TOP 10 BEAUTIFUL LIBRARIES

Libraries. A most wonderful place for us book lovers to hibernate and delve into another world. A place which is our Narnia. Where we seek adventure and be around others who also love to get lost in a story.



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THE HARRY POTTER TAG


Oh, look! Another excuse to talk Harry Potter!





We regret nothing. Harry Potter is one of the most loved series of all time, so it's always a good idea to do a Potter tag. This is an old one but that doesn't matter - hell, we weren't even tagged! Come answer them with us, and don't forget to discuss your answers with us - agree? Disagree? Leave us a comment!  We tag you all.


Potterheads, come gather! 




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BOOK REVIEW: SMASH INTO YOU BY SHERRY SOULE



Bad-Boys and Dark Secrets Are Tough To Keep

Serena DuPont isn’t interested in falling in love again. Been there, done that, and she has the pulverized heart to prove it. Leaving behind those sucky romantic choices, she transfers to a new college her sophomore year. All Serena wants to do is pledge a sorority, stay focused on her classes, and swear off sexy players. 



Tell that to Cole Prescott, the incredibly gorgeous complication that threatens to crush her newfound resolve. Keeping him in the “friend zone” won’t be easy, especially when the sizzling chemistry between them is so damn combustible. But that’s not Serena’s biggest problem...



While pledging Zeta Beta, her life gets flipped horribly upside down by a series of ominous threats, nasty rumors, and even blackmail. And the only place she finds comfort is in the arms of the off-limits frat boy she should be avoiding. 



Unless Serena can prove her innocence to the ultra-saucy sorority that’s accused her of being involved in a lewd sex scandal, Serena is at risk of losing the future she’s fought so hard to rebuild. Resigned to the fate of the Greek gods, Serena might not be able to lie her way out of this epic disaster.




ARC provided by the author for an honest review - thank you kindly!
Spoiler-free review

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MOST ANTICIPATED SUMMER BOOK RELEASES

Summer is the sleepiest season in publishing. For one, even the cutthroat industries need a break, sea and sun. And for another, authors need time to actually write the books that we spend the rest of the year fawning over. Summer - with holidays, vacations, breaks and time off work is just the season to do it. (Also, where better to write than in a beach house overlooking the ocean as the sun sets behind the horizon at twilight?)

What do you mean, that's not where most authors write? Don't ruin this for us!

A few brave souls, however, do choose to publish their novels during these sweltering months, and hope we aren't too preoccupied with swimsuits to remember to buy them. (Spoiler alert: we aren't.) These are some of the summer releases we're most looking forward to, and ones we are eagerly anticipating wherever their release might find us.




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BOOK REVIEW: LYING OUT LOUD BY KODY KEPLINGER




Kody Keplinger returns to the world of The DUFF in this brand-new companion novel!

Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend's house every night because she has nowhere else to go.



Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with— secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.



Ryder's the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can't stand—a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.



But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there's one small catch: he thinks he's been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she's the girl he's really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?




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TOP 10 BOOKS SET IN A BOARDING SCHOOL

We daydream and fear boarding schools in turn. The prospect of leaving home as a teenager and setting off to share a (bath)room with strangers is every adolescent's dream, and every adolescent nightmares. In the end, some of us choose to experience boarding schools firsthand, and others choose to experience them through literature. (Is there a third category? We don't know of any.)

And much like ourselves who fear and dream of boarding schools, the characters who end up in one can end up one or two ways: the boarding school can become a sanctuary, an epicenter of their experience as a young adult, or they can be a microcosm of the establishment - something for the character to stand up and fight against.

Whether they are beloved or challenged, the boarding schools featured in this list have proven hard to forget, and harder still to dismiss. These are the schools we want to attend ourselves - ones where mischief and shenanigans never sleep, and which have taught us as many life lessons as the characters who got to attend it firsthand. We're jealous. We can only wish it were us.






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BOOK REVIEW: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BY SARAH J. MAAS





A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.


When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.






Non-spoilery review



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BOOK REVIEW: BUZZ BOOKS 2015: YOUNG ADULT FALL/WINTER


These Buzz Books samplers (at least the YA sort) are not only useful, they are also a perfect cure for reading ruts. For those of us prone to compulsive 1-click e-book shopping on Amazon, the alternative might be to just open twenty(ish) yet unread novels our e-readers contain and read the first few chapters of each. But it's not quite the same. Everything tastes sweeter when it's exclusive. And this collection of upcoming YA ARCs for the fall/winter season is plenty exclusive - and plenty diverse, in terms of (sub)genre.

Having said that, the choice of ARCs of which the excerpts are featured here is heavily on the Contemporary side of things. Out of the few Fantasy/Paranormal/Sci-fi excerpts featured, even fewer read like true Fantasy/Paranormal/Sci-fi. So for those keen on Contemporary - I can safely recommend this compilation. For those more inclined towards Fantasy/Sci-fi, a better idea might be to just go ahead and request full-volume ARCs of their choice and forego being introduced to the first few chapters of a dozen Contemporary stories.

If you are a blogger, librarian, bookseller or an industry professional at any capacity and interested in this collection, you may get it on NetGalley now.




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TOP 10 CHILD-AGED CHARACTERS

Over the past year, we've covered some of our favorite parental figures in books, our favorite siblings, sidekicks, boyfriends, etc. And with our core focus being MG, YA and NA literature, there has been no shortage of them. So this Monday (or Tuesday, because rebellion), we have decided to see if we can give props to the children in books - those who have managed to come out three-dimensional and push to the forefront of things rather than allow themselves to be overshadowed by teens and/or adults. These are the young characters memorable enough to stick with us long after the books have been finished - and those we frequently quote and reference in our discussions.

Here's to the next generation.


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