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The Perfect Match: Spring 2017

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Spring 2017 Edition

The Perfect Match: A seasonal feature where I play matchmaker but with books! What happens when you take Book A and combine it with Book B? The answer is Book C!

I’m taking a non-contemporary approach this time around and featuring some Science Fiction hybrids in the YA and Adult Fiction universe.

Why This Match?

Inherit the Stars focuses on interplanetary conflict between 3 royal houses. Two of the heirs find themselves in an arranged marriage in the hopes of bring some semblance of peace to their people. Of course, these two being to bond and see that there is more to the other person than the prejudices they’ve grown up with their entire lives. That premise there is the same one you can find in The Book of Ivy and its arranged marriage trope. I picked Academy 7 because the opposites attract relationship is strong in that novel and the secrets the characters are keeping has a lasting impact on the narrative.

Why This Match?

Aza’s lung condition in Magonia readily reminded me of Lily’s allergies in Trial by Fire. But once they leave their worlds, they become a completely different–and healthy–person. Across the Universe might seem like an odd pick but the setting of a mysterious ship that slowly uncovers its secrets is something both it and Magonia share.

Why This Match?

When you take the gritty, take no prisoners attitude of An Ember in the Ashes and add in an outwit and outlast challenge like The Hunger Games, you get the Red Rising Trilogy. Only elevated to a whole new level.

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Perfect Match: Winter 2017 Edition

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Winter 2017 Edition

The Perfect Match: A seasonal feature where I play matchmaker but with books! What happens when you take Book A and combine it with Book B? The answer is Book C!

Happy Valentines Day! 

For this season’s edition of the perfect match, I thought I would keep it heavy on the romantic side of things. So here are some of my favourite romance combinations:

Why This Match?

While Dirty English is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, I couldn’t help but find links to some more modern reads. The heroes in both Beautiful Disaster and Dirty English are fighters who have player-like reputations outside of the ring. But all it takes is a one night encounter with the girl who will change it all for them. But the relationship that forms between Elizabeth and Delcan in Dirty English reminded me a lot of the one in Losing It: where these two people have this great connection from the start that is more intellectual and emotion than just physical.

Why This Match?

As the title of The List implies, Annie (our heroine) is set out to do a list of things she thinks every college girl needs to do know that she is out of the house from her protective family. Bianca from All the Ways You Saved Me also has a list of things she wants to do left to her from her deceased BFF before she does her family’s plans for her. That’s how she Ian and Ian reminded me a lot of the hero from Confess, Owen. Both are super nice guys but both are hiding major secrets from their new lady friend.

Why This Match?

It’s been a long time since a book made me laugh out loud as much as Tangled did but The Matchmaker’s Playbook definitely succeeded. There’s just something so charming (and hilarious) about seeing a guy who thinks he knows it all get kicked on his ass by the girl who is his perfect match. But the concept of The Matchmaker’s Playbook–transforming a girl to get the guy of her dreams”–reminded me a lot of Crushed. I love when plans backfire!

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The Perfect Match: Fall 2016 Edition

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Fall 2016 Edition

The Perfect Match: A seasonal feature where I play matchmaker but with books! What happens when you take Book A and combine it with Book B? The answer is Book C!

Fall is my favourite season. Yes, we do have fall here in Canada. Sometimes, it gets cut a little short by snow (I have trick-or-treated in the snow before) but sometimes we get lucky. This year, we definitely got lucky and had beautiful weather this fall. Any October where I can go outside comfortably in a T-shirt is a winner for me.

So I thought I would do hybrids for some of my favourite reads this year in YA, NA and Adult.

Why This Match?

The magical divisions amongst the characters in Truthwitch reminded me a lot of the groups in Shadow and Bone. Everyone has their magical specialty in each series which makes it fun to read. One of the strengths of Heir of Fire is its multiple POVs. It gives the readers a 360 view of the world and drives the many plotlines. It’s the same situation with Truthwitch and it works so well!

Why This Match?

It all starts with a bet in both Beautiful Disaster & Touch Me Not. But its the mutual love of cars in Crash into You and Touch Me Not that starts these great romances off and brings the leads closer together.

Why This Match?

