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REVIEW BY Bookaholic Banter   

THE GHOST CHRONICLES - Book One

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"Not Your Average Ghost Story!"

Wow! I was not expecting to enjoy this book quite as much as I did. I get a lot of books for review. Most of them wind up being just ok or books that I have to force myself to read. Sometimes I even have to DNF the book. This was definitely not the case with The Ghost Chronicles. I thought this was going to be your average ghost haunts a house type of story. It was so much more than that! The main character of the book is actually the ghost himself. 

There are so many interesting elements to this story. Every moment was something new and exciting. It was a fantastic ghostly adventure! You will get immersed in the spirit side of this world. I was never once bored while reading this book. It held my interest the entire way through. If I had had the time I easily could have read this in one sitting. I actually wanted to! The paranormal elements in this book were spectacular and spot on. There is just so much interesting things to look forward to in this story. Marlo Berliner did an absolute fantastic job with this story. She managed to pack so much into one book and make it all fit perfectly. There is so much going on and so much to think on. This would make a fantastic book club read. There are so many discussions to be had after reading this book. I could write on for hours about everything that I enjoyed and the way I felt about this book. Doing so would only give away the entire story and spoil it for others so I will hold back. This book deserves all the accolades and recognition it has received and may receive in the future. Make sure to read it now before everyone is talking about it. I feel like soon you will see the entire booktube community talking about this one. I am so VERY stoked for the next book to come out...and even more excited that I don't have to wait too long. August, people! Get to reading this one asap. 

One of the things that I found out while reading this book is that the illustration on the front of the book is an actual Bed and Breakfast that is located in Cape May, New Jersey. It is called The Angel of the Sea. I don't want to give to much of the story away....but let's just say that the building is a big part of the book, and that it it may be haunted in the book as well as in real life. You can read more about the real Angel of The Sea by visiting the website. I am lucky enough to live in Pennsylvania and this Bed and Breakfast is only an hour and forty minute drive from me. (Yes, I did the research. I REALLY want to go stay at this place after reading all about it) Me and my Husband are way overdue for a romantic little getaway. This seems like the perfect spot! 

I am so happy that I came across this little gem of a book in my reviewing journey. If I was not a book reviewer, I don't think I would have had the pleasure of reading this book and planning my next getaway...or I should say my first getaway since my Husband and I have been married for 16 years and have never gone on a vacation. I think this a great place to start. Hey! Who knows, maybe I will even make The Angel of The Sea a sort of writing retreat for myself. I think it would be the absolute perfect place for me to get away and finish writing my paranormal novel.  I can't think of any better place. This story and building now hold so much importance to me now. I feel as if I was meant to read this book. I think it might be the key to the inspiration and fuel that I needed to finally finish writing my own book. If I do end up using The Angel of the Sea to get away and finish writing my book I will be sure to take a ton of pictures for all of you. :-) I am getting off track and rambling here. This is supposed to be a book review and I have turned it into something else. I can't help it, I just feel very passionate about this book and location for some reason. 

I love when I find a new author who becomes a new favorite. It gives me more release dates to be excited about. After reading this book I would read anything that Marlo Berliner writes. I am now a permanent fan. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good, supernatural read without being totally scared out of your mind. This one is a fun, entertaining, sweet, and enjoyable read. It has humor, romance, and adventure, with an easy-to-follow storyline that will hold you captive. 

REVIEW BY Ashia   

Roar

by Cora Carmack
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"Spectacular"

Roar is an incredible coming-of-age story of a young girl searching for her identity in a world where she didn't seem to belong. To fit. The world that Cora Carmack has built is spectacular and fascinating. I mean, I have sometimes seen a storm and was both awestruck by its ferocious beauty and at the same time fear its immense power, but I had never imagined how this could be taken further and developed into a world where storms ruled the kingdoms and everything revolved around it. Truly amazing.

Aurora, the heroine, grew on me. I like her strength, her bravery, her stubbornness, her determination to search for a future for herself instead of just accepting the one that has been arranged for her by her mother. Does Aurora really have no magic of her own? Will she be able to learn to hunt the storms and perhaps attain magic for herself? After all, the young hunter that she saw in the markets didn't have magic initially, but he was able to acquire some.

And what was up with Cassius, Aurora's betrothed? While he was undoubtedly attractive and powerful, I can also sum him up in one word--intense. That's the thing I remember the most about him in his scenes with Aurora. And it's obvious he's hiding something. Still, as you read on, you'll find Cassius a contradiction--not quite a good guy, but not really evil either. He's a complex character that you couldn't get a hold of, until you realize something is forcing his hand...

The story was told from different viewpoints in third person that enhance the storyline and move the plot onward. The story was well written with good pacing, and compelling enough to make me continue to turn the virtual pages.

As for the title, Roar? I thought it's fitting. You'll have to read to find out.

Take note though that the story does not end here. There's a book 2 coming, where the stakes are even higher for all our characters.

REVIEW BY Ashia   

Don't Kiss the Messenger

by Katie Ray
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"Don't give this a miss!"

I love the story of Cyrano de Bergerac. There's plenty of opportunities there for conflict and angst, and it remains to this day one of my favorite tropes.

Don't Kiss the Messenger is a highly enjoyable read, and the author put her own mark on it, making a fresh spin of the classic story. I love both the main characters, and while CeCe was conscious of her disfigurement, I love that Emmett never saw it, or if he did a little bit noticed it, it didn't make much difference to him. But still, he's not immune to a pretty face, and that gave me a sense of relief that he's quite a normal teenage boy after all. (I think the story would've been better if he'd notice her disfigurement a lot and maybe been bothered by it initially, but noticed it less as he came to know her better.)

I do think though that the story may be better if it were a bit shorter. I thought some stuff were dragged on too long. I kept waiting for that "ah ha!" moment, with him knowing that it's her all along and not the other girl. Still, when that moment came, I'm pleased that it didn't turn out the way I expected it to.

Overall, I enjoyed this story a lot, and the ending gave me a warm glow. Don't give this a miss!

REVIEW BY Ashia   

Refuge for Masterminds: A Stranje House Novel

by Kathleen Baldwin
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"Amazing"

Once again, Kathleen Baldwin takes us on an amazing journey through an alternate event in history. I really love her take on historical events and the significant part young people play in the fight for freedom and peace. The story is full of adventure, and is both well-written and a delight to read. The girls continue the fight against the schemes and machinations of Lady Daneska and her paramour Ghost, and the romance between Alexander and Jane doesn't overwhelm the other aspects of the story. Here, we also see Jane coming into her own, and we understand more just how crucial Jane is in the fight.

