Sunday, January 19, 2014

Super Six Sunday

Super Six Sunday is a weekend meme
hosted by Bewitched Bookworms, inspired by The Broke and the Bookish's, Top Ten Tuesday
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Today's Super Six Books that I would Recommend to Others:

Finnikin of the Rock
By: Melina Marchetta
At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save his kingdom. He stands on the rock of the three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar's cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood to safeguard Lumatere. 

But all safety is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable, when the king and queen and their children are brutally murdered in the palace. An impostor seizes the throne, a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere's walls, and those who escape are left to roam the land as exiles, dying by the thousands in fever camps.

Ten years later, Finnikin is summoned to another rock--to meet Evanjalin, a young novice with a startling claim: Balthazar, heir to the throne of Lumatere, is alive. This arrogant young woman claims she'll lead Finnikin and his mentor, Sir Topher, to the prince. Instead, her leadership points them perilously toward home. Does Finnikin dare believe that Lumatere might one day rise united? Evanjalin is not what she seems, and the startling truth will test Finnikin's faith not only
 in her but in all he knows to be true about himself and his destiny.
This is book 1 of The Lumatere Chronicles, a trilogy that is very dear to my heart. I just finished the final book, 2 weeks ago, and I'm still "Book Hungover" from it!! It's a High Fantasy that reads almost like Realism and it will take you on a journey you will never forget. There's brutal tragedy, blossoming romance and a thrilling adventure.

The Book of Lost Things
By: John Connolly
High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives
Parts of the story include classic fairy tales that we all know and love, only taking them and making them much darker. I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this book but I was happily surprised and overcome with emotions when I finished this book!

Invisible Monsters
By: Chuck Palahniuk

Shes a fashion model who has everythinguntil a sudden freeway accident. Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from becoming a real woman, who will teach her the real meaning of reinventing yourself.
This book is wild!! F-ed up and WILD! Oh the mind of Chuck P. His shock value never disappoints. Here is a book with so much WTF moments and "did they just say that"!!! Twist and turns left and right and a big ol' sha-BANG at the end. Read it!!

The Hunger Games
By: Suzanne Collins

Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
Not only do I love this book (series) b/c of the story, I love it b/c it saved my life. This is what helped me on my road to recovery and bringing my love of reading back into my life. The first Dystopian that was introduced to me, which has lead to many more. Big thanks to Suzanne Collins for her genius mind! ♥

The Golden Compass
By: Phillip Pullman

Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford's Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however,nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the compass of the title. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called "Gobblers"—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person's inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved.
This book is such a magnificent book in every way. It is so beautifully written, intelligent and so intensely creative. It shows significant value of friendship and sacrifice. The Golden Compass turned out to be one of the most worthwhile, courageous and unique books I've ever laid hands on.

The Thief of Always
By: Clive Barker

Bored 10-year old Harvey is introduced to a strange alternate realm--where each of the four seasons passes by in a single day--only to learn that he may have traded his boredom for more excitement that he can handle. After a mysterious stranger promises to end his boredom with a trip to the magical Holiday House, ten-year-old Harvey learns that his fun has a high price.
This is the first book that I remember actually picking up and reading, then falling in love with , having a complete "book hangover" over. That was almost 20 years ago. WOW! Thus started my collecting of Clive Barker books and my love for fantasy and horror. The book also include Clive Barker's illustrations that show just how wicked of a mind that man has!!!

What books would you recommend people to read??
I'd like to know....
Til then Happy Reading Y'all
♥ xoxo ♥


  1. I definitely have recommended the Hunger Games books to a lot of people over the years too. I love Chuck Palahniuk--his books are always so fantastically twisted and amazing. I think Choke and Diary are my favorites. The Clive Barker book that sticks out most to me is Coldheart Canyon. Boy, was that book messed up in the best of ways.

    Thanks for posting your picks. I'm definitely checking them out!

    Heather @ Bewitched Bookworms

  2. Thank Heather! I haven't read Barker's Coldheart Canyon but I'll definitely check it out. My goal is to read and hopefully own everything written by both Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman :)


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