Both Wallbanger and Play Me feature neighbours who end up falling in love with the person on the other side of the wall. No Pants Required also features a neighbour romance. But what all three of these romances have are characters who just compliment each other so, so well…oh yeah, they are also hilarious!

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The Perfect Match: Summer 2016

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Summer 2016 Edition

The Perfect Match: A seasonal feature where I play matchmaker but with books! What happens when you take Book A and combine it with Book B? The answer is Book C!

It feels like forever since I last did this! And if my phone note is any indication, it’s been a long time since I added any new hybrids to my list…oops!

Anywho, this month I’m going with a dystopian theme. Like this feature, it has been awhile since I’ve read a dystopian novel so I wanted to revist some from the past year.

Why This Match?

The recycling of souls and the uniqueness of the new soul of Nadia in Soulless is very similar to the idea of reincarnation in Incarnate. Both girls struggle with finding their place in a world where they are not accepted. It’s a similar for Allison in The Immortal Rules. But the adventure/journey aspect of The Immortal Rules is very similar to the plot-line of Soulless.

Why This Match?

In The Program, a suicide epidemic is running rampant through society–much like the idea that love is a disease in Delirium. In order to stop it, both novels set up programs to eradicate and manage the epidemics in their societies. Matched may seem like an odd choice but its rigid society structure and many technological advances reminded me of the circumstances present in The Program.

Why This Match?

The Darkest Minds focuses on teens with crazy abilities that adults just don’t understand. So, the kids are shipped off to camps just like in Uninvited and in The Summoning where they struggle to find their independence and be true to themselves. Of course, as some romance, rebels and action and you’ve got 3 books with the same foundations.

Keeping with the dystopian theme, I picked Kaya Scodelario (Theresa from The Maze Runner Movies) to be the source of my hybrid this season.

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The Perfect Match: Spring 2016 Edition

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Spring 2016 Edition

The Perfect Match: A seasonal feature where I play matchmaker but with books! What happens when you take Book A and combine it with Book B? The answer is Book C!

For this edition, I’m focusing on New Adult romance reads! Spring makes me think of new born animals and babies and I think we all know how those get here. So why not make book babies with other books?

Why This Match?

In Dark Wild Night, the leads are two people you are desperate to see end up together. You know, one of those couples that just seem so perfect for each other but they don’t even know it? Like Olivia and Nate from Before Jamaica Lane who has so much in common it’s crazy. All it takes is one crazy night of confessions–like in Schooled–to be the catalyst to get the heartstrings playing!

Why This Match?

I’m going to confess: I’ve never read One Day by David Nicholls but I know its premise. Two people meet on the same day of every year much like they do in November 9. But add to it the complex and scarred characters of Kiss a Stranger and a little of the Collen Hoover mojo and you get November 9.

Why This Match?

All of these books feature the same premise: reunited ex-lovers who have a pile of secrets between them. Dirty Secret also features a musician like Ripped does. While Rival, like Rippedhas all the antagonistic hate you can imagine when you stick two people who were hurt by the person they cared for the most in a room together.

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The Perfect Match: Winter 2016 Edition

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Winter 2016 Edition

The Perfect Match: A seasonal feature where I play matchmaker but with books! What happens when you take Book A and combine it with Book B? The answer is Book C!

For the new year I’m doling out 3 Young Adult pairings for all genre fans!

Why This Match?

Take the handsome, mysterious paranormal love interest from Twilight and give the book a darker and more sinister edge like Sweet Evil and you’ve got yourself Falling Under. Though the paranormal aspects in all these books differ (ie what the creatures the characters are) I think fans of one will enjoy the others.

Why This Match?

The domed controlled city in Breathe really reminded me of the cities Aria comes from in Under the Never Sky. As for Divergent, I found the premise of it and Under the Never Sky were very similar: the search for something better after being lied to by government officials for their entire lives.

Why This Match?

In The Vincent Boys, Ashton is torn between two cousins who she has known and loved all her life; much like Molly is with the Donnelly Brothers in 99 Days. But like Ally in She’s So Dead to Us, Molly has returned to town after a scandal that everyone knows and remembers–and one that no one wants her to forget.

When I saw Marine Vacth at TIFF in September for the North American premiere of Families, I spent the entire time trying to figure out who she looked like! Sometimes, she looks like a young Natalie Portman or Julia Roberts as well.

