Young Adult

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The Do Over

I've been excited for The Do-Over, Painter’s new YA novel ever since I read and loved Better Than the Movies (2021) and I’m happy to share The Do-Over was just as good, if not better.  It reminded me of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off mixed with a little Groundhog Day and I was quickly swep ...

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The Luminaries

Susan Dennard brings young readers a smashing good time with The Luminaries, the first in her new fantasy series about things that go bump in the woods and a heroine determined to change her station in life. The book sports characters worth caring for and excellent worldbuilding, but the story is pr ...

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The Golden Enclaves

The Golden Enclaves is the third in a duology (yes, you read that right) about a deadly, dangerous version of Hogwarts which exists in a universe where magic is more curse than blessing. Novik dumps readers straight into the action from where the last book left off and the story will not be coher ...

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A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

In Laura Taylor Namey’s A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, heroine Lila Reyes finds herself quite literally out of her comfort zone - Miami - as her family, concerned for her mental and physical well-being after a series of life crises, sends her to stay with a family friend in a small En ...

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Foul Lady Fortune

Chloe Gong never fails to take her readers on a journey. Foul Lady Fortune opens a fresh series for her, but also serves as a continuation of the adventures of the Shakesperian characters in her These Violent Delights duology. This novel provides Rosalind’s story. I liked it only slightly less tha ...

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Rust in the Root

Rust in the Root does not take place in the same universe as Justina Ireland’s paranormal historical duology Dread Nation/Deathless Divide, which both earned DIKs here. This book can’t possibly be as good as those, right? Surprise! It’s even better. In a magic-infused alternate history, the ...

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Three Kisses, One Midnight

The best description I can think of for Three Kisses, One Midnight is a fairytale. Or a story that’s trying really hard to be a fairytale, anyway. This Young Adult book is actually three loosely intertwined short stories. At least, they should be short in that the entire tale takes place over t ...

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That's Debatable

If you survived your high school’s debate team, That’s Debatable will take you back to your teen years – in both good and bad ways. This is not the breezy book that the blurb hints it is, though, and in fact might alarm and upset young readers who think they’re picking up a lighthearted roma ...

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My Imaginary Mary

My Imaginary Mary is fun, fizzy and completely off the wall. With it, Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows add another volume to their Lady Janies series – and nope, it’s not about Marie Curie as they’d previously said it would be, it’s about Mary Shelley and mathematician Ada Lovelac ...

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What Souls Are Made Of

Feiwel and Friends’ series of novels which remix classic stories for modern audiences returns with What Souls are Made Of, which retells the classic tale of Wuthering Heights through the eyes of two half-Indian childhood best friends who yearn to become more than that.  Suri does a beautiful job ...