Hi, guys!! I read this way back in February, but to this day I still love it so much. Maybe this calls for a re-read… Anywho, I cannot wait to finally write my thoughts down about this book. MY HEART WAS JUST A LITTLE BIT BROKEN AFTER IT NO BIG DEAL HAHAHAHA *tear*

Title: Seven Days of You

Seven Days of You

Author: Cecilia Vinesse

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Release date: March 7, 2017

Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.

Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?

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I had a lot of feelings about this book when I finished it — and when I was reading it. Here are some things I said on my Goodreads account:

WHAT IS THIS LIFE?!?!? THIS BOOK. I’M CRYING RIGHT NOW OH MY GOD.

Okay, well this is a beautiful story about beginnings and endings and everything that comes with both. It’s lovely to see everything play out (even though it’s ripping me apart right now) and I can’t help but feel the bittersweetness of the entire situation. More thoughts to come with a full review!

So maybe some tears were shed. Just because I get really invested in characters doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing! It was poignant and fresh and I loved the setting!

Maybe it’s because her name was Sophia, but I loved her. I could picture her in Tokyo savoring her last few days there, and dragging her feet to leave. I couldn’t imagine that kind of move. I moved houses within the same city and that was hard.

The characters are what made this book amazing for me. I loved their development and their quirkiness. Mika was hilarious and the *perfect* (but flawed) best friend. David was the brooding-but-lovable guy friend. Honestly, their trio reminded me of my trio of friends I had at the time. When Jamie enters the scene, it was fun to see their dynamic change and shift around him. They seem like great people to be friends with overall.

I wish I had more details that helped me get around Tokyo a bit better. A map on the end pages would have been so fun! I did like the small details that Vinesse added about it, but there could have been a few more to make it more immersive.

I really wanted to finish this book, but also I wanted more than seven days. I wanted a year. Or more. Really, anything more that Cecilia would give me I would read. I want to know what happens after. PLEASE TELL ME THERE’S A COMPANION NOVEL OR SEQUEL IN THE WORKS I’M DYING OVER HERE.

I also got to meet this lovely creator of the novel and do an interview for Justine Magazine. Here is the link to our chat!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Book Review: Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

Hey there! I’m here with a review of this beautiful book! I didn’t know it was set in Australia when I started it so I was slightly confused when Rachel, the main character, started using slang I didn’t recognize 😉 This is one that you definitely want to pick up this summer! Massive thanks to Justine for supplying me with a copy!

Title: Words in Deep Blue

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Author: Cath Crowley

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Release Date: June 6, 2017

Source: Advance Reader’s Copy

Love lives between the lines.

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.

Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

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So I previously spewed a lot of my thoughts initially into my Goodreads review —

THIS BOOK. I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. There is so much beauty and love in this book that I can’t wait for everyone else to read it when it’s released. It articulates my love for words and books in ways that made me so happy. It’s a story about love and loss and who you become when you lose someone you love. It’s gorgeous, and I HIGHLY recommend you get your hands on this when it comes out this June!!

Even though it’s way past June, you need to read it right now. I absolutely devoured it in a matter of a few days. I had school, homework, and work to contend with my time, but took up any remaining time I had to read it. The book was absolutely gorgeous and I can’t believe I got to read it early.

This book is like every book lover’s dream. One of the main characters, Henry, lives above a bookstore that his family owns. So he gets to work with the books every. Day. One part I LOVED about their store was the Letter Library – or the concept of a letter library. This is a section of the store where there are several copies of books where customers get to browse and leave their notes in the margins or letters to people. AND MY HEART. I’m stealing this idea for when I open up my bookstore with my best friend Ana. (THANKS CATH CROWLEY!!)

The characters of this book are so lovely. They’re well-developed up until the last page, and I love the way you can get inside their heads. (Not only because it’s first-person narration, but because of the way they feel.) I like how Crowley lets us take a peek inside their brains for a while, and I wish I could meet them IRL. (I don’t think this is the first time I want to be friends with book characters outside of their world…)

I don’t remember having any qualms about this book. It was so amazing I recommended it in Justine Magazine’s June/July edition. Seriously guys, why are you still reading this review? Go read this book 🙂

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Book Review: Words In Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Hi there! I read this book a while back and I *finally* figured it was time for me to actually get a move on reviewing all of the books I’ve read so far this year (almost over 50, nbd). So here is the first in a *really* long line.

