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Road Trip Wednesday: Best Book of January

RTW Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

We’d love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link – or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments.

This Week’s Topic is: What’s the best book you read in January?

Cover clicks through to Goodreads page.
Cover clicks through to Goodreads page.

Guys. This book. I know we’re barely a month into 2013, but this might easily be one of the best books I read this year. The Darkest Minds is an evil, evil book. The entire time you’re reading, you’re falling in love with the characters, so that by the end, you really, genuinely care about them just like they’re real people – and then it rips out all your feels and stomps them into the ground. And then you’re broken, and there’s a good chance you’ll ever be able to find something to fix it.

Yeah. It’s one of those books.

Let’s start with the main character, Ruby. Ruby is broken, and spends most of the book hating herself and feeling like a monster, because that’s what the government has turned her into. Reading it was heartbreaking, and I spent the entire book rooting for her, because it’s very obvious from her actions throughout the book that she isn’t a monster – she’s strong, loyal, and compassionate, but she can’t even see it.

One person who does see it is Liam, who is totally adorable and might be one of my favorite male leads ever. I loved watching the progression of the relationship between him and Ruby, because it was so realistic and natural, and they’re so adorable together. Honestly, the whole Fellowship of Betty was my favorite part of the book; I’d compare their friendship to the Trio in Harry Potter.

I’m absolutely excited for the rest of this series. I’m not sure I can wait until December to read the next book.

If you don’t mind spoilers, you can read the full review here.

Honorable Mention:
9999795 Venom by Fiona Paul: While this book started off slow, once things got going, they didn’t stop. I was a huge fan of the setting especially, since it did a great job capturing the tensions of Renaissance Venice. Full review here.

What was the best book you read in January?

Currently Reading: The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

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