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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

I don’t know if that is only me or other readers experience this too, but it feels like older I get it is harder to find books I will so easily proclaim as “perfect”, “amazing”, “favorite”. So when I say all of those things for the latest Elizabeth Acevedo novel, you can definitely be sure that I mean it with my whole heart.

Clap When You Land is a novel in verse and a great example of “own voices” in young adult literature. Written by Acevedo, daughter of Dominican immigrants in the USA, Clap When You Land tells a story about complex cultural identity and family ties. It starts with an airplane crash and a way how its consequences determine the lives of two seemingly unconnected teenage girls, Camino from the Dominican Republic and Yahaira from New York.

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Vampire Academy #1 by Richelle Mead

It has been nine years since the first time I had read Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead and thirteen years since the first book had been published. I will let that sink in. Thirteen. Also, some of you probably have never read or even heard of it and I feel sorry for you because you are missing out on a great thing.

What is it about? The story follows Rose Hathaway and Lissa Dragomir, students at St. Vladimir’s Academy. Lissa is a last in surviving member of the royal vampire family Dragomir and Rose is her guardian. We meet duo first time when they are being dragged back to the school after running away two years before because Lissa believed she was in danger. Other than facing their teachers and schoolmates, they have a bigger enemy to think about – bad vampires and Lissa’s strange behavior.

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