Title: We Are Okay

Author: Nina LaCour

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Release Date: February 14, 2017

Source: Hardcover, US

You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

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Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

 

 

 

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I remember when I was finishing this book I drove early to work so I could sit in the parking lot to finish it. I needed to know what happened in the end!

First off, the character development is amazing. I loved getting to know Marin and Mabel throughout the story. The way Marin talked about her grandpa was lovely, too, and I enjoyed their relationship together. There are a few big twists that are really laid out well with the characters throughout the story. I feel like I should have seen it coming because some of the hints are so obvious after the fact. Yet, I loved finding it out when LaCour intended us to.

The story itself is haunting. I love how beautifully the story is told and how LaCour sets up little traps and turns for the reader to go down and fall into. It’s lyrical in a sense and I think that added to the work as a whole. I can’t believe I haven’t read anything by her before and I can’t wait for more.

The ending of the story was sweet and hopeful, which I think is the best way a book can end, especially with the bombs that were dropped right before that. I think the best part was the ending and the sense of closure that the characters got. I semi-hope there’s a sequel, but I’m happy with the way it is right now.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Book Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Hi there! I hope you’re having a wonderful day. I know that it’s been warming up around Michigan so I’m excited to read outside! I was sent a copy of this book by Harlequin Teen for an honest review, and I’m pleased to shared it with you today.

Synopsis: A new Black Witch will rise…her powers vast beyond imagining.

Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa

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Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to hate and fear.

Publisher: HarlequinTeen                                My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Expected Release: 2 May 2017                        Source: HarlequinTeen/Publicist

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I don’t read reviews prior to reading books. I don’t think it’s a bad thing if you do! I like to form my own opinions of books before I see what others have to say, it’s just a personal preference of mine. That being said, I read a few of the reviews of this book when I was about half way through the book. I had been enjoying the book so far and was adding it to my Goodreads (finally). It had a low, low rating of 1.88 stars (avg), and it really caught my eye. I found that there was a reviewer on Goodreads who expressed extremely negative opinions about the book calling it racist, homophobic, and ablest – to name a few. While I don’t agree with her opinion, what really bothered me was that people jumped right on board with her before reading the book themselves and began to rate the book as 1 star. I think it’s fine that she rated it so low! People are entitled to their own opinions! However, it is unfair of the other members of Goodreads to immediately assume that that reviewer’s word is gospel. Her opinion of the book is just that – an opinion. What I write in my reviews may differ what you think about the book, and that is okay! I am allowed to think what I think and you are too. I think one thing people are forgetting here is that we need to read and think critically. And that means that we need to encounter things first-hand to see if things match up to what is being said before jumping to immediate conclusions.

With that rant out of the way – here are some more thoughts I had about the book!

I enjoyed this book! It was definitely high fantasy and a little different from the ones I’ve read before. I liked the various descriptions of the people and how intricate it was. I did find that a little confusing at times though, but not enough for it to really be a bother.

I found Elloren to be really annoying at first. She was irritating and I hated the thought process she went through and how she viewed her world. However, stepping back I could see the perspective the author wanted me to take. I read in the author’s letter that she was trying to mimic and grow a person who is prejudiced deeply, and Elloren really shows it. One thing I didn’t understand was how much more progressive her brothers were versus Elloren because they were raised in the same environment.

The development of the other characters was a fun thing to read about. I liked seeing the veil of prejudice come up as Elloren attended University. I felt like it showed how sheltered she was and ignorant of the world. My favorite character is Diana by far. She is strong willed and fierce.

The language of the book was a little awkward and repetitive at times, but I felt like it was pretty good for a debut novel.

Overall a good book to read, especially if you have time!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Book Review: The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

Hey there! I’m so happy to be working with Rockstar Book Tours today to bring you a review on Royce Rolls, the latest by Margaret Stohl.

