by Ella James
Series: Here Trilogy (#2)
CONTAINS SPOILERS - DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ HERE.
When Milo Mitchell falls for the beautiful, tuxedo-clad guy she found wandering her family's rural Colorado property, she never dreamed he was a scout from another galaxy, or that their relationship would leave him with an impossible choice: eradicating humankind, or initiating the end of his own people.
Nick's job is finding the elements his people need to power their elaborate interweb of minds. Being a scout means he is capable of traveling to other planets on his own. It also means that, unlike The Rest, he has access to primitive feelings and individual desires. For eons, he was part of the whole, but when he encountered Milo, his obsession with her changed everything.
Nick's partner, Vera, is capable of independent thought, but not compelled by it. She is satisfied with her existence as one of The Rest, and she won't agree that humans are worth sparing; not when their planet has a precious cache of the gold her people need so badly.
While Vera tries to force Nick into endorsing an Earth invasion, working behind the scenes to tie his hands, and the Department of Defense lays a trap for them with Milo's mom as bait, Nick and Milo are waging their own war - against a primal desire that can only lead to one thing: heartbreak.
Five Books I Wish Were Mine by Ella1. The Only Alien on the Planet by Kristen D. Randle ~ Because Kristen D. Randle wrote a lovely, sad, sweet, heartfelt YA story before YA was the coolest thing on the block, and when I read it in 8th grade, I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up.
2. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay ~ Because Nastya is one of my favorite YA heroines EVER. Because the characters don't just seem real; they are realer than my grandmother. Because I STILL miss Josh, and I finished this book more than a month ago. Because I think I'll need to read it at least two more times this year, and my lifetime re-read list only includes about four books.
3. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover ~ Because just when I was really sad I'd finished SoT, Colleen Hoover put out Hopeless. As an author who critiques books more than I enjoy them, the best way I can sum up this book is masterful. *THIS* is YA romance at its best.
4. Across The Universe by Beth Revis ~ Because the plot, the character, and the worldbuilding are through-the-roof awesome, and spec fiction is my crack. Also, because Beth Revis writes some of the best plot twists I've read in years. Spaceship + romance + secrets = awesome.
5. Almost by Anne Eliot ~ Because her characters are sensitive, honest, and real, and her writing is just plain fun to read. Also, I'm a sucker for stories about hardship and healing. This is one of them. Bonus: It's also a really sweet romance.
Ella is inviting readers to help her write a shapeshifter romance, which is plotted via polls and questions on her blog and her Facebook page.
Ella lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her wonderful husband, opinionated baby, and mopey dog. You can visit her blog at www.ellajamesbooks.blogspot.com, or friend her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ellajamesbooks.