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Young Adult Indie
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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Fast-paced, action-packed YA fantasy

Aspen lives in New York City where the Mage's council oversee the well being of the people in it. As a Norm, Aspen is on the bottom of their "to care about" list. Without her parents, she must take on odd jobs or steal to survive. While stealing from a...

Young Adult Indie
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4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
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N/A
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4.0
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4.0

Gritty YA Fantasy Involving the Fae

Diamond is a half-fae and is considered an abomination. When her home is attacked and her father is killed, she meets tall, broad, and brooding Hugo. He's one of the Queen's guards which means he pretty much belongs to her. However, Diamond and Hugo can't rid themselves of the invisible...

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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0

Neverland in Space

SECOND STAR alternates POV between Peter and Wendy. It starts off with Peter sabotaging Captain Hooke's ship and stranding them on Neverland. Then, it switches Wendy who is joining the Academy, hoping to become a captain. She's a perfectionist and won't let anything distract her from her studies. During a...

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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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N/A
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5.0
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5.0

Unique Twist on Vampires and Demons

When Kali's brother Mason is taken by the demons, she has no choice but to turn into the very monster she hates in order to find him. As she's about to take blood from a sacrifice to fully turn into a vampire, the group is attacked. Kali tries to get...

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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

Tales of Friendship and Justice

MANGOES, MISCHIEF, AND TALES OF FRIENDSHIP is based off of Indian folklore. It's broken up into two parts, but both share a common theme with the same characters. The first part is called A Dollop of Ghee and a Pot of Wisdom and the second one is A Jar of...

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5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Survival in the Antarctic

LOST IN THE ANTARCTIC takes you on the doomed, yet brave journey of the ship called the Endurance and its crew. Ernest Shackleton wanted to be the first person to lead a crew across the Antarctic continent. However, the ice won't give in to their desires so easily and their...

Kids Fiction
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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It's Important to be You no matter how Nerdy you are!

Sarah Anne is the biggest fan of the MK Nightshade series, but it's taboo in the popular world of her high school. As one of the popular girls, she has to hide the geek in her to avoid being made fun of. She also doesn't want to risk losing her...

Young Adult Indie
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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N/A
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4.0
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4.0

Addresses Being the Child of A Parent with Mental Ilness

When Emily and her mom are in an accident, her mom hits her head really hard and doesn't come out of it unscathed. Instead, she believes she is Nora the mermaid instead of Nora, Emily's mom. When she's assigned a project with her crush Jose, Emily is ecstatic. But with...

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5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
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5.0

Anything and Everything About Horses

Horses: The Definitive Catalog of Horse and Pony Breeds is a stunning book that any horse lover will want to read. To be honest, I didn't know there were so many different types of horses out there. I love the photography and overall layout of the book. It's easy to...

Kids Fiction
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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Amazing Middle Grade retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

JACLYN HYDE is a fun middle grade retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Jaclyn is a perfectionist and wants everyone else to recognize it. When she accidentally leaves the cage for her bunny open, he escapes. Jaclyn and her friends Paige and Fatima take chase,...

Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Perfect for new and current fans of the Wings of Fire Series.

Fans of the Wings of Fire Series won't want to miss the graphic novels. The colors are bright and the direction of the story is easy to follow. It's very similar to the actual book but I enjoyed reliving the story with vibrant colors to go along with it. ...

Young Adult Nonfiction
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5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
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Perfect for All Writers and Want-to-be Authors!

DEAR ALLY, HOW DO YOU WRITE A BOOK is perfect for anyone interested in writing. It doesn't matter if you're a currently published author, intimidated to put pen to the page, or have started a story but don't know where to go. This book is an excellent resource to help...

Kids Nonfiction
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5.0
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5.0
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Everyone's Normal Isn't the Same

In BORN JUST RIGHT, Jordan Reeves was born without the bottom half of her left arm, but she doesn't let that stop her from living her life to the fullest. Her mom, Jen, offers insight and her point of view. Jordan is open and talks about therapy, her journey with...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

So Many Twists!!

THE DECEIVER'S HEART opens in an epic way. Kestra tries to kill Lord Endrick, but fails and tries to escape through a window. After her failed attempt, she's brought back to Lord Endrick for punishment and it's harsh. He takes all of her memories and twists them into believing that...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Opposite of Pretty

"The wolves in the woods have sharp teeth and long claws, bit it's the wolf inside who will tear you apart." Quote from ARC. Isabelle is an ugly stepsister and there isn't anything pretty about her. Because of that, she doesn't marry the prince. Instead, she lives...

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