We Are Inevitable

Title: We Are Inevitable

Author: Gayle Forman

Series: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 288

Publisher: Penguin Teen

Rating: ★★★★★

*I received an ARC of We Are Inevitable by Gayle Forman through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.*

Synopsis:‘I got this whole-body feeling… it was like a message from future me to present me, telling me that in some way we weren’t just bound to happen, that we had, in some sense, already happened. It felt… inevitable.’

So far, the inevitable hasn’t worked out so well for Aaron Stein.

While his friends have gone to college and moved on with their lives, Aaron’s been left behind in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, running a failing bookshop with his dad, Ira. What he needs is a lucky break, the good kind of inevitable.

And then he meets Hannah. Incredible Hannah – magical, musical, brave and clever. Could she be the answer? And could they – their relationship, their meeting – possibly be the inevitable Aaron’s been waiting for?”

Review: I finished this book an hour ago and my initial thought was, ‘I don’t know how I feel about it.’, but after thinking it through and reliving the moments in my mind the complexity and emotion of the story really come through.

Although this was a pretty quick read, it is packed full of emotions. This is a story about loss, grief, learning, and love. It’s not a crazy adventure-filled story with tons of drama, though it has a sprinkle of both, rather it has a sort of understated journey both physically and emotionally. 

If you’re looking for a quick read that will bring you through waves of emotions and character development in a short frame, this is the book for you!

Cover: ★★★★★

Favorite Quotes:

  • “destruction doesn’t inevitably lead to extinction; sometimes it leads to the creation of something entirely new”
  • “sometimes too much time passes and there don’t seem a way back”

Better Together

*I received an ARC of Better Together by Christine Riccio through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “Jamie’s an aspiring standup comic in Los Angeles with a growing case of stage anxiety. Siri’s a stunning ballerina from New Jersey nursing a career-changing injury.They’ve both signed up for the …

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Slingshot

*I received an ARC of Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “Grace Welles had resigned herself to the particular loneliness of being fifteen and stuck at a third-tier boarding school in the swamps of Florida, when she accidentally saves the new kid …

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The Prison Healer

*I received an ARC of The Prison Healer through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer. When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva is charged …

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Fireborne & Flamefall

*I received an ARC of Flamefall through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* FIREBORNE: Synopsis: “Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone–even the lowborn–a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders. Now they are both rising stars in …

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Renegade Flight

*I received an ARC of Renegade Flight by Andrea Tang through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “Aurora Rising meets Top Gun, with the addition of cybernetic dragons, in this is the witty, romantic, and electrifying sci-fi novel by Andrea Tang. Viola Park’s life is over. She’s gone from …

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A Queen of Gilded Horns

*I received an ARC of A Queen of Gilded Horns by Amanda Joy through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “In this sequel to A River of Royal Blood, Eva and Isa must find a way to work together if they want to save their queendom in the thrilling …

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Better Together

Title: Better Together

Author: Christine Riccio

Series: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Retelling

Pages: 448

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Rating: ★★★★★

*I received an ARC of Better Together by Christine Riccio through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.*

Synopsis:Jamie’s an aspiring standup comic in Los Angeles with a growing case of stage anxiety.

Siri’s a stunning ballerina from New Jersey nursing a career-changing injury.

They’ve both signed up for the same session at an off the grid Re-Discover Yourself Retreat in Colorado. When they run into each other, their worlds turn upside down.

Jamie and Siri are sisters, torn apart at a young age by their parent’s volatile divorce. They’ve grown up living completely separate lives: Jamie with their Dad and Siri with their Mom. Now, reunited after over a decade apart, they hatch a plot to switch places. It’s time they get to know and confront each of their estranged parents.

With an accidental assist from some fortuitous magic, Jamie arrives in New Jersey, looking to all the world like Siri, and Siri steps off her flight sporting a Jamie glamour.

The sisters unexpectedly find themselves stuck living in each other’s shoes. Soon Siri’s crushing on Jamie’s best friend Dawn. Jamie’s falling for the handsome New Yorker she keeps running into, Zarar. Alongside a parade of hijinks and budding romance, both girls work to navigate their broken family life and the stresses of impending adulthood.

Freaky Friday meets The Parent Trap in New York Times bestselling author Christine Riccio’s Better Together, a sparkling and heartfelt story about sisters, second chances, finding romance, and finding yourself. “

Review: Such a fun and lighthearted read! I had such a great time reading and understanding the stories behind Siri and Jamie. Since this is essentially a retelling of the Parent Trap, the characters are truly the star of the show, and getting to know more about them is such a drama-filled story full of romance, laughs, and emotion.

While this story is advertised as “Freaky Friday meets The Parent Trap”, the plot just felt almost too familiar despite all the amazing and interesting details added. However, even without a super exciting plot, I quickly fell in love with the characters and became very emotionally invested in their relationships with themselves and others.

While I don’t think this will be one of my favorite stories for years to come, it is a super fun story that I would recommend for anyone looking for some new characters to become invested in with a twist on a classic.

Cover:★★★★★

We Are Inevitable

*I received an ARC of We Are Inevitable by Gayle Forman through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “‘I got this whole-body feeling… it was like a message from future me to present me, telling me that in some way we weren’t just bound to happen, that …

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Our Chemical Hearts

Title: Our Chemical Hearts Author: Krystal Sutherland Series: Standalone Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, Mental Health Pages: 320 Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers Rating: ★★★★☆ *I received a copy of Our Chemical Hearts through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “Henry Page has never …

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The Queen’s Secret

*I received an ARC of The Queen’s Secret by Melissa de la Cruz through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “Lilac’s birthright makes her the Queen of Renovia, and a forced marriage made her the Queen of Stavin. But being a ruler does not mean making the …

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The Wide Starlight

*I received an ARC of  The Wide Starlight by Nicole Lesperance through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “The Hazel Wood meets The Astonishing Color of After in this dreamy, atmospheric novel that follows sixteen-year-old Eli as she tries to remember what truly happened the night her mother disappeared off …

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Stormbreak

*I received an ARC of Stormbreak by Natalie C. Parker through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “In this epic conclusion to the Seafire trilogy, which Booklist called “Mad Max by way of Davy Jones,” Caledonia Styx will risk everything–her heart, her crew, and even her life–to defeat Lir and …

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City of the Uncommon Thief

*I received an ARC of City of the Uncommon Thief by Lynne Bertrand through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “A dark and intricate fantasy, City of the Uncommon Thief is the story of a quarantined city gripped by fear and of the war that can free it. “Guilders …

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Slingshot

Title: Slingshot

Author: Mercedes Helnwein

Series: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 352

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Rating: ★★★★★

*I received an ARC of Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.*

Synopsis:Grace Welles had resigned herself to the particular loneliness of being fifteen and stuck at a third-tier boarding school in the swamps of Florida, when she accidentally saves the new kid in her class from being beat up. With a single aim of a slingshot, the monotonous mathematics of her life are obliterated forever…because now there is this boy she never asked for. Wade Scholfield.

With Wade, Grace discovers a new way to exist. School rules are optional, life is bizarrely perfect, and conversations about wormholes can lead to make-out sessions that disrupt any logical stream of thoughts.

So why does Grace crush Wade’s heart into a million tiny pieces? And what are her options when she finally realizes that 1. The universe doesn’t revolve around her, and 2. Wade has been hiding a dark secret. Is Grace the only person unhinged enough to save him?

Acidly funny and compulsively readable, Mercedes Helnwein’s debut novel Slingshot is a story about two people finding each other and then screwing it all up. See also: soulmate, friendship, stupidity, sex, bad poetry, and all the indignities of being in love for the first time.”

Review: Not what I expected, but not in a bad way. I love a good contemporary filled with romance and this is definitely all that and more. In addition to an emotion-filled romance story, there is plenty of other drama in Grace’s life that brings about twists and turns in this story.

One this I have to mention is about the ending. It’s no cliffhanger but be warned because not all the strings are tied up and though I know it can be meaningful to leave it somewhat open-ended, I’m a sucker for a happy ending.

So what kind of story is this? If you’re looking for a coming of age novel with romance, drama, and heart-clenching emotions of someone experiencing life, this is the one.

Cover: ★★★★★

Favorite Quotes:

  • “Did you know that stories don’t actually have endings?”

shine your icy crown

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Winterkeep

*I received an ARC of Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “Something is rotten in the heart of Winterkeep… Four years after Bitterblue left off, a new land has been discovered to the east: Torla; and the closest nation to Monsea is Winterkeep. Winterkeep …

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Crown of Bones

*I received an ARC of  Crown of Bones by A. K. Wilder through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “Raise. Your. Phantom. For fans of epic fantasies and sweeping adventures, this ensemble cast will immerse you in a world of unique magic, breathtaking action and unforgettable characters. …

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The Lost Manuscript

Title: The Lost Manuscript Author: Cathy Bonidan Series: Standalone Genre: Adult, Fiction, Romance Pages: 288 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Rating: ★★★★☆ *I received an ARC of The Lost Manuscript: A Novel by Cathy Bonidan through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “Cathy Bonidan’s The Lost Manuscript is a charming …

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Lore

*I received an ARC of Lore by Alexandra Bracken through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds comes a sweepingly ambitious, high-octane tale of power, destiny, love and redemption. Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past …

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The Camelot Betrayal

Title: The Camelot Betrayal Author: Kiersten White Series: Camelot Rising #2 Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Historical Fiction Publisher: Delacorte Press Rating: ★★★★★ *I received an ARC of The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “The second book in a …

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The Prison Healer

Title: The Prison Healer

Author: Lynette Noni

Series: The Prison Healer #1

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Fiction, Young Adult

Pages: 416

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★★

*I received an ARC of The Prison Healer through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.*

Synopsis: “Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer.

When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva is charged with keeping the terminally ill woman alive long enough for her to undergo the Trial by Ordeal: a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water, and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals.

Then a coded message from Kiva’s family arrives, containing a single order: “Don’t let her die. We are coming.” Aware that the Trials will kill the sickly queen, Kiva risks her own life to volunteer in her place. If she succeeds, both she and the queen will be granted their freedom.

But no one has ever survived.

With an incurable plague sweeping Zalindov, a mysterious new inmate fighting for Kiva’s heart, and a prison rebellion brewing, Kiva can’t escape the terrible feeling that her trials have only just begun.

From bestselling author Lynette Noni comes a dark, thrilling YA fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, and Sabaa Tahir.

Review: I READ THIS IN ONE DAY, and almost one sitting (I had to go to class or it would have been one sitting). This book is full of amazing characters, romance, magic, and twists and turns! I love a good surprise, and though maybe some of these twists should have been more apparent, I was honestly shocked (even when all the hints were right there?!)

I can’t wait for the second book to see more of the world-building (as this takes place in … you guessed it! a prison!), and I just want to follow Kiva into even more adventures! If you’re looking for a book that will grab your attention, is filled with magic, action, and romance, this is the book for you!

*Also trigger warning!! This book contains some mentioning of self-harm!*

Cover: ★★★★★

Favorite Quotes:

  • “Hope was a drug, and Kiva an addict.”

A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse books Anthology

Title: A Universe of Wishes Author: Dhonielle Clayton (Editor), Samira Ahmed (Author), Libba Bray (Author), Zoraida Córdova (Author), Tessa Gratton (Author), Kwame Mbalia (Author), Anna-Marie McLemore (Author), Tochi Onyebuchi (Author), Mark Oshiro (Author), Natalie C. Parker (Author), Rebecca Roanhorse (Author), V.E. Schwab (Author), Tara Sim (Author), Nic Stone (Author) Series: Anthology, some short stories are connected to stories/series outside of this collection Genre: Anthology, Short Stories, Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Science Fiction, Romance, Retelling Pages: 416 Publisher: Random House Children’s …

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More Than We Bargained For

Title: More Than We Bargained For Author: Fiona West Series: Timber Falls #4 Genre: Romance, Contemporary Publisher: Tempest and Kite Publishing Rating: ★★★★★ Synopsis: ” Wanted: renter for rural Oregon mountain lodge. Single mom divorcees named Starla preferred. Starla Moore despises a mystery, and there’s no bigger mystery than Sawyer Devereaux. He comes into the …

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Pistouvi

Title: Pistouvi Author: Merwan, Bertrand Gatignol Series: Standalone Genre: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Fantasy, Comic Book Pages: 192 Publisher: Magnetic Press Rating: ★★★★★ *I received an ARC of Pistouvi by Merwan through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “Jeanne is a little girl who lies with …

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Love & Olives

Title: Love & Olives Author: Jenna Evans Welch Series: Love & Gelato #3 Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction Pages: 352 Publisher: Simon Pulse Rating: ★★★★★ *I received an ARC of Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “From the New York …

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A Golden Fury

*I received an ARC of A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: Set in eighteenth century England, Samantha Cohoe’s debut novel, A GOLDEN FURY (Wednesday Books; October 13, 2020), follows a young alchemist as she tries to save the people she …

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Breathless

*I received an ARC of Breathless by Jennifer Niven through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “From Jennifer Niven, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places, comes an unforgettable new novel about a sensitive girl ready to live her bravest life–sex, heartbreak, family dramas, and all. …

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Fireborne & Flamefall

Title: Fireborn, Flamefall

Author: Rosaria Munda

Series: The Aurelian Cycle (#1, #2)

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Dragons, High Fantasy

Pages: 448, 496

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★★

*I received an ARC of Flamefall through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.*

FIREBORNE:

Synopsis: “Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone–even the lowborn–a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders.

Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet.

But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city.

With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.”

Review: Such an interesting fantasy world! I really enjoyed seeing this story being set up and the relationships between the different characters. This book definitely feels like the first book in a series and I really enjoyed seeing how the world was set up.

Though this isn’t usually a book I would reach for, I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to follow Annie and Lee’s journey!

one sentence summary: Romeo and Juliet with dragons

Cover: ★★★★★

Favorite Quotes:

  • “The girl shrugged and looked up at him, her face wet with tears, and he saw a bitter ferocity and determination there that he recognized. ‘Sometimes I can’t not fight,'”
  • “You only deserve this mantle as long as you can be more reasonable and more virtuous than what came before”
  • “An old desire wells up within me, its pain so familiar, it returns like exhaustion. I would give anything to ease the hurt on this girl’s face. Anything.”

FLAMEFALL:

Synopsis:Revolutionary flames ignite around Annie, Lee, and a brand new POV character in the second book of the Fireborne trilogy.

After fleeing the revolution and settling into the craggy cliffs of New Pythos, the Dragonlords are eager to punish their usurpers–and reclaim their city. Their first order of business was destroying the Callipolan food supply. Now they’re coming for the Dragonriders.

Annie is Callipolis’s new Firstrider, and while her goal has always been to protect the people, being the government’s enforcer has turned her into public enemy number one.

Lee struggles to find his place after killing kin to prove himself to a leader who betrayed him. He can support Annie and the other Guardians . . . or join the radicals who look to topple the new regime.

Griff, a lowborn dragonrider who serves New Pythos, knows he has no future. And now that Julia, the Firstrider who had protected him, is dead, he is called on to sacrifice everything for the lords that oppress his people–or to forge a new path with the Callipolan Firstrider seeking his help.

With famine tearing Callipolis apart and the Pythians determined to take back what they lost, it will be up to Annie, Lee, and Griff to decide what to fight for–and who to love.”

Review: Did I enjoy this read? Yes. Is this a book I’ll be picking up for years to come? Probably not. Honestly, it’s mostly just bad timing. It’s simply hard to read a book about fantasy revolution in a world that currently is struggling so much and hurting. While this may be the perfect escape of a novel for some people, I tend to find novels filled with battle scenes and political tension harder to get through.

However, I am still curious as to how this series will continue in book three! Despite my lack of love for action, I do find the characters super intriguing and I want to know how it all ends!

If you’re looking for a dragon-filled story, full of action, and political turmoil, look no further (but be sure to check out Fireborne first!)

Cover: ★★★★★

Favorite Quotes:

  • “Dreams are the deadliest for the dreamers.”

Secret Legacy

Title: Secret Legacy Author: Carissa Andrews Series: The Windhaven Witches #1 Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Suspense Pages: 289 Publisher: Author Revolution LLC Rating: ★★★★☆ *I received an ARC of Secret Legacy by Carissa Andrews through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “Family Secrets Shrouded in Death. An …

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Somebody Give This Heart a Pen

Title: Somebody Give This Heart A Pen Author: Sophia Thakur Series: standalone Genre: Poetry, Young Adult, Romance, Empowerment, Relationship Pages: 112 Publisher: Candlewick Press Rating: ★★★★★ *I received an ARC of Somebody Give This Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “A …

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The Four Profound Weaves

Title: The Four Profound Weaves Author: R.B. Lemberg Series: Birdverse Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, LGBTQ+ Pages: 192 Publisher: Tachyon Publications Rating: ★★★★★ *I received an ARC of  The Four Profound Weaves by R.B. Lemberg through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “Wind: To match one’s body …

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Wayward Witch

Title: Wayward Witch Author: Zoraida Córdova Series: Brooklyn Brujas #3 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal Pages: 384 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Rating: ★★★★★ *I received an ARC of Wayward Witch by Zoraida Córdova through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “Rose Mortiz has always been a fixer, …

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Fable

Title: Fable Author: Adrienne Young Series: Fable #1 Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Adventure Pages: 368 Publisher: Wednesday Books Rating: ★★★★★ *I received an ARC of Fable by Adrienne Young through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, …

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Teen Titans: Beast Boy

Title: Teen Titans: Beast Boy Author: Kami Garcia Illustrator: Gabriel Picolo Series: Teen Titans #2 Genre: Young Adult, Comic, Graphic Novel, Superhero, Fantasy, DC Comics Pages: 208 Publisher: DC Ink Rating: ★★★★★ *I received an ARC of Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo through Netgalley, but this in no way affected …

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Renegade Flight

Title: Renegade Flight

Author: Andrea Tang

Series: Rebelwing #2

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Publisher: Razorbill

Rating: ★★★★★

*I received an ARC of Renegade Flight by Andrea Tang through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.*

Synopsis:Aurora Rising meets Top Gun, with the addition of cybernetic dragons, in this is the witty, romantic, and electrifying sci-fi novel by Andrea Tang.

