Entry 29: Sadie [RECOMMENDED]

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Authors: Courtney Summers
Genre:
Fiction > Young Adult > Contemporary > Mystery
Published/Publisher: September 4th 2018 by Wednesday Books
Pages: 308
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

My Review [SPOILERS AHEAD]

TW: Pedophilia, child abuse, sexual assault

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Entry 28: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

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Authors: Marissa Meyer
Genre:
Fiction > Young Adult > Fantasy
Fiction > Young Adult > Science Fiction
Published/Publisher: February 4th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 552
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

My Review [SPOILERS AHEAD]

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Entry 27: Sawkill Girls

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Author: Claire Legrand
Genre:
Fiction > Young Adult > Horror
Fiction > Young Adult >Romance > LGBTQA+
Published/Publisher: October 2nd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 450
Format Read In: Ebook

Summary from Goodreads

Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.

Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.

My Review [SPOILERS AHEAD]

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Entry 26: Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1)

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Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Genre: Fiction > Young Adult > Fantasy
Published/Publisher: March 6th 2018 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Pages: 531
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

My Review [SPOILERS AHEAD]

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Entry 25: Of Fire and Stars (Of Fire and Stars #1)

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Author: Audrey Coulthurst
Genre:
Fiction > Young Adult > Fantasy
Fiction > Young Adult > Romance > LGBTQA+
Published/Publisher: November 22nd 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Pages: 389
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine—called Mare—the sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two become closer, Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

My Review

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Entry 24: Lirael (Old Kingdom #2)

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Author: Garth Nix
Genre: Fiction > Fantasy, Magic
Published/Publisher: 2003 by Eos (first published April 21st 2001)
Pages: 705
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads

WHO IS LIRAEL?

Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Now, two years past the time when she should have received the Sight that is the Clayr’s birthright, she feels alone, abandoned, unsure of who she is. Nevertheless, the fate of the Old Kingdom lies in her hands. With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable Dog, Lirael must undertake a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil.

In this sequel to SABRIEL, winner of the Aurealis Award for Excellence in Australian Science Fiction, Garth Nix weaves a spellbinding tale of discovery, destiny, and danger.

My Review

TW: suicidal thoughts, mistreatment of refugees

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Entry 23: Sabriel (Old Kingdom #1)

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Author: Garth Nix
Genre: Fiction > Fantasy, Magic
Published/Publisher: September 30th 1996 by Harper Collins
Pages: 491
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads

Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.

With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen series, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn’t always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether.

My Review

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