More than the thriller and romance parts, this story is also about sisterhood and friendship among the five girls. This is more than clearly depicted during Jane's hunt for the traitor and how it pained her that the person could be one of the girls. Also love the way they understand and support one another in later scenes during the story.

Not sure about the later pairings, but one secondary character that caught my attention was Lord Harston. Sure wouldn't mind reading his story. Maybe...Maya?

Overall, I enjoyed this story immensely and I closed my kindle with a satisfied sigh. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

REVIEW BY Ashia   

Letters to the Lost

by Brigid Kemmerer
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"Two thumbs up!!"

LETTERS TO THE LOST is a compelling, emotion-filled read, maybe better read by more mature YA. However, even while the letters started because Juliet lost her mother, this book doesn't only deal with death and the resulting grief, but also the wider themes of fate and choice.

The first few chapters were raw with emotion, especially the letters, and especially where Juliet used photographs to convey certain thoughts or feelings. The main characters are not your usual teens; having lost people important to them, they're deeper, weightier, sounding almost like mature grown ups (because there are immature ones), especially in their letters where they'd discuss fate and choosing paths. I thought there was a bit of disparity in their real selves and the selves in their letters, but I suppose that's only to be expected because somehow it's easier to let a stranger see your real self without the barriers and prejudices of a lot of things that come with knowing who the other person is. (You'll understand what I'm talking about when you read the book)

I like that both Juliet and Declan grew over the course of the book, that they encouraged and urged the other to change for the better.

(Declan's email to Juliet) I followed your lead and did something unexpected. You're right. It was terrifying. Let's do it again.

Or Juliet to Declan: You make your own path.

I appreciate that both Juliet and Declan have support systems who helped bring them out of the rut they were stuck in--teachers, people in positions of authority who truly care for them. In Declan's case especially. While I appreciate that eventually there's a person who believed in him, who became angry on his behalf at the things he had suffered, I was also moved that there was this teacher who did not give up on him, despite all his rebuffs and bad attitude. I wish all teachers were like her, those who genuinely care for their students.

There's also one thing else: Sometimes it's the people beside us that we take for granted, when we should be treasuring them because they're always there for us. Like Juliet, she was so "hung up" on her mother because they do all these things together whenever her mom was home (her mom was a photojournalist who was out of the country for long periods of time), but it was only after her mom's death that she learned to treasure her dad, who was always there for her (even though he's average and boring, compared to her vibrant mom).

Overall, two thumbs up!! I highly recommend this book.

REVIEW BY Shakera Blakney   

Timepiece: A Steampunk Time-Travel Adventure

by Heather Albano
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"Worth the Ride!"

Talk about a unique story! Heather Albano perfectly blends history with steampunk and it has captured my attention. There's time travel, monsters, a mysterious man, and a war... all taking place in London, 1815. The story is interesting and intriguing but at times it does flow a bit slowly. At times, it gave me details than I would have liked and that slowed the story down. It left some unanswered questions, but excitement for the next installment to get those answers. I can't wait!

REVIEW BY Chloe   

Until Friday Night

by Abbi Glines
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"For mature teens"

Before I start my review, a warning. I think this book is suitable only for mature teens and above due to the situations depicted.

The story is raw and heartbreaking, mainly because of the tragedy these two teens faced/are facing. I thought this story had a lot of potential, but the way it went, the way West used Maggie as his crutch... Even if he said she wasn't that, I do feel that she was that. At the start, definitely, and later on... maybe if they'd been apart for some time, I would've believed it more.

That said, I also don't feel as though they know each other well. And the way West used Maggie the night his father died... well, that didn't sit well with me, even if Maggie was okay with it.

I know Abbi Glines's books are well received, which is why I decided to pick this book up, but her writing didn't resonate with me. So, nothing against the author, but I won't be picking up her other books. I would suggest readers to try one of her books to see if you'd feel the same way or not.

REVIEW BY Ashia   

Romeo & What's Her Name

by Shani Petroff
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"Unexpectedly funny and sweet"

ROMEO AND WHAT'S HER NAME is unexpectedly funny and sweet contemporary young adult romance.

Emily Stein is crushing on Wes Rosenthal, and what better way to be close to him than to be the understudy of Juliet to his Romeo? However, she didn't think she'd have the chance to actually play Juliet, plus she was kept busy by Amanda--who was playing Juliet--doing errands, and so she didn't have a chance to really learn her lines. On the fateful day, Amanda wasn't able to go on stage, so guess who had to take her place?

What ensued was a hilarious comedy of errors. Comedy is very subjective, and while some authors had been able to draw a laugh or two from me, I surprised myself by my reaction to the Romeo & Juliet balcony scene as played by Wes and Emily. I snorted, I laughed out loud, I couldn't stop laughing! If I had been reading in public, people surely would've been looking askance at me and wondering if I was crazy. But this scene didn't just drop out of the blue. It was consistent with the character's personality, which made it all the more enjoyable to read because I could totally envision this scene happening.

Love Em's BFFs, Katie and Jill. They were awesome, making me wish I have such friends, too! Their full-out support of Em--totally priceless.

I just had a minor quibble about Wes, something he said toward the end, about his declaration. I thought it wasn't that believable. I'd have liked it better if he hadn't said it. That would've been more realistic, in light of ___ (sorry, spoiler). Or, maybe if we'd seen some things from his point of view, heard his thoughts, such a declaration would've been more believable.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

REVIEW BY L. R. W. Lee   

Queen of Always

by Sherry Ficklin
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"Queen of Always is the third book in the Stolen Empire series by Sherry Ficklin. It is a YA historical fiction based on the life of young Catherine the Great, one of the most dynamic women in history."

In this third and final installment, Catherine approaches the world realistically, no longer the naive pawn Peter would hope her to be. In this book, I found Catherine stronger than most women, forced to be that way because of her situation as the despised wife of the most powerful man in Russia who openly flaunts his mistress before the royal court. But Catherine does not allow the pity that so many must have viewed her with to undermine her confidence.

