Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Jennifer Niven Book Signing Event


I arrived in SM Megamall at around 6am and I met up with my twitter friends. I had so much fun waiting with them because we talked about a lot of bookish stuff that made the waiting bareable.


With (Avy) @MorganMatsonPH, (Karen)@WinnersPH, & (Pam)@ThrnsAndAll
With (Karen)@WinnersPH, & (Pam)@ThrnsAndAll
They let us in for the registration early, around 9am and the event started around two pm. I almost cried because all of the emotions from reading All the Bright Places came back to me when Jennifer Niven arrived at the event and I'm not the only one. I think it was an emotional day for everyone due to the All the Bright Places being a relatable and exceptionally sad book. Also, it was so sorrowful when Jennifer talked about her inspiration for this book because this situation happened to her and a boy she loved. To add, I love how she made the book more personal and real by creating the aspects of the book into a reality just like the Germ Magazine and http://www.eleanorandviolet.com.


In the end, meeting Jennifer was a surreal experience because All the Bright Places was one of the book that really made an impact in my life and it made me realize a lot of things about myself that I didn't know before. She was so nice and sincere. I'm just thankful that she creates books that deals with a lot of social issues that are not normally tackled, and I cannot wait for her next book Holding Up The Universe because the female protagonist is plus size and I haven't encountered a lot of young adult female characters that are on the bigger side, so it is a nice change. 
Almost there...

I'm so happy !!!!!

With the beautiful Jennifer Niven

Thank you so much Jennifer Niven, National Bookstore, and Penguin Random House for making this event possible. 


What was your favorite moment or experience during the event? 
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More about Jennifer Niven

Reminder!
Holding Up The Universe is available on October 4, 2016.

XOXO,
Isabel 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Events: Jennifer Niven In PH


National Book Store brings New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Niven to the Philippines for book signing events on May 28, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu and on May 29, 2016 at 2 p.m. in Second Level Mega Atrium, SM Megamall.

Frequently Asked Questions
ONLY BOOKS PURCHASED FROM NATIONAL BOOK STORE, NATIONAL BOOK STORE EXPRESS OR POWERBOOKS WILL BE ACCOMMODATED.

When and where are the book signings?
May 28, 1:00 p.m., at the Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu
May 29 6, 2:00 p.m., at the 2L (2nd Level) Mega Atrium, SM Megamall

Is there a registration fee?
No. There is no registration fee.

When will the registration be?
Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on May 28 at the Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu, and 10:00 a.m. on May 29 at the 2L Mega Atrium, SM Megamall. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. First come, first served. Guests must present their book to get a numbered Signing Pass. The book must have either of the following as proof of purchase: Price Tag or Official Receipt from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks.

How many books can I have signed? Is there a limit as to how many people can have their books signed?
Each guest is allowed one (1) copy of ‘All the Bright Places’ by Jennifer Niven to be signed. Although National Book Store will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible, depending on the number of attendees, we reserve the right to limit the number of copies per person or limit the number of people in line. First come, first served.

Can I bring old books or other editions of the books?
Yes, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks. The books must have either the price tag or official receipt.

Do I need to buy on-site?
No. You can buy books before or during the event.

Can I have other items signed?
No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the author.

Can we have our photo taken with the author?
Yes. There will be an official photographer from NBS who will take your photo with the author. However, we strictly allow only one photo per person.

How much are the books?
All the Bright Places (Hardcover – P649)
All the Bright Places (Trade Paperback – P439)

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Comment down below if your going to see Jennifer! 

XOXO,
Isabel 

Anticipated Book Releases - June 2016

The first is my most anticipated release of June 2016 and that is ...
The Savage Song by Victoria Schwab 


There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books, This Savage Song is a must-have for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor.




Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. In This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab creates a gritty, seething metropolis, one worthy of being compared to Gotham and to the four versions of London in her critically acclaimed fantasy for adults, A Darker Shade of Magic. Her heroes will face monsters intent on destroying them from every side—including the monsters within. 

I love Victoria's The Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, and Vicious, and I can't wait to read this particular novel. I love the idea behind the story and I can't to see how Victoria delivers it (I know it will be awesome since Victoria Schwab is the Queen and she always writes amazing books). 

