By Kat Pauly, Year 12

FANTASY

A Court of Thorns and Roses (Series) by Sarah J Maas

Photo: http://acourtofthornsandroses.wikia.com/wiki/A_Court_of_Thorns_and_Roses_series

Books in the Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1 (ACOTAR), A Court of Mist and Fury #2 (ACOMAF), A Court of Wings and Ruins #3 (ACOWAR)- series to be continued

Age Recommendation: 16+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16096824-a-court-of-thorns-and-roses?ac=1&from_search=true

Mentionable Quotes:

“I love you.” He whispered, and kissed my brow. “Thorns and all.”” (ACOTAR)

He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. (ACOMAF)

“My goal was bigger than revenge. My purpose greater than personal retribution.” (ACOWAR)

 

Six of Crows (Duology) by Leigh Bardugo

Photo:  http://www.annarmercier.com/tag/reading/

Books in Duology: Six of Crows #1 (SOC), Crooked Kingdom #2 (CK)

Age Recommendation: 14+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23437156-six-of-crows?from_search=true

Mentionable Quotes:

“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.” (SOK)

“We are all someone’s monster.” (SOK)

“Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return.” (CK)

“And that was what destroyed you in the end: the longing for something you could never have.” (CK)

 

Entwined by Heather Dixon

Photo: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8428195-entwined?from_search=true

Age Recommendation: 14+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8428195-entwined?from_search=true

Mentionable Quotes:

“She knew all those…unfortunate things. Things some people might even call ghastly.”

“If your sisters come to your wedding, my lady, it will only be to murder me.”

 “She hated feeling helpless. It writhed in her stomach, choking her with thoughts of dancing the rest of her life in the arms of a gentleman who pushed her about and laughed when she stumbled or, worse, didn’t even look at her at all.”

 

YOUNG ADULT ROMANCE

 Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulhurst

Photo: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25164304-of-fire-and-stars

Books in the Series: Of Fire and Stars #1 (OFAS)- series to be continued

Age Recommendation: 15+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25164304-of-fire-and-stars

Mentionable Quotes:

“Princesses don’t play with fire.”

“Partnerships can be built, but love can’t be coaxed. Love should …. make your blood sing. It should terrify you. And some part of you should recognize it the first time you meet the other person’s eyes.”

“For the first time in my life, I finally felt free – because some things are more important than a crown.”

 

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

Photo: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16113606-of-beast-and-beauty?from_search=true

Age Recommendation: 15+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16113606-of-beast-and-beauty?from_search=true

Mentionable Quotes:

“To be cold and incapable of pity is one thing; to have compassion and use it only when it’s convenient is nothing less than evil.”

“In the beginning there was darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret”

“His love, his faith in me, his belief that I can be as strong and brave as he is… is better than anything else.”

 

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Photo: https://www.amazon.com/Eleanor-Park-Rainbow-Rowell/dp/1250012570

Age Recommendation: 12+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15745753-eleanor-park?from_search=true

Mentionable Quotes:

“I want everyone to meet you. You’re my favourite person of all time.”

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

“Nothing before you counts,” he said. “And I can’t even imagine an after.”

 

MYSTERY

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Photo: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32571395-one-of-us-is-lying?from_search=true

Age Recommendation: 13+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32571395-one-of-us-is-lying?from_search=true

Mentionable Quotes:

“It concerns me you’re avoiding a promise not to murder me.”

“I know what it’s like to tell yourself a lie so often that it becomes the truth.”

“Some people are too toxic to live. They just are.” 

 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Photo: https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/childrens/young-adult-fiction/We-Were-Liars-E-Lockhart-9781760111069

Age Recommendation: 14+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16143347-we-were-liars?from_search=true

Mentionable Quotes:

“We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.”

“Do not accept an evil you can change.”

“Silence is a protective coating over pain.

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Photo: https://www.amazon.com/Gone-Girl-Gillian-Flynn/dp/0307588378

Age Recommendation: 15+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/13306276-gone-girl?page=2

Mentionable Quotes:

“There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.”

“Friends see most of each other’s flaws. Spouses see every awful last bit.”

“We weren’t ourselves when we fell in love, and when we became ourselves – surprise! – we were poison. We complete each other in the nastiest, ugliest possible way.”

“I am a great husband because I am very afraid she may kill me.”

