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So You've Survived the Apocalypse: A Post-Apocalyptic Reading List

For those of you who don't know, there's a little genre called "post-apocalyptic". So everyone has been talking about the Mayan Apocalypse for years and there have been so many days when the world was supposed to end. But the big one came and went, and nothing happened. What do we do now? It occurred to me that the label "post-apocalyptic" could be applied here.Dystopian and post-apocalyptic are both two very similar sub-genres. I personally define them as so: "dystopian" referring to a broken society or way of life and "post-apocalyptic" as more chaotic.Personally, I am extremely happy that the world didn't end because I have way too many books that I want to read! I can never be satisfied with how many books I've read. What am I going to read now? I have my eye on some post-apocalyptic and dystopian reads to reread. Here are a few of my favorites:Divergent (Divergent, #1)Divergent by Veronica RothOkay, this one is literally spotlighted everywhere. It's the one that I always recommend to fans of The Hunger Games. It's action-packed and just absolutely delicious. I devoured this book. It's solidly written with characters that you'll care about. In fact, I think it might just be BETTER than The Hunger Games. Y'all might want to snatch this one up before it's made into a movie!The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)The Maze Runner by James DasherJames Dashner also writes one of my favorite series, The 13th Reality. His YA books are a little edgier and a lot darker. It's just as clever as The 13th Reality but a lot more brutal and violent. It suits the book; I know that my brother definitely favors this. I would definitely recommend this one to reluctant readers - it's very fast-paced and many boys I know have enjoyed it along with a lot of girls!

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

Wither by Lauren DeStefanoWither is similar to Shatter Me in the sense that they are both lyrical, although I find Wither much more elegant and disturbing. Wither has such a unique concept, which is handled absolutely BEAUTIFULLY. The gorgeous prose and stunning twists make for a read that kept me on the edge of my seat. It's both bizarrely fascinating and startling. If you're a fan of interesting writing and strange plots, I definitely recommend this. Wither might just be my favorite dystopian. The sequel, Fever, is even more dreamy and sinister than the first. (And honestly, I fell in love with the cover.)The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)The Immortal Rules by Julie KagawaOut of all the books mentioned, this might be the one most deserving of the label "post-apocalyptic". It's raw and gritty. Chaos infuses this read. Forget about the shiny misunderstood vampires of the past few years as introduced by Twilight. These are true vampires. It has all the elements that keep me hooked: action, romance, world-building. A fantastic author and a great concept? If you're a fan of "true" post-apocalyptic, you will love this.Black City (Black City, #1)Black City by Elizabeth RichardsBlack City was one of my favorite books that I got from BEA. I love classic paranormal romances - just two people who shouldn't be together but fight the odds anyways. The world-building was phenomenal. It was just really solid and I really enjoyed the two main characters. It's not as mind-blowing or emotional as some of the other books but it's heavy on romance and plot. It doesn't emphasize the dystopian aspect a ton, but enough to be relevant what with the levels of society and whatnot. If you're just looking for a great book, I highly recommend it.

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Cinder by Marissa MeyerI'll admit, when the blogging world was buzzing about Cinder, I thought it sounded weird and frankly, the cover kind of creeped me out. Then I decided to give it a try and WOW! Okay, my first impressions were COMPLETELY wrong about this one. By the end, I was shocked and in love with it and just like everybody else, a rabid fan of the book. I could gush for ages. The world-building is incredibly complex, some strange elements coming together to form a distinct culture almost. The action and romance, the tech-focused imagination, all of it was just flawless. I honestly can't think of one thing wrong with this. I don't usually enjoy books like this so I was hesitant, but I am so glad I gave it the chance. A robotic fairy-tale retelling, set in the future? One of those things that you wouldn't expect to work, but it did for me. I highly recommend this one to anybody willing to give it a chance. Excellent, and I need the sequel now!Those are my post-apocalyptic and dystopian reads. I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas - I definitely did! And watch out this week for my blogging goals, end of the year survey, and other goodies! I don't think 2012 was that great for my blogging frequency, but I've definitely improved in my writing and editing skills. I'm working on making blogging a first priority again - and reviewing a lot more! I hope y'all enjoy hearing about my year, seeing what books I've read, and what were my favorites!Love y'all and I'm so grateful for each one of you!Grace      

Desire to Acquire (1)

