Silence is Not Golden, But Red and Silver – (King’s Cage – A Book Review)

King’s Cage (Red Queen #3)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published: 2017

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Rated S for the searing pain only the love of a Silver can cause, though war divides many hearts

 

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Mare Barrow is a prisoner of the King of Norta, Maven. More so, she’s powerless. No lightning and no escape. In chains, she’s once again put on display, but not as a princess like before. She’s put on display as the new blood that is forced to betray the Scarlet Guard, the people she loves, and herself. Many times, she tries to break free. It’s the silent stone shackles around her wrists and ankles that keeps her powers locked up. She refuses to let it or Maven break her.

The Scarlet Guard isn’t hiding any longer. They’re ready for war. The tension between everyone might stop it before it gets started however. The exiled prince, Cal is lost without her and will do anything to get her back. Even destroy his brother and anything else in his path.

Reds turn on Reds. Silvers turn on Silvers. Brother turns on brother.

 

I’m still a damn mess over Shade. It’s ugly ya’ll. And every time he was brought up…

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Now, Mare is locked up and I can’t even handle that. She gave herself up! Just as I worried she may turn into a monster, she fell into a helpless heap. Well, not helpless. But, I couldn’t help her. I wanted to jump into the book and help her so badly. So much hurt and heartbreak.

I actually had to wait to start this book because my emotions were all over the place. Just so much hurt. So much loss. And this loss is strangely different for me than it is in other books. While reading this series, I’ve gotten such an in-depth look into Mare’s life and seen how much things matter for her. It’s such a close perspective and every bit that she’s ripped into rips into me.

The war isn’t just talk now. It’s happening. Nobody is safe. Not a single person. There were so many times I gasped aloud as I read, and forget my nails. They got chomped right off. From an assassination attempt to torture, this was dark. However, there were unique alliances made that really surprised the feck out of me. Many more unexpected twists turned like a blade in me, instilling in me that everything is not always as it seems with anyone.

When Mare and Cal finally did reunite, it was like finally getting able to breathe until it wasn’t. And I totally caught that Grey’s Anatomy moment and it shattered me. The two of them sure are cute though. Dance in the rain cute.

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However, this drama-llama she’s got between both brothers is done. I’m not heeding it. Not one bit. I’m not here for a triangle. I’m here for the lightning girl. She cares about both of them and in a way, I can see why. But, I can’t focus on them because I’m focused on my girl, here. I can’t be bothered by dream fictional guys this time.

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For some light, happiness, a spot of blue sky—more new bloods and some are like Mare! Oh, to know she didn’t have to feel utterly alone was so beautiful. It’s so exciting! And the imagery! *whistles* YASSSSS.

Hell, the whole reunion for Mare and her family—everyone—was just sending my heart soaring.

I really can’t find a fault in this installation of the series. It was gorgeous and chilling!. I latched on and still haven’t let go. Powerful imagery. Such well thought out plot points. Aveyard really didn’t rush things and I LOVE it when that happens. There’s no reason to rush things all the time. Look at everything along the way. Aveyard didn’t just look though. She dragged my butt right through the mud. Lol.

 

Overall

This series keeps getting more powerful with every book and War Storm is the final book. Not ready for it at all. Glad to wait for it to release to paperback. Completely A-okay with it.  However, I’m so unbelievably nervous. This is like coming up on the final season of Game of Thrones. While many people already know since War Storm is out, I don’t know. LOL. Anyway, I just get that churning feeling that a lot of people aren’t going to make, one of them being Mare. And after she’s developed so much in this book, that makes me so sad.

 

Quotables:

“It’s cruel to give hope where none should be.” (Mare, p. 18)

“Until we meet again.” (Mare, p. 39)

“Gods do not ally with insects, but they can be infected by them.” (Evangeline, p. 142)

“Control takes more practice than brute force.” (Cameron, p. 155)

“Those who know what it’s like in the dark will do anything to stay in the light.” (Maven, p. 279)

“Monsters are so easily made, especially in people like us…” (Mare to Cameron, p. 416)

“Love is not a word we use. We feel it, we mean it, but we don’t say it. it feels so final, a declaration from which there is no easy return.” (Mare, p. 437)

“Choose me. Choose the dawn.” (p. 503)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? you should see me in a crown by Billie Eilish.

