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pancake-librarian · 2 minutes ago
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Ronit & Jamil - By Pamela L. Laskin
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Laskin does what she set out to do concisely, and the resulting book of poems is a small and brilliant light in a fearful world. An Israeli girl and a Palestinian boy falling in love is very fitting to the source material of Romeo and Juliet, and the poems are short, sweet, and written in a more relatable language than Shakespeare.
The real world setting lends a certain realness to the story, and writing has the dramatic feel of teenagers in love. This is a book I devoured in one sitting, which only seemed to make it better. A lot of readers online seem to think the story is too quick, but I feel that that is part of the charm. of course they fall in love suddenly and dramatically, that’s how the original material went as well. These short verses do what they set out to do and I think that’s the most important part.  
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pancake-librarian · 17 minutes ago
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Dread Nation - By Justina Ireland
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This is not your typical zombie book. Ireland thoughtfully crafts a unique setting that reflects racial issues, while allowing readers to take a step away from day to day life. In a world where the civil war ended with zombies, and many slaves find themselves “free” but locked in terrible dangerous jobs. Jane has one of the better jobs lined up, in school to learn zombie killing skills in order to serve high society families.
I like that the main character is working to better herself, while still basically a slave she focuses on educating herself and others, and solving increasingly creepy cases of zombie outbreaks and corruption. Jane realizes how badly society has treated her and others like and pushes for survival anyway, her fight is strong, and her story is very real to many people who read it, with just a fe extra zombies.
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pancake-librarian · 38 minutes ago
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The Noble Servant - by Melanie Dickerson
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I decided to pick something outside my typical reads, and grabbed this fairytale inspired romance, The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson, which is a playful version of The Goose Girl and The Prince And The Pauper. I really like novels that take inspiration from classic stories and myths, but I’ve never read many fairytale inspired stories. 
While the characters and story seemed really exciting, with mistaken identities, and nefarious villains, but overall it feels a little bland. Dickerson is a Christian author, and I expected the romance to be subtle and live up to very traditional values. However she really makes a point of brining up God and prayer a lot more than I was expecting. While there are plenty of sweet and sassy moments between various characters, they’re also broken up by long periods of repetitive reflection, paired with constantly switching prospective between the two main characters makes it a bit harder to get through.   
Overall though, The Noble Servant is a sweet love story, and a very relaxing read, great for anyone looking for a romance with strong Christian values.
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pancake-librarian · an hour ago
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The Star-Touched Queen - By Roshani Chokshi
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This book has a ton of cool myths that I’ve never heard of from western style authors. I love that Chokshi is able to tie in both cultural expectations of family, while also keeping the characters independent and unique. The love story is based on multiple Hindu myths and epics, and uses gorgeous language that any romance reader will instantly adore. 
I appreciate that the main character Maya isn’t looking for love, but also, she isn’t NOT looking for love, it feels a lot more genuine to your everyday person. Maya shines in many ways, from her clever resourcefulness as she sneaks around to hear what powerful men are up to, to her caring so deeply for her younger sister. It builds a ground work for the many choices she makes later in the story. Maya’s journey is definitely in line with traditional epic poems, but with a modern writing style The Star-Touched Queen is able to pull in readers and make them feel at home.
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cynsworkshop · 2 hours ago
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Happy Sunday everyone! I've literally been carrying this book with me to try to read all weekend but my energy levels have been so low and I've worked the past 7 days in a row with no break which has left me so drained when I get home. Just so exhausted. But gonna try to read today even though I'm dead tired 😋. Follow @cynsworkshop for more bookish love and reviews. #BookLovers #Bibliophile #bookish #BookChat #ebook #TheIronRaven #currentlyreading #BookWorld #Books #BookAddict #BookClub #BookNerd #YA #YALit #CynsWorkshop #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #IGReads #IGBooks #youngadultbooks #booklove #bookblogger #bookstaultimate https://www.instagram.com/p/CN0UruWican/?igshid=1skaaxdgod1os
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stilljumpingback · 5 hours ago
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Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi I got some serious A Wrinkle in Time vibes from Pet (an otherworldly being is simultaneously scary and comforting while offering a young person a hard choice via fantasy philosophy). EXTREMELY MY SHIT. #LGBTQ #lgbtbooks
Pet is here to hunt a monster.Are you brave enough to look?There are no more monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. With doting parents and a best friend named Redemption, Jam has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood,…
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peedrop · 5 hours ago
its taylor back with another account what is up chat 😆😆😆😆!!!!!!!!
