Happy December Epic Readers. We hope you’ve been enjoying all of the books we’ve featured in our book club this year. Sadly, we don’t have a book for this month, but cheer up – because we want YOU to decide what we’ll read in February. We have books slated for every month next year but couldn’t decide on February’s. It’s a toss up between The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson and The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna – both extremely excellent reads.
Read more about each book before making your decision!
THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa has always felt powerless, useless. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king-a king who needs her to be 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 save his people. And he looks at her in a way no man has ever looked at her before. 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.
THE LOST GIRL by Sangu Mandanna
Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination-an echo. She was made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other,” if she ever died. Eva spends every day studying that girl from far away, learning what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready. But sixteen years of studying never prepared her for this. Now she must abandon everything and everyone she’s ever known-the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love-to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive. What Eva finds is a grief-stricken family; parents unsure how to handle this echo they thought they wanted; and Ray, who knew every detail, every contour of Amarra. And when Eva is unexpectedly dealt a fatal blow that will change her existence forever, she is forced to choose: Stay and live out her years as a copy or leave and risk it all for the freedom to be an original. To be Eva.
We will announce the winner at the end of the month, but don’t worry – whichever book doesn’t win for February will be featured in April, so don’t be too sad if you’re vote doesn’t win!
New to our book club? Here’s a quick recap of all the books we’ve featured for our Book Club from this year – the links take you to their book page where you can download the book club guide if you missed out during our club, but still want to feature it in your own!
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What books did your book club read this year? Share in the comments!