Unwept on Goodreads

Gamin, Maine, is a remote seaside town where everyone seems to know Ellis Harkington better than she knows herself—but she doesn’t remember any of them.

Unknown events have robbed Ellis of her memory. Concerned individuals, who purport to be her friends and loved ones, insist that she simply needs to recuperate, that her memories may return in time, but refuse to divulge what has brought her to this state. For her own sake, so they say.

Ellis finds herself adrift in a town of ominous mysteries, cryptic hints, and disturbingly familiar strangers. The Nightbirds, a clique of fashionable young men and women, claim her as one of their own, but who among them can she truly trust? And what of the phantom suitor who visits her in her dreams? Is he a memory, a figment of her imagination, or a living nightmare beyond rational explanation?

Only her lost past hold the answers she seeks—if she can uncover its secrets before she fall prey to an unearthly killer.

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What a thoroughly enjoyable, mysterious and gripping read!

Ellis Harkington has no memory of her life before the day she wakes up on a train headed for a small, secluded town of Gamin, Maine. With her is a nurse who refuses to divulge much about Ellis's past, which Ellis soon discovers is something all citizens of Gamin agree upon. With no recollections of her former self, and no clear indication of who she is supposed to be, Ellis becomes preoccupied with finding the answers, all while having to decide who among her new friends and acquaintances is trustworthy enough to help her along the way.

Thus begins a curious game of cat-and-mouse. Except Ellis is the cat, and Ellis is the mouse.

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[Insert mandatory complaint/exclamation about how time flies by really fast.]

In some ways, June really seems to have flown by. In other ways, however, it's been dragging out for quite awhile. We've discovered that one of the perks of running a blog is that we can look back to the beginning of the month and our first review of each month and marvel at how long ago it seems. Books are therefore good for yet another thing: in enabling us to live a thousand lives, we also live years in characters' lives each month. We disrupt the system, fall in love, fight monsters, do battle, develop abilities, travel, learn, change, grow, evolve - and do it many times over in 30 days.

There's no shortage of adventures when you're a reader.

This month, we've dealt with jobs, school, finals, friends, family, parties, meetings, chores, and many other things that will invariably crop up every so often, whether expected or otherwise. Even so, we've made sure to devote some time to reading and this blog. 

And without further ado, here's the summary of the books we've read in June...

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So far, visual aesthetics have been thin on the ground. We haven't showcased any visual aspect of books in our Top 10 Monday posts, and it's high time we did something about it. As not only book readers, but also book collectors, we love and appreciate the beauty of physical books in all their glory. We admire them on our shelves, stroke their spines lovingly and sigh with contentment at the sight of their beautiful covers.

And so each of us chose the ten covers they love the most (at the present moment), in no particular order, and listed them in this week's Top 10 Monday post. We hope you enjoy looking at them half as much as we enjoyed picking them out. This was one of those weeks where it physically hurt to narrow our respective choices to only 10. There are just so many!

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Going to be honest here but it's all an excuse to take pictures of our books! That's why we love this app. We've decided to start an Instagram page so we can not only share pictures with you lot but we can also check out you're all reading too. We'll try and be as creative and artistic with our books as possible, they are beautiful after all so we'll want to show them off.

Come check it out and keep up to date! Who knows, we may do some giveaways and challenges on there soon. See you there!

Just search thehonestbookclub and ta-dah!

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Well I finally own a copy of The One by Kiera Cass! My bookshop finally decided to stock a copy and I had to grab it the second I saw it. I also saw some amazing reviews about We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and couldn't resist grabbing a copy. I love the mystery that surrounds this book, people who've read it won't say much about it so I'm looking forward to getting into this one. Also, I need to carry on with the Geek Girl series. I loved book one so much I just had to get stuck into book two.


Oh how new books always makes me happy! Time to try and squeeze them into my jam-packed book shelf.

Have you read any of these? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!

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Next to read-a-thons and actual face-to-face book obsessing, one of the most entertaining interactive reading practices are certainly read-a-longs.

What is a read-a-long, you ask?

A read-a-long is a pre-determined time period during the month/year when a group of people choose to all read the same book(s) at (virtually) the same time, and discuss their progress with one another as they do, thus encouraging and spurring one another on.

