Constance's Collection

 

            

 

 Books have been capturing Constance's heart since a young age

and even if she doesn't have a book in hand her mind is probably still wandering around some fictional world.

Strong characterization, imperfect but kick a** protagonists, plots that hold you captive in the moment, and beautiful prose

 are just some of the things that make a great book for her.   

 


 

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Caraval Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250095251
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 31st, 2017

Caraval is Magic.

Caraval is a maze of Truth and Lies.

Caraval is just a game... don’t let it drive you mad.

Enter a world of escapism where the lines between reality and fantasy are blurred by the rich scents of bottled memories and beautiful dresses that can be bought with secrets and truths. Lose yourself in illusions and give in to your darkest curiosities and notions, if only for a handful of days, but never forget why you entered the game and what is to be gained from winning.

Caraval is a truly unique story from start to finish filled with delightful twists and turns that keep you up into the early hours of morning turning the pages to discover a delight on every page. The mystery and beauty of this world hold you captive, only to leave you wanting more after the last line is read. If it wasn’t obvious... I highly recommend you pick this up.


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Heartstone Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062451941
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Published: Voyager - January 17th, 2017

Heartstone retells the Pride and Prejudice story that we all love, but in a fantasy setting with knights, talking dragons, and evil creatures trying to destroy our heroine's home town! The author does remain true to the original story in many ways, but she has created a thoroughly unique and captivating world filled with fresh characters that pull you into the book for a truly enjoyable read. The female lead is a healer opposed to violence, and her Mr. Darcy is a knight who is rather good at killing things. Let the personality clashes begin! 

 

While this is a fun retelling, it delves into darker, grittier themes like loss and mourning. The dialogue and action also keep the book at a nice pace that pull you in and keep the pages turning. There are even some pretty epic battle scenes at the end. If you are looking for a fun read, then look no further. Who doesn't love a good spunky heroine showing the world what's what?! And don't forget about the talking dragons!


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Dream a Little Dream: The Silver Trilogy Cover Image
By Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (Translator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250073662
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Published: Square Fish - May 3rd, 2016

 

Liv is a spunky modern day Nancy Drew who operates via facts and logic. She loves nothing more than solvig a good mystery. But how can you explain dreams where you meet four incredibly attractive guys and spy on them as an owl only to then go to your new school the next day and meet them face to face? They keep saying things to her too as if they remember the same dream and what's this about her being the key to saving them from a demon?!

Now demons and magical dreams are just not real. At least that's what our logical protagonist keeps saying. Is there even a logical explanation though? And why do Liv's dreams keep getting stranger and stranger with a magical green door in each one? This book is full of dangerous secrets, dark magic, and just a dash of romance. Written with a good sense of humor this book has an endearing protagonist but also a darkness that creeps into the story page by page, adding depth and a unique plot. My fingers are itching to pick up the next book in this series and highly recommend this fun read.  

 


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780316273251
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2017

Frostblood by Elly Blake

In a kingdom ruled by a mad king atop a throne of ice and snow, being born with the magic of fire is to be born with a death sentence. This makes Ruby’s existence and the roaring fire in her heart forbidden and while she tries to smother it, her gift will one day be the only thing that could save them all. When soldiers march into her village though, she can barely save herself as she watches her life ripped apart. Swept up in the plans of rebels who plot to kill the king, Ruby has nothing left to cling to but revenge and she agrees to become their instrument of death for the man who took everything from her. With the help of a stranger who warms her heart one moment and dunks her in ice the next, plus an old master frostblood as her teacher, her impossible task might just be possible.

Frostblood is a great epic fantasy with a unique world and characters that leaves you excited for the next book. This is a great first addition to a series where you get to see the protagonist grow into herself and discover what it is to fearlessly be yourself and fight for a better future. Filled with magic, well-done fight scenes, and intrigue, this book had a little bit of everything I enjoy in a good book.

