A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Series: Shades of Magic #1
Publisher: Tor Books
First published February 24th, 2015
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 398
Format: Paperback
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Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

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TTT: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 out of a love of lists. It recently changed to That Artsy Reader Girl and that’s where you can find the topics for each Tuesday.

This week’s topic is:

Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

I don’t read many novellas but I do tend to go for short-stories, especially fairytales! I love reading classic short-stories and I’m cr some at the moment, which I will mention at the end of the post.

I don’t have many novellas or short stories to talk about… But for me, the best way to read short stories is getting anthologies because it’s always guaranteed you will like some of them!

Also, any review I have will be linked to the covers!

What are some of your favorite novellas/short stories?

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
First published October 20th, 2015
Genres: YA, Sci-fi, Romance
Pages: 599
Format: Paperback
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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Series: Themis Files #1
Publisher: Del Rey
Published April 26th, 2016
Genres: Sci-fi, Fantasy
Pages: 320
Format: Hardback
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A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square-shaped hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved – the object’s origins, architects, and purpose unknown.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the relic they seek. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unravelling history’s most perplexing discovery-and finally figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

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Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

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Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Series: Anne of Green Gables #1
Publisher: Puffin in Bloom
First published in June 1908
Genres: Classic, YA / Children
Pages: 426
Format: Hardback
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Everyone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.

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FairyLoot June 2018 Unboxing

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Hey guys!

I’m finally doing my Fairyloot unboxing! This month’s theme was Rebels in Ballgowns and this month, it contains some really different items! FairyLoot is an amazing YA bookish subscription box that I would highly recommend getting.

To be honest, this box was not one I was the most excited about, since I haven’t read many of the books that the items were supposed to be based on. I did like the theme tho! Plus I knew we were getting some awesome items never seen before and that makes anyone excited… right?! But in the end, I am once again surprised by Fairyloot… I loved this box and there are things in here I never imagined coming for sure!

If you wanna check out what this box included, just keep reading! I will show photos of the items, information on them and some of my thoughts!

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Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

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Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
Series: N/A
Publisher: Square Fish
First published June 13th, 2017
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
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“A heart-wrenching novel about a sixteen-year-old girl trapped in an abusive relationship—and the path she takes to freedom and happiness”

Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.

A deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest portrayal of a destructive relationship, Bad Romance is a young adult novel about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

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