Goodreads groups have facilitated online read-a-longs quite a bit, as well as a multitude of social networks (with Twitter being the prime leader) where the people participating in read-a-longs can connect and share their impressions and their progress with others.

So if you've been meaning to get to a book/series but never had the chance, or if you haven't been very inspired to read lately, this summer brings plenty of read-a-longs that you can join. We've listed some of the ones we're considering joining ourselves, or the ones we highly approve of (*cough* Harry Potter *cough*). If you find yourself interested in any of our choices below, please don't hesitate to join. These read-a-longs are about as non-elitist as they get. The people participating don't know one another for the most part, and no one's opinion is valued more highly than the rest. They're a safe haven where you can read at your own pace, and always find support and encouragement from others as you do (as long as you comment and share your progress with others).

There's nothing better than a buddy read, after all!

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Harriet Manners knows a lot of things. 

She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a "jiffy" lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn't quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she's spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend's dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves. 

As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn't seem to like her any more than the real world did. 

And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

possible spoilers

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 The Only One on Goodreads

Honor student, manager at the campus coffee shop, owner of an impressive sweater collection – Melanie Wilder has it all together. Then John “John Boy” Walden strolls into her life wearing nothing more than an impish grin and all-too-revealing loin cloth.

Soon, make-out sessions replace homework, lust triumphs over work. And to further crumble her perfect world, an unexpected phone call threatens to take away everything she’s worked for. 

Now, as Melanie struggles to pick up the pieces, she realizes that John may be the only one to put her life back together…unless he shatters it first.

Free copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Spoilers ahead.

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Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it.


This is normal, right?  I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth…right?

It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed.

The guys I know complain that girls are always looking for Mr. Right—do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right Now?

Sooooo…anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun?

I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another I am going to make this happen.

Hey, what have I got to lose? Besides the obvious.

As much as I'd love to put in spoilers, because there are so many things I want to say, this is a non-spoiler review. The book isn't out yet so I won't say anything that'll give parts of the story away.
A full spoiler review may go up after the release. Virgin is released August 5th 2014.

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We all have those books that make us go from happily opening the cover to start a fresh new book to...

We've all been there. It's horrible. You look up from the book, you can't see because everything's a blur. Tears are streaming down your face and you reach for that empty box of tissues and realize that there's none left. You're laying on a bed of used tissues. You all know exactly what we're talking about. This week, we've decided to pick our top 10 books that made us sad and share them with you lot.

So get ready. Go buy a box of Kleenex, snuggle up, get yourself a tub of ice cream and prepare to have your heart broken.

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E-readers are a novelty no more. Hardly anyone remains unaware of their existence, and of their prominence among today's readers. Some argue that the e-readers have introduced a welcome novelty into the world of literature and another avenue for the publishing industry to explore. It has revolutionized reading and brought it into the 21st century. It has made it more accessible for generation Y, so familiar with technology and so eager to explore technological advancements, even if it involves reading.

Others, meanwhile, argue the opposite. The fact remains that the e-reader is not, nor will it ever be a real book. It takes something out of the magic of reading. It's putting the bookshops out of business and making the libraries lonesome, desolate places.

As readers, eventually we all face this dilemma. To go digital or not to go digital? To stay true to physical books or to give technology a chance?

In an effort to be as objective as possible, and to offer the best possible advice for those faced with the choice of purchasing an e-reader or sticking with "paper", we sat down, put our own experiences on paper, both with the physical books and with their electronic counterparts, and summed it all up for you.

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“I'm not sure what possessed me to do it. Maybe it was the impossible expectations I faced, maybe it was my own self-loathing. But I just knew I needed something different to happen. I needed someone... something... to derail me from my current path. Otherwise, I would become lost... a hollowed out shell of a man. So I did it. I approached her, then I pursued her, then I made her mine. And my life was saved...”

Ryan Burnham is the privileged son of a U.S. Congressman and captain of his university’s hockey team. While he is on the verge of fulfilling his dreams to play in the NHL, his parents want him on a different course. One he is expected to accept for the sake of his family’s public image.

