fiance, Kailey Crane spies a thin, bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. She approaches him to offer up her bag of leftovers, and is stunned when their eyes meet, then stricken to her very core: The man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister.

This book reminded me a lot of One True Loves. It had the same level of suspense and uncertainty. It was a fast, great read.

4 Stars

 Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Young

On an average day in America, seven children and teens will be shot dead. Award-winning journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of the lives lost during one such day. It could have been any day, but he chose November 23, 2013.

This book is anything but enjoyable to read, but it is incredibly important. It documents 10 short lives, and highlights the problem of guns in America without getting too political.

4 Stars

 The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras

Super-achiever Viviana has never had room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection is derailed when her boyfriend leaks a private picture of her to the entire school. Making matters worse, her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Vivi feels like a complete and utter failure.

I loved this story. The character was very relatable, and the writing style was unique. Fun summer romance/friendship YA book that is a quick, easy read.

4 Stars

 The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood

Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group’s goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood.

I couldn’t put this book down. The suspense was subtle but perfect. There were many character perspectives and a quick moving plot.

4 Stars

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. 

So cute! YA romance that occurs all in one day. Surprising depth. Loved it!

4 Stars

Today’s post will be linked up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for her Quick Lit series.

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