Romanov by Nadine Brandes
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"But there was still light - we were just learning how to find it."
The Russian air is electric and cold, buzzing with hot tension and biting with the frigid touch of lost empathy. Or it was, in the times before the Russian Revolution of 1905.
Nadine Brandes spins a tale of hope, fear, and forgiveness in Romanov, an enchanting retelling of Princess Anastasia.
This book shows the heart behind the history, putting us in the shoes of what must have been an absolutely haunted young girl. Yet rarely do we fear for her. Anastasia ‘Nastya’ Romanov is a strong and real heroine that must dodge the hatred of the Bolsheviks, at times having to resort to the enchanted ink left to her by her father…
This tale will whisk you away to a time before quarantine, to a plot with action, romance, and a little bit of magic.

- @_audreylaine

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .
A convict with a thirst for revenge, a sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager, a runaway with a privileged past, a spy known as the Wraith, a Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums and a thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
This book is amazing and the characters are very interesting because they are not perfect. They aren’t happy and kind. They just try to deal with their problems and I have loved to read the evolution of their relationships. The women in this book are also incredible, so brave, strong and powerful.

- @lotta1f

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
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Harry Potter, an ordinary boy raised by his hateful uncle and aunt discovers on his eleventh birthday that he is a wizard. He will then start to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he will find a new family among his new magic friends. But with these happy changes, secrets of his parents’ deaths are revealed to him. Harry has mysteriously survived their murder as a baby with only a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead as a memento of the attack by the power-obsessed dark wizard Lord Voldemort who disappeared soon afterwards, gravely weakened by this encounter with the Potter family. Harry and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts will then experience many adventures and hardships during their seven years of study and growth to find out the truth about Harry’s past and defeat what is left of Lord Voldemort in order to restore peace in the Wizarding World.

- @Oh_Rose

Not All Dead White Men by Donna Zuckerberg
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‘They idealise a model for gendered behaviour that erases much of the social progress that has been achieved in the last two thousand years - and they are using ancient literature to justify it’ (44)
This is a book about hyper and toxic masculinity and online forums of males who believe American society is gynocentric (the opposite of patriarchal, run by women). These men often use the Classics (Greek and Roman writings) to justify their points. Zuckerberg refers to these groups collectively as ‘The Red Pill’, a name chosen by themselves as a reference to The Matrix (they feel they’ve been ‘awakened to the truth’). She discusses why the Classics have been used for these means, and what that means for those who study them. I find her writing very accessible, and she writes for people with no prior knowledge of the Classics. She also doesn’t simply argue against the (to me) clearly incorrect views of these men, instead explaining what they believe and heavily implying her views through her language.
Not all men ‘demands that the man be praised for not contributing to the problem without his even fully acknowledging that the problem is real’ (26)
‘When the men of the manosphere claim that forcing fathers to pay child support is the new Jim Crow (and ignore the fact that the new Jim Crow is already a term used to talk about the mass incarceration of black men), they appropriate to disastrous effect a topic that is about race and the legacy of slavery and use it to support an ideology that allows white men to restrict women’s reproductive freedom by limiting access to abortion and birth control’ (41)

- @12dejamoo

One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker
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Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents' tragic death and Kacey's self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would...and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.
Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?
As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows. (Goodreads)

- @shatteredoutburst

Circe by Madeline Miller
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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love. (Goodreads)

- @out_for_a_walk_b7tch

This article was written by the following members of the Tenth Muse Writers Team (in order of recommendation)
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