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Review: The Book Thief by Mark Zusak

19063The Book Thief
Mark Zusak 
March 14th 2006
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Summary:

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Review: 

I’d had this book on my shelf for a while and a friend of mine kept pushing me to read it. Well, I finally caved and picked it up. And wow, what a beautiful story.

“Sometimes I think my papa is an accordion. When he looks at me and smiles and breathes, I hear the notes.” 

Review: Rebel Of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

24934065Rebel Of The Sands
Alwyn Hamilton
March 8th, 2016
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Summary: 

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Review:

This was one of my most anticipated books for 2016 and I was super excited to read it. And wow, what an amazing debut book from Alwyn Hamilton. I’m officially in love.

“Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand to the sea.” 

Rebel of the Sands is about Amani, a girl stuck in a desert town called Dustwalk. And she wants out, because there’s nothing for her there. When she meets handsome stranger Jin, she gets that chance and with him she runs away from the town she used to call him and into the big world. While running she finds out stories that are true and she discovers who she truly is, and who Jin is too.

“Jin always smiled at me like we were both about to be in big trouble and he loved it.” 

Favorite Books from A to Z

A Addicted Series by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

B Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

C Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

D Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Dearest series by Lex Martin
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

E Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Embassy Row series by Ally Carter

F Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

G Game On series by Kristen Callihan
Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

H Heist Society series by Ally Carter
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
Infinity + One by Amy Harmon
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

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K Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency series by Iain Reading

L Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

M Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

N November 9 by Colleen Hoover

O On Dublin Street series by Samantha Young
Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy

P Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

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R Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier
Rebel Of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

S Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Song of David by Amy Harmon
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

T The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Talon series by Julie Kagawa
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

U Under The Never Sky series by Veronica Rossi

V Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

W Wait For You series by J. Lynn
Wings series by Aprilynne Pike

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Review: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

The wait was long (too long), but finally it’s here. The book came out last week and I finished reading it two days ago. And wow. Cassandra Clare did it again. The book is sooo big and I can’t say much about it because spoilers, but I absolutely loved reading about Emma and Julian. We’ve been given so many snippets this past year and so many details on the famous parabatai duo, I was excited to finally read about them. AND I LOVE THEM SO MUCH OHMYGOD! And the fact you still hear about and see characters from the other books (Jace, Clary, Jem, Tessa) just makes the whole story so much better, and for the real fans, much more fun.

Review: Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

I had high hopes for this book, it was one of my most anticipated reads for 2016, and ohmygosh I loved it so much! When I saw this book was about Blackbeard, I was immediately fascinated. Like me some pirates, aye! Turns out Teach isn’t yet a pirate in this book, but I didn’t mind. I loved it anyway! I’m really glad I wasn’t let down, I really loved the story and both Anna and Teach have grown on me. And that ending! My shipper heart *clutches heart* The storyline was beautiful and I loved that you get to read from both Anne and Teach’s perspectives. I also loved the way it was written, and the the way people spoke back then, oh, I just love that.