Stranger Things Book Tag!

I’ve been waiting to figure out what to do for my next tag, and I think the hype around Season 2 of Stranger Things and how it’s around christmas time, made me want to do this tag. I’m highly anticipating it’s return and I’m super excited for it. A big thanks to Sarah Sunbeemz for making this tag.

1. EPIC INTRO. The opening sequence of Stranger Things is amazing and really grabs your attention. Name a book that grabbed your attention from the first page.
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Her lyricism and amazing writing made it really hard not to get hooked from the first sentence onward.

2. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. Name a fantasy world you would like to experience yourself.
18490585I fell in love with Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson and although an older world in the means of society, I think that the magic system would be too cool to just pass on.

3. SQUAD GOALS. When Eleven met Mike, Dustin and Lucas it was a *mostly* perfect team. Name your favourite bookish group of friends.
28260587Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas has a great band of characters and even has some enemies tag along with the good friends. I love it.

4. ABC’s & CHRISTMAS LIGHTS. Joyce Byers goes mad with grief after Will goes missing. Name your favourite mentally unhinged character.
23395680Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. OH MY GOODNESS. A.I.D.A.N. was completely crazy. I literally was on the edge of my seat the whole time because of A.I.D.A.N.

5. THE UPSIDE DOWN. Name a book that was the opposite of what you expected.
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Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins fell flat for me. I knew it was about a girl who ends up being a paladin, but I thought it would get way more sci-fi and have stronger characters, I was most definitely expecting a Buffy vibe and got….nothing.

6. MAD SCIENTISTS. Dr. Brenner likes to get freaky with humanity. Name the freakiest dystopian government you can think of.
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The society in Bone Season was really screwed up in my eyes. I didn’t really much enjoy the society it was based it. It’s kind of hard to explain but the book is really REALLY great. I also don’t want to go too much into the society in fear that it will give some plot points away.

7. DEMOGORGON. Name a scary bookish creature that you would not want to come through your walls.
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8. CLIFFHANGER ENDING. name a book that left you wanting more.
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Coffee Book Tag!

Hello everyone! I’m going to be doing the Coffee Book Tag! I’m sitting down this morning and looking for some posts to do (other than my extremely long list of reviews) while drinking my very yummy coffee, so I figured…why not do the Coffee Book Tag that I found all over the place in booktube. I found the original tag here on youtube, and I love all the questions!

1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

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2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.
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I feel like I’m not the only one who re-reads Harry Potter during the cold months of the year. And I’m pretty sure there’s a Harry Potter Read-A-Thon around winter time as well. And honestly, there’s something cozy about reading Harry Potter snuggled up in blankets while it snows outside.

3. Hot chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book?
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The Chronicles of Narnia was a book I picked up for summer reading and it all snowballed from there. I love love LOVE the Narnia series and I actually started re-reading it recently. And I have to say, Narnia is such a magical place, and I absolutely love that this was one of my favorite series as a kid.

4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
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I mean…COME ON THIS IS SUCH A GREAT BOOK. I literally could not stop reading and it was written so well and in a way where you think you know what’s going on but then everything gets turned on it’s head. I really REALLY great book.

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.
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The Diabolic is something I’ve been seeing everywhere lately and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout.
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I want to give a shout out to Tia Giacalone. She sent us a copy of her book Hey Sunshine when we were still a bit shakey on our feet as a blog. She sent us Hey Sunshine and Taylor and I both loved it! Hey Sunshine has a sequel as well as a third book on the way! Please check out Tia and her books they’re well worth the read!

7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.
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I was expecting SO MUCH MORE from Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I thought pirates and time travel would be so much cooler but…it kind of fell flat for me.

8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.
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Oh my goodness, this series has absolutely everything. All the highs and all the lows. This book has it all! I absolutely love Throne of Glass and it’s a GREAT series. Action, Romance, Wit, Mystery. It’s great.

And there you have it! The Coffee Book Tag!
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Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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Published: June 4th 2013

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
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I was a bit apprehensive starting Siege and Storm. I was told it was an “okay” filler book between Shadow and Bone and Ruin and Rising. I have to say I absolutely loved this book. I enjoyed the writing (as most of you can tell I’ve been on a very big Bardugo Binge) as well as the story line. A lot of threads being woven together for the conclusion of this series.

The pace of this book is absolutely perfect if this is considered a “filler” book. Although the Darkling isn’t very present in this book, he’s very much-so a big part of this plot/story, especially in this book. The suspense and the tie between The Darkling and The Sun Summoner are absolutely amazing.

