Librarated.

I need to start carrying a little foldable tote (i.e. one of those Save The World grocery bags) with me at all times, because apparently my new thing is waltzing into libraries randomly, finding clean and new copies of books on my to-be-read list and carting a whole bunch of them off without any bag space to contain them. Carting books off really isn’t that fun without a bag, what with the resultant lack of free hands and all.

After my unplanned library haul on Sunday, I passed by a glitzier (well, bigger) library on Monday, headed in on a whim and found, well, books.

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To be specific, I found books on my to be read list. Several of them. In pristine(ish) condition.

So, for the second day in a row, I ended up walking around with malls looking like some really incompetently conspicuous book thief. No, not that one.

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Evie’s shattered ribs have been a secret for the last four years. Now she has found the strength to tell her adoptive parents, and the physical traces of her past are fixed – the only remaining signs a scar on her side and a fragment of bone taken home from the hospital, which her uncle Ben helps her to carve into a dragon as a sign of her strength.

Soon this ivory talisman begins to come to life at night, offering wisdom and encouragement in roaming dreams of smoke and moonlight that come to feel ever more real.

As Evie grows stronger there remains one problem her new parents can’t fix for her: a revenge that must be taken. And it seems that the Dragon is the one to take it.

This subtly unsettling novel is told from the viewpoint of a fourteen-year-old girl damaged by a past she can’t talk about, in a hypnotic narrative that, while giving increasing insight, also becomes increasingly unreliable.

A blend of psychological thriller and fairytale, The Bone Dragon explores the fragile boundaries between real life and fantasy, and the darkest corners of the human mind.

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I’d seen this in book stores several times (including earlier that day) and, thanks to my goldfish memory, always went “that looks like an interesting – and totally unfamiliar – book that I’m seeing for the first time!”. I didn’t expect to see it in the library since it seemed pretty new. It’s good that I did, though, because this book isn’t that high on my list and I don’t think I would have bought a copy otherwise.

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A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city – for the undead!

Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can’t take off her resume — human.

Not to be put off by anything — especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker — Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble — with Zoe right in the middle.

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I’ve been looking for Lafferty’s Playing for Keeps in stores forever but have never had any luck (and still don’t) but, having heard so many good things about her writing, I got this when I came across it while searching for PfK. I’m not normally a fan of zombie novels but this one seems like it might be good.

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Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school.

Nothing is ever going to change. No one cares that he’s tried to learn to control himself, and the girl he likes has no idea who he really is. Everyone’s just waiting for him to snap…and he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.

In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child “star” who finally breaks free of his anger by creating possibilities he never knew he deserved.

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I’m really excited to have gotten this because a) every single Booktuber I follow raves about A. S. King and I’ve been wanting to take a gander at something of hers and b) the concept of this book is really interesting (even if it does seem rather similar to Something Real by Heather Demetrios, a book which I read last month and which will probably might be reviewed here soon.). Again, I didn’t expect to see this in the library and was waiting to buy the paperback version (not really a fan of hardcovers) but hey, when life throws you lemons, you…read them. I’m not great with proverbs.

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