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The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

In the time of Hitler and the Nazi Youth of Germany, Death is preparing itself. Within the next few years war will rage and many, many people will die. In the midst of preparing for the upcoming onslaught, Death finds itself caught up in the life of the Book Thief. Liesel Meminger, later officially earning the title of Book Thief, finds her first book on the same day that she sees her little brother die. Both of these events will…

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Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare

Okay. Wow. I don’t even know where to begin honestly. I have been a big fan of the Shadowhunter world from day one. I fell in love with Clary, Jace and the NY crew in The Mortal Instruments and was even more impressed with Tessa, Will, and Jem in The Infernal Devices. While I have slight problems with some of the books, I have read, re-read, and recommended them all over and over again. This book as the start of a new…

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Alex, Approximately – Jenn Bennett

Alex, Approximately – Jenn Bennett

The first thing to know about this book is that I sped through it incredibly fast. This is a perfect summer read, or honestly for any time you need a cute little pick-me-up. Before I started, I read that this was a spin on the movie You’ve Got Mail and was half intrigued, half wary. I’ve read books *similar* to this before where a girl and a boy somehow have met online and end up meeting in real life and something always goes…

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A Crown of Wishes – Roshani Chokshi

A Crown of Wishes – Roshani Chokshi

They say the Lord of Treasures hosts a tournament for the very best and the very worst, the dreamers and the broken.  He’ll play a game with you unlike any tournament you have ever played.  You might have to find your true name in a castle of stars, or wrestle your voice from a demon, or sip poison and eat fear… I was lucky enough to have been given a chance by St. Martin’s Griffin to read this before it…

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The Summer I Turned Pretty – Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty – Jenny Han

“You said your first kiss was a boy at the beach when you were thirteen.” “Oh.” I looked up at this face in the moonlight, and he was still smiling. “Guess.” Immediately he said, “The older one, Conrad.” “Why’d you guess him?” He shrugged. “Just a feeling, the way he looks at you.” This is my third time around reading this series and I know without a doubt that it will never get old for me. Unfortunately, though, more often…

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Talon – Julie Kagawa

Talon – Julie Kagawa

It had been awhile since I had read a Julie Kagawa series and in that time I had forgotten how great of a writer she is. She is seriously the master of taking something completely fantastical (dragons, vampires, faeries) and dragging them into a world that we readers are actually familiar with. And somehow..it fits. The Talon series is about dragons. Dragons that can hide in a human skin and who have a secret society that are forever hunted by…

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Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in the world. When I first saw that people were likening this to The Night Circus, I was immediately excited. I absolutely loved everything about that book and figured that if this book was anything like that one, that there was a good change I was going to like it. It honestly…

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First Test – Tamora Pierce

First Test – Tamora Pierce

Keladry of Mindelan and her family have just come back to Tortall from a six year diplomatic delegation stint in the Yamani Islands. One day after an attack from a group of spidrens (monster spiders) she decides it is time to begin her training as a lady knight. The only problem with that, is that there has not been a woman who has knowingly gone through training in at least a hundred years. The only reason she is able to…

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Breathe, Annie, Breathe – Miranda Kenneally

Breathe, Annie, Breathe – Miranda Kenneally

“You need anything? Water? Tylenol? Vaseline?” “Vaseline?” He shrugs. “Yeah, for chafing. Are you having any issues?” The main character of this story is Annie. After her boyfriend (Kyle) of three years, the boy that she planned on marrying someday, dies in an accident, she decides to train for the marathon that he never got to run. She herself had never been a runner so this huge race that is difficult for even the most in-shape runner, seemed almost impossible….

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The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

Father didn’t seem to believe in horoscopes. He spoke of destiny as a malleable thing, something that could be bent, interpreted or loosened to any perspective. I’ve been wobbling between a 3.5 and a 4 for this book. On one hand, Chokshi’s beautifully lyrical writing is what always has the ability to stir something inside of me. Not only that but the premise of this, which reminded me of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, had me clinging to…

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