Romance in Three Genres

Recently I read three amazing books, a fantasy, a dystopian science fiction, and a realistic fiction that all had a strong romance at the core.  It’s interesting to read three very different genres take on romantic love in such amazing ways.

The Fantasy:
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
This is hands down one of the best books I’ve ever (yes, ever) read.  Karou is a mystery, she’s a girl with blue hair who likes to draw monsters.  Well to everyone else they’re monsters but to Karou they’re her family.  While Karou is human she has been raised by a race of beings called chimaera.  When a mysterious meeting with a beautiful winged creature almost causes her death, Karou wonders what is really going on in the world of the chimaera and how is she involved?

The Dystopian Science Fiction
Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
In a world where everything is done online, including school, socializing, and shopping, Maddie is unsure about meeting someone face-to-face even if it’s just for a study group.  But when she meets Justin for the first time she knows her life is about to change.  Justin is part of an underground movement against Digital School, the online school that has replaced all other forms of school.  His group believes people need face-to-face communication and contact.  But Maddie’s father is the creator of Digital School…will she work against her family to help Justin?

The Realistic Fiction
I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
My heart is happier for having read this book!  Sam and his brother were stolen from their mother and taken on the run with their crazy father years ago; all they’ve really known is life on the move.  But when Sam meets Emily in a chance encounter he finally sees a reason to want to stay.  And Emily has never met anyone like Sam and the instant connection she feels leaves her wondering about this mysterious boy.  I’ll Be There is truly an amazing story that will leave you smiling in wonder.

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