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Featured Review: Dragon's Awakening (Sean Fletcher)

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About This Book: Kaylee looked at her hands. No, not hands. Claws. She had claws.   “What am I?”   “You’re a freak. An abomination. You never should have existed.”   For Kaylee Richards, starting high school is hard enough. Growing dragon scales and blasting her date with lightning just makes...
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Featured Review: Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale (Lauren Myracle)

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About This Book: When fifteen-year-old Selina Kyle, aka the future Catwoman, becomes homeless, she must confront questions of who she is and who she will become. She rejects human cruelty, but sometimes it seems as though brute force is the only way to "win." And if Selina is to survive on...
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Featured Review: Fairest Son (H.S.J. Williams)

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About This Book: The Fair and Foul courts of the fey folk have long yearned for one to bring them together in peace, but hopes are dashed when the fairest prince and the prophecy concerning him are laid to ruin. Burdened with shame and sorrow, the prince flees to the cold...
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Author Chat with Susan Forest (Bursts Of Fire), Excerpt, Plus Giveaway!

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  Today we're excited to chat with Susan Forest author of Bursts Of Fire.  Read on for more about Susan and her book, plus an excerpt and an giveaway!          Meet Susan Forest ! Susan Forest grew up in a family of mountaineers and skiers, and she loves...
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Lily M.
This book and cover just catches my eye ❤
Saturday, 24 August 2019 16:33
Hannah
The synopsis sounds great!
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Teen Titans Raven: Author Video + Giveaway! (US/CAN)





  Today we're excited to spotlight Teen Titans Raven by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picola. Read on for more about Kami and her book, plus a video & giveaway!    ABOUT THE BOOK:   Teen Titans Raven Written by: Kami Garcia Illustrated by: Gabriel Picolo Release Date: July 2nd,...
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In a weird way, I feel like i can relate to Raven ???
Saturday, 24 August 2019 16:35
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What's New in YA - 7/31/19

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A future chieftain Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime. A fugitive prince When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to...
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Author of the Week plus Giveaway! (International)


This week's Author of the Week is actually a pair of authors who are cowriting one of the hottest contemporary series of the summer! Meet Ann Maree Craven and Michelle MacQueen, check out their latest release, and then be sure to enter to win!   ABOUT THE BOOK: Addison: Secrets have...
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Giveaway: Win a Complete “Keeper of the Lost Cities” Book Series!

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Looking for a new fantasy series to fall in love with this summer? Join the  Keeper of the Lost Cities  Series Readalong! Simon Kids and author Shannon Messenger are hosting an online readalong, reading one book from the series each week for seven weeks, this June to July! The Keeper of...
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Underrated Backlist YA Books to Add to Your TBR!







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1. SWIMMING THROUGH THE CLOUDS by Rajdeep Paulus     Post-it Notes and romance Verdict : All the feels.     2. YOU ARE MINE by Janeal Falor   Magic, imprisonment, and warlocks Verdict : Fantasy rules.   3. 4 TO 16 CHARACTERS by Kelly Hourihan     Online Friends, fandoms...
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20 Must-Read #OwnVoices Contemporary YA Released This Year





















We're big fans of contemporary YA, and we love an amazing #ownvoices book. In fact, we love them so much, we thought we'd compile a list of faves for you to read! Don't blame us if your TBR pile explodes. (Okay, fine. Blame us. But it's totally worth it.)   1....
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Astro Kittens: Cosmic Machines (Astro Kittens)
 
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Astro Kittens: Cosmic Machines (Astro Kittens)
 
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The Rubicus Prophecy (The Witches of Orkney, #2)
 
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Rules for Vanishing
 
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What Makes Us
 
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Serpent & Dove
 
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Fancy Nancy: Camp Fancy
 
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Harry Potter Origami
 
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By Any Means Necessary
 
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On the Come Up
 
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Fireborne (The Aurelian Cycle, #1)
 
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"FIREBORNE is a new YA fantasy that follows two teens, Lee and Anna (Antigone) in alternating points-of-view. Lee and Anna..."
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel
 
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"As Middle Grade graphic novel adaptations go, this urban fantasy is above par. The artwork has a bit..."
Into the Crooked Place (Into the Crooked Place, #1)
 
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"INTO THE CROOKED PLACE is an engaging YA fantasy that follows five characters on a quest of aligned goals- even..."
To Kill a Kingdom
 
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"TO KILL A KINGDOM is a wonderful YA fantasy about a siren and a pirate. Told in alternating points of..."
A Warm Friendship
 
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"A WARM FRIENDSHIP is a story of friendship and loss, celebrating the time that you have together. Squirrel finds Snowman..."
Winter's Captive
 
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The Rift
 
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"THE RIFT is a unique YA fantasy that takes place on Black Water Island, a place prized for the herd..."
The Fractured Empire
 
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"I don’t know where to start! The Fractured Empire by Robin D. Mahle is the first in the World Apart..."
Abraham Lincoln: The Making of America #3
 
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