13 Ways You Can Afford To Read

Now that I have gotten your attention, I am here to talk about how you can afford to read. Of course everyone can afford to read but not everyone can afford to buy the books to read them! I am here to give a few solutions. I’m sure you’ve heard of most, if not all of these. I know a lot of these only apply to USA residents so if you have alternatives feel free to share!


Borrow Them

What I mean by borrowing them is getting them from a friend. I know not everyone likes to loan out their books (i’m one of them unless I trust you with my life). If you have a friend that trusts you, this is a super easy way to read books for free! It only cost a little bit of friendship 🙂

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Bookoutlet

Where oh where have you been if you have not heard of bookoutlet? 😉 jk, but seriously though, bookoutlet is amazing. I’ve bought so many books from them for super cheap. They also do black Friday deals. I think the most I paid for a book is $6 for a hardback.

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Half Priced Books

Half Priced Books is very similar to bookoutlet. I’ve never personally bought anything off this website but I have heard their quality and prices are amazing! They have a ton of things in stock!

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Book Depository

I know book depository isn’t exactly cheap but I added it to the list because you get free shipping worldwide. Shipping can end up costing an arm and a leg depending on where you’re shipping too. I also know a lot of countries don’t always have books or sell them super expensive so book depository has been amazing for a lot of people!

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Library

I know this seems like the most obvious thing but I know a lot of people end up overlooking the library. The library is such an amazing resource for getting books without having to spend money! Sometimes bookstores may stop selling a book you really wanted to read but the library may have it in stock for you! I love using the library so much. I personally use the apps though, which I will discuss later! Libraries also always have amazing library book sales!

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Amazon

Okay, I know amazon is not a great website. I know it doesn’t do great business for the authors; however, sometimes amazon has amazing kindle deals on really well-known books. I’ve gotten quite a few books from amazon for $2.99 for my kindle! I suggest signing up for bookbub so you can get emails every single day on new kindle book deals!

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Netgalley is a wonderful website to use if you’re a book blogger or a booktuber! You can use Netgalley to request books. These are advanced reader copies and it is expected of you to review them if you get them! It’s extremely important to keep your review rate up though otherwise you risk not being accepted to read the books you want! This is something I really struggle with.

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Thift Stores

It’s amazing how many people get rid of their books at local thrift stores! I’m not sure all the thift stores there are but I have found some pretty sweet books at my local goodwill store! These books usually run between $5 or less!

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Scribd

Scribd is a nice alternative to audible. I have never used it, but I have heard it’s way better. It’s $8.99 a month. You can read audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, and more. Either way $8.99 a month is pretty neat. That’s cheaper than netflix!

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Bookstores

There are so many amazing bookstores that have killer deals! There is a bookstore close to me that always has amazing used books in stellar condition! I also know booksamillion usually has some amazing books in their bargain section!

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Garage Sales

Just like thrift stores, there are so many books you can find at different garage sales as well! I’m not a huge garage sale shopper myself but I know some people are. You can find a ton of unknown books. Who knows, maybe it will turn into a new favorite 🙂

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Facebook

I have other people for some recommendations on where to find cheap books and I was told there are several facebook pages were people sell books! I’m not sure what these group pages are called but I’m sure you can do a quick search on your facebook page!

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Library Apps

And lastly, my personal favorite, library apps. You need a library card to use these but they’re so wonderful. A lot of libraries use overdrive. Mine uses cloudlibrary and hoopla. I use them so many times so I can check out books I’m not quick sure on. It’s an amazing solution, especially if you don’t want to spend money on gas driving to the library!

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If you have more ideas, please feel free to tell us below in the comments! ❤

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesdays spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases, and was originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Since Jill is no longer hosting, I’m now joining up with Can’t Wait Wednesday at Wishful Endings.laurelsfloweers_0008_vectorsmartobject

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

ShoutA searing poetic memoir and call to action from the bestselling and award-winning author of Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson!

Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #metoo and #timesup, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice– and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.

Expected Release Date: March 12th, 2019


I love everything Laurie Halse Anderson. I’m not 100% sure why. She writes such beauty books. I’m sure this memoir will be incredibly sad but I’m still beyond excited to read it ❤ 

Down the Rabbit Hole #4

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Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
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The Books:

The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny\\ I’m kind of biased, but I really want to read this simply because the name “Amber” is in the title. It’s some kind of fantasy with an island called Amber. The great book of Amber has books 1-10 in them. It sounds really good  so I think I’m keeping it!  VeridictKeep

Grim by multiple YA authors\\ This book has a lot of good authors such as Rachel Hawkins, Ellen Hopkins, and Julie Kagawa. I was debating on getting rid of this book then I read some of the sample pages and really liked the writing of several\ authors such as Rachel Hawkins. I’m not sold on the cover so I might end up reading it from the library some day but I think I’m going to keep this one as well! At least for the time being since it’s been on my TBR since 2014…. VeridictKeep

Life As We Know It by Susan Beth Pfeffer \\ I read this synopsis again and it doesn’t sound remotely interesting. Honestly, I’m not even sure why it’s on my TBR?? I remember thinking the writing style was good when I read some of the sample, but being 24, I can’t see myself reading this anymore. VeridictGo

Minders by Michelle Jaffe\\ I remember loving this cover when it first came out; however, I’m not sold on the story line anymore. It sounds interesting, but it doesn’t sound like something I would really enjoy anymore. VeridictGo

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss\\ I’m not a big fantasy fan but this book sounds amazing. The writing sounds amazing. Everything seems to really enjoy the story. I bought it for my boyfriend over the summer. He read it and enjoyed it so I think I’ll borrow his copy one of these days… for now I’ll keep it! VeridictKeep

Phoenix Island by John Dixon\\ Why did I add this as a want to read book?? I honestly have no clue. I really don’t. It doesn’t sound like anything I’d be even remotely interested in. VeridictGo

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay\\ This book is a keep for sure. The cover is gorgeous. It’s been on my TBR for ages because I haven’t gotten around to reading it but still sounds amazing. I also really trust Jamie’s opinion at The Perpetual Page Turner and she really enjoyed the book. That’s what really sold it for me! VeridictKeep

Plus One by Elizabeth Pama\\ At first, I really enjoyed this cover but now it just seems… cheesy? The synopsis sounds really interesting and unique. I might end up reading it some day but it’s not at the top of my list. I think I’m going to have to let this one go for the time being. Veridict: Go

Something Real by Heather Demetrios\\ This sounds like a book about a celebrity who isn’t a celebrity anymore and tries to live a normal life. It sounds interesting but the cover, to me, is absolutely hideous. Honestly, I don’t think I’d read this for the mere fact of how much I hate the cover. I am a terrible person. Maybe on day I’ll get it from the library! Veridict: Go

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica\\ This sounds like an interesting story. A girl that leaves with a stranger and gets kidnapped? For some reason, this books always make me want to read them. I love a good mystery novel. I’m hoping to read this some day. Hopefully sooner rather than later! VeridictKeep

 

Hard Things About Book Blogging

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I always see a lot of posts about the pros of book blogging and what people enjoy about it but rarely do I see the cons of blogging. Sometimes people think making a blog is simple and easy; however, they become discouraged when they realize that blogging is not all fun and games. Because of this, I thought I’d make a list of things about blogging that I find hard to do.


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  • Blogging is a lot of work. You can’t just slap together a post and call it good (which, admittedly, I sometimes do this…). Sometimes it can take me close to an hour to write a blog post because I have to think about what topic I want to write about, what to say about said topic, and sometimes get pictures to include. Then when all that is said and done, I sometimes try to go back and make sure I don’t have any spelling errors (again, most times I forget to do this. Guilty as charged!)

