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Victoria, our resident YA Book Club Coordinator, grew up surrounded by books and the love of reading.  Steamy romances, assassins and thieves, grumpy brooding men, high stakes and heists are some of her favorite things to read. She has been reading romance novels since High School and has no intention of ever stopping. From there she explored the shelves at her local library and would often get lost in the stacks trying to find the perfect book to fit her mood. No matter where she goes, you can bet she will always have at least 1 book on hand. 
 
 

Currently Reading 


Recent Obsessed Reads


Upcoming Releases I'm Excited For 

 


Falling in Love with Love 

Luck and Last Resorts Fine PrintWindow ShoppingNot Your Ex's HexesSo This is Ever After


Fantastical Fantasy

Belladonna


Dark and Beautiful


Favorite Mysteries/Thrillers 
NIghtworkJust Watch Me Belladonna


Series I'm in Love With (in no order)

Belladonna
Fine PrintTerms and Conditions Final Offer


Love, List, and Fancy Ships Luck and Last Resorts Last Call at the Local
Defiant Heartprotective heartFearless heartReckless Heart
Heartstopper Vol 1Heartstopper Vol 2Heartstopper Vol 3Heartstopper Vol 4Heartstopper Vol 5
CraveCrushCovetCourtCharmCherish




(^This series has more, these are just a few of my favorites^)


 

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Reckless Heart: A Best Friend's Brother Small Town Romance By Brighton Walsh Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781685180317
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Published: Bright Publishing - September 8th, 2023

My Oh My! I thought I loved Brighton Walsh before, but this book has sealed the deal. She will forever be an auto buy for me. 

This book starts with the spice, and pulls your heartstrings the all the way to the end. From the moment Aiden and Avery meet, sparks fly. What started as a one night stand, during which Aiden voiced a secret he hasn’t even spoken to his family, turns into them working together temporarily, with Aiden as Avery’s new boss! While the two struggle to keep their secrets just that, they also struggle with their emotions, especially since Avery doesn’t intend to stay in Starlight Cove.

I LOVED this book. Aiden is top tier book boyfriend material, who has all the right checks and yet still feels like a real person. Brighton Walsh is able to create characters I swear I would be able to pick out in a crowd. This book has so many good tropes in it, and in true Brighton Walsh style, it feels like a perfect blend. The second I finished this book I wanted to read it again, if only there was a way to remove a book from your brain so you could experience it again for the first time. 

I fell in love with Starlight Cove, its resort, and all of its crazy residents, yes even Mabel. Each of the McKenzie siblings that has a book so far has captured my heart in ways that I don’t think I will ever get back, not that I want to. I can’t wait to see what is in store for Addison (I am hoping all her brothers meddle like they have never meddled before) and Levi. When I got to the end of this book, I posted one sentence, and I truly feel that it sums up everything with this book, “There are no words, only feelings


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Last Call at the Local By Sarah Grunder Ruiz Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593549063
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Published: Berkley - January 2nd, 2024

I thought I knew what I was getting into when I started reading this book. While Luck and Last Resorts was a roller coaster of emotions, this felt more like a lovely jaunt through the Irish countryside, that  ended in your favorite pub that's a home away from home.

What starts with a morning of bad luck and a good luck black cat, ends with a love that I believe will stand the test of time. Jack is trying to run his pub, all the while facing the intrusive thoughts that stem from his OCD. Raine is a traveling musician who faces her own challenges of living with ADHD. These two meet at Jack's pub all thanks to his cat. There is an instant connection between these two, and both are afraid to pursue any more than being the “most professional coworkers.” Neither sees themselves as "normal" and both know the sting of rejection all too well. Watching these two drop their guards, trust their hearts, and realize they deserve to be loved and happy was simply beautiful.

Sarah Grunder Ruiz showed that the path to being together isn't always so straightforward, and that it's okay to need to make changes to that path. I was feeling all the feels while reading, from the butterflies of first meetings to the heartache of being away from the one you love. This book will forever be tattooed on my soul.

