Valentine’s Day Book Tag

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Hello my epic booknerds!!

So, I discovered this book tag from The Sassy Book Geek  and it looked like so much fun! Here’s to Valentine’s Day and that strange weird emotion and chemical that makes everyone gushy and awkward. You know, love?

 


1.) Stand Alone Book You Love

Charlie St. Cloud

Thee Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud

Author: Ben Sherwood

This is such a beautiful book. Definitely a favorite of mine. While breaching the world of the supernatural, it does so in a delicate and sweepingly romantic way that give my emotions palpitations.


2.) Dystopian Book You Love

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Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

I’ve read Red Queen, but am going tot reread it since I finally got Glass Sword. I really enjoyed this book because it’s incredibly original and has me on edge for the entire ride.


3.) A Book That You Love But No One Else Talks About

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LUX

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

This was a book that had me hooked from the start. I discovered it when it came into our bookstore and never would’ve given it a second thought because I don’t read much Sci-Fi. Then a friend of mine recommended it and now it sits on my favorites shelf. There’s never been much talk about this book. It’s like a little secret that’s juicier than a peach.


4.) Favorite Book Couple

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Shane Collins & Claire Danvers

They were and are still one oof my tops loves. They are one hell of a team and so sweet. I could get totally spoilery, but personally, I’d rather you just go read The Morganville Vampires.


5.) Book That Other People Love But You Haven’t Read Yet

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Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

I keep getting told I should read this and I want to and at some point I will, but I’ve got a long list of other books to get to first.


6.) A Book With Red on the Cover

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Half Bad

Author: Sally Green

I’m getting ready to read this and I can’t wait.


7.) A Book With Pink on the Cover

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A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

Author: Krystal Sutherland

Okay, so it’s not just a romance, but a great novel about great superstitions, chasing death, and confronting mental illness.


8.) You were given a box of chocolate what fictional boyfriend/ or girlfriend would have given them to you.

Poison Princess

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I’m going to have to roll with Jack Deveaux of Poison Princess. It’s tricky to decide because while I fangirl, I don’t usually think about fictional boyfriends LOL. Since I’m put on the spot, he is definitely a top pick.


9.) You are Single on Valentines Day. What Book would you read? What TV show would you watch? What Movie would you watch?

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Book: Legendary by Stephanie Garber

(I have yet to read this because I’m waiting on the paperback release. I’m so excited to read it that I’m bursting at the seams.)

TV Show: Teen Wolf

Movie: Scream


10.) You are in the Book Store. All of a Sudden you get shot with an arrow by Cupid. What New Release will you love?

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Five Feet Apart

Author: Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis

It’s not a NEW New Release, but I really want to read this. It’s super sappy and I have ea feeling I’m going to cry.


I’m tagging:

Trang @ Bookidote

Kayl’s All Booked

esmoogle

The Library Looter

A Cat, A Book, and A Cup of Tea

A Court of Coffee and Books

A Book. A Thought.

ReadRantRock&Roll

And anybody else who wants to do a little fun book tag!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Once You’re A Princess You Never Stop (Princess Diarist – A Book Review)

The Princess Diarist
Author: Carrie Fisher
Published: 2016
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I liked being Princess Leia. Or Princess Leia being me. Over time I thought we’d melded into one…So Princess Leia are us.

It’s the story all Star Wars fans have been craving since the beginning. Carrie Fisher, with her wit and sharp sense of self, telling the story that’s been kept safely hidden in her diaries that she’d long forgotten about from her days as Princess Leia of Alderaan and rebel leader oof the rebellion. Rediscovering the words of her youth and naivety, she navigates through the life she had as a princess and how she looks back on it. Intimate and revealing from one of the most popular sets of all time, as well as behind the scenes of it. Outright hilarious and entertaining, Carrie Fisher tells all and she’s not censoring any of it. Not the cringeworthy audition or the truth of the ship: Carrison.

 

To this day, I still miss Carrie Fisher. The woman had a powerful voice whether she realized it or not. A part of me just thinks that she thought she was just being frank, loud, and giving no fucks, which is also possible. I wonder if she knew that she was more than a sex icon, a space princess, and a woman with astounding comedy. But, that she was also the rebel for people who wished they could be heard. She was that for me, and I don’t just say that because I can relate to her and we shared the same birthday. She carried a power to be inspiring and bold, and to never let anyone bring down, especially if you bring yourself down already. If someone was being an asshole she told them. That’s important. It’s important to speak up for yourself. I wish she were still here.

