Arctic Books’s Favorite Books of the Year!

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As it’s nearing the end of the year (once again! how!!!), it seems fitting that I, Alice, should discuss a few of my favorite books that I’ve read this year. I find that this is always fun to do, since I love looking back at the books I’ve read in preparation for future reading! Without further ado, here are my top 8 books I’ve read this year!

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Review: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

51j8clojzol-_sx329_bo1204203200_Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
Genre: YA Contemporary, Mystery
Publication: October 10, 2017 from Dutton Penguin
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 304 pages
Format: Hardcover
Rating: ★★★★★

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Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. 

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Review: Boy Robot by Simon Curtis

Boy RobotBoy Robot by Simon Curtis
Genre: YA Sci-Fi, LGBT
Publication: November 15th 2016 by Simon Pulse
Series: Boy Robot #1
Length: 432 pages
Format: Hardcover

Seventeen-year-old Isaak discovers the truth about his origin and the underground forces that must come together to fight against a secret government organization formed to eradicate those like him in this high-octane science fiction debut.

There once was a boy who was made, not created.

In a single night, Isaak’s life changed forever.

His adoptive parents were killed, a mysterious girl saved him from a team of soldiers, and he learned of his own dark and destructive origin.

An origin he doesn’t want to believe, but one he cannot deny.

Isaak is a Robot: a government-made synthetic human, produced as a weapon and now hunted, marked for termination.

He and the Robots can only find asylum with the Underground—a secret network of Robots and humans working together to ensure a coexistent future.

To be protected by the Underground, Isaak will have to make it there first. But with a deadly military force tasked to find him at any cost, his odds are less than favorable.

Now Isaak must decide whether to hold on to his humanity and face possible death…or to embrace his true nature in order to survive, at the risk of becoming the weapon he was made to be.

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Dear Santa, a Bookish Christmas List

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Hey, Bookworms!

It’s December and you know what that means: CHRISTMAS!! Cue music *It’s the most wonderful time of the year* 🎶🎶🎶

I thought it would be a fun idea to compile a list of books you guys should ask Santa for this year. I’ve picked 7 of my favorites from this year that I think all you guys would enjoy as well! Some of them are sequels, so if you haven’t read the first book, I suggest asking Santa for that one first!

Dear Santa,

I’ve been a really good boy this year. Now I don’t ask for much, but I would really appreciate it if you would put all these books under my tree this year. (There will be more cookies for you as incentive). Thanks, you’re the best!

Signed your greatest pal,


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Review: Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill

Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill
 Clash of Kingdoms #2
Genre: YA Fantasy, Romance, Magic
Publication: December 5th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Length: 464 pages
Format: ARC (thank you, HMH!)

Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.
After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost.

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.

There will be spoilers in this review.

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