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Today on the blog, Elle Kennedy shares what books she reads and recommends.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself
I’m a Canadian girl who loves dogs and hockey, and my goal is to visit as many quaint beach towns as possible!
What is your latest release?
Misfit by Elle Kennedy
Welcome to Sandover Prep, where the delinquents roam…and you can’t trust a soul.
Finding out your mom is marrying some rich guy you’ve never met is enough to make any eighteen-year-old’s head spin. And for RJ Shaw, it gets worse: he’s being sent to Sandover Prep for senior year. If there’s one place a misfit hacker like RJ doesn’t belong, it’s an ivy-covered all-boys boarding school for rich delinquents. There’s no point trying to get along with anyone. That is, until he meets Sloane Tresscott in the woods on the outskirts of campus. Gorgeous and sharp-tongued, Sloane is pure temptation. Except Sloane is the one girl he’s forbidden from touching.
The headmaster’s daughter.
Good thing RJ doesn’t believe in rules. Sure, Sloane insists she’s swearing off boys this year, but he wants her bad, and he’s going to win her over if it kills him—unless her ex-boyfriend, the ruling king of Sandover, kills him first. Luckily, RJ’s unwittingly made some friends. His new stepbrother Fenn, a pretty boy with a self-destructive streak. Lawson, self-proclaimed agent of chaos. And Silas, the All-American good guy who can’t actually be as nice as he seems.
If RJ wants to survive prep school and win Sloane’s heart, he’ll need to figure out a way to use all the secrets hidden in the walls of Sandover.
What types of books do you read? Do they influence your writing, and if so, in what way?
I mostly read thrillers or literary fiction, with the occasional romance or young adult fantasy series thrown into the mix. Strong heroines are my catnip, and I think that influences my writing quite a bit – every heroine in my Killer Instincts series, for example, is a total badass! And the women in my Off-Campus/Briar U series have no problem holding their own against the cocky hockey players they fall for.
Book Recommendation Time!
Circe by Madeline Miller
Circe by Madeline Miller. I LOVED this retelling of the goddess Circe’s story. The writing is beautiful and the story is so captivating (warning: I cried a lot). Circe didn’t start off as a strong badass woman (well, immortal goddess), but her journey for getting there was incredible.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This will always be one of my favorite novels. Continuing in the theme of strong women, you won’t find anyone stronger than nurse/surgeon/time traveler Claire Fraser. I want to be her when I grow up!
Wanderlust by Danielle Steele
Wanderlust by Danielle Steel. This is an older title that I re-read all the time. The heroine of this book follows the rules her entire life, until one day she breaks out of the habit and decides to live her life for herself. She travels the world during some pretty tumultuous times (WWII) and visits some very dangerous places, where her bravery and compassion are constantly put to the test.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. OMG this book was an emotional roller coaster. It also takes place during wartime, following two sisters as each follows a different path during a harrowing time. It’s a story of love, survival, courage, and girl power. Be prepared to cry.
What are you currently reading?
I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid