I added Hank Green’s book to my Goodreads’ “Want to Read” shelf in September of 2017 so to say I’ve been waiting a long time to read this book is an understatement. Was it worth the wait? ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY. It’s timely, funny, thought-provoking, and highly entertaining and it’s one that will appeal to teens and adults, alike (BTW, it’s marketed as an Adult book, not YA). April May is 23, fresh out of art school, and already disillusioned. Walking home from her crappy job at a start-up company in NYC very late one night (actually, very early the next morning), April stumbles across the most (dare I say it?) absolutely remarkable thing. It looks like a Transformer wearing samurai armor.
This excellent retelling of Pride and Prejudice takes place in current day Brooklyn. Zuri lives in a divided brownstone with her mom and dad, an older sister, Janae (home from college for the summer), and three younger sisters (two of whom are straight up silly). Zuri’s neighborhood is very close. Block parties, stoop sitting, struggling to make ends meet, and looking out for one another are all a part of their culture. Zuri’s family and the rest of the neighborhood are all in a tizzy over the new neighbors moving in. The brownstone across the street has been rehabbed into a mini-mansion so, obviously, the owners are loaded. Zuri and Janae are worried about how this new, rich family will
In the land of Uztar, birds of prey are revered by all and worshipped by some. Twins, Brysen and Kylee, were raised by their cruel, bird-handling father. After his death (dealt by the talons of the legendary Ghost Eagle), Brysen and Kylee must continue the family business in order to pay their father’s gambling and drinking debts. Kylee has a strange gift for communicating with the birds (that she would prefer to keep secret) but longs to walk away from her responsibilities to both the birds and her needy mother. While not possessing a gift, Brysen has a talent with the birds, especially the falcon and his longtime falcon companion, Shara. In fact, Brysen dreams of becoming the best falco
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