Saturday Showcase (December 28)

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Saturday Showcase is a weekly event hosted here at The In-Between Place which features books that you wish more people had read (or, at least, heard about).

This week’s featured book is Entwined by Heather Dixon.

Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her… beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing… it’s taken away. All of it.

The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.

Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.

But there is a cost.

The Keeper likes to keep things.

Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

Entwined is one of my favourite fairytale retellings, despite the fact that I’ve never actually read The Twelve Dancing Princesses. It’s filled with magic, secrets, adorable romance, well-developed characters and, as an added bonus, a gorgeous cover.

What are some of your favourite underrated books? Leave a list in the comments below.
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Saturday Showcase (September 21)

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Saturday Showcase is a weekly event hosted here at The In-Between Place which features books that you wish more people had read (or, at least, heard about).

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This week’s featured book is Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo.

A wonderful, coming-of-age love story from a fresh new voice in YA fiction.

‘Miss Amelia Hayes, welcome to The Land of Dreams. I am the staff trainer. I will call you grasshopper and you will call me sensei and I will give you the good oil. Right? And just so you know, I’m open to all kinds of bribery.’

From the moment 15-year-old Amelia begins work on the checkout at Woolworths she is sunk, gone, lost…head-over-heels in love with Chris. Chris is the funny, charming, man-about-Woolies, but he’s 21, and the 6-year difference in their ages may as well be 100. Chris and Amelia talk about everything from Second Wave Feminism to Great Expectations and Alien but will he ever look at her in the way she wants him to? And if he does, will it be everything she hopes?

Love and Other Perishable Items is a beautifully honest story about what it means to be in love and what it means to grow up. Every time I read this, I see so much of myself in Amelia — after all, she doesn’t know how to tell guys that she likes them and she “even takes the goings-on of fictitious characters personally.” It brings back so many memories of awkward first love, while making you wiser about gender roles, feminism, and other social issues. If I ever have a daughter, she’ll definitely have to read this during her teenage years.

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What are some of your favourite underrated books? Leave a list in the comments below.
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Saturday Showcase (August 31)

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Saturday Showcase is a weekly event hosted here at The In-Between Place which features books that you wish more people had read (or, at least, heard about).

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This week’s featured series is the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr.

The Wicked Lovely series is easily my favourite series about faeries. It’s dark, realistic, and character-driven. The characters themselves are flawed and often blur the lines between “good” and “evil,” making the Faery politics even more interesting. I haven’t read this series in years, but I still find myself thinking about the characters from time to time. And that, my friends, is the mark of a good series that will be read again and again.

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What are some of your favourite underrated books? Leave a list in the comments below.
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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 24

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

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Day 24: A Book You Wish More People Would’ve Read

I’m awful at answering this question. There are a lot of books that I think are underrated, which I’ve featured in my Saturday Showcase posts… but here’s one that I feel that everyone, young or old, would benefit from reading.

I only picked up The Bully Book because it was written by a member of Team Starkid, so I certainly never expected to enjoy it as much as I did. The Bully Book covers a wide variety of issues – the bystander effect, bullying, peer pressure – in a powerful, thought-provoking, and interesting manner. It may be a middle grade novel, but its message is something that everyone would benefit from.

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What book(s) do you wish more people would read?

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 7

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

Day 7: Most Underrated Book

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

I know that I already did a Saturday Showcase post about this series… but it’s just so good! Unfortunately, I haven’t heard much about the Chaos Walking series outside of the book blogging community – in fact, I had never even heard of Patrick Ness until a few months ago.

These are some of the best YA dystopian novels I’ve ever read. The writing style is unique, the characters are loveable, the animals can talk (through their thoughts, but still), and it addresses so many important themes. It’s such a powerful series, and will leave a lingering impression.