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Top 3 Novels to Read During Fall Break!

Thanksgiving break is coming up, and you know what that means; NO MORE HOMEWORK! With all the free time we will have, this article is for all my book lovers out there. Here are a few recently released books to read over the break.


Pretty Dead Queens by Alexa Doone

Pretty Dead Queens is a fantastic book to read over break if you enjoy murder-mystery fiction.

It takes place in a California coastal town. After seventeen-year-old Cecelia Ellis’s mother passes away from cancer, she moves in with her estranged grandmother, a renowned author whose Victorian mansion is as creepy as the murder mysteries she writes. On the outside, Seaview appears to be completely ordinary, until Seaview High’s homecoming queen is dead and she isn’t the first homecoming queen to die. With a copycat murderer on the loose, Cecelia jumps into the investigation, hoping to solve the case just like the heroines in her grandmother's novels. But as Cecelia learns more about the town's mysteries, the more she becomes concerned that her own mystery might not have a "storybook ending."

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Places We’ve Never Been by Kasie West

Do you want to curl up with a blanket, a cup of hot cocoa, and read a sweet romance book? Well, Places We’ve Never Been by Kasie West is the one for you. It is a cute contemporary YA novel about a family road trip across the country that leads a girl and her childhood best friend on a path to romance.

Norah hasn’t seen her childhood best friend, Skyler, in years. Norah and Skyler used to talk all the time when he first moved away, but as years passed, their interaction has been limited to liking each other's Instagram posts. This is why Norah can’t wait for the joint RV road trip their families have planned for the summer. However, when Skyler does show up, he appears to be like he'd rather be somewhere else. Norah responds in kind, hurt, and bewildered. Her longest friendship has all of a sudden fall apart. Skyler and Norah travel across the country during the summer, finding new paths and making fresh discoveries. Soon, they are once more viewing each other from different perspectives. Can their once-friendly rivalry develop into something more?

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The Ballad of Never After by Stephanie Garber

If mysteries and romance novels aren't your thing, no worries, because Stephanie Garber just published The Ballad of Never After. The Ballad of Never After is a sequel to Once Upon a Broken Heart, showcasing Evangeline Fox and the Prince of Hearts on a brand-new adventure filled with magic, mystery, and heartbreak.

After being betrayed by Jacks, the Prince of Hearts, Evangeline vows she will never trust him again. Evangeline thinks she can use her newly acquired magic to reclaim the chance for the happy ever after that Jacks stole. However, Evangeline finds herself once more forming an alliance with the Prince of Hearts when a terrifying curse is revealed. But this time, the guidelines have been altered. Not only should Evangeline be wary of Jacks, but also other forces. In spite of her desire to hate him, he might be the only person she can rely on. Evangeline and Jacks will have to fight against old allies, new adversaries, and magic in order to defeat it.

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