Sunday, July 28, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge -- Day 13


The topic for day 13 of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge (started by April at Good Books and Good Wine) is under-appreciated books.

This is a very fun and difficult topic for me because there are so many books out there that I don't believe get enough attention!

Ultimately, though, I have to go with one entire series -- The Last Year by Trisha Leigh.

The Last Year is easily my favorite dystopian/sci-fi/post-apocalyptic series of the past few years and the books in the series are some of my favorite books ever.

The field of dystopian/post-apocalyptic YA literature is so crowded right now and so many of the books feel like they are just recycled pieces and parts of other popular books that went before them. The Last Year series is nothing like that.

Here's a peek at the first book ...

SUMMER RUINS (THE LAST YEAR #4)
by Trisha Leigh

   Published: July 24, 2012 by CreateSpace Independant
   Publishing Platform
   Format: Paperback and E-Book
   Genre: Young Adult
   Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis ... 
In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots.

Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she’s Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone.

Then she meets Lucas, everything changes.

Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to free the brainwashed human race.

It’s not who they are that makes them special, but what.

And what they are is a threat. One the Others are determined to eliminate for good.
I've also reviewed the third and fourth book in the past (Betrayals in Spring and Summer Ruins). The e-books are SUPER affordable and they are really well paced, fast, and entertaining reads. They always keep your mind moving and one step ahead, trying to figure out what will happen next or to unravel a mystery the characters are facing.

This series is truly YA lit gold. And can we just briefly talk about the beautiful covers? They are all STUNNING. And if you put them all together in order, they make up one picture. The design is just stellar and so inviting. I'm not going to lie, I saw the pretty cover on the first book and thought to myself, 'Gorgeous cover, $3.99? Let's give it a shot.' And I'm SO glad I did because it opened me up to a whole new world, not just in reading the books but in how I think about YA books. This is the series that inspired me to start blogging and reviewing. Part of that is because the author, Trisha Leigh (follow her on Twitter) is so kind and inviting and has always been so nice to me.

Trisha Leigh also writes an NA series under the pen name Lyla Payne. The first two books in the Whitman University series are Broken at Love and By Referral Only (recommended for readers over 18). She has a new YA series in the works as well called The Historians.

So go check those books out -- they're awesome reads anytime and if you're looking for something new for your summer reading list and is exciting and all kinds of amazing, get The Last Year!

Tomorrow will be the second to last day of the challenge and the topic is: Tell us your deal breakers.

xoxo,
Heather 

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