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5 Fantasy Books Featuring Mystical Faeries

Faeries have always had a special place in fantasy literature, and I think we can all see why. Sometimes, these beings take on the form of a trickster that messes with mortals for sheer enjoyment. Other times, the faerie in question may be a guide or maternal figure who leads the protagonist down the right path, offering sage advice and comfort when necessary. There is also the recurring theme of making these beings into immortal love interests who fall head-over-heels for their human paramours.

Long story short: faeries take on various roles in literature. Their magic and their personalities make them an inexhaustible source of inspiration and entertainment.

So, to feed your interest in faeries, here are five books featuring faerie characters.

 

1. “The cruel prince

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air Book 1) by [Black, Holly]

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Holly Black is well known for her stories that draw inspiration from the Realm of Faerie. She was one of the two writers for The Spiderwick Chronicles, and she also authored The Modern Faerie Tale series. Honestly, whenever I go looking for books with faeries, Holly Black is one of the first writers to appear–and it’s really no surprise as to why this is the case. The Cruel Prince is the first book in The Folk of Air Series. This book introduces Jude, who was seven years old when her parents were killed by the fey, and she and her sisters were captured and forced to live in the Court of Faerie. In order to gain an official role in the court, Jude embroils herself in the cutthroat politics that pit her against Prince Cardan, a faerie who despises humans. In order to save her sisters and the realm though, Jude must join a risky political alliance that might help her succeed in her goals, or it might just double back and destroy her.

2. “bones of faerie

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Janni Lee Simner lays out a story that takes place in the aftermath of a war between humans and faeries. After this conflict ended, the faeries disappeared and humanity has heard nothing from them since. Bones of Faerie follows fifteen-year-old Liza, a young girl who has never seen magic, but she has lived in a world that was wounded because of it. She soon learns that she has the gift to see into both the past and the present, and through this gift, she realizes that she must flee her hometown and go into the land of faerie. And maybe, just maybe, she can figure out how to mend the land on her journey.

3. “A court of thorns and roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses by [Maas, Sarah J.]

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I just… I just really like Sarah J. Maas’s work. Author of The Throne of Glass series and the recently published Crescent City, Maas is a writer who continues to pull me back with every new book that she releases. A Court of Thorns and Roses is no exception to this rule. This story follows Feyre, a human and the sole provider for her family. One day while hunting, Feyre kills a wolf that turns out to be a Fae in disguise. She invokes the rage of Tamlin, the Fae lord of the Spring court who demands her life in return for the one that she took. He takes her back with him to the Spring court, where she lives amongst the Fae and comes to learn about the curse that looms over the court. And when this curse finally takes effect, Feyre must be the one to venture under the mountain to save Tamlin and his subjects.

 

4. “The Faerie Ring

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Kiki Hamilton’s first installation to her Faerie Ring series promises a fascinating set of books to follow. The Faerie Ring follows Tiki, a young pickpocket who lives in London with her fellow orphans. When she steals a ring from a particular individual though, her actions threaten to cause war to break out between the faeries and humanity once again. However, plenty of individuals also want the ring for their own end goals… and some of those people do, indeed, want to see war engulf Britain.

5. “Magic under glass

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Jaclyn Dolarmore’s Magic Under Glass promises a charming and romantic tale for readers. Nimira is a music-hall performer who barely manages to scrape together a living. She is enlisted by the sorcerer Hollin Perry for a special act–Nimira will sing in accompaniment to an automaton playing piano. However, she discovers that the spirit of a faerie inhabits her automaton partner, and the two fall in love. While Nimira tries to break her beloved’s curse, they must also work to save the faerie realm from impending doom.

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5×5 International Women’s Month: Celebrating Amazing Female Authors

Welcome to the newest edition of 5×5, a series in which we ask five authors of similar backgrounds five questions. Today, we are talking with Sofia Fenichell, AM Scott, Collette McLafferty, Susanne Tedrick and Finola Austin in honor of international women’s month. These fantastic women write in genres across the board.

We have some exciting releases next month with Susanne Tedrick’s fascinating read, Woman of Color in Tech, that will help women of color learn the skills they’ll  need to succeed in (and revolutionize) a technical field and AM Scott’s science fiction, space opera in her last book from her Folding Space Series, Lightwave: Longshot.