-- Constance

 


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$18.99
ISBN: 9781250079213
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Published: Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - February 7th, 2017

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

"Wintersong is a retelling of the Goblin King in early 19th century Europe that focuses on Liesl, a female composer whose music can melt even the Lord of Mischief's heart. But a female composer is a nonexistent thing in her time and Liesl is slowly forced away from her talent and passion as the duties of running the family inn fall on her shoulders. She begins to ignore the woods and the dangerous games she played with a mysterious boy that -- if remembered -- might just free her, if they don't kill her first.

S.Jae-Jones has created a lush, seductive world that explores the journey of embracing oneself and the sacrifices it can require. Set in a hauntingly dark world, this book shows how nothing is gained for free and how to win one thing, another must be lost.The choice is always ours but so are the consequences. The magic, passion, and danger of this book held me captive until the very end. A truly beautiful read and a phenomenal debut."

— Constance

 


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ISBN: 9781250085474
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 26th, 2016

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

"Roshani Chokshi writes in poetry, building a world that envelops you in its beauty. She paints breathtaking details and breathes life into a band of characters that guide you down a mystic world of love, betrayal, life, death, happiness, and despair, but above all, hope. It’s a hope that we can overcome our mistakes and misunderstandings to one day find happiness. Our hardships and trials do not define us but open doors to paths that can simply make us stronger and while we cannot rewrite the past, we can grab the threads of our fate and weave the future we want.

I highly recommend you join Maya, the princess born under cursed stars and shunned by all, on her journey of self-discovery as she becomes the queen of a powerful kingdom and rewrites her stars. I wanted to highlight all the dialogue between Maya and Kamala as quotes and it was one of the most unique and special relationship between characters I’ve read in a really long time. This book is a must read." 

--- Constance

 


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$9.99
ISBN: 9780062011183
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Published: HarperCollins - January 31st, 2017

Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr

"Lilywhite Abernathy is crime royalty. Her favorite accessories are weapons and she’s more comfortable ordering around mobsters than talking to kids her own age. But Lily has secrets that no one can ever know. She is half fae in a world where humanity has outlawed her kind. If anyone ever found out she’d be killed or locked away in a hole where no one could find her. 

In the land of the fae the queen has been waging a secret war on humanity since they killed her daughter. Her secret warriors kill on command, but what will happen when they finally meet Lilywhite and she wants nothing to do with them no matter how charming and tempting they may be. This book is full of secrets, lies, manipulation, and a fight to make things right (Way easier said than done right?).  It’s a fun read with an interesting new take on a world filled with fae and leaves you excited and curious about what lies ahead for the world and this unexpected group of protagonists." 

--- Constance

 


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$9.99
ISBN: 9781633752290
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Published: Entangled Publishing - April 5th, 2016

Love Me Never by Sara Wolf

"Life is full of ups and downs and navigating your teenage years can be difficult. It is full of your highest highs but lowest lows and high school is the ultimate battlefield. This book is the classic tale of the strong willed new girl in town who is an outcast plus the bad boy everyone wants but can’t have and how their hate for each other just might become something more. It is done perfectly and with beautifully real characters who show how growth can be painful and messy but possible. The cold exterior we sometimes create is simply the best armor we can find to get through all the hurt buried deep inside and wrapped in scars. 

The fun dialogue hooked me right away and the pacing of the chapters kept me reading until I was done. I’ve never read a book that so perfectly placed me inside the head of a smart, sarcastic, but troubled teenager and I loved every minute of it."

--- Constance

 


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$8.99
ISBN: 9780886778583
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Published: Daw Books - April 10th, 2000

Green Rider by Kristen Britain

"Karigan G’ladheon is on her way home from a fight at school when the thundering of hooves fills the forest. A messenger of the king, a Green Rider, comes into view but he can barley speak and falls off his horse, a bloody arrow sticking out of his back. With his last dying breath, he urges Karigan to deliver his message to the king. Findaing herself unable to refuse Karigan reluctantly agrees and begins a journey that will change her life forever. 