Never! For she understands how precarious her position is. She has no preconceived notions that if she is dismissed, not only will her life be in jeopardy, but so too will her son’s life. But with Peter behaving so erradically and meniacally, he threatens to turn the Russian court against himself and his family.

The only bright spots in her life seemed to have been her children and her lovers. I can get how the pressure of her position would cause her to seek out comfort from men, but I have to say the menage-a-trois was a bit shocking. Reading this caused me to do a small amount of research and what I found more than surprised me: Catherine, by one count, had over 300 lovers! So Ms. Ficklin’s narrative, while shocking, actually painted the picture in a much less scandalous light than history would suggest. Amazing…

I can’t imagine myself having to endure all she did. I question whether I could have sucked it up or whether I would have become a weeping mess, pitying myself. I grant that facing the death of your child probably had her view her situation in a very different and very clear light, something no one today faces. Ms. Ficklin did a brillaint job of helping the reader identify with Catherine the Great despite how removed in time and culture she is from us today. Well done!

REVIEW BY Shakera Blakney   

"What the what?!"

"Starr Lost" picks up where we left off with "Starr Fall" and we look a little closer at The Organization. Who's behind it? How far are they willing to go to get Starr? She teams up with Christian and her friends to solve the mystery of who is The Organization and that is where things get interesting! While solving the mystery of who is the organization, what was more interesting was the mystery of their personal lives. There was the love quadruple going on. Starr and Christian love each other but Frank is in love with Starr and Di is in love with Christian, but they're all supposed to be friends! Can they keep it together long enough to solve this mystery or will their personal lives lead The Organization right to them?

OMG... talk about being on the edge of your seat! Twists and turns everywhere! Finding out who created The Organization, didn't see that coming! Starr Lost ended in such the perfect way that has me excited for book 3. I cannot wait!

REVIEW BY Shakera Blakney   

Starfall

by Melissa Landers
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"How did I not know this series existed?!"

Starfall has everything you can imagine and it's absolutely thrilling! You have space pirates, the mafia, hundreds of planets... It's like Doctor Who meets Firefly!

Kane and Cassia are great friends who, at one point, had romantic feelings for each other. They still do, but Cassia refuses to act on them. Who could blame her? There's a political power struggle going on, with a war on the rise! While you rooted for Cassia and Kane to come to their senses, romance wasn't the main story and I loved that.

Starfall will take you for a ride that you will never want to get off! It is the second book of the series, however I had no trouble keeping up! It was such a thrill and I'm so glad I got a chance to read this book!

REVIEW BY Ashia   

Wintersong

by S. Jae-Jones
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"Highly recommended!"

I am lost.

WINTERSONG is magical, with a fairy tale atmosphere that is heightened by the lovely, lyrical writing. Though there are echoes of Labyrinth (my favorite childhood movie!), the author took it beyond that to create a story and characters that are unforgettable and that will live in you long after you have finished reading the book. I can say definitely that WINTERSONG is a book that will go on my keeper shelf and that I will reread over and over until I have wrung the last bit of magic from it.

Told from the first person of view, Liesl or Elisabeth makes an engaging, self-aware narrator, and from her narration, we see how she grows from girl to woman, not just in terms of physical, but also in her emotional and mental maturity, in the self-actualization that she attains at the end. Her realization that she is "Elisabeth, entire". The author takes us on this strange, wondrous, compelling journey, and while more astute readers may guess there's only one outcome to this story, yet the journey to that end is filled with growth and realizations that both characters (Elisabeth and the Goblin King) would not have attained without these experiences.

The Goblin King (swoon swoon swoon) has so much potential, and it's too bad we can only see him through Elisabeth's eyes. And what we eventually come to know about his past is heartbreaking. The romance is dark and mysterious and sexy, and it is to the author's credit that she got me so invested in the characters that the poignant, bittersweet ending (not a spoiler) affected me a lot. (And I want more!)

Right now, I'm wishing for a sequel, though I'm not sure if a sequel would do this story justice. Maybe it's better to leave this as it is. But if ever--if ever--there's a sequel, you can bet I'll be first one to get it. Highly recommended!

REVIEW BY Shakera Blakney   

Soulmated

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"Pure Magic!"

Ms. Shaila Patel is definitely on my radar!

Soulmated grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let go! Liam is a prince and an empath. His father wants him to solidify a position on the council. The best way to do that? Find the one person you are DESTINED to be with. The problem, it conflicts with what Liam wants and feels.

Lucky has the two options of graduating early and going to the Medical school of her mother's choice or an arranged marriage to a guy of her mother's choice. Neither option are desirable.

Everything changes when Liam moves in next door to Lucky. Their chemistry is off the charts! The interaction between Lucky and Liam is breathtaking. Both have the weight of the world on their shoulders, with impossible options and high expectations from their parents. What are they to do?!

What I loved the most was reading about Lucky's and Liam's cultures. Each culture was rich and beautifully written. I look forward to the next installment!

REVIEW BY Ashia   

The Possibility of Somewhere

by Julia Day
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"Highly recommended!"

THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE deals with important topics such as racism, the expectations of society and rising above them, walking a path that you forged out for yourself. It's a thought-provoking read that stayed with me long after I reached the last page.

I've described a lot of heroines as strong before, but Eden has to be the best fit for that adjective. She's poor, lives in a trailer, has the worst things thought about her by her classmates, but she's determined to rise above all that, no matter what she has to do in the process. I don't know if I could be that strong in her situation, and I admire her a lot. She's smart though, and her ticket out is winning the scholarship that would enable her to go to college.

On the other hand, Ash pales in comparison. Sure, he's got a lot of problems too, lots of cultural baggage to carry (he's Indian). But I felt he didn't man up enough to fight for what he and Eden have. Maybe because he was still young, maybe because he didn't have good friends to give him the support he needs, but I felt that when his parents wanted to meet with Eden, and he was telling her this was their chance to win over his parents, he should've prepared her better, coached her on what to say and wear to better their chances. Instead, he "disappeared", didn't so much as talk to her and then he expected her to do things right. He also didn't man up until Eden made the first move. Such a disappointment.

Another thing that i wished the author had shown us was how Ash's parents came to change their minds about Eden, especially after the weird meeting with them when they appeared to have already made up their minds about Eden even before meeting up with her. Even one scene would have been good.

