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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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September 28, 2013

For My Children (20)

This is another one of Donna Jo Napoli’s fairytale re-imaginings. I featured her Rumplestiltskin retelling, Spinners, in last week’s edition of For My Children. Sirena is quite different from Spinners because instead of drawing inspiration from one specific faiytale, the novel draws from mermaid folklore as a whole. There aren’t many mermaid books out there, …

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September 21, 2013

For My Children (19)

The genre of YA fairytale retellings has been slowly coming back over the last few years. Popular examples are, of course, Cinder and its sequel. For today’s feature I’m going back to the first fairytale retelling that I ever read: Spinners by Donna Jo Napoli, a retelling of Rumplestiltskin. Napoli sort of specializes in YA fairytale …

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August 5, 2013

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony

After her mother died, Glory retreated into herself and her music. Her single father raised her as a piano prodigy, with a rigid schedule and the goal of playing sold-out shows across the globe. Now, as a teenager, Glory has disappeared. As we flash back to the events leading up to her disappearance, we see …

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July 19, 2013

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light.So they carry on in secret until …

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July 8, 2013

The Truth About You & Me by Amanda Grace

Smart girls aren’t supposed to do stupid things. Madelyn Hawkins is super smart. At sixteen, she’s so gifted that she can attend college through a special program at her high school. On her first day, she meets Bennet. He’s cute, funny, and kind. He understands Madelyn and what she’s endured – and missed out on …

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June 24, 2013

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long. The …

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June 11, 2013

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions . . . she sees them. Longing, Shame, and Courage materialize around her classmates. Fury and Resentment appear in her dysfunctional home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, save one—Fear. He’s intrigued by her, as desperate to understand the accident …

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June 10, 2013

Cover Love: Against Type

Check it out — this is getting back to being a weekly feature! I’ll try not to lose steam again, I promise. I found this week’s Cover Love feature, Linked, on Riffle. I still haven’t quite gotten into using that site yet — I’m not at ease with the whole Pinterest/Goodreads hybrid thing, and I …

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May 23, 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his year yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of …

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