Roseblood

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Rating: 3 Stars
Published: January 2017
Genre: Young Adult // Retelling
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Roseblood is a retelling of Leroux’s haunting Phantom of the Opera.  Rune Germain left everything behind to attend a music conservatory outside of Paris in hopes that she’ll overcome her compulsion to sing opera.  The opera house in which is school is located is famed to have ties to the novel by Leroux.  She soon befriends Thorn, the mysterious violinist, who helps her understand more about herself.  As their connection gets stronger, the danger surrounding them grows.

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By Your Side

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Rating: 3 Stars
Published: January 2017
Genre: Young Adult // Contemporary
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When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.
Only he doesn’t come. No one does.
Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

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Written in the Stars

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Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Contemporary // Young Adult
Published: May 2015
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My mother always says when you fight destiny, destiny fights back. Some things, they’re just written in the stars. You can try but you can never escape what’s meant to be.

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late. Summary from Goodreads.
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The Casquette Girls

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Rating: 4 Stars
Published: November 2015
Genre: Young Adult // Paranormal

Seven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.

After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne wants nothing more than her now silent city to return to normal. But with home resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition.

As the city murder rate soars, Adele finds herself tangled in a web of magic that weaves back to her own ancestors. Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, who can she trust when everyone has a secret and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless . . . you’re immortal. (Summary from Goodreads)

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The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You

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Rating: 5 Stars
Published: May 2016
Genre: Young Adult // Contemporary
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Idle nerds become supervillains.

Summary from Goodreads:
Trixie Watson has two very important goals for senior year: to finally save enough to buy the set of Doctor Who figurines at the local comic books store, and to place third in her class and knock Ben West–and his horrendous new mustache that he spent all summer growing–down to number four.
Trixie will do anything to get her name ranked over Ben’s, including give up sleep and comic books–well, maybe not comic books–but definitely sleep. After all, the war of Watson v. West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Browncoats v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. Over a decade later, it’s time to declare a champion once and for all.
The war is Trixie’s for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben’s best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-pullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben’s cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie’s best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they’re on–and they might not pick the same side.

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The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game #1)

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Rating: 2.5 Stars
Published: May 2016
Genre: Young Adult // Fantasy
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“Oh, where to begin?”
“At the beginning?”
“Of time?”
“How about the beginning of today?”
“Oh, yes, today, that’s a good place to start.”

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.
And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.
As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose. (Summary from Goodreads)

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Lumberjanes, Vol 3: A Terrible Plan

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Rating: 5 Stars
Published: April 2016
Genre: Graphic Novel // Young Adult // Fantasy-Adventure
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Things go bump in the night, it’s basically the best time to go bump if one had to choose a timeframe.

In this collected edition of Lumberjanes #9-12, things have calm down a little bit for the Lumberjanes.  It’s a free day which can only mean trouble for the campers.   Mal and Molly go on a picnic together but of course, nothing goes as planned, especially when they run into the Bear Woman!  Meanwhile, April, Ripley, and Jo are trying to get some of the more mundane badges.

Written by: Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters
Illustrated by: Carolyn Nowak (chapters 10-12)

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Wanderlost

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Rating: 3 Stars
Published: May 2016
Genre: Young Adult // Contemporary
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“Sam, I can’t.”
“The t is silent.  Try it again.”
“What? I –”
“Say it.”
“I can–”
His finger shoot out and covers my lips before I can get the last letter out. “That’s what I thought.”

Aubree has never been far from home.  She likes where she lives and doesn’t feel the need to see the rest of the world.  Her sister, on the hand, has ambitions.  Elizabeth is spending the summer in Europe as a tour guide to six senior citizens as a favor to a Congressman she’ll be interning with in the Fall.  But when unforeseen circumstances keep Elizabeth at home, she convinces Aubree to take her place.  Aubree takes the plunge and travels to Amsterdam, having no confidence in her abilities to lead.  She’ll learn about herself and maybe even enjoy herself along the way.  

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