10 Best Book Deals for 1/11/19: The Haunting of Hill House, The Testing trilogy, Allegedly, and more

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Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson – I feel like this was the first book that kind of put Tiffany D. Jackson on the map. It sounds so intriguing!

Beauty by Robin McKinley – This is probably one of the best Beauty and the Beast retellings I’ve ever read–not exaggerating. This book is a classic for a reason!

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett – For anyone who hasn’t read a Terry Pratchett book yet, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN??? But also, this is a great place to start. Highly, highly recommend. So fun, such a great world.

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg – I’ve been meaning to read her Paper Magician series forever and this book sounds like an interesting amalgam of fairy tale retellings.

Steelheart, Firefight, and Calamity by Brandon Sanderson – I feel like no one talks about The Reckoners series, but it’s so good! I especially think Steelheart is fantastic, so if you’re on the fence about the series, at least try the first book!

Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour – This is billed as being like The Night Circus and is a retelling of a Scottish ballad. Color me intrigued for sure…

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – Okay, so this isn’t one that I would personally read, but I know everyone’s been loving the show–so here’s the book!

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The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser – I’d never heard of this book before, but it sounds really interesting! Almost like an older version of Inkheart (which I LOVE). It also looks like it might have originally been published in another language? So that’s a bonus for anyone doing book challenges.

The Testing Trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau – I read these books in the middle of the dystopian trilogy hey-day, but I remember loving it. And this is such a steal! Three books for $3 which is cheaper than you can buy the ebooks individually.

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills – THAT COVER

NEED by Joelle Charbonneau

Over winter break a new social media site crops up exclusively for students of Nottawa High School in Wisconsin. It asks one question: What do you need?
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Okay. This book was seriously trippy. Throughout the book, the reader has this unsettling feeling. Who is behind NEED? What is their endgame? Why are they doing this? You’re just asking yourself these questions the whole time and that fact that I had no idea who or why really creeped me out. Overall this story really reminded me of the short story Button, Button by Richard Matheson (or the movie The Box based on the same story). If you like books about human psychology and human nature and that kind of thing, I think you’ll like this.

Our initial (and primary) narrator is Kaylee whose brother needs a kidney transplant. The book uses several different narrators to tell the story and that can definitely get confusing–I found it difficult to remember who was who especially since some narrators only have two or three chapters. Even though it was difficult to keep names straight, I thought the book really benefited from having so many different perspectives. Obviously no two people are going to react to this website the same way. Some people just like getting “free” stuff, some people don’t think it’s worth it, some people have real needs that they’re hoping to get, and some people just like doing the tasks. It was also really interesting because none of the characters new how their tasks were connected, but as the reader we can see more of the bigger picture and can anticipate how things might turn out.

Charbonneau was really able to create this great atmosphere by setting the story over winter break. It’s cold outside, there’s snow on the ground–really it feels like anything could happen and you wouldn’t be surprised. It also creates the feeling that the people of this town can’t escape or get away. It’s too difficult to really drive anywhere with the snow on the ground so everyone is essentially trapped.

Overall, I thought this book was really good. There were a few things that I didn’t quite enjoy which is why it didn’t get five stars. The ending was a little weird…But even with that, I would definitely recommend it. It’s so different from The Testing series, it’s honestly amazing that it came from the same author. The book definitely had an overall message: You can’t get something for nothing. There are always consequences.

Overall Rating: 4
Language: None (that I remember at least)
Violence: Heavy. No overly explicit descriptions.
Sexual Content: Mild
Smoking/Drinking: Mild