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5 Book Worlds to Read About for When You Need an Escape

Go to these places where none of your problems can follow.
IMAGE Romina Russel | zodiacbooks.com, Random House, Scholastic Books

Stress. It's something we all deal with: at school, at work, in life—there's always something to worry about, something weighing on the mind and shoulders. Although it may be tempting to power up your laptop and escape to the realm of Netflix at times like these, reading a book or two can provide the same amount of entertainment and distraction while keeping your brain alert enough to focus when it's time to buckle down. Here are five book series and worlds that provide what we've all been searching for: a place where you may go and none of your problems can follow.

  1. Zodiac by Romina Russell

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This brilliantly intricate intergalactic universe is set far in the distant future; long after the Earth we know now has collapsed. The galaxy is comprised of twelve planets, each based off a separate sign such as Aries or Cancer, and each bringing a different strength, such as military or innovation, to the Zodiac. The planets are each separate worlds in their own right, offering different ways of life to their people and operating under different forms of government.

Within this world, Rho Grace, a 16-year-old girl from House Cancer, is sent reeling when a seemingly natural disaster strikes her home, causing her even more distress when she is suddenly named House Cancer's new leader. When disasters start striking all over the Zodiac, Rho suspects that something, or someone, is hiding behind the darkness in the sky causing the mayhem—but who would believe her?

  1. The Selection by Kiera Cass

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America Singer is a caste Five, three castes up from the bottom. In Illéa, what caste you are determines your social and economic status, what you do, and how fairly you are treated. When America is accepted into The Selection (a televised process very similar to The Bachelor) and given the chance to compete for prince's heart, she agrees, but only to help her family out of financial hardship. There's just one problem: she's already in love—with Aspen, that is, a boy from the caste below hers. America is prepared to join the Selection and stay in just long enough for her family to reap the benefits—but what she isn't prepared for is the charming Prince Maxon.

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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This goes without saying. Every aspect of this magical world has been thoroughly thought out by none other than J.K. Rowling; from the classes the students take at Hogwarts to the magical plants and creatures and how to handle each one, this world seems so detailed and realistic that it almost seems to coexist with us Muggles (non-magical people). And who's to say that it doesn't? The world has even been expanded on multiple platforms, giving it a rich magical history and fully fleshed out main and minor characters.

Though it is a fairly long series (seven books strong!) every word is well worth the read, and rereading never hurts, either. Harry Potter is always a valid, and effective, escape.

  1. Matched by Ally Condie

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In a dystopian world where everything from who you love to when you die is controlled, art is censored, limited, and all choices are predicted, deception reigns supreme behind the Society's perfectly manufactured façade. When Cassia, the protagonist, is matched with her best friend, she can practically feel the pieces of her life falling into place. But when the wrong boy's face comes up on the screen, Cassia begins to question the Society she has always trusted before.

  1. The Alchemyst: The Secrets Of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

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Subject of a mysterious prophecy, twins Sophie and Josh Newman find their lives turned upside-down when the immortal alchemyst Nicholas Flamel pulls them into a millennia-long battle against the Elder Race, a power-hungry race older than humankind. The secret to Flamel's immortality lies in one place: the Book of Abraham the Mage, which in the wrong hands has the power to destroy the world—a power the Elder Race desperately wants. Myth and magic run rampant in modern day San Francisco, making it the perfect place to read yourself away to.

Want to share your fave books and why you think Candy Girls should read 'em? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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PRIMO.

First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.

The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.

There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.

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