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BOOK COVER SYNOPSIS: **Includes spoilers for The Beholder** “When Selah found true love with Prince Torden of Norway, she never imagined she’d have to leave him behind. All because the Beholder’s true mission was a secret Selah’s crew didn’t trust her to keep: transporting weapons to the rebels fighting against the brutal tsarytsya, whose shadow looms over their next port of Shvartsval’d. A place Selah hoped she’d never go.”


BOOK COVER SYNOPSIS: “Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story.”

The Books that Shaped Us: Part One

When you love something, it’s interesting to look back and remember when and why you started loving it in the first place. As for the love of reading, we can pinpoint certain books that we read (and read again) when we were young. And even if we haven’t turned their pages in many years, they are undeniably part of why we read what we read today. Why we love what we love today. They are the books that shaped us.

A List of Enjoyable Books About (Mostly) Normal Teens From Someone Who Doesn’t Enjoy Many Books About (Mostly) Normal Teens

So, here’s the down low: this list used to be eleven books long, but my sisters lovingly shared with me that six of them were “not contemporary” because the conflict wasn’t “internal” or “personal.” And so now the list is down to five because I’m quite abysmal at giving contemporary books a chance, but, nonetheless, these five are quite enjoyable.