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Julie C. Dao

Julie Dao (www.juliedao.com) is a proud Vietnamese American who was born in Upstate New York. She studied medicine in college, but came to realize blood and needles were her kryptonite. By day, she worked in science news and research; by night, she wrote books about heroines unafraid to fight for their dreams, which inspired her to follow her passion of becoming a published author. She is the author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix. Julie lives in New England. Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes.

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Royal Fantasy MUST Reads!

Ok, ok, ok, is it really surprising that we all continue to be obsessed with kings, queens, kingdoms, and magical ongoings of all sorts? We grow up playing in imaginary castles and then BOOM, we’re just expected to give that up to be adults, make doctors appointments, buy groceries, and do laundry? So, welcome to the … Continued
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A book lover’s holiday gift guide!

Presenting: the holiday gift guide you should give to the friends & family of all book lovers.   If your reader loves FANTASY… Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an … Continued
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15 Must-Reads Before the End of 2019

We know it’s only August, but tbh 2019 has been flying by and we penguins just want to make sure you don’t miss out on these top 15 reads to grab before the end of 2019!   I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson This is the perfect suspenseful, October read. Jennifer Donaldson’s new twisty … Continued
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Reads to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and here are some incredible reads from AAPI authors we recommend for your list!     Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee From the critically-acclaimed author of The Downstairs Girl comes the richly imagined story of Valora and Jamie Luck, twin British-Chinese acrobats traveling aboard the Titanic on its … Continued
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Harry Styles’s FINE LINE is here and we’ve got your ultimate track match!

IT’S FINALLY HERE! Harry dropped the album. And you bet we’ve had it on repeat ever since. And guess what? WE’RE READY. It’s time for your ultimate Harry Styles FINE LINE Album YA Book Track Match!     Track 1: Golden Book Match: A Reaper at the Gates *spoilers on this one* Well, if this just doesn’t make you think … Continued
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8 Fantastic Fall Fantasies of 2019!

As fall approaches, so does that wonderful time of year: it’s time to fall into fantasy! And we have the top 8 books to help you do just that.   A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy We are counting down the DAYS until this magical fantasy falls onto our shelves. This highly-anticipated tale … Continued
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YA Retellings we are OBSESSED with

Do you love classic lit, fairytales, and legends? We think you’d like these modern retellings!   Love The Great Gatsby? Try…   Tell Me My Name by Amy Reed We Were Liars meets Speak in this haunting, mesmerizing psychological thriller—a gender-flipped YA Great Gatsby—that will linger long after the final line On wealthy Commodore Island, Fern is watching and waiting—for … Continued
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Every book hitting shelves in November!

November is here and new books are too! Scroll down to see what’s hitting shelves this month!   11/5: Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao – Will love break the spell? From the acclaimed author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns comes a fantastical new tale of darkness and love, in which magical bonds are stronger … Continued
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10 Characters You DON’T Want at Thanksgiving

We’re all familiar with the classic party crasher of Thanksgiving. However, we can all probably agree that none would be nearly as disastrous as any of these fictional characters showing up at your family gathering!   1. The Merciless Literally every single character. Do not invite these girls. They are VERY bad news.   2. Hideo … Continued
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