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Scarlet - Marissa Meyer Originally at: http://yabooknook.tumblr.com/post/54479783532/book-recommendations-scarlet

So I usually don’t do recommendations for sequels because I feel that if you’ve read the first book and didn’t like it, you probably won’t like the second either. But we all know I do nothing but break my own rules like 97.3% of the time

I figured, anyway, that since SCARLET is told from a different POV, this wasn’t so much breaking as bending. Yeah ok.

SCARLET was absolutely fantastic. This coming from someone with ridiculously high expectations for it, let me tell you. We’re introduced to, well, Scarlet, our heroine, who is completely badass with a gun and a ship and about a thousand pounds of awesome. I can’t express my love for Scarlet accurately—she was both hot-headed and logical, able and caring.

I honestly raise my metaphorical fist in the air to Marissa Meyer, for showing that a girl can be tough and sensitive. They aren’t mutually exclusive. But that’s a topic for another day.

Our other main character was Wolf.

Wolf Wolf Wolf. (Report: he didn’t appear after I said it three times. Experiment Status - Failed.)

I want to describe Wolf’s many qualities as a character, but I have to admit I am completely overwhelmed by how hot I thought he was. Really hot, that is. can we talk about the make-out sessions please swoon Also, poor little baby angel I just wanted to hug him by the end of the book. Platonic Hugs.

Cinder and Prince Kai also get POVs in this book, but you all know that I love them from my CINDER rec, so I’ll stop gushing. Oh, and Captain Thorne. Somebody make a Captain Club so I can infiltrate please. (And then invite Thorne and Sturmhond. Thank you.)

I think, though, what I loved most about SCARLET was how seamless the transition from one Main Narrator to another was. I loved Cinder, both as a book and as a narrator—but at the same time, I loved Scarlet. The were unique in the own and their stories were fully compelling. And it was fascinating to see this amazing world from another person’s perspective.

Basically, read it. Because reasons.

And then come cry with me because CRESS won’t be out for eons.
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater Originally Posted at http://www.yabooknook.tumblr.com

I was one of those people (maybe the only one?) who was very skeptical about this book. I’d never read any of Maggie Stiefvater’s previous work and now live in constant fear of misspelling her name, and I only knew one of them had to do with werewolves.

But I picked it up anyway because hello, Cover and thanks Edgar Allan Poe for the ravens pro-bias. I was dubious at best—a girl named Blue who lived in a blue house with her psychic family? Um, ok—but I liked the voice and it was fun, so I bought it.

I don’t think I’ve ever felt like such a snob in my life.

THE RAVEN BOYS was literally so good that even now (about a full 6 months since I read it?), I still stop and think, man remember when I was an idiot and judged this book unfairly?

The cast of characters is fabulous. Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan (Ronan), and Noah are the ‘main gang’—and I cared for each and everyone of them. This is one of those times where I was just as worried about the secondary characters’ fates as I was about the main character’s. specially my boy Ronan oh child I don’t really want to focus on any particular one of them because I love them all, and if I start on this it will make a very long review.

The writing is smooth and pretty, told from four different perspectives. This kind of worried me a little, because so many perspectives tend to make it hard to get attached to the characters. Except, clearly it didn’t in this case—see the paragraph above where I gush. It helped defined the characters and their voices more, keep the story moving, and make the plot twists somehow expected and entirely out of the blue.

Basically what I’m saying is that I was stupid and this book is fantastic. Avoid my mistakes and read this.
Poison Princess - Kresley Cole Originally posted at http://yabooknook.tumblr.com/post/48146993467/book-recommendation-poison-princess

This book is sexy. There, I said it.

I met Kresley Cole at a Book Festival where she talked about this book and I thought it sounded cool. Then kind of forgot about it. I saw it later at B&N and recognized the cover so I picked it up to look at the first chapters and such.

The voice grabbed me from the first lines. It was so haunting and so creepy and I just needed to know more. I’m a sucker for unreliable narrators, let me tell you. Then it switched to Evie, who I really liked, and was also part unreliable.

Evie was a great heroine. She was normal and relatable, kind of like I imagine I would be if I’d survived the apocalypse—that is, totally clueless. What I love about Evie is that she was scared, thought she was going half-crazy, her whole world had changed, half of it now dead—but she still held her own. She survived. She may have been ignorant and naive, but she made do.

