Monday, December 10, 2012

Six Degrees of Separation - Book Style (4) + GIVEAWAY

How is What Happens Next related to Days of Blood and Starlight

It's time for another six degrees of separation featuring some of the books I read in the last month. I've stuck to my no spoilers rule, so it's safe to read on even if you haven't read these books.

**Don't miss the giveaway at the bottom of this post for a chance to win 
an ARC of Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi**

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton and The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay feature insomniac girls who run at night to forget things that happened to them. Too bad they don't live near each other or else they could be running buddies. 

The basic set up of The Sea of Tranquility and Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier is the same, although the books go in very different directions and the stories are nothing alike. Both begin with a female protagonist who has run away from her past and in the process makes a different life for herself. Thankfully, the 'new life' also includes a guy. You don't want to miss either of them (the guys or the books). 

In both Heart's Blood and The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner, characters learn how to write with their left hand and spend time practicing their handwriting. This may not seem significant, but it is.  

My opinion of a specific character shifted drastically by the end of both The Queen of Attolia and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. Each time I wasn't sure it could be done, but was amazed by how much I've come to care for individuals I previously despised. 

Unravel Me and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor are both middle books in three-book-series that prove not all second books are slumps. In fact they can be as good (or better) than the first. Also, these stories have characters who can turn themselves invisible, which comes in handy when evading bad guys. 


1) Ravens are a popular bird this year. Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier joins the four books from last month in including raven mythology.

2) Both Megan Whalen Turner's The Queen's Thief series and Jennifer Armentrout's Covenant series (I read Deity this month) draw heavily on Greek culture and mythology. 


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*Thank you to HarperCollins who has generously provided the copy of Unravel Me for me to giveaway.


  1. Oh, you know I LOVE these posts, chica! My fave is the one about lefties learning to write with their right hands, that is a pretty cool connection!

  2. I really hope I like Unravel Me better than Days of Blood & Starlight or I'm giving up on second books. :-P

  3. Ooooh, love the post concept. Saw the play, and even have played Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon a few times :)

  4. I love the way you relate all these books to one another! It's remarkable and the books you picked this time were great! Yet another wonderful post, Lauren! :)

  5. This is so clever, thoughtful and fun, thanks for doing this! I'm a huge fan of The Sea of Tranquility, and will for sure be checking out its two "neighbors!"

  6. I love the comparison, it really gives you a better picture of what the books are like.

  7. Good gracious, Lauren. This is the most fascinating of these posts so far. I love it. I agree with Keertana that this particular group of books seems to be a really fun group.

  8. Thanks for the post! I desperately want to read this one so thank you so much for the chance to win!

  9. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! I would love to read Unravel Me!

  10. Wait, why is the left hand writing significant?

    1. You have to read these books to find out ;). It would be a spoiler to tell you the answer.

  11. Yay! When will you be announcing the winner?

    1. I apologize for the delay! The winner's been contacted. THANK YOU for entering and following me. (And for the reminder. I have so much going on right now!)

  12. This is such a fun and clever idea for a book post! Love it!

    I must admit I giggled at the whole "running partner thing." Hehe

    And I appreciate the no spoilers, plus you're making me want to read all these books!

    (And Ravens totally are big right now! Though they are a pretty cool bird in terms of their history and whatnot.)

    Lauren @ Hughes Reviews


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