One of the best things about this book is Eden's friendship with Mundy, a new transferee to her school. Mundy is one of the best secondary characters I've read--outgoing, gregarious and totally unpredictable, totally outstanding. The things she said! Even I find myself with my mouth dropping open sometimes. She just couldn't be real (meaning, there's no way such a person could exist in real life), but in any case, she's just what Eden needs.

Another great relationship is with her stepmom, whom she called Marnee. Theirs is more of like real mom and daughter, and I like that Marnee is not the stereotypical evil stepmother.

This book is not a light, fluffy romance, and the author presented the issues in a straightforward, matter-of-fact manner without sermon or proselytizing. Must read! Highly recommended.

REVIEW BY Chloe   

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

by Jennifer E. Smith
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"Great read!"

THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT should have been boring. I mean, an entire story that happens within 24 hours, about two teens serendipitously meeting in an airport just because the girl was 4 minutes late? I'm happy to report that it is anything but boring. A big factor is the author's writing style, which is engaging and lyrical and somehow able to hold your attention while making you eager to read onward.

**Spoiler Alert***

Despite the title, THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT is more than a romance. It's about a daughter's relationship with her father, the complications that arise when said father cheated on her mother and decided to create a new family elsewhere. I thought the author captured Hadley's feelings quite well, as this happened when she was already a teen. How do you face your father after he'd broken your trust? Your family? The world that you knew? How do you move on together?

***End of Spoiler Alert***

It also mentions or touch on probabilities in the way we used to in our everyday life. Like, in Hadley's case, IF she hadn't been delayed, IF her dress hadn't needed repair, IF She hadn't been angry at her mom, she wouldn't have been late for her flight. Then she wouldn't have met Oliver.

Hadley grew a lot throughout the course of the novel. Perhaps it's Oliver's influence, perhaps she's tired of being angry at her father, perhaps it's because she realized Charlotte wasn't the ogre of her mind. And perhaps also some realization about her parents that she hadn't allowed herself to think about thus far.

The story also has twists and turns that I didn't expect and I was pleasantly surprised. I'm a bit confused by Oliver though. He has his own issues, but I thought he blew hot and cold throughout the course of the book. No wonder Hadley's confused! Well, perhaps he is confused, too.

Overall, this is a great read. I can't wait to see it in theaters! I wonder how they'll do it because this isn't really an action plot, but more character-driven.

REVIEW BY czai   

The Dark Hour

by J.F. Jenkins
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"An intriguing world that's slowly explored and a twist that caught me off guard!!"

Admittedly, I don't know what came over me that made me request for this book (aside, of course, from that nice looking cover). I'm betting it's how the world was mentioned in the blurb. I was intrigued by the dark hour and the tyrannical emperor (which we should all admit is such a cliche! ohgosh).

Becca is a Keeper. She spent the last seventeen years of her life surviving the 'dark hour'. The dark hour is a particular time of the night when demon-like creatures from another world seek her out. They want to obtain the key her parents told her to hold on to. Why? She has NO IDEA. Erik on the other hand, is Becca's 'guardian'. He is assigned (or chosen) to protect Becca from the creatures that tries to take the key from her. Then enter Kyne, a mysterious guy who came from the other world.

Perhaps the book's biggest disappointment for me is the heroine. I think that Becca isn't very well written. Yes, of course, she's a brave heroine who's got the strong will to fight and is also stubborn yet she's also quite inconsistent. Inconsistent how? There are times when she contradicts herself like one time she's fine with her parents not telling her anything and next thing I know she said she's all about finding out the truth and how much she values the importance of knowing everything.

However, I think that keeping Becca in the shadows is the novel's way of making it intriguing. Surely Becca's parents have their reason for not filling Becca with information but then again, it's highly disappointing that she wasn't exactly interested in finding things out until she meets this mysterious guy who feeds her everything she has to know. This made Becca a weak heroine for me.

Another thing I did not like here is the narration. Becca's narration did feel like a teenager and that, of course, is fine. She is a teenager. But then, every other character throughout the novel talks like her -- meaning, the characters felt flat and they all sound the same.

Also, there's romance here! Of course you expected that because of the mere mention of Erik and the mysterious new guy, Kyne. And it's a triangle (aahh how thrilling *monotone voice*)!! I don't mind love triangles. I choose sides and that's amusing (I'm obviously #TeamErik here. DUH!). While the story felt flat for me, the romance did develop quite nicely. Becca develops a small crush on this new guy while she has this conflicting feelings for her guardian, Erik.

The Dark Hour had its share of twists. The progression was good. It builds the world through Kyne's explanations to Becca -- the idea of the Dark Hour and what the Other World may be all about. But then, the Other World was not exactly explored -- what else is there aside from fairies and magic? What about the other parts of this world?. There's a lot to explore and this novel failed to show more of the world. So now, I'm expecting the next book to delve into the Other World.

The twist caught me by surprise. It was an interesting turn of events and it really made sense of the things that happened before -- the secrecy of Becca's parents and all the things that happened there. However, I was a baffled by the conflict of the Other World -- the intentions of the emperor and Kyne's people. The problem felt like it could have been solved without all these big mess (but then, I might be seeing/reading things wrongly).

OVERALL, The Dark Hour is an intriguing novel with a world that's slowly explored yet still leaving some things out. The heroine felt weak and contradicting but the romance was pretty nice despite the triangle. The story progressed nicely and while it confused me a bit, the twists really kept my interest.

REVIEW BY Ashia   

By Your Side

by Kasie West
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"Could be better"

After enjoying P.S. I Like You a lot, BY YOUR SIDE was a letdown. I'm not sure why--perhaps the story didn't have the magical, thrilling feel of the previous book, perhaps it was the fact that I couldn't warm up to the heroine, perhaps because though Autumn had a lot of friends as compared to Lily (heroine of P.S. I Like You), all of them were one-dimensional and cardboard characters, but one thing I can say for sure, it's NOT because of Dax.

I just love Dax--I could swoon over him all day. Despite the hard knocks life had dealt him, he'd grown up into--in Autumn's words--an amazing guy. He's sweet, thoughtful, caring and self-sacrificing. If I were her, I wouldn't even have to think or be ambivalent whether it's Dax or Jeff. I would be saying, Who's Jeff?, because my eyes would be all on Dax.

Now Autumn...she's okay, I guess, and I feel for her, for her problems, but I found it hard to warm up to her. Why? I'm not sure. Maybe because she's not as awesome as Dax. She may be the narrator (first person point of view), but Dax totally overshadowed her.