Viola Park’s life is over. She’s gone from planning her future as a pilot-in-training to resigning herself to life on the ground. And it’s all because she made one tiny, not-altogether-legal maneuver on the prestigious GAN Academy’s entrance exam. It’s bad enough that she didn’t get into the Academy, but getting caught cheating? It’s probably the worst thing Vi could imagine.

Still, there are perks that come with Vi’s family legacy at the school, and when Vi learns that recent pilot disappearances have left the Academy desperate for recruits, she does what any good Park would do–uses her connections to wiggle her way back in. But instead of matriculating with the regular class of future Peacekeepers, Vi is forced to enter as a probationary student, which means she’ll have to work twice as hard to prove herself worthy of a place in the cockpit of one of the legendary dragon mechs.

Lucky for Vi, the Academy has set up a combat tournament for all students, and the prize is a guaranteed spot in the Peacekeeper corps. Unlucky for Vi, she’ll have to compete against her probie classmates, including Nicholas Lee, a mysterious boy prone to throwing Vi off her game. And as more Peacekeepers go missing, what starts out as a ploy to save her reputation turns into a fight for the future of Peacekeepers everywhere, and if Vi can’t master her mech combat skills, she might not survive the battle.

Set fifteen years after Prudence Wu took flight in Rebelwing, a new generation of scrappy young pilots challenge corruption, competition, and more dangerous mechs than ever, as they redefine what it means to be a revolutionary. “

Review: I haven’t picked up a sci-fi novel in quite some time, but I have never been so glad that I did! Rebelwing and Renegade Flight is perfect for people who love a blend of fantasy and sci-fi.

I absolutely LOVED Rebelwing, but I don’t usually love it when series picks up later with a different main character. While Renegade Flight follows Vi instead of Pru, after a few pages I was just as immersed and devoted to Vi’s story as I was with Pru’s! The amazing part of a new spin-off is the introduction of more amazing characters!

THIS PLOT. If you’re looking for an action-packed story this is the one! While I was able to predict one pretty large plot twist there were plenty more that caught me off guard. This is a book that once you get into, will be so hard to put down! (AKA I finally had a bit of time to rest after a busy week and I still stayed up to finish the last 40% because I could not wait till the next morning!)

Vicious Spirits

Title: Vicious Spirits Author: Kat Cho Series: Gumiho #2 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal Pages: 429 Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers Rating: ★★★★★ *I received an ARC of Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: …

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Entwined

Title: Entwined Author: A. J. Rosen Series: Entwined #1 Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade Pages: 288 Publisher: Wattpad Books Rating: ★★★★☆ *I received an ARC of Entwined by A.J. Rosen through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “Sometimes love gets a bit twisted.Avery Montgomery doesn’t even …

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Pillow Thoughts IV

Title: Pillow Thoughts IV Author: Courtney Peppernell Series: Pillow Thoughts #4 Genre: Poetry, Mental Health Pages: 288 Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing Rating: ★★★★☆ *I received an ARC of Pillow Talks IV by Courtney Peppernell through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “The final installment in this bestselling series …

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The Love Scam

Title: The Love Scam Author: MaryJanice Davidson Series: Standalone Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult, New Adult Pages: 320 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5) *I received an ARC of The Love Scam by MaryJanice Davidson through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “A sweet and sassy …

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Rules for Visiting

Title: Rules for Visiting Author: Jessica Francis Kane Series: standalone Genre: Contemporary, Fiction Pages: 290 Publisher: Penguin Press Rating: ★★★★☆ Synopsis: “A beautifully observed and deeply funny novel of May Attaway, a university gardener who sets out on an odyssey to reconnect with four old friends over the course of a year. At forty, May …

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Belle Révolte

Title: Belle Révolte Author: Linsey Miller Series: Standalone Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Romance Pages: 384 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Rating: ★★★★★ *I received an ARC of Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “From the author of the Mask of Shadows duology comes a …

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A Queen of Gilded Horns

Title: A Queen of Gilded Horns

Author: Amanda Joy

Series: A River of Royal Blood #2

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 368

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books For Young

Rating: ★★★★★

*I received an ARC of A Queen of Gilded Horns by Amanda Joy through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.*

Synopsis:In this sequel to A River of Royal Blood, Eva and Isa must find a way to work together if they want to save their queendom in the thrilling conclusion to this royal fantasy duology.