On to the book!

I adored this book as I adore one of my favorite outspoken and bold rebels and heroes, Carrie Fisher. I also loved LOVED Star Wars. One hell of an epic space adventure. Her style of writing matched that over her voice and the way she approaches everything she is and does to a perfect tee. I could hear her so clearly in my head as if she were directly telling me her story and I was just sitting there like a little kid with their legs crossed and their chin propped in their hands, enthralled by this story.

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The story is one only she can tell and I loved that she told it. I’ve only ever heard a few bitts here and there about her time on Star Wars; the most popular one is her time not wearing a bra because there were no bras in space. I loved it even more that she was bluntly honest, even when she couldn’t entirely recall specific details. That’s how it is when you tell a story. You don’t always remember everything and sometimes you have to go back when you do. It’s okay. She knew the story and knew it was hers. The fact that not all of the pieces were there doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. She knew it did. THAT’S what mattered. These moments also provided humor.

And there was so much humor. I was giggling up a storm. And while there were these moments that I felt like I could laugh with her, there were moments that were very serious in her life. Moments that she worried and wondered what the hell she was doing and that’s the way it is for all of us. The moments regarding her mother, Debbie, and her…fling-a-ring-ting?…with Harrison weren’t just spotlights, but human moments that she was just trying to navigate. The drama was there, but so was reality, mingling with it, even though sometimes they got a little lost.

In the midst, the epicenter, of this bewildering story were some of the actual pages of her diary from her time on Star Wars. From prose to poetry to exploration blerbs, her thoughts are laid bare in some of the most incredible writing I’ve ever come across. Vivid with emotions, I was blown away.

Don’t offer me love

I seek disinterest and denial

Tenderness makes my skin crawl

Understanding is vile

When you offer me happiness

You offer too much

My ideal is a long-lasting longing

For someone whom I cannot quite touch

(p.125)

Within these pages, Carrie Fisher has answered a question that feels like it’s more to herself than it is the to the world. How does she separate from Princess Leia? Does it bother her that that’s how people will see her forever? Speaking for myself, I know she’s much more than a princess, though that’s how I came to know her at first. Hell, one time she was a nun (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), but that’s besides the point. She answered the grand questions with humorous humility, in knowing that she is this princess and that without her, her life would never be what it was. And she’d never change a thing. No regrets. For that, I’m glad.

 

Overall

This is a book that really captured me. Definitely one I had to keep both hands on (metaphorically) in order to keep up with it. It was special to get such a close glimpse at something so special for Carrie Fisher. From how the story of Star Wars unfolded to her time spent alone in the dark with Harrison to the conventions that she attended, she divulged more than I expected and her take on this entire adventure with met with nothing but love and light. I loved it. It’s made the loss of such a strong and beautiful and interesting figure that much heavier.

 

Quotables:

“Kidding yourself doesn’t require that you have a sense of humor. But a sense of humor comes in handy for almost everything else.” (p. 12)

“I’m no liar. I need you to trust that or stop reading. Recollections might differ with regard to the smaller details, but I don’t think my perceptions are distorted.” (p. 51)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper.

 

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Summer of ’82 (The Sacrifice Box – A Book Review)

The Sacrifice Box
Author: Martin Stewart
Published: 2018

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Never come to the box alone.

Never open it after dark.

Never take back your sacrifice.

During the summer of 1982, five kids—Sep, Arkle, Hadley, Lamb, and Mack—all brought together under different circumstances. With nothing in common, they spend the summer together as unexpected band of friends. On the last day of summer, when they’ve been drawn to this mysterious box in the woods, they each put something into the box and the repeat the rules of the box.

The summer of 1986, the five haven’t spoken since the summer four years ago, but now, they wrangle together because something dreadful has happened. Somebody has broken the rules of the box. Now, the things they’ve given to the box are coming after them, trying to kill them. They have to figure out who before the evil within the box

You broke the rules. Now you’ll have to pay.

 

First off, if I love a cover, if it’s eye-catching, I have to gush about it, and that’s the case here. The cover is originally what caught my attention with this mysterious Stranger Things spin-off vibe with the red letter glow. The eyes staring out of the box at me were creepy too! Dark and ominous and such a classic feel. Definitely a fantastic work of art. Then after reading the inside slip, I was intrigued.

