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Kill Me Softly – Sarah Cross

It seems the fairy tales we grew up with are not so magical and wonderful in real life.  Mira was orphaned at a young age and was raised by her two godmothers in a sheltered environment.  Although the godmothers will … Continue reading

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The Hunt – Andrew Fukuda

Instead of the traditional humans turning into zombies storyline that wipes out humanity, humans are facing extinction from a vampire-ish majority that crave a diet of the few remaining true humans called hepers.  The story opens with Gene, a heper doing … Continue reading

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Grimalkin The Witch Assassin – The Last Apprentice (bk 9) – Joseph Delaney

The storyline in the highly addictive The Last Apprentice series continues with the focus on Grimalkin, the witch assassin.  The books must be read in order.  Tom is the apprentice to the Spook whose mission is to hunt down and … Continue reading

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Peaceweaver – Rebecca Barnhouse

The historical fantasy setting is 6th century Scandinavia and the scene of constant fighting between the clans.  Hilf is the niece to the Scylfing (Swedes) king and is prone to spells of hyper-adrenaline when she skillfully uses her sword to kill … Continue reading

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Starters – Lissa Price

We’ve got another bleak future in store.  This time, civilization has been ravaged by germ warfare.  Only the youth and the elderly are vaccinated and survive.  The elderly have been surviving quite nicely, living well into their 100s.  But there … Continue reading

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Another Jekyll, Another Hyde – Daniel and Dina Nayeri

I tend to enjoy new spins on the classic books, and this one doesn’t disappoint.  Though only loosely based on the original Jekyll and Hyde storyline, it incorporates many of the themes and morals while weaving in aspects of modern day life.  Thomas … Continue reading

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Wonder – R. J. Palacio

Wow.  I’ve been sorting through everything I’ve read lately, trying to narrow down the reading list for my school next year.  Wonder will be on the list.  Auggie was born with severe craniofacial deformities.  He’s had twenty seven surgeries.  He … Continue reading

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Bitterblue – Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue picks up eight years after Graceling left off, when Katsa and Po rescued Bitterblue from her evil father, King Leck of Montsea.  Queen Bitterblue is eighteen now and feels the enormity of repairing and ruling her country after Leck’s … Continue reading

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The Lady of the Rivers – Philippa Gregory

Once again, Philippa Gregory has wonderfully recreated life among the royals in the fifteenth century.  This is the third volume in the Cousins’ War series, but the first chronologically.  It’s a prequel to The White Queen and tells the story … Continue reading

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Someone Else’s Life – Katie Dale

Someone Else’s Life is a thoughtful story designed to keep the reader intrigued.  Rosie, a British teen, loses her mother to Huntington’s  Disease, a degenerative genetic disease that affects cognition and motor skills.  Rosie begins the genetic testing that will … Continue reading

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Froi of the Exiles – Melina Marchetta

Finnikin of the Rock is one of my favorite political fantasy books and I have listed it under the fantasy tab.  I was thrilled to get the galley for the sequel, Froi of the Exiles.  It is highly recommended to … Continue reading

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Slide – Jill Hathaway

Slide will be a big hit in the young adult market.  Twisty mysteries are always good and this one has a unique way of delivering the clues, the pieces to solve the mystery.  Sylvia (Vee) suffers from narcolepsy.  When she … Continue reading

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again – Frank Cottrell Boyce

I am a fan of the author’s writing, especially Cosmic, and I have such fond memories of Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car, that I was eager to read this new book.  Before reading it, I pulled … Continue reading

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The Night She Disappeared – April Henry

Wow!  Another book by April Henry that does not disappoint.  Kayla is out at night making a pizza delivery and does not come back.  Her panicked co-worker, Drew calls the police.  It looks like the abductor initially targeted Gabie, another … Continue reading

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Ice Island – Sherry Shahan

Tatum’s father competed in the Jr. Iditarod in his youth and she desperately wants to follow in his footsteps.  The story opens with Tatum watching for racers to cross the Iditarod’s finish line in Nome, Alaska, and being given one … Continue reading

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