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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

The Ghosts of Rose Hill / R.M. Romero / Book Review

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When biracial Jewish girl Ilana Lopez gets sent to live with her aunt in Prague for the summer, she knows it is a punishment. She is supposed to focus on her studies, not beach days with her friends and certainly not her music, a hobby that will never lead to a solid career.  But Prague is a city of ancient mysteries and magic, and Ilana's aunt isn't as strict as her parents might have thought. When Ilana discovers a forgotten Jewish cemetery behind her aunt's home, she knows what she has to do: restore and refresh these forgotten graves.  In this old cemetery, Ilana meets Benjamin, a boy who died almost a hundred years ago. Benjamin doesn’t remember much of his past, but he sees Ilana as hope for the future.  Benjamin isn't the only one interested in Ilana’s work. There's another man, a man without a shadow, who has heard her music and just might want her soul. If only he can snatch it. 

Murder for the Modern Girl / Kendall Kulper / Book Review

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Who can track down a mindreading murderess? Only a shapeshifting mortician turned detective.  Ruby Newhouse is the daughter of the state's attorney, and she knows all too well how many bad men have gone free--especially when the only voices speaking against them are women and children. Ruby plans to change that, but it will be awhile until she can make it into law school and, eventually, stand in court herself. Until then, she's got another solution: vigilante work. Ruby isn't afraid to her her hands a little dirty--well, not too dirty. She prefers poison to knifework. And she only takes out those who are past the point of forgiveness. She's very selective, and she always gets it right: that's the benefit of being a mind-reader, after all.  Ruby's gotten away with her bloody undercover life for years, but that might all change. There's a new mortician in town--well, a shapeshifter who want to be a mortician, anyway--and he's got keener eyes than anyone w

The Drowning Summer / Christine Lynn Herman / Book Review

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Nobody talks about the Drowning Summer, especially not Mina and Evelyn. That was the summer three teenagers were found murdered, sand dollars placed over their eyes in a ritual display. That was the summer Evelyn's dad was brought in for questioning. That was the summer Mina fell sick after a midnight deal with a ghost that never should have happened. That was the summer a sand dollar appeared on Mina's wrist, and she swore she had summoned the ghost all alone. She swore she would never do it again.  Mina and Evelyn haven't spoken since. But the spirits of the Drowning Summer are growing restless. Their voices are louder than ever before, and even if her mom doesn't want Mina to become a full medium, the family business needs her. When Mina steps into the surf for her first summoning, however, the sand dollar from six years ago appears on her wrist once again--right at the moment Evelyn summons a spirit herself, all alone in her bedroom. These two former friends are pul

Scout's Honor / Lily Anderson / Book Review

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The Mission of Ladybird Scouts is to promote peace, prudence, and public good. For Prudence Perry, being a legacy Ladybird Scout was a point of pride. Born into a family of monster hunters sworn to protect humanity from interdimensional emotion-eating grubs, being a Ladybird was her destiny. Masquerading as friendly neighborhood girl scouts, bake sales and tea parties included, the Ladybirds were her whole life. Until her best friend, a fellow Ladybird, died on a hunt.  That was when Prudence quit the Ladybirds. She's been trying to forget--the blood, the death, the multidimensional monsters that still pop into her life--for the past three years, without success. That's what the Tea of Forgetting is for, and she doesn't have access to it--plus, her mom won't let her throw away her legacy. But when a night-out-gone-wrong results in Prudence being pulled back into the Ladybirds for one last summer, this time as a Scout trainer, she finally sees her chance: if she succeeds

The Silent Unseen / Amanda McCrina / BookReview

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Poland, summer 1944 Maria has finally escaped after years of hard labor in a Nazi camp. Those years changed her, and they changed her home, too. Nothing is as she left it. Her parents have been killed in the fight between the Polish resistance and the Ukrainian nationalists. Her home has been burned to the ground. Her brother is gone, and she knows he must be dead, too... Until she finds out he's not. Tomek is now the leader of the local resistance, fighting a war that seems like it will never end. He's not just fighting for Poland, either. He's backed by Western nations, a special operative known as the "Silent Unseen." He'll do anything to bring his people the peace they deserve. And then there's Kostya. Kostya is just running for his life, a nationalist deserter. His only hope is to make it back to his mother and sister before the Ukranian nationalists punish them on his behalf. He doesn't mean to get caught up with the resistance, but the only way

Belle Morte / Bella Higgin / Book Review

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Ever since the first vampire stepped into the spotlight, people can't get enough. Paparazzi flock to the glamorous immortals. Everyone wants an invitation to a vampire gala. And donors beg to be let into the five great vampire houses to give their own blood to the beasts. June Mayfield was one of them--one of the few donors, that is, to be let into the house of Belle Morte. But that was months ago. The donors can't leave the house while they're serving, but they can still write. June did write, at first, but it's been months since Renie heard anything from her sister. In her heart, Renie knows something is desperately wrong. The only solution? Sign up to be a donor herself and enter the dark and mysterious world of Belle Morte--a world she might not escape, alive.