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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Review by Katrina Rose, Fully Booked Online
“Kudos to the author for a well written novel! But beware: this book has many trigger warnings. When you read this book, be sure that the next one you will read is light, fun, and full of life.”
My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth
Review by @cozykloe, Fully Booked Reading Ally
“This story is also a slow burn romance but WAIT, hear me out for peeps who don’t prefer this type of trope, it is enjoyable and fun to read!! You wouldn’t bore out, it almost feels like watching a teen rom-com Netflix movie. The conversations with the inner circle are always hilarious. Lastly, I want to talk about the ending.. But I can’t cause I don’t wanna spoil y’all out. I just want to ask WHAT HAPPENED AFTER? I DEMAND AN ANSWER or more likely I DEMAND A SEQUEL!!”
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Loveless by Alice Oseman
Review by jenn, Fully Booked Online
“I have never read a book that explores queer struggles and societal pressures or expectations so well. This story of self-discovery and friendships is so real, well-written, and well-explored. I would highly recommend this to anyone especially to queer readers because I believe that everyone will learn more than a thing or two from this. Alice Oseman really never fails to deliver.”
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
Review by alexx, Fully Booked Reading Ally
“The writing style here in I Kissed Shara Wheeler is one of my favorites! It was funny, it was light, but it was also earnest. Best of all was that, McQuiston knew how to get your attention and make you keep reading. As a reader, I was hooked in the first chapter to the very end. It also helped that the characters were interesting, captivating. Chloe, Rory, and Smith, who all seemed so different from one another, found friendship and common ground.”
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Tarot of the Divine: A Deck and Guidebook Inspired by Deities, Folklore, and Fairy Tales from Around the World, Tarot Cards by Yoshi Yoshitani
Review by JoJo, Fully Booked Online
“I watched Ms. Yoshi Yoshitani's unboxing of this creation and she said that it took her five years to write the book. And draw this tarot deck. That five years is really worth it to wait. The collection of folklore around the world are really fascinating! From the skin color to the fashion. From the exciting adventures to heart-breaking stories. From humans to animals. It serves a variety of culture. It is easily to read too. I am very happy that Ms. Yoshi included the Philippines' legend of Bakunawa and the Seven Moon. The staff are also nice, quick, and very helpful. The delivery was fast. Good customer service.”
Elektra by Jennifer Saint
Review by @adominiquereads, Fully Booked Reading Ally
“The character work is splendid. Everyone was so flawed and nuanced that it just made me adore them even more. And then the writing style was gorgeous! It was so lyrical and beautiful that it matched the story perfectly, even with its bloody roots. The perfect match of an enticing story and beautiful writing made me read this book so quickly because it was that amazing. This is my first encounter with Jennifer Saint's work, and I am glad to say that it was so much better than I expected it would be.”
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Jurassic Park: A Novel by Michael Crichton
Review by RandomHonestReviews, Fully Booked Online
“I was just following the Fully Booked [Reading Challenge 2022] list to read a book published in the year I was born, and so I ordered this. I did not expect how great of a read this is! As I am fond of dinosaurs and have the Dinosaurium Museum book, I tell you that this novel is based on scientific facts and it is just amazing! I love the writing style of Michael Crichton as well! Not hard to understand and yet very informative and packed with thrills! I'll be sure to check out more books by Michael Crichton.”
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A Little Life follows four college classmates—broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition—as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma. A hymn to brotherly bonds and a masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century, Hanya Yanagihara’s stunning novel is about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves.
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.
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The path to enlightenment is unique for each of us, but many of the lessons we learn are shared stories passed among cultures and generations. With rich, vibrant art and a keen understanding of traditional tarot archetypes, illustrator Yoshi Yoshitani infuses Tarot of the Divine with worldly insight and an intriguing selection of fables and folktales from cultures across the globe.
As you acquaint yourself with your cards, a 44-page guidebook illuminates how these fables support traditional tarot imagery and themes. With fables from more than forty countries, this spiritual journey is a worldly experience like no other.
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From the New York Times bestselling author of One Last Stop and Red, White & Royal Blue comes a debut YA romantic comedy about chasing down what you want, only to find what you need...
Chloe Green is so close to winning. After her moms moved her from SoCal to Alabama for high school, she’s spent the past four years dodging gossipy classmates and the puritanical administration of Willowgrove Christian Academy. The thing that’s kept her going: winning valedictorian. Her only rival: prom queen Shara Wheeler, the principal’s perfect progeny.
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From the marvelous author of Heartstopper comes an exceptional YA novel about discovering that it's okay if you don't have sexual or romantic feelings for anyone . . . since there are plenty of other ways to find love and connection.
This is the funny, honest, messy, completely relatable story of Georgia, who doesn't understand why she can't crush and kiss and make out like her friends do. She's surrounded by the narrative that dating + sex = love. It's not until she gets to college that she discovers the A range of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum -- coming to understand herself as asexual/aromantic.
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Nerds are so hot.
Especially battle robot building nerds.
Bel would rather die than think about the future. College apps? You’re funny. Extracurriculars? Not a chance. But when she accidentally reveals a talent for engineering at school, she’s basically forced into joining the robotics club. Even worse? All the boys ignore Bel—and Neelam, the only other girl on the team, doesn’t seem to like her either.
With an adorable, opposites-attract romance at its center, My Mechanical Romance explores both the challenges girls of color face in STEM and the vulnerability of first love with unfailing wit and honesty.
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A spellbinding reimagining of the story of Elektra, one of Greek mythology’s most infamous heroines, from Jennifer Saint, the author of the beloved international bestseller, Ariadne.
Three women, tangled in an ancient curse.
When Clytemnestra marries Agamemnon, she ignores the insidious whispers about his family line, the House of Atreus. But when, on the eve of the Trojan War, Agamemnon betrays Clytemnestra in the most unimaginable way, she must confront the curse that has long ravaged their family.
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