Young Adult

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The Geography of Lost Things

Jessica Brody’s The Geography of Lost Things tells the story of a road trip from youth to maturity – and from repulsion to forgiveness – and is a really great little slice of growing up and all of the complications fraught with inheriting  a complex legacy. When Ali Collins’ long-estrang ...

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Fire & Heist

Is there anything better than curling up on a chilly fall evening with a light-hearted novel featuring dragons? If there is, I have no earthly idea what it might be. Dragons have always fascinated me, and so, when I learned that author Sarah Beth Durst had written Fire and Heist, a standalone novel ...

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The Lying Woods

What happens when it turns out your father is a liar and cheat on a colossal scale? The Lying Woods takes a look at this difficult subject through the eyes of a young man about to discover that the past has a way of catching up with everyone. Owen Foster’s family has long been in the oil busine ...

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Girls of Paper and Fire

Girls of Paper and Fire is one of the most anticipated YA fantasy releases of the year. Featuring a diverse cast of characters and an LGBTQ+ heroine, it is a story of magic, mayhem, rebellion and young love. Two hundred years ago, in the kingdom of Ikhara, the demon Bull King of Han took control ...

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This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

Kheryn Callender’s funny, flawed, authentic story of young love and broken arms, This is Kind of an Epic Love Story focuses on the messy complexities of romance, friend-love and parental love in all of its frustrating, confusing forms. Seattle-raised sixteen-year-old high school junior Nathan B ...

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Wintergirls

Lia Overbrook and Cassie Parrish were once best friends. They had each other’s backs, they shared secrets, and they made a promise sealed in blood. They were going to do whatever it took to be completely in control of their bodies, to be thin, to be thinner, to be perfect. Laurie Halse Anderson ...

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Shadow of the Fox

Every thousand years, the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers can be used to summon the great dragon, who will grant a single wish. To keep the scroll safe from evil doing, it was split into three parts and scattered across the land. Now, as the deadline looms, multiple forces are in play for the scroll pi ...

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Star-Crossed

I read a ton of young adult fantasy, and while I enjoy most of what I pick up in the genre, I'll be the first to admit to the lack of originality that seems to pervade many of today's best-selling novels. I wasn't sure what to expect when I volunteered to review Star-Crossed, the latest stand-alone ...

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The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

“I have just taken an overly large bite of iced bun when Callum slices his finger off” – Opening line, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. Mackenzi Lee introduced her readers to the wily and amusing Montague siblings in her bestselling The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.  I ...

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The Impossible Girl

I loved The Impossible Girl. The setting is expertly laid out, detailed and realistic, and the characters are relatable and likable. It was everything you want when you pick up a young adult read; a level-headed and intelligent young woman as the female lead, and a strong but subtle romance to swoon ...