Title: ROYCE ROLLS

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Pub. Date: April 4, 2017

Publisher: Freeform

Pages: 400

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Goodreads

Sixteen-year- old Bentley Royce seems to have it all: an actual Bentley, tuition to a fancy private school, lavish vacations, and everything else that comes along with being an LA starlet. But after five seasons on her family’s reality show, Rolling with the Royces, and a lifetime of dealing with her narcissistic sister, Porsche, media-obsessed mother, Mercedes, and somewhat clueless brother, Maybach, Bentley wants out. Luckily for her, without a hook for season six, cancellation is looming and freedom is nigh. With their lifestyle on the brink, however, Bentley’s family starts to crumble, and one thing becomes startlingly clear– without the show, there is no family. And since Bentley loves her family, she has to do the unthinkable– save the show. But when her future brother-in- law’s car goes over a cliff with both Bentley and her sister’s fiance inside-on the day of the big made-for- TV wedding, no less-things get real.

Really real. Like, not reality show real.

Told in a tongue-in- cheek voice that takes a swipe at all things Hollywood, Royce Rolls is a laugh-out- loud funny romp with an LA noir twist about what it means to grow up with the cameras rolling and what really happens behind the scenes.

Here’s a little about the author!

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Margaret Stohl got her start as the head of theMargie.png Dark is Rising fan club in third grade in a highly gifted magnet school in Los Angeles. Going on to study at a creative writing program at UEA Norwich, England, and to write and direct an autobiographical one-act play at Amherst College—where she founded the school’s first women’s literary magazine, Madness This—Margaret knew she was a writer. After optioning two feature screenplays to Nickelodeon Pictures and Clasky-Csupo, Margaret began a sixteen-year career in videogames, co-founding 7 Studios game developer with her husband Lewis Peterson, and contributing to both Marvel’s Spiderman (ActivisionBlizzard) and Fantastic Four (7 Studios / ActivisonBlizzard) among many other titles—Dune 2000; Command & Conquer Red Alert Retaliation; Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of Jack Sparrow; to name a few.

When Margaret co-wrote the first of the internationally bestselling Beautiful Creatures novels (published in nearly fifty countries, named Amazon’s top teen book of 2009, short-listed for the ALA’s 2009 Morris award, and released as a feature film from Warner Brothers) on a dare from her three daughters, she fell even more in love with teen culture. Her first sci-fi series, Icons, is now in development as a feature film with Alcon Entertainment. Her Black Widow series from Disney Publishing (Black Widow: Forever Red and Black Widow: Red Vengeance) is a welcome chance to rock a strong female character and to return to her beloved Marvel roots. She is also writing the Mighty Captain Marvel comics.

If asked, Margaret will tell you that the Women of Marvel panel at New York Comicon was the greatest single hour of her life, and that she fangirls all girls who read comics. As a co-founder of YALLFEST, the biggest YA book festival in the country, and its offspring YALLWEST, Margaret believes her readers are her kindred spirits and her tribe.

Margaret lives in Santa Monica with her husband, who builds drones and robots, and her three daughters, who are competitive epee fencers—and who, like Natasha Romanov, have always known how to rescue themselves.

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Here are my thoughts about the book…

I had been putting off reading this book for a long time and I don’t know why I did anymore. After getting around the Core chapter I was instantly hooked into Bent’s story. She’s one that truly jumps off the page. 

One of my favorite parts was the family dynamic that is written into te story. It begins as this rigid business like thing but as the story goes on it evolves into something more closely resembling a real family. I love the relationhip between Bent and Bach. They have each other’s backs and it’s cool to see them fight for each other. I also liked the moments when the characters would do something out of their scripted roles. It made them more human and unpredictable. 

A defining characteristic of Bentley is her undying loyalty to her family. She goes to the end of the Earth to help them and doesn’t expect anything in return. (Though I think the latter is from years of doing these things and not being recognized for it.) I love that about her character, but I also love the way she developed into herself. She becomes her own woman and begins to assert herself, putting her dreams and wishes as a priority too. 

There’s a lot more mystery and intertwining pieces to this story than I originally thought. It was exciting to see how they all connected in the end and a bit of a surprise. I like how Stohl keeps you on your toes the entire time. 

There’s a giveaway for the book here!

3 winners will receive a finished copy of the book, US only. Click here for the link to the Rafflecopter!

Be sure to check out the other stops on this lovely tour!

