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What to Read: Six of Crows

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The Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


Summary

A suicide mission. A gang of young criminals. A fortune to be made. Kaz, mysterious criminal mastermind and member of the Dregs, is always twelve steps ahead. While his crew may not always see his end game, they trust him whole-heartedly. Kaz recruits Inej, Nina, Jesper, Wylan, and Matthias for a once in a lifetime job that will either end in riches beyond their wildest dreams (and revenge for unsettled scores) or death.

Overall Impressions

Leigh Bargudo slays, a true queen of fantasy writing. Her storytelling skills shine in The Six of Crows, a dark, unpredictable, and thrilling novel that leaves readers hungry for more. The story is bursting with dynamic characters, both lovable and loath-able. I usually lock onto a favorite character rather quickly, but in this case it was impossible for me to choose. Despite their brutal choices and sometimes questionable morals, their silver linings left me rooting for them until the end. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in this amazing series.

For more by Leigh Bargudo, see What to Read: Shadow and Bone.

Happy Reading!

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What to Read: The Bitter Side of Sweet

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The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan


Summary

Amadou and his little brother Seydou have worked on a cacao farm for over two years, abused and unpaid in the cycle of modern-day slavery. They are not alone in their struggle for survival. There are other boys who work the farm, but none of them could have anticipated the arrival of Khaija, a fierce girl determined to escape from day one. Together, Amadou, Seydou, and Khaija may be able to accomplish what the brothers have never been to do alone–be free of the farm and find their way home.

Overall Impressions

Sullivan tackles a very real (and scarcely talked about) problem in today’s society with an enormous amount of heart and talent. The book is well-written, the characters are real enough to touch, and Sullivan’s passion for the rights of child laborers is inspiring. Amadou, Seydou, and Khaija represent the countless number of children forced to work in deplorable conditions, in this case within the chocolate industry. Theirs is a simultaneously heart-wrenching and uplifting story of family and friendship, as well as a look into the shocking world of modern-day slavery. The Bitter Side of a Sweet is a summer reading must.

For more, visit Tara Sullivan’s site: https://tarasullivanbooks.com/ 

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What to Read: The Demon King

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The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima


Summary

Bad luck has followed young Han Alister his entire life. That doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. When he unwittingly steal a powerful talisman, the ex-streetlord finds himself hunted by one of the most powerful wizard family’s in the queendom. Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna, princess heir, must navigate the dangers of a fragile court. The queen seems all too ready to lean on the opinions of her advisor, High Wizard Bayar, and Raisa suspects all is not as it seems. With the truce between the wizards and the Valefolk hanging in the balance, trusting the wrong ally could prove costly.

Overall Impressions

Great start for a series! I was hooked from the first few chapters. The characters were dynamic, likable, and well-distinguished. (Personally, I loved the nobel and tender-hearted Amon.) Each character stands on his/her own, and it was fun to see how they crossed paths through interventions of fate and chance. The Bayar family makes a formidable, Malfoy-esque enemy that has the reader squinting and shaking their fist. Chima also crafts a believable, well-mapped world in which her characters live. This fantasy is an excellent addition to the summer reading list for lovers of adventure, romance, and magic. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.

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What to Read: The Rosie Project

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 


 

Summary

Don is…odd. A brilliant professor and scientist, he abides by a strict lifestyle based on efficiency and science. It seems he’s only missing one thing: love. So begins the Wife Project–a carefully calculated endeavor to find himself a “suitable partner”. Then Don meets Rosie, an unpredictable hurricane in his quiet life of reason. Rosie is looking for her real father, and Don might just be the man to help her find him. Together they embark on the Father Project, catapulting Don into a world far more colorful than he thought possible.

Overall Impressions

Yes. Yes to all. The Rosie Project is a triumph of nerd love. The characters are full and authentic and the dynamics between the various couples are nicely blended. I loved Don’s quirky yet relatable take on life. I smiled at nearly every page thanks to the brilliantly crafted voice. It’s a fast read, the kind of book you can sit down with and enjoy over the weekend. If you’re looking to fall in love with reading all over again, check out The Rosie Project. 

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