Like Water by Rebecca Podos

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Title: Like Water

Author: Rebecca Podos

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Rating: ★★★★☆

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In a small town in New Mexico, kids either quickly flee after graduation or are stuck there forever. Savannah, or Vanni, Espinoza is part of the latter group. It was never her plan to get stuck, but when her father gets diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, she stays to help her mother care for him. Her days are now occupied by living at home, working as a performing mermaid at a new water park, and distracting herself with boys. But when she meets Leigh, Vanni finds herself grateful for a new friend when she desperately needed one. As the two become much more than friends, Vanni’s carefully constructed wall around her feelings comes tumbling down and she’s left facing questions she’s she has long since avoided.  Continue reading “Like Water by Rebecca Podos”

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

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Title: They Both Die At The End

Author: Adam Silvera

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★★☆

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On September the 5th, just after midnight, Mateo and Rufus each receive a call. It’s from Death-Cast, and it tells them they’re going to die that day. Mateo and Rufus, strangers, use the Last Friend app to find a someone to spend their End Day with. What neither of them expected was to fall in love.
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Daughter of The Burning City by Amanda Foody

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35626564Title: Daughter of the Burning City

Author: Amanda Foody

Publisher: HQ Young Adult

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Gomorrah is a festival of magic and wonders. It is a travelling circus home to people deemed unusual and those known as ‘jynx-workers’. Sorina is part of this circus, she is the first illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. She is also the adopted daughter of the leader of Gomorrah. She can create illusions. Illusions that are sometimes so realistic, that others can see, feel, and touch them, and they even have their own personalities, ambitions, and dreams. Illusions that are her family. Despite how real they seem, they are still illusions. That is what Sorina thought until one of them ended up dead. But how can they die if they aren’t real in the first place?  Continue reading “Daughter of The Burning City by Amanda Foody”

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

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Title: An Enchantment of Ravens

Author: Margaret Rogerson

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Rating: ★★★★★

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Isobel is an incredibly talented portrait artist. And her clients? The fair folk. Immortal. Dangerous. But they crave the human craft, and Isobel’s paintings are prized among them. Then she receives her first royal patron – the Autumn Prince, Rook. But Isobel makes a terribly dangerous mistake. She paints sorrow. A human emotion, and a weakness that could cost him his life. Rook, furious and devastated, Rook takes her to the autumn-lands to stand trial for her crime. On their way, they face dangerous hurdles, and they rely on each other for survival. Soon, their alliance blossoms into friendship and trust, and then to love, which is forbidden. Their only way to survive is for Isobel to drink from the Green Well which will transform her into a fair one – but at the cost of her Craft. Her only way to save them both is to sacrifice her art, or arm herself with a paintbrush and a canvas and do the one thing that threatens the fair folk – make them feel.  Continue reading “An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson”

Odd & True by Cat Winters

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34646495Title: Odd & True

Author: Cat Winters

Publisher: Amulet Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Trudchen grew up hearing stories, from her older sister Odette, about her monster-slayer mother and a curse that was placed upon the family. Tru is older now, and Odette has been absent for a year, seemingly sent away by her aunt. Tru doesn’t know whether she should believe in the stories her sister told her, unsure whether they were just lies used to comfort her. Until one day, Od reappears with an old suitcase that supposedly has a magical weapon in. She promises to battle the monsters on the way to attack Tru. The sisters’ start search for their mother which leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil. Tru then starts to believe that perhaps monsters do exist, and she might, in fact, have magic.  Continue reading “Odd & True by Cat Winters”

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe

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34453167Title: A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars

Author: Yaba Badoe

Publisher: Head of Zeus

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Fourteen-year-old Sante doesn’t know where she comes from and is haunted by a past she doesn’t remember. The only clue she has is a recurring dream where she is escaping a shipwreck in a chest as a baby, along with her companion, an eagle named Priss. Along with this chest, she was found with treasures – an African bamboo flute, a drum, and a dagger, along with diamonds. Sante was found and raised by Mama Rose and her nomadic family who make a living as circus street performers. During one of their performances, Sante recognises two men from her dream. She wants to find out about her past and where she came from, and they want to retrieve to treasures she was found with. But her past and these men lead her down a dangerous road. Continue reading “A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe”

Release by Patrick Ness

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33640498Title: Release

Author: Patrick Ness

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Release follows Adam Thorn through a single, eventful day in his life. During this one day, Adam’s life is thrown into chaos. His relationships are tested, he is subject to an incredibly disturbing incident at work, he has a confrontation with his preacher father, and he is still trying to unravel his unrequited feelings for his ex-boyfriend. And alongside this one day, something magical is happening in his small, quiet town.  Continue reading “Release by Patrick Ness”

You Don’t Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow

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32711720Title: You Don’t Know Me But I Know You

Author: Rebecca Barrow

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Audrey has always known she was adopted, and in the back of her closet is a box. Inside is a seventeen-year-old letter from her birth mother, given to her by the woman she’s called Mom her entire life. But when Audrey finds out that she’s pregnant, she’s faced with a similar decision as her birth mother was seventeen years ago. Terrified by her possible choices, and the growing distance with the people closest to her, Audrey weighs her options and starts to wonder who Audrey Spencer really is. You Don’t Know Me But I Know You is an unflinchingly honest book about choice, love, and creating the future that you want.  Continue reading “You Don’t Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow”

Charlotte Says by Alex Bell

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35005611Title: Charlotte Says

Author: Alex Bell

Publisher: Stripes Publishing

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Jemima flees to the remote island of Skye to take up a job is an all-girls boarding school. Jemima is fleeing her mother’s death and her past that went up in flames. While at the boarding school, desperate to flee her past, she receives a box of Frozen Charlotte dolls from a mystery sender. These dolls help her to remember what happened on that fateful night – a seance, violence, and a fire that destroyed her home and her mother. When a series of sinister accidents start happening at the school, it is soon revealed that the dolls are at the centre of what is happening. Continue reading “Charlotte Says by Alex Bell”

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

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33640512Title: Speak Easy, Speak Love

Author: McKelle George

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Speak Easy, Speak Love is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. After getting kicked out of her boarding school, Beatrice is sent to her Uncle’s place in Long Island; Hey Nonny Nonny. Speak Easy, Speak Love follows the lives of the residents of Hey Nonny Nonny – Hero, Beatrice, Prince, Benedick, and Maggie as they navigate their dreams and wishes, love, prohibition, and the mafia.  Continue reading “Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George”