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Amanda's Bookshelf

I'm a culture junkie who works at a bookstore. Pop, high-brow, junk -- it's all good. I try and consume it all. I read tons, especially young adult fiction. I also love quirky, offbeat novels; cultural analysis; mythology; girly fiction; fantasy; screwball romantic comedies; books with extremely flawed characters, yet somehow you really empathize with them; nonlinear narratives and language play.

Currently reading

The Runaway King
Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Lost Girl
Sangu Mandanna
Another Little Piece
Kate Karyus Quinn
Moranthology
Caitlin Moran
There Is No Dog
Meg Rosoff
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
Fated
S.G. Browne
Room
Emma Donoghue
Topics About Which I Know Nothing
Patrick Ness
The Little Friend
Donna Tartt

YA Books with at least one Latino main character (Part Two)

Chain Reaction - Simone Elkeles When Reason Breaks - Cindy L. Rodriguez More Happy Than Not - Adam Silvera Kiss Kill Vanish - Jessica Martinez Dream Things True - Marie F. Marquardt Rules of Attraction - Simone Elkeles He Forgot to Say Goodbye - Benjamin Alire Sáenz On the Edge - Allison van Diepen Before We Were Free - Julia Alvarez dancergirl - Carol M. Tanzman

Biggest Flirts - JenniferEchols  From What I Remember... - Stacy Kramer,Valerie Thomas  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz  Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina  Joyride - Anna Banks  Out of Darkness (Fiction - Young Adult) - Ashley Hope Pérez  The Weight of Feathers: A Novel - Anna-Marie McLemore  Forever for a Year - B.T. Gottfred  Dream Things True - Marie Marquardt  Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkel Chain Reaction - Simone Elkeles  When Reason Breaks - Cindy L. Rodriguez  More Happy Than Not - Adam Silvera  Kiss Kill Vanish - Jessica Martinez  Dream Things True - Marie Marquardt  Rules of Attraction - Simone Elkeles  He Forgot to Say Goodbye - Benjamin Alire Sáenz  On the Edge - Allison van Diepen  Before We Were Free - Julia Alvarez  dancergirl - Carol M. Tanzman  

YA Books with at least one Latino main character

Biggest Flirts[BIGGEST FLIRTS][Paperback] - JenniferEchols From What I Remember... - Stacy Kramer, Valerie  Thomas Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina Out of Darkness (Fiction - Young Adult) - Ashley Hope Pérez The Weight of Feathers: A Novel - Anna-Marie McLemore More Happy Than Not - Adam Silvera When Reason Breaks - Cindy L. Rodriguez Dream Things True - Marie F. Marquardt Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles

Biggest Flirts - JenniferEchols 

From What I Remember... - Stacy Kramer,Valerie Thomas  

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz  

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina  

Joyride - Anna Banks  

Out of Darkness (Fiction - Young Adult) - Ashley Hope Pérez  

The Weight of Feathers: A Novel - Anna-Marie McLemore  

Forever for a Year - B.T. Gottfred  

Dream Things True - Marie Marquardt  

Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles

Chain Reaction - Simone Elkeles 

When Reason Breaks - Cindy L. Rodriguez  

More Happy Than Not - Adam Silvera  

Kiss Kill Vanish - Jessica Martinez

Rules of Attraction - Simone Elkeles  

He Forgot to Say Goodbye - Benjamin Alire Sáenz  

On the Edge - Allison van Diepen  

Before We Were Free - Julia Alvarez  

dancergirl - Carol M. Tanzman   

When the Stars Go Blue - Caridad Ferrer 

Snitch - Allison van Diepen   

Miss Chatterley, Part 1: Hungry

Miss Chatterley, Part I: Hungry - Logan Belle Interesting concept for a re-telling. More of a 3.5.

17 & Gone

17 & Gone - Nova Ren Suma Great novel touching on two different, serious subjects affecting not only young people, but people of all ages. Another great book by Nova Ren Suma.

Dreamless (Starcrossed)

Dreamless - Josephine Angelini Amazing! What a perfect ending to the trilogy. Like Christina said about [b:Dreamless|12995284|Dreamless (Starcrossed, #2)|Josephine Angelini|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320248839s/12995284.jpg|10965443]--this a Greek epic, y'all! Rich in Greek mythology with an American twist. Loved it!

Hidden Gates (P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy)

Hidden Gates (P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy) - D. T. Dyllin Some of the politics made me go "hmm..." and there was a lot of things that didn't quite gel with me (I found some of the mythology underdeveloped, while other aspects of it were actually pretty intriguing), but overall I found it quite easy to ready and am curious as to where the story goes.

Taken at Dusk (Shadow Falls)

Taken at Dusk - C.C. Hunter This book really started to lag in the second half and started out with a rather odd sexual tone (in my opinion), but kept me interested enough to keep reading (even with the lackluster world-building).

Altered

Altered - Jennifer Rush Had aspects I wasn't that into, but very addictive and easy-to-read thriller with elements of sci-fi and romance.

Just One Day

Just One Day  - Gayle Forman Well written, but I just couldn't connect with the characters or the story

Greta and the Goblin King

Greta and the Goblin King - Chloe Jacobs I'm pretty sure the reason I enjoyed this so much as that when I think of Goblin Kings my mind automatically goes to David Bowie in Labyrinth... and I do have such fond memories of that movie (many that had no context until I was older; oh how that movie sexualized many a young girl during the 80's).I actually enjoyed this book, but I'm sure the connotations really helped it. I look forward to Book 2.

Touched (Sense Thieves)

Touched - Corrine Jackson Very Twilightish

For Darkness Shows the Stars

For Darkness Shows the Stars - Diana Peterfreund More of a 3.5. Bumped up since I love Persuasion that much.

Crewel (Crewel World)

Crewel - Gennifer Albin Definitely an interesting start to a series with a unique premise/world with thought-out politics. I look forward to the next book.

Poison Princess (Arcana Chronicles, Book 1)

Poison Princess - Kresley Cole More like a 4.5, but there moments where Evie annoyed me a bit too much and there were character traits of Jackson's that were harder to swallow to make it a 5.Interesting take on the post-apocalyptic/zombie series. Look forward to more from this series.

The Mysterious Madam Morpho

The Mysterious Madam Morpho - Delilah S. Dawson I just don't think steampunk is my thing.

The Sweetest Spell

The Sweetest Spell - Suzanne Selfors The magic of chocolate and the oppression of ginger people, wrapped up in a fairy tale package. I liked it a lot.