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For the love of books

Jacqui talks us through her favourite books, ever! (Which you obviously need to read).

If you knew me, you’d know I’m a grade A book nerd. That’s one of the best things about working here at DOLLY ‘cos not a day goes by when I don’t get a cool new book landing on my desk. And the reason why I’m the DOLLY book reviewer here is that I’m quite exclusively drawn to YA books. This, and my near borderline obsession of all things teen (seriously, you should see my inspo board at my desk – hello Sebastian Kidd and PLL posters) is why I consider myself just. Like. You.

So today I’m going to spill to you the books I’m obsessing over. You’ll probs notice I’ve got a slight trend happenin’. Yep, it’s all things supernatural. Witches, vamps, angels and everything magical and weird, I’m into. The greatest thing about reading is diving into a world that is so completely different to your own. How often do you get to fly off on a broomstick with your own owl flying behind you or fight some Strigoi to save your best friend? Not often enough, let me tell you.

Harry Potter series - JK Rowling:

I’ve been under Harry’s spell since I was 11-years-old and I’m pretty sure it’ll never go away. You’re never too old to shout ‘Wingardium Leviosa’ on a dreary day.

Vampire Academy series – Richelle Mead:

Rose is possibly the coolest half-human/half-moroi around. She’s so insanely loyal and brave and absolutely hilarious. And I mean, no one can deny how insanely passionate Rose and Dimitri’s love is. #hot

Bloodlines series – Richelle Mead:

I can basically sum up my feelings towards this series in one word. Adrian. ADRIAN. I’ll go out on a limb and say he’s my favourite book dude EVER. I wasn’t a huge fan of Sydney Sage in the VA series but man, she’s grown on me. She’s no Rose Hathaway but she’s come a long way since being that unrelenting, brainwashed Alchemist. I am absolutely addicted to this series and I’m dying for the next one, Silver Shadows, to come out later this year!

Hunger Games series – Suzanne Collins:

I really don’t need to say much about this one. It’s a no-brainer. #TeamGaleForever.

Divergent series – Veronica Roth:

I think these books are so unlike anything I’d ever read before and that’s why I love them. Sure, it’s got a few comparisons to THG but it’s incredibly raw and gritty. Tris is so tough and willing to lay her life down on the line to save others. (And I’m not ashamed to admit, I balled my eyes out on the train after reading Allegiant)

I Am Number Four – Pittacus Lore:

I read this quite a long time ago but it still sticks with me. John has awesome powers and he has to struggle to keep them on the DL so that he isn’t found out. Definitely worth reading guys!

LA Candy series – Lauren Conrad:

Ahh, Miss LC. What can’t she do? I loved reading this series because even though she says it’s all fiction, you can’t help but draw comparisons to her life going from the TV shows Laguna Beach and then The Hills (if you never watched these shows, do it NOW). It’s like an unofficial behind-the-scenes look at reality shows and how not-so-real they are.

The Intern – Gabriella Tozer:

This is quite a recent book but it’s made it to the list! Josie is so loveable and awkward and it’s hilarious to read. It’s all about the mag industry and the lowlights and highlights of interning – something that takes me back to my own intern days!

Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl:

I loved this book so much. Lena is this little outsider who turns out to have cool witchy powers and sweet Ethan just can’t seem to stay away. I was completely drawn to Ridley though, she’s just so sassy and unpredictable. That’s why I am SO excited that she’s getting her own spin-off book called Dangerous Creatures, coming out in May! Stay tuned, kids.

*Fallen series* – Lauren Kate:

There are a lot of books out there right now with fallen angels and nephilim but this series takes the cake. Lucinda meets Daniel, this gorgeous and radiant guy who happens to be a fallen angel. They’ve fallen in love a crazy amount of times in their past lives but they keep getting torn apart. AND if you didn’t get the tip-off already, we’ll be seeing it on the big screens next year. Yay!

Happy reading all!

Jacqui