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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌖🌑

Published: March 30, 2010 (First published July 17, 2006)

Publisher: Gollancz

Format: Audiobook & e-Book

Pages: 672

 

 


“Anyone can believe in someone, or something, that always succeeds, Mistress. But failure… ah, now, that is hard to belive in, certainly and truly.”

Synopsis:

A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, laboring in the ash fields.

But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumor of revolt. A revolt that depends on criminal that no-one can trust and a young girl who must master Allomancy – the magic that lies in all metals.

 

 

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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌘

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Published: September 01, 2009

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 391

 

 


“To me, there’s no point in talking about things that might have been.”

Synopsis:

SPARKS ARE IGNITING.
FLAMES ARE SPREADING.
AND THE CAPITOL WANTS REVENGE.

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest that she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her, even more, is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. Katniss is about to be tested as never before.

 

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

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RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

Published: April 05, 2016

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Format: e-Book

Pages: 328

 

 


“We’re all better versions of ourselves when we get that extra time to craft the perfect message.”

Synopsis:

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

 

 

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌕

Published: September 14, 2008

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 374

 

 


“But the Hunger Games are their weapon and you are not supposed to be able to defeat it.”

Synopsis:

Winning means fame and fortune.

Losing means certain death.

The Hunger Games have begun…

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and once girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

 

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Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

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RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

Published: March 06, 2018

Publisher: HarperCollins

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 435

 

 


“What the hell kind of soap opera did I just walk into here?”

SYNOPSIS:

Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

 

 

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Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

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RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

Published: April 04, 2017

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Format: e-Book

Pages: 391

 

 


“We all know one another on the inside. It’s what’s on the outside that distracts.”

SYNOPSIS:

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

 

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Deviously Sincere by Alayna Hallward

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RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌗🌑

Published: March 13, 2020

Publisher: BookBaby

Format: e-book

Pages: 332

 

 


“People are only offended when words hold some true to them.”

SYNOPSIS:

The media has compared the FBI’s current serial killer to Jack the Ripper. Not because of the way he kills, but because he can evade law enforcement. This killer has an agenda, he believes his acts will purify women right down to their corrupt souls. While his work is well known, the FBI still cannot do anything. That is until Agent Tilda Wain decides to think outside of the box. The best way to catch a serial killer is to seek out the help of another. The only killer that can be of assistance is one that holds the same beliefs. Even though Hyde is their ideal helper, his views and time in the asylum make him unreliable. While Hyde does hate women, Tilda knows a way around such trivial matters. In her attempt to gain more information, Tilda soon finds herself in the line of fire. If she persists in her search, more than her honor will be lost.

 

 

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