Wednesday, March 28, 2012

RTW: Best Book of March


I had a different post planned for today, but then I realized that it was the last YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday of the month and I already had an answer ready for their question:

What was the best book you read in March? 

So that other post will have to wait a day or two. (I love how I decided the A-Z Blog Challenge seemed awesome but too intense for me, yet here I am subjecting you to a string of daily blog posts anyway. Hehe.)

I mentioned When She Woke yesterday, but it deserves a longer mention, and it was definitely the best book I read in March. 
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When She Woke is (among many other things) a reimagining of The Scarlet Letter set in a dystopian near future. Technology serves the increasingly theocratic government, enforcing its conservative moral codes. The corrections system has undergone a radical shift: all but the most dangerous criminals are color-coded, their skin pigment genetically altered for the period of their sentence, and then released into a society that scorns and persecutes them.

The story is thrilling, heart-wrenching, and thought-provoking all at once. Hillary Jordan writes beautifully and deftly develops both the dystopian world and its characters. The comparisons to Margaret Atwood are completely accurate, and I can’t think of much higher praise.

I also want to include my runner-up for March, a book as beautiful and breathtaking as its cover:
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Sisterhood, small towns, power, trust, loyalty, disappearance... all with gorgeous prose and an eerie magical realism twist. 

And even before I read Imaginary Girls, I was a fan of Nova Ren Suma for her excellent blog. I highly recommend checking it out, too, especially these great series

What were your favorite reads this month? Feel free to comment here or on YA Highway. :-D

14 comments:

  1. When She Woke sounds really interesting. You've sparked my interest! You can check out my RTW at agreatescapebookblog.blogspot.com

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  2. Oooh, I've got WHEN SHE WOKE and am eagerly awaiting reading it!

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  3. WHEN SHE WOKE is now on my TBR list. It sounds great. And I STILL haven't read IMAGINARY GIRLS even though it's been on my list forever and I've never heard a bad thing about it. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. Yeah, it took me a while to get around to reading it too, but it was definitely worth it.

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  4. I haven't read either of these, though Imaginary Girls has been on my TBR list for awhile. I am a sucker for any and all dystopian and When She Woke sounds great. It is now on my list!! Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. Great! I was going to suggest some other dystopian titles, but then I saw all the great lists on your blog and it looks like you have the genre covered. :-D

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  5. I've had my eye on WHEN SHE WOKE for a while. Oh, and IMAGINARY GIRLS is great!

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  6. I hadn't yet heard of WHEN SHE WOKE - thanks for the tip! And IMAGINARY GIRLS has been on my TBR list, so I'll have to get to it soon :)

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  7. I added IMAGINARY GIRLS to my TBR list!

    One book I read (in ARC form) this past month was ALL WOMAN AND SPRINGTIME by Brandon Jones. It's dark and disturbing and sad but so well-written and I just loved it. It comes out in May so add it to your TBR list or get on the "hold" list at the library now! :)

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    1. I'll definitely add it to my list, especially since I'm always intrigued by books set in North Korea (goes along with the dystopian obsession, I suppose). Thanks!

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