Any main character that can do that without collapsing into a pool of nerves is my type of character. She wasn’t the typical badass, but she was badass nonetheless. And I didn’t agree with all of her choices, but it showed she wasn’t perfect and I liked her more for it.

Her unlikely companion and pretty much the original reason I thought this book sounded good is a Cajun boy from the wrong side of basically everything. Jack Daniels was just fantastic. Major props to Kresley Cole for writing a character that could make my heart race in a few words.

deer gawd was he hot.

Swooning aside, I’ll be the first to say that Jack had some issues. Overprotective. Macho. A bit of a bully. What surprised me most, though, was that I liked him in spite of all that. Jack was an asshole and wonderfully characterized, and I didn’t feel like the book was telling me this was ‘ok’. I’m interested to see how the next book deals with this anyway, because of events that would be too spoilery to share.

Anyway, so you have these main characters and the rest of the gang (Matthew baby you are my favorite character) placed against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world that nobody quite understands, with people who claim to be the major Arcana from Tarot cards and have creepy, strange powers to back that up.

I will say, though, whilst the post-apocalyptic events are fascinating, you don’t get to that until about Chapter 13. I didn’t think this was an issue, since I liked getting to know Evie and Jackson and their lives before shit went down, but it does make for a slower start after the seriously chilling prologue.

I didn’t think I would like this book, honestly, especially not nearly as much as I did. But it flipped my expectations around and now I can’t wait for the sequel, which is coming out not soon enough.

POISON PRINCESS was like all the best things of sexytimes and horror stories (mostly sexytimes). I mean, honestly, what’s not to love?
The Warlock's Curse - M.K. Hobson Originally at: http://yabooknook.tumblr.com/post/62390483738/book-recommendation-the-warlocks-curse

I don't know why I waited so long to rec this book. My own actions baffle me.

So I have already recommended another of M.K. Hobson's books, THE NATIVE STAR, which is one of my absolute favorites and, as it happens, the first book in this series. Why am I recommending THE WARLOCK'S CURSE separately then? apart from obviously liking to bend rules and such

THE WARLOCK'S CURSE is actually the start of a new duology within the series, so technically you could read it without having read THE NATIVE STAR and still understand and enjoy it. I would side-eye you forever, though, because THE NATIVE STAR is fantastic and why anyone wouldn't want to read it is beyond me.

Moving on...

So THE WARLOCK'S CURSE takes place some years after the events of the last duology, following Will and Jenny as they make their way in the world. And obviously get hit in the face by some impressive obstacles.

Let's talk about characters first because we all know that's my favorite bit. Will Edwards. Will. Sigh. There were so many times through this book were I just wanted to reach out and hug him. And so many times I wanted to slap him across the face until his neck rotated 360˚. I'm trying to say he was great. He was likable and made mistakes left and right, but he tried. And, guys, he was troubled. Really troubled. Really troubled.

Jenny was just fantastic, and also flawed (which all the best characters are). She was ambitious and determined and complex. She had goals and motivations and her own plot, even though she wasn't the main character. I loved Jenny. Jenny and I could be friends.

There's other characters I liked loved but I don't want to talk about them because spoilers! I'll just say: Read closely. And, Aebedel Crowday was immensely disturbing.

Deer gawd.

Still, as much as I want to spend all my time gushing about the characters, where this book really shines is in its feel. This was dark. Darker than I expected it, and I loved it. THE WARLOCK'S CURSE pushes its own boundaries, making you care about characters who are broken and amazing and who put themselves in horrific situations. It is full of folklore that will feel new and familiar (specially if you've read the previous duology).

It is satisfyingly dark and a whirlwind of action that doesn't sacrifice character development. Read it and suffer waiting for the second book with me, please.
Unspoken - Sarah Rees Brennan I want to curl in the fetal position and cry forever.

*drowns in feels*

I’m ashamed to say how long I’ve been trying to write a book recommendation for UNSPOKEN. Every time I sat to write it, though, it was like the whole book came rushing at me and I was forever incapacitated in the fetal position, rocking back and forth, and begging for UNTOLD.

Or something like that.

I’ve read UNSPOKEN 3 times already fourth read here I come so I think I’m somewhat qualified to say that this book is incredible.

