Natalie Kachnowski

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Teacher, reader, aspiring writer, nerd, and Harry Potter fanatic

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Just finished #reading #solo by @kwamealexander The prose is beautiful and masterfully done. It's about a boy named Blade, the son of a broken, alcoholic, ex-rock and roll star, who struggles to find his place in his family after his mother's death and his father's many failed attempts to reclaim fame. This focuses on Blade's journey to Africa to find his family. Though I didn't care much for Blade himself, I loved all the surrounding characters, especially Joy, whom he meets when he arrives in Ghana. Its unique style makes it worth reading, even if poetry is not typically your thing. 
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One of the best books I've read in a long time. #thehateugive by @angiethomas is phenomenal. The characters are true and deep; the story is painful, raw, and beautiful. I cannot say enough how powerful this book is. The story centers around Star and the aftermath of the police killing her best friend. It explores current issues of race, police brutality, and being black in America. I HIGHLY encourage everyone to read this, especially those who can't relate to Star's experience personally. The audiobook really adds to the living of the story as well. 
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@ruta_sepetys is a brilliant novelist. She is by far my favorite author of #yahistoricalfiction and #betweenshadesofgray is not a disappointment. This story centers around Lina and her right to survive the truck from Lithuania to the North Pole during WWII. She sees friends and family die under the brutal rule of the Soviets. We feel her suffering while also witnessing the good of people in the darkest hour. One of my favorite reads this year! I strongly recommend everyone read this book. 
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Recently read #underapaintedsky by @staceyleeauthor for our #bookclub at school. I enjoyed it due to the strong female characters. I wasn't a fan of the love story aspect simply because I wanted more for these female characters but I loved the development of the relationships through out the story. My favorite character was definitely Petey. His sense of humor was infectious and his loss of his sister was hard to bare. A great historical fiction novel featuring female leads!
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I've fallen behind on my #currentlyreading so I'm going to do a book dump here to catch up!

Last month I read #theravenboys  by @maggie_stiefvater and it was fantastic. Her writing style is beautiful and unique. She plays with language in a way not many other #YA authors do. My favorite line was how Adam worried someone would fall and "cut themselves on Ronan's sharp edges." Wonderful character development. Story was creepy yet fascinating. I finished this in a few days and enjoyed each moment. Highly recommend! I have the next book in the series sitting on my bookshelf waiting!
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I'm #currentlyreading Girl In The Blue Coat by Monica Hesse. It's about Hanneke, a young woman living in Nazi occupied Amsterdam in 1943. Hanneke is involved in the black market and delivering banned or scarce goods to people throughout Amsterdamn. One day she is asked to deliver a very different type of "good," a Jewish girl who has disappeared from her hiding spot. Hanneke battles with the dangers of the request and her desire to fight back against Nazi rule. 
I love this book so far. It is powerful and engaging. Hanneke is both brave and stubborn, yet fearful over the very significant danger of her acts. Be sure to check out this #historicalfiction #novel by #monicahesse 
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I'm loving the #bookseries by #sarahjmaas but I especially enjoyed Heir of Fire. It started off slow, but once we got into Celaena's training with Rowan and Rowan's backstory, it picked up quickly. 
As with the other books in this series, the characters are compelling, if stylistic. Rowan is my favorite though Dorian has grown infinitely more interesting now that he has *spoiler alert* magic and has moved on from Celaena. 
Celaena's backstory with her parents is brutal, which lends a lot of credence to her self-hatred. My favorite part is the when we discover the true power behind Celaena's wildfire. 
Overall it is another #yanovel but it's so much better now that the love triangle is dead and buried. 
4/5 stars 
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My #mailbookclub was #arcadia by #laurengroff next up on my list of books to read. At first I struggled with the prose style, but I did end up getting sucked in. The book is essentially broken in 3 parts: the beginning of the Arcadia utopian compound, the hey-fry and downfall, and life after Arcadia. I flew through the first two parts, soaking up Groff's gorgeous writing and focus on the small moments. Bit is a lovable character whose point of view provides a unique look at the founders of Arcadia. 
It faltered a bit when we got to Bit's life after the utopian society inevitably falls to pieces. I struggled with Bit's obsession with his child friend/girlfriend. Perhaps it was due to the additional plot point of the world seemingly ending, but I found it a lot slower. 
Overall the writing was beautiful, almost poetic. The story was compelling, even though it is clear how this utopian society will end. 
4/5 stars
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As part of my #bookclub I read Dear Mr. You by Mary Louise Parker. It is a #memoir in the form of letters to various men in her life. It reads like poetry in some instances, beautifully lyrical and balanced. Other times it's a struggle to get through. My favorite pieces included Dear NASA, Dear Orderly, and Dear Oyster Picker. Dear Orderly hit home with me because of the overwhelming love felt the moment your child is born, as well as the crippling fear. The sweetest words you'll ever hear... "mommy". Gorgeous, heartfelt writing. .
3.5/5 stars
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I finished Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas, book 2 in the #throneofglassseries , yesterday. I liked the first book, but loved the second one. I was glad to see the end of the love triangle and grew to adore Chaol as a character. Celaena was less of a stereotypical "witty assassin" and more of a sassy, confident teenage girl who is nonetheless plagued by insecurity and doubt. It was refreshing to see that other side of her rather than just the flat-ish character she was in book one. .
The plot was still predictable, as I texted my friend what I thought was going to happen, and turned out to be spot on. I enjoyed reading all the smaller battles within the overarching story nonetheless. Once again, it's full of secrets and magic so it's a perfect fantasy read.
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4/5 stars
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I finished the first book, Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, in the series a few weeks ago. I enjoyed it for a #yafantasy #novel though I guessed a lot of the plot points early on.
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The characters are entertaining and well developed, particularly Dorian, who is my favorite. Despite it being clearly written for teenage girls, the love triangle is believable and heartfelt. The story is full of action, intrigue, and magic, so it racks up a lot of points for most fantasy readers. The only real drawback is the simplistic plot device of characters refusing to speak the truth, even when it would save everyone a lot of trouble because there's "not enough time." .
3.5/5 stars
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The saddest paragraph in all of #harrypotter