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Featured Review: Hazel's Shadow (Nicole MacCarron)

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About This Book: Hazel longs to forget the soul-sucking Shadow only she can see. But when the Shadow raises the dead, she would rather die than risk her sister's soul. Before the undead attacked, Hazel's life was simple: look out for Kelly, make the wrestling team, hide her crush, and keep...
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Featured Review: The Things We Couldn't Say (Jay Coles)

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About This Book: From one of the brightest and most acclaimed new lights in YA fiction, a fantastic new novel about a bi Black boy finding first love . . . and facing the return of the mother who abandoned his preacher family when he was nine. There's always been a...
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Featured Review: The Bronzed Beasts (Roshani Chokshi)

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About This Book: Returning to the dark and glamorous 19th century world of her New York Times instant bestseller, The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with the final riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever in The Bronzed Beasts. After Séverin's seeming betrayal, the crew is fractured....
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Featured Review: Sidelined (Kara Bietz)

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About This Book: An emotional YA romance about small town secrets, high school football, and broken hearts. Julian Jackson has a short to-do list for his senior year at Crenshaw County High School in Meridien, Texas: football, football, and more football. He knows he's only got one chance to earn a...
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Featured Review: Stalking Shadows (Cyla Panin)

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About This Book: A gothic YA fantasy debut about a young woman striving to break her sister's curse and stop the killing in her small French town Seventeen-year-old Marie mixes perfumes to sell on market day in her small eighteenth-century French town. She wants to make enough to save a dowry...
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Featured Review: The Hollow Heart (Marie Rutkoski)

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About This Book: Intrigue, romance, and magic abound in The Hollow Heart, the heart-stopping conclusion to Marie Rutkoski’s Forgotten Gods duology. At the end of The Midnight Lie, Nirrim offered up her heart to the god of thieves in order to restore her people’s memories of their city’s history. The Half...
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Featured Review: The Buried (Melissa Grey)

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About This Book: A heart-pounding, claustrophobic new story from Melissa Grey, the author of RATED. Ten years ago, disaster struck the remote town of Indigo Falls. A horrific event drove the residents underground, into shelters that keep them safe from the danger on the surface. No one speaks about what happened...
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Featured Review: Battle of the Bands (Eric Smith & Lauren Gibaldi)

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About This Book: Fifteen young adult authors and one real-life rock star band together for one epic—and interconnected—take on a memorable high school rite of passage. A daughter of rock ’n’ roll royalty has a secret crush. A lonely ticket taker worries about his sister. An almost-famous songwriter nurses old wounds....
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Featured Review: The Corpse Queen (Heather M. Herrman)

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About This Book: In this dark and twisty feminist historical mystery, a teenage girl starts a new life as a grave robber but quickly becomes entangled in a murderer's plans. Soon after her best friend Kitty mysteriously dies, orphaned seventeen-year-old Molly Green is sent away to live with her "aunt." With...
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Featured Review: Idol Gossip (Alexandra Leigh Young)

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About This Book: Delicious gossip squares off with genuine heart in this inside look at a K-pop academy. Every Friday after school, seventeen-year-old Alice Choy and her little sister, Olivia, head to Myeongdong to sing karaoke. Back in San Francisco, when she still had friends and earthly possessions, Alice took regular...
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