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Kaitlyn is a free-spirited YouTuber and Mysterious Galaxy bookseller! Living her life through the pages of fictional worlds and characters, she creates high-quality and quirky content on BookTube, which is an online book community on YouTube. She reads Young Adult books voraciously and creates content on her BookTube channel, Big Screen Books. Feel free to check out her book reviews, hauls, author interviews, and more here! For more bookish news and photos, follow her on Instagram @bigscreenbooks and @xoxkaitlynnicole and on Twitter at @xxkaitlynnicole.
 

 

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The Darkest Minds Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423159322
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hyperion Books - October 22nd, 2013

"It has been a long time since I have felt so empowered while reading a book. My journey reading this mirrors Ruby's, as she navigates a volatile and oppressive society. Alexandra Bracken's writing is so powerful and captivating. What's even more special about this story is not just the incredible and dark world, but the side characters, Ruby's accomplices that make this book shine. I have read this book 3 times since 2014! A must-read before the movie releases this summer!" -Kaitlyn

Watch my interview with Alexandra Bracken here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxnNiJaqNGw

Alexandra Bracken at Mysterious Galaxy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLZ6PLSUwSk


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Warcross Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399547966
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

"I can simply describe this book as: the video game Olympics. This was one of my favorite books of 2017, hands down. Warcross is a worldwide game where players compete in a world of virtual reality. This story was so captivating, I honestly felt like I was in the stands watching these characters compete. It was so action-packed and vibrant, this is definitely a read that I hope you fly-through as quickly as I did!" - Kaitlyn

Watch my video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qEzjdd_vlQ

Marie Lu at Mysterious Galaxy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kOZHfatwMw


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They Both Die at the End Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062457790
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperTeen - September 5th, 2017

Adam Silvera teaches us to live life to the fullest, for Rufus and Mateo do just that as they experience their last day alive. In this society, people know when they are going to die, but they don't know how or when, just that they have at most 24 hours to live. This book was enlightening, with a dark, witty humor that was a joy to read! 

Watch my video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPypt6342sg


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The Cruel Prince (Folk of the Air #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316310277
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 2nd, 2018

Holly Black knows how to write faeries. This book is so well-written, for it is dark and entertaining. You will be just as enchanted as our main character Jude is by the mysterious Princes and political intrigue. A must-read for fantasy lovers

~Kaitlyn


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Reign of the Fallen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780448494395
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Razorbill - January 23rd, 2018

If you could bring a loved one back from the dead, would you? Odessa is a necromancer, so bringing back people from the dead is her job. However, there is a risk every time someone's soul is brought back from the Deadlands, they must be covered from head to toe so that they may not be seen by another person, or risk becoming a deadly monster known as a Shade. Odessa is a strong and relatable character, and this story is thrilling and enticing, it will grab you from the very start. This story focuses a lot on not just romantic relationships, but friendships as well. Reign of the Fallen is definitely a memorable journey you want to be a part of! Poignant. Perfect. My highest recommendation and my deepest implore: read. this. book.

Watch my video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ0rEnHa9C0


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Renegades Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250044662
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - November 7th, 2017

Choose your side. Renegade or Anarchist? Good or bad? Marissa Meyer explores these boundaries and everything in between in this action-packed sci-fi dystopian novel. She made me question which side I'm on, just as the characters do. It was vibrant and exciting, and I loved these new characters Meyer brought us! 


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Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399549731
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 29th, 2017

Wonder Woman is everything you would expect from this iconic character and Leigh Bardugo, for it's an action-packed mythological adventure following Diana's progression to becoming an Amazonian. She is a strong, complex, and diligent character who navigates Themyscira and the World of Man with some unlikely companions. Our Warbringer, Alia, has a great character arc as she joins Diana on this adventure to change not only her destiny, but the world around her. 

Watch my video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lnyrf8mwZU


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Lord of Shadows (Dark Artifices #2) Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781442468405
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - May 23rd, 2017

Cassandra Clare takes readers on another epic adventure through beautiful Los Angeles, California with this next installment in her Dark Artifices trilogy. Prepare for more heartbreak, happiness, and fun as we follow Emma, Julian, Mark, and the rest of the Blackthorn family after the events of Lady Midnight. This book will take you by surprise as Clare alters the future of the Shadowhunter World forever. This book was so complex and intriguing, and sometimes feels like a giant puzzle, for the readers discover the secrets and events right along with the characters. We meet many new characters and revisit some old ones. Cassandra Clare also pleasantly sets up the next two spin-off series, The Last Hours and the Wicked Powers, in Lord of Shadows, so this is a must-read for fans of the Shadowhunter Chronicles!

