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I'm the Girl / Courtney Summers / Book Review

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Ge orgia made a mistake. She knows that as soon as the pictures come back: smooth, bare, beautiful. And way too expensive, even if the man she met at the mall can make her a model like he promised. Not that he's promising that anymore, after she shelled out her brother's money for the photographs. No, Georgia made a mistake, but she knows how to fix it: Aspera. Aspera is a different world, nothing like the poverty Georgia has known all her life. Aspera is where her mother worked before she died. Aspera, that resort for the world's elite up in the mountains, will surely let Georgia have a job. But on her way to Aspera, Georgia finds something she wasn't meant to: the dead body of thirteen-year-old Ashley James. The investigation--and her new employment at Aspera--throws Georgia into a world she never expected, and there are more players--and more villains--at play than she ever would have guessed. 

The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers / Adam Sass / Book Review

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Micah Summers: the boy with 99 boyfriends. Or, well, with 99 ex -boyfriends. Potential ex-boyfriends.  Crushes. Micah's real problem is that, as abundant as his crushes are, he's never had a successful relationship. In fact, he's never even successfully asked a boy out. All he has is InstaLoves, the Instagram account where he posts fantasy sketches of the boys who have captured his heart. Maybe someday, he keeps telling himself, he'll work up the nerve to ask one of them out. And with 99 crushes behind him, Micah knows that Boy 100 has to be special. Not just some random crush from class or the mall or the subway.  Someone real. And that's when Micah meets Grant. Yeah, sure, Grant is a train crush, but they hit it off. Micah even, almost, gets the chance to ask Grant out. But when a rushed departure means they get separated without exchanging contact info, Micah vows to find Grant--to find Boy 100--again. 

Shades of Rust and Ruin / A.G. Howard / Book Review

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Halloween stole her mother and father. Halloween stole her sister. She won't let Halloween steal her uncle, too. Phoenix Loring might be battling survivor's guilt, but she's certain of one thing: her family is under a Halloween curse. She and her uncle might be next, if they're not careful. The Halloween season has always been difficult for Nix, but when she loses her ability to see color in the weeks leading up to the holiday, she knows her depression is worse than ever. Unable to find solace in the cyberpunk world of goblins and faeries in the graphic novel she's been writing since her sister died, Nix is at her wits end. But then Nix sees something that couldn't possibly exist: one of her creations come to life. When her uncle goes missing shortly afterward, Nix knows the Halloween curse has come back once again--but this time, she'll stop it. Hot on her uncle's trail, Nix discovers there's more to her curse--and to her artwork--than she ever imag

The Sunbearer Trials / Aiden Thomas / Book Review

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Teo has been looking forward to this decade's Sunbearer Trials for, well, a decade. Not that he will be chosen to compete--he's just a Jade semidios, not a more powerful Gold. No, Teo wants the chance to travel, to see new places and try new foods as he watches the competitors fight for the right to keep Sol's light alive for the next ten years. But when it comes time for Sol to choose their champions, the best of the best Golds are chosen... and Teo is, too. Son of Quetzal, goddess of birds, Teo isn't super strong and powerful like his competitors, and if he ends up in last place, it's not just his honor at stake. His very life is in the balance, because Sol needs a sacrifice to keep the people safe. A blood sacrifice. 

The Drowned Woods / Emily Lloyd-Jones / Book Review

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When Mer escaped the King's court and her role as the King's water diviner, she knew she would always be living on the run. Fugitive and criminal, there was no other choice. So when the King's Spymaster shows up in her most recent place of employment, Mer knows it's time to flee once again. But Renfrew hasn't come to collect her for the King. He's come with a job instead. Mer put her life of crime behind her when she left the court, but Renfrew promises more than she ever dreamed. He promises a life where she can set down roots. A life without the King. Of course, for a job like this, only the best crew will do.  

Lord of the Fly Fest / Goldy Moldavsky / Book Review

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The others swarmed to Fly Fest for the promised models, music, and paradise villas. Rafi came for one reason alone: River Stone. More specifically, an exclusive chance to interview River about his missing girlfriend--the sob story that launched his music career--for her podcast, Musical Mysteries. But when Rafi and the boatload of wannabe influencers arrive on the private island hosting Fly Fest, they find... nothing. If there ever was a Fly Fest, it isn't here now. No musicians, no celebrities. No shelter. And the boats that brought them have left, not to return for another week. The others might just be lamenting the lack of Internet, but Rafi knows they have bigger fish to fry--quite literally. And she knows the type of people she's stuck on this island, including one River Stone. 

Beating Heart Baby / Lio Min / Book Review

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The last place Santi expects to feel at home is his new school's marching band. But the Sunshowers are more than just music geeks. They're a family, and they're fiercely protective of all their members, whatever shape or sexual identity they might come with. Santi finds himself welcomed with open arms by everyone. Everyone but Suwa. Suwa is a musical prodigy and not just where marching band is concerned. He's got his eyes set on a music career, and he knows he's destined for the big leagues. But Suwa's past haunts him more than he's willing to show.  When shared interests and painful past memories bring these boys together, they start a tentative friendship that morphs into something more. But when Suwa's musical talent sets him centerstage, they'll both have to come to terms with what haunts them--including how they haunt each other.