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I've been a bibliophile for as long as I can remember, tearing through books since before I could walk. The Harry Potter Series was my first real love, which explains why I still enjoy escaping into a Fantasy or YA novel. My favorite books (aside from my beloved Potter) include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Night Circus, and just about everything John Green and Rainbow Rowell have ever written.

Ryan reads so many books and writes so many reviews that we ran out of room! You can read her older reviews (up to January 2015) here.

$17.99
ISBN: 9780803739666
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - March 3rd, 2015

Ryan's April 2015 pick

Charisma, by Jeanne Ryan

A cripplingly introverted teenage girl gets the opportunity to try a gene therapy drug called "Charisma" that gives her just that. Her life changes overnight as she finds herself not only able to have casual conversations with strangers, but flirt with her crush, speak publicly, and she suddenly craves the attention she's always gone out of her way to avoid. It's everything she's ever wanted, but is it too good to be true?

I loved this story. It's smart and interesting and unnerving and tempting and exciting.


$17.99
ISBN: 9780062310637
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Published: Harper Teen - February 10th, 2015

Ryan's March 2015 pick, 1 of 2

Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard

I judged this book by it's incredibly cool cover, and luckily for me, it worked out in my favor. Red Queen is an action-packed fantasy that fans of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones will love. There's romance, violence, betrayal, and a quest for power in which no one is safe and you can't trust anyone. This book is electric and magical, and I couldn't put it down.


$17.95
ISBN: 9781616203726
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - March 24th, 2015

Ryan's March 2015 pick, 2 of 2

The Walls Around Us, by Nova Ren Suma

I had the absolute pleasure of reading the manuscript of The Walls Around Us. This book is stunning in its execution, a brilliant, twirling, spinning novel that when completed, made me want to give a standing ovation and throw roses at its feet. The story - told in split narrations, three years apart yet happening simultaneously - is one that grasps the reader tightly and doesn't let go until the very end. Stop what you're doing and read this book right now. You won't regret it.


$17.99
ISBN: 9781476788005
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 21st, 2014

Ryan's February 2015 pick 
 
So here's the thing about Grace Helbig - yes, she's hilarious and charming and wonderful, but she's also smart and has solid advice for people trying to figure out their lives. I picked up this book because I wanted to support Grace, and I read it, knowing there would be some laughs and curious to learn more about her as a human. I was not expecting, however, to learn about myself and find myself nodding as I agreed with her very astute, very sincere advice and life tips. I found myself relating to her, empathizing with her, and even sympathizing at times. Yes, Grace is funny, but she's also human, and a beautiful one at that.


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