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November 12, 2013

Just One Year by Gayle Forman

When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn’t know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder …

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November 11, 2013

The Orphans of Normandy

When the Allies invaded Normandy on June 6, 1944, one hundred orphaned girls were forced to flee their orphanage in Caen, France, the only home many of them had ever known. They began a trek on foot to a safer location, to Beaufort-en-Vallee, a town one hundred and fifty miles away. As the war raged …

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November 8, 2013

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan’s older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and …

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November 5, 2013

Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke’s own long …

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October 21, 2013

Beast by Donna Jo Napoli

Meet the Beast — before there was Beauty Orasmyn is the prince of Persia and heir to the throne. His religion fills his heart and his mind, and he strives for the knowledge and leadership his father demonstrates. But on the day of the Feast of Sacrifices, Orasmyn makes a foolish choice that results in …

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October 7, 2013

Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon

Chemo, radiation, a zillion surgeries, watching my mom age twenty years in twenty months: if that’s part of the Big Dude’s plan, then it’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? Somebody Up There Hates You. SUTHY has landed me here in this hospice, where we—that’s me and Sylvie—are the only people under 30 in the whole place, …

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September 30, 2013

Annihilate Me by Christina Ross

The business of love is dangerous. For Jennifer Kent, a recent MBA graduate who has been searching for work in Manhattan for four long months, time and money are running out. If she doesn’t find work soon, she’ll need to return to her native Maine, where the job situation is even more bleak. And where …

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September 25, 2013

Easy by Tammara Webber

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior… The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart. Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, …

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September 16, 2013

Eleanor & Park and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I don’t know if this is really a review, or maybe it’s a statement of defeat, but for the sake of simplicity let’s file it under ‘reviews.’ A few months ago I picked up a copy of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell because everybody was raving about it. I don’t recall seeing a single negative review. …

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