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I cannot believe it took me until now to read this classic book. I am sad ("precision of language" - not sad, chagrined) to say that it was actually the release of the movie that prompted me to give it a go, because I refuse to see a movie that is based on a book before I read the book. Through the eyes of the Giver and Jonas, one can fully understand the definition of beauty, for there is beauty in everything, the good and the bad. 
This book, which some would say is the original dystopian novel, has zoomed straight to the top of my "Favorite Books of All Time" list. Not only do I recommend this book with highest regards, I would argue that it is one everyone should experience.


The Giver, Lois Lowry, 
Houghton Mifflin, 1993

 
 
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I came across The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by happenstance while scrolling through the "Under $2.99" section of my Nook store. I was drawn in by the blurb and figured I couldn't go wrong in spending two bucks. Not only did I not go wrong, but rather found myself completely drawn into Mara's imperfect world of a perfectly disturbed teenager. In the beginning, I was expecting the story to chronicle a girl in the throes of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder working through her mental demons. Instead, the author seamlessly wove in elements of paranormality, romance, and mystery that kept me turning the page to find out what was real and what was crafted solely within Mara's mind. This book will keep you guessing until the end. And when you finish Book 1, you will want to reach for Book 2.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Michelle Hodkin, Simon & Schuster, 2011