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Have I mentioned in the last 5 minutes that I love Courtney Milan? No? Okay, then it’s past time I talked (again) about how much I love Courtney Milan!

I love how she inverts tropes of the romance genre to make something surprising and new. I love how both her heroes and her heroines are feministy to the max. (Heroines that can stand up for themselves are great, but I especially love a hero who treats a woman like the equal she is.) I love how she brings together people from different backgrounds and social classes. I love how her characters face real problems, but things always turn out okay in the end. I love how she depicts people who are trying to live meaningful lives beyond just locking down a romantic partner. And I love the banter. God, the banter!

Before I artfully collapse to my fainting couch, let me talk specifics. I read the entire Turner trilogy in just over a week, and I didn’t even intend to start it, much less finish it. What happened was, one day I tragically forgot to bring my book with me to work, so I perused my library’s ebook offerings to see what I might check out to tide me over. They didn’t have a copy of the first Turner book, Unveiled, but they did have a massive “boxed set” ebook with all three novels. It seemed a little excessive since I was just planning to read the first book, but oh well, I thought, it’s not like it will be any heavier to carry around. So I started the first book, one thing led to another, you know how these things go, and then before I knew it I’d read the whole thing. It was a trilogy about three brothers, after all, and I had to find out what happened with each brother!

If I had to pick a favorite, Unclaimed wins, but each of the three is great in its own way. In case you couldn’t tell, I highly recommend all of Courtney Milan’s books. There isn’t a bad one in the bunch. And what’s better this time of year than a happily ever after?


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I’ve spent a good chunk of the fall in a thrills and chills mood, reading all kinds of fabulous mysteries, thrillers, and horror. Moods are fleeting, though, and with winter approaching, I decided what I really needed was a heist novel. I wanted a lovable gang of misfits taking on the world kind of story. Want is just the book to scratch that itch.

The publisher’s blurb focuses on Jason and makes the book sound like his story, but really it’s about a whole group of teens and how they use their varied talents to bring down an evil corporation. I loved each of the characters on their own, but the real magic is in the chemistry when they’re together. It sounds cheesy, but they care about each other. They’re always supportive, even when they don’t agree or when things go wrong.

Another bonus: the setting—a dystopian, polluted version of Taipei where the rich can afford fancy suits that shield them from their poisoned environs, while the poor suffer and die in growing numbers. Jason and his friends are working to infiltrate the company that makes the suits, but when Jason gets involved with the daughter of the CEO, he may have to decide between his mission and his feelings. *cue mournful violins*

Overall, a fun, fast read, and ideal for audio, as it’s surprisingly easy to follow.