Eradicating My TBR Pile #51-60 (TBR Tag)

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Black Cat Vol. 1 by Kentaro Yabuki

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Two years ago, Train, a high-level assassin known as Number XIII in Chronos, left the secret society to live by his own rules. Since then, Train has been a sweeper, a bounty hunter, catching criminals and bringing them in alive. But his main mission is to find a former Chronos member who killed his best friend.

Verdict: Keep

Rosario + Vampire Vol. 1 by Akihisa Ikeda

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All-around average teenager Tsukune can’t get accepted to any high school save one…but on his first day, he finds the rest of the student body doesn’t appear average in the least. Best of all, the cutest girl on campus can’t wait to fling her arms around his neck! Wait a sec’–are those her teeth around his neck too…? Tsukune’s going to have one heck of a hickey when he gets home from Monster High! But does he have a chance in H-E-double-hockey-sticks of raising his grades at a school where the turf war isn’t between the jocks and the nerds but the vampires and the werewolves?

Verdict: Keep

Vampire Doll: Guilt-na-Zan Vol. 1 by Erika Kari

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Guilt-Nazan is a vampire aristocrat who was sealed into a cross by Kyouji’s ancestor more than 100 years ago. Now Kyouji has revived him–“although he was resurrected as a doll and can only transform into his real figure when he sucks blood from Kyouji’s sister Tonae… But when you combine Goth clothes and hot vampires, slowly but surely everyone will start to feel like one big family

Verdict: Remove

Vampire Knight Vol. 1 by Matsuri Hino

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Yuki Cross has no memory of her past prior to the moment she was saved from a vampire attack ten years ago. She was adopted by the headmaster of Cross Academy, and now works alongside Zero to guard the Academy’s secret. Cross Adademy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

Verdict: Keep

Tail of the Moon Prequel: The Other Hanzo by Rinko Ueda

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Set in feudal Japan, a young woman is found with a huge scar on her back and no memory of who she is. She’s given the name “Kaguya” and taken in by a local brothel where she’s put in charge of babysitting and housekeeping duties. Hanzou, the head guard of the nearby castle, starts to pursue her and realizes later that they’ve actually met before…and are enemies! (It turns out this young woman is one of Oda Nobunaga’s daughters–Princess Sara.) In the second story, Oda Nobunaga sends Sara to infiltrate the ninja town of Iga to steal a secret gunpowder formula. She is to go under the guise of being the prospective bride of Hanzo Hattori, one of the high-ranking ninja leaders of Iga. Sara willingly goes along with the plan because she doesn’t realize that she’s got her Hanzo(u)s mixed up!

Verdict: Remove

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Verdict: Keep

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Verdict: Remove

Just One Day (Just One Day #1) by Gayle Forman

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Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.

A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.

Verdict: Keep

Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead

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I wasn’t free of my past, not yet.

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

Verdict: Remove

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

Verdict: Keep

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ScallywagAThon Announcement

This readathon was created by Hardback Hoarder and Read All The Books. It runs from November 5th to November 11th.

Challenges

There are 4 reading challenges you have to complete, but you are more than welcome to stray across the map once you’ve completed your path. To find your reading challenges, you have to choose a beginning point on the map (1-5) then follow the color of that number out to your next destination. You are given choices, so not everyone’s paths will be the same. You will continue to follow the color of the circle OUT to the next challenge. Map link.

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Spooky Would You Rather Book Tag

I saw this tag being done by HardbackHoarder on BookTube.

1. Thrillers or Supernaturals?

Supernatural. All day. Every day.

2. Ghosts or Zombies?

I don’t typically read zombie books because I’m not that into them but, I’m deathly afraid of ghosts. So, I guess I’ll have to pick zombies.

3. Vampires or Werewolves?

WEREWOLVES!!!!

4. Witches or Demons?

Demons. Not really that into witch books.

5. Would you rather read a book with 13 chapters or read a book with a black cat on the cover?

I’m not superstitious so 13 chapters doesn’t really bother me. But if a book has a black cat on the cover, I’m inclined to think the book is about shapeshifters and I’m so into that. So, I pick black cat on the cover.

6. Would you rather read a spooky book in the dark with only a candle for light or by yourself locked in a brightly lit room?

I’m not the biggest fan of the dark so, I’m gonna go with the brightly lit room.

7. Would you rather face your worst fears or be trapped in the mind of a killer?

I’m too terrified of my fears for that. I’m also into psychology so I’d want to be in the mind of a killer.

8. Would you rather watch a scary movie or read a scary book?

Read a scary book. I don’t watch scary movies.

9. Would you rather read spooky books during the fall time or year round?

During the fall time. I’m not really into that genre.

