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Into the Sublime / Kate A. Boorman / Book Review

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Four girls go into a cave. Three come out, covered in blood. Two are hysterical. One is ready to talk. Amelie Desmarais has a story to tell, and she won't cut corners, no matter what the cops want. Part of a now-defunct thrill-seeker group, Amelie and three others planned an adventure to find a secret underground lake known as "The Sublime." Legend says this lake has the power to change things for those who seek it--assuming they make it there alive. Amelie certainly had something she wanted to change. The others, she assumed, did too.  But as Amelie's story unwinds, nothing is as straightforward as it seems. These girls weren't friends but strangers. Amelie is hardly the thrill-seeking type. And she's definitely covered in somebody 's blood. Where is the fourth girl, who didn't return? And who's blood is it? Is Amelie spinning a tale to hide her own guilt? Or is there really something lurking down in the Sublime?

Hell Followed With Us / Andrew Joseph White / Book Review

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Benji's on the run. He's not the first trans kid in history to run away from a hyper-religious home, but he might be the first with a murderous cult on his tail. Benji isn't just any teenager, after all. He's their secret weapon: Seraph, the avenging angel who will end humanity once and for all. Not that there's much of humanity left. The Angels already decimated the population with the bioweapon they released two years ago, leaving the lucky dead and the unlucky writhing masses of flesh in the ruins of the world. They need Benji to finish the job. But just as they corner Benji, Benji is rescued by a group of vigilantes, local teens from the Acheson LGBTQ+ Center. These kids take him in, adopt him, make him one of their own at the insistence of Nick, their leader. Only Nick knows the truth about Benji--knows that Benji is a bioweapon worse than they've ever known. And Nick might have a hidden agenda of his own. 

Katzenjammer / Francesca Zappia / Book Review

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Cat has no eyes. This is a new development, though not the first--not the worst. Everything has been changing recently, though Cat can't remember when this started. More importantly, she can't remember why this started--why she and her classmates started changing. Why High School itself is alive and breathing. Why they can't leave. Cat can't remember anything, until she can. Bit and pieces come back to her, parts of the story--pieces of the puzzle that she hopes will let her escape, let them all escape. But not everyone wants to leave High School. Not everyone wants Cat  to leave. Something is stalking them, and Cat has to put the pieces together, before it is too late. Before whatever is stalking her catches up to her.  Cat doesn't know if she can survive that.

The Holloway Girls / Susan Bishop Crispell / Book Review

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Everybody wants to kiss Remy Holloway. Of course they do. She's a Holloway Girl, after all, and she's just entering her Kissing Season, too. Everybody Remy kisses during her season will have good luck, but she's not planning on kissing just anybody. She's got her eyes set on one boy alone.  But all magic has rules, and when Remy breaks hers, she doesn't bestow good luck on her chosen boy. She gives him bad luck, instead--so bad, in fact, that she swears off kissing for the rest of her season. She doesn't want to be anybody else's curse. She needs to break the first curse she caused, after all--even if the new boy next door is making it hard for her to keep her newfound, kiss-free lifestyle intact. 

Dead End Girls / Wendy Heard / Book Review

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In one week, Maude will be dead. Or it will look that way, anyway. She's planned everything perfectly, down to the minute. There's no way to mess up now. In one week, she'll finally be free from her family, free to live how she wants. Free to be who she wants to be. But. Before Maude can hammer the nail into her metaphorical coffin, her cousin Frankie spots the passports. Frankie knows the Maude is planning something, some way to escape, and Frankie won't let her go--not unless Maude will let her come with. Maude didn't plan for any witnesses and she didn't plan for any mistakes. But it's too late to give up now.

Milo and Marcos at the End of the World / Kevin Christopher Snipes / BookReview

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Milo Connolly is a good Presbyterian boy. Nobody will make him question that. Especially not Marcos Price, the boy who broke his heart three years ago. Milo did all he could to forget Marcos and what almost was--what could never be, for a good Presbyterian boy like Milo. It wasn't hard, after Marcos ghosted him. But there's a new kid at school this year, just ready to throw a wrench in Milo's perfectly-planned, keep-your-head-down senior year, and his name just so happens to be Marcos Price. And Marcos doesn't want to forget like Milo did. But as Marcos and Milo grow close, things start to go awry—earthquakes, sinkholes, meteors—and Milo can’t help but think there might be something else, something bigger at play. Something that doesn’t want him to get close to Marcos. 

Sofi and the Bone Song / Adrienne Tooley / Book Review

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Sofi  Ollenholt, daughter of Musik Ollenholt, has always known her destiny. She will follow in her father's footsteps, join the Guild of Musiks, and compose her own epics to perform before all the land--all without the aid of magic. Anyone can produce good art with the right Papers. Only a Musik can produce greatness. But before Sofi takes her father's place, she has to audition for his Apprenticeship. It should be easy for someone as dedicated as Sofi, for someone who has spent all her life preparing. But Sofi wasn't prepared for Lara. Lara wasn't raised on music. She has never composed a song, never even played the lute before. But when she picks up the infamous Bone Lute for her audition, the song that she plays comes out perfectly. Almost as if by magic. When Sofi's father dies the same day of the audition, Sofi knows something is wrong, and without his title to inherit, she has nothing left--nothing left except an inkling of suspicion and the girl she believes