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Tempests and Slaughter – Tamora Pierce

Tempests and Slaughter – Tamora Pierce

Ugh I am so ashamed that this book took me so long to read. Tamora Pierce has been my favorite author ever since I picked up Trickster’s Choice many years ago. Of course I was mad to find out that I had basically ruined a lot of things for myself for picking up that duology first but I had no idea at the time! I spend the next few years devouring every other book written by this gem of a lady. Alanna, Kel, Daine,…

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Ruby Red – Kerstin Gier

Ruby Red – Kerstin Gier

“The first pair Opal and Amber are, Agate sings in B flat, the wolf avatar, A duet-solutio! – with Aquamarine. Mighty Emerald next, with the lovely Citrine. Number Eight is digestio, her stand is Jade fine. E major’s the key of the Black Tourmaline, Sapphire sings in F major, and bright is her sheen. Then almost at once comes Diamond alone, Whose sign of the lion as Leo is known. Projectio! Time flows on, both present and past. Ruby red…

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The Giver – Lois Lowry

The Giver – Lois Lowry

One of the most interesting things about The Giver is that for at least half of the book, a reader could classify it as a utopian rather than a dystopian.  Jonas lives in what seems to be a perfect society. Everyone is super polite and has their own individual place in society based on what the Elders think they would be suited for. Couples (who were placed together) have two children, one boy and one girl. When you first start…

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Delirium – Lauren Oliver

Delirium – Lauren Oliver

For the first time in my life I actually feel sorry for Carol. I’m only seventeen years old, and I already know something she doesn’t know: I know that life isn’t life if you just float through it. I know that the whole point—the only point—is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go. First of all, this obviously came out when dystopian was “the” trend in…

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Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones

“The music.” “What music?” That half-woken memory tickled again, an itch I could not scratch. “Tut,” she said, turning her smile on me. “You, of all people, should have recognized it. Can you not hear the music of your own soul singing?” Well I FINALLY finished it and boy was it worth it. I think under different circumstances I would have finished this a lot faster but life has been crazy and this book wasn’t something I just wanted to rush though. No,…

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Renegades – Marissa Meyer

Renegades – Marissa Meyer

“Listen to me, Nova,” he said, slipping off the chair and crouching in front of her.  “There are many dangerous people in this world.  But there are also many good people.  Brave people.  No matter how bad things get, we have to remember that.  So long as there are heroes in this world, there’s hope that tomorrow might be better.” I’m rating this four stars even though for the most part I felt it was more of a three.  Let…

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Tortall: A Spy’s Guide – Tamora Pierce

Tortall: A Spy’s Guide – Tamora Pierce

This is SO GOOD. I can’t even express to you all how excited I was when this showed up on my door step (I put a hold on it but the copy I had purchased showed up before the library’s copy!). Tamora Pierce and all of her books set in Tortall are THE reason why I got into young adult fantasy in the first place. I devoured each and every book and I still treasure them today. I mean, I…

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Wonder – R. J. Palacio

Wonder – R. J. Palacio

Auggie Pullman’s year is going to get a LOT different. For a kid with a pretty rare facial deformity, going to middle school is the last thing he wants to do. Told by the perspective of Auggie, his sister Via, her boyfriend, and a few of Auggie’s classmates, Wonder is a story about how hard it can be to fit in middle school—whether you’re the one who looks differently than your peers or you’re the normal kid befriending the kid…

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An Enchantment of Ravens – Margaret Rogerson

An Enchantment of Ravens – Margaret Rogerson

Okayyyy I came away with this with a few different thoughts and feelings, all of which were good. I think the first and foremost of these is that Margaret Rogerson can write. Every single page was so beautifully crafted! Seriously, the way she described Isobel’s paintings and the fairy world was so rich and lovely. I had such clear and vivid pictures in my mind of what everything and everyone looked like. Sighhhh. Also the story was good and the…

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The Hating Game – Sally Thorne

The Hating Game – Sally Thorne

Books were, and always would be, something a little magic and something to respect. The first thing I want to get out in the open for this review is how bad of an idea it is to judge this book by its cover. I have known about this book for months and even with seeing countless glowing reviews from different friends on here, I still thought that I would find it too cheesy because there was no possible way that there was a…

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