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Mary Taranta

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I write stories about bloodshed and tears, and in some cases, kissing.

Born and raised in rural Ohio, I now live in the sprawling suburbs of Central Florida wherein I complain about the heat, pay homage to the air conditioner, and prefer to drink my iced tea sweet.

Average rating: 4.15 · 67 ratings · 16 reviews · 1 distinct work · Similar authors
Shimmer and Burn

4.15 avg rating — 67 ratings — expected publication 2017 — 4 editions
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Sometimes you're in the mood for a fluffy-sweet love story, and this satisfied that craving perfectly. (:

(And I will never stop loving that adorable cover!)
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I initially wanted to read this one because of the cover coupled with its premise, without realizing it was set in the (near) future. So expectations shifted slightly upon reading! That said, I felt like the te
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Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
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Disclaimer: I'm a total sucker for alternate history. It's a genre I want to dive into one day, but don't feel equipped to handle it yet, so I have mad respect for anyone who pulls it off!

I devoured this one i
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Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
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Alosa had just enough salt and sass to be funny, but not obnoxious. I liked the respect she had for her (mostly female) crew, and the bantering between her and the love interest was sharply honed. Also--since t
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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
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The Swan Riders by Erin Bow
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This was a big, beautiful, ambitious sequel.
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The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
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I devoured this book in greedy fistfuls of stolen moments. Loved it.
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Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser
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This was a really fun book. I loved the worldbuilding of the waterways, I loved Caro and her devotion to her father and her boat, I loved Fee and the mythology of the frog people, and I absolutely loved Caro'
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The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd
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Yep. Made me cry, as expected.
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“What if after all this time, it wasn't the beast in the dungeon I needed to fear, but the beauty who lived in the castle above him?”
Mary Taranta, Shimmer and Burn

“With every high comes the inevitable, unavoidable low. Pain layered upon pain; there's no escaping the broken heart inside me.”
Mary Taranta, Shimmer and Burn

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“There is a certain kind of pain that can change you. Even the strongest sword, when placed in a raging fire, will soften and bend and change its form...
Trust me on this one. I know this from personal experience. I hope that you never will, but, since you're a person, and therefore prone to making horrible, soul-splitting mistakes, you probably will one day know what this kind of guilt and shame feels like. And when that time comes, I hope you have the strength...to take advantage of the fire and reshape your own sword.”
Adam Gidwitz, A Tale Dark & Grimm

“Dear old world', she murmured, 'you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables




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