Spice Level: 4/5


When Grumpy Met Sunshine: A Novel By Charlotte Stein Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250867933
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 6th, 2024

I finished this book last week and it was so good! Fake dating, grumpy/sunshine, retired soccer player. Both have shared trauma from their childhoods. I adored how protective Alfie was of Mabel. Right from the start he didn't want anyone saying anything bad about her, from the press to her coworkers to herself. Both struggle with communicating, and don't know how to say what is on their mind and heart. Yet they try their best to show how they feel, even when they don't really want to admit it. They are working together to write Alfie's memoir (she's a ghost writer). When they are photographed together, and Alfie slips up with the press by calling her "the love of his life" they decide to roll with it and fake date. The line quickly blur between faking and being really attracted to the other. Getting watch these two be able to be their true selves, and be accepted and loved for that was a lot of fun. Especially when Alfie started being able to laugh and smile again, after a past ex made him feel like he couldn't show those emotions. Everything in this book felt so real, and oh so wonderful. 


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Not Your Ex's Hexes (Supernatural Singles #2) By April Asher Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250808011
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 7th, 2023

This book is such a great combination of things that I love: a brooding half demon, a witch trying to find her place in the world, some forced proximity, a grumpy/sunshine romance, witty characters, and chemistry so spicy it almost made me blush. Damian is a former bounty hunter, and while his demon would love nothing more than to come out and play, he knows that with the curse in place, that’s not a road he can go down with Rose. She's someone he could fall in love with, and that would spell disaster, because once he does that, he’ll lose both his heart and his humanity. But they are both already speeding down the road to love with every witty remark and snarky comeback shared, plus all the moments between the sheets. I loved seeing the characters come together, try to be just "friends with benefits and none of the feelings", and then realize the other is just what they need.  This took everything I loved from the first book, Not the Witch You Wed, and cranked it up to 11!

Flames: 4.5 out of 5
 


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Empire of the Vampire By Jay Kristoff, Bon Orthwick (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jay Kristoff, Bon Orthwick (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250246516
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 25th, 2023

There’s no other way to describe this book other than it sunk its fangs in me, and refused to release me from its kiss. Empire of the Vampire is breath-takingly haunting and everything I look for in a vampire novel; dark, grim, morally grey characters that you aren't sure if they are the bad guy or good guy. From the first page, to the last I was on the edge of my seat. Each character, each scene was so alive, even when their hearts weren't beating, that I could see them vividly in front of me. Gabriel de León’s story is one that I know I will go back to again and again. Even if it rips my heart out each time.


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The Salt Grows Heavy By Cassandra Khaw Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781250830913
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Published: Tor Nightfire - May 2nd, 2023

Part retelling, part so much more, this beautiful and dark nightmare grabbed me on page one, and has stayed with me since. Khaw writing is seductive, sharp as a knife, and nothing short of showing what a fantastic wordsmith they are. This isn't the Little Mermaid that we know, this mermaid has teeth, and isn't afraid to use them. Who knew a mermaid and a plague doctor would make such an amazing duo. This was a beautiful mix of romance and horror, and I truly loved all of the moments, no matter how intense.


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Final Offer (Dreamland Billionaires) By Lauren Asher Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781728272221
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Published: Bloom Books - January 31st, 2023

Lauren Asher has done it again, and this one, the final installment in the Dreamland Billionaires series, might be my all-time favorite. Cal has been postponing his task that will guarantee that his brothers and him will be able to still control the company. He knew that what his grandfather set out for him was going to be one of his toughest battles, and that he would have to face so many mistakes from his youth, the biggest mistake being letting Alana go.  Now Cal has to work through his demons for a shot at being in the life of the only woman he has ever loved. Asher once again created a story so heartfelt and beautiful, I couldn't help but stay awake reading. Watching Cal overcome his demons, learn that he has to show up for himself first, and prove that falling in love with a Kane is not a mistake was everything I thought I wanted for the final installment in this series and more. I cannot recommend this series, this book enough.

Flames: 4.5 out of 5

CW: Substance abuse, addiction


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Belladonna By Adalyn Grace Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316158237
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2022

Hauntingly beautiful, and full of gothic vibes, this book slips under your skin and stays there. This book is a beautiful, dreamy mix of Victorian setting, gothic vibes, a cast of characters that are full of snark, murder, mayhem, and romance. Signa Farrow has been shuttled around from family member to family member after the sudden passing of her mother. Her last stop has come on the tails of her aunt passing away. Determined to figure out the curse following her, and stop her cousin from falling to the same fate, she teams up with two men to solve the murder. While at the same time, fighting feelings she's not sure she should be having. From the first sip of Belladonna tea to the last berry, you can't help but fall more and more in love, with this story, especially Death and all of his charms.-Victoria


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The Kraken's Sacrifice By Katee Robert Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781951329518
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Published: Trinkets and Tales LLC - October 11th, 2022

Catalina and Thane wormed their way into my heart, and that’s where they will always stay. Both are troubled and trying to stay strong, even though all they want to do is ignore past hurts. While there is plenty of spice in this book, the connection between Thane and Lina is so deep and true. We all hide our past hurts behind something, whether that be a smile or a scowl, and these two are no different. They have to overcome their scars from the past in order to make the relationship work, and neither is sure they are going to be able to move on and be the best partner for the other. I read this book in one sitting, and can't wait to see more from the series. -Victoria


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Luck and Last Resorts By Sarah Grunder Ruiz Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593335444
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Published: Berkley - August 9th, 2022

Second chance romance meets Below Deck in this upcoming romance by Sarah Grunder Ruiz. Nina and Ollie (don't call him Oliver) are coworkers who get along- some of the time. Other times it’s getting hot in the kitchen, literally since Ollie is the chef of the yacht both of them work on. Nina, the chief stew, tries her best to keep Ollie at arms length. She has been burned by family, and doesn't know how to trust others. Even more so trust herself and her future. Ollie knows what he wants, and it's a future with Nina, and he isn't afraid to fight for that chance of happiness for both of them. He knows Nina is end game, now he just has to convince her that he is too. I absolutely LOVED this story so much. Sarah had me laughing, crying, gasping, the whole works. This will be one romance I reread again and again, and know I will feel all the same emotions when I do. 


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The Fine Print (Dreamland Billionaires) By Lauren Asher Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781737507710
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Published: Bloom Books - July 4th, 2021

I simply cannot get enough of Rowan and Zahra. An opposites attract, grumpy/sunshine romance with Disney aspects, that is just so much more than I expected. Rowan has 6 months to complete the task his late grandfather has left for him to gain his inheritance, and Zahra wants to get over past hurts that have left her afraid to take a chance, in more ways than just love. 

This is the first book I read in 2022, and it's gonna be a hard one to beat. Rowan and Zahra are two characters that have faults and make some fumbles along the way, yet they are simply just perfect for each other. They bring out the best in each other while not letting the other do anything but their best. From the moment I finished this book, I couldn't stop talking about it, nor putting into my coworkers hands. I cant wait to read the Declan's and Cal's stories and see the women they get their HEAs with give them all the rough time they deserve. Just like Rowan, they'll learn you have to let people in to get your fairytale happily ever after that inspired Dreamland. 


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The Demon's Bargain By Katee Robert Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781951329501
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Published: Trinkets and Tales LLC - October 4th, 2022

The moment I learned Ramanu had a book, I knew I had to have it in my hands. Full of witty banter and plenty of Katee Robert spice, Ramanu and Lenora are one couple that isn't afraid of a little heat. While Lenora is headstrong, wants to lean and not follow, Ramanu is down to do both. Lenora has summoned the demon Ramanu to help her retrieve a stolen family heirloom, one that does more than just protect her. While Ramanu is down to make a deal, they are wanting more than just the standard 7 years, they are looking to make a play for Lenora’s heart. I loved that this book dealt with power imbalances, and what they can do to a relationship. Lenora and Ramanu have to work together to make sure that they are both on equal ground and that their relationship can stand on its own. That and the chemistry between the two was just...chef's kiss. 


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Duke, Actually: A Novel By Jenny Holiday Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062952080
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Published: Avon - November 16th, 2021

This book was a wonderful mix of Hallmark Christmas movies, spice, swearing, and humor. The whole story is full of charm and a thoughtfulness I wasn’t expecting. Max and Dani are what I will always look for in not only Christmas romance couples, but all others. I loved seeing their friendship grow from just acquaintances to best friends. Dani had a hard time trusting men, after her ex left her for someone 20 years his junior. Max realized this, and took that time building that trust back up, letting her know with more than his words, that he was there for her, and her dog (also named Max). This is not only a perfect book to read at Christmastime, but also anytime you need a pinch of that Christmas warmth to boost your soul.  
 


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The Love Con By Seressia Glass Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593199053
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Published: Berkley - December 14th, 2021

THIS BOOK! Going into this book I thought I had an idea of who the characters would be, but man did Seressia Glass blow me out of the water. The love between Kenya (Keke) and Cameron was so pure, and so true, they were simply meant to be. Keke and Cameron have been friends since high school, and they both are in love with each other, yet can't believe the other would feel the same. Cameron is the purest of cinnamon rolls, who isn't afraid to get tough if it means protecting Keke from anyone who would make her stressed or unhappy, even if that person is her family. He just wants her to be happy and is willing to do whatever it takes to allow her to be happy, and don’t we all deserve someone like that in our life? -Victoria 

Flame rating 4


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In Deeper Waters By F.T. Lukens Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534480513
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - March 29th, 2022

From the first page, I couldn’t stop reading this book. In Deeper Waters has so many things I look for in a book; pirates, magic, romance, fantasy, and characters that are so uniquely themselves. Tal is this precious cinnamon roll that just wants to live his life without others fearing him, and Athlen is the first person outside Tal’s family that seems to not be afraid. Their story was just so heartwarming, so rich and lush, that no matter what I was doing, the book was begging me to come back to its pages and read. 


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Last Girls By Demetra Brodsky Cover Image
$18.99
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ISBN: 9781250256584
Published: Tor Teen - May 4th, 2021

Full of twist, turns, and dark secrets, LAST GIRLS by Demetra Brodsky is everything I wanted, and more. The Juniper sisters, Birdie, Blue, and Honey, are doomsday preppers who live with their mom in a pepper community. They have been taught to trust no one, and always stick together, no matter what. Each sister has her own personality, way of dealing with everything life throws at them, and way of keeping their childhood imaginary friend Bucky alive. I love the way Demetra showed how the girls were going through their everyday life, not only worried about things going on in the prepper community, but also how they had to survive high school, and all the everyday concerns there. Honey was a character I instantly connected to, and was able to find parts of myself in her. Demetra is great at creating strong female characters, that while have weaknesses and faults, are still dynamic and strong. This is a book I will always go back to!


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Dance With the Devil: A Dark-Hunter Novel (Dark-Hunter Novels #3) By Sherrilyn Kenyon Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780312984830
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - December 7th, 2003

I always find my way back to Zarek and Astrid. Zarek is a man with a plan, and no one gets in the way of that. Not even justice nymph Astrid. These two clash when they first meet, especially since Astrid has to keep Zarek captive, without him knowing. Along the way they learn things about each other and themselves. I love the prickly-pearness of Zarek, and how he becomes soft and ‘tame’ with Astrid. He finds himself wondering how can an ex-slave whose soul is owned by a Greek goddess ever dream of touching, let alone holding, a fiery star?


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The Grey Bastards: A Novel (The Lot Lands #1) By Jonathan French Cover Image
$17.00
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ISBN: 9780525572459
Published: Crown - March 19th, 2019

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"Live in the Saddle. Die on the hog." 

I never thought I would find myself so drawn into a story where the main characters are half-orcs. But by page three I was hooked, and rooting for them. This book took what I thought I knew about fantasy and flipped it on it head. The main character is Jackal, a half-orc and a member of the Grey Bastards, a biker-like gang that rides hogs with snouts and tusks instead of wheels. He is young but also cunning and head-strong. Along with his "brothers" they patrol the Lots and do their best to keep full-blooded orcs away from the human world. Jonathan French created a rich world filled with boorish jokes, scheming, fighting, brotherhood, friendship, and betrayal. Each member of The Grey Bastards has their own charm. Some you end up liking more than others, like Oats and Fetching. The Grey Bastards was a book that I actually found myself laughing out loud while I was reading. The characters breathe life into the pages and leave you wanting more. 


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Just Watch Me: A Novel (A Riley Wolfe Novel #1) By Jeff Lindsay Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524743956
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Published: Dutton - October 27th, 2020

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From the mind that brought you Dexter, a new bad boy we want to root for is in town. Riley Wolfe is a man with all the plans, and from the first scene he had me wanting him to take it all. He steals from the mega rich and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. He is amazing at his job, but that has lead to him getting bored. Every job has become too easy, too predictable. So Riley decides to look for a job that is impossible, one that there is no way he can pull off. He decides to steal the Iranian Crown Jewels. Hot on his heels is an FBI agent who wants nothing more than to bring Riley in. I loved that we got to see all the planning that Riley did for his heist. Jeff Lindsay brought all of the humor and snark that he is known for in this new book. Riley is the bad guy, but I couldn't help but want him to get away with stealing anything and everything.


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Norse Mythology By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393356182
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 6th, 2018

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With a voice like warm milk and honey, Neil Gaiman breathes life into his stories. Norse Mythology honors the tale’s past, but still has Neil’s distinctive style. Which is then enhanced by Gaiman reading the story aloud. Gaiman is able to create distinct voices for each of his characters, from the sly and cunning Loki, to the short-tempered, impatient warrior Thor. Gaiman took mythology that I already loved, created something even more enchanting. It is a collection of stories I could hear time after time and never grow tired of revisiting. 


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The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow Series #1) By Margaret Owen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250250940
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Published: Square Fish - August 18th, 2020

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"Look after your own.”

Equal parts beauty and grit, The Merciful Crow is a novel that kept me up through the night. In the start of what is planned on being a duology, Margaret Owen filled her story with beautiful words, witty characters, and situations many can connect to. The world Owen created is divided into a caste system named after birds, which like many in the real world has an upper and lower caste, and the Crows are the lowest of them all. Owen sends the readers on a journey with Fie, a Crow Chief-in-training willing to do whatever it takes to protect her family, Jasimir, a Phoenix prince trying to outwit his step-mother, and Tavin, a Hawk bodyguard who is learning what it means to want something for himself. Along the way, Jasirmir and Tavin learn what it means to be a Crow and all of the discrimination that comes with being not of the "splendid castes." Even though they face discrimination and are hunted down, they still are able to find joy in life and survive. Fie hopes that with the prince’s help the Crows will be able to not only survive, but thrive. 

 


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Six of Crows By Leigh Bardugo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250076960
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Published: Square Fish - February 6th, 2018

"No funerals. No mourners."

Six of Crows is that perfect mix of magic, chaos, and adventure. Think of the movie Ocean's Eleven, now throw in a pinch of magic and you have a hint of what awaits you in this novel. Kaz Brekker and his gang of misfits have an impossible heist to pull off, and it's more than money on the line for them to succeed. It's a book that get's you hooked from the first chapter, it had me from the first page. The Dregs come out of the book to share their close calls and small victories with you. You get pulled in and when the book ends you can't help but want another helping of Kaz Brekker and the Dregs. -Victoria


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American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062472106
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 16th, 2016

