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Dec 18 2014

Ten Illuminations {18}: Books with Strong Parental Relationships

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Ten Illuminations is a bi-weekly feature hosted by Lit Up Review where we recommend our ten favorite books that fit under one topic. Inspired by The Broke and The Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday, Ten Illuminations gives you five people’s recommendations in one!

We have been featuring a family theme for out part few Ten Illuminations, but this is our last relations-centric post for now. We will be back in two weeks with something different, but for now, we hope you enjoy this list of books with fantastic parents.

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979190652 Reasons to Hate my Father by Jessica Brody | Goodreads

Heartfelt writing brings this rocky yet not-entirely-poisonous father-daughter relationship to life. When Lexi Larrabee’s father forces his spoiled daughter to complete a year of minimum-wage labor as a punishment, hilarity – as well as meaningful character and relationship development – ensues.

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Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson | Goodreads

This novel may be a painfully obvious addition to this list, but its parental relationships are too well-done to ignore. Compelled by her father’s cancer, the protagonist rekindles her bonds with her family, creating interpersonal dynamics that can only be described as intoxicating.

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7824322Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys | Goodreads

I hope this book never goes away, because I loved it when it came out and I love it now. One of the best parts of it – for me at least – was the relationship between Lina and her parents, as well as her younger brother. Despite horrible conditions, they support and love one another, and their deep connection is one that made this book even more heart breakingly real.

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The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart | Goodreads

Oh, Ruby Oliver, how I adore you. One of my all time favorites series with one of the best characters in YA – the Ruby Oliver series is one you have to read. It’s hilarious outlook on growing up, and the relationship between Ruby and her parents (along with her friends, boyfriends, ex-boyfriends, and her shrink) are some of the best.

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ifistayIf I Stay by Gayle Forman | Goodreads

So much of this book is about Mia and her family, including her relationship with her parents. The story is beautifully tragic–in case you didn’t know that already–but it’s also filled with so much heart. The book explores Mia’s relationships through flashbacks, but her parents are such a central part of the story and of her decision. If you haven’t read this already, you’re missing out. It’s not necessarily the perfect book, but it’s so beautifully written, and it’ll leave you thinking about the relationships in your life.

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The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C Carleson | Goodreads

I love, love, love this book. If you’re at all interested in culture, politics, current events, conflicts, international relations, and/or the Middle East, etc, I highly encourage you to read this book. There’s so much that happens, but it’s really about Laila and her family. Her dad was, in the eyes of those in the US, a tyrant, and the rest of their family had to escape from their home in fear when he died. The book focuses a lot on the cultural differences, on Laila figuring out her identity and her family’s identity, and about Laila’s family. Her mother, her brother, and Laila herself each hold their own struggles and their own secrets, but Laila’s relationship(s) with her parents are such a big and important part of the story. This book was such a surprise for me, but I’m so glad I decided to read it.

Emily
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Dec 14 2014

The Weekly Blaze {67}: December 8-14

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What with all our preparations for out upcoming finals, this has been a rather slow week here at Lit Up Review. However, we did get a couple posts up:

Wednesday, December 10: Grace’s Waiting on Wednesday selection of I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios: “I want a poignant story – with heart and detail and staining, glorious moments. ”

Friday, December 12: Emily’s Story Gazing post on Heist Society by Ally Carter: “If you liked Heist Society, you may like…”

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Dec 12 2014

Story Gazing {26}: Heist Society

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Story Gazing is a bi-weekly feature we started here at Lit Up Review and is a fun way to recommend new books to our readers through an “if you like blank, then you should try blank” format. This week, I’m recommending some thrilling books about capable teenagers for fans of the Heist Society series.

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Heist Society by Ally Carter | Goodreads

When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.

Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.

For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s history–and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

If you liked Heist Society, you may like…

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Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan | Goodreads

Thieving peasant turned spy for Queen Elizabeth? This book is Heist Society and Gallagher Girls all rolled up into a historical setting. Complete with romance and danger, Jennifer McGowan’s debut will especially appeal to history-loving Ally Carter fans.

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Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell | Goodreads

Kat steals, but Kit kills. Just like Heist Society, Dear Killer explores a character whose actions do not align with the law but who readers cannot completely consider a villain. Katherine Ewell takes her protagonist’s moral ambiguity to an extreme, and her portrayal of a moral nihilist who sees nothing wrong with ending someone’s life will have readers captivated.

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The Archived by Victoria Schwab | Goodreads

This title doesn’t relate to Heist Society as closely as the previous two recommendations, but it will still appeal to fans of Ally Carter’s series. It features an intelligent protagonist with a high-stakes, high-risk, and high-thrills job as well as some Heist Society-esque romance with a boy who helps her complete her missions.

Do you have any recommendations for Ally Carter fans?

Emily
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Dec 10 2014

Waiting on Wednesday {53}

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Waiting On Wednesday is originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, but we just love this meme so much we had to tag along! Each Wednesday, one of the Lit Up Review writers will post a book she is looking forward to, along with the summary and cover. You can find all of these posts by clicking on the category button and selecting “Waiting on Wednesday, and fill up your Goodreads shelves with great books to get excited about!

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Novel: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios | Goodreads
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.

I first heard about this book from the lovely Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner. Her book taste runs pretty parallel to mine – and she’s usually one of the first to jump on exciting reads – so I immediately scoured the web for more info about it. It sounds like a vivid hybrid between two of my favorite books: Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando and The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder. Skylar’s wry personality appeals to me and I would love to get the chance to experience that.

It’s a small town, and an interesting mix of people. And I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by the cover but seriously, how great is that cover? I’m not normally a review-reader (despite blogging) because I know myself too well and realize that they might influence my perception of a book but every review I’ve read of this one is stellar. Other people have said it’s passionate and beautiful.

I want a poignant story – with heart and detail and staining, glorious moments. This one definitely looks like it’d fit the bill.

Dec 7 2014

The Weekly Blaze {66}: December 1-7

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Happy December, Litlets! We kicked off the month with our Spotlight Book Club announcement, and we hope you can join in. Here’s a complete recap of the week:

Monday, December 1: Our Spotlight Book Club December announcement: We are so excited to be reading My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins!

Thursday, December 4: Ten Illuminations on books with parents who have died: “Our last Ten Illuminations was about strong sibling relationships, and to continue with the family theme, we are now recommending stories featuring parents who have passed away.”

Emily
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