Also, I feel like I hate Alina and Mal, or maybe it’s just Mal that annoys me. I think I boarded the Alina and Nikolai ship. I have to say that I’m loving more and more of the characters like Tolya and Temar. They’re two great pillars in this book series and I can’t get enough of them!

I think this book did a great job of setting up for Ruin and Rising and if Leigh Bardugo’s writing is anything like the last book, Ruin and Rising seems quite promising (spoiler alert : I already read Ruin and Rising and it’s great…review to come).

Review : Winter by Marissa Meyer

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Published : November 10, 2015

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

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Putting this series down was difficult for me and I needed to continue reading it. So once I put Cress down I didn’t hesitate to pick up Winter and it’s kind of bitter sweet for me because…it was hard to let go of this series, but I have to say I’m super impressed on how this series was so well wrapped up.  I’ve loved the adventure that Marissa Meyer has lead me on and I can’t wait to read Heartless by her when it comes out in November.

I have to say Winter wasn’t my favorite but her character was great, and I really loved that she was a bit more cooky just because she doesn’t use her glamour. And I just think she really rounded out the group really well especially when it came to the LSOP wolves.

But overall I really enjoyed the way this book was worked out. I think all the political movement and the action was so strategically placed within the book, it just made for a really great read. I absolutely adored Wolf’s background and learning more about him and meeting his mother. and Ugh there were so many feels in the book! Especially the end with Cress and Thorne (they’re my favorite pairing ) I have to say each character really found a special place in my heart.

I have to say though, the consistency of Lavana being completely terrifying through all four books is something really impressive. I usually tend to fade with whatever strong feelings I have for villains, but Lavana was such a strong and terrifying villain throughout and I think that REALLY takes a lot skill.

I can’t explain how wonderfully the action was peppered through this book that it kept me so engaged and so hooked, I really wish there was more, but then again there’s Fairest and Star’s Above!

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Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Published: February 4, 2014

In this third book in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

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The Lunar Chronicles has easily become one of my most favorite series ever. I could easily say Marissa Myer is an absolute genius in the way she constructed this whole series and how absolutely epic it is. Each character better than the last and each book more gripping and more exciting.

Cress has given me a new favorite character. Thorne is so awesome and hilarious and I love his wit and quick one-two punches he throws out there. I enjoyed Cress and Thorne’s growth and interaction with each other throughout the whole book.

I also loved the small looks into Luna and I loved the movement of the plot. Meyer has a way of just really sucking you in to her books with her amazing writing but more-so the consistency and fast pace of her plot lines. And I have to say I love the way she can over-arc all of these character time-lines and plots into each other.

Am I ashamed that the moment I finished Cress I dove right into Winter? OF COURSE NOT. The series literally has taken over my life a bit and I really don’t mind. It’s such a great series and I love the world building and seeing these awesome characters interact and grow and become this great group of misfit friends and companions.

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Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Published: November 1, 2015

One moment, Kady Grant and Ezra Mason have nothing bigger to worry about than each other. Specifically, avoiding each other in the wake of their messy break-up. In the next second, their entire world falls apart.

The year is 2375 and one of the mega-corporations that control much of deep space has just fired the opening salvo in an intergalactic war, destroying Kady and Ezra’s planet. Forced to flee on a small fleet of crippled rescue ships alongside thousands of other refugees, the fear of enemy warships chasing them down is at first all-consuming but soon becomes the least of their worries. A deadly plague is ravaging the refugees on the ships; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be an enemy; and High Command is refusing to acknowledge that there may be a serious problem. As Kady plunges into a tangled web of data in search of the truth, she realizes that Ezra is possibly the only person who can help her save the refugees before it’s too late

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Holy cow. This was so awesome!

I cannot even begin to explain how great of a reading experience this was. I absolutely loved this book and it was one of the greatest reading experiences I’ve ever had. Nothing like it.

I wasn’t expecting Illuminae to be as good as it was. I loved Kady and I thought she was an amazingly strong and stubborn character. And I was literally on the edge of my seat every time AIDAN did something well…a bit crazy. I was insanely impressed with how much emotion and how much excitement and great plot line you get from such a different format of a book.

I have to say I read 1/2 the book on it’s own and then 1/2 with the audiobook as a companion and I have to say, it was even more so phenomenal with the audiobook companioning the read. I wasn’t surprised at how quickly I read this but I was EXTREMELY surprised with how complex the plot got and how it kept a great flow throughout the book.

I think I connected more with the characters since a lot of the content was through personal IMs and personal comms as well as e-mails and audio/video surveillance  which I thought was a great and new way to get the reader to connect to characters in a very new and original way.

