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I will be posting reviews for current, captivating or controversial novels. Posts will also include ongoings within the store, new releases/release dates, and quotes. Being a teenage girl, it is unsuprsing that my favorite genre is young adult. However, I will not limit my posts to this genre, as there are a variety of fascinating novels at Sparta Books! I am very excited for the future of this blog, and I truly hope it will help in your book selection!

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The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan

My rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

Middie Daniels calls it the Leaving Season—the time of year when everyone graduates high school, packs up their brand-new suitcases, and leaves home for the first time.

It happens every late August, but this year Middie’s boyfriend, Nate, is the one leaving. Nate, who’s so perfect she can barely believe it. Nate, who makes her better than she is on her own. Nate, who’s promised to come back once he’s finished his gap year volunteering in Central America.

And when he does, it’ll be time for Middie to leave to. With him.

But when tragedy strikes, Middie’s whole world is set spinning. No one seems to understand just how lost she s… except for Nate’s best friend, Lee.

Middie and Lee have never gotten along. She’s always known that she was destined for great things, and Lee acts ike he’s never cared about anything a day in his life. But with the ground ripped out from under her, Middie is finding that up is don—and that Lee Ryan might be just what she needs to find her footing once more.

Cat Jordan’s heartbreaking story proves no matter the season, no matter the obstacles, love can help you find yourself in the mot unexpected of places

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The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Rating: 1.5/5

Synopsis:

The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who has found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

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Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

My Rating: 5/5 !!!

Synopsis:

Inertia, force, mass, gravity, velocity, acceleration…cause and effect.

Liz Emerson doesn’t understand any of it.

But I do.

I understand how we fall. Where we fall. Why we fall.

I understand her sadness and loneliness and silence, her shattered heart.

It doesn’t have to be this way, does it?

It wasn’t always this way, was it?

Stay alive, Liz Emerson, stay alive.

Back Cover: (it was too good to not include!)

She would be an object in motion that would stay in motion, even if it meant flattening everything in her path.

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The Rules by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguié

My Rating 4/5

Synopsis:

Welcome to the hunt.

Rule #1:

Never trust the people you call your friends.

Rule #2:

Be prepared for some seriously dangerous situations.

Rule #3:

Keep your eyes open, especially when it’s dark.

Rule #4:

You are your only lifeline.

Rule #5:

Always follow the rules.

Junior Robin Brisset has no idea what she’s in for when she accepts an invitation to one of Callabrese High’s most exclusive parties. And when the trademark scavenger hunt begins, Robin must go against every rule she’s lived by to survive.

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The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Ahdeih

My Rating: 5/5

Wait! Look at that beautiful cover! Amazing cover for an amazing book!!!!!

Synopsis:

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as a retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

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Replica by Lauren Oliver

My Rating: 4/5

Note: This book is a dual-narrative story. On one side of the book is Lyra’s narration, and when you flip the book upside-down, you get Gemma’s narration. Either book can be read first, or they can be read in alternating chapters.

Synopsis:

Two Girls. Two Stories. One epic novel.

Lyra:

From a distance, the Haven Institute, tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida, looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, it is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed.

But when a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape. As they make their way through a new and menacing environment, they meet a stranger named Gemma, who has embarked on a perilous quest of her own. And as Lyra tries to understand Haven’s purpose, she uncovers earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls.

Gemma:

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals her whole life. A sickly child, she has grown into a lonely adolescent whose life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend April.

But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma stars to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two human models, or replicas, 24 and 72—and a completely new set of questions. As Gemma tries to unravel the mysteries of Haven, she learns terrible truths about herself and her family that will threaten to destroy everything she loves.

While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains breathtaking revelations critically important to the other story. Their narratives can be read separately or in alternating chapters. In either case, the two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable experience for its two young heroines—and for the reader.

The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delerium trilogy has written a brilliant, riveting novel that explores issues of individuality, identity, and humanity. Replica is an ambitious, thought-provoking masterwork.

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Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

My Rating: 3/5

Synopsis:

Hillbilly Elegy

A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class through the author’s own story of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town.

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of poor, white Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never been written about as searingly from the inside. In Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck.

The Vance family story began with hope in post-war America. J.D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually one of their grandchildren would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillybilly Elegy plays out, we learn that J.D.’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, never fully escaping the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, and poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. With piercing honesty, Vance shows how he himself still carries around the demons of his chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillybilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

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