UNSPOKEN is told mostly from the perspective of Kami, a girl reporter with more sense and guts in her pinky than some entire countries. She’s funny and amazing and that secondary character you love from every other book. You know what I mean: deer gawd I sure hope Stiles was the main character in this show lol what. Well, that’s Kami.

Her ‘imaginary friend’, Jared (oh my little baby I still love you), is fantastic and full of sarcasm and fierce loyalty. He’s an incredibly complex character (like all of Sarah’s characters) and sometime you just don’t know if you want to jump him or hit him—but mostly both. His and Kami’s relationship could have kept this book going on its own, even without the gorgeous writing and the plot.

And let me tell you about the writing and the plot.

Best. Funny and gothic all in one, with plot twists I didn’t expect and full of suspense and magic and detective-ness.

Is this sounding like I’m just gushing yet? Because I am. Because I love this book, from the gorgeous cover (I mean, really) to the hilarious acknowledgements and everything in between.

I don’t know what Sarah Rees Brennan did to me, but it’s wonderful and it hurts. can I get UNTOLD now
The Diviners - Libba Bray Originally at http://yabooknook.tumblr.com/post/49156122032/book-recommendations-the-diviners

My love for Libba Bray is no secret. She’s hilarious, she’s clever, she’s basically a superhero (or is she already?). All this to say that I got THE DIVINERS as soon as it came out.

And holy shit ain’t it pretty?

THE DIVINERS is a complicated book. It’s told from multiple POVs, follows like what, ten thousand story lines? (I may be exaggerating) And it’s historical fiction!

Deer gawd so much to love.

Alright, let me tell you what made THE DIVINERS special to me this is gonna be long

Not to gush too much but unf that setting. The raging 20’s, with its flappers and jazz and slang, came to life in this book. It just flew right out of the page and wrapped you in its horrible glamour and left you youtubing flapper make-up how to’s… Or was that just me? Oh.

The plot is twisty and turn-y and wholly awesome. I can’t give anything away, but, even with all the POVs, it worked. And it was so creepy. As in, I definitely slept with the light on after I’d finished this book yeah thanks for that not

I want to talk a bit about the characters, too. I know a lot of people who said they had a hard time connecting with the characters because of how many there were, but let me tell you—I so did not. I loved them all, so flawed and broken and horrible and perfect.

I would argue that Evie was the main-est character of the book, but they all get the spotlight. (I’m sitting here wanting to tell you who my favorite character was and being very conflicted because ALL OF THEM. Maybe Jericho because sexy. But Sam… and Memphis. And Theta. And Mabel. And Henry. Ok, choosing is not a thing I do.) Specially, though, I loved how very fully developed all the character’s were. They all had history and story, all were main characters of their own plots, with feelings and mistakes and life.

I don’t know if Libba sacrificed cows to write this book or what, but it was flawless, and this comes from someone who read it with high expectations.

So, if you like creepy and historical and awesome, pick this up.

If you don’t,pick this up anyway.
The Archived - Victoria Schwab Originally at http://yabooknook.tumblr.com/post/48793737284/book-recommendation-the-archived

I’m going to come out and say that I picked up THE ARCHIVED because I was fascinated by the idea of dead people being like books. I mean, creepy, shelved bodies? Libraries of dead? Supernatural librarians? David Tennant? Yes, please.

Wait what.

THE ARCHIVE is so pretty I could cry. The descriptions, the world, the words, everything just comes together and there’s so much atmosphere I just kind of wanted to smash my head into my iPad and wake up in this book. Alive, though, not archived.

Mac is a great main character—I identified with her loss and her attitude, and wished I had some of her badassery. She was fierce and curious and young, burdened with a responsibility she wanted, but maybe more that she sometimes could handle.

But let’s talk about my favorite character, which wasn’t Mac even though she was amazing. Oh hello, Wes.

Wes was so. much. fun. He brought a comic relief Mackenzie’s grief really needed. But, more than that, he was alive. Wes’ characterization was when I first had to step back from the book and just go, wow. Victoria Schwab had given us a few details about him and I was reading along thinking, “he sounds like the kind of guy who would wear this.” Guess what, he did. I don’t think you realize how important that is, he was so much a person in my head that I could see him doing things like I could with my friends. Wes, I love Wes. I want more Wes, please.

Even with the fabulous characters, though, I think of THE ARCHIVED as a plot-and-world book. The mysteries, the new places, the writing. It was so great, like stepping into a place you used to visit when you were young.