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  • I don’t always know what to talk about. I feel like I see all of these great discussion posts from other book bloggers and feel discouraged because man I only seem to post reviews! I sometimes don’t feel like I’m a good enough blogger

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  • I feel pressured to read Advanced Reader Copies (ARC’s). No one is blame but myself; however, I feel like I need to read some ARC’s in order to be considered a book blogger. I know that’s not the case but I still seem to request more ARC’s than I can handle.

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  • Sometimes it feels like it’s hard to get your blog up and rolling. It’s frustrating when you see multiple bloggers that have 100+ followers and all you can think is how!? I try to promote my blog on facebook and twitter but sometimes that never feels like enough. Sometimes I comment on people’s post as well just to get my name out there but I don’t always have things to write for a comment and I’d hate to just write “awesome post!”.

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  • I feel like I have a hard time scheduling posts as well. I’m trying to create a schedule for myself with preplanned post idea’s but sometimes I feel unmotivated to write those posts. Thus, I get behind and beat myself up for it.

Although blogging is hard work and not all fun and games, it’s still a very rewarding experience. I wouldn’t give up blogging for anything. ❤

My Favorite Bookish Quotes

Favorite Quotes

Hello friends! I don’t know about anyone else but I live for quotes in books. I absolutely adore them. It doesn’t matter if it’s impactful, funny, or romantic, I love to save them on goodreads! So I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you lovely people ❤


“I’ve got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?”
“A regrettable choice of words,” muttered Magnus.”   ― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

“And why did he have to call me “quiet”? I hated being called quiet. People always said it like it was some kind of deficiency—like just because I didn’t put everything out there right away, I was unfriendly or arrogant. My mom had understood. You may be slow to warm up, but once you do, you light up the whole room” ― Jenna Evans Welch, Love & Gelato

“Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.” ― Veronica Roth, Insurgent

“We do not start as dust. We do not end as dust. We make more than dust.That's all we ask of you. Make more%2

“Here’s what’s not beautiful about it: from here, you can’t see the rust or the cracked paint or whatever, but you can tell what the place really is. You can see how fake it all is. It’s not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It’s a paper town. I mean, look at it, Q: look at all those culs-de-sac, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too. I’ve lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters.” ― John Green, Paper Towns

“She decided that if Lucas was gay then she was going to have to get a sex change operation. He would be so worth it.” ― Josephine Angelini, Starcrossed

“It’s just that I don’t want to be somebody’s crush. If somebody likes me, I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am. And I don’t want them to carry it around inside. I want them to show me, so I can feel it too.” ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Favorite Quotes

“Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by flashlight beneath a blanket, books had no real existence in our world. Like seeds in the beak of a bird waiting to fall to earth, or the notes of a song laid out on a sheet, yearning for an instrument to bring their music into being. they lie dormant hoping for the chance to emerge. They want us to give them life.” ― John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things

“It’s hard to be different,” Scarborough said. “And perhaps the best answer is not to tolerate differences, not even to accept them. But to celebrate them. Maybe then those who are different would feel more loved, and less, well, tolerated.” ― Bill Konigsberg, Openly Straight

“I leapt eagerly into books. The characters’ lives were so much more interesting than the lonely heartbeat of my own.”
― Ruta Sepetys, Out of the Easy

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“Life fractures all of us into little pieces. It harms us, but it’s how we glue those fractures back together that makes us stronger.” ―Carrie Jones, Entice

“It’s superb to be out in the early, early morning before the sun comes up. There’s this sense of being super-alive. You’re in on a secret that all the dull, sleeping people don’t know about. Unlike them, you’re alert and aware of existing right here in this precise moment between what happened and what’s going to happen.” ― Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now

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Book Review: The Hating Game

The Hating GameSeries: Standalone
Published by: William Morrow
Genre: Contemporary, Adult
Pages: 387
Source: Paper, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

Synopsis:

Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

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Favorite Quote

“I’m probably not good at a lot of things, but I will try to be”  

Thoughts

Did you hear that? My heart just exploded.

