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Cruel Beauty

Cruel Beauty (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062224736
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, 1/2014
A smart, compulsively readable fantasy romance with echoes of Beauty and the Beast, Greek mythology, and a downright creepy Bluebeard element?  Yes please!  This unconventional fairy tale will keep you guessing until the last page (no guarantees you won't be reading that page at 1:30 a.m. like I did)!  ~Sasha

The Whatnot

The Whatnot (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780062195210
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Published: Greenwillow Books, 9/2013
The Peculiar was one of my favorite books last year, and Bachmann has outdone himself with this second novel -- another creepy, page-turning, well-crafted tale set in a unique vision of steampunk/faerie England.  Bartholomew will do anything to rescue his sister Hettie from her Fae captors, but little does he realize he's about to find himself in the middle of a war for England!  (The Whatnot is a sequel, but reads fine on its own -- though you really shouldn't miss The Peculiar either!)  ~Sasha

The Real Boy

The Real Boy (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780062015075
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Published: Walden Pond Press, 9/2013
At once an imaginative fantasy, a mystery, and a sensitive portrayal of a young protagonist on the autism spectrum, this book is unique -- and beautifully written, and touching, and creepy, and heart-warming.  Just when Oscar feels like his whole world is falling apart, he discovers the importance of courage and the power of friendship.  Just plain wonderful!  ~Sasha

The Obsidian Mirror

Obsidian Mirror (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780803739697
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Published: Dial, 4/2013
Steampunk time-travel?  Faerie tale?  Mystery-thriller?  However you want to classify this latest genre-buster by Catherine Fisher, you definitely won't want to put it down!  Suspense builds as surprising twists pile up and we wonder whom we can trust in this exciting adventure.  I'm already looking forward to the sequel!  ~Sasha

Rabid

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780143123576
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Published: Penguin Books, 6/2013
Yes, this book is just as interesting as you might guess from the cover!  But in between the lurid bits, you'll learned a whole lot about the world's deadliest virus -- which traveling through millennia and around the globe -- and the terror, confusion, and brilliance it has inspired.  Science books just don't get more page-turning than this one!  ~Sasha

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780062255655
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Published: William Morrow & Company, 6/2013
A vivid, haunting, unforgettable tale of childhood, innocence and its loss, love, and sacrifice.  This book is vintage Neil Gaiman, which means it's gorgeously written, creepy, compelling, unpredictable, and powerfully effective.  Whether it's your first Gaiman book or your tenth, do yourself a favor and read it!  ~Sasha

Quiet

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780307352156
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Published: Broadway Books, 1/2013
Whether you are an introvert or just love the introvert in your life, you will find this book fascinating, educational, and delightfully illuminating!  Investigating both the science of introversion and how it plays out in a social and cultural context, Susan Cain has done us all a favor with her investigation of a personality trait that's given the short end of the stick by our aggressively extroverted culture.  A very interesting read!  ~Sasha

Splendors and Glooms

What an aptly titled book - darkly mysterious, yet shot through with splendor and joy of humanity and love. Three very different yet ordinary children find themselves facing a powerful and frightening evil magic in a Victorian London just on the edge of surreality. As the mysteries are slowly revealed and the evil threatens the childrens innocence, the splendor of this book will draw both young and grown readers into its gripping, redemptive story.

~ Sasha

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780763653804
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Published: Candlewick, 8/2012

The Alex Versus Novels - Fated #1, Cursed #2, Taken #3

A new urban fantasy series in the genre of Jim Butcher or Simon Green but with a fun flavor of it's own. Interesting characters and a London setting make for an entertaining read. These books are sufficiently dark and gritty to keep the hardboiled urban fantasy fan happy, but they're also solidly PG 13 rated - a great reading choice for teen fans as well as adults!
I can't wait for the next installment!

Fated (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9781937007294
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Published: Ace, 2/2012

Cursed (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9781937007591
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Published: Ace, 5/2012

Taken (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9781937007720
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Published: Ace, 8/2012

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

$12.00
ISBN-13: 9780316133999
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 6/2012

Wow.  I LOVED THIS BOOK.  I don't even like paranormal romance, and I still loved this book.  Incredibly well-written, incredibly romantic, and impossible to put down, this story of cosmic warfare and forbidden love will draw you in and not let go.  If you liked Twilight, read it.  If you hated Twilight (like me), read it.  Just read it!

-Sasha


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