10. Would you rather read 10 spooky books in October or 10 spooky books all year?

I wouldn’t want to read that many spooky books in such a short amount of time so, let’s read them all year. Space them out for my sanity.

Jigsaw Book Tag

You wake up in The Room, who wakes up with you?

1. Someone you choose

Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

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2. The Brains

Sherlock Holmes

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3. The Brawns

Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin

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4. Someone Jigsaw would choose

Axel from Kingdom Hearts

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5. Someone on the outside looking for you

from Death Note

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You’re starting the game and the first puzzle takes someone out; who dies first?

Kenshin would die first because he feels like he has to protect everyone and ultimately that would be his downfall.

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You’ve made it to the steam room. You need a partner to go through the maze while you switch a lever to shoot hot steam for them to make it through. Who is your partner?

I think Axel would be my partner because he controls fire and he would feel like he’s got this.

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Ooops, your partner died! Now you are strapped to the Shotgun Carousel. Who do you shoot in the face?

Sherlock Homes. I wouldn’t ever want to shoot Rhysand.

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You and the last character are about to escape. Then Billy the Puppet strolls in and tells you it’s up to a coin toss to see who survives. Heads: you survive. Tails: the other character survives.

I got heads. I survived! But that means Rhysand died. NOOOOOOOO!

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Eradicating My TBR Pile #41-50 (TBR Tag)

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Eating Heaven by Jennie Shortridge

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Nothing gets Eleanor Samuels’s heart racing like a double scoop of mocha fudge chunk. Sure, the magazine writer may have some issues aside from food, but she isn’t quite ready to face them. Then her beloved uncle Benny falls ill, and Eleanor’s whole world is torn apart. Unlike her sisters, she has neither a husband nor a full-time job, so it’s up to Eleanor to care for her ailing uncle. What at first seems scary and daunting becomes a blessing in disguise. Because while she’s doing all that cooking and nurturing—and enjoying a delicious flirtation with a new chef in town—Eleanor begins to uncover some long-buried secrets about her emotionally frayed family and may finally get the chance to become the woman she’s always wanted to be…

Verdict: Remove

From Bad to Cursed (Bad Girls Don’t Die #2) by Katie Alender

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Alexis is the last girl you’d expect to sell her soul. She already has everything she needs–an adorable boyfriend, the perfect best friend, and a little sister who’s finally recovering after being possessed by an evil spirit, then institutionalized.
Alexis is thrilled when her sister joins a club; new friends are just what Kasey needs. It’s strange, though, to see how fast the girls in The Sunshine Club go from dorky and antisocial to gorgeous and popular. Soon Alexis learns that the girls have pledged an oath to a seemingly benevolent spirit named Aralt. Worried that Kasey’s in over her head again, Alexis and her best friend Megan decide to investigate by joining the club themselves. At first, their connection with Aralt seems harmless. Alexis trades in her pink hair and punky clothes for a mainstream look, and quickly finds herself reveling in her newfound elegance and success.
Instead of fighting off the supernatural, Alexis can hardly remember why she joined in the first place. Surely it wasn’t to destroy Aralt…why would she hurt someone who has given her so much, and asked for so little in return?

Verdict: Keep

Purpose for the Pain by Renee Yohe

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Purpose for the Pain is the inspiring story of a young woman’s battles through addiction, depression and self-mutilation. In heartbreaking detail and poetic outpourings, Renee Yohe (the inspiration behind the non-profit movement, To Write Love On Her Arms) chronicles her journey from self destruction to new life. Over four years of journal entries, she takes readers through her deepest moments of despair to the hope on the other end. Renee’s story is a light of possibility to anyone who feels trapped by darkness.

Verdict: Keep

Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2) by Shannon Hale

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Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have come to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding. There, Miri also has a chance to attend school – at the prestigious Queen’s Castle.

But as Miri befriends sophisticated and exciting students, she also learns that they have some frightening plans for a revolution. Torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends’ ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city, Miri looks to find her own way in this new place.

Verdict: Keep

First Kill (The Slayer Chronicles #1) by Heather Brewer

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The first book in the fantastic new series from the creator of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod–now in paperback!

Over a million readers have heard Vlad Tod’s story; now it’s time to hear Joss’s. When Joss McMillan witnesses his sister’s murder–at the hands of a vampire–his whole life changes. He learns that not only is his family part of the Slayer Society, a group whose mission is to rid the world of vampires, but he is their new recruit. As Joss trains he discovers powers that could make him the youngest, strongest Slayer in history. But there is a traitor in the Society, one whose identity would shake Joss to the core . . . if the traitor doesn’t kill him first.

Written from the perspective of Vlad’s former friend turned mortal enemy–vampire slayer Joss McMillan–this is the first in a series of five books that can be read alongside Vlad Tod or entirely on their own.