The 80s!! WOO!! A good time period. Before cell phones and computers. Geez, hard to think about that. While this book is set in the 80s and during the summer, (the best of the four seasons—fight me on it), the book takes place in the UK/England is what I’m guessing at because there weren’t major specifics, and I was just trying to pick it up from the description. The imagery brought to the story was vivid and lush, and I was soaking it up like a sponge (much like this plotting cat). Just stunning visuals. I could see it all so clearly like I was there.

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I really enjoyed this book. It was quirky, filled with humor, friendship, and fun. Quite campy. Also, September Hope is an awesome name! Each of the five are interesting, but I didn’t feel very much chemistry. I couldn’t understand what really brought them together even outside of having nothing to do that summer. I’ve had plenty of summers where I didn’t have people to hang out with and I was all good with hanging out with myself. The intensity between them all was great. It added growth to the story, but I didn’t get very attached to any of them, and I love to get attached. Attachment makes the heart break or flood and drown you in emotions. I just didn’t get enough to make me feel much for the characters. If anything I felt bad that these kids were having a shit time after screwing around with bad juju.

The build-up to the sacrifice box and its evils were making me curious. Kudos on keeping me intrigued. It got gritty and horrific pretty quickly too. That, and hilarious. You can’t say you wouldn’t laugh a bit if your teddy bear was chasing you everywhere. I understand that that’s also creepy because that fluffy little sucker was vicious and just not right in the head, but I couldn’t stop giggling at times.

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While there were many mysteries that I feel like didn’t get quite figured out, I was still engrossed in this. It was fast-paced and unique and original. And, it was dimensional. While the current five struggle trying to figure who among them is responsible for putting them all at risk, you learn about the group that sacrificed to the box before them. I liked the fluctuation between both times. It added an interesting history. BUT. I will say this. It wasn’t important to have that history. Not in my opinion. It just beefed up the story, giving it some interesting flavor.

However, I won’t say that this is some profound book. There are a few moments that get you thinking, but it doesn’t extend into something deep.

As for the box?

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Your guess is a good as mine. It’s the biggest mystery. Where it came from and where it’s going and what’s really inside, nobody knows.

 

Overall

This was both creepy and beautiful with a dash of funny. Granted, there are still a lot of questions that I have surrounding the box and these kids, I still thoroughly enjoyed this. I’ve also come to the conclusion that sometimes, there are things that will never be known. Does that bug me? Yes. Was it super imperative to the plot? No. That’s because the plot was deadly, but not solely fixed on being anything other than entertaining and it succeeded. LOL. A fun read.

 

Quotables:

“A crow on the thatch, soon death lifts the latch.” (Sep’s mum, p. 11)

“We’re all little miracles. Everything about us: all our stupid habits and our jokes and our weird faces, on a spinning ball that’s the perfect distance from the sun. And now here we are, you and me, sitting on top of a million years of history.” (Hadley, p. 137)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Speedy Quote Sunday

Speedy Quote Sunday

There are always those quotes from books that are incredibly moving and stay with us long after the book has ended. Here are a few favorites.

 

“Ah, love. That’s what the world has lost. There’s no more love, only the illusion of it.” (Fever, Lauren De Stefano)

Slightly tragic, but something I worry about lately. People don’t seem to fight for their relationships anymore. It doesn’t seem like it anyway. Relationships are lost with the thought that you can just get a new one the next day. It’s all so uncomfortable and makes the idea of love not seem like a fairytale, but like a joke.

 

“Dreams that come true can be beautiful, but they can also turn into nightmares when people won’t wake up.” (Caraval, Stephanie Garber)

I fell so in love with this quote. SO IN LOVE. Dreams are wistful and magical and light. So much so that we don’t think about the dark side of them. That they can turn dark. Sometimes I’m not sure we even recognize it when it happens. This acknowledgement had me squeeing because it’s so real and, like showing both sides of a coin. So much importance.

 

“Flame and shadow. One cannot exist without the other.” (Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard)

Cannot have one without the other. There is always a balance and the balance is wherever you find it. In milk too cereal ratio. In day and night. In good and bad. In vegetarians and meatlovers. However you see it, there’s never one without the other. Unless you truly don’t have milk with your cereal. In that case you’re just a monster. LOL.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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New Year’s Resolution of 2018

I made it!

