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Book Recommendations From Your Local Bookworm 

Need a book recommendation? Here are three fantastic books that you need to add to your reading list!

By Lily Cowan ’22

Need a book recommendation? Here are three fantastic books that you need to add to your reading list!

Hello Wolfpack, it’s your local bookworm here to give you some book recommendations for the month. Since the last issue I’ve been reading way too much but I have found some good books for this issue. If you ever see me in the hallway please let me know if you have read any of these or any book recommendations you have!

  1. Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Plot Synopsis: Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now that Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, she thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over. But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless, she becomes entangled  in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Genre: Fantasy, Performing Arts, Family

Bookworm Thoughts: It is incredibly engaging right off the bat with you sympathizing with the lead characters almost immediately. You find yourself wondering, just like the characters, what is the Caraval? If anyone has watched Escape the Night, which is a youtube series, this book is very similar to that. If not, if you like mysteries and games and fantasy, this book and maybe the series are for you. It’s set in this mysterious carnival-type island world. So think: gondolas and weird tunnels and magical shops and doors that change directions and rooms that grow and shrink with your emotions. It was like Alice in Wonderland but sinister, with a vague circus vibe and resembling being set in Venice. Stephanie Garber starts off the book saying “NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS” and Scarlett (the lead character) promptly forgets that 2 seconds later and freaks out over everything. But it was really really well done!! I had so many questions. It tossed me about a lot. And I questioned everyone and decided they were all evil by page 3. Aside from my confusion and the ending being a bit rushed, I really enjoyed the book and picked up the sequel the second after I finished it.

  1. It end with us – Colleen Hoover

Plot Synopsis: Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most. Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up — she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult 

Bookworm Thoughts: I wasn’t planning on putting another Colleen Hoover book on here. I wanted to put completely different books on this list but this book has to be talked about. This is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read as well as one of the most raw, honest, inspiring, and profoundly beautiful stories. It wasn’t anything like what I expected, but it delivered so much more than I ever hoped for. This is the kind of book that I want to give to every woman and just be like: READ THIS BOOK. NOW. There’s an incredibly powerful message in this book that is very subtly woven in from the start. It begins in the first chapter, but you don’t yet realize how significant each of these moments truly are… and as you read more, these pieces of the story come together forming a scenario that gives such a raw, honest portrayal of an incredibly relevant issue. I’m not mentioning it on purpose because I don’t want you to expect it. The fact that it’s unexpected for you as the reader is very important because it’s also unexpected for the heroine. As she begins to realize what kind of situation she’s in, so do you. And this realization very much allows you to experience her journey with her. I could honestly ramble and talk about this book forever. Please please read it!

  1. The Inheritance Game – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Plot Synopsis: Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why–or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch–and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes. Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he’s determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather’s last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

Genre: Mystery, Action, Adventure

Bookworm Thoughts: Knives out meets Cinderella, that’s the best way to describe this book. It’s fun, full of riddles and games, all wrapped around a mysterious inheritance. It’s honestly better than I was expecting it to be. I’m also so glad I realised this is the first book in a series, because I was about to go off about that ending. There are so many questions that are left unanswered, so I’m relieved to know the story will continue because my curiosity is going haywire! I think that the best part of this book was the adventure elements and the parts of it that made me have to try and solve the puzzles. When they were given a riddle it was laid out so clearly that you were able to solve it as well. Highly recommend especially if you need a light speedy read.

Author of the Month: 

This issue’s author of the month is Stephanie Garber. She has a new book coming out and I will be the first in line to get it. The reason she is getting this title is for her storytelling, character development and her creative mind that created truly unique stories that I’ve never seen anything like!

Favourite Reading Playlist:

In my opinion sad music goes with any book. 

Local Bookstores to find these books at:

  1. Tanglewood Books:

            2306 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2E6

  1. Kestrel Books:

            3642 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6R 1P1 

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