I only give this book 4 stars instead of 5 because the beginning was slow. It switched between past (when Da was alive) and present in a sort of Diary vs. Narration way that I couldn’t quite get into. It stops after a while and the book’s pace picks up significantly.

Still, this is a definite recommendation from me. I can’t wait for the sequel! why must everything be trilogies why do i have to wait so long
The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken Original Post at http://www.yabooknook.tumblr.com


Oh dear, where do I start.

I thought this was going to be a solid 4 star book. I liked it, really liked it, but a few chapters in I didn’t think it would have that oomph I was waiting for.

Then halfway through the book, a character said something (I mean Liam yes I do) and I just stopped. I put the book down and stared into middle distance as it dawned on me that I cared. I was screwed.

TDM is a road trip gone bad to hell and back. It has action (lots), strange kids with powers no one completely understands, a collapsing society—like a dystopia in modern days, which is not a dystopia at all, but something much more scary than that. The characters are just so real, too, the way they talk and act and interact and made my little heart ache.

And let’s not forget about the romance—slow and sweet and unf.

Basically, what I’m saying is you should read this book because it’s great. It had me curled into the fetal position all throughout the last few chapters, holding Jared (my iPad) for dear life, sobbing, and repeating ‘no no no’ like a maniac because I knew what was going to happen, I just did. And I couldn’t stop it damn it.

Of course, now I have to wait ten thousand years for the next books in the series yay (no).

Specially recommended to people who liked UNWIND by Neal Shusterman, because I kept thinking of it while I read THE DARKEST MINDS. Road trips while everyone and their dog chases your trouble-making ass, anyone?
Across the Universe - Beth Revis Originally at http://yabooknook.tumblr.com/post/53562797480/book-recommendation-across-the-universe

(This book is not about The Beatles. I know, mind-blowing.)

Ok, so AtU is one of those books that I saw in bookstores a lot and it’s just so pretty. I didn’t pick it up until the second book was out, which turned out to be a Very Wise Decisions. I don’t have those often.

I was immersed in it. The first chapters—oh gosh the first chapters--are everything I could ever wish a book to be. Creepy. Mysterious. And with this, I don’t know, feel to them. They were fantastic. The rest of the book follows suit.

I’ll be the first to admit that I was really surprised by AtU, which really makes me sound like a snob in retrospect. The thing is, I didn’t read much Sci-Fi (in my defense, there wasn’t much to be had in the recent YA section), and while I liked some shows and movies, I didn’t necessarily seek it out. So AtU sounded great, but, you know, I wasn’t expecting much, is what I’m saying. I was floored.

Beth Revis is so so brilliant. This book is SO much more than just a space book. It’s a mystery! A murder mystery! It has amazing characters and the best look at the deconstruction of societal rules I’ve ever seen in YA since ever. What would happen is people where stuck in a generational ships for YEARS? How would their outlook change? Food? Mating? Genetics? Language? Hierarchical system? Yeah, ok, you get the picture.

The book is told from the alternation points of view of Amy, who just woke up from her not-traumatizing-at-all cryogenically-induced sleep aka yes very traumatizing in my opinion and Elder who I just want to smooch. I mean, he’s a great character as well. They’re flawed and compelling and full of opinions that don’t quite match up. Amy the Earth girl, and Elder the Godspeed-born.

Honestly, the real question is if there are any of you who haven’t read this and, if so, why?

Beth Revis weaved a fantastic tale, a story that stays with you even months after you finished the whole trilogy and are desperately hoping there will be more but know there won’t be because the ending was perfect and so you curl in the fetal position and cry. (I am talking about me in run-on sentences, yes.)

If all that is not enough, let me tell you that Beth totally also teaches real life lessons when she’s not producing awesomely-kickass books, like: Sometimes, when you try your to dye your hair purple, it turns green instead!

Life knowledge. Thank you, Beth ;)
Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo Original post at http://www.yabooknook.tumblr.com


I read SHADOW AND BONE over the summer, as soon as it came out. As a big fan of Pub(listing) Crawl, I’d heard of this debut novel when Leigh Bardugo joined the blog as one of the contributors and, oh boy, was it love at first sight. SHADOW AND BONE is everything I hope for in a book–entertaining, mysterious, page-turning, and hot.

Yes, hot.

