Friday, October 20, 2017

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Book to Movie Adaption

This meme is hosted by myself and Laura from Blue Eye Books

What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Book to Movie Adaption 

Least Favorite
I don't know if anyone even remembers this movie but I watched it in theater and wanted it to be good as I loved the series. I still do, it's like the only MG series I still read. MG just isn't my thing but these hold a special place in my heart and the movie... it crushed my heart and threw it into the fire. It wasn't good and didn't capture the feel of the book either. 

This one will come as no surprise as I'm sure others love it too. It was so well done and captured the feel of the book better than I could've hoped and I thought they followed the book very well. 

Do you have any topics you'd like to see us do for 50/50 Friday? Let me know below and I will add it to the list as long as we've never done it before! 

Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Scary Novel

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Things You Should NEVER Say to a Bookworm

I'm sure that you have heard at least one of these things. I've heard them all, I actually got the idea last week when my boss saw a book in my purse when I arrived for work and asked me:

9) "Why waste time reading the book when you can watch the movie?"

8) I don't like JK Rowling and think HP is overrated. 

7) You could be doing much better things with your time.

6) You can't call yourself a read unless you read ____ 

5) Aren't you too old to be reading that MG/YA title? 

4) You know it's a fictional character, right?

3) Don't you have enough books? You don't need to buy more. 

2) I read too but I read better books, like the classics and more substantial books. Things that make me smarter.  

1) You really need a new hobby. 

Have you heard any of these or something else I've missed? Let me know below the things you've been told for loving the books you do. Also, don't ever let someone make you feel guilty for what you love.... unless you like something illegal, then I would stop but besides that, don't ever stop reading what you love. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

An Oldie But A Goodie - Ten Older Books/Series You May Have Forgotten About

With the amount of books coming out, it's sometimes hard to ever get to that older read you were so excited for. So it slips through the cracks as more hyped books come out. This is list of ten great older books that you may have forgotten about or have never read which I fully recommend you do so. They are great books! 

So let's jump into it my friends!

10) Wake
Published March 4th 2008
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can't tell anybody about what she does they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can’t control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant. 

9) Evernight
Published February 10th 2009
Bianca wants to escape. 

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in. 

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him. 

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would." 

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

8) Boys that Bite
Published April 4th 2006 
Two sisters—as different as the sun and the rain. For one, getting into the Blood Coven is to die for. But for the other, getting out could be lethal...

When Sunny McDonald gets dragged to Club Fang by her twin sister Rayne, she doesn't expect to find anything besides a bunch of Goth kids playing at being vampires. But when some guy mistakes Sunny for her dark-side-loving sister and bites her on the neck, she finds out that his fangs are real—and deadly. 

Now, Sunny has less than a week to figure out how to reverse the bite, or else she's going to end up as the perpetually undead. And not only will she be a vampire, she'll also be bonded to Magnus—the bloodsucker who bit her—forever. And forever is a really long time... 

7) Goddess of the Night 
Published August 1st 2000 
Vanessa, who has always had the special power to become invisible, discovers that she and her best friend Catty, a time-traveler, are goddesses of the moon who must fight together to overcome the evil Atrox.

6) Glass Houses
Published October 3rd 2006
From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town's terror or will she drown like everyone else?

5) Easy 
Published November 6th 2012
When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night - but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

4) Tithe
Published April 2004
Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms - a struggle that could very well mean her death.

3) Shadowland
Published November 1st 2000
Being a mediator doesn't exactly make Susannah Simon your typical sixteen-year-old. Her job is to ease the path for the unhappy dead to their final resting place. She finds her skills tested to the maximum. But can this girl get her ghost?

2) Life As We Knew It
Published October 1st 2006 
Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

1) Wicked Lovely 
Published June 12th 2007
Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.

So have you read any of these? Did you love them? Are some of them new to you and now you wanna read them? Let me know below! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Manga Monday - L-DK Volume 2

Here we are! Another Manga Monday in the same month! I feel like I'm actually getting the hang of this again. I shouldn't have said that, watch that jinx me now. That's my kind of luck. How was your weekend? Read anything good? Let me know below and enjoy this manga review!

