Top Ten Tuesday | All About Them Covers

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here.

This weeks topic is: “Cover Freebie”


It’s all about them covers, bout them covers, bout them covers.

Hello friends! I am back with another Top Ten Tuesday! This week is cover freebie! We get to discuss any topic we want that is based on covers! I feel like covers themselves get a lot of love so I’m going to discuss my favorite typography on covers! I feel like typography can really make or break a cover. There are so many great covers with beautiful typography 😀

Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow || I love how imperfect it is. The words are striked out and look like they’ve been erased and rewritten. It speaks volumes about the story.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman || I just love how the glasses make the O’s in “book” hehe.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell || I really like how Landline looks like a landline phone 😀

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern || A text message title? This looks dope as heck!

The Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes || I really enjoy how this one looks sharp like knives. The “k” and “s” are all pointy. Let the battle begin.

The Poppy War by R.F Kuang || The smokeyness look so fancy. I also like the mix of black and red smoke and text!@

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi || I love how the title is doubled and in cursive writing. I love me some cursive.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune, The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters, Queen of Geeks by Jen Wilde || I loveeeeeee how these titles are entwined with the cover. They look super neat.


Are there any covers with typography that you love? Let me know down below 😀

Is 3 Stars A Good Rating? || Lets Talk Bookish

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Let’s talk bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

This weeks topic is: Is 3 Stars A Good Rating?


I really like this weeks topic. 3 stars are different for every person. When I rate a book 3 stars I image myself giving the book a C or a 70%. It’s not terrible, it’s just kind of mediocre. The book was good but it didn’t blow me away. I want to read books that amaze me, make me think, slap me across the face and be like “HERE I AM”.

I have a hard time picking up books when I see that a majority of the reviews on goodreads are 3 stars. I think it’s because I don’t want to read something everyone else seems to think is meh. I want a book that isn’t like anything I’ve ever read.

I don’t think 3 star ratings are bad. I personally think it’s saying the book is okay but it could have been better. I will still recommend 3 star books because everyone has different tastes. A 3 star book for me might be a 5 star book for you.

A lot of times when I rate a book a 3 star it’s because it’s not a book I’m going to remember. I’ll probably forget the characters names or what happened in the story. I ended up stopping the rating scale on my blog because it’s hard for me to rate them but I still end up rating them on goodreads. XD

Overall, I don’t think 3 star ratings are bad. I think they’re a pretty average rating for most bloggers. I tend to rate most of the books I read either a 3 or 4 star on goodreads! What about you? Do you think they’re good? Do you think they’re bad? Let me know down below!

Thoughts And Feels I Have While Reading

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Are you like me where you like to shout at the characters or to yourself while reading? I decided to do a relaxing post today. Enjoy my crazy thoughts and feels! Those darn characters, I tell ya. I also like to talk to myself because I never saw a twist coming. XD But I also tend to cry a lot, lol.


The Thoughts:

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“JUST COMMUNICATE *eye rolls*”

“Ugh, he is so cute, my heart is mellllting”

“OMG, HOW DID I NOT FIGURE THIS OUT!?”

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“Okay, but like the other guy is way better for you”

“WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BREAK MY BABY BOYS HEART!?”

“It’s okay, I’m okay, everything is okay”

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“FINALLLLLY!!!!!”

“KISS KISS KISS KISS KISS”

“I KNEW IT! God I’m so smart”

The Feels

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Want to know the books I was thinking of while writing this post? The darn culprits are…

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

 


What thoughts and feels do you have while reading? Let me know down below 😀

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Books Paired With My Favorite Drinks

Hello! Today I decided to pair some books I enjoyed with my favorite drinks! After doing this post, I realized I do not have many favorite drinks, lol! If you want to learn more about the books I have posted, just click on the pictures 🙂


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Hot Tea and Gods of Jade and Shadow
I love hot tea when I’m freezing. It makes me feel so warm and cozy. I also drink loads of tea when I don’t feel well. Gods of Jade and Shadow made my heart so happy. I felt all warm and cozy while reading it. Drinking hot tea makes me want to read Gods of Jade and Shadow. You can read my review here 🙂

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White Wine and The Selection

Drinking wine reminds me of socializing and get togethers. It’s also just really refreshing. It needs to be sweet thought. I hate dry wine. Drinking white wine makes me want to read The Selection, mostly because The Selection reminds me a lot of the Bachelor XD. There is also a ton of drama and for me, drama needs some wine to go with it.