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The Perfect Match: Fall 2015 Edition

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Fall 2015 Edition

The Perfect Match: A seasonal feature where I play matchmaker but with books! What happens when you take Book A and combine it with Book B? The answer is Book C!

This time I’m giving you one hybrid for all ages: one YA, one NA and one Adult!

Why This Match?

Charade is one of my favourite New Adult novels because I love the connection the characters make while dealing with a family illness. I loved the relationship that forms. Maggie & West in Until Friday Night really reminded me of Mia & Jace from Muse. She’s a bit of an outcast at school and he’s the BFF of her family member who brings her out of her shell. Just a sweet romance that deals with some heavier stuff in both cases.

Why This Match?

The leads in Bad Romeo meet while attending a drama program in university–much like the leads in Losing It. I also thought the humour in both books was pretty similar. Fifty Shades of Grey may seem like an odd choice but the mystery of Ethan’s past in Bad Romeo and how Cassie helps him confront it was really reminiscent of the mystery behind Christan Grey…just minus all the BDSM/alpha crap.

Why This Match?

Playing for Keeps and Tangled were two of the funniest adult contemporary novels I have ever read…and Wallbanger deserves to be in their company. The antics between Simon and Caroline reminded me of the tension between Jason and Haley (Playing for Keeps). Then you have the character development and them discovering what it means to be in a relationship, much like Drew and Katherine discover in Tangled. All of these books are so much fun but still have that sweeter side them.

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The Perfect Match: Summer 2015 Edition

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summer 2015 Edition

The Perfect Match: A seasonal feature where I play matchmaker but with books! What happens when you take Book A and combine it with Book B?  The answer is Book C!

Ever since I started officially doing this feature, I’ve been creating book hybrids in my mind every time I read. Once you start, it’s rather hard to stop! I have a ongoing note on my phone for when the inspiration hits.

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Why This Match?

The characters in Incarceron have to solve their own maze that has its own cast of colourful characters so that connection should be obvious. Why Divergent? That’s a bit of a spoiler for later in the series 😉 but in a more general way, in Divergent, the initiation situation involving a group of young people reminds me a lot of the group dynamic in The Maze Runner.

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Why This Match?

I could have easily paired numerous books for The Book of Ivy but I felt like these two were the best. Breathe is about a city that is within a dome struggling between the halves and the halves not (similar to the two rival families in BOI). Again, a bit of a spoiler for anyone who hasn’t read Delirium but the political situation and the scenario Lena finds herself in is very reminiscent of The Book of Ivy.

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Why This Match?

The support group for terminal ill people in The Fault in Our Stars is very similar to the support group Saylor (One Last Song) finds herself in. But why is Saylor there? The answer is pretty similar to The Narrator’s from Fight Club.

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The Perfect Match: Spring Edition 2015

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Spring 2015 Edition

The Perfect Match: A seasonal feature where I play matchmaker but with books! What happens when you take Book A and combine it with Book B?  The answer is Book C!

For as long as I can remember, I have always hybridized celebrities. As in, you take celebrity A + celebrity B and you get celebrity C. Recently, I’ve discovered that I do this with books as well! So why not have some fun and do a post for my blog? I opted to do a seasonal post for this because I do enough features on a monthly basis plus, creating these book love-children is a hard thing to do!

And just for fun, I thought I would include a celebrity pick as well 😉 Enjoy!

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Why This Match?

Princess of Thorns features a kick-ass heroine who meets a prince she never expects to get along with–just like Katsa in Graceling. Plus the Grimm’s fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty is the underlying concept of Stacey Jay’s Princess of Thorns.

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Why This Match?

While For the Darkness Shows the Stars is more futuristic, it shares a lot of common elements with The Winner’s Curse like the high-society heroine’s close relationship with a servant and her desire to fix the world around her. However, the relationship of Arin and Kestrel reminds me a lot more of June and Day’s in Legend where they find themselves on opposing sides of war. Plus, Kestrel is such an intelligent heroine like June.

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Mayhem has two popular New Adult concepts: an up-and-coming rock band (like Muse) plus the tutor falling for the player student (like After Math). Together, it’s perfect harmony!

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