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Our book recs for the main characters of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’


Episode IX is upon is… which means the Skywalker saga is about to reach its end. But stories (and books!) live forever, and we’d like to think that the main characters of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker can find some time to sit down and read. When they do, here are the books that we think they’d benefit from reading the most!

Rey: An Ember in the Ashes


Not only does Rey’s perpetual face-off with Kylo Ren give us SERIOUS Laia and the Nightbringer vibes, but we have a feeling that Rey would be able to relate to Laia’s journey of survival and restoring hope to her people. (Plus, Rey would be THE BEST teacher for Laia in hand-to-hand combat!)


Finn: Down and Across


As Finn knows more than anyone, sometimes you have to run away from everything and everyone you know, in order to find the courage to be honest about who you are. That’s why we think Finn would have a lot of notes to swap with Scott Ferdowsi.


Poe Dameron: War Girls


Since The Force Awakens, Poe Dameron has been on the path to becoming a leader, and any military commander in wartime must make difficult decisions. Onyii of the War Girls would be able to teach him a thing or two about inspiring trust on the battlefield… though we’d definitely be interested in seeing whether Onyii or Poe is the better pilot.


Rose Tico: The Afterward


Family means everything to Rose Tico. Even though she lost her sister Paige in The Last Jedi, Rose never gave up hope, and she found a new family—including Finn, and (as we’re about to see in The Rise of Skywalker) Poe and Rey, too. That’s why we believe Rose would love the found family cast of The Afterward, and their (quite similar) quest to restore balance to their civilization.


Kylo Ren: Frankly in Love


Look… family can be challenging, and how you grow up has a large impact on how you live your life. No matter how you feel about Kylo Ren, all we’ll say is that Kylo could learn a lot about the complexities of family life (and about how to deal with your parents’ expectations while also detoxifying your relationships) by stepping off his throne for just one afternoon to read about Frank Li and his family.


General Hux: Darius the Great is Not Okay


On the subject of detoxifying your relationships, we’re pretty sure that Darius’s evolving relationship with his father—as well as his newfound friendship with Sohrab—can teach General Hux a lot about bringing wholesome, nontoxic relationships into your life. Even the military leader of the First Order has some room to grow, right?


Emperor Palpatine: The Beautiful


Being (or becoming) immortal can certainly change your worldview on life. While we’re still not positive on how Emperor Palpatine has returned to the Star Wars galaxy after his electrifying death in Return of the Jedi, maybe he learned a thing or two from La Cour des Lions on the secret of immortality. Or maybe they learned it from him?



Read an excerpt of THE VANISHING DEEP

After Four Dead Queens left us SHOCKED with the killer plot twist of 2019, we have been eagerly awaiting to see what Astrid Scholte has next! Luckily, we don’t have to wait long. The Vanishing Deep is hitting shelves THIS. MARCH. But we have an excerpt, so you can start reading it today! The Vanishing Deep follows seventeen-year-old Tempe, who … Continued
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Biggest Books of the Decade: 2017

2017. To put it simply? It was the year of Fyre Festival. But hey, at least we got some great books. Welcome to your 2017 blast from the past!   Biggest Books of 2017! Turtles All the Way Down by John Green Aza Holmes never intended to pursue the disappearance of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but … Continued
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Cast Your Vote for the Best Bookish Moments of 2019!

2019 has been a FULL of heart-stopping moments in the book world. Frank stole our hearts in Frankly in Love. The plot twist at the end of The Beautiful left us SCREAMING. Ruta Sepetys made us sob with yet another masterpiece, The Fountains of Silence. This is Penguin Teen: Best Bookish Moments of 2019, and the vote is up to YOU! Meet … Continued
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Get ready for the eeriest read of this summer. Today, we’re revealing the cover of Katie Alender’s twisty new novel, The Companion. And this The Companion follows Margot. The other orphans claim she’s lucky. Lucky to survive the horrible accident that killed her family. Lucky to have her own room because she wakes up screaming every night. And finally, … Continued
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Biggest Books of the Decade: 2016

It was 2016 and basically everyone was either dancing to Hamilton or obsessed with Stranger Things. Welcome to your 2016 blast from the past!   Biggest Books of 2016! Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales.Wealthy cannibals who dine on the … Continued
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Biggest Books of the Decade: 2013

It was the year everyone was laughing their heads off over that video of a goat screaming to “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift. It was the year Vine was born. The year we pondered what, exactly, does a fox say? This is your 2013 wrap-up.   Biggest Books of 2013! The 5th Wave by … Continued
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It’s COVER REVEAL TIME! We’re revealing the cover of Heather Buchta’s Beyond the Break, a funny and gorgeous debut about a girl experiencing her first love. Well, second, if you count her faith… and that’s where things may get complicated. Scroll down to see the cover AND read an excerpt below!   Chapter One The first time … Continued
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Biggest Books of the Decade: 2015

The year of the Taylor Swift 1989 tour. The year Jon Snow died. Oh, and hey, remember Left Shark? Welcome to your 2015 wrap-up!     Biggest Books of 2015! An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those … Continued
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Biggest Books of the Decade: 2018

Yanny or Laurel?? Welcome to your 2018 blast from the past!   Biggest Books of 2018! A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution … Continued
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Biggest Books of the Decade: 2014

Oh, 2014. The year Adele Dazeem was born. The year everyone dropped buckets of ice each other to spread a good cause. The year How I Met Your Mother ended (in an episode that is still hotly debated to this day.) Let It Go was stuck in our heads for months on end. And also we got some amazing books. This … Continued
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