Young Adult

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The Speed of Falling Objects

The Speed of Falling Objects is a gruesome, nasty piece of business that tries to explore the nature of coping, healing and growth – but instead wallows through misery with a phalanx of unlikable characters, unrealistic actions and ableist situations, all concluding with a hollow, cheesy uplift of ...

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The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan

During the unstable Period of the Northern and Southern Dynasties in China (484 AD by the Western calendar), Hua Mulan’s much-awaited duel with her family’s rival is called off because both Mulan and her opponent, Yuan Kai, have been called up to a different fight. The emperor anticipates an inv ...

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The Lady Rogue

Jenn Bennett evokes classic movies and stories of derring-do in her latest novel, Lady Rogue. Set in Europe in 1937, this fun twist on the treasure hunting tales of yore is laden with romance, adventure, and just a touch of magic. The last time Theo (Theodora) Fox saw sexy Irish hunk Huck Gallagh ...

B
The Dragon Republic

In the first book in The Poppy War saga we met Fang Runin - typically referred to as Rin - a young militant mage blessed/cursed with a link to the Phoenix, a fire god who has gifted Rin with the rare ability to level armies by calling fire from heaven down upon them. In The Dragon Republic we join R ...

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Storm and Fury

I'm always on the lookout for new urban fantasy series featuring unusual creatures, so I was over the moon to learn that Jennifer L. Armentrout was writing a spin-off of her Dark Elements series - which happened to be the first series I ever read featuring gargoyles. Plus, Trinity, the heroine of St ...

B+
The Missing Season

Mumbler, Mumbler, in your bed, Mumbler, Mumbler, take your head, Eat your nose, Gobble your toes, And bury you where the milkweed grows. This nursery rhyme, chanted by the kids who make up the under-eighteen set in Pender, Maine, tells us of the superstitious fear they harbor that something is ...

B+
Virtually Yours

Set in the near future, Sarvenaz Tash’s Virtually Yours explores virtual romance and the complications that set in when reality and fantasy collide. Mariam Vakilian isn’t the type of person to sign up for a dating service, but now that her ex, Caleb, has thrown himself out onto the market aga ...

B+
Like a Love Story

As a child of the eighties and nineties, I recognize the fear buried in the lives of the three main characters of Abdi Nazemian’s beautiful and emotional Like a Love Story.  To have come of age in the late eighties through the mid-nineties was to experience a sexual awakening fraught with a singl ...

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Chalice

When the land and the people are closely tied, political instability leads to literal instability; earthquakes, crop failures, fire, and storm. Mirasol’s job as Chalice is to support the Master of the estate, called Willowlands, in keeping the land peaceful and prosperous. However, the previous Ma ...

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This is Not a Love Scene

“I liked being ridden, and offered the chance to pretty much every guy in Video II” With those words, S.C. Meagle introduces us to a spirited, smart heroine – wannabe director Maeve.  While she is instantly memorable, the structure of the novel makes her story come off as a bit wooden and ar ...