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

4/10/2017- YA and Wine- Blogger Post

4/11/2017- The Mind of a Book Dragon- Review

4/12/2017- Novel Novice- Review

4/13/2017- Page Turners Blog- Blogger Post

4/14/2017- The Best Books Ever- Review

Week Two:

4/17/2017- Book Briefs- Review

4/18/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Blogger Post

4/19/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland- Review

4/20/2017- Mundie Moms- Review


4/21/2017- The Young Folks- Review

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Tour Stop: Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl Review

Hi guys! I feel like I owe you an apology for being so on and off with blogging here (I realize I don’t, but I feel obligated to do so), so here is my sorry! I have been extremely busy with life things and it’s hard to find the time to sit and write. I have been working on school and other things like Justine Magazine (more on that later).

So, I’m trying really hard to get back into the swing of blogging. I’ll be back again once I get things worked out and school starts to wind down (only 30 days left!!!!). This means I’ll be writing when I can and maybe not always on time, so please bear with me while I get through everything!

Since I last blogged here, I published a few more articles on Justine‘s website. The first is part of a series of articles I’ll have out about How to Bookstagram and I start with an interview with Nani (@booksthetics). The other one is a list of summery books to help you stay warm in these wintery days! I’ve read every one of the books listed and I enjoyed them all! The Loose Ends List was definitely one of my favorites on there, but all of them are ones you definitely want to check out.

I’ve gone to a few book signings in the past week! They were incredible and well worth the three hour drive to Chicago. I had the opportunity to meet Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer) and Laura Ruby (Bone Gap) on Monday, and I met Cecilia Vinesse (Seven Days of You) and Jilly Gagnon (#famous) on the 30th. I also go to talk with them individually for Justine and hopefully those pieces will be out soon!

I was accepted to New York University, and until financial aid comes through am not committed to a college. Things are falling together and I’m excited to see where this takes me! It has been a tough year for me, and I’m almost to the end. I honestly can’t believe how fast time has flown.

Until next time!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

General Update: Hi, there…

Welcome to the club my friend! We’ve been waiting for you. I, myself, am a proud book addict and absolutely love hanging out in all places bookish. You may have recognized yourself whilst reading my last post on this (Book Chat: Help! Am I a Book Addict?). If you do, then welcome; if you didn’t, then I hope you can use these to better understand your friends who are.

Step one: Acknowledging you have a problem

Congratulations! This is sometimes the hardest part – saying you’re addicted to books makes it a real thing instead of something you can hide away in between the pages. There is a certain level of liberation you’ll feel after seeing this in yourself and admitting to it. That by any means doesn’t mean you’re yet done with it! You still have urges to sit in between the shelves of books, cancel plans last minute because you’re “sick,” and read all the time.

Step two: Finding ways to cope

Now I’m not saying that being a book addict is necessarily a bad thing! It only is kind of bad when it gets in the way of things like laundry and dishes. It’s gross to eat off of plates crusty with last week’s pasta sauce. It’s nice to eat something that’s out of your fridge and not a restaurant. The best way to manage your time is to read while doing other things. Ride a bus? Read on your commute. Cooking dinner? Doing the dishes? Listen to an audiobook. There are so many ways to consume literature and I promise there are great ways to do so.

Step three: Find a support group a.k.a. a book club

Book clubs are the ultimate support group for book lovers. There are people here that can sympathize with you when you’re feeling those feels, especially when you read those gut wrenching books. Here you’re going to find people with different perspectives that will let you see your reading in a new light.

Step four: Read

Seriously, why should you stop reading? Reading is one of, if not the best way to explore new worlds. Books give you a new perspective on the world and develops empathy within you. They make you think and feel and it truly brings the world (and more) to you in the span of a few hundred pages.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Book Chat: So You’re a Book Addict – What Now?

Hi, there! I haven’t blogged here in a few weeks, but I’ve been pretty busy! And tired. I was sick (like physically ill) and tired a lot, so I didn’t have the energy to blog. I have missed you all here! I’m glad to be back. Tomorrow I’ll have my review of The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon up, and I’m excited for you to read it 🙂

This week I started it off going to Chicago for a field trip. We went to go see a live performance of Romeo and Juliet. I loathe the play. I’ve read it a few times, and I just did not like it. Seeing the performance changed my entire perspective. I fell in love, and I am more forgiving of the characters and the story. I had a lot of fun hanging out with the AP kids too. Some of my friends were on the trip and we just got to hang out on Navy Pier before and after the play for a little bit. The rest of the week was pretty low key. My friends left on Thursday for New York city for a Model UN trip and I miss them.

