Friday, August 14, 2015

On Hiatus

I haven't been posting a lot of book reviews recently, and it's because I have been doing a lot of things that's been keeping me busy. Because school's about to start once again, my family and my friends have been hanging out nonstop, trying to use up all the free time we have left with each other, so I don't really have the time to pick up a book and set aside a time to do some reading. I wouldn't be totally abandoning this blog, I just decided I'd take a short break, and pick it up once again when I finally have the time to read once again.

Thank you so much for reading/visiting my blog!

Mini Book Review: Stolen: A Letter to My Captor

Title: Stolen: A Letter to My Captor
Author: Lucy Christopher
Published: May 4, 2009 by Chicken House Ltd.
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Source: Thrift Store
It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.

This is my story.

A letter from nowhere.

Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?

The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist - almost.

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Upon picking up this book for the first time, I admit, I had not the slightest clue as to what I was getting myself into. But as I was flipping through pages after pages, I slowly realized that I had been keeping a diamond in my bookshelf.

To be frank, this one is quite an unlikely romance tale: a sixteen-year-old falling for her captor, who happens to be eight years older than her and had been following her all her life. It's maddening, I should say. I wanted to put the book down halfway through it because the relationship was just so wrong. But this book is truly haunting . . . I kept going; I kept reading. And as I finally finished it, this book has become one of my all-time favorites. Because five books later, my brain is still hung up on the story of how Gemma Tombs was abducted by Tyler MacFarlaine, and took her in the seemingly not-in-the-map Australian outback.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Book Review: Siege and Storm

Title: Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published: June 4, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co.
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Source: Book Outlet
Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

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(Warning: Review may contain spoilers!)

Siege and Storm is the second installment in Leigh Bardugo's The Grisha trilogy. The story begins, not exactly from where the first book ended, but it picks up right when Mal and Alina had escaped from the Darkling at Novokribirsk. As of now, I can't honestly really tell which of the two books I enjoyed the most, but I am undoubtedly stating that Siege and Storm is more intense than Shadow and Bone. It contains more twisted components, and a balanced mixture of fantasy and romance. It's got enough pounding action and twists, but it also has an admirable amount of heartwarming intimacy between some of the characters.

Bardugo instantly cuts to the chase. She begins the book with a brief introduction about the current standings of Mal and Alina after the "incident" in Novokribirsk. She doesn't bore the readers with superfluous information; she just dives us right into the important stuff and gets on with yet another thrilling adventure.

I really like how religion is incorporated in the story. In Shadow and Bone, the first book of the series, Bardugo showed that a priest, an Apparat, is part of the rulers of Ravka; he is involved in Ravka's politics. However, the concept was not elaborated, the Apparat seemingly appearing as a mere addition to stir things up a bit, to concoct some sort of confusion amongst the audience. But in Siege and Storm, religion has played a great role in the story. Suddenly, there are pilgrims, cults—people devoting themselves to someone they deemed a Saint, who apparently has risen from the dead. For me, this makes the book even more interesting because it seems as though Bardugo is paralleling the country of Ravka to the modern world, where the belief of science and the belief of the Almighty exist in the same time period.

The new characters are very engrossing. They bring about new adventures with them, new personalities to decipher as trustworthy or not. Reading about the old ones are enjoyable as well. It brings the sense of familiarity, and it's really nice to learn about how these particular characters we initially met from the first book evolve into someone better or worse in the midst of the war in Ravka. I like that we get to make more sense of their roles . . . we learn about their true colors.

The only thing that I did not really like about the book is how some of the characters ended in the story. Some of it seem too rushed, others I deemed unnecessary. Other than that, Siege and Storm is still a marvelous book worthy of its high rating.

As I have said before, I am excited to get to the third and final book. The endings of these books are a bit too vague for me, leaving me with no clear idea as to what could happen next. And that's what's exciting because as I begin to embark on yet another journey with Alina Starkov, I have no true premonition as to what the Darkling can be up to next, and what would happen to the future of Ravka. I can only rely on what Bardugo has up her sleeve.

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Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, raised in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. She indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls, and costuming in her other life as a makeup artist in Hollywood, and she can occasionally be heard singing with her band, Captain Automatic.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Book Review: Shadow and Bone

Title: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published: June 5, 2012 by Henry Holt and Co.
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural
Format: Hardcover
Source: Barnes & Noble
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.

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(Warning: Review may contain spoilers!)