Sofia Fenichell is an author and CEO of Mrs. Wordsmith, a children’s edtech company. Their most recent book, FLUSH! and 37 Essential House Ruleshelps children learn how to respect their homes, their parents, and themselves. With the added flair of vocabulary words on every page, great artwork and puns galore, kids and parents a like can laugh and learn from this read. It’s available to purchase now, through Mrs. Wordsmith.com. And it’s available for pre-order on Amazon to be shipped in June.

Finola Austin’s anticipated historical fiction novel, Bronte’s Mistress, will be having a summer release this August. It’s a steamy and captivating imagining of the affair, that is still some of the hottest literary tea out there.

Last but not least, we have Collette McLafferty. Her book, Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer, is a memoir in which she details her life in the music industry and how she had to deal with a huge lawsuit for signing a cover in a bar. This is a fascinating read, indeed.

Now, that we’ve met our authors, let’s get to the question and answers.

 

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1. As a full time/part time writer, what is some advice you could give aspiring writers when things seem hopeless?

Collette McLafferty: I would say this to any writer feeling hopeless: You have to remember your voice is your gift and no one can take it away from you. There is no circumstance or rejection that can tear you away from a pen and paper, a laptop or hitting that “publish” button. At the same time, it’s okay to take a break once in a while. I’m a huge fan of “The Artist Date”, a once a week exercise from Julia Cameron’s book, “The Artist’s Way”. Go out get fresh air, see a movie, call up that old friend. Inspiration is like a fickle lover, it goes away sometimes, but it always comes back!

AM Scott: a. Join some of the online writing communities. By participating in some of the pitch parties on Twitter and the writing community built around those parties, I got some really valuable critiques before I published. They’re also very supportive—there’s always someone willing to encourage you. active, not in your house or at your job. I find hiking can jolt loose ideas and help me feel more optimistic .Hang in there—don’t quit. Even if you can’t afford to take classes or buy ads,there are free writing and marketing resources out there!

Finola Austin: Every word you write brings you closer to your goal of writing a novel, and, most importantly,every word you write makes your writing better. Some writers set daily word counts for themselves but this approach has never worked for me. I write when I can—early in the morning,late at night, on weekends, and frequently on airplanes. Rather than beating yourself up about what you can’t do, given the other demands being made on you by the rest of your life, focus on what you can achieve.

Sofia Fenichell: Being a writer is a calling. It’s a need that you have within you. Not everyone has it. You can’t really give up if you have that need. When things seem hopeless as a writer, you have no choice but to keep going in one way or another. So as you grow into being a writer, remember that the best writers are those that know how to listen and take feedback. Failure is your phoenix rising.

Susanne Tedrick: I would say the first step acknowledging the feelings that you are having. I think our society has conditioned people to either quickly get over or stifle negative feelings. Ignoring or pretending you don’t have negative feelings, including hopelessness, is much worse for your overall health. Accepting your feelings as they are and giving yourself the time and space to cry, talk to a good friend or therapist, additional rest, meditation,exercise or whatever method of (healthy) release you need, is the best first step in getting over hopelessness effectively. The second, important part is dissecting those feelings and challenging them. For example, if you’re saying to yourself “there’s no point in going on” or “I’m destined to fail” in the face of a setback, what substantive indicators do you have to back those assertions up? You may need the help of an impartial, trusted friend or advisor to offer a different, less emotionally charged perspective. 

 

2. Did you choose the genre you wanted to write in or did that genre choose you?

Colette McLafferty:To say my genre chose me would be an understatement! In 2014 I woke up to the headline “Singer Sued for Being Too Old and Ugly for P!NK Tribute Band” via The New York Post and watched in horror as this story went viral about me worldwide! I was really named in a $10,000,000 lawsuit, but it was between two men and had little to do with me. I spent the next two years in The Twilight Zone as I spent $15,000 fighting a lawsuit against a man I had never met while the mainstream media completely rewrote my identity. I wrote daily in a blog called, “Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer” which eventually became the title of my memoir. Before this event, most of my writing was short form music journalism and songwriting. The day I wrote “The End” on that final manuscript of “Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer” was the day I got my sanity back.

AM ScottLike many writers, I write what I read. I’ve been reading science fiction since I was a child, and my favorite subgenre is space opera, so writing it came naturally. But I started writing romance, because that’s what I read when I’m stressed. I was reading a “military” romance, but it was clear the author had never spoken to a military person, and I thought “I can do better than this!” Turns out I couldn’t, not at first. It took me a few years of writing before I felt comfortable publishing.

