The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson


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Author: Morgan Matson
Series: Standalone
Read: May 15th-16th
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016
Genre: contemporary
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In short: The Unexpected Everything is just what I expected—funny, heartbreaking, and so, so readable.

GoodreadsAndie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

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Up Till Dawn Reading Uprooted by Naomi Novik


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Author: Naomi Novik
Series: Standalone
Read: October 19th-20th
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: May 19th, 2015
Genre: high fantasy
Rating: ★

In short: holy bagels, what a book. Gorgeous prose, a hilarious main character, and a beautiful Poland-inspired fantasy setting all make this a win.

Goodreads: “Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

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The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow


Author:
 Erin Bow
Series: Prisoners of Peace (#1)
Read: October 4th-7th
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Release Date: September 22nd, 2015
Genre: dystopian, sci-fi
Rating: ★

In short: fantastic. Mindblowing. Exactly the opposite of every YA dystopian you’ve ever read, and in such a good way.

Goodreads: The world is at peace, said the Utterances. And really, if the odd princess has a hard day, is that too much to ask?

Greta is a duchess and crown princess—and a hostage to peace. This is how the game is played: if you want to rule, you must give one of your children as a hostage. Go to war and your hostage dies.

Greta will be free if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday. Until then she lives in the Precepture school with the daughters and sons of the world’s leaders. Like them, she is taught to obey the machines that control their lives. Like them, she is prepared to die with dignity, if she must. But everything changes when a new hostage arrives. Elián is a boy who refuses to play by the rules, a boy who defies everything Greta has ever been taught. And he opens Greta’s eyes to the brutality of the system they live under—and to her own power.

As Greta and Elián watch their nations tip closer to war, Greta becomes a target in a new kind of game. A game that will end up killing them both—unless she can find a way to break all the rules.

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What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler


Author:
 Aaron Hartzler
Series: Standalone
Read: September 30th-October 1st, 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: September 22nd, 2015
Genre: YA, contemporary
Rating: ★

In short: Pretty much left me speechless. Powerful, frightening, and raw. Trigger warning for graphic rape.

Goodreads: Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early—the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.

But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?

This story—inspired by real events—from debut novelist Aaron Hartzler takes an unflinching look at silence as a form of complicity. It’s a book about the high stakes of speaking up, and the razor thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time.

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Up Till Dawn Reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


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Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows (#1)
Read: September 29th-30th, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Genre: high fantasy
Rating: ★

In short: ding, ding, ding, we have a winner! Morally ambiguous characters, a cracking heist, and a lovely setting, Six of Crows has got it all.

Goodreads: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed


Author:
 Aisha Saeed
Series: Standalone
Read: May 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Release Date: March 24th, 2015
Genre: YA, contemporary
Rating: ★

In short: so, so, so important. Gut-wrenching and terrifying and an emotional rollercoaster, and definitely worth the read. Trigger warnings for rape and abuse.

Goodreads: This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.

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Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles (#0.5)
Read: February 1st
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: January 27th, 2015
Genre: sci-fi, fairytales, fantasy
Rating: ★★

 In short: wow. An amazing insight into the origin of one of my favourite villains.

No spoilers for The Lunar Chronicles, but you should definitely read those first.

GoodreadsIn this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

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Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Don’t let this cover fool you. This book is 50 shades of CRAY.

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Author: Abigail Haas
Series: standalone
Read: January 25th
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: July 16th, 2013
Genre: mystery, thriller, contemporary
Rating: ★★

 In short: How do you summarise a book that BLEW YOU AWAY? This book is madness. Possibly the best YA portrayal of friendship and complicated teen dynamics I’ve ever read. And the writing! And everything! And- !!!

GoodreadsIt’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…

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