 

SCIENCE FICTION

Illuminae (Series) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Photo: http://mindequalsblown.net/reviews/book-reviews/illuminae-files-series

Books in the Series: Illuminae #1, Gemina #2- series to be continued

Age Recommendation: 14+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23395680-illuminae?from_search=true

Mentionable Quotes:

“You have me. Until every last star in the galaxy dies.” (Illuminae)

“He presses the triggers. And like roses in his hands, death blooms.” (Illuminae)

“Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. And her name was Vengeance.” (Gemina)

“I cannot help but wonder if his desire to see this place ripped to pieces’ pales in comparison to his desire to see her again.” (Gemina)

 

The Lunar Chronicles (Series) by Marissa Meyer

Photo: http://www.jactionary.com/2017/01/lunar-chronicles-series.html

Books in the Series: Cinder #1, Scarlet #2, Cress #3, Fairest #3.5, Winter #4, Stars Above #4.5

Age Recommendation: 14+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36381037-cinder

Mentionable Quotes:

“Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would you do?” (Cinder)

“I lied to you about a lot of things…. but I meant every apology.” (Scarlet)

“The type of love that time and distance and even death couldn’t separate.” (Cress)

“It did not feel like home. It felt like a place that had been built to be paradise, but had become a prison.” (Winter)

 

Scythe (Series) by Neal Shusterman

Photo: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Scythe/Neal-Shusterman/Arc-of-a-Scythe/9781442472433

Books in the Series: Scythe #1- series to be continued

Age Recommendation: 15+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28954189-scythe?from_search=true

Mentionable Quotes:

“My greatest wish for humanity is not for peace or comfort or joy. It is that we all still die a little inside every time we witness the death of another. For only the pain of empathy will keep us human.”

“Without the threat of suffering, we can’t experience true joy.”

“The past never changes—and from what I can see, neither does the future.”

 

CONTEMPORARY

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Photo: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/letters-to-the-lost-9781408883525/

Age Recommendation: 13+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30038855-letters-to-the-lost?ac=1&from_search=true

Mentionable Quotes:

“One day isn’t your whole life. A day is just a day.”

 “I want to fall into him. I want to let someone else carry this weight, even if just for a little bit. But it’s been too long.”

“We’re all united by grief, and somehow divided by the same thing”

 

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Photo: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25014114-history-is-all-you-left-me?from_search=true

Age Recommendation: 14+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25014114-history-is-all-you-left-me?from_search=true

Mentionable Quotes:

“I was in love and love died and the pain you’ve left isn’t pain I can see myself having the strength to face again.”

“I’d give in to the grief but make sure I wasn’t loud enough to draw attention from those who think words will make me feel better.”

“We were something, but history isn’t enough to keep something alive forever.”

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Photo: https://www.amazon.com/Hate-U-Give-Angie-Thomas/dp/0062498533

Age Recommendation: 14+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32075671-the-hate-u-give?from_search=true

Mentionable Quotes:

“At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.”

“I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black”

“People like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right.”

“A hairbrush is not a gun.”

 

HISTORICAL FICTION

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Photo: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30555488-the-underground-railroad?ac=1&from_search=true

Age Recommendation: 15+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30555488-the-underground-railroad?ac=1&from_search=true

Mentionable Quotes:

“Slavery is a sin when whites were put to the yoke, but not the African. All men are created equal, unless we decide you are not a man.”

“The world is mean from the start and gets meaner every day. It uses you up until you only dream of death.”

“But we have all been branded even if you can’t see it, inside if not without”

 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

 

Photo: https://www.amazon.com/Book-Thief-Markus-Zusak/dp/0375842209

Age Recommendation: 14+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19063.The_Book_Thief?from_search=true

Mentionable Quotes:

“The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.”

“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know?”

“The consequence of this is that I’m always finding humans at their best and worst. I see their ugly and their beauty, and I wonder how the same thing can be both”

 

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Photo: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25614492-salt-to-the-sea

Age Recommendation: 15+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25614492-salt-to-the-sea

Mentionable Quotes:

“I wept because i had no shoes, until i met a man who had no feet.”

“What had human beings become? Did war make us evil or just activate an evil already lurking within us?”

“I knew the legends of the birds. Seagulls were the souls of dead soldiers. Owls were the souls of women. Doves were the recently departed souls of unmarried girls. Was there a bird for the souls of people like me?”

 

 

 

 

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