Forced her to abandon her music career after the heart breaking death of her parents, Danny Cross exists on the opposite side of the tracks from Ryan. She is struggling to make her own way, working two jobs, attending college part time and volunteering in a homeless shelter. She is on a mission to build her own success.

With a chance meeting, their vastly different worlds collide, causing each to evaluate whether they are truly on the correct path to self-fulfillment and happiness. Can their relationship survive? Particularly when others are against them every step of the way. A lot can happen in just ten short days...

-This review contains spoilers-

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Well, it's that time again! School's ending, the sun's coming out and everyone's whisking away to tropical islands for their annual holiday. But there's one thing you must pack in your suitcase - a few good books, of course! I, for one, can't lay on a beach and not read because what else is there to do? That's precious reading time wasted.

Even if you're not going anywhere this year, grab a towel and relax in the garden with a nice cup of tea and get lost in these cute, girly books.

A summer read is usually something light, funny and romantic, so we've put together a list of our favourite summer reads (so far!) for you all to get stuck into while you're tanning it up.

Feel free to share your thoughts and recommendations on our Twitter, Facebook or in the comments below!

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You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. 

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery... who makes you want to kiss back. 

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

"Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea" was a little bit like a one-night stand (or what I imagine a one-night stand to be like). It starts out good, escalates into something even better, peaks to the best of your expectations, but then you come down from the high, you're hungover and confused, and you're left to contend with the fuzzy aftermath.

Mild spoilers ahead.

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Colleen Hoover fan? Of course you are! Everyone loves her books, and we're very excited to see that the UK cover for her new book 'Ugly Love', which is set for release in August, has been released!

What do you think?

Yeah, we love it too. It's really pretty, it has some beautiful colours and you can really see how infatuated they are with eachother. Swoon! I hope this book isn't a tearful one but we all know Ms Hoover will get us grabbing at the tissues. The cover's made us ever more excited about meeting Tate and Miles than we were before. Are you going to be buying this one? Which cover is your favourite? Let us know in the comments or on our Twitter page!


When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover is out August 5th 2014.

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What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

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Admit it. You saw this coming.

This week for our Top 10 Monday we've opted to showcase our favorite and most memorable book boyfriends. In theory, it should have been a simple enough task, but we've come to realize that each week, our Top 10 Monday picks teach us a valuable lesson about ourselves. This week, the lesson is that we're picky and choosy. As a result, compiling this list was a lot harder than anticipated.

And so this week, instead of featuring two separate Top 10 Monday lists, we're making a combined one. We seem to have a similar taste in boys, anyway.

Enjoy! (Seriously, enjoy. They're highly enjoyable, not to mention edible.)

* And we sincerely apologize for being a day late and turning a Top 10 Monday into a Top 10 Tuesday this time around. Technical difficulties got in our way.

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One kiss could be the last. 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. 

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. 

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

Officially, the summer is almost here. Unofficially, it's been around for awhile (at least it has where I live). And with the summer comes a craving for a few fun, easy, contemporary summer reads.

Don't think for a second we won't have a separate blog post featuring our top summer-read recommendations.

As the title suggests, Emery Lord's "Open Road Summer" fits the bill perfectly. Pick it up if you like road trips. Pick it up if you like musicians. Pick it up if you crave something contemporary and entertaining.

Definitely pick it up if you're coming down with wanderlust.

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[Girl] is running away. Running from her dark past, her demons, the terrors that arise at night and threaten to consume her. She has come where she hopes no demons have followed. She is looking to start fresh. New beginnings. New friends. New life.

[Guy] is trouble personified. His every move seems to hint at something dark and dangerous that [girl] can't put a finger on. (* Extra points for tattoos.) He isn't one for commitment, and anyway commitment is the very last thing she needs. She has turned a new leaf and danger is no longer part of her life. Ultimately, what she really needs is to stay away from him.

But sometimes, staying away is easier said than done.

Sound familiar? Here's why.

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Great news - I may be very late with this but I just found out that 'The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend' will be turning into a movie! It's set to be released in 2015.

I read the DUFF last year and I absolutely loved it! It's one of my favourite books and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to recommend this book to you before it hits the theatres.

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. 