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Iced Tea and The DUFF

I love drinking iced tea on a nice, hot summer day. I love being able to tan outside and have a nice refreshing tea by my side. I choose The DUFF because I love reading this book during the summer time. It’s one of my favorites even if it is super cheesy. Drinking iced tea makes me want to read The DUFF because they both remind me of summertime.

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Coffee and Harry Potter

I saved the best for last. Coffee is my comfort drink. I love drinking it just for the heck of it. It also reminds me of fires and Christmas. I’m not sure why. Harry Potter also reminds me of Christmas and reading by the fire. Drinking coffee makes me want to read Harry Potter because Harry is also my comfort book. I love reading Harry Potter and watching the movies when I’m sad. They make me so happy, just like coffee. ❤


What books would you pair with your favorite drinks? Let me know down below! 😀

2020 Goals\\ Blogging & Reading

2020 Goals

2019 was a terrible year for me for both blogging and reading. 2018 was pretty rough too, to be honest. I want 2020 to be a fresh start for me in terms of doing what I love. A year and a half ago I decided to go back to college and finally finish my college degree. I only have another year and a half left! WOOO. Almost there. I am going to college full time so I won’t have a ton of time to read and blog but I’m hoping I can do more than what I have done in the past! Fingers crossed ❤

My goals for 2020 are the following:

  • Read backlist books.
    • there are so many books I have on my shelves that have been published before 2017. It is time I finally read them! Some of the books I’m excited to get to are…
    • These are just the select few. There are so many more than I am also hoping to read!
  • Blog at least once a week
    • I don’t think blogging at least once a week should be terrible even going to school full time. I’m not sure what I’ll post but I do have several ideas lined up and will hopefully review the books I read.
  • Read at least one book a month
    • I went months without reading this year. I want to try and read at least one book a month. I really miss reading.

I don’t have a ton of goals. I don’t want to push myself too much. I want to slowly get back into the hobby I love which is reading and blogging.

What are your goals for 2020? 🙂

Children of Blood and Bone Review

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Favorite Quote

“I won’t let your ignorance silence my pain”

Thoughts:

oh, wow, okay. i don’t know what to feel right now.

Literally just finished this and now writing my review. why? good question. I’m still wondering myself. Tomi’s writing was so beautiful and captivating. I was in the mood for some fantasy and this book was the perfect fit.

Honestly, I cannot explain my love for these characters. They all felt so alive. They struggled with their own inner demons and their own fears. The more they fought, the stronger they became. Tzain was one of my favorite characters. I was sad there were zero chapters in his point of view when all the other main characters got a chapter.

I love how this book focuses on oppression. I can’t say I have felt oppressed but you can tell in the writing that Tomi has experience. I could feel Tomi’s pain in her writing. It made the book come alive. It broke my. It made me happy. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It was everything.

For me, the biggest down fall of the story was the romance. It was pretty instalovey. It made me so mad I almost didn’t want to finish the story. It felt so unnecessary. Thinking about it now still makes me extremely upset. Although I love the characters themselves, I was not rooting for their love story. I was more disappointed than anything.

I love this book so much. I love the writing. I love the characters. I love the plot. I’m excited to read the next book!

1 Favorite Book Per Genre

I know there are so many genre’s out there but these are the only ones I can think of for my personal favorites 🙂

Fantasy-
The Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Contemporary-
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
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Dystopian-
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Paranormal-
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

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Historical Fiction-
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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Middle Grade-
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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Mythology-
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

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Mental Illness-
WinterGirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Reading YA As A 25 Year Old

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Reading YA books in my 20’s, especially my mid twenties, is a strange experience. The older I get, the more my reading tastes change. When I was in my teens, my favorite books of all time were contemporaries. I loved me a good romance with some nice family drama thrown in. Now? Not so much. Now I just find myself getting annoyed reading about young love and how it feels like they’re going to be “together forever”. Every synopsis always feels like the same story line. But also, I feel weird reading young adults with kids having sex. I know they’re just characters, but I feel kind of… pervy reading books with 15 year old characters experiencing sex for the first time.

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As I reach my mid twenties, I find myself wishing there were more books that had characters between 18 and 29. A lot of books seem to be centered around characters between 14 to 17 or characters that are 30+. I know there is new adult books with characters relatively close to their 20s but those books always feel like they’re about sex and only sex.

