Top Ten Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If I Taught Underrated Series 101- August 25

Top Ten Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If You Taught Underrated Series 101

(examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101)

Department 19

Department 19

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Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell – ARC Review

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

Mechanica

Rating

3.5/5

I received a copy of this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Description

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

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The Essence of Aptitude by Esha Bajaj – Review

The Essence of Aptitude (The Corpus Chronicles #1) by Esha Bajaj

The Essence of Aptitude (The Corpus Chronicles, #1)

Rating

3/5

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Description

The Great Empire of Corpus thrives by the hand of a system that monitors their citizens from birth. Their inclination towards logic is calculated into a finite number that is branded onto their wrists on their ranking day at the age of sixteen, and they are separated into one of six colored categories.
Juliet and Gwendolyn Fenn spend the beginning of their lives bound back by the Grey status of their parents, residing at the utmost bottom of the hierarchy. On ranking day, agents of a mysterious unranked sect, the Conscience, snatch Juliet from her home. They take her to the Cerebrum, the capitol of the land and the dwelling place of the Metallic ranks, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Once there, Juliet is informed that she has not only been ranked as a Gold, but as the First, and will be groomed to be the crowned ruler of the nation.
Gwendolyn, ranked into Blue, only one step higher from her origins, soon becomes sick with resentment as the depths of her sister’s arrogance come to light. She decides to take matters into her own hands and joins the Fracture, an insurgent group lead by the notorious Tyus Zraa, who’s true colors Gwendolyn fails to discover until she is in too deep to turn around

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Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From – August 11

Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

I am so glad Goodreads has a tab for this! Made this list easy 🙂

“Carolyn Keene” – 64 Books

For Nancy Drew, the writers used the pseudonym Carolyn Keene to assure anonymity of the creator. Mildred Wirt Benson was a member of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, a team of ghostwriters whose work included the Nancy Drew series.

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Mildred’s Resistance by Katie Cross – ARC Review

Mildred’s Resistance by Katie Cross

Mildred's Resistance (The Network Series, #3)

Rating

4/5

I received a copy of this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Description

Absolute Power Corrupts Even the Best of Friends.

Mildred Graeme is a witch that knows what it’s like to fail. She loathes small talk, struggles with magic, and grew up wretchedly poor. What’s easy for her best friend Evelyn, a wealthy, powerful socialite, is difficult for Mildred.

The two lifelong friends reunite at Chatham Castle where they fight together for the dream of a better world. Mildred wants to save the Network from political elitism, while Evelyn encourages it. When Evelyn gains power and threatens to obliterate the Network, Mildred realizes that she must overcome her fear of failure to save the lives of those she loves, even if it means betraying her best friend.

Mildred’s Resistance is the prequel to The Network Series and a gripping tale of intrigue, betrayal, and unexpected romance that defies all odds to rise above the ghosts of failure.

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Rage’s Echo by J.S. Bailey – Review

Rage’s Echo by J.S. Bailey

Rage's Echo

Rating

2.5/5

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Description

He longs for heaven…and revenge.

Jessica Roman-Dell, a paranormal investigator from small-town Ohio, wants to find a ghost to prove that life continues after death. Little does Jessica realize the danger she’ll face when the spirit of a murder victim named Jerry Madison follows her home from a graveyard one night and refuses to leave.

Jerry says he is lonely. He wishes to go to heaven because watching the world pass by without him is more unbearable than death itself. But Jerry is there for another reason that will hit closer to home than Jessica ever could have imagined.

For Jerry is not as innocent as Jessica thinks. Like his murderers, he, too, has killed–and he will stop at nothing to send those responsible for his death to the grave.

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Department 19: Darkest Night by Will Hill – Review

Department 19: Darkest Night by Will Hill

Darkest Night (Department 19, #5)

Rating

5/5

Goodreads Description

The brave men and women of Department 19 have fought Dracula at every turn, but now Zero Hour has passed and the ancient vampire is at full strength.

Inside Department 19, the Operators are exhausted and fractured. Jamie, Larissa, Matt and Kate are each struggling with their own demons. When the friends need each other most, they are further apart than ever.

Outside the Department, the world reels from the revelation that vampires are real. Violence and paranoia spread around the globe and, when it finally comes, Dracula’s opening move is more vicious than anyone could have imagined.

A final battle looms between the forces of darkness and the last, massed ranks of those who stand against it. A battle that will define the future of humanity. A battle that simply cannot be lost…

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