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SPIN THE SKY is a passionate, lyrical novel that weaves love and dance into a visceral narrative. Jill MacKenzie’s debut novel Spin The Sky follows Magnolia “Mags” Woodson, an 18-year-old dancer struggling to overcome her small town’s intense hatred towards her and her family. When her best friend George insists they try out for a televised dance competition, Magnolia wonders if it could finally be her and her sister’s way into her miserable town’s good graces. The novel is written from the first person perspective of Magnolia Woodson. Her narrative is complex and very raw, though her voice — often sassy…

Kendra gets involved in more fun fairytale antics, but doesn’t get the backstory development fans hoped for in BEHELD. Alex Flinn’s feisty witch Kendra, who was first introduced in Beastly before appearing in Bewitching and Mirrored, is back! This time, we’re finding out about the eternally young witch’s past, particularly the secret love that she’s kept hidden through her previous adventures. With her trusty magic mirror in hand, Kendra is also helping out a few other people along the way. There’s only one problem: Like the other stories in The Kendra Chronicles, things still aren’t really about Kendra and fans…

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER weaves a bloody mystery into a chilling tale of adventure! Young Adult lit has always been home to strong female characters testing the standards of their society and we must admit, we love that theme. Add in a bone chilling murder mystery involving one of the world’s most infamous serial killers and Stalking Jack The Ripper definitely turns heads! Audrey Rose Wadsworth knows all about polite Victorian society. Her family has been trying to push her into it ever since her mother died of scarlet fever, but she prefers to spend her time elbow-deep in ichor,…

Christmas capers reach a new level in THE TWELVE DAYS OF DASH & LILY! Tis the season for adorable Christmas stories! Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined once again for their fourth novel (and their first sequel,) The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily.  It’s full of the quirk, cheer, and mishaps fans have come to love over the years! We’ll start by saying that you don’t have to read Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares in order to understand or enjoy their Twelve Days, as the story references the early events when needed but doesn’t focus on them…

Robin Roe’s A LIST OF CAGES is an emotional, realistic, and praiseworthy young adult journey! Be warned, dear reader: A List Of Cages is a contemporary young adult novel that digs into your soul and stuffs you full of raw emotion. Your eyes will blur and your throat will feel thick. In the end, you’ll be better off for it. With unfiltered empathy and purity, Robin Roe’s debut novel is unlike anything we’ve read before. It’s been years since Julian last saw his foster brother, Adam, so it’s a bit surprising when the aide to the school psychologist turns out…

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