As for the plot, I thought it was great and I absolutely adored the plots constant twists and turns and consistently happening “Oh crap, what’s happening next, do I put the book down? No I cant!”

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Blog Tour : Kingdom of Ash and Briars – IRL Fairytale

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Published September 16, 2016
by Hannah West

Building on homages to CinderellaSleeping Beauty, Jane Austen’s Emma and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Hannah West makes a spectacular and wholly original debut.

Bristal, a sixteen-year-old kitchen maid, lands in a fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she has elicromancer magic in her blood. Elicromancers are an ancient breed of immortal people, but only two remain in Nissera. Bristal joins the ranks of Brack and Tamarice without knowing that one of them has a dark secret . . . Tamarice is plotting a quest to overthrow the realm’s nobility and take charge herself. Together, Bristal and Brack must guard Nissera against black elicromancy. There are cursed princesses to protect, royal alliances to forge and fierce monsters to battle—all with the hope of preserving peace.

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IF HANNAH WEST WERE A  FAIRY TALE CHARACTER

If You Were a Fairy Tale Character
It’s hard to compare your personality to a fairy tale character without sounding full of yourself, but I’m probably most like a combination of Disney’s Belle and Elsa. Every book lover identifies with Belle, I think, but I also identify with her empathy and compassion, and would say that those are probably two of my better personality traits. And humility, of course *winks.*

I relate to Elsa because she’s afraid of the world, mostly because of what it will show her about herself. I struggle with social anxiety (and general anxiety), which sometimes makes me want to hole up in my apartment. But what’s weird is that I don’t fear people or situations as much as I fear punishing myself for them later – losing sleep over something stupid that I said or did. But I think like Elsa, I’ve learned to give myself a break and live my day to day life without those fears cropping up.

In terms of loving animals and talking aloud to them, I’m full-on Cinderella. But regardless of the traits I have in common with these characters, if I could choose to be any fairytale/legend character, it would be A) Disney’s Mulan because she gets to actually go on adventures and have an impact or B) an evil queen because MAGIC. I would simply change my ways and spend the rest of my life righting my wrongs and being okay with coming in as the second most beautiful person in the kingdom. That ain’t a bad life.

 If we’re talking magic powers, though, being the fairy godmother would be pretty dope. Which I guess brings us to this point! Despite countless fairytale retellings, the character of the fairy godmother seemed pretty under-explored when I got the idea for KINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS. Making Bristal a shapeshifter and weaving her story around classic fairytales was an exciting way to leave those tales almost untouched while giving the minor character of the fairy godmother a whole new identity and story.

Top Five Wednesday | Books You Want To See as TV Shows

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube. And this week’s topic is books you want to see as TV Shows. I often have this thought cross through my mind as I read books, so here are my top five books!

129546201. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
It’s super Game of Thrones-y and I would love to see this as a TV show though, even though it could seem as more of a YA GoT I think it’d be cool to see it .

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2. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
A mix between Time Travel and Parallel Universes this book would be amazing if it got picked up for TV.

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3. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
GAH Oh my goodness the moment I read this book I knew the whole series would be PHENOMENAL for TV. Super villains taking over the world and a group of tech savvy, people in search for revenge and to get rid of the super villains?! Like come on…how could you not. And the end of the first book is a great cliff hanger so it’d be an awesome season finale.

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4. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
The characters from this would be so amazing to see on TV as well as the magic system and just all the events that happen…how this hasn’t been picked up yet I don’t understand. SOMEONE MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

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5. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
I would love to see this world and these characters come to life. Marie Lu’s Young Elites is one of my favorites and I think it would translate really great into that dark and gritty TV show.

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Pokemon Go! Book Tag

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Disclaimer:  Pokemon Go belongs to Niantic and Nintendo, please don’t sue me.

 This amazing tag was created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight . What a great idea for a tag!

Pokemon-Tag-01StartersI have a few books that started my love for reading. When I was a kid it’d have to be a tie between Matilda by Roald Dahl and Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. But as I was growing up I didn’t read much through middle school/high school but coming back into reading I have to give credit to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

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An iconic classic I’ll always love I think, I’ll have to give this one to Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. A true classic that will never get old in my life.
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I think the hype around Passenger by Alexandra Bracken as well as Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor had me lose interest in them. I read both of them, but I don’t think I enjoyed them as much as I would, had there been no crippling hype around them.
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I feel like I’m going to get a lot of hate for this, but, I’d like to lump all of John Green’s books into  this. I just felt like I was reading the same book over and over again, I literally ready 4 of his books and The Fault in Our Stars stood out the most but my goodness Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska felt like the same book to me, I tried reading Will Greyson, Will Greyson but I gave up.