If I am going to be honest right from the get-go, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo is one hell of a fantastic adventure. It follows the story of an orphan named Alina Starkov, who is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become one of the Darkling's apprentice. He takes her to the Little Palace to provide her some shelter as she trains physically and hones her power to summon the Sun. But, of course, everything is not what Alina is led to believe . . .

The book has an element of surprise. At some point, Bardugo would come at you with specific scenes that will truly make your brows rise in surprise. Or it can evoke a knowing smirk. Or it startles you so much, you'll gasp. These "surprises" kept coming at the most random times, and it really makes the story even more exciting and it will make you ponder about what could possibly happen next.

Mal and Alina's friendship. They've grown up together at an orphanage, and ever since being tested by the Grisha, has worked alongside each other. The typical boy/girl friendship cliché was obviously thereone feels something more, the other doesn't—yet I still adore how their relationship is so strong that it manages to endure all evil. They still have an unbreakable trust and love for one another to remain standing by one another's side.

Alina's character. She is orphaned by the Border Wars, thus having to spend most of her childhood in an orphanage with Mal, who obviously became her best confidante. Bardugo first written Alina off as a weakling—sickly-looking, skinny, and frail—but as she unfortunately finds herself in the midst of a very ugly situation, she learns how to sharpen herself. Although she has had her fair amount of Grisha training experience, most of her powers and its immense capabilities are still honed by her natural skill, intellect, and true bravery and confidence . . . and that is what makes her such an admirable heroine.

This book is astonishing in all its wonderful glory. I candidly could not find anything that I dislike about Bardugo's work. Shadow and Bone is full of breath-hitching action and deceitful (and heart-tingling) romance, and I just found myself incapable of putting the book down. Bardugo's gripping writing and brilliant plot structure has encapsulated my full interest in tact. And because this is a trilogy, I am more than excited to delve more into the dangerous world of Ravka and know more about what else lies ahead for Alina Starkov to surmount.

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Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, raised in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. She indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls, and costuming in her other life as a makeup artist in Hollywood, and she can occasionally be heard singing with her band, Captain Automatic. Shadow and Bone is her first novel.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 5, 2015 by Bloomsbury Children's
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
Format: Hardcover
Source: Target
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

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(Warning: Review may contain spoilers!)

I have read a lot of books and watched tons of movies that retells a classic fairytalewhether it be Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, or Beauty and the Beastbut I have not frankly encountered such sort of retelling that Sarah J. Maas did on her new series. It is unique and thrilling and, well, steamy.

As I have mentioned, A Court of Thorns and Roses is a fairytale retelling of Beauty and the Beast; but what sold me to Maas's book is that she laced it with her own twist. Her novel did not follow the well-known storyline, Maas only adopted the concept of the fairytale as her base, and then warps it into one of her own as she goes along. Speaking from personal experience, I knew that A Court of Thorns and Roses is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but as I got deeper into the story, I actually forgot that it was based on that tale because of how much originality Maas managed to incorporate in her book.

Tamlin, the beast, is not what I expected. Because this book is based on the aforementioned children's tale, anyone may foretell that Tamlin is one of a bitter beast. One that has done cruel things in the past, just like the beast we've grown up knowing. Contrary to that assumption, Tamlin is not a rancorous creature, but rather a benevolent beast. And that mere characteristic only makes him a lovable character . . . an admirable "unusual" love interest.

One of the things that I truly like about the book is Feyre's imperfections. It is no doubt that she is yet another one of those kick-ass heroine, another one of those female lead who bravely plunged into the unknown to save her loved one, but her illiteracy makes her so unique. Most female lead usually don't even have a single flaw about them, but Feyre's disability to read and write differentiates herself from those "seemingly perfect" female leads. Her imperfections only makes her look and sound more . . . human.

The magic in this book is something that is highly enjoyable. Both sides of magic are introduced—the good and the bad, and all its different kinds of uses. The world of Prythian may sound like a safe haven with all its magical forests and starlight water, but it embodies the idea that not all things beautiful equates to something of its beauty as well. I like that Maas tangled the worlds of the humans and the faeries, and successfully built this tension and chaos that can only be mended by . . . well . . . you'll know it once you read the book.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is an exhilarating fairytale retelling that revolves around humans and faeries and magic. It is seductively sexy in some parts, which is something that I never expected in a young adult novel. But there aren't a lot of intimate moments, so I really enjoyed the story, still. This book has kept me up at night, my mind resisting to put the book down unless I have perused the novel up to its very last punctuation mark.

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Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series' prequel, The Assassin's Blade. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Book Review: Eleanor & Park

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: February 26, 2013 by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Source: Book Outlet
Two misfits. One extraordinary love.