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hicarolinesouza · 7 hours ago
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O prof. Freeman acha que tenho que encontrar os meus sentimentos. E eu por acaso poderia deixar de encontrá-los? Eles estão me devorando viva, como uma infestação de pensamentos, vergonha, erros
LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON, Fale!
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a-duck-with-a-book · 7 hours ago
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REVIEW // The Jealousy of Jalice (A Disaster of Dokojin, #1) by Jesse Nolan Bailey
★★★★☆
** I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway What gripped me most about this book was the mix of a fantasy world filled with monsters and magic and a post-apocalyptic, science-fiction backstory that appears in snippets throughout the novel. I loved the duality of the more traditional motifs associated with fantasy-magical beings, warriors on a quest, an evil spirit that must be banished before it destroys mankind-set in a world that appears to have been ravaged by what I assumed was a nuclear apocalypse, leaving behind shells of a technologically advanced civilization.
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The main characters didn't quite fit into a single archetype, something that I had somewhat feared when I first started this book (the stoic, lawful good warrior, the hapless, naive princess, and the power-hungry, irredeemable villain). Rather, the all walked the line between good and evil, protagonist and antagonist, likeable and infuriating, in a masterfully done way. My favorite character changed throughout the book. I only a few gripes with this novel that prevented the five star rating. First, the world and the magic system are a bit confusing and aren't really elaborated on enough. This is the first book in the series, so perhaps we will learn more in the future, but while reading this book I felt quite lost at times. Secondly, and this is very much a personal issue, I'm not a huge fan of using more than two POV's. Especially in a horror story like this one, I found that having insight into the thoughts and location of both the protagonists and the monster hunting them meant that we lost a lot of the suspense. If (view spoiler) hadn't been one of the POV characters the reader would have been left fearing his arrival at every turn. I also think having too many POV's means getting less time for character development on your central characters, which I felt was the fate of our main two. Lastly, I wish Bailey had used his monsters and eerie atmosphere to a better effect. I love dark fantasy, and I was pleasantly surprised at the beginning when one of the first creatures we see actually scared me. The second monsters to appear, and the first chase sequence that ensues, are also incredibly well done. But after that, the action and thrill come to a screeching halt and never really return to their full capacity. I'm not sure if I will continue with the rest of the series, but I recommend other lovers of dark fantasy pick this up!
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a-duck-with-a-book · 9 hours ago
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REVIEW // The Order of Chaos by Ben J. Henry
★★☆☆☆
** I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. I was pretty excited to pick up this book since the concept of lucid dreaming with a murder-mystery twist seemed really interesting, but I was ultimately disappointed. Overall, the book just doesn't feel finished. The sentence structure gets repetitive, the characters are poorly developed, and the plot is full of twists that come out of nowhere and disappear just as quickly without being expanded upon. There are some good ideas, but they are lost to the disjointed writing and unorganized story. Ultimately, the plot itself is interesting and could be salvaged with a solid rewrite. This is the kind of novel that would benefit immensely from being hacked apart with a red pen.
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a-duck-with-a-book · 10 hours ago
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REVIEW // Luna Nera. Le città perdute by Tiziana Triana
★★★★☆
There were so many elements of Luna Nera that I loved. It delves into the lives of women in 17th century Italy, exploring their authority and independence (or lack thereof). By including characters from different backgrounds and social classes, Triana is able to weave a rich tapestry representing the ways all women were shackled to the responsibilities and restrictions of their gender. One important aspect is that not all women are quick to support each other, instead, some actively set themselves against other women in order to secure their status in the male-controlled social ladder.
