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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062382801
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 27th, 2017

This book is nonstop shenanigans and I adored every page. It tackles everything controversial for its time, piracy, infidelity, homosexuality, but the most wild...a brilliant female. It does have its heartbreaking moments, but at its core it's an adventure story, a love story, and a story of growth and acceptance. Most of all, it has a queer protagonist with a happy ending, and that means the most.


Review by Courtney

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Berserker Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250055200
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 10th, 2017

This violent, glorious book is about a 16 year old female Berserker who has to flee Norway in 1883 for the American West in order to evade the strictures of the law long enough to seek guidance from a long lost uncle who just may be able to help her contain her instinct to mercilessly slaughter anyone who threatens her family.

Berserker combines all the best parts of Norse mythology, historical fiction, and a solid Western. Think Vikings meets True Grit.


Review by Anje

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Scythe Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781442472433
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

The future is now. Inequality and suffering have been eliminated, and death is a fairy tale most can only imagine. But with the reward of immortality also comes the necessity of population control, and so the Scythes exist to glean a small portion of the population without bias or malice. But after hundreds of years a dark disease has infiltrated the Scythedom, and apprentices Citra and Rowan must fight the corruption or risk being swallowed by it. A fresh and fascinating perspective on utopia mixed with the human condition. 


Review by Ashley

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Jane, Unlimited Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780803741492
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Published: Kathy Dawson Books - September 19th, 2017

The author of the wonderful Graceling trilogy has written a charming standalone mystery with 5 different outcomes - all based on a single choice. ROMANCE! INTRIGUE! ESPIONAGE! ART THEFT! UMBRELLAS! Suspend your disbelief and go with Jane to Tu Reveins. You won't regret it. 


Review by Kitri

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The Darkest Part of the Forest Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316213080
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2016

We meet brother and sister, Ben and Hazel, at a typical high school party. Atypical is the glass coffin in the middle of the party which holds a sleeping prince with pointed ears and horns. He's never woken until one night, he does, and adventure, struggle, and the fight against the Darkest Part of the forest begins. This is a book you will never want to end, and Hazel is a protagonist you'll never want to leave. 


Review by Jaimie

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316213097
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 2014

If you thought you were sick of vampire novels, you'll have to reevaluate. Black has created a truly delicious and original world of vampires with a heroine who is loyal, brave, and all-around fierce! Characters are individual and complex, and the themes range everywhere from morality to personal responsibility to mortality. 


Review by Jaimie

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Spill Zone Cover Image
By Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781596439368
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Published: First Second - May 2nd, 2017

After a weird incident 3 years ago, Poughkeepsie has never been the same. Meat puppets populate the buildings, animals went wonky, and tornados of everyday objects hang in suspended motion. Despite the danger, Addison braves the quarantined zone to capture photos of these sci-fi wonders to sell on the black market. When a patron comes to her with a dangerous proposal to retrieve something from the zone, Addison must decide if a cool $1 mil is worth gambling with the zone's unearthly phenomena. SO GOOD.


Review by Niki

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Dear Martin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101939499
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2017

Don't be fooled by this novel's lack of length - it packs a serious punch. Stone takes a heavy and important topic - police brutality and racial profiling - and expressed a nuanced and innovative take: the main character Justyce writes letter to Dr. Martine Luther King Jr. as a way of processing the racial tensions at his prep school and his (and our) society at large. A focus on Justyce's debate team skills allow readers to see racial biases clearly against the backdrop of proper debate procedure.


Review by Niki

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The Reader Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147518057
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Published: Speak - September 5th, 2017

Can you imagine not knowing what a book is or looks like but somehow still understanding how powerful an object it is? Enter Sefia, whose father entrusted her with such a rectangular object before he was murdered. Then, her aunt gets kidnapped and Sefia begins to unlock the mysteries and magic of reading this book, which might be the only way to save her aunt and uncover the details behind her father's death. This self-reflexive read will leave you enthralled. 


Review by Niki

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Ladycastle Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781684150328
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Published: Boom Town - October 24th, 2017

Ladycastle is part comic, part musical (!?), part genderbent Knight's Table, and all awesome. Frankly, it's also suitable for most ages, and it has less to do with physical combat and more to do with changing the status quo according to the strengths (and there are many: blacksmithing, etiquette- and chivalry-teaching, horiticulturing, practicing medicine, and library-keeping) of the individuals in this excellent series. Please read now. 


Review by Niki

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