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    a spoiler free review: dreamology by lucy keating

    Recently, I have been on a sort of reading binge, and I love it. I’ve been inhaling stories like air, staying up way later than I should reading and waking up only to return to the book. I did that with Eliza and Her Monsters (link to that review is here), and I did that with Dreamology. This was a pretty short book, and I finished it over the course of a day which after completing it kind of surprised me. It wasn’t one of those books that’s just so incredible that you can’t put it down; it was just extremely entertaining. Dreamology follows a girl named Alice, and she…

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    a spoiler free review: eliza and her monsters by francesca zappia

    To read, or not to read, that is the question. Okay, okay. I know that’s not the real quote, but sometimes the struggle to choose what to read and when to read it is a serious problem. Which book on my ever-expanding TBR should I pick up next? Well, last night at about 10 PM I decided it would be a mighty fine idea to pick up Eliza and Her Monsters. This story took the book community by storm last year, but the hype intimidated me (as always). I felt like reading, though, and I had the book, so I figured why not? After all, it was supposed to be…

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    a spoiler free review: ace of shades by amanda foody

    When it comes to books, I am very simple; if something says Six of Crows or Leigh Bardugo, I will buy it. Although the cover did compare Ace of Shades to SoC, the synopsis is what ∼really∼ sold me. I was drawn into the idea of New Reynes, the City of Sin and all of the morally gray characters it would hold. We followed Enne Salta as she journeyed to the infamous New Reynes on a search for her mother. Being raised as an ever so proper young lady, the city full of vice is like an entrance into a whole new world of cabarets and street gangs for her. Enne…

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    a spoiler free review: the cruel prince by holly black

    Holly Black has been named time and time again as the Queen of Faeries. Her exquisite execution of novels about faeries has been raved about a thousand times over. She’s a YA legend. As someone who was enamored with the idea of fairies as a child, I have been scolding myself for not picking up one of Black’s young adult books sooner. The hype of The Cruel Prince was too alluring to say no to, so I picked it up and prayed that it was as good as I was promised. This book follows Jude Duarte, a human who was abducted and taken to Faerie-Land (excuse the improper terminology) with…

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    a spoiler free review: truly devious by maureen johnson

    The mystery genre (a.k.a. my one true love) is beloved to me. I have loved mysteries ever since I was little, plopping myself in front of the TV to watch Psych and discover the latest culprit (and the hidden pineapple). With a solid decade of crime-solving under my belt I went into Truly Devious determined to crack the case. Boy, was I in for a wild ride. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson follows Stevie Bell, a crime-loving, mystery aficionado who goes to Ellingham Academy with the intentions of solving the mystery behind the disappearance of the wife and daughter of her school’s late founder. Albert Ellingham opened his free and…

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    a spoiler free review: the hazel wood by melissa albert

    Ever since it was released earlier this year, I wanted to pick up The Hazel Wood. The idea of a world where fairy tales were real spoke to the child inside of me — the part of me that fell in love with reading. The Hazel Wood followed Alice Proserpine, the granddaughter of Althea Proserpine. Althea is the author of mysterious, dark fairy tales that come to life when Alice’s mother is kidnapped. Alice must go to the place where her grandmother resided in solidarity for so many years —the one place her mother warned her against—, the Hazel Wood. This book was dark and had many scenes that were gory. I…

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    a spoiler free review: always and forever, lara jean by jenny han

    Conclusions to beloved trilogies are always sad, and Always and Forever, Lara Jean was no exception. I was so excited to read this book after finishing P.S. I Still Love You, and I had so many hopes. I was absolutely not disappointed! This finale follows Lara Jean Covey as she is approaching the end of her senior year of high school. It focuses in on the changes that happen during this time and the complications in her current relationship. This book does discuss sex as it correlates with the plot, but it is still appropriate for high school ages. This book also has themes of friendship, family, and handling change.…

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    a spoiler free review: ps I still love you by jenny han

    The second I finished To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, I rushed to Target to pick up the second installment in this trilogy. I needed P.S. I Still Love You. I have to say that I really did enjoy this read (maybe even more than the first one). P.S. I Still Love You picks up right after To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and packed in just as much romance and drama. It follows Lara Jean as she navigates her first real relationship, but things get complicated when another charming boy enters her life. This novel deals with elements of a relationship like sex and covers…

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    a spoiler free review: to all the boys I’ve loved before by jenny han

    With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I was struck with an urge to read a love story. I wasn’t setting off after a novel with complex characters and an intricate plot; I just wanted some cute, quirky romance. Being a reader of generally YA, I knew that this would not be hard to find. So, I went to Target and picked up To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. For the next few days, I followed the story of Lara Jean Covey and the craziness that ensued when private letters she wrote to all the boys she’s ever loved were mailed. Her love life spiraled out of control…

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    a spoiler free review: they both die at the end by adam silvera

    Yes. I too was both taken aback and in love the first time I read the title of this book. They Both Die at the End sounds tragically blunt in the most beautiful way, right? Well, it is, and I loved it. Adam Silvera crafted a world identical to our own, except in this world, you get a phone call on the day you’re to die from a company called Death-Cast. As you can imagine, we follow two boys that are Deckers, a term coined for someone who got the call that day. We follow Mateo and Rufus as they live out their final day together after meeting on an…

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