I had really high expectations starting S&B. It had been recommended by the PubCrawl girls, had a lot of hype on goodreads, a great summary, a fantastic cover… so let’s just say that I was prepared to be disappointed. Instead, I found myself swept up in Alina’s story, to a place called Ravka where magic was science and a dark gash divided the country in two, where the best people where flawed and horrible and utterly perfect. I loved the world Leigh Bardugo created, I loved the characters (oh, Darkling), I loved the plot. I don’t think there was a single thing about this book that I didn’t absolutely adore.

I’m going to stop all this gushing before I start making heart-eyes or something, but suffice it to say that I’ve read S&B twice and thoroughly enjoyed it both times.

And that I’d recommend it to pretty much anybody (in fact, I have). If that’s not enough, let us all remember that Bryke, the creators of ATLA and Korra, also recommended S&B to fans of the show–and if that’s doesn’t persuade you then you have no soul suck.

Also, I got to meet Leigh this weekend at the Austin Teen Book Festival and she was absolutely awesome and badass. So go read her books.
Cinder - Marissa Meyer Original Post: http://writealldreams.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/book-recommendation-cinder/

A fairytale re-telling! Exciting, huh? Oh, but CINDER is so much more than that.

Cinder is a mechanic, a cyborg, and a citizen of futuristic New Beijing hiding the first two whenever she can. And it works. I loved Cinder; she was a strong, endearing heroine with some very real problems and some fantastical ones—from the earth, from the moon, and some things in between.

The characters are solid and relatable, and the villain absolutely gave me the chills more than a couple of times. But that was counteracted by the awesomeness of Iko (whom I loved) and Prince Kai (whom I loved even more). And since we’re talking of Prince Kai—we are now—let me just say that he was so ADORABLE. Seriously.

Tired of ridiculous meet-you-and-BAM-instant-love scenarios? Pick this book up. Cinder’s relationship with Kai developed gradually and made me giddy. I loved them together and I loved them separate, which is saying A LOT.

I must say, though, that you easily figure out the main plot twist in the first 50 pages of the book, BUT it doesn’t take away from the plot. In fact, I just found myself waiting for the big reveal, wanting to find out how it would happen. And then it ends, and you’re left full of promises and waiting for the sequel, which needs to come out SOON.

I didn’t want CINDER to end—that’s how enjoyable it was <3<br/>
Birthmarked - Caragh M. O'Brien Original Review: http://yabooknook.tumblr.com

I know what you’re thinking—Another dystopian society? Really? But bear with me for a second.

Let’s start with Gaia, wonderful Gaia. She is such a strong heroine, in the kick-butt, smart way people that have to make-do in situations they don’t like are. Gaia is a sixteen-year old midwife, strong willed, obedient, and immensely likable. There’s just something about her voice that’s really compelling, but perhaps the best thing about Gaia is that she thinks like a midwife. She cares about people, she cares about babies, and she cares about mothers (her mother)—and it’s that motivation that drives her to act against the Enclave.

Then there are the supporting characters. Oh God, everyone is amazingly crafted—the other midwives, Gaia’s parents, the Enclave people, and Leon. LEON *swoon* I’ll just stop here.

The plot is also wonderful, with little twists and turns that I didn’t expect, and others that I did, but loved all the same. I was literally in tears at places. And the overall ideas of the book are very well weaved within the main story. What happens when a population is perfectly in equilibrium—no migration, no selection? Who’s to say who keeps a baby? Why? Should we worry about the individual or put the survival of the population above all that.

BIRTHMARKED is Young Adult meets Genetics Textbook in the best way possible.

So, if you like dystopian, strong protagonists, sweet romance, or population dynamics, you should definitely pick this up!
Ruby Red - Kerstin Gier Originally at: http://yabooknook.tumblr.com/post/49751041489/book-recommendation-ruby-red

Actual Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

So… this book. I’m honestly having the hardest time recommending this book because I have so many conflicted feelings about it, but at the same time I love it so much.

RUBY RED is a time-traveling book, and if that doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will. Think Doctor Who but without aliens and less bow-ties (sadly).

Gwyneth, our main character, has been raised to believe she was average, unlike her special cousin… until she’s not. She gets swept into this time-traveling business she isn’t prepared for, where people expect her to cram years of history in a few days and know both how to fence and speak in proper 1875 English. It’s a nightmare. On top of that is Gideon who i love is a completely unhelpful and very attractive asshole. What’s not to love, right?