 

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Sundown Rundown – March 2019

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Hello, Booklovers,

The end of March is nigh.

The sun is setting and might I say (and probably for the millionth time) that I’m so GLAD that the sun is out longer. I’ve missed it.

March was such a great month for reading. I got a lot done. See for yourself, and maybe even catch up on any reviews you might’ve missed.

 

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Sever

Author: Lauren DeStefano

Family reunions are all they’re cracked up to be and they may leave you dazed, confused, and feeling slightly betrayed, especially if you went through hell to get them back.

 

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Undertow

Author: Michael Buckley

A warrior race comes out of the ocean, but what chased them to the Coney Island shores is more dangerous. Getting yourself tangled up in with the prince of said warrior race does not help anybody, especially yourself, but why not? The passive aggressive, moody-broody your type? This one is for you.

 

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The Drawing of Three

Author: Stephen King

Roland, the gunslinger, continues his journey toward the Tower, but now he finds two more companions to tag along. This rag-tag adventure grows darker by the page, but you just can’t look away.

 

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Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Born with deadly abilities that’ll get Mare Barrow killed, but very well keep her alive too. With nobody to trust, she’ll have to be careful with every step because it could be her last.

 

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Glass Sword

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Surviving execution, Mare Barrow is on the run in the midst of a revolution that’ll threaten to take everything she has from her, including herself.

 

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Five Feet Apart

Author: Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis

Stella has always had a set path to getting a brand new set of lungs. Will could care less. When he’s eighteen he’s free. When they meet it all goes out the window and that six feet is hard to keep. So she’ll take one foot back and make it five.

 

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Dorothy Must Die

Author: Danielle Paige

Amy Gumm didn’t ask to come to OZ. Didn’t ask to be the unconventional hero and possible villain. Yet, here she is. Now she’s tasked with destroying the one responsible for so much pain, torture, and destruction to Oz. She’s tasked with killing Dorothy. Yes, that Dorothy. Nope, not a lie. That Dorothy.

 

Feeling pretty accomplished. Got some good ones in! Keep on the lookout for the Midnight Tease. It’ll be coming your way soon.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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War Bleeds Red and Silver (Glass Sword – A Book Review)

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published: 2016

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Rated T for understandable trust issues and bearing the treacherous weight of a revolution.

 

Kneel or bleed.

Mare Barrow is just getting used to being different. A Red, but also a Silver. She bleeds red, but she has powerful Silver abilities. She can feel electric currents and shot lightning from her hands, which also earned her the nickname, Lightning Girl, much to her chagrin.

Having escaped from execution by the new king and ultimate betrayer, Maven who was once her friend and fiancé, she and Cal are on the move with the Scarlet Guard. Granted, Cal is with them more or less against his will. With the help of the Guard and other unexpected allies, Mare and many others, including her brother Shade who was thought to be dead, hurry to find the others, like her and Shade, from the list that Julian left her. They’ll need to hurry too.

Maven has been laying down new laws, causing Reds to rage. His grip tightens, but Mare is determined to fight back and free everybody from the tyrant. But, in doing so, she runs the risk of becoming something dark and deadly. This fight against the monsters, Maven and his mother, threatens to turn her into one herself. Under the weight of this revolution and her comrades has she already been lost? At what cost is it enough?

 

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First off…SHADE IS ALIVE! I REPEAT, SHADE IS ALIVE. Since this is known, I’m not considering it a spoiler. Even in Red Queen when it was thought he was dead, the way Mare talked about him made he have such a crush on him! Ugh. Unreal. Love him. Annnd, yes, I got to the end and bawled my eyes out!