Holy shit. This book. This book was freaking hilarious. It was also cute and sexy and heartwarming and just everything I needed in a love story. Slow burning romance? Sexual tension? Constant battle of wits? Yes, yes, and yes.

I had a little bit of a hard time getting into the story at first. I didn’t really like how it was written. Once I did get into the story, I fell in love with the characters.

Sometimes Lucy bothered me but I think it’s because I could see myself in her a little bit. I loved Josh, too. He reminded me of my boyfriend. Honestly, their whole relationship almost reminded me of my boyfriend and i’s except hating each other lulz.

This book had great pacing. It was incredibly easy to read and extremely hard to put down. I became invested in the characters lives. I wanted to be their best friends. Even Lucy’s boss was fantastic.

Highly recommend this book is you want a light, fluffy, hilarious summer read. I promise it doesn’t disappoint. Holy wow.

I Started My Blog Because….

I Started Blogging Because...

People start blogs for all kinds of reasons: they have stuff they want off their chest, they have things they’re passionate about, they have things to show the world. My blog is a release for me and all my bookish frustrations.

As some of you may know, I use to run a youtube channel called Nerdybooklover where  I use to talk about books. I was part of the “booktube” community, a community where bookish people talk about bookish things. I did that for roughly 5 years; however, I started to get bullied and the drama got outrageous that I fell out of love with making videos. I fell out of love with reading, to be honest.

I thought I’d get back into reading but I realized, without the help of booktube, I wasn’t sure what books were now the “in thing”. I didn’t know what books were popular. I also realized I missed talking books with other fellow book lovers. I knew I didn’t want to go back to youtube so I decided to join the blogging world. I use to have a book blog before, a few actually, and they always went unused because I used booktube the majority of the time.

Starting my blog has became a huge aspect of my life. It’s helped me in so many ways. I’ve read some books that I doubt I would have every picked up on my own if it weren’t for publishers or netgalley or edelweiss. I’ve also met a ton of wonderful people! It’s just been a great outlet where I can unlease all my bookish rants and energies because my boyfriend never knows what the heck I’m talking about!!

Why did you start your blog?

Book Review: Lost Boy (ARC)

Disclaimer** I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Lost BoySeries: Standalone
Published by: Orca Book
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic, Young Adult
Pages: 224
Source: ARC via Netgalley
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
Rating: ✬✬✬
Synopsis:

Raised in a polygamous community, Jon starts to question the rules of his faith. After he is caught kissing a girl, he is forced to flee his town and the only life he knows. He finds a community of other Lost Boys, or “polygs,” but is utterly unprepared for life outside his community of Unity. He spirals into a life of numbing booze, drugs and homelessness. When he hits rock bottom, someone from his past enters his new life and helps him find his way.

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Favorite Quote

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Thoughts

I’m not…. I’m not sure how I feel about this book. The plot was extremely interesting. I really enjoyed getting a glimpse at what a true polygamy religion looks like. I liked the coming of age aspect when the characters realized they didn’t want to live that life.

At first I wasn’t really into the story but the more I read, the more I started to appreciate the characters. I thought they each had their own personality. The only thing that bothered me was Jon was a pretty hopeful guy in Part One in the book and then his personality drastically changes in Part two. There really wasn’t much of an explanation has to what happened. I was slightly confused.

I thought this book read kind of like classic. It also reminded me of The Giver for some reason. Jon doesn’t know much about school or clothes. Learning about it is almost like learning a foreign language to him. It was pretty interesting seeing how he slowly started to get use to the idea of people wearing shorts and bathing suits out in public.

Overall, I thought it was a pretty decent read. I just wish things between Part one and Part two would have been explained better. And I really enjoyed the ending. The ending gave me all kinds of hope. I don’t think this book is for everyone but it was a fairly fast read!

July TBR

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Hello lovelies!

