When Jackie first started Literary Escapism, she wrote up a list of recommendations based on what she had read up to that point and then updated it two years later. Recently, while she was updating the About LE page, she realized it had been another two years. LE has grown significantly over the last 5-1/2 years, so it’s definitely time for another update. And this time, she won’t be the only one sharing her favorites.
To round out 2012, each one of us at LE will be hijacking Sunday Surprise to show off three books we would recommend. If you like what you see, then make sure you stop by on Wednesday where we’ll be showing off all the books we would recommend (and we have quite a bit). I’m taking over today and here are three that I simply love.
The Giver by Lois Lowry (The Giver Quartet #1)
Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back
Heart Mate by Robin D. Owens (Celta’s Heartmates #1)
All his life, Rand T’Ash has looked forward to meeting his HeartMate, with whom he could begin a family. Once a street tough, now a respected nobleman and artisan, he has crafted the perfect HeartGift, which, in the custom of the psychically gifted population of the planet Celta, is the way a man finds—and attracts—his wife…
Danith Mallow is irresistibly drawn to the magnificent necklace on display in T’Ash’s shop, but she is wary of its creator, despite an overpowering attraction. In a world where everyone is defined by their psychic ability, Danith has little, placing her at the opposite end of the social spectrum from T’Ash. But T’Ash refuses to accept her rejection and sees it as a challenge instead. They are HeartMates, but can T’Ash persuade his beloved to accept her destiny by his side?
Rhapsody by Elizabeth Haydon (Symphony of Ages #1)
The brilliant new saga is born …
Rhapsody is a woman, a Singer of some talent, who is swept up into events of world-shattering import. On the run from an old romantic interest who won’t take no for an answer, Rhapsody literally bumps into a couple of shady characters: half-breeds who come to her rescue in the nick of time. Only the rescue turns into an abduction, and Rhapsody soon finds herself dragged along on an epic voyage, one that spans centuries and ranges across a wonder-filled fantasy world– a world so real you can hear the sweet music of Rhapsody’s aubade and smell the smoldering forges deep within the Cauldron.