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If you’re new to The Scarlet Reader or haven’t caught up lately you’re probably wondering what I’m talking about. Well, at the beginning of 2018 I made a bookish New Year’s Resolution. All my regular resolutions I make always get broken and pretty early in the year too. That may be because I always make it out to be: I’m not going to be a klutz this year. Which, of course, a week, two weeks later, I trip up the stairs or run into the doorway. So, New Year’s Resolution book style seemed more fun and challenging.

Side Note: I ran into something this week, don’t know when, and now there’s an ugly yellow bruise on my hand. Awesome.

Moving on!

My resolution this year was to read from 25 authors I’ve never read from before. I wanted to do this to open up my spectrum of interests in reading and get introduced to many different styles and stories I’d never thought of or heard of. I also wanted to get to some authors I’ve been meaning to for years.

Below, I have the list of books from my resolution from worst to best. Sooooo…here you go!

 

25.

What a Girl Wants

Author: Lindsey Kelk

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Review: here

 

24.

House of Dark Shadows

Author: Robert LiParulo

House of Dark Shadows

Review: here

 

23.

Something Strange and Deadly

Author: Susan Dennard

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Review: here

 

22.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Author: Jules Verne

JTCE

Review: here

 

21.

Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Me Before You

Review: here

 

20.

Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck

of Mice and Men

Review: here

 

19.

The Witching Hour

Author: Anne Rice

Witching Hour

Review: here

 

18.

The Timekeeper

Author: Mitch Albom

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Review: here

 

17.

The Space Between

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Space Between

Review: here

 

16.

Wicked Lovely

Author: Melissa Marr

Wicked Lovely

Review: here

 

15.

Wind in the Willows

Author: Kenneth Graham

Wind in the Willows

Review: here

 

14.

Girls in the Picture

Author: Melanie Benjamin

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Review: here

 

13.

Kissed by an Angel

Author: Elizabeth Chandler

Kissed by an Angel

Review: here

 

12.

Lightning

Author: Dean Koontz

Lightning

Review: here

 

11.

Forever…

Author: Judy Blume

Forever

Review: here

 

10.

Marked

Author: Sarah Fine

Marked

Review: here

 

9.

A Wild Swan and Other Tales

Author: Michael Cunningham

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Review: here

 

8.

Love + Gelato

Author: Jennifer Evans Welch

Love and Gelato

Review: here

 

7.

Bloodlines

Author: Richelle Mead

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Review: here

 

6.

The Hobbit

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

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Review: here

 

5.

Wither

Author: Lauren De Stefano

Wither

Review: here

 

4.

Jay’s Journal

Author: Anonymous

Jay's Journal

Review: here

 

3.

The Thing About Jellyfish

Author: Ali Benjamin

The Thing About Jellyfish

Review: here

 

2.

Thanks for the Trouble

Author: Tommy Wallach

Thanks for the Trouble

Review: here

 

1.

Ender’s Game

Author: Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game

Review: here

 

IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!!!

Just kidding. But, this is the list of my least favorite to my major favorite. Number 1 and 2 were hard too. New Year’s Resolution of 2018 officially complete.

 

Soon enough, I’ll have a new New Year’s Resolution, but until then,

See you on the next page, in the next chapter, at the end of the book,

Whichever one you choose.

Love you, bookworms.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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What You Don’t Know About Fairy Tales (A Wild Swan: And Other Tales – A Book Review)

A Wild Swan: And Other Tales
Author: Michael Cunningham
Published: 2015

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23/25

 

Most of us are safe.

If you’re not a delirious dream the gods are having, if your beauty doesn’t trouble the constellations, nobody’s going to cast a spell on you.

Fairy tales come with a twisted twist. Here come the classic stories we know with poison apples, a princess with incredibly long hair, a house made of gingerbread and gumdrops. But, these are thee moments nobody imagined. Lazy Jack prefers living in mom’s basement until he trades their precious cow for magic beans. It turns out it’s not always happily ever after with Snow White and her prince. A tiny, malformed man will go to great lengths to have a child of his own to take care of, even threaten the woman he helped make queen.

 

This book marks 23 out of 25 authors, from my New Year’s resolution, that I’ve never read from before. I get so swept away at the prospect of fairy tales and these ones piqued my curiosity.

 

I didn’t know what to expect with this book. It seems pretty bland and nothing special on the outside. I only just noticed that the font is braided hair on the cover which is *shiver* creepy. It was the and Other Tales that snagged my attention, and I certainly didn’t expect retelling of fairy tale. I’m so glad I read this book.