For me, Dax is the one thing that saved this story. (I rated 4 stars for the Characters for Dax alone) So read it if you want to swoon over him. Otherwise, read P.S. I Like You instead. Totally love Lily and Cade, separately and together.

REVIEW BY Chloe   

Gemina

by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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"Captivating!"

Gemina is a captivating, edge-of-your-seat, spellbinding follow up to Illuminae.

Like in the first book, the story in Gemina is told through journal entries (love the illustrations!), emails, IM's, footage narration, etc. I love this fresh method to storytelling, and as a reader, you get to piece together the story from the "evidences" presented. As this is a continuation of the first book, while it's not necessary to have read the first book, I think, to enhance the reading experience, it's better to have read Illuminae. For me, it's been awhile since I've read Illuminae, hence I'd forgotten some of the details. If I'd read these two books back to back, I think I would've enjoyed this book more.

The surprising twists and turns in this story blew my mind. I had to set the book down to wrap my mind about the concept the authors presented. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are master storytellers!

Fans will be happy to see cameo roles from Kady and Ezra. And oh, we see Kady's father in this book, too!

My only gripe is the detailed narration and illustration of Hannah's romance with Jackson. I thought it should be shortened.

Overall, love this installment in The Illuminae Files. I can't wait to read the next book!

REVIEW BY Chloe   

The Romeo Club

by Rebekah L. Purdy
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"Fun and lighthearted"

THE ROMEO CLUB is a fun, lighthearted read. Delyla is a delightful heroine, I love going on her journey with her as she discovers which boy really holds her heart. I love her chemistry with Trey, and I love that their first kiss was hot and awesome!

I was expecting the story to go a certain way, and I was pleasantly surprised when the author took me in another direction. I was again surprised to find out at the end that I was right after all, and that the author had merely taken me on a detour. (sorry, no spoilers)

I would've given this 5 stars were it not for the following:

1. Commas are wrongly used (there's an over abundance of it) and there are several grammatical errors.

2. While Delyla is delightful, as I've mentioned, there's one instance wherein she was insensitive, in my opinion. It's when her mom was dancing and she fell to the floor. Instead of rushing over to help her up, Delyla was instead horrified that Trey (a friend) saw her mom's skirt flip up when she fell and maybe flashed him her granny panties, and thereby scarred him forever. Hello! Wrong priorities there, girl. Her mom is not young anymore, and shouldn't Delyla be more concerned that her mom might have gotten hurt from her fall? She didn't even go to see how her mom was or help her get up.

3. The book should really have gone for line edits or something, as there were several inconsistencies. Example: Delyla has her own cell phone. So when she needed her mom to pick her up, why didn't she use her phone, but instead when to the school's office and use the "big, archaic phone"? The biggie is toward the end, and I'm not sure how I can say it without spoiling it for you, who haven't read it yet. Anyway, here goes: It's the elaborate scheme her friends (including Trey) concocted to get Delyla to go to a certain place when Trey (who was in on the scheme) could've gotten her there himself if he'd just asked her! So why didn't he????

Despite the above complaints, THE ROMEO CLUB is an enjoyable read.

REVIEW BY Ashia   

Crooked Kingdom

by Leigh Bardugo
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"Must read!"

I've been waiting anxiously for this book since last year, and I have to say it didn't disappoint!

There's more of that sneaky, cunning deception upon deception as engineered by Kaz (or should I say the author?), and I enjoyed being twisted and turned, my mind having to scramble to realize that a different facet of the situation is now being presented. There's also more of that surprising humor as evidenced by the things Nina and Kaz said, and I find myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. Here is also where we see each person even clearer, how their pasts shaped them to become what we read about on the page, for example, Kaz and Inej yearning for the other so deeply, yet so traumatized by having another person touch them intimately. I like how the author made them take baby steps toward healing, because such trauma would surely take time and love to heal.

Also, the author made me cry on more than one occasion, but none so much than chapters 39 and 40, so maybe you'd want to have tissues ready. (I won't spoil it for you.) I don't know why things happened the way they did--it was so out of the blue and so...illogical (I would say), but hate is not logical, is it? And perhaps the author is illustrating how our actions would ricochet to affect us later on. Cause and effect. Karma? Maybe, maybe not.

I love the cameo roles played by the Ravkan delegation, although I didn't know them, having never read The Grisha Trilogy, and though I know this is a duology, I hope there would be more stories about them--Kaz, Inej, Nina, everyone. I mean, there's a sort of closure by the end of 500 or so pages, but it feels like it's the beginning of something else, and I wouldn't mind being there for the journey.

Compelling and page-turning, this is a must read for those who've read the previous book, Six of Crows, and fans of The Grisha Trilogy. It's a long story (see above 500 or so pages), but there's never a dull moment. While you can definitely start with this book, but the adventure began in Six of Crows, so please do yourself a favor and start there.

Life in the Lucky Zone
Seventeen-year-old Lindsey Taylor lives a charmed life—always the lead in school plays, possessor of a healthy entourage and a hot boyfriend. But then she gets dumped and screws up her audition for the spring play. The Theater teacher picks Trey Berger, a gamer who irritates her by simply opening his mouth, to run lines with her. Could things get any worse?

Trey can barely tolerate Lindsey. It’s bad enough their best friends are dating and he has to see Lindsey outside of school. Rehearse together? Trey would rather chill with his live-in grandmother who has Dementia.

As the semester continues, Trey discovers there’s more to Lindsey than the persona she puts on for everyone else’s benefit. And that Lindsey might be someone he could care about. A lot.

While Lindsey tries to change her luck and heal from the breakup, Trey slowly becomes her best friend. He makes her laugh and holds her when she cries. Could he possibly become something more?

Put It Out There (Britannia Beach 1)
Returning home to Britannia Beach a year after her life was shattered is bittersweet for Derian Lafleur. Although some things settle back into place, others don’t click like they used to…especially her friendship with Trevor Maverty.

Derian suddenly wishes the boy next door would see her as more than just a kid sister type. She tries to be everything she thinks he’s looking for— bolder, more experienced – but is that who she wants to be?

With the fate of her family’s historic inn on the line and Trevor making life more complicated by the day, Derian struggles to manage her unexpected feelings, and deal with a past she’s not quite ready to leave behind.