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I am getting more and more drawn to fantasy, which is funny because I use to hate it. I found it so boring. As an adult, I feel like it’s easier to under the world? I’m not sure if that makes any sense. Young adult fantasies feel so much more magical than adult fantasies. I get so immersed in the story. It’s always a fun adventure battling things such as evil villains and scary monsters.

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I love adult contemporaries when I’m in the mood for something romantic, but I get annoyed reading those as well. The conflict always feel the same. It feels like every conflict in contemporaries is caused by miscommunication.  The characters mad or thinks the love interest isn’t interested. The characters end up fighting or being sad for several chapters, which is usually a week to months in book land. They don’t even consider talking to each other until another person intervenes. Maybe it’s because I’m in a serious relationship of several years but i cannot stand it. We have our fair share of miscommunication fights, I mean who doesn’t? But we don’t take long to talk it out and solve it.

Are you an adult reading young adult books? What is your opinion? I would love to hear 🙂

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! ❤

Book Haul!

Hello my fellow readers!

It has been such a long time! I have been in the biggest reading slump. The amount of books I have read and not finished can probably fit an entire bookshelf. Although I might  have been in a reading slump, I have still acquired a lot of books that I am here to show you today! Have you read any of them? What are your thoughts?


Untitled designOrigin by Jessica Khoury || Corpus Book 1

Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rainforest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home―and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin―a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

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A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-old Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

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Untitled design (4)Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

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Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi || Legacy of Orïsha Book 1Untitled design (2)

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

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Untitled design (3)Everless by Sara Holland || Everless Book 1

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself. *

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*This is the illustrated edition

Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.

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Untitled design (6).pngThe Cruel Prince by Holly Black || The Folk of the Air Book 1

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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Set in a Latinx-inspired world, a face-changing thief and a risk-taking prince must team up to defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashed.

To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her…and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks.

As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic forever.

After the murder of his older brother, Prince Alfehr is first in line for the Castallan throne. But Alfie can’t help but feel that he will never live up to his brother’s legacy. Riddled with grief, Alfie is obsessed with finding a way to bring his brother back, even if it means dabbling in forbidden magic.

But when Finn and Alfie’s fates collide, they accidentally unlock a terrible, ancient power—which, if not contained, will devour the world. And with Castallan’s fate in their hands, Alfie and Finn must race to vanquish what they have unleashed, even if it means facing the deepest darkness in their pasts.

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First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

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I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?

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Untitled design (10)The Hearts We Sold
by Emily Lloyd Jones

Dee Moreno is out of options. Her home life sucks (to put it mildly), and she’s about to get booted from her boarding school–the only place she’s ever felt free–for lack of funds. But this is a world where demons exist, and the demons are there to make deals: one human body part in exchange for one wish come true.

The demon who Dee approaches doesn’t trade in the usual arms and legs, however. He’s only interested in her heart. And what comes after Dee makes her deal is a nightmare far bigger, and far more monstrous than anything she ever could have imagined. Reality is turned on its head, and Dee has only her fellow “heartless,” the charming but secretive James Lancer, to keep her grounded. As something like love grows between them amid an otherworldly ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give James her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

In The Hearts We Sold, demons can be outwitted, hearts can be reclaimed, monsters can be fought, and love isn’t impossible. This book will steal your heart and break it, and leave you begging for more.

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Us Against You by Fredrik Backman || Björnstad Book 2Untitled design (11).png

**I didn’t realize this was the 2nd book to a duology and now I’m sad.

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown’s new hockey coach.

Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you’ll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the enmity with Hed grows more and more acute.

As the big match approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt grows deeper. By the time the last game is finally played, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after all they’ve been through, the game they love can ever return to something simple and innocent.

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Untitled design (12).pngA Man Called One by Fredrik Backman

A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

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The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid || The Diabolic Book 1Untitled design (13)

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire…Untitled design

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Untitled design (15)Every Note Played by Lisa Genova

An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Every finger of his hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago.

Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. His fingers are impotent, still, devoid of possibility. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce—his divorce.

He knows his left arm will go next.

Three years ago, Karina removed their framed wedding picture from the living room wall and hung a mirror there instead. But she still hasn’t moved on. Karina is paralyzed by excuses and fear, stuck in an unfulfilling life as a piano teacher, afraid to pursue the path she abandoned as a young woman, blaming Richard and their failed marriage for all of it.

When Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed and is no longer able to live on his own, Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard’s muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it’s too late.

Poignant and powerful, Every Note Played is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness.