A coming-of-age novel that is funny, sad, and so realistic. Debut novelist, Jared Reck, is going to be one to watch. His voice holds the humor of Andrew Smith, the sentimentality of John Green, and the realism all his own. Matt is a freshman and like many freshman boys (and girls, for that matter), his brain is a mess. He can’t shut it off. The main things his brain obsesses over are basketball and his neighbor, Tabby. Tabby, who he’s known forever. His best friend. His true love. His UNREQUITED true love. When Tabby falls for a Senior, the most popular guy in school, the star of the basketball team, and one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet, Matt’s brain goes into overdrive. Fortunately,
That cover. That hair. That title. ALL THE HYPE! All totally worth it. Enough is enough, and she’s not going to take it anymore! That “she” is Zélie, a girl born of dead magic that lives in poverty and fear of the King of Orïsha. Eleven years ago, on his command, the King of Orïsha destroyed her city and killed all those who had Diviner blood. The manifestation of these powers is in the early teen years, and as such, the children were spared since their powers haven’t, and won’t, develop. All Zélie remembers is not just that her mom died that day, but so did magic. Years later, Zélie’s still struggling to follow the rules even when it can get her into trouble, and boy does trouble follow her
The more I look at this cover, the more I like it. It's simple, but manages to encaspulate everything you need to know about these two teens and New York City. Kendall and Max have a bit of history before they meet again, the week after Christmas. They shared a brief make-out session last year but haven’t spoken since. Kendall is in the city to get away from her old life, even though she hasn’t been really living it since the fall. She’s spent the fall in Europe, at a school better suited for her learning needs, which is ADHD, and she’s not quite ready to slip back into the reality of her old school and friends. Max is in NYC staying with his cranky but lovable grandfather, whose butt has be
Oh, my goodness, I loved this book so much and I’m excited to learn that author, Margaret Rogerson, is a first-time novelist. I predict readers will have much to look forward to from her. I’m also excited that this rich fantasy book that takes place in the world of faerie is a stand-alone that is fewer than 300 pages. Usually, books like this are several-books-long series with each book numbering well over 500 pages. So refreshing! Fans of the ACOTAR series are going to love it (while they are waiting for the delayed release of ACOTAR #3.1). Fans of Holly Black’s books will like this one, too. Isobel lives in Whimsy, a town on the border of the faerie lands where humans make their living
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