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Featured Review: No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli

About This Book: Following a family tragedy, 18-year-old Gabe LoScuda suddenly finds himself thrust into the role of caregiver for his ailing grandfather. Between the shopping trips and the doctor visits with Grandpa, Gabe and his friend John try to salvage their senior year, meet girls, and make the varsity baseball...
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Featured Review: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

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About This Book: A remarkable young woman blazes her own trail, from the backwoods of Russia to the court of Moscow, in this enchanting novel by the bestselling author of The Bear and the Nightingale Katherine Arden’s enchanting first novel introduced readers to an irresistible heroine. Vasilisa has grown up at...
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Featured Review: Emerge: The Awakening by Melissa A. Craven

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About This Book: She’s an orphan, an outcast, and … Immortal. Allie Carmichael has never known true friendship. Even her adoptive parents occasionally recoil from her touch. When she learns her family will be moving from Australia to Kelleys Island, Ohio, Allie prepares for life as a loner on the other...
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Featured Review: By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell

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About This Book: A kiss is never just a kiss. Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth...
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Featured Review: Emerge: The Edge by Melissa Craven

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About This Book: Alienated by everything that sets him apart, Aidan McBrien suffers in silence. He is the most powerful Immortal of his generation, but he chooses to live behind a mask to protect himself, even from those he loves. They can never know how much he struggles just to get...
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Featured Review: My Life as a Bench by Jaq Hazell

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About This Book: WINNER OF THE RUBERY BOOK AWARD BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 Ren Miller has died aged seventeen and yet her consciousness lives on, inhabiting her memorial bench by the River Thames in London. Ren longs to be reunited with her boyfriend Gabe, but soon discovers why he has...
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Featured Review: Dragonkyn by Nathan Smith Jones

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About This Book: Marc used to think he was pretty ordinary, but he also used to think ice cream trucks didn't sell ice cream and dragons were just fairy tales. Now he knows better. With skin that can't be burned and strange powers he can't explain, Marc soon discovers the truth:...
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Featured Review: Blood Magic (Abnormals Underground #1) by Holly Hook

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About This Book: Turned into a vampire at the age of two, Alyssa has spent the last 14 years pretending to be human in a society who hates "Abnormals" like her. She's done just fine gossiping with the other girls, wearing pink, and becoming an expert sword fighter in order to...
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Featured Review: Fragile Facade (Blind Barriers Trilogy #1) by Sophie Davis

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About This Book: The Brightest Smiles Hide the Darkest Secrets.... When Raven Ferragamo finds a stranger’s diary, she has no idea it will catapult her into the mystery of diamond heiress Lark Kingsley’s disappearance. But Raven soon learns that Lark knew what was coming, and there was much more to her...
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Featured Review: The Boyfriend Agreement by Seven Steps

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About This Book: Fake boyfriends are hard work. When 16-year-old Bella’s dream boy asks her to be his fake girlfriend, Bella does the unthinkable. She says yes. The rules are simple. Two weeks, no kissing, and a few big lies. But things turn complicated when Bella begins to develop feelings for...
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