Gemina
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy's most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station's wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They've totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

180 Seconds
Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

A Drop of Night
Modern-day teenagers meet a palace of terrors locked up since the French Revolution in this haunting, genre-bending thriller from Stefan Bachmann, the internationally bestselling author of The Peculiar and The Whatnot. A Drop of Night will thrill fans of Neal Shusterman and Jessica Khoury.

Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she's been looking for―she's been selected out of hundreds of other candidates to fly to France and help with the excavation of a vast, underground palace buried a hundred feet below the suburbs of Paris. Built in the 1780's to hide an aristocratic family and a mad duke during the French Revolution, the palace has lain hidden and forgotten ever since. Anouk, along with several other gifted teenagers, will be the first to set foot in it in over two centuries.

Or so she thought.

But nothing is as it seems, and the teens―bitter, iron-hearted Anouk, gentle Will, bubbly Lilly, and crazy Jules―soon find themselves trapped in a game far more sinister, and dangerous, than they could possibly have imagined.

Divine Fall
After tragedy tears Jamie Brandt's life apart, her only goal is to finish high school so she can leave her small hometown behind. In the meantime, riding her horse is her main source of solace, until a mysterious stable hand shows up at the barn. There's something not quite right about the handsome new employee, and the more Jamie sees of him, the more determined she becomes to figure out what he's hiding.

Dothan Reed came to historic Huntsville, Maryland, for one reason--revenge. But his plan can't move forward until he finds the missing piece he needs to enhance his powers. As the only surviving Nephilim, Dothan is not only weaker than full-blooded angels; his forbidden lineage makes him an outcast in both worlds. When he discovers Jamie is the key to locating an ancient weapon, he's forced to interact with a vulnerable human girl--a task that becomes more appealing with each encounter.

Jamie soon learns Dothan isn't the only one with a dark secret. Each new revelation further threatens her safety, and Dothan's betrayal shatters her heart. Forgiving him seems impossible, but the thought of turning her back on him is equally painful.

As their connection deepens, Dothan will have to make his own difficult choice: continue on his path of vengeance, or protect the girl he loves. And when Dothan's actions thrust Jamie into an unforeseen danger, he must seek the help of his enemy...or risk losing her forever.

The Secret of a Heart Note
From critically acclaimed author Stacey Lee, an evocative novel about a teen aroma-expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to help others fall in love—while protecting her own heart at all costs—perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart.

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

At once hopeful, funny, and romantic, Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note is a richly evocative coming-of-age story that gives a fresh perspective on falling in love and finding one’s place in the world.

Love, Life and the List
What do you do when you’ve fallen for your best friend? Funny and romantic, this effervescent story about family, friendship, and finding yourself is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.

Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings, Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list, she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being.

But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems . . . and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

The Fading Dusk
In the gritty city of Dusk, seventeen-year-old Irina makes her living as the street magician Bantheir’s assistant. The job isn’t glamorous, but she loves the crowds, the shows, and most of all, the illusion of magic. But Irina’s world is shattered the night she is arrested and charged as Bantheir’s accomplice to murder—murder by magic. Real magic, the kind that’s been forbidden since the old wars. Irina finds the idea of flashy showman Bantheir using actual magic to kill someone laughable, but she’s the only one who sees how ridiculous the claim is. But how can she convince everyone Bantheir is innocent when they’ve already made up their minds?

Desperate, Irina must decide who she can trust to help her win her freedom. Is the surly, handsome Captain Leonid telling the truth when he says he believes Irina is innocent, or is he just using her to get to Bantheir? What about Aden, the sweet soldier and longtime fan of Irina’s who claims he’s on her side?

Irina said she wanted to know the truth, but when she stumbles across a dark secret that changes everything, will she be strong enough to survive?

Angelstone (Dark Angel #2)
After escaping from the Hollows and the Michaelea lightwarriors, Jordan takes Alyx and Israel to Aradale, a secret Rogue community, where they appear to be safe − for now. But did they bring the enemy with them? “Mini”, the strange and speechless young girl they rescued from the Hollows, is not as she seems. Why was Elder Michael keeping her locked up? What is she hiding?

Alyx and Israel are driven further apart as Israel continues to obsess over making Adere human and Alyx hides two secrets from him: that he may be part-demon and that she may be carrying his child, a tri-blood keye that can be used to unlock Hell.

Out in the mortal cities, pieces of Black Stone, the only material that can disrupt the angels’ healing abilities, continue to be stolen to make weapons for Samyara’s dark army. Alyx and her friends must stop them, but this means infiltrating holy and guarded places to steal the Black Stone − a monastery in remote China, a mosque in Saudi Arabia, an art gallery in Florence and a cathedral in Peru.

Can they win this deadly race against the Darkened?

Until Friday Night
To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

Earth's End
A woman awoken in air, a soldier forged by fire, a weapon risen from blood.
Vhalla Yarl has made it to the warfront in the North. Forged by blood and fire, she has steeled her heart for the final battle of the Solaris Empire's conquest. The choices before Vhalla are no longer servitude or freedom, they are servitude or death. The stakes have never been higher as the Emperor maintains his iron grip on her fate, holding everything Vhalla still has left to lose in the balance.

A Mortal Song
Sora's life was full of magic—until she discovered it was all a lie.

Heir to Mt. Fuji's spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother's last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents' true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world's natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess.

As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits, she may have to give up the only home she's ever known.

With its breathtaking action, heart-wrenching conflict, and unexpected romance, this vivid standalone YA fantasy will delight fans of Julie Kagawa and Laini Taylor.

Fire And Ice
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Adventure wasn’t something Lorelei Alundra was interested in. Gifted with two other-worldly talents for singing and healing, she’s always shied away from her gifts and the spotlight, preferring quiet anonymity, over attention and fame. But when she meets the enigmatic Adrius, with his dark and dangerous mystique and eyes that could see into her soul, her uneventful life becomes irrevocably altered.

Adrius turns up in every one of her classes and knows more about her than any newcomer should. Including the condition of her mother who is suffering from a mysterious illness. Accepting his offer to help leads her into a terrifying and thrilling world, where Elves are even hotter than Legolas, and Faeries.... are nothing like Tinkerbell. The two magical beings are fire and ice opposites. One Lorelei can’t help falling for, and the other she's compelled to be with.