Eleanor . . . Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough . . . Eleanor.

Park . . . He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises . . . Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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(Warning: Review may contain spoilers!)

Eleanor & Park is definitely the second most-hyped Rainbow Rowell book, and that's basically the first reason as to why I picked this book up when I went shopping. It has gathered so many good and negative reviews that I just wanted to see what the talk is all about. This being the third Rowell book I have managed to pick up this year, I was expecting to engage in a fun and lighthearted story of two high school misfits falling in love at a young age. I was bracing myself for all the fluffiness, the cheesy exchanges of the words I love you, and possibly a happy-ever-after. But, of course, young love has never been meant to last forever . . . Right?

Eleanor & Park first bonded over music and comic books. I am a big fan of music—Duh! Who isn't?—but specifically the kind of music you don't usually hear on the Top 40. I loved this particular concept because as I read about Park showing Eleanor his music—The Smiths, Joy Division, U2, et cetera—I really feel like I can relate. I can feel what they feel as they voice out each of their commentaries about a certain song. And when Rowell mentioned classic rock artists such as AC/DC, Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, Sex Pistols . . . Oh, I was instantly sold. The comic books are also a guaranteed plus because I absolutely adore comic books. Although X-Men isn't really my most favorite, reading about Eleanor and Park bonding over comic books still managed to make my heart flutter warmly. In a book, there is nothing better than being able to personally connect to a character or characters.

Rowell has wowed me once again with just how much she has accurately grasped the contemporary world. And because of this, she's created a lot of realistic characters that anyone can actually find in today's world. We've got a neglectful parent, a brutal stepfather, disapproving parents; bullying, rebelling, underage drinking, drugs. And the issue about body image as well. Rowell wrote off Eleanor not as a skinny and seemingly perfect teenager, but as a sixteen-year-old who still has a few lumpy parts in her physique . . . which is frankly normal for someone her age.

Furthermore, Rowell's physical description of Eleanor only proves the true power of love. I particularly love this because in such a judgmental place like high school—let's be honest here—teenagers are being poisoned by this idea that you have to look a certain way in order to find love. The story of Eleanor and Park counters that beautifully. And reading about imperfect people falling with one another's flaws is truly a heartwarming sensation.

The only drawback for me is how irritable some of the characters are. As I was reading the book, all that I ever wanted was to snap my fingers in front of the characters' faces to pull them out of their daze and give them some sort of lecture about standing up for themselves. These characters are so vexingly weak that I felt like they badly needed some legitimate wake-up call.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is one young adult novel that will surely release all of your captive butterflies from the cheesiness that is our main characters, but at the same time, it will also clench your emotions like a rag doll at the same time. I have stumbled upon books that have unforgivably tore my heart, but this one is just so . . . I literally felt my heart sank when I read the end of the book. Eleanor & Park is a definite recommendation to those of you who enjoy reading about unexpected romances and heartbreaking-ever-afters.

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Rainbow Rowell writes books. Some of her titles include LandlineEleanor & ParkFangirl, and Attachments. When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don't really matter in the big scheme of things. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Book Review: Eve & Adam

Title: Eve & Adam (Eve & Adam, #1)
Authors: Michael Grant, Katherine Applegate
Published: October 2, 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Romance, Mystery
Format: Paperback
Source: Book Outlet
And girl created boy . . .

In the beginning, there was an apple—and then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.

Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy. Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect . . . won't he?

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(Warning: Review may contain spoilers!)

From the moment I plucked the book out from my bookshelf, I initially thought I was bracing myself for another intense science-fiction read. Just by reading the synopsis, I knew that this novel will be smothered with biology and pharmaceuticals and just . . . pure science. But upon fully indulging in the story inspired by the famous Adam and Eve from the Bible, I discovered that Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate is a lighthearted read, filled with funny and sarcastic dialogues and a quite adorable bunch of teenagers.

The book has multiple point of views: Eve's, Solo's, and later on in the book, Adam's. The narrations of Eve and Solo, specifically, are the life of Eve & Adam. Eve is sarcastic and witty and sassy, while Solo is quite mysterious and determined with a slight hint of quirky amiability. Their voices bring out so much attitude and personality to this book that I absolutely enjoyed. They can alter your moods quickly—one minute you're snickering, the next you're suspiciously curious.

