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Lakesedge / Lyndall Clipstone / Book Review

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Lakesedge Blurb Violeta Graceling knows monsters are real, and she knows her brother isn't one. Discovered on the side of the road as children, shadows have plagued the Grceling siblings for a long time--especially little Arien. Their foster mother believes these shadows to be the Lord Under's work, a touch of the devil himself. But the young Lord Sylvanan, a monster in his own right, sees things differently. When Lord Sylvanan decides to take Arien to his manor--the very manor where he murdered all of his family--Violeta knows she can't stay behind. She has always protected her little brother. She certainly won't stop protecting him now.    

Aetherbound / E.K. Johnston / Book Review

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Aetherbound Blurb Pendt Harland knows the cost of survival. She knows that she costs too much. In the depths of space, everyone aboard the Harland plays a crucial role. Everyone except for Pendt. Her mother and her aunt have star-sense, a special connection to the aether that allows them to navigate through deep space. Her cousins can sense electricity, an ability that allows them to keep the engines fine-tuned even so far into space. But Pendt was born with gene-sense, the ability to manipulate genetics, and onboard, her gift isn't worth the extra calories it would cost to use. She knows her time aboard the Harland is limited. She knows as soon as she reaches eighteen--the international space age of majority--she will be contracted out to do hard labor in the asteroid mines. She knows that, but she's got other plans. 

Eyes of the Forest / April Henry / Book Review

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Eyes of the Forest Blurb The world is not-so-patiently awaiting R.M. Haldon's next book. The final installment in an epic, Game-of-Thrones-style fantasy series, fans are chomping at the bit, waiting to get their hands on the next piece. Seventeen-year-old Bridget is no different, though she might be more empathetic than most fans. That's one of the reasons she was hired as Haldon's research assistant, after all. It might have been years since he produced a book, but Bob Haldon has had a lot on his plate. Or at least, he has a terrible case of writer's block. But Bob has a plan to get writing again, to force the words to come. It's a last-ditch effort, a move of desperation, and when that plan goes horribly awry, Bob Halton finds himself in danger--and at the mercy of rabid fans. An infamous recluse, nobody recognizes that Bob's in trouble--nobody except for his attentive research assistant. Nobody will believe Bridget's fears, convinced she's just anothe

So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix / Bethany C. Morrow / Book Review

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So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix Blurb Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March are best friends as much as they are sisters. With the Civil War still raging, they lean on each other for support each and every day. Their lives are tough but so much better than they were before they reached the Roanoke Freedpeople Colony--one of the first of its kind. For the first time, the sisters can see a future for themselves where they can be free to pursue their dreams, however different those dreams may be. Beth is a talented seamstress. Amy loves to dance. Jo has a wit that must be shared with the world. And Meg, teacher to the colony, wants to settle down and have a family all her own--once an impossible dream. And these futures may all be possible--if the war goes the right way. But the freedom these girls have found is tenuous as the war fluctuates. Their colony is safe--for now--but any day, things could change. And not even the Union supports the colonies fully. 

A Dragonbird in the Fern / Laura Rueckert / Book Review

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A Dragonbird in the Fern Blurb Princess Scilla is dead--murdered--and nobody knows who did it. Scilla can't find peace, can't move on, until there is justice, and her vengeful ghost grows stronger by the day. Princess Jiara wants to set her sister free--and protect her family from the deadly attention of the spirit--and she will do whatever it takes to keep everyone safe and happy. Even if that means marrying her sister's betrothed. Her family needs the strong alliance--and all evidence points to the assassin being part of this foreign court. But Jiara doesn't know the language. Her dyslexia makes it difficult to read in her native tongue, let alone a foreign one, and the customs are strange and foreign to her so far from her family. Worse, her sister's ghost has followed her to her new home, growing more violent by the day--and less able to be reasoned with. And with her sister's killer still out there, nobody is safe--least of all Jiara herself. 

Six Crimson Cranes / Elizabeth Lim / Book Review

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Six Crimson Cranes Blurb As the youngest child and only daughter of the Emperor, Shiori shouldn't have much to worry about. She has six older brothers to worry for her, after all. But that's just on the surface. In reality, Shiori is betrothed to a barbaric lord from the north--whom she has never met. She possesses illegal magic that, at the very least, can bring paper birds to life and could get her killed if discovered. And on top of all that, she's discovered a rogue dragon prince living in the nearby lake. If all of that isn't enough to handle, Shiori discovers her stepmother is in fact a wicked sorceress, and in order to keep her secret safe, the queen curses Shiori and her brothers, banishing them all. Her brothers turned into cranes, Shiori is left penniless and unknown--and without the ability to speak, lest her brothers die. She is determined to break the curse, to bring the truth to light, and to reclaim her family's rightful place in the palace--without t

The Sea is Salt and So Am I / Cassandra Hartt / Book Review

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The Sea is Salt and So Am I Blurb West Finch is one hurricane away from falling into the sea, but Harlow Prout is determined to keep her seaside town afloat. She spends her days campaigning, planning, plotting, scheming--all to get the residents on board. But the town itself isn't the only thing at risk of falling beneath the waves. Harlow's best friend Ellis MacQueen is more likely to run from problems than face them, and his twin brother Tommy is knee deep in depression, one wave from being overwhelmed. When a potentially-devastating storm hits West Finch, Tommy sets out on a swim he doesn't plan to return from. The waves come crashing, threatening life as Harlow knows it. But then the storm ends. The sun returns, and Tommy returns, too, an unlikely rescue. This rescue changes everything between Harlow and the twins. Nothing stays secret long in this small town.