Now on the run, Eva is desperate for answers about her transformation and her true heritage. Along with Aketo, a small contingent of guards, and the sister she could not kill, Eva flees Ternain in hopes of finding friends and allies to the north–not to mention Baccha–to help her decide what to do next. Princess Isa is a difficult, unremorseful captive, and Eva knows better than to trust her sister, but she wants to. Despite their history, Eva is convinced that to survive the growing unrest in the queendom, she and her sister must make peace. Since the Entwining ceremony, Eva’s and Isa’s lives have been bonded, and each can only die by the other’s hand. This perhaps provides an opening for a truce and a more hopeful future for both the sisters and the queendom, if only Isa would see reason and give up the battle for the throne.

With the two princesses on the run, the Queendom of Myre is on the brink of a revolution. And without Baccha to guide and train her magick, Eva must find a way not only to survive her own metamorphosis, but to unite all the people of Myre, including her sister, by finally taking the Ivory Throne.”

Review: I absolutely LOVE this series. I think there are stories that have some amazing characters or a good plot, but this book has it all! Amanda Joy is an amazingly beautiful writer and has created the most magical world filled with well thought-out characters taking on a twisting plot full of romance and adventure. This may just be one of the best series I have read this year, if not of all.

I love reading Eva’s story and though I totally understand why this is a duology, I can’t help but wish for more! Besides the amazing characters, I just truly love magic in this series and it is so fun to follow the characters as they reveal more and more of the magic and culture in the world they live in.

This series is truly amazing and unforgettable! If you’re looking for an action-packed, magical story with some romance, this is the series for you!

Cover: ★★★★★

The Tea Dragon Tapestry

Title: The Tea Dragon Tapestry Author: Katie O’Neill Series: Tea Dragon #3 Genre: Graphic Novel, Comic, Fantasy, Children’s, Middle Grade Pages: 128 Publisher: Oni Press Rating: ★★★★★ *I received an ARC of The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Katie O’Neill through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “Join Greta …

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Again Again

Title: Again Again Author: E. Lockhart Series: Standalone Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction Pages: 304 Publisher: Delacorte Press Rating: ★★★★★ *I received an ARC of Again Again by E. Lockhart through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “In this novel full of surprises from the New …

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Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life

Title: Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life Author: Marie Kondo, Scott Sonenshein Series: Standalone Genre: Nonfiction, Self Help, Business Pages: 320 Publisher: Little, Brown Spark Rating: ★★★★☆ Synopsis: Marie Kondo, author of the worldwide #1 bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and organizational psychologist Scott Sonenshein team up to bring joy to work. The …

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April Time Capsule

* Time Capsule= Favorites, but it felt more appropriate given that these are some weird times. Stay safe and if you have had any interests or interesting moments, please share! To Eat lao gan ma: an oil chili condiment SO GOOD. I grew up really bad with spicy food and have only recently developed a …

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How to be a bookstagrammer

Want to be a bookstagrammer?! Here’s a few tips on joining the bookstagram community! Mindset Love books! Ok this sort of a given, but it is the essential part of bookstagramming! (Why make a whole account on something you don’t enjoy?!) Talk to people! There’s no point in joining a community without interacting with the …

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Our Chemical Hearts

Title: Our Chemical Hearts

Author: Krystal Sutherland

Series: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, Mental Health

Pages: 320

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★☆

*I received a copy of Our Chemical Hearts through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.*

Synopsis: “Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him-at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.

Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl-she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.”

Review: I first added this book to my tbr list FOUR YEARS AGO. Now that it’s finally been turned into a movie, I picked this up and I regret not having picked this story up four years ago. Though, I have to say, within the first page of reading I immediately could see how and why this story has been turned into a movie.

A beautiful, tragic, love story. Our Chemical Hearts is a contemporary romance novel about a teenage attempt at love but it deals with so much more. The relationship is almost a hard one to read about because it is so toxic, but it comes with a taste of reality that isn’t always present in young adult contemporary fiction.

I loved the romance, tension, and characters, but the real treat throughout this story is the author’s amazing wit. You hear it mostly in Henry’s thoughts or words, but it shows up all throughout the novel (obviously, she wrote it…), but what I mean to say is if the plot doesn’t entice you enough, give this story a try anyways. There are so many amazing details and I LOVE how every rebuttal to a character’s action is clearly addressed by the other characters. These are not some airheaded characters and there is purpose, understanding, and analytical skills present.

