Review: “This Savage Song” by Victoria Schwab

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Title: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Pages: 427
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: July 5, 2016

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Quick Synopsis: There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books. Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. (Goodreads)

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Non-Canon Ships

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It’s another Wednesday, so you know what that means! This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is all about favorite non-canon ships. This means the relationships that you really wanted to happen but didn’t, or couples who were together at a time, but didn’t last. You can choose ships from books, TV, movies, anything. You can even cross-ship two characters from different fandoms. Basically, any ship is open so long as it wasn’t endgame. If you want to participate or learn more about T5W, you can head over to the Goodreads group here.

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Review: “Furthermore” by Tahereh Mafi

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Title: Furthermore
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Pages: 416
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Adventure
Published: August 30, 2016

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Quick Synopsis: There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other. But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. It will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss. (Goodreads)

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