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Crown of Coral and Pearl features a strong and likable heroine, dastardly political schemes, and textured world building. Need I say more? Ok fine, I will. I loved the relationship between Nor and her twin sister Zadie. Maybe it’s because I’m an older sister, but I really connected with the bond these two share and the lengths they are willing to go to protect each other. There was the perfect dollop of romance, but this story is primarily about the challenges Nor faces, the
Reading this graphic novel by wonder-duo Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks is like wandering through the most fantastic and fun corn maze imaginable. *snuggles up with a cup of tea and pumpkin cookies* We meet Deja and Josiah on their last shift at the Pumpkin Patch, where they've worked together for years. The mission? Getting Josiah to finally speak to the girl he's been crushing on for years (and eat all the snacks)! The two friends weave their way around the Pumpkin Pat
I really enjoyed this one! First of all, do yourself a favor and get the audio book. The multiple narrators really bring this story to life, especially because the point of view rotates between the main characters. The basic plot is three Brooklyn teens work to get their friend's raps posthumously produced. But how and why did he die? Can they even pull this off? In this book you may expect to find: character development, NY hip-hop history, friendship, social commentary, mys