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By: Melanie | December 6, 2014 | (38) Comments

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This is another book that I read on my hiatus way back in July, but once again, a novel that really stuck to the back of my mind. The Year of Shadows is a MG novel, and a particularly beautiful one. It explored some pretty dark themes–literally and non-literally, and had the best characters. I honestly loved all the characters in the end. The book starts with Oliva, and she’s had a really tough year–her mother left her without a word, and money started […]

By: Melanie | September 19, 2014 | (22) Comments

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When reading a book, one expects the following: 1) an original storyline and 2) one that will not make you fall asleep one chapter in. The Iron Trial, despite being co-written by two totally capable authors, just didn’t make 1) or 2) happen. Harry Potter, anyone? I bet we all saw this one coming, regardless whether you’ve read the book yet or not. It’s about tweens, it’s got magic, it’s got 3 freaking kids on the front cover and in the background, […]

By: Celine | August 20, 2014 | (19) Comments

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I thought I was prepared. I’d seen many friends pick this up and then lay it down after 15 pages or so, saying this just really wasn’t for them. But I’ve been the odd one out before, so maybe this could end up working for me! So I finally started my own copy of Anatomy of a Misfit and… well. Let’s say my friends weren’t wrong. The really sad thing about Anatomy of a Misfit is that it’s really trying to prove a (good) point. […]

By: Melanie | December 8, 2013 | (24) Comments

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The Geek Girl series has always been those books that I turn to when I’m feeling down or just lazy in general to work my brain with dark conspiracies and run down worlds. Model Misfit was exactly what I needed–typically fun and drama-filled. What I love about Holly Smale’s debut series is how she always starts her books with something shocking and not really in Harriet’s character. It really helps draw readers into the novel. In Geek Girl, Harriet’s story begins with […]

By: Melanie | December 4, 2013 | (25) Comments

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geek gi:k/ informal noun noun: geek; plural noun: geeks an unfashionable or socially inept person. Geek Girl is another one of those reads that have a bucket full of flaws, but is so entertaining and laid back that some of them just disappear. And that’s totally cool every now and again. An imperfectly perfect novel. Harriet Manners is a geek; even the Oxford English Dictionary is in complete agreement. Without a taste in fashion, one only friend and a brain full of […]

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