LOVE RIVALS Aoi appears to finally be coming to terms with her feelings for Shusei. But before she can come to a conclusion, she witnesses a shocking scene between Shusei and a beautiful woman. However, it turns out that Shusei is not the only one who's popular with the opposite sex, as a younger rival enters the fray and vies for Aoi's attention. One boy is enough headache, but what will Aoi do with two gorgeous boys as love interests?

Manga Breakdown 

Shuusei's sister visits and he and Aoi decide to act like a couple so she will stop bugging Shuusei about moving in with her while she's between guys. It goes kinda well until the sister demands they kiss... then it falls completely apart.

A new guy (Komine) enters the picture and he's got a thing for Aoi won't leave her alone, he wants her to like him back, even going so far as to play up that she's his master and he'll do whatever she wants. Weird guy. Shuusei's apartment is finally fixed and ready to go, he moves out and Komine moves in with Aoi, without her consent kinda. It doesn't go quite as Komine played and by the end of it, Shuusei's apartment is ruined again and he must move in with Aoi once more. 

I'm really rooting for these two. I think they are so freaking cute together. The only thing I don't like how sometimes Aoi cries for no reason. Like you'd think she'd want Shuusei to kiss her but she starts crying instead. It really makes no sense to me. If I liked a guy and we had to pretend to date, I'd kiss him, a lot. Not cry when he tried. I just don't get it at all honestly. 

Besides for that, I'm still enjoying this story and I hope that our couple can finally move on without the weird Komine in the picture. The art is still stunning and I can't wait to read the next one.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

2 Scary Short Story Reviews

If this story doesn't scare you, no story will...

Lucas buys his daughter an old, dirty rag doll at a yard sale one day. But when they return home, they realize they may have brought a sinister force back with them. Are the strange occurrences that soon take place supernatural or mere coincidence? Either way, they lead to an ending you will not soon, if ever, forget.

Short Story Breakdown 

This one is super short and because of that it's only focus is the creep factor. There's nothing else this short story wants then to scare you. While reading it, I was a little freaked out and the ending is just sad as can be. The scary doll when the frown that turned into a smile. 

I read this at night in my bed and maybe that helped freak me out a bit. Though the next day, I'm not even thinking about it anymore, it's good for the moment but after... that's why I'm giving it three stars, it's not awful but it's not the best.

The Island of the Dolls is a strange and eerie tourist destination in Mexico, where hundreds of decomposing dolls hang from trees like grisly Christmas ornaments. On a trip to the island, Joyce Parker's daughter falls in love with a beautiful but sinister doll. Soon after, she starts developing strange mannerisms that concerns Joyce. Her research into the doll's past reveals a dark history, and the curse of a lonely child spirit.

Short Story Breakdown 

Creepy, engaging, and has pretty good character development for such a short read. It follows the mother of a young girl and they take a vacation to visit the infamous Island of the Dolls. Don’t know why you’d want to take a little girl there but to each their own. 

The daughters wants one of the dolls but the mother says no. The guide even says not to touch the dolls. Bad things happen and the mother ends up back at the island of the Dolls... where she’ll never leave. 

Honestly, if you want a little short story to read for Halloween, once that creepy but won’t scare you to death. Get this one. It’s also free right now on Amazon. Can’t beat that.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

I am Haunted: Living Life Through the Dead - Mini Review

Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans has traveled all over the world, seeking answers to life's deepest and most terrifying mysteries. What happens when we die? Why do some spirits move on while others remain stuck in some sort of in-between place? What do the spirits really want from us? Zak has dedicated his life to finding out the truth.

He has bought a demon house in Indiana that has been described as a "portal to hell,"; summoned the devil at the Hellfire Club in Ireland, and been attacked by a possessed doll in Mexico. But sometimes it's his interactions with the living that rattle him the most, from innocent people harboring evil spirits to crazed fans to the victims of violent spirit attacks.

