Young Adult

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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 ...

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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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The Gilded Wolves

Combining the cleverness and action of a heist movie with a touch of fantasy and whole lot of charm,  The Gilded Wolves is a story of colonialism, power and corruption. But mostly, it’s a tale of friendship and finding a place for ourselves in a world that has no room for us.# When God destroy ...

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Navigating the Stars

Much as I’ve enjoyed Ms. Snyder’s work in the past, I don’t follow her release schedule very closely. But when I do find out about a new release, I’m ready to dive right in. It didn’t even take ten pages of Navigating the Stars to have me hooked and desperate to read more. The premise o ...

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Empire of Sand

Empire of Sand is a fantasy début which showcases a young woman who defeats an ancient evil by embracing her heritage. Drawing from the rich, turbulent history and vibrant culture of India's Mughal Empire this is a tale of magic, mayhem and true love. Mehr is the eldest daughter of the governor ...

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Eternity in an Hour

Eternity in an Hour is a delightful start to this fantasy series by new author, Matthew Merendo. It’s an interesting and intriguing story that I’d place somewhere between the YA and NA genres, with an enjoyable, intelligent plot and storyline to interest all adults. Here's the blurb (from Amaz ...

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Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d

Whenever anyone asks what my favorite mystery series is, I respond, without hesitation, the Flavia de Luce series!  Set in the early 1950s, the books center around the activities of Flavia de Luce, a pigtailed, twelve-year old with a love of chemistry (poisons in particular) and an uncanny knack fo ...

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The Thousandth Floor

This is one book with a reputation that precedes itself. Already optioned for an ABC television series on word of its tonal resemblance to the Gossip Girl franchise, HarperCollins is working mightily to make this the next big YA series on the block. The setting initially carries far more weight t ...

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And I Darken

I was a Game of Thrones fan long before the show appeared on HBO. I mention that because the publisher tells us this vividly rendered novel reads like HBO’s Game of Thrones. That is, in part, true. If the story line of Arya Stark is your favorite, then And I Darken might just be what you are looki ...

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The Iron King

I don’t read a lot of young adult fiction, but when I discovered this received a nomination for best first book of 2010 in the Rita nominations, I decided to take a chance on it. I’m glad I did because I loved this first entry in the author’s Iron Fae series, and am eager to read the rest. ...