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My Top 6 Fave Reads of 2014

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GoodReads Challenge Accepted … and completed!

I took the GoodReads Book Challenge last year and managed to complete it, even with my chaotic schedule.   Okay, 26 books may not seem that impressive, but considering I wrote 1.5 books, edited my own and two others for writing partners, taught full-time, and chased around my awesome kids. I wear 26 books as a badge of honor. I just wish I could log a set of graded essays as a book. If I could do that, my list would be very impressive indeed.

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So, I will shut up now, and get to my list.

6. The One by Kiera Cass, the third novel in The Selection Series
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian Romance
This whole series is well-paced and always fun. The story is predictable enough to make you feel safe, but there are enough twists and turns to keep you interested. The characters are well-developed and likable. It is the fluffiest read I have on my list, but gosh darn it, sometimes I like fluffy! It does have heart.
Parental Note: PG

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5.  The Wrong Fairy Tale by Tamar Hela, the second novel in The Spirit Lake Series.
Genre: Young Adult, Adventure, Fantasy
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Book Review: Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand

I was recently given a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.

Book Description from the Publisher: 

Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me. IMITATION

Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.

When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw-out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?

What I enjoyed about this book:
Hildenbrand creates a socially relevant fantasy that explores the unsavory side of cloning. This suspense-filled, dystopian novel has great pacing, and keeps you interested to the last page. (more…)