The thing with RUBY RED (aka why I’m not giving it 5 stars) is that it’s a set-up book, and it ends so open-endedly that its characters could spill out. I don’t know if it’s because it’s German, or if that’s just how the series panned out, but you should understand that I read this when only RUBY RED had been translated and I wanted to punch something.

For you lovely people, though, there’s SAPPHIRE BLUE to jump into right after you finish RUBY RED. You won’t have my post-book disorders issues.

This is one of those books that I think about months and months after I’ve read it like, I wish I could feel like that again. And that’s the best feeling ever.
The Wind on Fire Trilogy: The Wind Singer/Slaves of the Mastery/Firesong - William Nicholson This book is one of my all-time favorites!
Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins Originally posted at http://yabooknook.tumblr.com/post/48593156971/book-recommendation-anna-and-the-french-kiss

I never read books like ANNA.

I’m not big on contemporary fiction, I’d rather read fantasy. Actually, I can count the recent contemporary YA I’ve read in one hand—and two of those are already by Stephanie Perkins.

But ANNA, oh this book.

ANNA has charm. And I don’t mean just one or two characters, I mean the whole book. It’s lighthearted in ways, but so very true in others. So fresh, so vivid, sigh.

Anna is a fantastic main character—she’s vulnerable and disoriented, almost lost abroad. But she forges through. She plunges forward with so much bravery I just want to hug and cheer her on. She’s one of those, sadly few, instances when you know exactly the right character is the MC. No secondary character outshines her, because this is her story.

I wish I could talk about St. Clair. I really do. But I just can’t because feels and other fangirly things. St. Clair, how you made me love you, I have no idea. But I named my first nook after him and that’s not a thing I do lightly.

The thing about ANNA is that it’s a fantastic book, but more importantly—it hits the mark so perfectly, so masterfully that it makes me want to cry out of sheer joy. I’ve studied abroad. I know what it’s like to be in a strange place, where you don’t speak the language or know anybody, uprooted and away from your family. You know what it’s like, too, if you’ve ever had to change houses or moved away from college.

This book shows that so clearly it hurts.

Honestly, everything here is so real, so amazing, I half think Stephanie Perkins actually just followed some teenagers around and wrote down what they did.

ANNA is an unforgettable book because it feels just like home. And this comes from somebody who would not have picked it up had it not been heavily recommended.

I’m doing you a favor here. Go read this book.

You will feel less lonely.
The Native Star - M.K. Hobson Orginally at http://yabooknook.tumblr.com/post/51035671689/book-recommendation-the-native-star

Sooo THE NATIVE STAR is not YA. what but this is a ya blog water u doin stop

Yeah, I know. But, it’s such a fantastic read I just had to recommend it—and it reads like young adult!

Ok, so I read THE NATIVE STAR a good 3-4 years ago. I read while at Disney World. Just that alone should tell you how awesome I thought it was, if it distracted me from Mickey-shaped ice-cream and going to see The Festival of the Lion King a thousand and thirty seven times. That good.

It follows Emily, who is a witch and fiery and dances naked under trees (only sometimes). I just cannot tell you how much I love Emily and how awesome she is. She does not let crap stand in her way; she’s strong and sensible and one of my very favorite female characters. She’s also paired up in this journey with one of my favorite male characters i think it’s safe to say this is favorite all over: Dreadnought Stanton.

Oh holy smokes.

Dreadnought, my sweet baby child hot man. Here you have a character I would truly want to meet and marry. He’s so loyal and flawed and amazing and Emily hates him so much at the beginning of the book. Hell, I hated him as well, but he just kind of grows on you—like a vine or a weed. Emily and Dreadnought together were just unf. They complemented each other and challenged each other and I’m sorry I have to go deal with these feels.

I’m rambling about characters because this book is just a jewel in that aspect. Not to say that everything else is not awesome as well. It is. The world is rich and builds around you, with magic and history and science. I think it’s technically termed gaspunk? I may be making that up. A softer stempunk, maybe. I don’t really care. Whatever M. K. Hobson did here wasfantastic and I’m so glad it has a sequel and a second series and yes, please give me all the books.

THE NATIVE STAR made me a fan of M. K. Hobson’s writing forever, basically. More people should read these books. Now.

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