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The book brought me from sneaking around to full-on guerilla rebellion. I understood why Mare began to harden herself. There’s nobody she can trust outside of Shade, and even that was a little shaky. With all of the weight everybody put on her shoulders, forcing her to do what they didn’t want to, it’s no wonder she hardened harder than diamond. The young woman did things she should never have been forced into and put in positions that she didn’t deserve to be in! It outright grinds at me that she’d get glared at and chastised and be avoided and resented and yet, she does what they wanted her to do! They wanted her to lead this rebellion and when she does, she became the evil one. Rebellion isn’t clean. It’s dark and both sides get hurt. This isn’t a place to eat your cake and keep it pretty too. The one thing I hope for Mare is that she finds a light in the darkness to hold on to through this so she doesn’t lose herself.

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Maven. Maven. MAVEN. That sniveling shitbrain. I’m still a bit stunned from his betrayal. The way he dropped his Silver fist over his country was pretty horrifying. There are so many characters that I’m still mourning that died at his hands. Yet, there’s something compelling about him. He, in his own twisted way, loves Mare, and I hate to say it, but I feel like Cal doesn’t because he’s too afraid to, which in a way, is understandable and simultaneously left me very uncomfortable because I don’t like that the antagonist is more in love with her than Cal. That’s just unnerving.

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So much is happening in this book. I’m still processing it all. The Lakelanders, the ones that Reds are being forced to fight against, have a much larger role than I ever imagined. Romance is not a big player in this book. Power. Freedom. Rebellion. Trust. These are what rule the pages. Romance takes a small part, but not in the grand scheme and I really liked that. There was comfort to be had, but there was also heartbreak. Heartbreak from loss and failure.

There was so much action as well as new supernatural abilities. I was so excited and stoked! Being on the front lines of all of this was exhilarating too!

I had so many predictions and I hate that some of them came to pass. I was so strung at the end that I could barely breathe. A real feckin’ mess, I’m telling you.

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I think if I had anything to complain about this book it would be how often it reflects back on Red Queen. It did it so often that it was getting ridiculous. I know what happened in the first book and if any reader decided to read this book before that one then they should be told to go read it, not given a play-by-play. With knowing what happened, I really think Aveyard could’ve loosened up on it. I’m not a dummy. I remember it all. My heart ached for all that happened and thanks to this book, it now bleeds.

 

Overall

My nerves are shot, but am I going to read the next book because I’m addicted to pain? SURE! It’s no wonder I got through this so fast. I couldn’t put it down. There’s hope within me that is begging for Mare to be okay. I don’t know what’ll happen in King’s Cage. I’m getting ready to start it. But, I’m intensely attached to this series and must see it to the end no matter how badly it destroys me. Wow, this is taking me back to The Arcana Chronicles and that series drove me to need a drink after its latest installment, The Dark Calling.

 

Quotables:

“Anyone can betray anyone.” (p. 98)

“The best part about thieves is that you can trust them—to do their worst” (Mare, p. 183)

“I have been running for so long. Since before all this even started. Even back in the Stilts, I was a runner. Avoiding my family, my fate, anything I didn’t want to feel. And I am still racing now. From those who would kill me—and those who would love me.” (Mare, p. 249)

“We can’t choose who we love. I wish, more than anything, that we could.” (Mare to Kilorn, p. 255)

“No one is born evil, just like no one is born alone. They become that way, through choice and circumstance.” (Julian to Mare, p. 411)

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Unspoken by Hurts

 

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Silver in the Red (Red Queen – A Book Review)

Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published: 2015

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Rated R for radical rebellion and liberation that’ll possibly make you stop breathing sometimes.

 

Power is a dangerous game.

It’s their blood that separates them. Red and silver. Reds live in the slums and at the whim of Silvers. Silvers, with their godly, supernatural abilities, look down on the Reds with disdain and disgust.

Mare Barrow has lived in the Stilts all her life, stealing what she could to help her family survive. But suddenly and unexpectedly, she’s given a chance to prove she can be more than a thief, but it falls apart when she, along with all silvers, discover supernatural abilities, which she shouldn’t have because her blood is red.

Instantly she’s thrust into the deadly world of the silvers as a lost princess, and set to betroth one of the king’s sons. There are many deadly secrets hiding in the world of silvers and she’s only one. Delving further into the silver world, she’ll have to be careful. One wrong move could mean her life.