Release Date: July 5, 2016
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Next we have...
Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale (Seasons of the Sword # 1) by David Kudler 

Can one girl win a war?

My name is Kano Murasaki, but most people call me Risuko. Squirrel.

I am from Serenity Province, though I was not born there.

My nation has been at war for a hundred years, Serenity is under attack, my family is in disgrace, but some people think that I can bring victory. That I can be 
a very special kind of woman.

All I want to do is climb.

My name is Kano Murasaki, but everyone calls me Squirrel.


Risuko.

Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan -- or may destroy it. She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seems. 

Magical but historical, Risuko follows her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.

Kano Murasaki, called Risuko (Squirrel) is a young, fatherless girl, more comfortable climbing trees than down on the ground. Yet she finds herself enmeshed in a game where the board is the whole nation of Japan, where the pieces are armies, moved by scheming lords, and a single girl couldn't possibly have the power to change the outcome. Or could she?


This is a historical fiction, which I like, and it reminds me of the story of Mulan.

Relase date: June 17, 2016
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And Lastly we have...
The Geeks Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenas Tash

John Hughes meets Comic Con in this hilarious, unabashedly romantic, coming-of-age novel about a teenager who is trying to get his best friend to fall in love with him from the author of Three Day Summer.

Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy...
Archie and Veronica...
Althena and Noth...
...Graham and Roxy?

Graham met his best friend, Roxana, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago, and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since.

But now they’re sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever—moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books.

When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic, The Chronicles of Althena, is making a rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her. He’s got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and supervillains. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be...even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones.

I think this is going to be a funny and easy read. I like this kinds of contemporary books so I will definitely on the look out for this one. 

Release Date: June 15, 2016
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So that is all for this post. Let me know down below what books are you excited for? 

XOXO,
Isabel 

Friday, May 27, 2016

GIVEAWAY: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab


To celebrate my 1st blog anniversary, which I forgot, and 50 followers for my twitter account (@VESCHWABph) I will be giving away a copy of A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab.


Rules:
1. Must be 18+ years old (If you are younger you have to get permission from your parents/legal guardian). 
2. Residents of the Philippines only.

* Giveaway ends at July 1, 2016*

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GOOD LUCK AND MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR.

XOXO,
Isabel Samonte 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Book Review: Ruined by Amy Tintera


Summary 
(From: Goodreads) 

A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her.



Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.



But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake. 



Review:
   
                              It was a very funny, action-packed, and romance filled read that I really enjoyed. Amy Tintera really did an exceptionally great job in creating the characters and the politics in this novel. I love how she played around with the concept of power and how different characters respond and wield it. She also showcased security dilemma and the three paradigms of international relations through the characters. We have the realist, who are the King and Queen of Lera, Queen of Ruinea, and Jovita. They fear the power of neighboring states (kingdoms) and they are uncertain of the future actions of other states, and because of that and their goal to ensure the self-preservation of their kingdom they use military or magical abilities (in the case of Ruinea) to secure their territories. While Cas is the liberal one. He is an egalitarian meaning he sees that everybody is equal and should have equal opportunities. We see this countless of times throughout the film but this politics of him was truly shown when Damien was imprisoned and he was arguing to his father, the king, on why should Damien be punish even if he did not do anything wrong. It was also shown when he saved the slaved from captivity of the warriors. Then we have Em who is a constructivist due to her constructing her own understanding of the world through her experiences. This is evident through her changing perspective throughout the book, especially when she met and falls in love with Cas. 


                      Furthermore, I also like the romance aspect of this book. I like how the relationship between Cas and Em was not forced. The dialogue between them were very real. It was something that was believable and realistic, and that I believe happens with couples in the real life. My only problem with this book is that it lacked history about the Ruinea and how they acquire those abilities but I guess and hope the author will delve more of this subject in the next book. In addition, I love how Em was characterize. She sees her self as someone who is useless due to her lacking abilities but that does not stop her from doing something that can help her kingdom. 