Next week it’s just going to be pretty regular. One week closer to the end of the month which means one week closer to hearing back from 5 colleges. I’m anxious to hear back so I’ve been a bit stressed out. I’m doing my best to not think about it, so I’m throwing myself into reading.

Right now I’m currently reading #famous by Jilly Gagnon. This is a debut novel, and it’s cute, but I don’t quite like it as much as I thought I would. I’m also reading Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit for my fem lit class. I finished Difficult Women by Roxane Gay on Monday and absolutely loved it.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

General Update: My Bookish Life no.8 vol. 2

Hi everyone! It’s Beth over at The Books Are Everywhere, and I’m here to talk about one of my new favourites! Here’s my review for the incredible Caraval, which don’t worry – I have begged Sophie to read 🙂

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Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Oh. My. Gosh. Where do I even start with this book? Well, let’s just say it took me only 2 days to finish this 407 page novel – and I wouldn’t say I’m a quick reader!

“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality.

This book is poetry. It is a spell, cast over every single reader. It is majestic, enchanting and truly mind-boggling. Stephanie has created such an amazing world in my head, and it has completely taken over my brain for the past couple of days.

It’s more than just a game or performance.

For a book with so many twists and turns, I also managed to follow every word. That is truly impressive for me. And for a fantasy book to capture my attention for that long, for so many hours when I should have been doing work, to inspire me to make both a playlist and a mood board (coming Thursday!), this book is just simply awesome.

Also, the romance isn’t cheesy! I’m going to try and do this spoiler-free, but OHMIGOD SHIPPING. SERIOUSLY. I SHIP THOSE TWO SO DAMN HARD. It wasn’t insta love. I didn’t know what was going to happen at any time. All of the reveals in this book came as a surprise – everything was so incredibly original!

Okay, so as you know I don’t usually fangirl over a novel, or characters. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so invested in a fantasy world as I do now. I feel like this book has twisted my mind into loving circuses and carousels and beautiful, twisted cities with rivers for roads.

It’s the closest you’ll ever find yourself magic in this world.”

As you can probably gather, I also adored this world. Yes, it was dark and creepy. It was full of secrets and lies. It was twisty, and twisted. But at the same time, it was intriguing and captivating and just truly magical.

Stephanie Garber, I don’t know how I’m going to even attempt explain to you how grateful I am for your novel. This has to be the first fantasy I have truly fallen in love with, and is definitely the best fantasy I’ve ever read…and my favourite of the year so far. To put it simply – I LOVE YOU.

Oh, and to back up my claims about this book, it’s been out for only 21 days and it already has over 6000 Goodreads ratings. If that’s since the release, over 285 people have rated this book a day. And it has an overall rating of 4.14 stars. That means it has a higher rating than The Night Circus and Red Queen – two of the most famous, most hyped fantasy novels in YA fiction. No wonder everyone is talking about this novel.

So, without a doubt this book simply has to be given 5/5 moons from me. Gods teeth, it gets more than that. I’d give it 100 if I could!

P.S. UM. THIS BOOK IS GOING TO BE A MOVIE. FOX HAVE OFFICIALLY PURCHASED THE RIGHTS. I’M SO EXCITED!!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Beth: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Hey there! In light of recent holidays (like Galentine’s day or course) I thought it’d be fun to post this here. I wrote this article for Justine Magazine a while back and if you want to see the original click here.

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Strong women used to be few and far between, but with people like Michelle Obama and Malala Yousafzai paving the way for others, things are looking up for females. Here are some literary heroines to fuel the feminist pride within you.

Shahrzad

The Wrath and the Dawn by Reneé Ahdieh

There are a lot of retellings of A Thousand and One Nights, and of the ones that I’ve read this is definitely my favorite. Shahrzad’s story is one of loyalty—not only to her friend, but to herself, as well. As the plot thickens, Shazi’s verve and strength shine through her willingness to fight to do what’s right.