 

Sooooo…this is a reread. I read it a couple of years ago, but just having gotten Glass Sword and then King’s Cage, I wanted to relive this beginning. I’m very glad I did.

Mare is such an intense character. She’s very smart and quick on her feet and as a thief, she has to be. Now she has to do it as royalty or else she could end up worse than dead. Just like the first time, I was left holding my breath, and the end still shattered me. Mare’s heart broke and every bit of trust she harbored was obliterated. Everything she knew was ripped away and it messed me up good. Aveyard is great when it comes to the sting. And she stings a lot with the fierceness of a scorpion with dear Mare.

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And the Princes! Let me faint for a moment here. Both Cal and Maven are stunning and crush-worthy in their own way. I blushed more than once. But, there’s really only one thing for me to say. I love Cal. He’s always thinking and from every angle, even though Mare thinks otherwise. He cares so much and it makes him a cautious person, which is understandable. I love this and how it matches to Mare’s boldness and her willingness to do what others can’t (More to come about this in Glass Sword review. Promise.). I totally ship Mal or Care or Mcare or whichever their ship name is. I like them together. Such an epic team, if not a heartbreaking one too.

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Coming from the slums to the rich royalty, there was such a strong dynamic. There’s a darkness in both places. Each class struggles. The Reds because they live under the boots of Silvers. Silvers because they’re looking over their shoulder because they don’t trust each other at all and could kill each other for status. It’s really intense!

I also loved how the rebellion of the Scarlet Guard was born! Everything about it is so intricate! Like watching a plant poke up from soil and sprout and grow and spread. The rebellion just grew and grew and I was so enthralled! And this, because the war that has been waged for decades has finally broken the Reds.

Even in the beginning, The Scarlet Guard changed everything! Characters, places, the tone of the story. From this book, from the second Mare joins the rebellion, nothing will be the same. She’ll never be that same sixteen-year-old that just steals stuff. And I can’t get enough. For the guard!

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The world of Reds and Silvers rich and dark. While it glimmers like gems, there’s a dread and depression and fear around every corner. I could almost taste it. So well done both in the Stilts and in the summer palace of the Silvers. Each place also made me feel really uneasy and unsafe, which is pretty impressive. I wouldn’t want to be caught dead in either place, yet Mare and her princes are.

 

Overall

Such an awesome book! I’m hooked! The supernatural abilities aren’t unique, but the way they’re written makes them unique! The writing makes them as fantastical as fairies and gods. It’s beautiful and scary and I’m so enchanted. Such a surprising book that left me on the edge of my seat wondering, who’s not making it out of this? I couldn’t get enough, honestly. A fresh and stunning book. And honestly? What I imagine to be GOT in the far future when the dragons die and Westeros evolves into something so much more.

 

Quotables:

“The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars/ And they are no longer kind.” (Mare, p. 11)

“You are pretending to be raised Red, but you’re Silver by blood. You are no Red in the head, Silver in the heart.” (p. 95)

“We will rise. Red as the dawn.” (Will to Mare, p. 164)

“It’s our nature. We destroy. It’s the constant of our kind. No matter the color of blood, man will always fall.” (p. 227)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Dystopia Listopia – A Book List

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Hiya, Book Addicts!

Hope this has been an awesome week for you. If not, then have an epic weekend.

Every month I come up with a list of books or series to give you cool people recommendations because sometimes we get stumped on what too read next. This month, we’re going to the land of Dystopia. Maybe you’ve read a couple of these series or maybe all of them. Hopefully, you’ll find one you want to chomp down on.

Here we go:

 

Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
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Fair Play Toys

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The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
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Deadline

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Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
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That’s Normal

 

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Uglies
Author: Scott Westerfield

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Awaken
Author: Katie Kacvinsky
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Pintrest

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Matched
Author: Ally Condie
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Red Search

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Razorland
Author: Ann Aquirre
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Variety

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Gone
Author: Michael Grant
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Thornden Live

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Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
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Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
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Snowy Day Reads

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There you go! Happy reading!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Reunions Taste Bittersweet (Sever – A Book Review)

Sever (The Chemical Garden Trilogy #3)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Published: 2013

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Rated P for promising, but ultimately ending in disappointment.

 

I must lose myself in action. Lest I wither in despair.

Rhine is working against the clock and the virus as she works to find her brother, Rowan, and Gabriel, her friend. Though freed from Vaughn’s clutches and experiments, he’s still hot on her trail, determined to get her back so he can get closer to the cure. But like with his previous experiments, she doesn’t care about the cost or who he hurts.

Rhine is in for a shock when she finally finds Rowan. The reunion with her sibling isn’t as sweet as she hoped. Things she didn’t know about her parents and herself are revealed in this shocking conclusion.

 

Wither

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Fever

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This book started out so promising! GAH! Cue my frustrated growls. Book 1 and 2 had me hooked! Great writing that was unlike anything I’d read before. This one was the same until the beginning of the end.

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Rhine is officially free. She reunited with her brother and even got on good terms with her ex-husband Linden and sister-wife Cecily. Even Reed, Linden’s uncle, was an incredible surprise. I really like him. Gruff, but a tinkering inventor and good man.

But so much unnecessary stuff happened! It made me so mad!

After getting so excited to meet Rowan, he turned out to be a character I couldn’t stand! I thought he was standing for something, but he was just being a petulant child. And when he and Rhine reunited he was nothing more than a follower that believed anything and everything anyone said.

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The ending is what destroyed this for me. And there’s nothing worse than a book being amazing, or a book series being amazing than for it to have a terrible ending. It was rushed and so incomplete feeling. Gabriel didn’t even come into the book until the very end. The young man she’d created such a beautiful connection with, that she even got feeling for, and it was like he got the F-U. Gabriel deserved SO much better than what he got.

It was just so disappointing.

However, one of the great things about trilogies, is that in the third and final insert (whether a book or movie or other) there are secrets that come to light about those closest to you. Secrets that some with some skeletons you never knew about. And that’s the case for Rhine. Not only were there secrets about her parents revealed, but about herself. Those secrets changed everything!

 

Overall

I hoped for so much more. I really did. There were major moments, some tragic, that felt pointless and didn’t have any real reason explained. As if they were meant to stun and shock, but just felt forced instead. This book just felt incredibly out of wack. What started out beautiful and dark turned into weird and desperate. I’ve got nothing but a frowny face for the pointless death, rushed ending, and the feeling of unsatisfaction this book left me with.

 

Quotables:

“To die trying would be better than to die without purpose.” (Rhine, p. 172)

“People need a leader. They need to feel that someone is in charge, that they’re in the hands of someone greater than they are. It’s far scarier for each of us to believe that we are the only ones in charge of our own destinies. We know our own downfalls.” (Vaughn to Rhine, p.268)

“Loss is a knowledge I’m sorry to have. Perhaps the only things worse that experiencing it is watching it replay anew in someone else—all its awful stages picking up like a chorus that has yet to be sung.” (Rhine, p. 318)

 

More to come soon…

  –K.

 

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Bringing 2018 to a Close – My Top Ten Reads of the Year

My bookworms!

2018 is coming to its official close. I don’t know about you, but it’s been one long ass year for me. I wish I could say it had been a good one, but more than anything it’s been a struggle. There have been many up and many downs.

The New Year is upon us though! Soo, I wash away 2018 and welcome 2019.

While doing that, I have my big wrap up of the year where I give you my top ten reads! There were quite a few good books, but here are the ones that drove me crazy, made my heart explode, made me rage in the cage, made me drink (and 1. I’m talking about you), made me fall into puddly love.

Starting at 10…

 

10. We All Looked Up
Author: Tommy Wallach

We All Looked Up

 

9. The Rules of Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic

 

8. Summer of Fear
Author: Lois Duncan

Summer of Fear - SR

 

7. 1984
Author: George Orwell

1984 - flavorwire

 

6. Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone

 

6. Ender’s Game
Author: Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game

 

4. Smoke and Iron
Author: Rachel Caine

Smoke and Iron

 

3. The Darkest Star
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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2. Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber

Caraval

 

1. Dark Calling
Author: Kresley Cole
Dark Calling

 

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2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

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