                          I recommend this book for those who like The Selections series by Kiera Cass and The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. But it's different in a way that it is focused more on International Relations rather than local politics like the other two books mentioned before. Thank you so much Amy Tintera for this amazing book. I love Cas so much. I am willing to bribe him with a lot of cheese bread for him to love me! I cannot wait for the next book. I need to know what happens next because that cliffhanger in the ending was no joke. 


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XOXO, 
Isabel Samonte 


Monday, May 23, 2016

Author Spotlight: Q& A with Dana Burkey

          
Hi Ms. Dana Burkey and thank you for answering some questions for me,
First things first can you give me five fun facts about yourself?
Absolutely! I live in Washington State, although I grew up in Ohio. I have a degree in theater with a minor in creative writing, and currently work full time at a kids camp. I've been writing stories of one kind or another since I was in middle school, and started self-publishing just under 2 years ago. When I'm not writing I love going geocaching, doing community theater, and watching movies. Oh, and most important of all, I have a cat named Cato that helps keep me company while I'm writing!

Why write about cheerleading?
Ever since I was younger I was really interested in cheerleading. I loved watching it on TV. The athleticism and performances involved in the high energy routines was super easy to get caught up in and excited about! In recent years thanks to YouTube shows and social media I have been able to follow cheer a lot more closely. Being about to see the cheer world from that angle really inspired to write about cheerleading in a way that could be enjoyed by people who know about all star cheer and also people who don't know much about it. There are not a lot of books out there about the story, and I would love for more people to know about it all and get interested in the world of cheer!

Who was your inspiration for Max/Maxine?
A lot of the time my characters are based off my small parts of my life, or people I know. But with Max I really created this person who would be the opposite of the cheerleaders I follow online or watch in YouTube videos. It was a little hard to come up with her full personality at first, but once I got the ball rolling she really came to life and it was so much fun to create the world she lived in and write the whole story.

What was it like writing Learning to Fly? Did you experience some trouble?
Learning to Fly is my third full length novel, so it was actually a quick and fast writing process. I wrote the whole first draft in just 23 days, then had the second draft done just a few weeks later. The inspiration was just so strong for this book that it was smooth sailing for it. The thing that is the struggle now is that I am working on book 2 in the series and need to keep up the level that this book is at. Moving on to book 2 and then on with the series from there will be the real work and uphill battle! 

One of the things that I liked about the book was the relationship with Max and her father, is there a story behind that or was it based from your own life?
I love my dad and love that we have a lot of things in common like sports actually. I've gone to a lot of baseball games with my dad, and when he comes to visit me this summer we are going to his first pro soccer game, so that will be fun. I got to use that commonality I had with my dad as some inspiration for the story. There was a lot of things I had to create on my own for the book and relationship between them as well, but it was nice that I was reminded of my dad while I wrote at the same time.

What advice would you give to teens that are going through rough changes?
Change happens. It's something we all have to face. Some changes are hard, some are easy, some are happy, and some are just weird. But they make life what it is. When we face really hard changes, one thing that really makes a big difference is the people that are with you. When you are struggling, having friends and family there to support you is key. I have been through a lot in my life that I really struggled with. But, it was the support of people who loved me that helped me to really make it through everything in the end. So just know that it's the people that make the change worth it and bearable. The changes won't stop, but thanks to who you have by your side and there for you at the end, it will get better!

Last question, what advice would you give to people who would like to be an author someday?
I think the best advice I ever got on this subject, and the best advice I can pass on is that everyone has a story to tell. I had a college theater professor say that to me once and it changed me in big ways. I knew that there was some story that I was meant to tell people. Everyone has a story in them with that same kind of potential. The scary part is sharing it with others. And it can be scary indeed. But, if writing is what you love, even if you're afraid of what people will think of it, then go for it! The joy of letting someone read your work can really be amazing. When someone reads my books and it makes them happy or feel emotionally invested in the characters, it makes up for any bad review every time!


Thank you so much for answering my questions and congratulations on your upcoming book Learning to Fly, which will be out on July 1, 2016. 