Through his investigations of the world’s most haunted places, Zak has learned far more about the living and the dead than anyone should. He's been to the edge of death and back and come away with a spiritual key that unlocks doors to another world that few have ever seen.

Book Breakdown 

If you like the TV show Ghost Adventures, you'll love this. If you love Zak Bagans, then again, you'll love this. What I love most about this book is how reading it feel just like Zak is talking to you. Makes it so easy to get into, it's like he's just telling the things he's learned to the reader. It'd engaging and so easy to lose yourself in this book.

I like seeing through his eyes, his views on the world of the living and the dead. I enjoy learning how far he has come. Overall, this book is a great peek into Zak's life and seeing how the spirit world has changed him, for the better... and the worse.

Friday, October 13, 2017

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Bookish Job

This meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.

What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.

Topic for the Week
Best/Worst Bookish Job (a job you'd want/not want from a book)

Okay, this is the time that I reveal how weird I am and say I wouldn't mind being an assassin. I could totally pull it off. All the killing in the darkness and I'm lying. Totally lying, I could never pull that off. So I could choose writer as there is a writer in the book IT. Which I think I will go with. IT. 

Job I'd Choose 
Writer - IT


So for one I'd never ever want it would have to have... it would be working in an outdoor store like Bella did in New Moon. There is no way I could help people as I'm not an outdoor kinda girl and nothing would interest me. 

Job I'd Never Want
Bella's job in New Moon

Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Book to Movie Adaption 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

8 Ways to Deal with the End of a Series

It's happened to all of us, we are reading a series. It can take years for this series to be completed and we've invested so much our of life into this amazing series. When it finally ends... it's a like a piece of your heart is ripped out and now it's hard to even go on. How will we live when we have no more books in that series to look forward to each yeah? 

Here are some tips to help you get past that mourning period, after crying your eyes out and eating all the ice cream you can, of course.

I've actually done some of these things before, so while at times in my wording it may seem like a joke, it doesn't have to be. If one of these things help when you finish a great series that's awesome. If not, hope you got a laugh.

1) Reread the whole series
Now this one sounds perfectly reasonable right? Once you finish, you just grab book one again and there you go! In a way, you'll never really leave the world. 

2) Fanart
If you are great at drawing or creating things on a computer, this can help ease the pain, creating wonderful art to look at and share with everyone else mourning the ending to the series. 

3) Join a Facebook group
You're not the only one that is sad to see the series end so find a group and then talk/fangirl/mourn with other lover's of that series. It really will help knowing you're not alone and having someone to share the pain with. 

4) FanFiction
Yep. Why let the series end when you can keep it going yourself!? Besides, there are some great fanfiction writers out there, I'm told. 

5) Move onto another series by the same author
Want something kind of like what you just finished? Then bam! Hopefully the author has written other books that you can dive into and at least still have the same feel as the last series.

6) Leave reading alone for a few days and watch some Netflix instead
I've done this. After I finished my favorite series, I didn't want to read anything else. I felt nothing could compare so why bother? (I was young and overly dramatic) It really did help though and within the week I'd started another series. 

7) Blog/Vlog about the series
Another thing that can help is just to just get all your feelings about the book into a video or on a blog post. Plus, another people can comment and you can fangirl/fanboy together. 

8) Quit reading altogether 
I mean nothing will ever top the last series right? So just give up reading and find another hobby/passion. Just kidding, this one is never the answer. Also this was meant as a complete joke but the others might actually help. 

So let me know if any of these have helped you when a great series has ended or what other ways that you have coped. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Sims Book Tag

I was not tagged by anyone to do this but I've seen it floating around a little and since I love The Sims and I thought this would be perfect to do! 

So join me on this fun adventure through books and the sims. 

The Original Sims – The Best Author Debut

So my favorite debut would have to be this amazing book! I loved every second of it and it's one of the books that had twists and turns I didn't see coming. Simply breathtaking!

The Grim Reaper – Saddest Character Death

I Guess this might contain spoilers if you've not read this series but I'm sure by now most everyone has. So the worst character death would have to be Snape from Harry Potter. I know Snape is that guy that everyone loves or everyone hates, there is no in between. I happen to love Snape so this really made me sad.

