Young Adult

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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 ...

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I Do Not Trust You

I’ve always enjoyed stories of archeological treasure hunts since they combine fascinating mythology with daring exploits. Because of that, I Do Not Trust You was an absolute delight for me to read. The tale of a young woman, a mysterious map, a handsome, enigmatic young man and the quest for a lo ...

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Mirage

Mirage is a YA fantasy novel based on a recent historical period from the author’s ancestral land of Morocco.  Known as the Years of Lead, it was a bloody episode during which dissidents were arrested or executed. In spite of the heavy subject matter, the author tells a charming story of love, fr ...

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The Warrior Queen

Fans of young adult fantasy series featuring strong-willed, independent, and powerful heroines will want to pay particular attention to Emily R. King's Hundredth Queen series of which The Warrior Queen is the fourth and final installment. It's a series best read in chronological order, so make sure ...