Verdict: Remove

The Burning World (Warm Bodies #2) by Isaac Marion

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R is recovering from death.

He’s learning how to breathe, how to speak, how to be human, one clumsy step at a time. He doesn’t remember his old life and he doesn’t want to. He’s building a new one with Julie.

But his old life remembers him. The plague has another host far more dangerous than the Dead. It’s coming to return the world to the good old days of stability and control and the strong eating the weak, and stopping it will require a frightening journey into the surreal wastelands of America—and the shadowy basement of R’s mind.

Verdict: Keep

Fruits Basket Vol. 7 by Natsuki Takaya

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Tohru and company have been having a lot more fun ever since Kisa came to visit. Now it’s time for Tohru to meet another member of the Zodiac – the skillfully sarcastic grade-school student, Hiro! One way or another, this tyke will have to deal with his resentment of Tohru and his affection for Kisa. Where will he find the answers? In the fabulous 7th volume of the super-popular Fruits Basket, of course!

Verdict: Keep

Ouran High School Host Club Vol. 1 by Bisco Hatori

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One day, Haruhi, a scholarship student at exclusive Ouran High School, breaks an $80,000 vase that belongs to the ‘Host Club’, a mysterious campus group consisting of six super-rich (and gorgeous) guys. To pay back the damages, she is forced to work for the club, and it’s there that she discovers just how wealthy the boys are and how different they are from everybody else.

Verdict: Keep

Skip Beat! Vol. 2 by Yoshiki Nakamura

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Kyoko Mogami followed her true love Sho to Tokyo to support him while he made it big as an idol. But he’s casting her out now that he’s famous enough! Kyoko won’t suffer in silence–she’s going to get her sweet revenge by beating Sho in show biz!

Verdict: Keep

Demon Diary Vol. 2 by Kara and Jee-Hyung Lee

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After failing his tutor, Eclipse, and sparing the life of an enemy life (very un-demonlike!), young Raenef decides to leave his homeland alone until he’s become a Demon Lord. But life in the big world isn’t easy for an unskilled demon. There are many who hate demons and would kill Raenef on sight. When Raenef stumbles into the temple of Rased, he meets someone who would love to do just that. Fortunately, Raenef isn’t the only one who’s still in training.

Verdict: Keep

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American Horror Story Book Tag

I found this tag being done by Katesbookdate on BookTube and figured why not?

1. Murder House: A book series who’s first book really sucked you in

I Hate Fairyland Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young

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From superstar writer and artist Skottie Young (Rocket RaccoonWizard of OZFortunately, The Milk), comes the first volume of an all-new series of adventure and mayhem.

An Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes its cute little face against grown-up, Tank Girl/Deadpool-esque violent madness. Follow Gert, a forty year old woman stuck in a six year old’s body who has been trapped in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly thirty years. Join her and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood-soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HATES FAIRYLAND.

2. Asylum: A book with aspects of mental health issues

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

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Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

3. Coven: A book with witches/witchcraft in it

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

4. Freak Show: A book with a character that’s seen as an outcast

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble.

Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds meets Nimona in this novel about art, fandom, and finding the courage to be yourself. Features illustrations by the author throughout. Perfect for readers of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, this is the second novel by the acclaimed author of Made You Up.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, smart, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea. With millions of followers and fans throughout the world, Eliza’s persona is popular. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community. Then Wallace Warland transfers to her school, and Eliza begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

With pages from Eliza’s webcomic, as well as screenshots from Eliza’s online forums, this uniquely formatted book will appeal to fans of Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.

5. Hotel: A book where the setting plays a critical role in the story

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

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“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

6. Roanoke: A book with a unique writing style that you loved

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket #1) by Roald Dahl

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Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last!

But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!

October Wrap-Up (2017)

Stats

Reading Stats

Books Read: 2

Audiobooks Read: 0

Total Pages Read: 594

Rainbow Stats

Color of the Month: Green

Total Books Read: 2

Next Month: Blue

Wrap Up

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket #1) by Roald Dahl

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Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last!

But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!

(5 stars)

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

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Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, but when her popular radio evangelist father remarries and decides to move all three of them from Atlanta to the more conservative Rome, Georgia, he asks Jo to do the impossible: to lie low for the rest of her senior year. And Jo reluctantly agrees.

Although it is (mostly) much easier for Jo to fit in as a straight girl, things get complicated when she meets Mary Carlson, the oh-so-tempting sister of her new friend at school. But Jo couldn’t possibly think of breaking her promise to her dad. Even if she’s starting to fall for the girl. Even if there’s a chance Mary Carlson might be interested in her, too. Right?

(3 stars)