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The idea of naming themselves after fallen cities is fantastic, especially with the rule that no man should be allowed among them, lest he cause their fall. I loved how many of the women who were condemned as witches and ostracized by society were ultimately just trying to educate themselves, study, or live independently. This takes a bit of a turn by the end of the novel, but I enjoyed how for the majority of the book the “witches” were just regular women who had been marked as such by those who wished to keep them within the confines of their gender. Triana does a great job including a variety of LGBTQ characters. I was pleasantly surprised at their canon queerness as I did not have high hopes of finding such characters in a popular Italian novel. Plus, I absolutely loved the twist at the end! It added a fascinating facet to a story of women’s agency and the obstacles they faced, and was revealed incredibly well throughout the story. Some of my favorite chapters were those that focused on the backstories of the Città Perdute, which brings me to one of my gripes with the novel. Ade was not a pleasant protagonist. If the book had been primarily from someone else’s perspective, it probably would have gotten 5 stars from me. She is constantly going against her already established motivations (manly keeping Valente safe and staying together) because she has predictably fallen in love with the male protagonist. This is very much the “main boy and main girl are in love because they are main boy and main girl” trope that I absolutely despise. Pietro (the love interest) is an interesting character in his own right, and Ade does improve slightly at the very end of the book. Overall, the writing got a bit too lengthy and descriptive, but the story was interesting enough to keep me interested throughout. All of the characters (except for Ade, unfortunately) are likable, and their backstories were my favorite part of the entire book.
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caringescapes · 16 hours ago
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This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
In my search for a quick night time read while I wait for Six of Crows to come in the mail, I picked up a book that I figured would be a quick read. I finished it in three hours and I’m completely shaken.
I don’t know how to feel about this book. I’m so conflicted. It’s horrifying and violent and depressing. It follows a school shooting from the perspective of four teenagers. I can’t attest to how realistic this book is, THANK GOD, but I can’t even imagine how it would be to be in the situation of the characters in this book.
This is not a book that should be taken lightly, or opened with the expectation of a happy ending. I don’t usually get political on tumblr, and I will keep it brief here, but this book reminded me that there are teachers, and students as young as five years old who have experienced horrors that have probably traumatized them beyond what others could imagine, in a place where they were meant to feel safe. There are families who are broken and who will never be whole again, all because someone with a gun walked into a school and started shooting. I don’t think I’ll ever forget some of the vivid imagery from this book.
Reading this book inspired me to write this post. I think it’s easy, especially in these difficult times, to focus on our own struggles and forget that there are people who have suffered even more than we have. I want to make it clear that I am here for anyone who has experienced the reality that this book describes and wants to talk. I am so sorry for your loss. I am so sorry that the country failed you so spectacularly. I am so sorry for your grief. I can’t imagine living with that pain. No one should have to lose their child, their favorite teacher, their student, their sibling, their teammate, or anyone else they care about in such a way.
Something I really appreciated about this book was the way it drags. This sounds like a negative thing, but in this case, it isn’t. You experience the shooting for the perspective of the students involved for the terrifying fifty four minutes that they are held hostage, and it drags just as it would if you were in that situation. This book is also extremely diverse, with a main couple being LGBTQ+. I’ve seen criticisms of this book saying that the diversity adds nothing to the story: personally, I believe this is an insult to the well-written characters. Autumn’s sexuality deepens the rift with her family, and plays a part in indirectly leading to the shooting, and she feels deep shame over it, despite the fact that she, BY NO MEANS, did anything wrong. Tomás and Sylvia’s culture and family mean the world to them, and influence their decisions throughout the entire novel, but they also don’t define who they are. They are not mere caricatures. It must be taken into consideration that this novel is also very plot-driven, and I consider it an achievement that the author was even able to make me feel for these characters with such short excerpts from each of their POVs.
