Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

“Kaz leaned back. ‘What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?’
‘Knife to the throat?’ asked Inej.
‘Gun to the back?’ said Jesper.
‘Poison in his cup?’ suggested Nina.
‘You’re all horrible,’ said Matthias.”

A daring and original YA novel, Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows brings a whole new meaning to the brilliance that is fantasy fiction. After receiving an offer one simply can’t refuse, Kaz Brekker assembles a team of misfits to infiltrate a prison notorious for its impenetrable walls. A comical yet dark adventure story full of well-rounded characters, Bardugo’s fantastic novel is a must read for all fantasy lovers.

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Book Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

“One day all of this will be proof, proof that we were here, proof that we loved each other. It’s the guarantee that no matter what happens to us in the future, this time was ours.”

In the final installment of Han’s beautifully put-together love story, Always and Forever, Lara Jean takes readers on an emotional roller coaster as this unforgettable coming of age trilogy comes to a close. As they prepare for college life, Lara Jean and Peter take part in all the fun activities that occur as one exits high school. But as plans don’t seem to be going as intended, Lara Jean and Peter must reexamine their wants and dreams before they can even consider what their future together holds.  A breathtakingly passionate story that’s nearly impossible to put down, Han sheds light in the most romantic way what it’s like to transition from high school to young adulthood.

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Book Review: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

“We find things, just as we lose things. If you’ve lost your honor, you’ll find it again.”

An action packed YA fantasy novel, Young’s standalone viking inspired novel is a page turner with a number of twists and turns. Though in a fantasy setting, Young ties in an abundance of lessons for all readers to learn; from acceptance to forgiveness, Sky in the Deep is an inspirational novel that paves the way to a new outlook on fantasy literature.

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Book Review: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

“‘It just feels like…’ her voice small. ‘Sometimes it just feels like I’m faking.’
‘Maybe everyone feels that way.'”

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Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

“Nick and I look at each other.
‘I’m not holding your hand,’ I tell him, smiling a little.
‘All right’–he nods–‘but know that I would.'”

An absolutely hilarious and adorable read, Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is an insightful story that will bring readers to tears, both from laughter and woe. After a student beings to blackmail Simon after discovering his secret, Simon must follow all his requests or his (and his anonymous friends) secret will be vocalized to the world. Juggling family oddness, quarrels in friendships, accepting himself and hopelessly falling for his mysterious pen-pal, Simon’s adventures will make it nearly impossible to put this book down.

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Book Review: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

“Because,’ she said, ‘when you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.”

Neil Gaiman’s dark and wicked children’s novel Coraline is such an exciting and intense story, it will leave readers in a state of awe and desire for more. When the young Coraline Jones discovers a secret world far better than her own, she jumps at the opportunity for a grand adventure; however, not everything is what is seems. With an evil Other Mother and puzzles to solve, Coraline will require all the courage she can muster to save herself and those she loves. Enticing and full of wonder, Gaiman’s Coraline will not disappoint lovers of horror and children’s literature.

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Book Review: Animal Farm by George Orwell

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

A grim and twisted rendition of the Russian Revolution and Stalin’s rise to power, George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a magnificent classic that continues to amaze readers over 50 years past its original release. Tired of taking demands from the human farmer Mr. Jones, the animals on Manor Farm fight for their freedom and for equal rights among all animals. But what happens when some take advantage over other animals? Is there such a thing as equality among all when not all seek this value?

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Book Review: Ab’Asanas by Morgan Haley

“It’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.”

With a passion for yoga and a desire to spread her joy to the world, Morgan Haley’s Ab’Asanas eBook is a delightful read that will bring joy to any yogi or fitness enthusiast. Beginning her yoga journey in 2014, Morgan Haley’s eBook brings to light the fundamentals of core strength and the importance of believing in oneself rather than comparing your beautiful self to the rest of the world. Clear in intention and easy to follow, Ab’Asanas is a fun eBook for anyone who wishes to work that core and see great results.

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Book Review: A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager

“Who is your dad when you’re sad and need some love?”

Both, of course.”

Demonstrating the importance of acceptance and understanding, Oelschlager’s A Tale of Two Daddies inspires us to look beyond ourselves and societal norms in order to see how beautiful family is even if it’s different from our own. Through the curiosity of one child trying to comprehend the family dynamic of another, Oelschlager’s children’s book goes through the day-to-day activities that the young girl and her two fathers experience together. Aesthetically pleasing with an extremely adorable story, A Tale of Two Daddies brilliantly conveys that no two families are alike yet that doesn’t make it wrong. Can Oelschlager spread this beautiful message to the world simply through the written word and gorgeous illustrations?

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