*quick movie review*: I preferred the book! All the fun inner thoughts are missed dearly. I also missed the side characters from the novel.

Cover: ICONIC

Favorite Quotes:

  • “I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”
  • “‘Most girls–‘ I began. Lola snapped up her hand. ‘Be careful what you say next, Henry Page,’ she said. ‘Very few good things come out of sentences that begin with ‘Most girls.'”
  • “I mean, if I don’t know who I am, how is anyone else every supposed to?”
  • “The universe is not the magical place people like to paint it as. It’s excruciatingly beautiful, but there’s no magic there, just science.”
  • “The best thing the universe ever gave us is that we’ll all be forgotten.”
  • “Because you’re worth nothing less than stardust, but all I can give you is dirt.”
  • “I wanted to destroy her with my extraordinariness.”

Little Women

Title: Little Women Author: Louisa May Alcott Series: Little Women #1 Genre: Fiction, Classics, Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult, Literature Pages: (depends on the edition) Publisher: Amazon Classics Rating: ★★★★★ Synopsis: “As a New England mother struggles to support her family in the wake of her husband’s service in the Civil War, her four daughters …

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Break Your Glass Slippers

Title: Break Your Glass Slippers Author: Amanda Lovelace Series: You Are Your Own Fairy Tale #1 Genre: Poetry, Feminism Pages: 160 Publisher: Andrews McMeel Rating: ★★★★★ *I received an ARC of Break Your Glass Slippers through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “more forgetting time.more midnight dances with …

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March Favorites

Activities Journaling: If you haven’t journaled before, now is a great time to start! I always find it a great way to reflect. To me journaling works similarly to photography, but instead of capturing the physical memories, it capture the emotional or logical memories. I love reading old journals or just physically writing down my …

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A Strangely Wrapped Gift

Title: A Strangely Wrapped Gift Author: Emily Brynes Series: Standalone Genre: Poetry, LGBT, Mental Health Pages: 192 Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5/5) *I received an ARC of A Strangely Wrapped Gift through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: In these pages, you will find journeys from …

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Dewdrop

Title: Dewdrop Author: Katie O’Neill Series: Standalone Genre: Childrens, Picture book, Fantasy Pages: 40 Publisher: Oni Press Rating: ★★★★★ *I received an ARC of Dewdrop through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: From the author of The Tea Dragon Society comes Dewdrop, the delightful children’s tale of an adorable axolotl who …

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Nineteen

Title: Nineteen Author: Mackenzie Campbell Series: standalone Genre: Poetry Pages: 192 Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing Rating: ★★★★☆ Synopsis: “By the author of the wildly successful 2am Thoughts, comes Nineteen — titled after the poet’s age when she wrote this new book. Nineteen is a collection of poetry that broaches heartbreak, love, loss, war,peace, and healing. …

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The Queen’s Secret

Title: The Queen’s Secret

Author: Melissa de la Cruz

Series: The Queen’s Secret #2

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 320

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★☆

*I received an ARC of The Queen’s Secret by Melissa de la Cruz through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.*

Synopsis: “Lilac’s birthright makes her the Queen of Renovia, and a forced marriage made her the Queen of Stavin. But being a ruler does not mean making the rules. For Lilac, taking the throne means giving up the opportunity to be with love of her life, the kingdom’s assassin, Caledon Holt.

Worse, Cal is forced to leave the castle when a horrific set of magical attacks threatens Lilac’s sovereignty. Now Cal and Lilac will have to battle dark forces separately, even though being together is the only thing that’s ever saved them.

In the riveting conclusion to Melissa De La Cruz’s fantasy duet, love and magic are at war, and victory rests on a knife’s edge.”

Review: While I found The Queen’s Assassin somewhat filled with tropes, I still didn’t mind and enjoy reading certain tropes occasionally. With The Queen’s Secret, I was hoping to see a lot more character development, better plot twists, and more romance!

The Queen’s Secret definitely brought some more interesting plot points and I enjoyed it for the most part. While I still devoured this series, I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I was younger. Though I enjoyed reading The Queen’s Assassin as a quick and easy read, I think The Queen’s Assassin had a lot more going on and I really got drawn in!

If you’re looking for a quick read full of magic and romance, this is for you!