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

I highly recommend you give this one a go, it's a great book for all you girls who have suffered with the problems of insecurity with our looks - and that's all of us! - and all the other issues from the days of school drama. Kody Keplinger is an author you should check out, with her other books Shut Out and A Midsummer's Nightmare, she's got a great writing style that'll have you hooked. The DUFF is an easy and entertaining read with some lovable characters. A great summer read..

For more about the movie, check out the IMDB page but it's still early days yet. Let's hope for a good and loyal adaptation! Fingers crossed. 

Robbie Amell will be playing Wesley and Mae Whitman will be Bianca, our two main leads. I'm quite pleased with this casting, they look just how I pictured them. Thoughts? Have you read the book yet? And will you be seeing the movie? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter and Facebook!

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Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find 'The One'. Their lobster. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love.

This review is spoiler-free. 

Also check out this video of authors Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison talking about the book! 

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For this Top 10 Monday, we have chosen to peruse our bookshelves, revisit old (and new) favorites and choose our ten favorite quotes that originated on pages of books. Mostly we have found, to no one's surprise, that narrowing the list down to only ten is a Herculean task. But we've done our best, we've made some sacrifices, and here we are!

What with our ever-expanding bookshelves and our ever-growing "read" piles, it's necessary (and intuitive) to say that these are our current, and not our all-time favorites.

Unlike with most upcoming Top 10 Mondays, we have agreed to attach no explanations as to why these were the quotes we picked, or why they resonated so deeply with us. The choice was made partly because we wished to allow the quotes to speak for themselves (and leave them open to interpretation) and partly because it's difficult to take them out of context at times.

We also sincerely hope that some of these inspire you to pick up the book which features the quote and come to appreciate the full impact of the quote within its pages, and many others like it.

As always, these are in no particular order. And as always, expect variety.

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So wrong for each other …and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. 

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. 

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

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Warning: This is the second book in Laini Taylor's fantasy series, "Daughter of Smoke and Bone". Both the synopsis and the review contain spoilers for both books. Tread with caution...

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

"Days of Blood and Starlight" brings us a proverbial new chapter in the age-old war between the Seraphim and the Chimaera races. In the tranquil streets of Prague, life has taken a turn for the unusual following the Angel sightings on Charles Bridge, which many have taken to be an early sign of an upcoming apocalypse. In Morocco, a French explorer blogs about some really large birds they have, manifesting themselves as majestic winged shapes across the night sky. A small-time actor and part-time vampire Kazimir has taken to giving interviews to any news station that would have him, relishing his fifteen minutes of fame. Meanwhile, a marionette and her violinist are seeking to solve the riddle left behind by Karou.

"I am a priestess of a sandcastle in a land of dust and starlight."

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Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hairactually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

"Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic."

Karou is a ever so slightly unusual. For starters, her name is Karou. Her hair is a lapis shade of blue. Her sketchbooks are filled with monsters who have their own storylines. She might have one tattoo too many. She collects languages for her birthdays. She loves to eat in Poison Kitchen. She disappears on mysterious errands. Some say they saw a bat following her at times. The other say it was a bird. Only one thing is certain.

Karou is ever so slightly unusual.

"Daughter of Smoke and Bone" is a story about angels. It's a story about demons. It's a story about an ancient war. An interdimensional house. An art school in Prague. A town square in Morocco. A flea market in Paris. A long-lost love. A newfound love. A difference between wishes and hopes. And everything in-between.

Sometimes, the popularity is well-justified. This is one of those times.

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Welcome to the first of the many Top 10 Monday lists on The Honest Bookclub!

As this is our first, introductory list, we thought we'd start of easy and kick things off with our top 10 favorite book series. (Truthfully, we were going to do one a bit more challenging but found it a bit too challenging to start out with, and so here we are. It's always sobering to learn you have not yet read enough books in your lifetime to fill a specific top 10 list.)

As with all future Top 10 Monday posts, expect these lists to be highly subjective and to reflect our personal taste rather than a general consensus. Feel free to agree, disagree, make your own list and share it with us. You might even find some books which you like the sound of and wish to read in the future. And we'd certainly love to have the opportunity to get some recommendations from all of you. So feel free to share your own lists and/or thoughts below.

Just to let you know, these are not in order of our favorites.

And without further ado...

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