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Pet
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Pet is here to hunt a monster. Are you brave enough to look? There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood, she must reconsider what she's been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question--How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist? In their riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what choices you can make when the society around you is in denial.
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ScrappyMags
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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A most unusual book that reads like middle grade with a YA message making it almost like an oral tradition that‘s finally written... ScrappyMags.com

Cathythoughts Lovely quote 2w
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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An interesting story. Very "woke" and touches on a tough topic in a somewhat fantastical, magical realism way. It's a finalist in the 2019 National Book Awards Young People's Literature category. I definitely get the hype & can see how it would prompt important discussions in a less threatening way. It's a different take on the typical YA Contemporary, and it's a pretty quick read at around 200 pages so it's definitely worth checking out.

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Tiltedwhirled
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Mehso-so

Well written and imaginative but heavy handed with messaging toward the end.

IvoryLunatic I love inclusive books but I felt like this one was trying a little bit too hard sometimes. 2w
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JenFowler
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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This was a different, magical, beautiful, quirky, and slightly-confusing-at-times story. A young adult book that tackles a myriad of topics. I don't even know how to describe it. The way it was written was unique. I'm interested in reading something else by this author. Her style is intriguing.

Tiltedwhirled Freshwater is amazing— also by akwaeke emezi 2w
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Bkwrm7
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Did I need new books? No, I did not. Did I buy them anyway? Yes, yes I did. For the first time in years I skipped the local YA conference because I was disappointed in the diversity of their keynote speakers so I consoled myself with a trip to Barnes and Noble. Cost less than the conference would have at least! #bookhaul

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NovelNancy
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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I read this book quickly, but think it is one that will stay with me for a long time. Through dialogue and description, the story was vivid. A reminder that as adults we think we have everything figured out, but it's kids who are sometimes more aware. Lucille is a perfect town in a society without crime as all the monsters have been eliminated. Until that is, one returns to hunt another due to humans harming each other.

Nute I‘m going to the bookstore today specifically to purchase this book. Yay!🙂 1mo
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Twocougs
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Wow, deserves the praise it‘s received. Immensely creative, soul crushing, beautiful, honest, we need more Pets. Jam was the perfect protagonist and hero.

Peddler410 Glad you liked it! I bought it a week or so ago but haven‘t read it yet. 1mo
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pasiphae_reads
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Finished this one earlier today. VERY original idea, and the language is pretty neat 🔥📚
#yalit #pet #fiction #akwaekemezi

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amma-keep-reading
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Amazing. Brilliant. Brave. Different. Necessary.

P. S. I love when the story is also connected to the cover art 🎨

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TracyReadsBooks
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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The people of Lucille believe they have banished all the monsters from their city but the arrival of Pet, a monster hunter, reveals the truth—monsters are always there. Together with Jam, the girl who brought Pet to Lucille, Pet goes hunting. With powerful, lyrical prose, Emezi has written a story about courage, truth, seeing what‘s beneath the surface & fighting the monsters among us. A smart, sophisticated middle school (& up) read.

monalyisha Great review! Adding to my TBR. 2mo
Nute Fantastic review! 1mo
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TracyReadsBooks
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Now reading.

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rachelsbrittain
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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If you want to find out about some great fall YA releases, check out my most recent post for Book Riot:

https://bookriot.com/2019/09/17/more-fall-2019-ya-books/

LibrarianRyan I love the cover of Pet. I have been awaiting it! 2mo
rachelsbrittain @LibrarianRyan it's so good! And yes, the cover is truly excellent 2mo
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LibrarianRyan
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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I love this cover. I love the color, the tall girl in a short city. The feathers in the word. I can not wait to have a copy on my shelf.

September 10 , 2019

#CoverLove
#YAedition

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akaGingerK
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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I really enjoyed the near-future utopic world building. Imagine a post-revolutionary world that has dealt with societal inequity and injustice and built something safer and better- only for a creature to appear and say there‘s still a monster in the town. Jam read as somewhat younger than her stated age, I felt - but she was a more interesting and observant POV character than many other YA protagonists I‘ve read, so that‘s a quibble.

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akaGingerK
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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‘“I wonder if this place is haunted,” he said, almost to himself. “Things be acting up.” He picked up the books and reshelved them, his hands moving through Pet‘s body. “But they say that‘s how it is anywhere you got a mass of knowledge accumulated, so, hey.” He shrugged. “Who knows.”
‘Jam nodded in solidarity at the mystery of libraries, then shot Pet a warning glare as soon as Ube turned back around.‘
#ARC

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IvoryLunatic
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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You want many things, you are full of want, carved out of it, made from it, yes. But the truth does not care about what you want, the truth is what it is. It is not moved by want, it is not a blade of grass to be bent by the wind of your hopes and desires.

Buechersuechtling This quote makes me want to read this book. 💜 4mo
IvoryLunatic @Buechersuechtling It‘s not what I expected. It‘s dystopian-ish in a more realistic way than the hunger games or anything like that while also having some magical elements. 4mo
Buechersuechtling @IvoryLunatic Sounds like I definitely want to read it. 😃 4mo
Buechersuechtling @IvoryLunatic Oh, and if it‘s not what you expected, do you like it, anyway❓ I hope so. 🤞🏼 4mo
IvoryLunatic @Buechersuechtling When I was approved for it, I reread the description and had mixed feelings about it but I think I like it. It doesn‘t completely hold my attention so I‘m not reading as quickly as usual but I do want to know what happens, especially since it feels so socially relevant right now in the US. 4mo
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IvoryLunatic
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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My fourth #arc from #NetGalley for their #readathon. This is not what I expected it to be. That isn‘t a bad thing though.

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rachelsbrittain
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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In the city of Lucille all Monsters have been eradicated... or so they thought. But when Jam accidentally pulls a terrifying monster hunter out of a painting, she realizes what the adults refuse to believe: evil still exists. This is an incredibly imaginative, well-written YA novel examining monstrosity, how we deal with people committing terrible actions, victim blaming, and family/ friendship. Definitely recommend.

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rachelsbrittain
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Why yes I am dogsitting a 65 pound puppy this weekend 😅

ladym30 What a sweet puppy❤️ 7mo
rachelsbrittain @ladym30 incredibly sweet and incredibly rambunctious 😅😅 7mo
ChasingOm Aw, he looks like my 80 lb teenage pup! 😂 7mo
rachelsbrittain @ChasingOm oh my goodness 80lbs 😳 7mo
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rachelsbrittain
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Hoping for a good month of reading

Karen3 I can‘t wait for kingsbane! 7mo
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