Hey y'all!It's Grace and this week I'm introducing a new feature on the blog. It's basically Waiting on Wednesday with a title specifically for my blog. All credit goes to Breaking the Spine; the only difference is that I won't just be posting on Wednesdays and I'll have a few more books up there. It's where I talk about which books I'm dying to read in the next few months. I've been really busy with WRITING of all things and I've been away for the weekend, so I apologize for the lack of posts. I'm working on a writing portfolio for a huge writing contest and a couple others that are coming up, as well as participating in NaNoWriMo. I'm looking to spotlight five or so titles each time I do one of these. I hope y'all enjoy! I'd love to hear what you think! You can tweet me or leave a comment below.Let's get started, shall we?

Prophecy by Ellen Oh

Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles, #1)

The greatest warrior in all of the Seven Kingdoms... is a girl with yellow eyes.

Kira’s the only female in the king’s army, and the prince’s bodyguard. She’s a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home city of Hansong. And, she’s their only hope...Murdered kings and discovered traitors point to a demon invasion, sending Kira on the run with the young prince. He may be the savior predicted in the Dragon King Prophecy, but the missing treasure of myth may be the true key. With only the guidance of the cryptic prophecy, Kira must battle demon soldiers, evil shaman, and the Demon Lord himself to find what was once lost and raise a prince into a king.Intrigue and mystery, ancient lore and action-packed fantasy come together in this heart-stopping first book in a trilogy.

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: January 2, 2013

Why I Want It: The synopsis reminds me of a few favorites and with the Graceling series over, I have a fantasy void to fill. Kira sounds absolutely awesome. Action, fantasy, and demons? Count me in.

Reminds Me of: Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George; Graceling by Kristin Cashore; Slayers by C.J. Hill; Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

Nobody But Us

Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger....When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: January 29, 2013

Why I Want It: It looks edgy and sad and inspiring all at once. I completely love a romance that might be screwed up but both people believe wholeheartedly in it. It's something that you don't often see in YA and it seems pretty interesting.

Reminds Me of: Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala; Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Teeth by Hannah Moscowitz

Teeth

A gritty, romantic modern fairy tale from the author of Break and Gone, Gone, Gone.Be careful what you believe in.

Rudy’s life is flipped upside-down when his family moves to a remote island in a last attempt to save his sick younger brother. With nothing to do but worry, Rudy sinks deeper and deeper into loneliness and lies awake at night listening to the screams of the ocean beneath his family’s rickety house.Then he meets Diana, who makes him wonder what he even knows about love, and Teeth, who makes him question what he knows about anything. Rudy can’t remember the last time he felt so connected to someone, but being friends with Teeth is more than a little bit complicated. He soon learns that Teeth has terrible secrets. Violent secrets. Secrets that will force Rudy to choose between his own happiness and his brother’s life.

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: January 1, 2013

Why I Want It: The first book by Hannah Moscowitz that I read was Invincible Summer, but the first book of hers that I really fell in love with was Break. Her quirky writing makes her books stand out and the synopsis of this one is really intriguing to me. "A gritty, romantic modern fairytale"? I love it, and I can't wait for this one.

Reminds Me of: Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers; Nevermore by Kelly Creagh; After by Amy Efaw

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Release Date: February 5, 2013

Why I Want It: I have a serious love for fairy-tale retellings. I've gotten used to dark paranormal versions. A science-fiction version of those retellings? I took a chance with Cinder and it HIGHLY paid off. I was glued to it and read it under my desk during class because I literally could not part with it. It has this absorbing quality that just pulls you in. Incredible writing, plot twists that will turn your world upside down, and a unique take on lovable fairytales made Cinder incredible. I need Scarlet NOW.

Reminds Me Of: Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakly-Cartwright; Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Nobody

There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away. That’s why they make the perfect assassins.The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.

Publisher: EgmontUSA

Release Date: January 22, 2013

Why I Want It: Jennifer Lynn Barnes is such a versatile author. From her hilarious laugh-until-you-cry spy novel The Squad: Perfect Cover to the darkly electric Raised by Wolves, her books are consistently amazing. I love the concept and I love her writing. What more is there to say? I'm lusting for this book so much.

Reminds Me of: Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan; Legend by Marie Lu

That concludes my first Desire to Acquire post! I hope y'all enjoyed! Leave me a comment below or tweet me with your thoughts. What books are y'all desiring?