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This was my first taste of Neil Gaiman and I couldn't imagine a better starting point. Beautifully written, and full of surprises, American Gods crawls its way under your skin and lives there. Gaiman is an author whose stories are all about the details, and as they say the devil is in the details. American Gods is a story filled with old gods, new gods, coin tricks, and the possibility of getting your head smashed in for losing a game of checkers. Shadow Moon, our guide if you will, is out of jail and on his way to bury his wife. What starts as a simple plane ride, turns into a journey like no other. We learn what happens when gods are no longer worshiped, and the lengths that they will go to to stay remembered. The new deities of America are taking over, and the former have something to say about it. This is a novel that I have gone back to time and time again, and always learn something new. 


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Taking a Shot (A Play-by-Play Novel #3) By Jaci Burton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425245521
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Published: Berkley - March 6th, 2012

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This was my first taste of Jaci Burton’s work. I was initial drawn to the book because I love both romance novels and hockey. This seemed like it would be the perfect blend of the two, and I was right. Jaci created a story that had all the feel good moments of a “Hallmark romance”, with some steamy scenes thrown in. Her series, Play-by-Play, is full of characters that are perfectly-imperfect. You find yourself rooting for them, wanting them to go that extra step, and to not be afraid of love or failing. I found parts of myself in many of them, and fell in love with each book. Her books simply captured my heart, and made it impossible to put them down once I started reading. The stories she created are ones I never wanted to leave, and know will always have a special place on my shelves and heart.


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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) By Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff Cover Image
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Published: Ember - April 25th, 2017

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There is something unique about this book, and it is more than just the way it is written. Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman created a story told through documents, journal entries, surveillance footage, emails, interviews, and more. I had never read a story told like this before. But I am so glad that I picked this one up. Illuminae starts off with a planet that's under attack and a break up. As the story goes on, you learn that not everyone can be trusted and that there is more than the human enemy after them. Kady, our strong heroine, is doing everything that she can to save the people around her, even her ex-boyfriend Ezra. With the AI system, AIDAN, going crazy and a virus wreaking havoc on the rescue ships, Kady and Ezra have to rely on each other to save themselves and the other passengers, even though Kady never wants to talk to him again.  


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Stygian: A Dark-Hunter Novel (Dark-Hunter Novels #22) By Sherrilyn Kenyon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250102690
Published: Tor Books - July 30th, 2019

Whenever I pick up one of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books for the first time, I have to mentally prepare myself for all the heartbreak. While this is a romance story, so it does end with some kind of happy ending, Kenyon has a way of making you earn that ending. Stygian is about Urian, who we first meet in Kiss of the Night. At the end of Kiss, he feels that he has lost everything. He’s not only heartbroken, but soul-broken, over the loss of his wife. In Stygian, he finds out that she’s alive, and in need of rescue from the pits of Hades. The woman he has to team up with he doesn’t trust, and he’s not sure who he can. More than his wife’s soul is on the line. Urian’s book is one I have been waiting for a long time, and it was definitely worth the wait. This book skyrocketed into my top 5 of her novels. It is full of all the “feels” and I wish I could read it again for the first time. 


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Foundryside: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy #1) By Robert Jackson Bennett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525573845
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Published: Del Rey - May 21st, 2019

Foundryside, the first book in Robert Jackson Bennett’s The Foundry trilogy, not only got me out of my reading slump, but also it was a book that I just couldn’t put down. The cover grabbed my attention and the story surpassed every expectation that I had. Foundryside is about a thief, Sancia. She’s good at what she does, and her latest job has landed her in a whole world of trouble. She’s gone from off the radar, to Tevanne’s most wanted, and has to band together with some unlikely allies to make it out alive. We learn about the world Bennett created through Clef, a character who is unique and lovable from the start, who in turn learns from Sancia. It made learning about this new world as a reader more enjoyable than if it had just been told by the narrator. Bennett created complex characters, a world that is half tech, half magic, and a story full of heart. It was a story that I couldn’t get enough of and can’t wait to see what happens next!


