A fantasy retelling of Phantom of the Opera that hits all the right notes.

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I have a confession to make. I’m a huge theatre geek. I love musicals, and of course, Phantom of the Opera is no exception.

So when I learned about this young adult fantasy retelling of Phantom of the Opera, I was excited. And while it didn’t quite live up to its musical predecessor (but really, what can?) it did turn out to be an exciting and surprising story that was well worth the read.

Sing Me Forgotten is set in a world where those with magic are shunned from society and even killed. Isda is a young girl who is…

An urban fantasy novel that tackles important issues wrapped up in an action-packed story.

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Wings of Ebony may be a fantasy novel, but its parallels to our own world are what makes it poignant. I found the world to be interesting in its own right, and the lessons the story imparts made the novel that much more special.

Wings of Ebony is about a young Black girl named Rue who discovers she has magical powers. The story begins one year after Rue’s father brought her to the magical world of Ghizon after her mother is murdered, where she is the only Black girl. …

Spooky, moody and cute — and everything in between.

There’s nothing better in the fall than curling up with a cozy blanket, a hot drink, and a good book. With the cooler weather and the cozier clothes, fall was made for reading.

But reading in the fall requires a certain type of book. For some, it may mean something spooky or creepy. For others, it may mean something thrilling and dangerous. While for others, it might just mean a certain comfy mood.

I’ve compiled a list of eight books that I think will suit everyone’s reading needs for this fall.

1. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Margaret Lea is summoned to the large country estate…

There’s more to life than self-help books.

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I struggle with building habits. I’m lazier more often than I am productive. And I don’t always do what I say I’m going to do.

But there is one habit that I have never have a hard time sticking with. and that’s reading.

I’ve always loved to read. As a kid, I devoured book after book, and the need to read has never really left me. I even studied literature in college.

Every night before I go to sleep, you can find me tucked up in bed with my nose deep in a book. Without fail.

But you won’t find…

A culturally relevant novel told in a fun and exciting way.

At first glance, Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park seems like your typical romantic comedy. The brightly colored cover, the quirky protagonist and the promise of a steamy office romance, all worked together to draw me in and entice me to dive into this book.

But after reading the novel, it’s clear that this is more than a romance story. Loathe at First Sight tackles issues of sexism, racism and work life, while also weaving in romance.

Loathe at First Sight tells the story of Melody Joo, a junior game producer at a video game company with a predominantly…

A moving family drama well worth the read.

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If there’s one good thing to come out of this quarantine, it’s how much time I’ve been able to devote to reading.

One of my most recent quarantine reads was Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane. It’s a profoundly moving story, following two families over the span of several decades. I found the novel to be deeply engaging and intelligent, and I really couldn’t put it down.

Ask Again, Yes starts off following two New York City cops, Francis Gleason and Brian Stanhope. They are partners newly on the force, both with new young wives. The two eventually have…

Marketing for the sake of marketing doesn’t do anybody any good.

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The topic no one can seem to stop talking about is the coronavirus. But as more and more people — and brands — join the conversation, is what they’re saying actually helping?

It’s clear most brands, if not all, have made a huge shift in their marketing and advertising messaging. From commercials to emails, it seems that every brand has something to say about the pandemic and the situation it’s caused in the world today.

But marketing for the sake of marketing doesn’t do anybody any good. Your content needs to be relevant, yes, but it also needs to make…

A musical for people who don’t like musicals. And people who do. And everybody else.

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The Last Five Years isn’t your typical musical. There isn’t a huge ensemble cast. There aren’t any elaborate costumes. Even the music feels more contemporary than the average show tune.

But ever since watching the film adaptation, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, I’ve been completely obsessed with this small, under-appreciated show.

It’s risen to the top of my list of favorite musicals, right alongside the likes of Grease and Mamma Mia!. And the soundtrack has become a staple in my Spotify playlist.

What’s so captivating about The Last Five Years is how different it feels from anything else —…

‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’ is a perfect romcom and here’s why.

I’ve been watching a lot of romcoms lately. When you’re stuck in isolation, there’s no better way to cheer yourself up than with a happy, sappy romcom.

As a self-proclaimed expert in romcoms, I have a lot favorites in the genre. From You’ve Got Mail to Pretty Woman, there’s so many that I could tout the virtues of.

But there is one that has always had my heart as a true frontrunner. And it is How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

It’s probably not the most expected choice. It’s certainly not lauded by critics as an exceptional film…

Romcom movies are the best quarantine cure.

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As an introvert and a homebody, you’d think I wouldn’t mind being quarantined much. And for the most part, I don’t. But I wouldn’t exactly say I’m enjoying it.

I may be stuck inside, but all the scary things happening outside are still making me anxious and worried.

My anxiety is really raging right now, and all I want to do is hide in bed with carbs and happy movies.

If you’re also struggling with anxiety during this time — and let’s be honest, who isn’t? — then you’re probably looking for something comforting to watch. …

Maria Elharaoui

Copywriter. Blogger. Wife. Bibliophile. Romcom Lover. Tea Addict. Grammar Nerd. Email me: maria.elharaoui@gmail.com

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