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STRANGER THAN FANFICTION is a story about friendship that exceeds expectations. Enter to win it for yourself! Writing this minutes after finishing the book, I can definitely say Stranger Than Fanfiction exceeded my expectations. After reading the initial chapters, I made assumptions about the plot and characters of the book only to be completely shocked and impressed with how each turned out. The story follows a group of friends, Sam, Mo, Topher and Joey, fresh out of high school and going on summer cross-country road trip. They jokingly invite one of their idols, actor Cash Carter along for the ride, only to have him…

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST gets a dark, delightful twist in HUNTED. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Beauty and the Beast is kind of a big deal this week. But it’s not just Disney making a stir with its live-action musical. Part of the hype belongs to Meagan Spooner, co-author of the Starbound series, and her clever, original take on the classic tale. Hunted doesn’t heedlessly take from either the popularized Disney story nor the founding French fairy tale. It takes out the kiddie elements and adds in extra depth for a darker, more riveting story sans dancing…

10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE brings to light the anxiety that teenager Maeve struggles with on a daily basis, especially when it comes to death. If you stopped by the bookstore lately, you might’ve seen this cover around, but you weren’t sure if you should take a chance on it. Well, first of all, 10 Things I Can See From Here is the U.S. debut novel by Canadian award-winning author Carrie Mac. Secondly, the story deals with how mental illness can often debilitate a person. And thirdly, there’s a little romance between the main female character and another teenage girl she…

Last week, Angie Thomas’s debut novel, The Hate U Give was released. The novel tells the story of Starr, a black girl living her life split between two worlds– her gang-run neighborhood and the private school her parents have worked hard to get her and her brothers into. When Starr leaves a party with an old friend, who ends up the newest victim of police violence, Starr has a decision to make. As her home falls into Ferguson-level riots and violence, and with her school friends not quite understanding the big deal, Starr must decide whether she will use her voice…

A teen’s life is rearranged in the days before she leaves her friends for good in SEVEN DAYS OF YOU! It’s been a long winter and we all could use a sweet story about making amends and appreciating what you have to warm our hearts through these final chilly days, right? Cecilia Vinesse will give you a little bit of extra light in Seven Days Of You! Sophia Wachowski has spent most of her life living in Tokyo, where her mother is taking part in a scientific research grant. But the grant has run its course and there’s only one…

High fantasy goes down a dark path with strange results in THE BONE WITCH! We’ve never dived into a fantasy world quite like Rin Chupeco’s The Bone Witch, and that’s both a good and bad thing. Eleven-year-old Tea (pronounced: “Tay-uh”) didn’t mean to bring her eldest brother, Fox, back from the dead. She’s a little too young to be developing magical powers. And yet Fox is animated and aware once again, marking Tea as one of the most rare and dangerous among the ultra-powerful, magical ashas: A bone witch. In a land cursed by deadly, animalistic mutants known as daeva, Tea…

DISRUPTOR, the final book of the Seeker Series by Arwen Elys Dayton, gives a satisfying conclusion to a complex and multi-connective fantasy adventure. Arwen Elys Dayton doesn’t mess around. You’ve got to know what you’re getting into before you start, or else you may just be trying to hang out to understand what is going on in this world of the Seekers. While some authors may try to refresh your memory of what’s happened and where exactly we left off from the last book, don’t expect that going on here. Re-read the previous books and skim through to get the…

OUR OWN PRIVATE UNIVERSE has important themes, but sometimes the execution doesn’t work. Regarding representation, Robin Talley’s Our Own Private Universe features a lot of elements that are sorely lacking in Young Adult books. The main character is biracial and she’s one of multiple LGBTQ characters in the story. The story takes place during a youth mission trip to Mexico, giving the characters perspective on international issues and religious community all at once. There are genuine talks and portrayals of sexual relationships between two women. The novel absolutely deserves to be applauded for these elements, but our overall analysis of…

It’s been just over a week since King’s Cage, the final book in Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series, came out. After waiting over a year for this book, I made sure I got my hands on it right away and it did not disappoint! Starting up shortly after the cliffhanger conclusion of Glass Sword, the third book in the series was heart wrenching, eye opening, strangely relevant, and built to another crazy climax! Is it really another year until the final book? Watch below to see my full thoughts! Note: The beginning of the video introduces the series as a whole. There’s a…

Class warfare gets a fantastical twist in GILDED CAGE! “Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved” reads the tagline for Vic James’ Gilded Cage, the first book in the Dark Gifts series. While it’s not a particularly pleasant thought, this engrossing story certainly doesn’t shy away from themes about class warfare, providing an unique take on an age-old struggle with a relevant, fantastical twist. In the novel, England is run by an upper echelon known as “Equals,” all of whom have varying hereditary powers known as “skill.” They protect their country from outside harm,…

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