Sims Getting Stuck – A Character that Just Got in the Way

Yoon Jae
He just needed to get out of the way so Jason and Grace could get together. Yep.

Simlish – A Book with Amazing Writing

I could add so many books/series here but I will add only two.

The Raven Cycle and Throne of Glass.

Expansion Packs – A Series Where the Books Keep On Getting Better

I love this series and it does not get enough love. So I've taken it upon myself to promote this series whenever possible. Also it does fit as this series does get better and better. It also gets deeper in the vampire/fallen angel lore and it's just wonderful.

Sim Romance – The Worst Case of Insta-Love

I could name so many couples here and insta-love drives me crazy. I'm weird and enjoy love triangles but not insta-love. 

So I'm going with Twilight, it fits here so well. I mean, she looks at Edward for three seconds and she's in love with him. That's not how thew world works, she could have been in lust for him, that makes perfect sense. You just can't fall in love by just looking at someone. 

Cheats – A Book That Was Entirely Unrealistic

So I could not really think of anything here as I so rarely read contemporary novels. All the ones I've read are pretty realistic except maybe Paper Princess, parts of it are pretty far fetched so yeah that book will go here.

Needs Fulfillment – A Character Who Made All the Wrong Decisions

√Čtienne St. Clair

He didn't make all the wrong choices but he made a huge wrong choice. He cheated on his girlfriend. Not cool buddy!

Error Code 12 – A Series that Started Off Great but Went Downhill from There

Hush, Hush

I love the first two books but then I don't know, it just wasn't as good to me. Still not bad but it did dive a bit.

The Sims Vortex – A Book/Series that Completely Engrossed You

Throne of Glass.

God, waiting for the next books to come out is so hard! I love this series so much. Such a strong powerful female and it's so well written and wonderful.

So like I said, since this tag has been going around for two years I believe, I won't tag anyone as I don't know who's done it and who hasn't. If you want to do it though, consider yourself tagged by me and have at it!

Monday, October 09, 2017

Music Monday - Fall Out Boy

This meme is hosted over at Always Me.

I love Fall Out Boy and they've had some new songs come out. Anyone else bummed that they pushed their album back? 

Saturday, October 07, 2017

DNF - Roar

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage. 

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough. 

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

Book Breakdown 

I hate DNFing a book. I hardly ever do it. I personally feel like I'm giving up when I DNF. I know other people do it all the time and there is nothing wrong with that. We are all different and that's something awesome. I'm not picking on anyone who DNFs a book. Please don't think that. 

That being said, I wanted to love this book. It has a lot of great reviews. At the time of this writing it has a 4.03 rating on Goodreads. I know there are some that says it's fully of misogyny but to me, I saw none of that. Again, we are all different and see things through different eyes and different life experiences. So no bashing. I just didn't personally see any of that.

The premise is so cool, so different. A land ruled by storms and those that can control them or kill them. Like storms are living creatures. That's so cool to me! 

After my favorite character left I lost interest. Also I already knew where it was going (it's so easy to guess, I even flipped ahead to further chapters and to the end and I was right) and so I feel I don't need to continue, plus, I don't like Locke. I was told I quit before it got to the good part but this book already put me into a slump and I did not want to push myself into reading something so boring and predicable to me. 

So since I didn't finish the book, I won't be rating it. I only rate books that I read in full. So all my DNFs get this rating. 

Friday, October 06, 2017

50/50 Friday Best/Worst Read in September

This meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.

What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.

Topic for the Week
Best/Worst Read in September

Some Girls Bite


No stars because I DNFed it and I don't feel right rating books I've not read all the way through but if I did rate them it would be one star as I didn't like it, that's why I DNFed it. 

Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Bookish Job (a job you'd want/not want from a book)

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Ten Great Kindle Reads Under $3.99!

