Faith's Recs

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Together We Burn By Isabel Ibañez Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250803351
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Published: Wednesday Books - May 31st, 2022

Oh boy: It is absolutely impossible not to love this book. It’s the perfect read for fantasy lovers who are keen on resilient, tough heroines, forbidden love stories with a touch of magic, action packed chapters, and mesmerizing Latin culture. Zarela Zalvidar is the daughter of Hispalia's most famous Dragonador, basically a matador but for dragons. Her mother was killed by a dragon a year earlier and now, a year later, their other dragons escape their cages during a fight and wreak havoc on the arena, killing a bunch of spectators and wounding Zarela's father. In order to save her home and arena, and keep bringing in paying spectators while her father is injured, she has to learn to fight dragons herself, which means employing the help of a grumpy, sullen, mysterious, and of course super-hot Dragonador trainer. I would rate this book 4.5/5 stars for the dragon lady who should be a winner of “Dancing with the Stars!”

-Faith


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The Summer of Bitter and Sweet By Jen Ferguson Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063086166
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Published: Heartdrum - May 10th, 2022

This beautiful debut coming-of-age drama keeps a focus on community, the land, and all the ways we love. I absolutely love that it’s filled with tumultuous twists and turns, but is inherently the journey of Lou grasping her sexual identity and her Métis heritage! I was really impressed with the writing style! Ferguson explores the nuances of how we betray those we care about in her novel. Are lies premeditated? Are they for survival? Are they omissions? The MC, Lou, struggles with leaving behind her past untruths while trying to be more honest with her family and friends. Lou is a fully formed character whose flaws are eye opening and relatable at the same time. Definitely worth the read, as long as you don’t mind ice cream cravings!

-Faith


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Verity By Colleen Hoover Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538724736
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 26th, 2021

All I can say is, wow. Immediately following my completion of Verity, I laid on my couch just frozen for an hour. All I could think was, “they need to make this into a movie.” The characters were all so well done that I could easily envision them in my head. I’m not normally a suspense/thriller reader, but this book has certainly changed that for me. How did Colleen Hoover ever think up this dark and twisted tale? It is so unique, so completely shocking. I love Hoover’s writing style, as well. Pick this up and expect that you probably won’t be able to put it down until you’re done. 

-Faith


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The Soul of a Woman By Isabel Allende Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780593355626
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 2nd, 2021

This is a wonderful self-reflection. Binding today's political views to the views which were evident during her childhood in the 1940s and 50s, Allende covers topics such as masculinity and the feminist movement in a most compelling manner. This book speaks to what feeds the soul of feminists - and all women today. It concludes that they are to be safe and valued, to live in peace, to have control over their bodies and lives, and above all else, to be loved. Learning about how inequality truly infuriated the author, Isabel Allende, all the way throughout her life, fascinated me and I guarantee will inspire you. 

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Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas By James Patterson Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780446679596
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 1st, 2002

The love of Katie Wilkinson's life, Matt, disappears with no explanation and Katie is left wondering what went wrong when things were so perfect between them. Then Katie finds a package on the front door step, which turns out to be a diary left by Matt. Matt left a note with the diary that says, "If you have the heart, read it. It's about my wife and my son and me." And so, Katie begins to read the diary and finds out so much more about Matt than she could ever imagine.  At times whilst reading the diary Katie is overwhelmed with what she reads and learns about Matt's life. Although this story is heart wrenching, touching, and at times quite sad, it was still a beautiful love story. I have no hesitation recommending this page turner, just don't forget to have a box of tissues ready.               

-Faith