THE RAVEN KING (IN ZERO SPOILERS AND AN ABUNDANCE OF WISHES)


The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.





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ON BOOKS AND VOTING (FEAT. GAME OF THRONES)


I get it: everyone is sick and tired of hearing about politics. Dystopian authors are probably sick and tired of hearing about politics at this point. Even politicians are probably considering just burrowing into a hole in the ground whenever there's mention of an upcoming election season.

For most young adults, politics are only ever really interesting in books. A coup d'├ętat in a tyrannical kingdom? A spark that starts a revolution in an oppressed futuristic society? An elaborate plot to overthrow a dictator in an alternate historical timeline?

Heads roll. Empires rise. The stakes are high. And the world ignites.

In comparison, our current long-running election campaigns and a constant bombardment with ads and endorsements falls just a little flat.

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THE PERKS OF BEING A CO-BLOGGER

It's my co-blogger's birthday today! As in previous years, Natalie turns twenteen (not a typo), and celebrates it as all twenteen-somethings do - with a raging bash, Great Gatsby style.

(Or she's stuck at work, eagerly awaiting the weekend when an actual celebration can take place. Yay?)

I mean, sure, we can vote and drink (more on this later in the week, and also - don't do this at the same time). But we're also "adults" now, with jobs and Uni and errands and demands. So today, in honor of that one person who's made my blogging journey that much easier, I give you the post on the many perks of being and having a co-blogger.


As for us, however - Natalie and I have banded together in all our awkward, book-loving glory. And today we celebrate just what makes this togetherness so very awkward and loving.



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TOP 10 BOOKS TO RE-READ IN 2016

You know those readers with fantastic memories who can recall any detail from any series they've read in the past ten years?

Us, either. Because they don't exist. (If you meet one - run. You've read enough paranormal books to know where that is going. And hint: it ends with blood-sucking.)

The readers you think you know who can memorize an astonishing amount of details mostly just... re-read. Some do it in increments, some re-read books from cover-to-cover. After an exhausting day or when they're feeling emotional, they don't reach for chocolate or yell at innocent bystanders: they reach for a well-known comfort (re)read.

In short: re-reading is healthy and good for your memory. (Insofar as you appear to have a better one.) And because we like both books, health and memory - and we frequently find one or more of the three sorely lacking - this week we're picking the ten books we plan on re-reading this year, and then pretending we just paid really good attention to them the first time. Our brains are just that powerful. We remember everything.




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BOOK REVIEW: BEFORE HADLEY BY J NATHAN





What's worse than a cocky new guy at school? A cocky new guy with a killer body and the attention of every female at school. Hadley can tell the minute she lays eyes on Caynan that he's someone to avoid. He may have looks and charm, but he's also got heartbreak written all over his pretty face.

Unfortunately for Hadley, Caynan has his sights set on her. She's the one girl who doesn't want him. The one girl who's turned off by his charm. The one girl who challenges him like no other. And, though she couldn't possibly know the truth about him, she seems to be the one girl who really sees him. 

But with Caynan, things aren't at all what they seem. His secrets have secrets and everything out of his mouth straddles the line between truth and fiction. He knows better than to get involved with anyone, especially with his time limited in the new town, but he just can't seem to get Hadley out of his mind. Too bad for him, secrets never remain secrets for long.




 slight spoilers but nothing that'll ruin the book.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review!


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