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is something that literally scares me when I stare at it sitting on my shelf. I have yet to start it but I’ve always wanted to but knowing how big that series is…it’s gonna be a bit before I gather the courage to tackle it.
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Pet Semetary by Stephen King. Hands down the scariest book I’ve ever read. And I read it mostly at night for some reason and that was the most stupid thing I’ve ever done. His writing is so consuming and you get thrown into the story and WHAM you’re scared into not sleeping for days.

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Oh god, I think my ultimate OTP is Aelin and Rowan from Throne of Glass series. They’re always a a pairing that makes me happy that and Feyre and Rhys. I am trash for OTP pairings I literally cannot get enough, I could keep going : Kaz and Inej , Matthaias and Nina. Literally, I AM TRASH FOR OTPs
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Any of the Reckoners Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson were books I sat down and read in one to three sittings. They were such great and action packed reads I needed more.
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I don’t think I really know many books that get spin-offs…so I don’t think I can really choose one for this.
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OMG Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I had trouble getting into this book and once I started it I couldn’t stop and was very much so surprisingly awesome!

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The Lunar Chronicles. There was so much hype around this series, and I’m still working my way through it but my goodness it’s so good! I’m really excited to read Cress and Winter!

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This was an easy one. The Puffin in Bloom classics collection. I own A Little Princess in this edition and it’s the most amazing collectors classic book I have, it’s absolutely gorgeous!

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Caraval is definitely in one of the top slots for a debut novel I’m super excited for. The premise seems really cool, and I’m pretty sure this book is seriously right up my alley. It comes out January 31st 2017 and it’s by Stephanie Garber.

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Sarah J. Maas. That is all. Just kidding! This author is amazing! I got the pleasure of meeting her once and she was absolutely phenomenal. A truly amazing person. Her writing is great and enthralling and really just sucks you in. Action, Romance, Betrayal, Slow Burning at times, her books have it all. Each one of her books being a true work of art.

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A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray is a book I’ve been looking forward to for what feels like forever. I fell in love with the Firebird trilogy the moment I finished Ten Thousand Pieces of You. Which was the book I read after Ready Player One which kept my momentum going after picking up such a great book, so naturally I’ve been keeping my eye on this series and from the moment I knew this was a trilogy I couldn’t stop thinking about how all of this will conclude.

10 Books I’d Like To Read Before 2017

Hello friends! Here’s a random post from me you probably weren’t expecting to see on this lovely Labor Day! I decided to come up with a TBR of 10 books I’d like to read before the end of the year since we’re in the last 3 months of the year. 2016 has been a phenomenal reading month! I’m on track for my 50 books this year (cries because last year I read 65). But here, in no particular order are the 10 books I’d most definitely like to read before this year comes to a close.
NOTE: I’m not including Empire of Storms OR  Crooked Kingdom because those are insta-reads in my book.

10. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
60510Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…

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9. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
28763485Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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8.  Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
26114463In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

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7.  My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
22840421The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.

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6. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
15839976“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

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5. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
23848559In LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, Jenny Lawson baffled readers with stories about growing up the daughter of a taxidermist. In her new book, FURIOUSLY HAPPY, Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

According to Jenny: “Some people might think that being ‘furiously happy’ is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he’s never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos.”

“Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you’d never guess because we’ve learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, ‘We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.’ Except go back and cross out the word ‘hiding.'”

Jenny’s first book, LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, was ostensibly about family, but deep down it was about celebrating your own weirdness. FURIOUSLY HAPPY is a book about mental illness, but under the surface it’s about embracing joy in fantastic and outrageous ways-and who doesn’t need a bit more of that?

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4. Nemesis by Anna Banks
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The princess didn’t expect to fall in love–with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora’s gift could save Tarik’s kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

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3. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
20643052In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…

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2. Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
17926775For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…

But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for…

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1. Finnikin of the Rock by Marlena Marchetta
10636358At the age of nine, Finnikin’s world is shattered by the five days of the unspeakable: the royal family of Lumatere is brutally murdered, an imposter seizes the throne, and a curse binds all who remain inside the kingdom’s walls. Those who escape are left to roam as exiles.

Ten years later, Finnikin and his mentor, Sir Topher, are summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young novice with a startling claim: Balthazar, the heir to the throne of Lumatere and Finnikin’s childhood friend, is alive, and she can lead Finnikin to him. Even as he suspects this arrogant young woman, Finnikin also begins to believe that Lumatere might one day be raised.

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