QUEEN OF SHADOWS (THRONE OF GLASS #4)

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Written by: Sarah J. Maas
Book # 4 / 6 of the Throne of Glass series
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

*Please do not read unless you have also read Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2), and Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3).*

Summary: Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past. She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight. She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

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CROOKED KINGDOM (SIX OF CROWS #2)

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Written by: Leigh Bardugo
Book #2 / 2 of the Six of Crows duo logy
Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Summary: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

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SABRIEL (ABHORSEN #1)

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Written by: Garth Nix
Book #1 / 4 of the Abhorsen series
Rating: 1.5 / 5 stars

Summary: Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him, combating wielders of Free Magic and the Dead like on her way.

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HEIR OF FIRE (THRONE OF GLASS #3)

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Written by: Sarah J. Maas
Book # 3 / 6 of The Throne of Glass series
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Summary: Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

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BIG LITTLE LIES

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Written by: Liane Moriarty
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Summary: The story follows three women, each at a crossroads. Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, Celeste and her husband are looking set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay. Single mom Jane, new to town, is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

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CINDER (THE LUNAR CHRONICLES #1)

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Written by: Marissa Meyer
Book # 1 / 4 of The Lunar Chronicles series
Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things, making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android. Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived. But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

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Book Traveling Thursday // 3.2.17

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Hi, all! This meme, Book Traveling Thursdays, was created by Catia (@The Girl Who Read Too Much) and Danielle (@Danielle’s Book Blog). I stumbled upon it a few weeks back but just got around to checking out their Goodreads book in order to join in on the fun, and I’m super excited to be doing my second week of this meme! This week’s challenge is: “It’s National Read Across America Day! Choose a book that you would recommend to everyone.” The book that I’ve chosen to highlight is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I debated for a long time as to which of my favorite books I wanted to share with the world, because a lot of them are ones I’ve previously reviewed (In the Woods, The Martian, Station Eleven, Book of Unknown Americans), or ones I wouldn’t necessarily recommend to those who aren’t heavy readers (Lord of the Rings, Catch 22, 11/22/63, Hamilton). So, eventually, I decided on The Alchemist.

I originally read The Alchemist back in 2010, which seems so far away if you say “I read this seven years ago” – but I digress. I read it for a class in high school, and loved every second of the story and the conversations that followed. It is an incredibly poignant book about a boy named Santiago who leaves his home to find a treasure underneath the Egyptian pyramids, and is helped along the way by various characters to ensure his success, all the while finding unexpected treasures on his journey.  The book acts as a statement about humanity and about the treasure within oneself, and how you don’t need to look far to find beauty. There isn’t a lot of humor in it, but the content itself is very light; although there are some sad moments, nothing overtly tragic occurs. I think the general story is one that readers everywhere can connect to, and that is why it is one of my most recommended books. Pick it up if you haven’t read it yet! You won’t regret it.

Original cover:

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Favorite cover (Brazil/Portuguese):

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Least favorite cover (Dutch):

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