It's been a long time since I've posted one of these, so it's really a 9 Degrees of Separation. If you're new to the feature, this is where I look at some of the books I've read in the past month - this time December and January - and make connections between them. The similarities are spoiler free. This time the list is split down the middle with four contemporaries and then five fantasy/paranormal books. I prefer to mix them a bit more but, alas, I couldn't finagle them in a different way.
Both Mallory in Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt and Carmella in Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye by Shari A. Brady are list writers, and we are treated to some of their lists in their stories.
In Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye by Shari A. Brady and Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill, the heroines love The Beatles. The band - and especially John Lennon - is also a connection point with the guys in their lives.
In Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill and Just One Day* by Gayle Forman THINGS HAPPEN at Stratford-upon-Avon, while the main characters are traveling in England. Shakespeare is a big theme in both stories as well.
One of my favorite scenes in both Just One Day by Gayle Forman and Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi takes place between a guy and girl on a boat on the river. Both scenes are significant for the deepening of their relationships - one is romantic the other is plutonic.
In both Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi and Altered by Jennifer Rush, tattooing is tied to identity for the main male characters, Perry and Sam.
Roses are a significant flower in both Asunder by Jodi Meadows and Renegade by J.A. Souders, and the cover of each book highlights that theme.
In Renegade and Boundless by Cynthia Hand the heroines each take a train ride near the end of the book and end up in very scary places. Although the destinations are different, neither is a place I'd like to go. These girls also seem to like to wear fancy dresses and stare at the ground.
See any connections that I missed?
Have you read any of these books recently? Which were your favorites?
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*I have yet to review Just One Day - it is coming! So I've linked to my friend Heather @Flyleaf Review's awesome thoughts on this amazing book.