Now she’s trapped, expected to prevent a war between witches and faeries, or forfeit her mother’s life. Nothing is what it seems. Not her family. Not the Fey. Not even Adrius, whose feelings for her balance precariously between desire and danger. Despite her better judgment, she can’t say away from him.
As secrets unravel and unsettling truths are revealed, Lorelei must fight to save much more than her mother’s life. One mistake could put the fate of his world, and her soul in jeopardy.

But hey, no pressure… right.

Allusive Aftershock
What happens when a major earthquake changes life as you know it and the boy you thought you hated ends up saving you? Three times!

Courtland Reese is the guy everyone hates and makes fun of because … well, he is weird. He communicates with animals. Strange or interesting, seventeen-year-old Adela Castielle can’t quite figure out, but when he saves her from being trampled by her own horse, she begins to understand him a little better and wants to learn more about him.

But, Max—her best friend/dream guy/someday-to-be-her-husband-only-he-doesn’t-know-it-yet—hates Courtland with a passion. Adela wants to know why, except neither boy is talking.

When Max leaves her stranded in his parents' wine cave with his worst enemy, Courtland, after what the experts are calling a “megathrust” earthquake, Adela starts to question her loyalty to Max as steamy kisses in a dark damp cellar only fuel her emotions with more conflict.

But does she really have time to worry about that when fire, destruction and mayhem surround her?

Norma Jean's School of Witchery, Book One: Jewel
A presidential election. A witch with a target on her back and a magical arrow. A shadowy government agency made up of witches with unusual abilities. A game called Witch Pong. The Mighty Thor?

See how it all comes together in a school you will never forget.

Destiny: New Avalon, book 1
Constantly teased and taunted by the popular girls, Elena Baxter desperately wants to fit in. On her sweet sixteenth, she receives two shocking gifts: telekinesis and the surprising truth about her heritage. With high hopes that things will be different now, Elena returns to school to find that nothing has changed. Only this time her hurt feelings and frustration boil into something even she cannot understand.

When her powers explode, chaos ensues and she learns that her new ability is greater than she ever desired. As she learns to control her powers, Elena discovers there’s so much more to her heritage than she ever imagined.

More Than We Can Tell
Rev works hard to keep the demons of the time before his adoption at bay ... until a letter from his father after his 18th birthday brings the trauma of his childhood hurtling back.

Emma escapes real life by perfecting the online game she built from scratch. Coding is way easier than facing her parents' nasty relationship or the growing distance with her best friend ... But when an online troll's harassment starts to escalate, she fears for her safety.

When Rev and Emma meet, they're buckling under the weight of their secrets. Though both of them find it hard to put their problems into words, they connect instantly and deeply. Rev and Emma's problems might be worlds apart, but they promise to help each other no matter what.

But promises are made to be tested and some things hurt more than we can tell.

Rise
The people of Nelebek live in fear of persecution from the evil Morlet, who reigns with a dark and destructive magic. The kingdom’s only hope lies with the Order of the Krigers—twelve warriors with mysterious powers linked to magical weapons.

For over a century, Morlet has been annihilating the Order, picking them off one by one. Eleven Krigers have been hunted down, tortured, and imprisoned in his dungeon. Now, only one remains.

Sixteen-year-old Kaia survives by keeping her head down and minding her own business. But when she finds herself in the middle of a public execution where the mysterious Morlet is in attendance, an odd compulsion she can’t resist comes over her.

Kaia looks into Morlet’s eyes.

Soon, an ancient power awakens and Kaia can no more blend into the scenery. Will she heed the call of the Krigers or will Morlet’s dark magic destroy the last of the Order?

Fans of GRACELING and THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS will enjoy RISE, book one in the RISE OF THE KRIGERS series from international bestselling author Jennifer Anne Davis.

Don't Kiss the Messenger
For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry Potter had one on his forehead and people still liked him.

CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett is blindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate.

Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett. CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway—she’s a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately, the more messages she sends and the more they run into each other, the more she realizes there’s plenty in his head, from food to literature. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl...

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book involves one fiercely scarred girl who wants the new guy in town, the new guy who thinks he wants the new girl, and the new girl who really isn’t sure what she wants, and the misunderstanding that brings them all together. This modern Cyrano de Bergerac retelling will make you laugh, swoon, and fall in love.

The Impossible Vastness of Us
"I know how to watch my back. I'm the only one that ever has."

India Maxwell hasn't just moved across the country—she's plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It's taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she's living in one of Boston's wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom's fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister's clique of friends, including Eloise's gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend, Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

But India's not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school's golden couple, aren't all they seem to be. In fact, everyone's life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what's left are truths that are brutal, beautiful and big enough to change them forever…

From New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young comes a story of friendship, identity and acceptance that will break your heart—and make it whole again.

The Starlight Chronicles Boxed Set
Lark Singer is seventeen years old and already on the way to a brilliant music career. But as she and her band, Starlight, gear up for a competition, life seems to be throwing her a few curve balls. The mysteries of her past seem to be unraveling, and she’s no longer certain she wants to know those answers or how knowing about her past will affect her difficult relationship with her mother. And when her best friend, Bean, changes things between them, all her plans for a musical future are placed in jeopardy. How can she balance her complicated personal life to keep her musical goals on track?

BOX SET CONTAINS ALL THREE BOOKS IN THE STARLIGHT SERIES:
Gideon Lee
Lark Singer
Starlight

Starfall
When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend...with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn't exactly in need of heroics--she's claimed her birthright as Eturia's queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn't a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia--and is certain she returns his feelings--but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?

When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family's complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.

Triumph of Chaos
After the disaster in Europe, Darlena’s starting to get desperate. She knows the only way to
defeat Hecate and the other crazy Red Gods is by banding together with other Witches, but is it any wonder she has a hard time trusting them?

With Izzy’s support, Darlena begins making fragile strides toward repairing the mess she made,
but she just can’t catch a break. As chaos runs rampant around her, Darlena begins to think that things would be better if she’d never become a Red Witch in the first place. But there’s no way to change the past…is there?

The final book in the Red Magic series brings Darlena face to face with impossible odds, and a
terrifying choice.

Our Dark Duet
The sequel—and conclusion—to Victoria Schwab’s instant #1 New York Times bestseller, This Savage Song.

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human. No matter how much he once yearned for it. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is a terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

A gorgeously written dark fantasy from New York Times-bestselling author Victoria Schwab, and one to hand to fans of Holly Black, Laini Taylor, and Maggie Stiefvater.

