Twelve-year-old Octavia grew up believing the town of Vittoria was the only one left in the world. The sole survivors of a deadly magical war and plague, the people of Vittoria know there’s no one alive outside the town walls—except the terrible monsters that prowl the forest.
But then the impossible happens: Octavia meets another girl beyond the walls, someone who isn’t Vittorian. Everything she’s ever believed is thrown into question, and there’s no going back.
In her quest for the truth, Octavia discovers a world full of lies, monsters, and magic. She’ll have to use every scrap of her skill, wits, and courage to uncover what’s real about Vittoria and the rest of the world.
One of my favorite newer trends is the mixed format book. Traditional novels include just paragraphs within chapters. Occasionally, you might find a picture or two but the book is primarily just blocks of text.
The books featured on this list reject such a traditional idea of a book. These books have:
These books are fascinating ways to tell a story. They’re also a wonderful way to grab the attention of a struggling reader.
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Here are a few super cheap items to make your account look great.
Ever since his mother was killed, seventeen-year-old Cayder Broduck has had one goal–to see illegal users of magic brought to justice. People who carelessly use extradimensional magic for their own self-interest, without a care to the damage it does to society or those around them, deserve to be punished as far as Cayder is concerned. Because magic always has a price. So when Cayder lands a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apprentice under a premier public defender, he takes it. If he can learn all the tricks of public defense, the better he’ll be able to dismantle defense arguments when he’s a prosecutor. Then he’ll finally be able to make sure justice is served.
But when he meets the three criminals he’s supposed to defend, it no longer seems so black and white. They’re teenagers, like him, and their stories are . . . complicated, like his. Vardean, the prison where Cayder’s new clients are incarcerated, also happens to be at the very heart of the horrible tear in the veil between their world and another dimension–where all magic comes from.
As a classics lover, I’ve been following The Literary Book Club on Instagram for a while. It’s a bi-monthly box featuring a beautiful edition of a classic book & gifts to open on certain pages as you read.
I was fortunate enough to win the Christmas box (featuring A Christmas Carol) in a giveaway! Thanks Katie.
I didn’t have time to read the book before Christmas but knew I wanted to see all the fun goodies.