I’m coming at you today with my July TBR! It’s a pretty ambition TBR. I’m actually kind of nervous for it. At least I have 31 days to finish these! 😀 I’m reading my own physical copies, a library ebook, an ARC ebook, and a book a publisher asked me to read! (:

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne\\
I’m reading this with a book friend! So far I’m a little over 100 pages. It’s so freaking hilarious! I’m loving it so far! 😀

Meant to be Broken by Brandy Woods Snow\\
A publisher asked me if I’d be interested in reading this book! It just came out July 2nd. I’m just now starting it. So far the writing is good but I don’t like how the main character describes her moms anxiety.

Summer Days and Summer Nights by A Wide Variety of Authors\\
I like a majority of the authors that have a story in this novel! I hope it’s a great summer read. I wasn’t super into the winter one so I’m hoping I enjoy this one better!

Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg\\
This is the second book, more like a companion novel, to Openly Straight by Bill. I really enjoyed that book. I’m excited to see where the second book goes on a different character.

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith\\
I’m a pretty big fan of Jennifer’s cute romance novels. I find myself really enjoying them even if they are super cheesy. I’m excited to read this one, too!

To All the Boys  I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Hann\\
For the longest time I didn’t find this book to sound even remotely interesting. People kept raving about it. I saw it under a buy two get one free sale so I said why not, and got it. I’m really hoping the hype doesn’t make me feel disappointed!


Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Cho\\
I’m renting this as an Ebook from my library. I’ve heard pretty decent things about it. I’m currently reading 3 books at the moment though so I’m not sure when I’ll get to it. At least I have 20 some days to read it! XD

Lost Boy by Shelley Hrdlitschka\\
I received this as an ARC from Netgalley. The book is kind of…. strange. Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about it right this minute. I’m hoping to be done soon because it’s a fairly short book.


Have you guys read any of these? Did you like them!? What are you planning on reading this month? (:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gigantic Book Haul… Oops

Hello friends and fellow readers! In the several months I was in a huge reading slump, I still acquired a lot of books. I figured it was time to show them off. I also got some of these books on my recent vacation and I bought some online the other day 🙂

*Also a small fun fact, I wanted Daughter of Smoke & Bone in hardcover so freaking bad cause I think it looks gorgeous. I ended up finding the whole boxset (in paperback) for $20. I decided to get it considering the first book in hardcover is like $18!

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Here are the books I bought in the last 6 months! I’m so excited for each and every one of these ❤

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne\\
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik\\
“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone triology by Laini Taylor\\
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert\\ 
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

Recreated #2 by Colleen Houck\\ (synopsis from book one)
When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe\\
Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.
Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.

Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer\\
Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand\\
On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn’t.

And then she died.

Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . .

Generation One by Pittacus Lore\\
The first book in a pulse-pounding new series that’s set in the world of the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series. The war may be over—but for the next generation, the battle has just begun!

It has been over a year since the invasion of Earth was thwarted in Pittacus Lore’s United as One. But in order to win, our alien allies known as the Garde unleashed their Loric energy that spread throughout the globe. Now human teenagers have begun to develop incredible powers of their own, known as Legacies.

To help these incredible and potentially dangerous individuals—and put the world at ease—the Garde have created an academy where they can train this new generation to control their powers and hopefully one day help mankind. But not everyone thinks that’s the best use of their talents. And the teens may need to use their Legacies sooner than they ever imagined.

Perfect for fans of Marvel’s X-Men and Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave, this epic new series follows a diverse cast of teens as they struggle to hone their abilities and decide what, if anything, they should do with them. As a spin-off of the bestselling I Am Number Four series, those familiar with the original books and newcomers alike will devour this fast-paced, action-packed sci-fi adventure.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows\\ 
Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

A Course of Frost and Starlight (#3.5) by Sarah J. Maas\\ (synopsis from book one)
Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han\\
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes\\
In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir\\
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

And I Darken by Kiersten White\\
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

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