The illustrations of this book were amazing! I was blown away by them. Done in black and white, the art brought a unique visual to the stories. They’re intriguing and horrifying and beautiful.

From the hag witch of Hansel and Gretel to Snow White and her prince to a part prince part swan. This collection of tales took on many tales I don’t think many people would think to add sugar, spice and a crap-ton of chemical-X to. There were so many different POVs that haven’t been explored enough. Cunningham went up and beyond in exploring the lives of some of these characters that we never thought to go beyond the story with. It was fascinating and I was hooked. I never thought about how the hag witch of Hansel and Gretel came to live deep in the woods in a candy house. Not really. And the explanation of how idiotic Jack is for trading his cow for beans had me laughing so hard.

Love it

The tone of this book really captured my attention. It was sarcastic and bitter and humorous. I swear at times I could hear my one professor narrating in my head. There was NO FILTER. I figured that out pretty quickly too. I was laughing so much from the sarcasm, but as I tell many people, sarcasm is my first language. English came second. LOL.

More than this though, I was taken by how much I could compare to the world I live in as well as the parts that acted as a revelation. These tales weren’t just entertaining, but enlightening and dark and honest and relatable. There’s jealousy, heartbreak, the great human flaw of never being satisfied, fear, and pity. It was so unexpected and dark.

There are some tales I loved more than others such as:

Crazy Old Lady

Poisoned

Little Man

 

Overall

I’m really glad I read this. It was entertaining and even more, it was shocking. I didn’t expect this. This take on fairy tales was real and raw and dark. Definitely a keeper.

 

Quotables:

“Most of us can be counted on to manage our own undoings.” (Dis. Enchant., p. 3)

“It’s the solitude that slays you. Maybe because you’d expected ruin to arrive in a grander and more romantic form.” (Crazy Old Lady, p. 15)

“One of the reasons ordinary people are incapable of magic is simple dearth of conviction.” (Little Man, p. 66)

“Sometimes the fabric that separated us tears just enough for love to shine through. Sometimes thee tear is surprisingly small.” (Steadfast: Tin, p. 88)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

P.S. Song Today? Don’t Let Me Go by Raign.

 

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Let It Snow – A Book List

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My bookworms,

Let’s cuddle up in our favorite sweats. Cocoon in a favorite blanket. The snow is falling outside. It’s coming down so hard and so much that you’re shocked it’s so silent. That white fluffy stuff has blocked in the car, so you’re not going anywhere. Make some hot cocoa. Overfill it with marshmallows. The big ones. And pull out a good book or series to keep you company.

Here’s some good snowy days reads. Got a little bit of everything. Not one is the same. Like snowflakes.

 

Lord of the Rings trilogy
Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

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A classic journey of adventure, friendship, and bravery. All because of a ring.

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Stealing Snow
Author: Danielle Paige

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Snow White locked up in the psychiatric unit…but she isn’t crazy. Her kiss just turned her boyfriend psycho and he’s taken away before

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The Lunar Chronicles series
Author: Marissa Meyer

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Fairytales take a modern, tech twist in this action-packed series where Cinder aka Cinderella is a badass cyborg mechanic.

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Fracture
Author: Megan Miranda

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By the time Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy cold water, her heart stopped beating. But somehow…she survived.

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Dear Evan Hansen
Author: Val Emmich

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A letter meant to never be read puts a boy in the middle of a family’s grief and soon he’s too far in and the damage is done.

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Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
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To earn a place among the High Court of Faerie, Jude will have to defy a cruel prince and face the consequences along with it. Can she bear it?

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Red Queen series
Author: Victoria Aveyard

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Divided by blood and power—red and silver. Reds are the commoners. Silvers are the gods. When a red possesses the god-like powers of a silver, she’s swept away into the elite life, but she must be careful. One misstep could mean her death.

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To All the Boys I’ve Love Before trilogy
Author: Jenny Han

To All the Boy I've Loved Before

Love letters have been mailed. When they get answered all kinds of craziness breaks out for Lara Jean Covey.

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Dead to You
Author: Lisa McMann
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When a boy is abducted at seven years old and then returned at sixteen it’s a miracle…at first.

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The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak

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Stealing a The Gravedigger’s Handbook is the first act of thievery. The start of an affair with books and words in this intense book taking place during Nazi Germany.

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More to come soon…

-K.

 

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