I like that Adam is being followed by hilarity as though it is his shadow. Every single time a scene with Adam comes up, the people around him are described as if they are suddenly put under a spell. People are gawking at him, saying ridiculous things when their eyes land on him, men and women—young and old—are drooling over him. ("I'm totally straight and I'd do him," says Solo by the end of the book.) People are going out of their ways to satisfy Adam . . . I find this highly comical because in a realistic society, people truly are charmed by a person's good looks. People treat that prepossessing individual as though he or she is some kind of god or goddess that descended from the heavens above. A work of art, as some would say.

The plot line is thrilling, but not so suspenseful that it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole ride. It's got enough mystery and fast-paced action to keep the audience reading page after page, still. The authors' writing is also simple, which I really enjoyed because after reading some novels with beautifully crafted flow of words, I find myself wanting to just sit back and relax with a book that is very easy to read and absorb.

The only thing that I did not like about Eve & Adam is Aislin and her deal with Maddox. I mean I like Aislin, but only as Eve's ever-caring best friend. Every female main character has got to have a best friend, some kind of sidekick, right? But Aislin's involvement with drug-dealing Maddox and the "gangbang" drama, I personally think that it is unnecessary. I saw it only as something that Grant and Applegate added into the mix to fill the chapters with.

Overall, I thought that this book is okay. It isn't the greatest novel I've read, but because I've long since known the story of Adam & Eve from the Bible, I still enjoyed this one nevertheless. The concept of the tale is one that is easy to grasp and very enjoyable. Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate is a light read with enough sassy personality to keep you laughing throughout the story.

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Katherine Applegate is the author of many books for children and young adults, including the Newbery Medal-winning The One and Only Ivan, and the award-winning Home of the Brave.

Michael Grant is the author of the BZRK series and the bestselling Gone series. Together as "K.A. Applegate," he and Katherine wrote the very popular Animorphs series. Eve & Adam is their first credited collaboration. Katherine and Michael live in Northern California with their two children and numerous unmanageable pets.

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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Book Review: Every Day

Title: Every Day (Every Day, #1)
Author: David Levithan
Published: August 28, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Book Outlet
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

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(Warning: Review may contain spoilers!)

This book has been hyped about for a very long time, and it has sat neutrally on my TBR list for a long time as well, so when I finally had the time to pick this up, I was beyond excited. However—ooh there's that word—I did not actually enjoyed it as much as I thought I would.

It was okay. David Levithan is one remarkable author. Every Day is so relatable and yet poignant. A's narration is wise and cultivated, with breathtaking insights about the ups and downs of life and love. Levithan's main character is highly philosophical that the book turns out to be one of my most quoted novel. The only thing that turned me off is that, despite what I have mentioned previously, Every Day just did not give me that kind of impression I was looking for. It didn't give me that thrill, that urge to make me want to always have my nose in the book, perusing page after page. It has some boring parts, especially those chapters where I don't see the point of it being narrated.

Nonetheless, there are still some elements in the book that I truly loved. And one of it is the idea of being in a different body every day. Quoting A from the book, "By seeing the world from so many angles, I get more of a sense of its dimensionality." I like that it shows the world from different point of views, from different eyes. It is truly one memorable journey to jump from one person's life to another with every chapter, picking up on differences and patent similarities along the way. I like that with every day (ha!), I get to experience the different hardships of life—the different levels of life. It is what made me open my eyes even more to the idea that a person can be having the time of their lives today, but somewhere, perhaps five minutes or an hour away from them, someone is feeling like their whole world just collapsed right in front of their eyes.

A's individuality is also what stood out most for me in this book. Despite having to live someone else's life every day and never having the chance to have his own permanent one, A knows who he is and what he wants exactly. He never lets whoever's-body-he's-in's personality rub off on him. He can still distinguish who he is and who he is not. And that is what makes him such a strong character.

Diversity in this book is amazing as well. Levithan incorporated nearly every single sexual orientations and race in Every Day. I love the fact that somewhere amongst the complicated romance of A and Rhiannon, I read about people who are gay, "biologically female-gendered male," lesbian; I read about people who are Chinese, African-American, Mexican, Portuguese, Brazilian, Spanish; legal and illegal immigrants, et cetera. Almost every single one is included.

As for recommending Every Day, I'm not entirely sure I will recommend it. Even though it's one of the most hyped books, and Levithan's writing is one worthy of a read, Every Day is just not the first novel that'll come out on top of my head when someone asks for a book suggestion. It is enjoyable, still, but only at a certain level. It is sincerely a unique story, an intriguing one even, something that I haven't encountered before, but it just isn't enough to completely encapsulate me.

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David Levithan is the author of many acclaimed novels, some of them solo works, some of them collaborations. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, and spends his day in New York City, editing and publishing other people's books.

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