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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 […]

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The Sun is Also a Star (YA)

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by Nicola Yoon Neither Natasha nor Daniel is looking for their true love today. A string of random chances bring them together. But Natasha is being deported back to Jamaica tonight—will the random events continue, keeping them together, or will more chances tear them apart? This book was beautifully written. I loved the points of […]

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Cheshire Crossing (YA)

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by Andy Weir What do you get when you put Dorothy, Wendy, and Alice into a boarding school together? A world-hopping adventure where the Witch of the West teams up with Captain Hook and the Cheshire Cat comes to Oz, of course.  This graphic novel was a lot of fun, blending elements from our favorite […]

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Red Queen (YA)

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by Victoria Aveyard This is a story of “haves” and “have-nots,” where the “haves” have superpowers and the “have-nots” get trampled underfoot. A “have-not” girl gets unexpectedly thrown in among the “haves,” for surprising reasons and with dire consequences. It’s like X-Men meets Gladiator meets British history’s War of the Roses, where everyone did whatever […]

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Thirteenth Child (YA)

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by Patricia C. Wrede This is a coming of age story of a girl on the frontier in an alternate America where magic is a part of daily life and woolly mammoths and steam dragons threaten the settlements. Eff Rothmer must sort out her relationships with magic, her family, the frontier, and herself, while confronting […]