Finola Austin:A little bit of both. I’ve always loved nineteenth-century fiction, especially the works of the Bronte sisters and George Eliot, and my Masters degree focused on literature from the period. I didn’t want to be an academic as I couldn’t see the appeal of writing essays that only a few people in the world could understand. Instead historical fiction, for me, is a way of making the past accessible and visceral, and shining a light on the parallels between the then and the now.

Sofia FenichellThe genre of creating books for children definitely chose me! I wanted to help my own children fall in love with writing and become great writers. I could only see the value of writing going one way with the internet. But I was shocked by the poor quality of educational materials available for the  language-learning industry – poorly conceived, low-quality visuals, with many products that had very old copyright dates! The more I dug around, the more I realized that the sector was dominated by large publishing houses that underinvest in data-driven curation and high-quality content. All the investment and creativity was going into video games and entertainment. So, I was determined that Mrs Wordsmith would become the Pixar of Literacy.

Susanne Tedrick: The genre definitely chose me. Upon reflection on my own experiences in getting into tech – the successes, failures, and lessons learned – I realize that the sharing of this knowledge with the future women of color tech leaders was the book I was destined to write.

 

 

3. Who is your favorite author and why?

Collette McLaffertyMy favorite author will always be Louisa May Alcott. “Little Women” was the first book I picked out for myself. I found it at a garage sale. I was ten years old. I read the entire series including “Little Men” and “Jo’s Boys”. It was the first time in my life I connected to characters on the page and developed a long term relationship with them. I was an avid reader as a child. Sadly, during my teenage years I fell into a vortex of self esteem and body issues. Like many girls, I distanced myself from my interests and passions during this time. I stopped reading for a while. Louisa May Alcott represents a time in my life when I could show up to the page with curiosity and no sense of limitations. 

AM ScottOoh, that’s a hard question. I have a lot of favorites! But right now, my very favorite science fiction author is Julia Huni. Full disclosure here—she’s my developmental editor, and my sister, but her stories are full of fun and adventure.

Finola Austin: Two women novelists I very much admire are Mary Elizabeth Braddon, who wrote scandalous British novels classified as ‘sensation fiction’ in the nineteenth century, and Elizabeth Smart, the Canadian writer who wrote the beautiful By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept in 1945. Both women were incredibly talented. Both were also parents—Braddon had six children of her own and raised five stepchildren, while Smart was a single mother of four. I admire their writing, their grit and work ethic, and the fact that, for both, writing was an artform and a way to act as breadwinners for their families.

Sofia FenichellI like to read inspirational stories about people who defied the odds and retained their sense of humor, humility and integrity. My favorite author is Maya Angelou. I think we are at a point in humanity now where we all need to read more Maya Angelou. We need to hear from authors who make us think about our vulnerability and our unmitigated potential for growth. My favorite line from Dr. Angelou is “life loves the liver of it”; from Letter to My Daughter.

Susanne TedrickWriter and feminist activist Audre Lorde. I’ve found her poems and essays are always so powerful, thought-provoking and incredibly relevant today. It was through her writing that I came to understand intersectional feminism; while we may all identify as women,our race, class, sexuality and many other factors will ultimately shape what we experience in the world. No two women will experience life in the exact same way on gender alone.

 

4. As a female, do you think your gender/or how you choose to identify helps give you a different perspective in the world? And how has being an author helped you share that perspective?

Collette McLaffertyAs a female in the world, I constantly experience a lot that doesn’t fly with me. I see many whistles that need blowing and conversations that need to be had regarding the climate for women. When the mainstream media presented me to the public as a “bad, ugly singer” I realized my insecurities were not my own. They were taught to me and painstakingly marketed to me. As an author tackling this topic, I’ve had the opportunity to pull down the curtain and expose the multi million dollar business of shaming women for profit.  When I wrote the first draft of “Confessions” in 2014, it was before the “me too” and “time’s up” movement. I felt like a lone wolf of sorts. Now I’m part of a big, beautiful machine, that is disrupting the old narrative. There is a real opportunity to break the cycle, and it starts with the written word.

AM ScottI do have a different perspective than men—and many women too! This is my second career—I spent twenty years in the US Air Force as a space operations officer. It was a great career, but as a woman in a male-dominated profession, I had to fight against sexual discrimination. But think my background allows me to appeal to both sexes, because I understand the major issues of both, so my both my female and male characters ring true.

Finola AustinI’m going to speak in generalized terms here but, traditionally, girls have been raised to be highly attuned to the thoughts and feelings of those around them. We praise girls a lot for being ‘helpful’ and ‘kind’, rather than ‘brave’ or ‘daring.’ This kind of conditioning helps and hurts women as novelists. Having a honed sense of empathy is great for developing the interior monologue readers love to get access to when reading, and for unpacking interpersonal character dynamics. But women’s tendency to put themselves last, downplay their achievements, and shy away from risk can really hurt them when it comes to getting the damn novel written or promoting themselves once their books are ready to see the light of day. Again, this won’t hold true for everyone, but societal expectations can be hard to  overcome. Something that’s been amazing about sharing my writing with others is hearing that I’m not alone. Writing about some of the worst parts of being a woman has led to other women confiding in me, for instance about their unhappiness in their relationships, unpleasant sexual experiences, or ambivalent feelings towards motherhood.

Sofia FenichellYes definitely, I think being female and a Mom helped give me a particular perspective in the world. As the publisher of books for kids, I’m able to translate what I see going on in the world, into the eyes of my children. For example, we’ve just published a book called FLUSH! And 37 Essential House Rules which provides kids with the rules they need to become independent thinkers, visionaries, even renegades. Research also shows that kids who are able to accurately label their feelings, have more positive social interactions and perform better in school using their full range of vocabulary. Children who can think for themselves and respect their homes and the people around them go on to do unexpected and incredible things. We believe the home is a safe place where kids can test the boundaries and learn how to operate.Being an author helped me to conceive of this book as a way to equip kids with the language they need to take responsibility for themselves, laying the foundation for school and well beyond.”

Susanne TedrickBeing a woman, and specifically a Black woman, does give me a different perspective in the world. As part of a historically marginalized group, I see and feel the challenges Black women face in the world every day. Yet, Black women have learned to be incredibly resourceful and resilient in the face of any obstacle. It’s because of this that we’ve not only been able to survive but thrive in many domains. Being an author has allowed me to share this message of hope and perseverance with others. It can be hard,but it’s not impossible.

 

5. What is the best way, in your opinion, to celebrate Women’s History Month?

Collette McLafferty:The best way to celebrate Women’s History Month is to take a deep dive into your passions. Go out and find the women who not only made history but are the history makers of tomorrow. For me personally, I like to take a deep dive into the catalogues of female songwriters and performers  that are criminally underrated. Tracy Bonham is one of the best pop writers in my book and should have stayed on the charts. She hit #1 on the male dominated modern rock charts in the 90’s, a feat that was not repeated until Lorde cracked the code 17 years later with “Royals”. I’ll listen to the music of composer Maria Anna Mozart, who is often referred to as “Mozart’s Sister”.  I like to support groups like the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. They formed at a time when females were actively discouraged from participating in the rock world. Since music is my passion, that is how I will celebrate. 

AM ScottI love highlighting the accomplishments of women in science, technology,education and math. Stories like “Hidden Figures” are a wonderful way to bring those women to the attention of young women and hopefully inspire them to STEM careers

Finola AustinMy answer to this one may seem pretty obvious, but, no matter your gender, read books written by women (or pre-order books by women that will be out soon!). Don’t just read novels by women from your country, or of your ethnicity, or who share experiences similar to your own. Seek out the stories you haven’t heard before and, when you find ones you love, share them with others.

Sofia Fenichell: The best way to celebrate Women’s History Month is to acknowledge the hard work that it takes to pursue a dream and to encourage our children to find their own dreams. Seize the opportunity to teach your children about what you do each day whether you’re a female author or a CEO . Find gentle ways to bring them on the journey with you. They not only will help unlock solutions, but they will thrive as a result. Children learn most by the example we lead. Recently I sat down with my daughter to read our new book in the Mrs. Wordsmith child development series called Flush! and 37 Other House Rules and when she laughed out loud, I knew we had created the right book.

Susanne TedrickI think the best way to celebrate is to honor and spotlight the women in your life or in your circle who are out there doing amazing things. Sharing their stories and more about how they’ve influenced and inspired you is a great way for others to learn about more amazing women who are making things happen.

 

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New In Romance This Week!

What a great week to read some romance! This romance titles will be great additions to your TBR pile, I know I will be adding them to mine. These titles are a great mix of different types of romance novels that stray away from the norm.

  1. The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

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The Worst Best Man, follows Carolina Santos, DC’s top wedding planner, and due to her amazing planning, one of her guest offers her a life changing opportunity. Unfortunately, in order to pursue this, she has to work with Max Hartley. Max, is the brother of her ex-fiance, and also the man that convinced her ex-fiance to leave her at the alter. Carolina can’t stand him, so of course she uses this opportunity to get some revenge. Max, on the other hand is sick of being in his brother’s shadow, but as these two work together their feelings begin to turn into something more. Carolina refuses to fall in love with him and Max can’t be second to his brother anymore.

2. Just One Year by Penelope Ward

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Just One Year, follows a girl in her second year of college that has a bad encounter with a male student in the men’s bathroom. She was only in there because the girls rest room was out of order, and then to add salt to the wound the person that was supposed to rent the room in her parents house is allergic to her cat. So, now what? Caleb, the guy from the bathroom ends up renting the room, much to her dismay. He annoyed her so much and when she would rant to him in emails, he would send them back with kinder words. Becoming best friends with someone so sweet and kind wasn’t so hard even though it was frustrating. Unfortunately, Caleb will be moving back to England at the end of the school year, so not falling in love with him should be easy, right?

 

3. Wild at Heart by K.A Tucker

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Wild at Heart, continues with Calla Fletcher’s journey as she travels back to Toronto and then back to Alaska when Jonah appears promising her a future she can’t turn down. Then when she gets to Alaska, the life she thought would be there isn’t. Jonah is barely home, and Calla has two neighbors, one who doesn’t seem to like her at all, and another who is trying to help her adjust. Also, the weather climate and wildlife is very daunting, making Calla feel isolated. This isn’t what Calla had in mind, and now she’s afraid she might be following in her mothers footsteps, after she tried so hard not too.

4. The Regrets by Amy Bonnaffons

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The Regrets, which was also featured on our last three to read, follows Rachel who can’t help but stare at the man at the bus stop. She sees him everyday and works up the courage to speak with him. His name is Thomas, and he’s everything she dreamed he would be, but he’s dead. Thomas is stuck in limbo and has a ninety day stint on earth until he crosses over. One of the rules he has to follow is to not get involved with anyone that is living, but for Rachel, he breaks all the rules.

5. The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

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The Sound of Stars, follows Elle and her friendship/relationship with Morris. Morris, was born in a lab and due to his upbringing, he doesn’t have any emotions, but when he meets Elle and discovers her illegal library he becomes drawn to the art that is illegal in the world. So, in order to protect the art that they love, the two go on a road trip. Even though Morris has a lot of secrets they embark on this journey together with their books and albums that could possibly save both of their lives.

 

 

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7 Underrated YA Books You’ll Wish You Read Sooner

There are a lot of mainstream YA books everyone has heard of: The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Fault in Our Stars, to name a few. But being a mainstream read doesn’t necessarily make a book “good” or any better than others of the genre, and these underrated YA books prove just that. These books might slip under the radar, but after reading them you’ll ask yourself: where have these books been all my life?

1. ‘The Gypsy King’ by Maureen Fergus

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The Gypsy King is one of my all-time favorite YA fantasy reads, yet.  Maureen Fergus is a Canadian author and it can be hard to come by this book in the US but if you decide to go out on a limb and order it online, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

The book follows Persephone, a sixteen-year-old slave who is sold to a chicken thief named Azriel. But Persephone quickly realizes that Azriel is not what he seems, and Persephone herself is a part of a prophecy much bigger than herself. Equal parts sassy and brave, Persephone will have you rooting for her through her many adventures and her encounters with courtly life. 

If you love deception, courtly politics, romance, and adventure—you’ll fall in love with The Gypsy King and its subsequent books. Don’t let its meager number of reviews discourage you; the book might not be well-known, but it’s certainly something you’ll wish you discovered sooner.

2. ‘White Space’ by Ilsa J. Bick

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White Space is unlike anything I’ve ever read. Half the time you’ll be disoriented, confused, and maybe even a tad scared–but don’t worry, it’s all part of the experience!

The book follows Emma Lindsay, who has the ability to disappear into other people’s lives in the blink of an eye. Suddenly, she finds herself in “White Space”—the very story she thought she’d written. Here she finds other people from different lives, states, and even time periods. As the characters (and readers alike) struggle to separate reality from fiction, they must ultimately come together to figure out why they’re there, and how they might escape. 

Compared to the likes of Inception, this book plays with your mind, pulling you in deeper into not only the world, but the minds of its characters. If you love ambiguous thrillers, add White Space to your TBR today!

3. ‘Pivot Point’ by Kasie West

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You’ve probably heard of Kasie West’s contemporary works, but what about her paranormal romance? Pivot Point follows Addison Coleman, a girl who can look into the future, and see how a decision will impact her life. When faced with the chance to live with her father outside of her paranormal world, Addie peaks into the future to see how her choices will play out. The book alternates between the two scenarios–one in which she stays with her mother, the other where she moves in with her father—showing both the good and the bad of each decision. At the end of the book, Addie must decide which path to follow.

Not only does Pivot Point explore a unique concept, but it’s heart-wrenching in the fact that Addie can only ultimately choose one path to follow, meaning she’ll never get to experience everything in the other. Short, fast-paced, and fairly easy to read, you’ll speed through this book in no time. 

4. ‘These Shallow Graves’ by Jennifer Donnelly

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While Jennifer Donnelly is a fairly well-known author, I haven’t heard much buzz about her YA historical mystery. These Shallow Graves, a standalone, follows Jo Montfort who, instead of getting married like she’s supposed to, wants to become a writer for a newspaper. When Jo’s father is shot dead in what is supposedly a suicide, Jo teams up with a reporter from her father’s paper to go in search of the truth.

Action-packed, well-written, and romantic, These Shallow Graves is perfect for the mystery lover in you. 

5. ‘Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

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Yes, this book is as cheesy as it sounds. But it’s cheesy in the best possible way, and is sure to hit you in your feels. 

Julia is the complete opposite of her arch-nemesis Jason; she’s book-smart, and not very popular, where Jason is the class clown. But when Julia begins receiving romantic texts from an unknown number on a school trip, Jason promises to help Julia track down her secret-admirer. Meant to Be is not only funny, cute, and romantic, but it explores what “meant to be” (more commonly referred to in the book by it’s slang counterpart: “MTB”) really means, and if it’s as realistic as it seems.

6. ‘Chase the Dark’ by Annette Marie

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I’ve recommended this book before, but will never turn up the chance to talk about it, simply because it’s so unknown. Available in both Kindle and paperback, Chase the Dark explores the paranormal world of Piper Griffiths. As the daughter of two haemons, children born to humans and haemons, Piper shouldn’t be alive. Yet, miraculously, she is. When her father’s Consulate—a place meant to shelter daemons in their travels, and keep the peace between them and humans–is destroyed, Piper finds herself on the run with two untrustworthy (but very handsome) daemons.

Set in an urban fantasy setting, this YA book is one you won’t be able to put down. Annette Marie explores her deeply-built world over the course of five books—giving you all the more time to fall in love with the series’ characters. 

7. ‘The Demon King’ by Cinda Williams Chima

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If you love fantasy, strong world-building, and courtly politics, you’re sure to love this four-book series. The Demon King introduces us to Raisa, the princess of the Fells, who yearns to one day lead her people like the famed warrior queen Hanalea. Meanwhile, Han Alister is a reformed thief who, in an encounter with the High Wizard’s son, steals the wizard’s amulet—only to realize it once belonged to the infamous Demon King.

Interweaving between plotlines, character perspectives, and remnants of the world’s past, The Demon King explores class relations and what it means to be a hero/heroine in a rich fantasy setting anyone with a love for the mythical will enjoy.

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Thanks For The Magic: ‘The Magicians’ Canceled!

The hit SYFY television show The Magicians based on the book series by Lev Grossman hasn’t been renewed for a sixth season. As a huge fan of the show, I’m sad to see it go. The cast made several posts across social media thanking their fellow castmates, showrunners, and fans for the past five years.