I don't know about you guys but book buying can be really expensive and I don't always have the money to shell out for all the newest books coming out (which sucks as they look so good!), so I wanted to make a list of kindle books that are still great reads but also pretty cheap if you're on a budget like me. All you need to read kindle books is the free kindle app. So that costs you nothing to get started. All this in US prices so I don't know what it is in other countries, I apologize. 

I do not know if these prices will change. All I know is this is the correct prices as I write this up. If you see if later in the future and the prices have changed. Please don't get mad at me as I don't control the prices.

Have you read any of these? Did I miss one of your favorites? Let me know below and share any you know of for others and myself. Now let's jump in! 

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with Raffe, an injured enemy angel. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco, where Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes. Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories -- of parents, children, love, life, and self -- are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence -- before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

I am Henrietta Howel.
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.
The prophesied one.
Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. 
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's shocked when instead of being executed, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one. 
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

Exhilarating and gripping, Jessica Cluess's spellbinding fantasy introduces a powerful, unforgettably heroine, and a world filled with magic, romance, and betrayal. Hand to fans of Libba Bray, Sarah J. Maas, and Cassandra Clare.

The Selection meets The Handmaid's Tale in this darkly riveting debut filled with twists and turns, where all that glitters may not be gold.

The Jewel means wealth, the Jewel means beauty—but for Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Born and raised in the Marsh, Violet finds herself living in the Jewel as a servant at the estate of the Duchess of the Lake. Addressed only by her number—#197—Violet is quickly thrown into the royal way of life. But behind its opulent and glittering facade, the Jewel hides its cruel and brutal truth, filled with violence, manipulation, and death.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her life . . . all while trying to stay alive. But before she can accept her fate, Violet meets a handsome boy who is also under the Duchess's control, and a forbidden love erupts. But their illicit affair has consequences, which will cost them both more than they bargained for. And toeing the line between being calculating and rebellious, Violet must decide what, and who, she is willing to risk for her own freedom.

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates's world by gender.
Women rule the East. Men rule the West.

Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus.

Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet's life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes.

But one decision could save her life.

To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

Everything about the patriarchy is dangerous for a rebellious girl like Violet. She cannot break the rules if she wishes to stay alive. But abiding by rules has never been her strong suit, and when she is thrust into more danger than she could have ever predicted, Violet is forced to sacrifice many things in the forbidden kingdom ... including forbidden love.

In a world divided by gender, only the strongest survive...

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Magic. Romance. Rivals. Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Falling Kingdoms, and Tamora Pierce.

Before the age of seventeen, the young men and women of Jerar are given a choice --pursue a trade or enroll in a trial year in one of the realm's three war schools to study as a soldier, knight, or mage...

For fifteen-year-old Ryiah, the choice has always been easy. Become a mage and train in Combat, the most prestigious faction of magic.

Yet when she arrives, Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Everyone is rooting for her to fail--first and foremost among them is Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived.

Will Ry survive, or will her dream go down in flames? 

Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

Some things are worth waiting for . . .

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at that fateful Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. What she never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she's building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing . . .

Cameron Hamilton is six feet, three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, com-plete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make Avery want things she believed had been irrevocably stolen from her. Getting involved with him is dangerous. Yet ignoring the simmering tension that sparks between them—and brings out a side of her she never knew existed—is impossible.

Some things shouldn't be kept quiet . . .

But when Avery starts receiving threatening e-mails and phone calls, she's forced to face a past she wants to keep buried and acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. If the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface with one less scar? And will Cam be there to help her?

And some things are worth fighting for . . .


Ink is in their blood.

On the heels of a family tragedy, Katie Greene must move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn't know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks and she can't seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

When Katie meets aloof but gorgeous Tomohiro, the star of the school's kendo team, she is intrigued by him…and a little scared. His tough attitude seems meant to keep her at a distance, and when they're near each other, strange things happen. Pens explode. Ink drips from nowhere. And unless Katie is seeing things, drawings come to life.

Somehow Tomo is connected to the kami, powerful ancient beings who once ruled Japan—and as feelings develop between Katie and Tomo, things begin to spiral out of control. The wrong people are starting to ask questions, and if they discover the truth, no one will be safe.