Spoiler-free review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmXJIzZPGoE


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History Is All You Left Me Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781616956929
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Soho Teen - January 17th, 2017

There's not enough words for me to describe this book! It was enticing, thrilling, and beautiful - everything you would expect from an Adam Silvera book. The characters were so well-developed, for they were all so realistic and lively and just an overall joy to read about! History Is All You Left Me follows a boy named Griffin who just lost the love of his life in a tragic accident, and the only other person who understands his grief, is Jackson, the one person he doesn't want to associate himself with. It was so interesting following Griffin's downward spiral, yet his recovery lies in confronting his past and determining his future. 

Interview with Adam Silvera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugdYS0RtTho


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We Are the Ants Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481449649
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon Pulse - May 16th, 2017

A powerful story exploring the limits of fiction versus reality, We Are The Ants, follows the life of Hentry Denton as he navigates the horrors of high school. This book was raw and emotional, and a real eye-opener. Henry has 144 days to decide on whether he is going to save the world, or let it end. Not knowing whether the world is worth saving, Henry speaks to our inner demons and the struggles of high school many adolescents endure.


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Song of the Current Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681192970
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - June 6th, 2017

Pirate-mayhem, magic, and mystery. Song of the Current brings readers on the journey of a girl who has lived her life on the water, and a boy who has secrets that threaten to unfold. Caroline Oresteia embarks on a dangerous adventure to prove her worth to her father, other wherrymen, and the river god, as she seals her fate. Caught in political intrigue and trouble with pirates, Caro learns more about herself, her skills, and her future to save those she loves. Join Caro as she escapes danger, faces pirates, and protects her family, despite the costs she may face. This story is exciting and adventurous as readers embark on this journey themselves.


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Flame in the Mist Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399171635
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 16th, 2017

“Death follows indecision, like a twisted shadow. Fall forward. Keep moving. Even if you must pick yourself up first.” Flame in the Mist is a stunning and intriguing mashup of Mulan and 47 Ronin. The story follows a young woman named Mariko as she struggles to find her place in society, often undermined by many of the male influences in her life. After narrowly escaping an ambush, she decides to create an alter ego, to join the clan that was sent to kill her. Mariko discovers secrets about herself, her family, and her world as she experiences a whole new aspect of life. She’s strong, independent, and a relatable character that captivates readers from the very first page.


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A Court of Thorns and Roses Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781619635180
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - May 3rd, 2016

A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas, is a Beauty and the Best retelling, but with a unique twist. In this world, the continent is split in half by a large wall- humans on one side, and faeries on the other, who are powerful and terrifying creatures known to savagely harm humans. After a young huntress named Feyre, shoots and kills a lone wolf in the woods, she is doomed to a lifetime in the lands of the Fae. Learning the dark, secrets of this world, she realizes that an evil force has been plotting and looming over the continent, threatening both the Fae and humans. This is a twisted tale full of deceptions, magic, and monsters. Join Feyre on this adventure as she unravels the secrets of her world, for everything is not as it seems. 

 

Watch my video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX7GYglnsqE


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A Court of Mist and Fury (Court of Thorns and Roses) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781619635197
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - May 2nd, 2017

A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas, is the very anticipated sequel to the Beauty and the Beast retelling, A Court of Thorns and Roses.This sequel takes on a more Hades and Persephone inspired story, as Maas explores more of the human and faerie realm, altering the characters' lives forever. A must-read for fans of fantasy and retellings! This sequel definitely doesn't disappoint!

Watch my video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6OX4fzDMrQ


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The Book Thief Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780375842207
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak is hands down one of my favorite books of ALL-TIME! It's heartbreaking, yet beautiful as a young girl named Liesel discovers the beauty and comfort that books can bring her in a devasting time. This novel is truly life-changing, for it will stick with you long after you finish it!

Want to know why I reread this book every year? Watch my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjaZP0NYz28


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The Crown's Game Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062422590
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - April 18th, 2017

The Crown's Game, by Evelyn Skye, is a spell-binding novel following the lives of two enchanters, Vika and Nikolai, as their paths cross when they participate in an ancient duel, a battle of life or death. This book is truly enchanting and romantic as readers are transported into this fantasy-Russian world unlike anything I've ever read before!


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A Face Like Glass Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781419724848
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amulet Books - May 9th, 2017

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge is one of those fantasy books that changes the way you see yourself and the world around you. In this society, children have to be taught facial expressions. which creates an unfaithful and unreliable environment, as social interactions are poised and often forced. Enter this dark and distrustful world for yourself...

Watch my video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-vCvrIDFJE

 


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Replica Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062394163
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - October 4th, 2016

This is one of the most unique reading experiences I've ever had! There's two girls and two ways to read this book. The story is mysterious and suspenseful, but once you put it down, you'll be dying to re-read it!

-Kaitlyn 


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Alive (Generations Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780553393125
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey Books - February 2nd, 2016

Despite not knowing who she is or what mystery lies ahead, a powerful, yet unsettling heroine faces unimaginable odds. A compelling puzzle of a plot hooked me from the very first page. Join savage and discover the secrets of humanity. 

Watch my interview with Scott Sigler here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TtWuXmJpqo