More About The Author:

XOXO,
Isabel

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Book Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


               This novel starts with two teenagers, Violet and Finch, meeting on top of a bell tower. They kinda save each other since both of them are dealing and struggling with heavy issues. Violet grieving her sister's sudden death and Finch having some serious family issues that lead him to be fascinated with death. They started to form a friendship, which led to something more serious. This book shows how different people deal with different issues and dilemmas they face and they cope up with them. 

               I really really love this book. It is definitely one of the books that was an eye opening experience for me and it really left a lasting impression on my life. I love how it tackles depression and how it shows that it is really a health hazard. This book is good for readers in the Philippines since the Philippines is a country wherein mental health is not really talked about. It is even considered taboo and that is why I think people are afraid of seeking help or talking about it. Furthermore, Jennifer Niven's writing style is very poetic and reading this book of hers was very easy and fast. Every chapter is captivating that I got through the book really fast. It's a book that is not hard to get into. I was actually hooked by the first chapter and I couldn't put the book down. I was literally reading in the office where I intern and let me tell you NEVER READ THIS BOOK IN PUBLIC! Also, it is one of the books that will make you reflect on your life and the world around you after reading this. I remembered not sleeping after reading this book because I was thinking of so many things and I went to my morning classes looking like a zombie but it was all worth it. My heart was broken after reading this book. It was so sad and I know that this happens to a lot of people.
              If you like My Heart and Other Blackholes by Jasmine Warga and The Fault in our Stars by John Green I really do recommend trying this book. In the end, this book reminds us to be wary of the people around is. If you think they are dealing with depression, do your best to open your ears and help them. And if you are struggling with depression please contact the following hotline number:

Manila Lifeline Centre: Call 02-896-9191 or 0917-854-9191.
The Natasha Goulbourn Foundation: Call 02-804-HOPE (4673) or 0917-558-HOPE (4673). You may also use their toll-free number for all Globe and TM subscribers, at 2919. Visit their website at http://www.ngf-hope.org/contact-us/ 


                            YOU ARE NOT ALONE! AND YOU ARE VERY MUCH LOVED!

For more about this book check out:
http://www.jenniferniven.com/
Goodreads
Amazon

Love,
Isabel 


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ARC Review: Learning to Fly by Dana Burkey


Disclaimer: I receive a free arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

              This book start with a 12 year old girl Maxine "Max" Turner. She is a tomboy and plays with her two guy best friends Peter and Kyle. As they were playing dodge ball, she met some girls in the local trampoline park due to her being intrigue with the gymnastics stunts they were doing. The girls even taught her some moves and she was actually good at it. They invited her to go to the gym to try out cheerleading and with the encouragement from her dad she gives it a try. But the change was very challenging her that she even considered quitting and going back to what it was used to be. 


              I really enjoyed this book. It is a fast and easy read and it got me out of my reading slump. I love that it talks about the challenges a person goes through growing up, especially how a person deals with change. In this book, we see Max as this girl who was afraid of trying out something new and stepping out of her comfort zone but in the end we see her blossom into a different and more confident girl. I guess what the author is trying to say through her book is that change can be both intimidating and fun because we are always afraid of the uncertainty but we get to try a different thing that we might actually like. Another thing that I like is the fact that even though Max changed she was still very grounded in a way that even if she met new friends she is still friends with Peter and Max. 

                                         
            Furthermore, even though I was not a gymnast or a cheerleader I was able to relate to Max. When I was in 5th grade a music teacher saw a "potential" in me and decided to teach me the violin and let me joined the school orchestra. During that time I was nervous because I though I was not going to fit in or I will not be good enough but in the end I have come to enjoy being part of that group. I have met some amazing people and experience incredible things that I am thankful for. Also like Max my parents, especially my dad really encouraged me to do my best, to try and try again, and never quit just because I was afraid of doing it. In addition, this book made me appreciate cheerleading more. Here in the Philippines cheerleading is a big thing and my younger sister was a cheerleader in high school but I never understood the beauty of it or how hard those athletes practice and prepare for competitions. This book showed me that in order to be a cheerleader you have to talent, skills, dedication, and passion. The only problem that I had with this book is that it is very flat. I was hoping for a more complex and dense story. But in the end, I still think the story was good and I can't wait to read more of Dana Burkey's other books. 

