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DEAR MARTIN, Nic Stone’s debut novel, gives a fresh perspective to the race issues prevalent in the United States today. The main character of Nic Stone’s debut novel Dear Martin is a seventeen-year-old black male named Justyce McAllister. Justyce is from a rough part of Atlanta. On the surface, Justyce and I have very little in common – after all, I’m a twenty-something white girl from a Midwestern suburb – but that’s the whole point of Dear Martin: to help readers see the other side, no matter what their background might be. Nic Stone does this very well. Dear Martin…

Maggie Stiefvater crafts a world of miracles in ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS! In Bicho Raro, Colorado, residents are either a giver or receiver of miracles, but the process is much more complicated than one might think. See, each miracle has two steps. The chosen Saint of the Soria family performs step one of the miracle on pilgrims who come to Bicho Raro: The transformation into a physical manifestation of their “darkness”. Step two is a little harder: Each pilgrim must individually recognize and work through their darkness in order to truly be healed– a step some pilgrims never achieve. It’s…

Alexandra Bracken explores demons, curses, and growing up in THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING! I really enjoyed reading Alexandra Bracken’s previous Young Adult novels, so I was excited when I heard about The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding. Since I don’t read a ton of Middle Grade anymore, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I decided to give it a try out of curiosity. The novel revolves around middle school student named Prosper Redding whose usually fun Founder’s Day Festival takes an unfortunate turn when he discovers his family’s curse and realizes that he has a demon known…

Anna Banks weaves a sharp, twisty tale to finish her NEMESIS duology! After hiding in the neighboring kingdom of Theoria disguised as a servant of the young King Tarik, Princess Sepora of Serubel’s true identity has been discovered. She’s gone from a refugee and friend of the king to his fiancee. The arrangement isn’t exactly a happy one– Tarik doesn’t know how to handle Sepora’s deceit and Sepora has been enraged since she learned that Tarik planned to marry someone else before he knew she was a princess, despite their amorous connection. The two know they must play along to…

Adriana Mather’s supernatural mystery, Haunting the Deep will keep you on the edge of your seat! Haunting the Deep is a follow-up book to Adriana Mather’s How to Hang a Witch. In Haunting the Deep, we venture back to Salem where Samantha Mather is still emotionally recovering from the horrors of the witch trials she faced in the first book. Sam tries to put ghosts and magic behind her, but she gets pulled back in when she begins to have very real dreams about the Titanic. Sam fines herself a first-class passenger aboard the ship as if she belongs there.…

In THE INNOCENCE TREATMENT, Ari Goelman invites one to wonder if ignorance is bliss. Lauren was happy…and unaware. She couldn’t understand if someone was telling the truth or if she was being lied to. Humor was a challenge, as well, considering she took words at face-value. With the help of a medical treatment, Lauren’s brain begins to morph. Before she knows it, she’s able to distinguish tells in people. But is her fate worth the price of her new worldly outlook? After the first uprising–err, the Emergency–in 2031, the U.S. scrambled to collect itself from natural disasters and violence. It…

The stakes are higher than ever in Jessica Cluess’ A POISON DARK AND DROWNING! Jessica Cluess takes us back to a whimsical world of sorcerers, magicians, and powerful forces of evil known as Ancients with A Poisoning Dark and Drowning, the second book in the Kingdom on Fire series. Henrietta Howel defeated one of the seven Ancients, but in her success, one fact has become clear: She is not the chosen not who is ultimately destined to rid the world of all Ancients. She’s keeping up the facade, training and helping the other sorcerers protect London now that the wards…

A legendary house of horror and madcap ghost hunting come together in Hope Cook’s HOUSE OF ASH! In 1894, Mila Kenton’s life is falling to glamourous ruins. Her cruel mother has had their addict father officially declared dead and is whisking Mila and her little sister, Wynn, to Canada, where she’ll marry the richest man in the country, Andrew Deemus. Her soon-to-be stepfather just inherited his riches and their opulent new home called Gravenhearst, and her mother is ready to live in luxury above all else. Soon, it becomes clear to Mila and Wynn that there’s something dangerous and unnatural…

DISAPPEARED features a dark mystery and an immigration story rolled into one! Conspiracies, criminal enterprises, and immigrant stories collide in Francisco X. Stork’s Disappeared, which follows a brother and sister from Juarez, Mexico as they discover their city’s criminal underbelly. Sara Zapata’s best friend, Linda Fuentes, went missing four months ago. She’s one of the “only” 64 girls who went missing from the city that year, and the police aren’t willing to dig for answers. So, from her post as a reporter at El Sol, Sara relentlessly shares stories of the missing girls known as Desaparecidas, searching for connections along…

A couple weeks ago, the latest installment of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series hit stores. It may not be the finale we had been originally awaiting, but it was definitely an important part of the story. This book shows what Chaol, one of the story’s original main characters, was up to while the rest of the gang caused chaos in Empire of Storms, the preceding novel. As a huge fan of this series, but not Chaol’s biggest fan, I was not nearly as excited for this book as I normally am for books in this series. And while it had…

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