Cover: ★★★★★

February Favorites

Food Chocolate wafers: OMG The dark chocolate Quadritini’s are my life. I have to stop myself from buying them because I eat them so fast and relentlessly. Seriously though, I love them so much. Libraries NYPL: ok this is a weird one I guess, but I finally got a library and visited the NYC libraries …

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Anna K.: A Love Story

Title: Anna K.: A Love Story Author: Jenny Lee Series: Standalone Genre: Young Adult, Retelling, Contemporary, Romance Pages: 448 Publisher: Flatiron Books Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5/5) *I received an ARC of Anna K.: A Love Story through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: Every happy teenage girl is the …

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Shadow of the Batgirl

Title: Shadow of the Batgirl Author: Sarah Kuhn Series: Standalone Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Comic, Superhero Pages: 185 Publisher: DC Ink Rating: ★★★★★ *I received an ARC of  Shadow of the Batgirl through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: Cassandra Cain, teenage assassin, isn’t exactly Batgirl …

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The Raven and the Dove

Title: The Raven and the Dove Author: Kaitlyn Davis Series: The Raven and the Dove #1 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling Pages: 502 Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC Rating: ★★★★☆ *I received an ARC of The Raven and the Dove through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: …

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January Favorites

Food King’s Hawaiian Bread: I just got my wisdom teeth out and as nice as mashed potatoes are, this has been my favorite snack. I could honestly eat a whole bag in one go. Rice Cake: Being at home during winter break means a whole bunch of Chinese food that I don’t get during school! …

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Of Curses and Kisses

Title: Of Curses and Kisses Author: Sandhya Menon Series: St. Rosetta’s Academy #1 Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Retelling, Fantasy Pages: 384 Publisher: Simon Pulse Rating: ★★★★☆ *I received an ARC of Of Curses and Kisses through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: From the New York Times bestselling author of When …

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The Wide Starlight

Title: The Wide Starlight

Author: Nicole Lesperance

Series: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary, Mental Health, Magical Realism

Pages: 320

Publisher: Razorbill

Rating: ★★★★★

*I received an ARC of  The Wide Starlight by Nicole Lesperance through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.*

Synopsis:The Hazel Wood meets The Astonishing Color of After in this dreamy, atmospheric novel that follows sixteen-year-old Eli as she tries to remember what truly happened the night her mother disappeared off a glacier in Norway under the Northern Lights.

Never whistle at the Northern Lights, the story goes, or they’ll sweep down from the sky and carry you away.

Sixteen-year-old Eline Davis knows it’s true. She was there ten years ago, on a frozen fjord in Svalbard, Norway, the night her mother whistled at the lights and then vanished.

Now Eli lives an ordinary life with her dad on Cape Cod. But when the Northern Lights are visible over the Cape for just one night, she can’t resist the possibility of seeing her mother again. So she whistles—and it works. Her mother appears, with snowy hair, frosty fingertips and a hazy story of where she’s been all these years. And she doesn’t return alone.

Along with Eli’s mother’s reappearance come strange, impossible things. Narwhals swimming in Cape Cod Bay, meteorites landing in Eli’s yard, and three shadowy princesses with ominous messages. It’s all too much, too fast, and Eli pushes her mother away. She disappears again—but this time, she leaves behind a note that will send Eli on a journey across continents, to the northern tip of the world:

Find me where I left you.

Review: A beautifully written story about closure. If you’re looking for something filled with magic and emotions this is the one for you! While I tend to read books that are filled with lots of action and romance, this book has a kind of quiet of the calm in the eye of a storm. It tackles issues with mental health portrayed in a magical perspective, climate change, and handling a variety of relationships.

While this isn’t the kind of book I would usually read, I still appreciate it for what it is. Death and grieving can be such a hard thing and this story is able to really grasp all those complicated feelings and illustrate them in such a beautiful way.

Cover: ★★★★★

The Kissing Game

Title: The Kissing Game Author: Marie Harte Series: Standalone Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary Pages: 320 Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Rating: ★★★★☆ *I received an ARC of The Kissing Game through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: “I bet you a kiss you can’t resist me.” Game on. Rena Jackson …

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Woven In Moonlight

*I received an ARC of Woven in Moonlight through Netgalley, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.* Synopsis: A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history. Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when …

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer (The Graphic Novel) Author: Leigh Bardugo (an irl wonder woman!), Kit Seaton (Adapted by), Louise Simonson (Adapted by) Series: standalone Genre: Graphic Novel, Superhero, Action, DC Comic, Fantasy Pages: 192 Publisher: DC Comics Rating: ★★★★☆ *I received an ARC of  Wonder Woman: Warbringer (the Graphic Novel) through Netgalley, but this in …

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Red, White, & Royal Blue

Synopsis: What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales? When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the …

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