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Nevernight: Book One of the Nevernight Chronicle By Jay Kristoff Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250132130
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Published: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - June 20th, 2017

Part vengeance, part fantasy, and all Kristoff, this book dug its way into my soul and took root there. Mia Corever is a talented young woman, who can speak to the shadows, and is being trained to become one of the members of the deadliest assassin's around. She has to best her competition in contests of poison, steel, and the subtle arts. If she is about to do this, she will be one step closer to getting the vengeance that she wants.  Nevernight  is the start of a trilogy that I always find myself going back to. I loved that the main protagonist is a strong, badass, take no prisoners girl. This book is dark, stabby, and beautiful. It took everything I love about fantasy and jacked it up to twenty. 

"Never flinch, never fear, never, ever forget."


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Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) By Neal Shusterman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442472433
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

This book saved my love of reading. I truly thought that I had lost that joy, but this book showed me that it wasn't lost, simply misplaced. Scythe sunk its teeth into me and didn’t let go. I couldn’t read this book fast enough. In this novel the world has conquered death, sickness, war. The Thunderhead in the sky has solved it all. It is now a world where no one dies, ever. You don’t even die of old age, you can simply turn back the clock and look younger. There is only one way to die in this new world, and that is at the hands of a Scythe. Two teens are thrown into the ring as apprentices, but neither Citra nor Rowan want the job. Neal Shusterman created a world, that despite all of its craziness, all of the things it made me question about myself and the world around me, I find myself wanting to be apart of. I wanted to sit in on the Conclaves, join Scythe Faraday for a while to learn from him and hear his wisdom, I wanted to sit and talk with Citra and Rowan to see what they learned, and even want a moment to talk with the Thunderhead.


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Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook By Christina Henry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399584022
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Published: Berkley - July 4th, 2017

Have you ever watched a movie or read a book and wondered how the villain became the villain? Christina Henry did just that. Jamie, the first lost boy Peter brought from the other place, is an amazing character you can't help but sympathize with and want on your side, even knowing who he becomes. Jamie starts to see just who Peter Pan really is and isn’t sure that he likes the boy that has been his friend for as long as he can remember. As time passes both Peter and Jamie get closer to the other lost children. But while Jamie sees them as friends and brothers, Peter sees them as a way to make Jamie do what Peter wants him to do. After some time Jamie is tired of Peter’s games and isn’t sure that he wants to play anymore. But Peter isn’t ready to let him go and has one game left to play. Christina Henry draws you in and makes you want the “bad guy” to win, and the “good guy” to lose. As you read this tale remember the one lesson that Jamie learned, Peter Pan lies!


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Styxx (Dark-Hunter Novels #17) By Sherrilyn Kenyon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250029898
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - March 25th, 2014

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One of my all time favorite books, even though it completely ripped my heart out. We finally learn Styxx's past and just what drove him to the actions that have made there way into previous novels. Like Acheron's story, it starts with his childhood and goes all the way to present day. I though I knew Styxx, boy was I wrong. I felt more for him than I did Acheron, and I didn't think that was possible. Styxx is a complex character that hides his hurt behind sarcasm and quips. While he seems tough to love, he has become of the characters that I know I will always cherish. This is a must read for all Kenyon fans. 


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Acheron: A Dark-Hunter Novel (Dark-Hunter Novels #11) By Sherrilyn Kenyon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312949419
Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - March 31st, 2009

This book made me laugh, cry, scream, swoon, the works! We finally learn Acheron's past and how he became the leader of the Dark-Hunters. The story starts with his past, good and bad. It also touches on scenes that were in previous books, so we get to see just what was behind his thinking and actions. The last half of the book is the present, where he meets the spitfire Tory. From the moment he meets her, his world is flipped and he doesn't understand why she doesn't seem intimated by him. This story is one that, while parts are hard to go back to, I always find myself wanting to return to. Sherrilyn Kenyon  It is a long, emotional read. But oh so good.