Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
These are two very different books, one a YA contemporary while the other a YA fantasy. I've mentioned it before and I'll say it again, Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite authors. I read Keeping the Moon sophmore year in HS and haven't stopped reading any of her books since. My senior year I read This Lullaby, my favorite book by Dessen. I think it hit particularly close to home because the MC and I were both ending HS, saying goodbye to our friends, dealing with a lot of changes. And Dexter is an awesome love interest. So when I heard Just Listen had a cameo of my favorite couple, Remy and Dexter, I was shocked I hadn't read it yet. Usually I'm on top of things like that, but somehow I missed this little gem. Just Listen was a sweet story with relatable characters that took on a serious issue and dealt with it in a sensitive matter. (And I loved that Owen was so not what you expected him to be.)
I love a good fantasy, in fact I go out of my way to find one, which is why I have been anxiously waiting to read Throne of Glass. Celaena was not what I expected from a character. As an assassin imprisoned for months I figured she'd be a bit more...bitter, but she was actually pretty bubbly. It took me aback, but I appreciated her positive outlook on life. Maas did a great job with description, I could picture the palace as if it were right in front of me. The only issue I had with this book was the love triangle. I definitely prefer one guy over the other and think Celaena had way more chemistry with him than the other love interest, so I'm hoping she'll pick him in the end. That's my only gripe, and I now I'm going out of my mind wondering what's going to hapen in the sequel...yay!