TITLE: Ninth House
AUTHOR: Leigh Bardugo
SERIES: Alex Stern
GENRE: Fantasy
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 458
PUBLISHED: October 9th 2019

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Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

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Welcome to first line Friday! It is hosted by Hoarding Books and the idea is to grab a book and share the first line from that book. Let’s try and see if we can find something new to add to our ever growing TBRs this way.

A secret is a strange thing.

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TITLE: Stalker
AUTHOR: Lars Kepler
SERIES: Joona Linna #5
GENRE: Thriller
FORMAT: Hardcover (Finnish edition)
PAGES: 617
PUBLISHED: March 2015

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Detective Joona Linna — recently returned from compassionate leave — reunites with hypnotist Erik Maria Bark in a search for a seemingly unassailable sadistic killer.

The Swedish National Crime Unit receives a video of a young woman in her home, clearly unaware that she’s being watched. Soon after the tape is received, the woman’s body is found horrifically mutilated. With the arrival of the next, similar video, the police understand that the killer is toying with them, warning of a new victim, knowing there’s nothing they can do. Detective Margot Silverman is put in charge of the investigation, and soon asks Detective Joona Linna for help. Linna, in turn, recruits Erik Maria Bark, the hypnotist and expert in trauma, with whom Linna’s worked before. Bark is leery of forcing people to give up their secrets. But this time, Bark is the one hiding things.
Years before, he had put a man away for an eerily similar crime, and now he’s beginning to think that an innocent man may be behind bars–and a serial killer still on the loose. . .

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A weekly meme created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, now hosted by the amazing Meeghan at Meeghan reads.

Today we are taking a look at the books I wish I had read when I was younger. This requires some serious thinking, maybe. Though I do have couple in mind already!

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson | The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson | The Giver by Lois Lowry | A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

All of these above pretty much deal with mental health, dealing with your feelings and rights. And even though I have learned a lot from each of these books, and hold them close to my heart every day, I think I would not be such a mess at this point of life if I had read them way younger.
I mean I’m 27 and I’m a mess still. All I ever learned as a kid from home was to hide every single feeling because by showing them, you’ll just get hurt. I have never had anyone to talk to, anyone who actually listens to me and is genuinely interested of me, of listening me. My mental health is a mess and even during this day, I have a hard time showing any type of feelings. With my own kids, I have obviously had to learn a lot about all that. And it is easy with them.

But all in all, I think all of the books shown above would have helped me growing up a lot! Sorry I made it all sad and depressing again but I wanted to truly think about books that honestly would have thought me while growing up.

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TITLE: With the Fire on High
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Acevedo
GENRE: Contemporary
FORMAT: Hardcover
PAGES: 392
PUBLISHED: May 7th 2019
PUBLISHER: Quill Tree Books

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award longlist title The Poet X comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

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