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Featured Review: The Kingdom (Jess Rothenberg)

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About This Book:   Welcome to the Kingdom... where 'Happily Ever After' isn't just a promise, but a rule.  Glimmering like a jewel behind its gateway, The Kingdom(TM) is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species--formerly extinct--roam free. Ana is...
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Featured Review: Kingsbane (Claire LeGrand)

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About This Book: In this sequel to the instant  New York Times  bestseller  Furyborn , two queens, separated by a thousand years, connected by secrets and lies, must continue their fight amid deadly plots and unthinkable betrayals that will test their strength—and their hearts. Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen,...
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Featured Review: The Lost Coast (Amy Rose Capetta)

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About This Book: The spellbinding tale of six queer witches forging their own paths, shrouded in the mist, magic, and secrets of the ancient California redwoods. Danny didn't know what she was looking for when she and her mother spread out a map of the United States and Danny put her...
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Featured Review: Happy Messy Scary Love (Leah Konen)

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About This Book: As everyone at her Brooklyn high school announces their summer adventures, Olivia harbors a dirty secret: Her plan is to binge-watch horror movies and chat with her online friend, Elm. Olivia and Elm have never shared personal details, apart from their ages and the fact that Elm’s aunt...
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Featured Review: The Tiger At Midnight (Swati Teerdhala)

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About This Book: Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to...
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Featured Review: This Is Not A Love Scene (S.C. Megale)

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About This Book: Lights, camera―all Maeve needs is action. But at eighteen, a rare form of muscular dystrophy usually stands in the way of romance. She's got her friends, her humor, and a passion for filmmaking to keep her focus off consistent rejection...and the hot older guy starring in her senior...
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Featured Review: Tell Me Everything (Sarah Enni)

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About This Book: Your secret's safe...until it's not. Ivy's always preferred to lay low, unlike her best friend Harold, who has taken up a hundred activities as sophomore year begins. But Ivy has her own distraction: the new anonymous art-sharing app, VEIL. Being on the sidelines has made Ivy a skilled...
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Featured Review: On Thin Ice (Julie Cross)

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About This Book: Brooke Parker never expected to find herself in the tiny town of Juniper Falls, Minnesota. Of course, she also never expected to lose her dad. Or for her mom to lose herself. Brooke feels like she’s losing it…until she finds Juniper Falls hockey. Juniper Falls  girls’  hockey, that...
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Featured Review: Furyborn (Claire Legrand)

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About This Book:   The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it. When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied...
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Featured Review: Through The White Wood (Jessica Leake)

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About This Book: The Bear and the Nightingale meets Frostblood in this lushly romantic and intensely imaginative historical fantasy from the author of Beyond a Darkened Shore! When Katya loses control of her power to freeze, her villagers banish her to the palace of the terrifying Prince Sasha in Kiev. Expecting...
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