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"Life is too short to read a bad book."
Only two months in 2016 and there are loads of books to choose from. How do you know what's the right choice for you? So here we are with a little help on that front. After all, life is too short to read a bad book!
Book Summary: Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him-until he met the one girl who would change everything. From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they're trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.
Reader's Reviews From Goodreads: I can't express with words how much I loved this story. This book is the perfect combination of romance and heartbreak and I feel as though my soul has been ripped in two. I know the general story of Blackbeard but not in depth, so it was really interesting for me to see parts of what I know overlap with the story's plot. - Jamie
10:00 a.m: The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
1 :02 a.m: The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
10:03 a.m: The auditorium doors won't open.10:05- Someone starts shooting.Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.
Reader Reviews From Goodreads: This book was pretty shocking, mainly because this sort of thing happens in real life to real people. - Sarah
Book Summary: She's more gunpowder than girl-and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.
Reader Reviews from Goodreads: If there's one book this reader could not wait to get her greedy hands on, it was Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. It promised intrigue, badassery, a strong, fierce heroine and a brutal, beautiful setting and storyline that knew no mercy. - Aly
Book Summary: Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel-both physically and emotionally-a gift she's kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.
Reader Review From Goodreads: Wow! Just wow! This book was freaking fantastic! Burning Glass had me enraptured on page one! Kathryn Purdie has a hit on her hands and this will definitely make my top 10 of 2016 list! - Jamie
Book Summary: Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin's been taken, or if she's even alive.
Reader Review From Goodreads: This book is utterly fantastic. it has it all--an amazing heroine with an intricate backstory, a gorgeously rendered fantasy landscape, diverse characters, and beautiful prose. - Renee
Book Summary: When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers.
Reader Review From Goodreads: Can I give this 10 stars?? I freaking LOVED this book! First I want to thank HMH for sending me an advanced copy to read. - Jamie
Book Summary: The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that's not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective's enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who's inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability.Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense.
Book Review From Goodreads: Hands down, the best Holmes and Watson...adaptation?...I've ever had the pleasure of reading. By turns amusing, dark, cute, heartbreaking, and fun as hell. - Allison
Book Summary: Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.
Book Review From Goodreads: Firsts is a unique book in many ways, and not one I expected to like as much as I did. - Inge
Book Summary: Witch's apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.
Releasing Sept 2016. This is a must wait.
Book Summary: He fought against the odds, went against his family, sacrificed his relations. He did that and became an icon of Indian entrepreneurship. This is the odyssey of Sameer. Million dollar turnover of his firm tells his success story. But, Sameer paid recklessly for his success. His earned luxuries were never able to alleviate his chronic pains.
Book review: It's an absolute page-turner and has a sense of thrill with every turning page. The suspense in the story has been carried very well and some of the lines sound straight out from the heart. A must read! - Rakshita
Book Summary: Jane Austen meets X-Men in this gripping and adventure-filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.
Book Review From Goodreads: This book certainly lives up to its synopsis and my expectations! With These Vicious Masks being one of my most anticipated reads of 2016, I was hyping it up loads and loads. Ever since I read "Jane Austen meets X-Men" I was entirely devoted and willing to having this book mess me up - and mess me up it did. - Lillie