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July 27, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday: July's Best Book(s)

Kate Hart

In which I cheat and choose three best books instead of one, then give away an ARC.

Número Uno
(look at me using my Spanish degree.)

Imaginary Girls 
 by Nova Ren Suma

Creepy. Eerie. Lyrical. Mind-bending. I couldn't imagine how she would end the book without breaking its lovely trance, but Nova found a way to make "this explains nothing!" completely satisfying.

Numéro Deux
(I had to take French for that Spanish degree, which means ten years later I just used Google translate to remember "number" en francais.)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone 
by Laini Taylor

So fantasy is not really my thing, but Laini Taylor pretty much made it my thing here. Maybe because Karou's "real" life is full of hilarious dialogue and achingly lonely. Maybe because Laini immerses you in exotic settings in a way that makes them immediately fantastic but also familiar. Or maybe just because her writing is freaking kick ass. I dunno.

Número Três
(I took Portuguese for a few weeks during an ill-fated attempt at grad school. Hello again Google translate.) 

How To Save a Life 
by Sara Zarr

Dual POV, both female, but utterly distinct. The girls' sections are rendered in different typefaces, with the simpler, less educated girl written in a sans-serif, and the other in a Times New Roman-esque font. As I font nerd, I love that, but it's not a gimmick. Even without that detail, these are some of the most singular voices I've read in YA.

Because I want you all to read it, I'm giving away an ARC of How To Save a Life!*

Everyone who leaves their Road Trip Wednesday link in the comments at YA Highway will be entered in the drawing! 

(I want you all to read the others, too, but my mom is reading Imaginary Girls and my husband is reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone. However, keep an eye out for some future giveaways... I may have a copy of Shatter Me or The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer or Tempest to send out in the next few weeks...)


  1. I've been dying to read all three of those! And I would love to enter to win the ARC. I'm a huge fan of Sara Zarr.

    Here's the link to my RTW post:

  2. At first, I thought one of your books was the "Dear Math" sign. Oops.

  3. I cheated, too. IMAGINARY GIRLS was wonderfully eerie and gothic! And the cover--I love the cover.

  4. I loved DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE, too. I will definitely be picking up her other books. Another ARC I loved lately was THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT.

    And: higher education in foreign languages, hooray! I also took French in conjunction with my Spanish degree, and I would probably cower in a corner now if I had to attempt to speak French.

  5. Oooo. Those do all sound good, esp the Sara Zarr. Love her writing.

  6. I haven't read any of these yet! I'll have to try to find them. :)

  7. Haven't heard of any of these, but they sound very cool!

  8. I have so much adoration for DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE. That book is pure gorgeousness.

  9. I am so dying to read all of these.

  10. You're read some awesome books this past month! Can you see how green I am through the interwebz??

  11. Really good books :) Since you and Emy both talked up Daughter of Smoke and Bone, too--I really want to read that now. And How to Save a Life has been on my TBR list for months wanty!

  12. I opened your post and three seconds later opened Amazon and downloaded Imaginary Girls. I've been meaning to for weeks - thanks for reminding me!

    Also, if I win HtSaL I'll mail you brownies. Not that I'm looking for special treatment or anything. <.<

  13. I want to read all of these, like, RIGHT NOW. They've been on my TBR list since I heard about them months ago... soon, soon!

    And thanks for the surprise giveaway!

  14. I want to read ALL of these! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. OMG, there is so much book goodness going on right now, I can't even tell you. My TBR pile is massive...what is with July? Is this a publishing company thing?

  16. Must read HOW TO SAVE A LIFE... right away!! That's just sitting on my shelf at home...!

    I loved the other ones, too, and I agree both IG and DoS&B were really unique but the power of the writing sucked me in.

  17. Those all sound SO good! I love the idea of the dual POV in How to Save a Life.

  18. Daughter of Smoke and Bone! *cuddles book lovingly*


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