 

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This is a heartfelt Thank You to all you kids ( and grown-ups ) out there for your continued love and support over the years. Your dedication to each other and to the world inspired by Lev’s books helped keep us alive for 5 Seasons, and served as a constant reminder that family can be found, chosen, and nurtured in the most surprising and serendipitous ways. Meeting so many of you and hearing your stories has been a highlight of my life. Thank you for your love and attention through this very unusual and beautiful evolution. I’m eternally grateful to our creator @levgrossman, my show Dads @johnthemcnamara and @seragamble, our incredible cast, crew, producers and @audinkle: Thanks for giving me a shot at a character and show I’ll love forever. I’m so proud to be your Eliot. Only Love. —H

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It’s with a heavy heart, that after 5 glorious seasons THE MAGICIANS will not be renewed for a sixth 💔 To say this show changed my life would be an understatement. It has been the most magical gift, and I feel so lucky to have been a part of it. Playing Alice Quinn has been an honor. I love her dearly and I will miss her so 💔🤓🦋🧚🏻🦄 Thank you Lev for writing these books with beautiful worlds that we all got to play in for 5 years. I can’t thank our incredible Showrunners, EP’s, Directors, Writers, Studio/Network, and Crew enough. This cast and crew is my family and it’s going to take me a while to process not getting to spend 16 hours a day with them. Every person involved in this show poured their hearts and souls into every moment and I’m forever grateful for them. But none of this would have been possible without the fans. Our fans are the most passionate giving people out there. Thank you for making this experience so moving and heartfelt. I love you. I’ve been going through my phone all morning trying to figure out the best group of photos to post on here and I got overwhelmed with the literal tens of thousands of amazing memories I have of the last five years. Way too many photos to post so I’ll leave this one photo I took the first week of filming five years ago. Please excuse the flood of behind the scenes photos I’m gonna be posting over the next few weeks while we still have five incredible episodes left of our beloved show ❤️ #themagicians

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It is a bittersweet day… In case you haven’t heard, it looks like season 5 will be the last season of #themagicians 💔 My heart is incredibly sad, while simultaneously feeling incredibly grateful. I can hardly put into words how endlessly grateful I am for these past 5 years of magic. I’m grateful and proud of the stories we told, for the art we created, for the family we cultivated, the friends we’ve made, the lessons learned, the lives we’ve touched, and the difference we made… It took a village of true Magicians to make this dream a reality. There are too many to name here, but to all of our staff, crew, and talent, thank you for contributing your gifts to make this happen! Here are just some of the brilliant beings that made this magic what it is: @seragamble @johnthemcnamara @alonsomyers @reed_dave @silentmikeholymike @ellelipson @jhgard @alex.raiman @alexmritter @joey_mireles @esco_ala_jlo @morethanbunnies @brittanycurran @stellamaeve @oliviataylordudley @halebofosho @rickworthy1 @treveinhorn @arjunguptabk @summerybishil @mageina And a HUGE thank you to YOU! Our fans. Without you, our show would not exist. Thank you for 5 years of love and support. Thank you for 5 years of magic. I am forever changed because of it, and eternally grateful. I love you all ❤️

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SALUD!! All You Magicians, both old and young .. I humbly and sincerely Thank You for Believing in us .. And I thank you for your incomparable support since 2015 .. We worked SO VERY HARD making this wonderful and unique TV series about Magic week to week for 5 years .. I learned so much .. Not only about myself, but a macro-perspective on the people both within and without “The Industry” and the mechanisms of running a successful Television Program .. I have met SO many WONDERFUL fans .. At conventions 😀😀🤓, airports, airplanes, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and even walking through a mad-house of hundreds and hundreds of people in Times Square at midnight .. And they ALL say the same thing: WE LOVE THE MAGICIANS!!! Thank.you Magicians Fam, because WE LOVE YOU 😘😘😘 And we existed because of you .. THANK.YOU XOXO .. And as I write this, in honor of easily one of the BEST Characters ever in my charge, in a career of 33 years (and counting! :)), Dean Henry Fogg .. I salute you Henry .. And I sip a fine, fine Scotch in a very cool, off the grid hotel in honour of you :)) .. Thanks again, and disfruta the rest of Season 5 of The Magicians .. Love You Mucho XoXo @magicianssyfy #TheMagicians #TheMagiciansFam #TADA #FromTheDeansDesk #LetsSeeSomeMagic

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“Act out”- Josh Hoberman Thank you @magicianssyfy for the past 5 years. It was a gift beyond measure.

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The Magicians is ending after five marvelous seasons. Thank you everyone for the incredible adventure #themagicians

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Make sure to catch the remaining episodes of the show on SYFY 10/9c. If you want to binge the entire show, seasons one through four are all on Netflix. So binge away and keep up to date to give The Magicians a hearty goodbye for the last time.

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