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Featured Review: Rated (Melissa Grey)

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About This Book: Societies thrive on order, and the Rating System is the ultimate symbol of organized social mobility. The higher it soars, the more valued you are. The lower it plummets, the harder you must work to improve yourself. For the students at the prestigious Maplethorpe Academy, every single thing...
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Featured Review: A Room Away From The Wolves (Nova Ren Suma)

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About This Book: Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and...
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Featured Review: The Girl The Sea Gave Back (Adrienne Young)

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About This Book: The new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep. For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue....
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Featured Review: Voyages In The Underworld Of Orpheus Black (Marcus Sedgwick & Julian Sedgwick)

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About This Book: Harry Black is lost between the world of war and the land of myth in this illustrated novel that transports the tale of Orpheus to World War II-era London. Brothers Marcus and Julian Sedgwick team up to pen this haunting tale of another pair of brothers, caught between...
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Featured Review: Crown Of Coral and Pearl (Mara Rutherford)

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About This Book: For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine… Nor once dreamed of...
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Featured Review: #Murderfunding (Gretchen McNeil)

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About This Book:   WELCOME TO WHO WANTS TO BE A PANIAC? , the latest reality TV show on the hunt for the next big-hit serial killer. But don’t worry—no one is actually going to murder anyone, as real as the fake gore and pretend murder may appear . . ....
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Featured Review: Remember Me (Chelsea Bobulski)

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About This Book: In this eerie and suspenseful YA, a teen girl discovers what connects her to the hotel she calls home as horrifying visions lead her to the truth.  Nell Martin is moving again, this time to the Winslow Grand Hotel, built in 1878. As Nell is settling in, strange...
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Featured Review: Let's Call It Doomsday (Katie Henry)

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About This Book: There are so many ways the world could end. There could be a fire. A catastrophic flood. A super eruption that spews lakes of lava. Ellis Kimball has made note of all possible scenarios, and she is prepared for each one. What she doesn’t expect is meeting Hannah...
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Featured Review: Beasts Of The Frozen Sun (Jill Criswell)

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About This Book: Burn brightly. Love fiercely. For all else is dust. Every child of Glasnith learns the last words of Aillira, the god-gifted mortal whose doomed love affair sparked a war of gods and men, and Lira of clan Stone knows the story better than most. As a descendant of...
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Featured Review: This Time Will Be Different (Misa Sugiura)

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About This Book: Katsuyamas never quit—but seventeen-year-old CJ doesn’t even know where to start. She’s never lived up to her mom’s type A ambition, and she’s perfectly happy just helping her aunt, Hannah, at their family’s flower shop. She doesn’t buy into Hannah’s romantic ideas about flowers and their hidden meanings,...
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