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Mairelon the Magician (YA)

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by Patricia C. Wrede Kit, a street thief in London, is hired to sneak into a magician’s wagon and snoop around. When she took the job, she didn’t expect the magician to be an actual, practicing wizard. Soon Kit is involved in a mixed up adventure in search of a magical artifact. This magical romp […]

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A Deadly Education (YA)

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by Naomi Novik After Orion Lake saves her life for a second time, Galadriel wishes he’d go off and die himself. Instead he follows her around the Scholomance, saving her life again and again from evil creatures. She wishes he and his groupies would leave her alone, but she soon accepts him as a friend. […]

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The Good Hawk (YA)

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by Joseph Elliott When their clan is betrayed to the Vikings and carried off as slaves, Jaime and Agatha must find a way to rescue them, braving wildwolves and shadow creatures as they venture into the unknown. This book was pretty good—probably a 4 out of 5. I can’t pinpoint any one thing that bothered […]

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The Silence Between Us (YA)

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by Alison Gervais Maya, a Deaf high school senior, has just moved to a new state and a new school. She must navigate the challenges of being Deaf in a school full of hearing kids, while simultaneously dealing with moving, college applications, cute boys, and a brother with a serious health condition. This was a […]

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Daughter of the Forest (YA)

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by Juliet Marillier Sorcha is the youngest daughter of an Irish warlord. Her world is turned upside down when her father’s second wife turns her six older brothers into swans and their only hope of survival rests with her. This is a beautiful and haunting retelling of “The Wild Swans” by Hans Christian Andersen. I loved […]

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The Belles (YA)

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by Dhonielle Clayton The Belles were created to bring beauty to Orleans. But the people of Orleans have become too obsessed with beauty, and so has their power-mad princess. It’s up to one Belle to make a change… This book was beautifully written with vivid characters and loads of action and intrigue. (It reminded me […]

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Awaken (YA)

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by Skye Malone Attracted by the sea her whole life, Chloe sneaks away for her first ever trip to the beach. But while there, she learns secrets about herself, her parents, and her friends—secrets that could cost her life.  I couldn’t put this book down. I loved the characters. There were a few confusing explanations, […]

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The Hero and the Crown (YA)

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by Robin McKinley Aerin is the king’s daughter, but her mother was a mysterious “witchwoman” of the North, and her father’s people will not let her forget it. When her father’s kingdom is under attack and the last of the great dragons has awoken, can Aerin rise to the challenge and save the kingdom that […]

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Spinning Silver (YA)

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by Naomi Novik The king of the winter kingdom steals Miryem, a moneylender purportedly able to “turn silver into gold.” He uses her without her knowledge to create winter in the middle of summer. But could there be a creature more awful than the one freezing the crops and starving the daylit kingdom? And what […]

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Chalice (YA)

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by Robin McKinley When the previous Master and Chalice of Willowlands die in a sudden catastrophe, Mirasol is drawn from her woodright to become the new Chalice. The old Master’s younger brother, halfway through becoming a priest of Elemental Fire, is the only remaining blood heir. Can an inexperienced beekeeper-turned-Chalice and a Fire priest save […]