Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Release Day Top 5: Wanderlove

Photo jacked from Kirsten's blog.
There's a book coming out today that, honestly, I think everyone needs to read. It's by an author who blew me away with her 2011 debut last year, one who I've had the privilege to meet and is honestly one of the sweetest, kindest people you will ever meet, and one who loves baby animals. And sloths. Yes. Sloths.

The author? Kirsten Hubbard. The book? Wanderlove.

So to celebrate the fact that this book is out, here are my top five reasons why you guys need to buy it. Yes. All of you. You, and you, and even you, person trying to claim you don't like contemp. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed. And if you are, well, that's silly.

5. If you buy this book, then hopefully the publisher will buy more of Kirsten's book, and the world needs that. I, for one, will suffer immensely if I never get to read another Kirsten Hubbard book, and no one wants that, do they? So do all of us a favor, and go buy it.

4.The setting. Stunning, gorgeous, vivid. It helps that Kirsten is a travel writer, and has been to the places she writes about in the book. But she has a way with words, a way of making you feel like you're there. Feeling the sand under your feet, the sights and sounds of the marketplace, the animals in the trees not far from you. I want to go backpacking through Central America because of this book, because of how freeing Bria finds it, despite the fact that I am a total homebody. And Kirsten has incited that, just through her words. And if you've read the book, you know what I'm talking about, but you need to buy it so you can reread it and look at her blog posts, with pictures, to bring it to life even more. There is 11 of them, and they are amazing.

3. Romance. I adored Like Mandarin, and it is one of my all time favorites. It, however, doesn't have any romance (Something I didn't notice till a few days after, its that well done). This one does have romance, with an enigmatic and seriously sexy love interest, and the kind of falling for each other that happens through the good and the bad, without them really realizing it.

2. The art. Yes. Art. There are drawings in this one... done by Kirsten. They are gorgeous, and since I have so far only seen them on my ereader, I need a finished copy to see them in their full spectacular-ness, and you do too. I mean, come on, do you want pixels or the real, glorious thing?

1. Characters. Kirsten knows how to write characters that are so fully dimension, ones that have their flaws, but have the amazing things about them too. Each character stands out so well, with their own little assets and strengths, and their change and development is equally as stunning. You won't love just Bria, but the group she travels with as well.

So there you have it. 5 reasons why you MUST get this book. Then you can join me in the long and, face it, agonizing wait for another book of Kirsten's.


  1. What a great post! I really enjoyed Kirsten's first book and loved the excerpt that was released previously of Wanderlove. So glad it's finally out!

  2. Excellent post! Can't wait to read this. I, too, loved Like Mandarin. :)

  3. Agreed!! I loved Wanderlove so much:) Haven't read Like Mandarin, but if you say you didn't notice the lack of romance I have to give it a try. Kirsten's a fantastic author

  4. Sounds great. I'll have to check it out.