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Mary Iris Malone (a.k.a. Mim)

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

When in doubt, go on a road trip. At least that’s Mim’s solution to her problem. When her father drags her to Mississippi with her new stepmother in tow, Mim feels herself wasting away. When she finds out her mother is sick, Mim sets out to reconnect with the woman who taught her to wear her warpaint proudly. Through her quest to find her mom, Mim encounters detours and people who show her what she is truly capable of.

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Inej Ghafa & Nina Zenik

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Wraith and the Heartrender are two of the deadliest people in Ketterdam. These lovely ladies know how to wield knives, be enchantresses and hang with the best of the Barrel scum, all while eating waffles. Inej gathers the deepest secrets crawling all over the city and Nina can bring a man to his knees with a flick of the wrist—without a knife. While they’re only two of Kaz Brekker’s crew, these girls are essential to executing a dangerous heist that could cost them their lives.

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Charlotte Holmes

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Charlotte may be a bit prickly when you first meet her, but it’s in her nature as a Holmes to be a bit off-putting. Despite many qualms students seem to have with her, Charlotte never wavers from doing her work and doing it excellently. She follows the trail and and her self confidence is steadfast.

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Jasmine de los Santos

Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz

Jasmine is what seems to be the perfect girl; she’s cheer captain, valedictorian, the daughter of loving parents. All her life she’s worked hard to achieve the lofty goals she sets for herself. Jasmine is over the moon when she’s awarded a full-ride scholarship from the government to the college of her choice. Her excitement is short-lived, though, after she discovers she’s an undocumented citizen. Suddenly Jasmine must dig even deeper to find strength to fight for what she has rightfully earned. She must decide if she’s going to let someone else tell her who she is and who she isn’t.

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Charlotte “Charlie” Davis

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Charlie is not okay. She has lost herself and cutting is the only thing that makes her feel again. When Charlie wakes up in the psych ward of a hospital after cutting herself to the brink of death, her long journey back to wellness begins. Yet, this story isn’t a sad one. It’s complicated, and she experiences many setbacks, but Charlie’s strong will and hard work lead her to figuring out just who she may be after all.

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Willowdean Dickson

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Willowdean is in charge and she is fabulous. It doesn’t matter that she works in a grease pit of a restaurant—she can work that hair net like, well, it’s her job. She has always been proud of her voluptuous body, but when she engages in a flirtation whispers of self-doubt worm their way into her brain. To take her confidence back, Willowdean enters her town’s Miss Clover City beauty pageant. Her stunning performance will inspire you to find body love instead of body shame.

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Jude Sweetwine

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Jude may be a bit of an unlikeable character, yet that’s what makes her real. Throughout her life, Jude has felt like she has stood in the shadow of her brother Noah when it comes to art. While she loves him, Jude feels suffocated and rebels. Three years later she’s the one who’s been accepted to the elite art school that they both had applied to, not Noah. Jude doesn’t feel any less lost though, and she must find herself through the real art.

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Lennie Walker

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Lennie lost her sister, and she doesn’t know who she is without her. She feels like a hollow shell of herself, even reading and music don’t seem to bring her the same pleasure they did before. The only person who seems to understand her is her sister’s former boyfriend Toby.  Yet, when she piques the interest of the new boy in town, Lennie feels grounded, for once. He reminds her of the harmony and beauty that were in her life before her sister’s passing. Lennie ultimately must pull herself up and out, and with help along the way she seizes her life back.

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Laia & Helene Aquilla

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

In the Martial Empire, Laia is a Scholar girl who watched her grandparents’ murder, yet she somehow got away. Helene is one of the best fighters in her class at the military academy Blackcliff, and the only woman. The girls come together when Laia takes on a slave job to help the resistance and save her brother from prison. Soon they’re pitted against each other…Laia the lowly Scholar and Helene the Mask, the highest ranking soldier in the Empire. Despite this, they help each other in unexpected ways. While they certainly don’t part as friends, there is a hint of respect between the two where they find a common goal, emphasizing the strength of women supporting each other.

I hope you really like this piece! I had a ton of fun writing this and I’m currently working on two projects for Justine for future publication that I can’t wait for you to read!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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