Bookish Item| Goodreads Recommendations

I was trying to think of something to do for a bookish item this week when I saw a post about Goodreads Recommendations over at In Love & Words. I already do a Down the TBR Hole once a month and I think this will kind of help me do the opposite, haha. I’m curious to see what Goodreads will recommend to me.

Here are the ‘rules’:
Take a look at your Goodreads recommendations, choose a shelf, pick a few, share the synopsis, and decide whether you’ll add it to your TBR (including why or why not).

I think I will start off with five books and see how it goes.

I don’t have any shelves except for the normal read, currently reading and want to read. So I decided to choose a genre to get recommendations from. Today I am looking at Young Adult recommendations.


Here Lies Daniel Tate – Cristin Terrill

A young, street-savvy runaway looking for a place to call home realizes he might have conned his way into the wrong family in this fast-paced and thrilling novel from award-winning author Cristin Terrill.

When ten-year-old Daniel Tate went missing from one of California’s most elite communities, he left no trace. He simply vanished.

Six years later, when he resurfaces on a snowy street in Vancouver, he’s no longer the same boy. His sandy hair is darker, the freckles are gone, and he’s initially too traumatized to speak, but he’s alive. His overjoyed family brings him home to a world of luxury and comfort he can barely remember. In time, they assure him, he’ll recover his memories; all that matters now is they’re together again.

It’s perfect. A miracle. Except for one thing.

He isn’t Daniel Tate.

He’s a petty con artist who accidentally stumbled into the scam of a lifetime, and he soon learns he’s not the only one in the Tate household with something to hide. The family has as many secrets as they have millions in the bank, and one of them might be ready to kill to keep the worst one buried.

To Read or not To Read? I think I want to read this one, because it sounds like an actionpacked book. This year I have started to read more thrillers and have really been enjoying them. Here Lies Daniel Tate isn’t even that old either. I don’t know why I have never heard of it.


Stormdancer – Jay Kristoff

Arashitoras are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shõgun, they fear that their lives are over – everyone knows what happens to those who fail the Lord of the Shima Isles. But the mission proves less impossible and more deadly than anyone expects. Soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled arashitora for company. Although she can hear his thoughts, and saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her. Yet trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and the beast soon discover a bond that neither of them expected.

Meanwhile, the country around them verges on collapse. A toxic fuel is choking the land, the machine-powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure, and the Shõgun cares for nothing but his own dominion. Authority has always made Yukiko, but her world changes when she meets Kin, a young man with secrets, and the rebel Kagé cabal. She learns the horrifying extent of the Shõgun’s crimes, both against her country and her family.

Returning to the city, Yukiko is determined to make the Shõgun pay – but what can one girl and a flightless arashitora do against the might of an empire?

To Read or not To Read? This one is definitely a want to read. I have only read Illuminae by this author, but I have heard many amazing things. Just the cover alone would make me want to pick this up.


The Girl of Fire and Thorns – Rae Carson

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

To Read or not To Read? I have never heard of The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Looking at the sypnosis and friends who have already read it makes this decision hard. It’s not something that really jumps out at me, but it has good reviews from people on my list. I think for now I will keep it as not to read.


Sweet Evil – Wendy Higgins

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

To Read or not To Read? Another one that is making it hard for me to decide. I have seen this book around, but just never picked it up. Sweet Evil does sound like something I would enjoy. I think for now I will set it as to read. Who knows if I will actually pick it up, but it got my attention now.



In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

To Read or not To Read? This one is an easy one for me. I own Truthwitch already, haha. It’s just one of those books I still need to get to reading! Isabelle read it and enjoyed it, so I can’t wait to find out what I will think after reading Truthwitch.

Okay, this just proves to me that I need to use my “want-to-read” option on Goodreads more often. Have you read any of the books Goodreads recommended to me this week?

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