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Pet
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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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Chittavrtti
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi

How do you tell the difference between an angel and a monster? Consider Proginoskes from, A Wind in the Door. Angel? In the future when all monsters are said to be gone how do you know for sure?

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Spanish_Broom
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Tamra
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Fantasy not my thing, but this kept me engaged. Imaginative and doesn‘t shy away from its serious topical message. The two MCs who are adolescents don‘t always realistically act their age, but it wasn‘t too much of a distraction. What is the target age for this book? Honestly, I think it would disturb my 12 & 10 year olds. They are more interested in shenanigans.

TracyReadsBooks Have to agree. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was very good. That being said, even though the cover looks like it could be for middle grade, I would definitely suggest late middle school or, more likely, high school age for most kids. 2w
Tamra @TracyReadsBooks such a fine line to navigate in terms of when material is appropriate given the world we live in today. (edited) 2w
TracyReadsBooks @Tamra Very true. 2w
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lovelybookshelf
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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"The truth does not change whether it is seen or unseen, it whispered in her mind. A thing which is happening happens whether you look at it or not. And yes, maybe it is easier not to look. Maybe it is easier to say because you do not see it, it is not happening." #ownvoices #yafiction

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TaraTLK
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Text: But forgetting is dangerous. Forgetting is hpw the monsters come back.
The use of language in this book is just amazing.

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lovelybookshelf
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Holy moly, the opening page of Akwaeke Emezi's PET starts off with a bang. 👊

#youngadult #middlegrade #fiction #ownvoices

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lovelybookshelf
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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My 10yo's library haul! I'm totally going to read some of these myself. 🤩 #librarylove #libraryloot

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emtobiasz
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Just finished this one, but I‘m going to need a night to work out my feelings about it before I review.

I will say, though, that I disagree with reviewers who see the simple language as a sign this is for younger YA readers. I think Jam reads younger than her stated 17 years, but the disturbing climax and the ethical dilemmas it presents strikes me as the kind of thing high schoolers like to debate, wrapped in the manageable package of 205 pages.

jeannasser This just recently got into my TBR list. The plot sounds a bit childish but there is something about it that intrigues me 🤔 1mo
emtobiasz @jeannasser I don‘t think I‘d say childish, but maybe allegorical or fable-like. You definitely have to be able to handle magical realism for this one, though. 1mo
TracyReadsBooks I agree, I don‘t think this book is meant for younger YA readers. I read it and finished with lots to think about. I think you are right that high school students would find a lot to talk about in this book. 1mo
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Lindy
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Weird, immersive and didactic. This allegorical tale for older children is about violence against young people, so parental guidance is advised. I love the imaginative premise and that queer characters are front and centre. Christopher Myers is well-chosen to narrate this #audiobook because he makes his voice delightfully deep for the monster‘s dialogue. #LGBTQ

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Lindy
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There was a time when she would sit beside Jam‘s bed and read her NK Jemisin books until Jam drifted off, only leaving when sleep wrapped heavy around the room.

readordierachel 💙💙 2mo
Tanisha_A ☺️ 2mo
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Lovesbooks87
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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I think someone missed me today while I was at work. The minute I sat down to read she jumped right on my lap! 📚🐱📚🐱

Prairiegirl_reading So cute!!! 2mo
Tamra Back to work is hard on everyone! 2mo
tracey38 Aww, so sweet. 2mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser Aaawwwwww, so lovely to be missed xx 2mo
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Lindy
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“You keep lying that lie, liar.”

[Of course Pet‘s dialogue made me think of Lying Cat from Saga. Internet image grab.]

Aimeesue ❤️❤️Lying Cat❤️❤️ 2mo
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rachelsbrittain
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Some awesome trans-inclusive SFF books / graphic novels for anyone who needs it today ❤

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Cortg
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I was undecided on this fantasy at first but it quickly gained momentum and won me over. It has a ton of underlying complexities for teens and the audio version was pretty bad ass.

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Book_yogi
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Pickpick

Wow. This fantasy book is full of symbolism addressing hard issues. Though it is considered young adult, I recommend reading it first as the triggers can be tough for some. I recommend listening to the audiobook. It is read with the deep and mesmerizing of Christopher Meyers - perfect for Pet.

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pocketmermaid
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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This book is so delightfully bizarre! 🤗

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ness
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Just a bit of light reading at the doctor‘s office to be sure this crud I‘ve had for several weeks isn‘t just a cold.

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UnabridgedPod
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Wow. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to describe all that Akwaeke Emzi's Pet encompasses, which is why I defaulted to beginning with a brilliant quotation from the novel. When I first picked up this young adult book, I thought that it would be--at only 204 pages--a quick and easy read. I was so wrong. This book is thoughtful and complex and challenging, and it is haunting my brain as I type. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod Again, it's tough to describe. Protagonist Jam is the daughter of two amazing and supportive parents, Aloe and Bitter. The family lives in a utopian future in which angels had eradicated all of the "monsters" from their perfect community of Lucille. As the story begins, Jam's mother, a painter, finishes her latest work, which focuses on a mysterious, monstrous figure that becomes a central part of the book. ⬇️ 3mo
UnabridgedPod (Sorry to be vague--I'm trying for no spoilers!)⠀

The plot is intricate and brilliant, a definite standout, but I also love so much more about the book. Jam is transgender, a fact that's accepted without fanfare by everyone. She has a beautiful friendship with an amazing and supportive boy, Redemption, whose family includes three parents . . . the book is full of characters who accept each other's differences without comment. ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod It's beautiful and really DOES seem utopian. Until it doesn't. The way it develops, the sinister undercurrent that grows until it surfaces, made me ask questions about our world, the world I hope for, and my own role in working toward change. I could not have loved this book more.⠀

What is the last book that totally astounded you?
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Tamra Funny enough, 3mo
UnabridgedPod @Tamra Oh wow! I need to add that one to my list. 3mo
Tamra @UnabridgedPod definitely! 3mo
batsy Freshwater is also my rec; it still haunts me! Great review of this one. It's on my TBR. 3mo
UnabridgedPod @batsy Thanks! It sounds like I definitely need to read Freshwater. 3mo
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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 3mo
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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. 4mo
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JenFowler
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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 4mo
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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!🙂 4mo
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Twocougs
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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. 4mo
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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
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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
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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. 5mo
Nute Fantastic review! 4mo
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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! 5mo
rachelsbrittain @LibrarianRyan it's so good! And yes, the cover is truly excellent 5mo
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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
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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
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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
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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. 💜 7mo
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. 7mo
Buechersuechtling @IvoryLunatic Sounds like I definitely want to read it. 😃 7mo
Buechersuechtling @IvoryLunatic Oh, and if it‘s not what you expected, do you like it, anyway❓ I hope so. 🤞🏼 7mo
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. 7mo
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IvoryLunatic
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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
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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
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Why yes I am dogsitting a 65 pound puppy this weekend 😅

ladym30 What a sweet puppy❤️ 10mo
rachelsbrittain @ladym30 incredibly sweet and incredibly rambunctious 😅😅 10mo
ChasingOm Aw, he looks like my 80 lb teenage pup! 😂 10mo
rachelsbrittain @ChasingOm oh my goodness 80lbs 😳 10mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Hoping for a good month of reading

Karen3 I can‘t wait for kingsbane! 10mo
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