The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace

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34518216Title: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One

Author: Amanda Lovelace

Publisher: Andrew McMeel Publishing

Rating: ★★★★★

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‘The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.’

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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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36120821Title: To Kill a Kingdom

Author: Alexandra Christo

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Rating: ★★★★★

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Lira is a princess and in line to take the Sea Queen’s throne. She is a siren, and every year a siren takes a heart on her birthday. Lira has a taste for royal blood. So every year, she takes the heart of a prince. In a twist of fate, she is forced to kill a mermaid, protecting the heart of a prince. Her punishment? she is turned into something that Sirens hate above all – a human. Prince Elain, heir to the most powerful and most golden kingdom in the world, but also a siren hunter. He saves a drowning woman in the middle of the sea, unknowing her true heritage. She bargains her life for information, the key to destroying the Sea Queen and the sirens who hunt them. But, can he trust her? Continue reading “To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo”

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

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34281321Title: We Are Okay

Author: Nina LaCour

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★★

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Synopsis: You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart. Continue reading “We Are Okay by Nina LaCour”

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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35997403Title: The Hazel Wood

Author: Melissa Albert

Publisher: Penguin

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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For seventeen years Alice and her mother Ella have moved from state to state, school to school, and home to home. They’ve been on the road for as long as Alice can remember, trying to stay ahead of the bad luck clipping at their heels. Then they get a letter about Alice’s reclusive grandmother, the author of a rare book of fairytales The Hinterland, who has passed away and left them her estate, The Hazel Wood. Believing they are now safe they stop moving. However, for Alice, her luck doesn’t change. Her mother gets kidnapped and she meets the fairytale characters from her grandmother’s book. Her mother had just one message for her: stay away from The Hazel WoodContinue reading “The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert”

I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan

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35658909Title: I Am Thunder

Author: Muhammad Khan

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Rating: ★★★★★

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Fifteen-year-old Muzna Saleem is passionate about writing. She struggles with Maths and Science but her parents want her to become a doctor. After her best friend is shamed by a scandal, her parents force her to cut off contact and she is moved to a new school. Having to face the world alone is a scary concept for Muzna, as she has always had her friend by her side. At her new school, she finds her voice and pushes back against prejudice she sees everywhere she goes. She meets Arif, the gorgeous and confident boy who takes an interest in Muzna. But Arif has secrets, and his brother Jameel starts to influence Muzna with his views of the world. Muzna starts to question everything she’s heard as her freedom starts to disappear.  Continue reading “I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan”

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

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36329508Title: Love, Hate & Other Filters

Author: Samira Ahmed

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Maya Aziz wants to be a filmmaker. She doesn’t go anywhere without her camera, it acts as a shield and it is her passion. However, her family doesn’t understand it and they have already planned her future out for her. They want her to be dutiful, to be married, and to be a doctor. But that is far from what Maya wants. Fighting against parental expectations and fighting her feelings for the guy she likes, but who she shouldn’t like. However, Maya’s life is rocked when a suicide bomber apparently shares her last name, and she comes face to face with racism and Islamophobia.  Continue reading “Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed”

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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35181811Title: The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Rating: ★★★★★

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Jude was only a child when her she witnessed her parents being murdered and were then stolen away, along with her two sisters, to live in the High Court of Faerie, only to be raised by the very man who stole her away. Years later, Jude no longer feels as though she belongs in the mortal world. She longs to belong in Faerie, to prove she can thrive and be important, despite her mortality. It is her mortality that the fey despise and it is what places Jude in a war with Prince Carden, the most cruel son of the High King. To win her place in court and to best Prince Carden, she must prove she belongs, in any way she can.  Continue reading “The Cruel Prince by Holly Black”

Satellite by Nick Lake

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36168001Title: Satellite

Author: Nick Lake

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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Leo, along with Orion and Libra, were not born on Earth. They were born in space, on the Moon 2 Space Station. They’ve never had to walk with gravity and they aren’t deemed strong enough to go back to Earth until they are 16 years old. However, when they make it to Earth, there are unexpected consequences to their arrival. Continue reading “Satellite by Nick Lake”

Artemis by Andy Weir

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Title: Artemis

Author: Andy Weir

Publisher: Ebury Publishing

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

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Jazz Bashara is a porter in the city of Artemis. The first and only city on the moon. She is also a criminal. Jazz is penniless but life on the moon is unpleasant and tough if you are not rich or a tourist. So, with a job that gives her opportunity and access to smuggle contraband into Artemis, how could she resist? When Jazz sees a chance to commit the perfect crime with a big reward, she puts herself in the middle of a conspiracy and gets entangled in the politics of Artemis.  Continue reading “Artemis by Andy Weir”

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”