RTW: Best Books of September 2012

Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors and followers post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's topic: What was the best book you read in September?

 I read a few books this month, but the winner is the sequel to my July pick, Girl of Fire and Thorns:


 Definitely one of those sequels that holds up to the first, if not taking it one better. (The other book I felt like that about was Demonglass, the sequel to Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins). Crown of Embers has just enough familiar fantasy elements to make it feel cozy, but it also has such wonderful worldbuilding and characters that it treads new ground.

And I wanted to give a shoutout to a few other books I enjoyed this month:


 I picked this up at a library booksale because it looked like it might be a good comp title for my first book. It is, but it's also just a great book, with eccentric characters and awkward situations abounding.

And the other one is by a local author, Keli Gwyn:


I have a little bit of bias, obviously, because it mentions so many of our local historical landmarks. But truthfully, I was mainly buying this in support and ended up loving it. There is some great banter between the main character and the love interest, and despite this being a "clean" romance, there is plenty of tension. This is one you can recommend as a fun, historical romance without worrying if your grandma will be shocked by the content. (Mine wouldn't have been. She got a red lace thong for her 75th birthday)

So that's what I've been reading!
Feel free to put a link to your post in the comments if you played along with Road Trip Wednesday. Don't forget to go to the YA Highway post and read all the answers!

11 comments:

Xan said...

More Rae Carson! Hooray! Must read!! :)

Liz Parker said...

I've been meaning to start the Girl of Fire and Thorns story. Now you're pushing me to do it. :)

Samantha said...

Great picks! Girl of Fire and Thorns s definitely in my TBR.

rebekahfaubionbooks said...

Loved Girl of Fire and Thorns, can't wait to read Crown of Embers. Going to the Austin Teen Book Fest this weekend where Rae Carson will be. Excited to hear what she has to say.

Samantha said...

Ahhh! Girl of Fire and Thorns is on my list! Must read it so I can get to Crown of Embers!

Stephsco said...

Still need to read Girl of Fire and Thorns...

I enjoy books with local details, too. It's cool when an author knows an area so well and the details are worked into the story. Sometimes it can be overkill, but if it's done well it adds so much.

Here's my pick for September: http://www.agirlandherdiary.blogspot.com

Valia Lind said...

I'm only reading the first one right now but I'm LOVING it!!! I think I'm going to enjoy the sequel. I've heard nothing but great things!

http://wordsareinnermusic.blogspot.com/2012/09/road-trip-wednesday-best-book-ive-read.html

Rachael said...

I clearly need to read Girl of Fire and Thorns, don't I? I'm so far behind!

Laurie Dennison said...

Oh, I didn't realize this one was out! I think I may have to read it next!

Keli Gwyn said...

I'm glad you enjoyed my story, Angelica. I had such fun including places here in our special part of the Golden State.

Angelica R. Jackson said...

Thanks for all the comments, everyone! And ooo, a special celebrity author visit from Keli Gwyn!

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