I know a lot of people hate This Is Where It Ends. But, if this book can do something good, let it be bringing awareness to an extremely serious problem. The book might be slightly melodramatic (because, for all its seriousness, it wants to hook the reader into the story, as all books do), but the violence it portrays is very real for those who have seen it.
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mixijima · 19 hours ago
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also like if u noticed im not followin u, its bc i changed blogs and wasnt sure who still wanted to moots
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bubblegumnebulaa · a day ago
Erehisu + Jeankasa + LeviHan 👀👀👀 (sorry there’s so many, I couldn’t decide on one lol)
Erehisu
vomit / don’t ship / ok / cute / adorable / sexy / perfect / beyond flawless / hot damn / screaming and crying /i will ship them in hell
Jeankasa
vomit / don’t ship / ok / cute / adorable / sexy / perfect / beyond flawless / hot damn / screaming and crying /i will ship them in hell
Levihan
vomit / don’t ship / ok / cute / adorable / sexy / perfect / beyond flawless / hot damn / screaming and crying /i will ship them in hell
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alexisdreamland · a day ago
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Siege and Storm
Author:  Leigh Bardugo
Rating: 4/5 stars
I enjoyed this book so much more than the first one. I liked the characters and plot a lot more. I loved the pacing in the beginning. It felt like everything was moving at just the right speed. Then the middle got a little slow at times but then the end was just full speed ahead. Full anxiety all the way to the end.
There are spoilers after this so don’t read anymore if you haven’t read the book.
I’m liking Alina more as we go along. She’s still kind of the typical YA main character, but I think she developed more in this book. But I feel like she’s be better separated from Mal. I think he holds her back. She’s always trying to make sure what she does doesn’t upset him. And anytime he does something stupid she just forgives him. I think she would have so much growth without him. (Side note: I always saw fanart of her with white hair, and I was really confused about why. Now it makes sense.)
I love Nikolai so much. I probably would have liked book 1 like 10x more if he had been in it. He just added something that was missing. I loved his personality. He was just such an interesting character. I feel like there’s so much to learn about him. He just seems like one of those characters that had a ton of depth. I really need him to be ok. I can’t wait to read King of Scars! I really tried to like Mal. I really did. At first I started to but then he just got worse. He only liked Alina when she’s relying on him. But when she’s confident and strong he just wants to bring her now. I felt like she was constantly lowering herself to make him feel better. Like he literally shamed her for not wanting leave and abandon everyone to deal with the Darkling on their own. And she was obviously struggling and he made it about himself. I feel like he took everything out on her. I think the Darkling is right when he says Mal will never fully accept her. He doesn’t like seeing that she doesn’t need him. I loved Tolya and Tamar so much. I did not expect them to be apart of the Aparat’s cult. But it how protective they were of Alina makes more sense now. Especially when she went outside the gates and Toyla wanted to severely hurt Mal. I hope they stay loyal to her and not the Aparat because I love them. My poor baby Genya. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it wasn’t that. I loved that we got some more David content. He’s strange, and I like him. I was hoping Zoya would do something interesting, but she was really just there for conflict between Alina and Mal. Maybe the next book? The Darkling is just kind of meh for me. He wasn’t present much in this one. I wasn’t really impressed with the parts he was in. So far I don’t think he really lived up to the hype. Vasily was the literal worst, and I’m so glad he’s no longer a problem.
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ughmedusa · a day ago
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so i've been thinking of starting a booktube or bookstagram to recommend and review books but i can't figure out which one to choose.
could y'all suggest what to go for and maybe tell me why one's better than the other please?
also note: i do not own enough hard copies of novels to make an ~aesthetic~ bookstagram unfortunately (i could take aesthetic pictures of my laptop with the ebook open i guess?)
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hicarolinesouza · a day ago
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Prof. Freeman: Quando as pessoas não se expressam, vão morrendo aos poucos. Você ficaria chocada se soubesse quantos adultos estão realmente mortos por dentro, vivendo sem ter ideia de quem são, só esperando que um câncer, um infarto ou um caminhão surja e acabe com eles. É a coisa mais triste que conheço.
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LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON, Fale!
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