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Cazadora, by Romina Garber

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challenging dark emotional hopeful mysterious sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
I loved this and felt that it tied the duology together very nicely.  The ending was something that I didn't see coming and I loved the shocking twist.  I loved how much Manu and the other characters grew.  The message that I got from this amazing duology is that there is always something to fight for.

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Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi

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challenging dark emotional hopeful informative inspiring reflective sad medium-paced
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America needs to be read.  I learned so many things from this book that I never learned in school.  What I learned in school was unfortunately horribly whitewashed.  Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America IS American history.  I am so glad that I read this challenging (in the best way possible) book.  I feel that this is a book that I will come back to.

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Ghost Squad, by Claribel A. Ortega

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adventurous emotional funny lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A
Ghost Squad is an amazing debut.  The book was fun, mysterious, spooky, and atmospheric.  Lucely and Syd are friendship goals, and I love Babette.  I also love Lucely's relationship with her dad and the Ghosts, and how she stopped at nothing to figure out the mystery of the evil lurking in St. Augustine.  While Ghost Squad is written for a younger audience, it's a book anyone will enjoy.
Prince Neptune: Poetry and Prose, by Cody R. Simpson, Prince Neptune

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emotional reflective fast-paced
Having been a long-time fan of Cody Simpson's music, I wanted to read his book of poetry.  Prince Neptune isn't just poetry, there are a few pieces of prose mixed in.  This collection did not disappoint.  The poetry and prose in this collection touch on love, fame, nature, and life in general.  Prince Neptune was an enjoyable read and I hope Cody writes more, he has a great way with words.
Fast Pitch, by Nic Stone

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emotional hopeful inspiring lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A
I loved this book.  In Fast Pitch, Shenice digs into her family's past, more specifically what happened to her great-grandfather Jon Jon when he played baseball.  Fast Pitch is a great coming of age read about family, friends, teamwork, and how even in losing you can still win.

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Kingdom of the Cursed, by Kerri Maniscalco

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dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A
Kingdom of the Cursed is the steamiest book I have ever read and I loved it.  I loved seeing how Emilia grew on her own and how she developed her relationship with Wrath.  Wrath stopped at nothing to protect Emilia.  The twist at the end had me shook, and I can not wait to read Kindom of the Feared.

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We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire, by Joy McCullough

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challenging dark emotional inspiring reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A
After reading and loving Blood Water Paint, I had no doubt that I would love We Are The Ashes, We Are The Fire as well.  This book was unique, it was two different stories in one.  There was the main story which was told in prose about Em's older sister (Nor) and how the family coped with the aftermath of a trial and wanted justice for a heinous crime against Nor.  Then there was the story of Marguerite de Breseaux that Em wrote in free verse.  Both stories have something in common.  We Are The Ashes, We Are The Fire was a beautiful, heartbreaking book.

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The Ickabog, by J.K. Rowling

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adventurous funny hopeful lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A
The Ickabog was cute and I loved the adventure.  I also found that there was a deep underlying message of what happens when people in power abuse that power, and I loved that.  Lord Spittleworth was an awful, unlikeable character but I have to give credit where credit is due, he was great at decieving people especially the king.  I loved how the King and Spittleworth faced the consequences of their actions.  The artwork drawn by extremely talented children was a great addition.  Overall this book was enjoyable.

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The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig

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challenging emotional hopeful inspiring reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes
I loved The Midnight Library.  I thought the concept was interesting and done well.  The Midnight Library is a book about choices and essentially a second chance at life.  I was very much engaged with the story when I was reading and I attribute that to the unique setting.  The Midnight Library is a book that made me think about things differently.

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Cradled, by Christina Bauer

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dark fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
An epilogue novella, Cradled was a great way to end the series.  It tied up all loose ends nicely, but it was not without some intriguing drama.  I loved how the series ended and how readers got to see <spoiler>A much deserved happy ending for Elea and Rowan.</spoiler>