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    A Spoiler Free Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black

    Despite reading and enjoying the first installment in The Folk of Air trilogy by Holly Black, it took me a few months to finally pick up the second book; however, when I finally did, I did not regret it! The Folk of Air trilogy centers around a fantasy, Faerie world that exists alongside our own. If you would like to read a further description of the first novel, you can click here to read my review of The Cruel Prince. Basically, the book follows Jude Duarte, a mortal girl who has grown up in the realm of Faerie. The events that ensue would completely spoil the ending of The Cruel…

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    A Spoiler Free Review: The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

    Wow. That may be the only word I can comprehend at the moment, because this book was spectacular. I will keep my description of this book minimal due to the fact that it’s a sequel, and a portion of the plot is based on the events of the previous book. If you would like to read my review of the first book in this trilogy, Truly Devious, click here. The second installment takes place in the same location as the first, Ellingham Academy, an elite school for the best, brightest, and quirkiest students. Every student at Ellingham Academy has something that they excel at, and Stevie Bell’s “thing” is solving…

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    A Spoiler Free Review: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

    Is this another book review for a book I read in class? Yes. Did I love it like every other time? Yes. The Things They Carried is a novel I would have never picked up if it wasn’t for my literature class, and it may be the most complicated novel I’ve attempted to explain. It’s set during the Vietnam War and tells the story of what Tim O’Brien witnessed while there. Usually my synopsis would be longer, but this is a book you truly have to experience with little prior explanation. Trigger Warning: This book contains scenes with graphic violence/ descriptions of death. As I said earlier, I totally fell…

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    A Spoiler Free Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to pick up To Kill a Mockingbird. Revered by nearly every reader and reviewer, it’s considered one of the greatest works of American fiction, and I was eager to join the party. This novel is a depression era tale set in Maycomb, Alabama, and follows Scout Finch, a young girl whose father is a lawyer. When her father, Atticus, defends a black man accused of rape, the audience is exposed to the lifestyle and racism of the time through the eyes of a child. Given it’s mature themes, the book may be inappropriate for younger audiences; however, it’s message makes…

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    A Spoiler Free Review: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

    For years, I have been a huge fan of Cassandra Clare. I fell in love with her storytelling long ago, so when The Dark Artifices trilogy was announced, I knew that I would have to read it. The newest installment in the Shadowhunter Chronicles follows Emma and Julian, parabatai that live in the Los Angeles institute, as they deal with threats to both themselves and the shadowhunter world as a whole. Sorry for the extremely vague description (I want to avoid spoiling the rest of the books for anyone). I really enjoyed this book and everything it had to offer. This book is by far the most diverse out of…

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    A Spoiler Free Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

    Having never read anything by Laini Taylor, I went into this novel completely blind, with only positive reviews to guide me. I picked it up on a whim after hearing nothing but good things, and I could not be more happy that I did. Strange the Dreamer was absolutely incredible, and it is definitely one of my favorites of 2018 (if not all time). This is the first installment in a duology, and follows a junior librarian named Lazlo Strange. Curious and hopeful, Strange lives with his head in the clouds. His dream is to one day visit Weep, a lost city that nobody seems to care about besides him.…

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    A Spoiler Free Review: Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray

    After absolutely loving both The Diviners and Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, I decided to pick up the third installment in the series, Before the Devil Breaks You. As to avoid spoilers, I won’t give a direct synopsis of the book, but rather the whole series. We follow a diverse bunch of characters with mysterious powers ranging in everything from healing to creating fire. This paranormal adventure requires this group, called diviners, to band together and defeat evil. It takes place in 1920s New York and is absolutely phenomenal! Diversity is not hard to find in this book, and I would recommend it to nearly everyone. I will warn,…

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    A Spoiler Free Review: Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

    Have you ever read a book and the second you finished it, started the next one in the series? To be so engaged in a story is a wonderful feeling, and I was unable to stop thinking about The Diviners by Libba Bray until I was able to start Lair of Dreams. Likewise, I’m currently craving the third book in this series since I just finished LoD (seriously guys I am too in love with these books)! This book follows the same cast of characters with a few new additions as they try to solve the mystery behind a mysterious “Sleeping Sickness” sweeping 1920’s New York City. They must use…

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    A Spoiler Free Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

    If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good old historical fiction novel. So, when I heard of The Diviners, a book not only set in 1920’s New York City, but with a paranormal mystery twist, I was sold. It sounded perfect (and honestly it still does). The Diviners follows Evie O’Neill as she leaves her boring hometown for the Big Apple, moving in with her studious Uncle who runs a museum of the occult. I don’t want to spoil anything (the story being a mystery and all), so I’ll leave the synopsis at that, but if it sounds interesting read on, then read the book! I will warn though that…

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    a spoiler free review: neverworld wake by marisha pessl

    It’s not unusual for me to judge a book by its cover. I know that you’re not supposed to do it, but I can’t help it. Sometimes you just see an astonishing or cool cover, and you HAVE to buy it. That’s what happened with me for Neverworld Wake. It just seemed so intriguing! This book is pretty mysterious, so there’s not much I can say. Basically this book follows Beatrice, a college student who gets stuck in an impossible time loop with her (ex)bestfriends. This book is suitable for mature high school students, but probably not someone who typically picks up middle grade. Trigger Warnings: Suicide. I found this…

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