             This is a great coming of age novel and I really recommend this to middle schoolers or teenagers but I know that this is the type of book that will be appealing and relatable to everyone. I definitely think my younger cousins and nieces would enjoy this and personally I like this book. It reminded me of me during grade school when I was afraid and hesitant of the changes that were happening around me. On top of that, if you like The Boyfriend Game by Stephie Davis, Love at First Click by Elizabeth Chandler, The Lonely Heart Club by Elizabeth Eulberg, and Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally you would certainly enjoy this. 


Reminder this book comes out on July 1, 2016.
For more details about the book check out:

XOXO, 
Isabel 


Saturday, May 14, 2016

National Bookstore Online Review and Haul

   *** This is not sponsored nor am I affiliated with the company ***
Review 
           I love national bookstore. I've been buying my school supplies there ever since I started going to school. It's very convenient since they have a lot of branches nationwide and now shopping in there will be more convenient and trouble-free now that they have an online shop (Click Here). This is my second time ordering in the National Bookstore website. The first time is when I ordered The Siren by Kiera Cass with an autograph bookplate. And I would say that I will continue shopping in their online shop since you can pre-order books, they have online exclusives (like signed books), and they do cash on delivery. 

Reminder: For Metro Manila expect your order to arrive 2-3 working days after confirmation and 3-4 days for outside Metro Manila. Also if your order is over 1000 pesos the delivery and handling fee will be free. 

Haul: 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

The Crown by Sarah J. Maas. The National Bookstore copies comes with 
a free crown. 

           I pre-ordered these two books because I was afraid that it would be sold out as soon as it was released in stores and I'm glad I did because I heard a lot of people were having a hard time finding ACOMAF in stores and I also checked the national bookstore near me the night before the release (They were already closed by the way since I watch the last full show of the Captain America:Civil War) and they didn't have this two book on display. Overall, I like the service they render and the Customer Service staff were really helpful since they helped me a lot when the signed bookplate didn't arrived with the Siren so they had it delivered the next day. I would definitely order again from their online shop, actually I already ordered a couple of books again. 

So that is all for this blogpost. Thank you for reading! 

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XOXO,
Isabel




Book Depository Haul and Review

Book Depository 
Review 
            I decided to try book depository since the local bookstores here in the Philippines does not carry A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab. Also, a lot of booktubers get their books from Book Depository. Before ordering I read some reviews from some local bloggers to make sure that their parcels arrived, that it was not lost or got stolen (problems living in the Philippines) and that I did not have to pay extra for the handling fee or in the Bureau of Customs. 

         Furthermore, it took a long time to arrive (Mine arrived 10 days and more after the confirmation of the order), which is understandable since mine is shipped from the United Kingdom. Also, even though you ordered 2 or more books at the same time they will be packed separately and delivered separately. 3 out of the 5 books I ordered arrived 10 days later while the other 2 books arrived after 4 days. 

PROs 
- They have lower prices as compared to local bookshops here. 
- I think they have more selection of books as compared again to the bookshops here. 
- Free Shipping here in the Philippines. 
- They give you free bookmarks (I actually got an extra one so thank you!)

Book Haul 
This is how they packaged the book. It is individually wrapped, cardboard for the hard bounds
and paper lined with bubble wrap to protect the book. 


So I got Vicious by V.E Schwab 
Plot:
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

A Darker Shade of Magic, which is also by V.E Schwab. This is the first book of the 
Shades of Magic Trilogy. 
Plot:
Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire — to White London — ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back — and back, but never Black London, because traveling to Black London is forbidden and no one speaks of it now.

Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see, and it is this dangerous hobby that sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to take her with him for her proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save both his London and the others, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — a feat trickier than they hoped.

Then we have next book of the Shadows of Magic trilogy by V.E Schwab, which is 
A Gathering of Shadows. 
Plot: 
It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell's possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland's dying body through the rift – back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games – an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries – a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.
 

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. Isn't the cover beautiful. Plus I got 5% off! 
Plot: 
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. 

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Lastly, we have the Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and this is the first book of
 the Raven Cycle Quartet. 
Plot:
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.
 

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