Sunset Rising
Born a slave inside a secret government biodome, Sunny O’Donnell becomes the victim in a political plot that sparks a rebellion. Accused of treason and facing execution, she escapes with Jack Kenner, a man she considers an enemy, and discovers she not only has to work with him to survive, but also lead the revolution.

Readers Favorite 2015 Gold Book Award Winner

“…a heart stopping ride until the very end. Romance, intrigue, and action all come together beautifully here to create an experience that will leave anyone asking for more.” – Readers Favorite

“The ease and imagery of S.M. McEachern's writing style is so captivating you are truly sucked into the story. This book has it all....love story, good vs evil, drama, suspense......definitely a book you can't put down!” – Midwest Book Review

Timepiece: A Steampunk Time-Travel Adventure
You only THINK you know what happened at Waterloo

The real story involved more monsters. And a lot more time travel

It’s 1815, and Wellington’s badly-outnumbered army stares across the field of Waterloo at Napoleon’s forces. Desperate to hold until reinforcements arrive, Wellington calls upon a race of monsters created by a mad Genevese scientist 25 years before.

It’s 1815, and a discontented young lady sitting in a rose garden receives a mysterious gift: a pocket watch that, when opened, displays scenes from all eras of history. Past…and future.

It’s 1885, and a small band of resistance fighters are resorting to increasingly extreme methods in their efforts to overthrow a steampunk Empire whose clockwork gears are slick with its subjects’ blood.

Are these events connected?

Oh, come now. That would be telling.

Just a Few Inches
All Carrie Roberts wants is to be a little bit smaller.

To fit into the perfect dress for the Valentine’s Day Dance. To look beautiful for her boyfriend, the school’s star basketball player. To keep his jealous ex-girlfriend, a rival cheerleader, away from him. And to be noticed by her classmates.

Exercising and dieting don’t work, but an advertisement for weight loss pills promises a quicker solution to her problem. As time runs out, she takes more than the recommended dose until she’s just a few inches slimmer. Heads turn when she arrives at the dance, and the wonderful night with her boyfriend is beyond what she dreamed it would be.

Days later, Carrie discovers that her body is changing in ways that should be impossible. While her doctor searches for a cure, she desperately turns to her friends and family for support. Everyone is noticing her now whether she likes it or not, and even the media is intrigued by her incredible story. Getting everything she once wanted has created new problems—problems that are growing more terrifying every day.

Because Carrie Roberts is shrinking.

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"Just a Few Inches" is a Young Adult novel that deals with issues of body image, self-esteem, and teenage relationships. It is intended for readers age 13 and up.

The Dark Hour
Becca Simpson is a not so average teenager, and she knows it. In fact, she embraces it. She was chosen to be a Keeper, one who keeps the gates sealed between the magic world and the "normal" world. The only time she isn't safe from the dark creatures of the Other Side is the Dark Hour. Every night, at the same time, the gates between the two worlds open and Becca is left vulnerable until the gate closes and the minions disappear. But that's why she has Erik Manchester. As her Guardian, Erik is in charge of making sure no one, or no thing, comes after her to take her away. Because waiting for her on the Other Side is a tyrannical emperor, looking to use her status to meld the two worlds into one.

With Erik, Becca feels safe, but suffocated. There are rules she has to follow in order to keep out of the hands of the emperor. Then Kyne walks into her life and challenges everything she knows. Not only does he know things about the Other Side, but he's from there. And found a way to stay in the normal world without frying.

Shortcomings
High School is hard enough without the cold stares from classmates that remind you every day how different you are.

Our shortcomings don't define who we are, unless we let them. Cindy Johnson needs to learn that. Born with one leg shorter than the other, she has no self-esteem because of the cruel comments and cold stares she receives from her classmates. When Cory Neil, the football quarterback asks her to Homecoming, she's quite sure he's asked her on a dare and refuses. It takes more than just her mother's assurances that Cindy's beautiful before she realizes she may have made a mistake in turning him down

Lucky in Love
Maddie's not impulsive. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

Genesis Girl
Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet.

Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.

Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeal’s are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable.

By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.

Refuge for Masterminds: A Stranje House Novel
It’s 1814. Napoleon has escaped his imprisonment on Elba. Britain is at war on four fronts. And at Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, five young ladies are secretly being trained for a world of spies, diplomacy, and war….

Napoleon’s invasion of England is underway and someone at Stranje House is sneaking information to his spies. Lady Jane Moore is determined to find out who it is. If anyone can discover the traitor, it is Jane—for, according to headmistress Emma Stranje, Lady Jane is a mastermind.

Jane doesn’t consider herself a mastermind. It’s just that she tends to grasp the facts of a situation quickly, and by so doing, she’s able to devise and implement a sensible course of action. Is Jane enough of a mastermind to save the brash young American inventor Alexander Sinclair, her friends at Stranje House, and possibly England itself?

Fans of genre-blending, romance, and action will love this Regency-era alternate history novel filled with spunky heroines, handsome young lords, and dastardly villains—the third in the Stranje House series. Don’t miss the first two books: A School for Unusual Girls and Exile for Dreamers.

The Heartbreak Cure
How to get over a heartbreak: Step one: Eat your body weight in brownies.

Step two: Throw yourself into your dreams of becoming a famous writer.

Step three: Beg your (hottie) ex-neighbor to act as your fake boyfriend.

Step four: Skip step three unless you’re ready for some serious fallout.

After being dumped and humiliated over the summer, Cat Turner does what any sane girl would do. She asks bad boy Alex Locke to be her fake boyfriend and show the world (and her editor at the school newspaper) that she's fine. Problem is, the more time she spends with Alex, the more she risks getting her heart broken. For real this time.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a swoony bad boy who will melt your heart, brownies, and witty banter. One, two, or all three might prove addictive…

A School For Unusual Girls
"...kept me reading until late into the night...completely original - and totally engrossing - world, full of smart girls, handsome boys, and sinister mysteries."
- Meg Cabot, #1 NYT Bestselling Author

"...enticing from the first sentence...gender stereotypes are turned upside down..."
- New York Times Book Review

"Spellbinding! ...a beautifully written tale of adventure, intrigue, and romance...a true page-turner!"
- Rachel Hawthorne, NYT Bestselling Author

A School for Unusual Girls is the first captivating installment in the Stranje House series for young adults by award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin.

It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts…