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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
"What am I supposed to do with this ending!? Like, seriously!?

This book is so emotional and builds so much. The story really progresses in this one and I love the growth of characters. We learn so much more of them and what they are capable of. I..." Read more of this review »
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Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Ask the Passengers
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Astrid Jones is carrying a lot of secrets and doesn't feel able to confide in anyone. Instead, she lies on the picnic bench in her garden and talks to the passengers of the aircraft flying overhead. She asks them about her abrasive family and the sec ...more
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Last Gentleman Standing by Jane Ashford
Last Gentleman Standing
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This wasn't atrocious and when you start a review by saying something like that, then let's face it, the book probably ain't gonna be great. It was kinda stupid and completely lacked any kind of tension. The language felt really anachronistic, as did ...more
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Last Gentleman Standing by Jane Ashford
Last Gentleman Standing
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This wasn't atrocious and when you start a review by saying something like that, then let's face it, the book probably ain't gonna be great. It was kinda stupid and completely lacked any kind of tension. The language felt really anachronistic, as did ...more
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Look Both Ways
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A Million Junes by Emily Henry
A Million Junes
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If I'd known this book was all magic realism bollocks before I started it, I probably wouldn't have picked it up. As it was, the magic realism didn't irk me *too* much and this ended up being a fairly good romance with a bit of family curse / magical ...more
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Stung by Bethany Wiggins
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So, I'm going to be quite snarky here, because over the last ten years I've read so much dystopian / post apocalyptic fiction that I'm at the stage where, when I'm reading them, all I can think of is the author sitting at their desk putting a plot to ...more
Toxic by Nicci Cloke
Toxic
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Toxic is the story of a group of friends - all lads plus one girl - who go on holiday to Crete for a booze-fuelled holiday, only to have the events of the holiday cause their friendship circle to turn toxic and implode over the following weeks like a ...more
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E. Lockhart
“Do not accept an evil you can change.”
E. Lockhart, We Were Liars

“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
Rosemarie Urquico

Cassandra Clare
“One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

George R.R. Martin
“I was born in Bayonne, New Jersey. I grew up in the projects. I never went anywhere. But I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read.”
George R.R. Martin

Neil Gaiman
“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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