Number 1: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
First of all, I will admit that it was the cover that drew me in as it looked pretty interesting. Once I read the summary I thought heck, I'll try this out even though it didn't seem like my style of book (at the time). I literally read this book in the span of a day and the plot just blew my mind. In the story, you find this young man named Clay Jensen who receives a shoe box that contained seven cassette tapes. These tapes were recorded by a girl named Hannah Baker who had just recently taken her own life. Distraught by this, he listens to the tapes that, one after the other, explain the thirteen reasons why she decided to commit suicide. In this book, I really got to understand how the smallest of happenings could seem so small one day but it could lead to big and worse situations. Sometimes, things could have the domino effect and all you need is someone to stop the last domino from falling. I really got to enter Hannah's shoes in this book and it really made me start to watch the things I say or do because the smallest things can hurt others without really meaning to. I really suggest reading this book. It will really open your eyes.
Number 2: Enclave by Ann Aguirre
I absolutely LOVE this book and the series it is in. Ann Aguirre is an amazing writer and I will forever be one of her biggest fans. Back to the book; I never found myself to be a zombie book type of person but this book is so much more than meets the eye. This book is post-apocalyptic after a virus spread out. Though they seem like zombies, they actually are not. "Freaks", as they call them, are very much alive and are just mutations. Deuce is a girl who lives in an enclave underground where the people don't live long lives as they spend the entirety of their lives underground. They have no idea what is above ground and they think it is dangerous. This book is about Deuce and her adventure-filled journey as she discovers what is really going on out there. The character development in this book is on point as you really get to see them grow up. There's even a romance here that I would think would have been difficult to put in but Ann did so in just the perfect amount, leaving ample amount of room for Freak fighting of course. What blew me away about this book is the way i never thought this would become one of my favorites. I hate zombie movies but I loved the world Ann Aguirre created and I wish I was just as bad-ass as Deuce and her gang.
And Number 3: Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Okay, there will be no spoilers here for those who didn't get the chance to read or see Divergent and Insurgent. I'm just going to say that there was one scene by the end that literally blew my mind apart. I remember stopping from reading, calling up my boyfriend and ranting to him for what seemed like hours even though he had no idea what I was talking about. After that crazy rant of mine, I finally got back to the book and kept reading until the very end. I will say that during the rant, I thought I was going to hate the end of it (I know a lot of people out there agree with me!) but it honestly felt right for the ending that Veronica gave us. With all that happened, it ended up being the perfect ending for this series. For those of you that don't know what scene I was talking about but want to know, read the books!!! They were amazing!
Let me know what you think of these in your comments and if you have books that blew YOUR mind, let me know what they are and why!