The dead rider's horse guides Krarigan down a path only he knows, pulling her into a world of unknown magic and danger thought to be long gone. While a hooded figure and mercenaries hunt her through the woods and it will take everything she has to survive let alone deliver the message worth dying for.  From start to finish I couldn’t help turning the pages of this story filled with engaging characters and a unique world that captures the heart."

  - Constance

 


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ISBN: 9780553522310
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Published: Delacorte Press - June 28th, 2016

And I Darken by Kiersten White

"Lada is not beautiful nor charming. Her brother Radu was blessed with those traits and is loved for them. Lada is cold, calculating, deadly, and possessed by a wild fierceness that scares everyone away. Abandoned in the Ottomon Empire to be raised by strangers in a foreign court they will have to rediscover who they are and fight tooth and nail for what's most important to them.  

This is a book that makes you read it, not just flip through the pages, with a heroine who is refreshingly atypical and claws her way into your heart. You live in each moment, caught up in the turmoil of each character who struggles with the same question we all struggle with, what is the price you are wiling to pay for your dreams?The characters is this book are devastatingly real and will connect with everyone on some note. I was a part of each character while I read this and when it ended my heart broke that there were no more pages to turn."

--- Constance

 


Mara: Daughter of the Nile Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780140319293
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Published: Puffin Books - October 1st, 1985

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$10.99
ISBN: 9781619630345
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - May 7th, 2013

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

"Where to begin with this series. All the hype is true. I love it and could talk for hours about it but don’t want to give you any spoilers. This is an epic adventure that focuses on an amazingly imperfect and fractured character who just happens to be the most dangerous assassin in the kingdom. You grow with her, cry and laugh with her, and wickedly smile as she rips apart the world that has beaten her down.  If it wasn’t obvious enough, I highly recommend picking up this book and learning about the imprisoned, cold hearted assassin who will serve a corrupt crown to regain her freedom. This is just the beginning of a story that will capture your heart and hold your breathless."  

  - Constance

 


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$7.99
ISBN: 9780553573398
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Published: Spectra Books - March 1996

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781419721236
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Published: Amulet Books - September 6th, 2016

The Graces by Laure Eve

"Magic is not always a loud, in your face thing. It can be the subtle twist of words shrouded in mystery.

Mysteries like the Graces that pull you in and quickly become obsessions, sweeping you away in the promises we think they make us. The promise that we can escape ourselves and become someone new. Someone shiny and beautiful while the truth stays hidden, buried beneath smiles and laughter. The whole town is drawn toward the Graces and their air of mystery and magic. They are beautiful, eccentric, rich, and powerful. Their lives seem perfect as they effortlessly live with everyone else bending around them for just a moment of their attention.  River, the boring new girl in town, will do anything to be one of them.

I loved this book and couldn't put it down. It pulled me into this fascinating dark world the author has beautifully created. It discusses how dark our obsessions can be while at the same time being fueled by things we all have in common. The simple desire to feel loved and cherished."  

  - Constance

 


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The Count of Monte Cristo Cover Image
By Alexandre Dumas, Roger Celestin (Introduction by)
$6.95
ISBN: 9780451529701
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Published: Signet Book - April 5th, 2005

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

"While the first pages may have you thinking this is a love story about a beautiful couple you would be gravely mistaken. The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the best revenge stories of all time. Period.

Edmond Dantes has a successful career, a beautiful fiancé, and is genuinely a good man.  What destroys him is quite simply the jealously of his friends who want to claim his happiness as their own. Imprisoned and left for dead, years pass as he becomes nothing but a distant memory tucked away and forgotten. A great reckoning is coming though for the men who destroyed this innocent life and nothing on earth can save them from his vengeance. A dead man has nothing to lose while they have everything.    

I’ve loved this book from a young age and the characters fill you with every possible emotion. You crave the personal destruction or success of each richly developed character that is meticulously laid out in layers upon layers that are slowly and deliciously revealed with the turn of each page."  

  - Constance