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Leah LEAH
Leah's affair with reading began even before she realized boys in books are so much better than boys in real life — ever since, she's never found without a book. She takes pleasure in everything from Shakespeare to Steampunk, Austen to Aussie fiction. But when she's not reading, she can be found making chainmaille, gardening, writing for her blog, or traveling to fabulous places all around the world. Don't worry, along her travels she'll be sure to document when she's found the door to Middle Earth.
Young Jane Young: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616205041
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Published: Algonquin Books - August 22nd, 2017

What to say? This is a charming read. If you need a book to make you smile, this is it. There are a lot of tough women who take no shit, and this story is told in a variety of their viewpoints: Jane, who once was someone else, very young; Jane's very Jewish mother (who's not overbearing at all), and a kid who's too wise for her age. Young Jane Young is an unforgettable modern-thinking story that echos The Scarlet Letter and pushes all those double standards into the past where they belong.


The Book of Dust:  La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375815300
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2017

When the biggest flood in a century submerges Oxford two stories under water, inquisitive twelve-year-old Malcolm Polestead finds himself suddenly on a quest. With him are Alice, baby Lyra, and Malcolm’s canoe, La Belle Sauvage. Pursued by the vengeful Gerard Bonneville, the trio are swept along a perilous journey from Oxford to London to deliver Lyra to Lord Asriel, encountering many other adversaries along the way. It was viscerally nostalgic to reenter Philip Pullman's magical world of Lyra's Oxford full of daemons and Dust. A sort of prequel to the Golden Compass books, familiar characters make appearances and the C.C.D. is quickly gaining power. I found The Book of Dust a remarkably refreshing addition to the YA genre, and like his other books it will be enjoyed by any age reader.


Stories of Your Life and Others Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101972120
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Published: Vintage - June 14th, 2016

This is the best collection of short stories I've ever read. (Really. I promise.) I initially picked it up to read "Stories of Your Life", the basis for the movie Arrival. I ended up reading and loving all of them. There isn't even an "eh" story; each one is a tiny masterpiece. While all contain roots of science fiction, the tone and prose varies. A few stories are super-techy futuristic and others lean toward the contemporary. All are philosophical to some degree; no crazy action or explosions within these pages. Right now this is Ted Chiang's only piece of work and I dearly hope he continues to write more! I can only read this collection so many times. (That's a lie, I can read this over endlessly.)


The Girl with the Ghost Machine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681194448
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - June 6th, 2017

Emmaline's father invents a machine that can bring back her mother's ghost, and the machine has changed their lives more than they know, for the mechanics of bringing someone back is trickier than you might think. I was warned this book would make me cry. I was not warned it would reduce me to a blubbering mess by the last page. Lauren DeStefano's middle-grade books are instant classics in the running with Kate DiCamillo, and she seamlessly incorporates difficult topics within the beautiful stories. I recommend all of them.


Ban This Book: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765385567
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Published: Starscape - August 29th, 2017

Banning books! What nonsense is that? All it takes is one unhappy parent for a book to be banned in a whole school, and in Amy Anne’s school dozens of books are getting banned, including her favorite, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. That’s when she decides to put together the B.B.L.L. (Banned Books Locker Library) for other students to access the books, for what’s more exciting to read than a book you’re told not to? Amy Anne and her friends learn the importance of speaking up for what you believe in, and the power of the first amendment, free speech. All of the books mentioned in here are real, and have been challenged and banned in real life for a variety of reasons mentioned in the book. I recommend this empowering story to readers of any age!


Speak Easy, Speak Love Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062560926
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 19th, 2017

I will never get tired of reading Much Ado About Nothing. Here's the latest retelling! Welcome to 1920s New York during the height of prohibition. Hero and her friends run a speakeasy, Hey Nonny Nonny, that's in need of some financial help: enter the Italian mob and other unsavory folk; Beatrice the aspiring doctor, and a couple prep school boys escaping for the summer, Claude and Benedick. If you're tired of intense drama in your stories, take a break with this familiar classic comedy told in a clever new light. Let the battle of wits commence!


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A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

I spent many days of my childhood in hotels around the world. My dad always made it an adventure no matter where we were. When I heard about A Gentleman in Moscow, a book about a man sentenced to hotel-arrest in Moscow for the remainder of his life, I knew instantly I would love it. I predicted true; this book is a delight. I don't know how else to put it. I found myself laughing out loud in some parts and my brow furrowed in sobering reflection at others. By the time I turned the last page, I was heartbroken to leave all these characters I'd spent the last 40 years (and 400 pages) with, watching the world change around them. Now I want to read it again and again. And again.


Truthwitch: A Witchlands Novel (The Witchlands #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765379290
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Published: Tor Teen - January 10th, 2017

Adventure and magic and badass heroines, oh my! Truthwitch is an incredibly fun page turner that'll have you scrambling for the sequel by the last page. I especially like how Dennard focuses on strengthening friendships and other kinds of relationships in these books, there's almost no romance and certainly none of those lame love triangles. Instead you'll meet strong-willed, no-nonsense women like threadsisters Safiya and Iseult. Fans of Sarah J. Maas, need something after your Throne of Glass reread binge? This is it!


This Mortal Coil Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481496339
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Published: Simon Pulse - November 7th, 2017

“When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,/Must give us pause”…and here is another Hamlet-esque story of burden and identity. A virus has taken over the world; it causes spontaneous combustion and the only known immunity is to eat the flesh of the affected fallen before the explosion of red mist. Catarina is a gifted hacker determined to find and retrieve her hostage father from Cartaxus, a large organization that is believed to be withholding a vaccine. Set in an age of gene hacking, DNA mods and upgrades through implants, the tech is radical and formidable and the story speeds forward with non-stop explosive action amidst writing as piercing as shrapnel.


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

Some books defy normal categorization and Jane, Unlimited is a captivating example. It at first feels like a loose reimagining of Jane Eyre: Jane, orphan, is a maker of umbrellas and unapologetic with her opinions. Then mix in Clue-like espionage and deceit, a capricious house, and multiple realities that bring to mind an Escher painting, and you won't begin to imagine what happens next.


The Arsonist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803740716
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Published: Dial Books - August 22nd, 2017

"It was a pleasure to burn." A chilling, magnetic story, I had to keep reminding myself it was fiction. I don't think I've read anything like this before, but the historical style reminded me of Julie Berry. You will find little romance within these pages. There is mystery, friendship, and of course, arson in many forms. This book is more than its beautiful cover hints at, I can't even begin to explain it. The Arsonist is one of my favorite reads this year, let it be yours too.


The Naming: Book One of Pellinor (Pellinor Series #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763694432
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Published: Candlewick - June 13th, 2017

The Books of Pellinor have been published for over a decade, a timeless fantasy series on par with the works of fellow Australian authors Garth Nix and Alison Goodman. If you're new to the world you can start with The Naming (book one) or The Bone Queen, a rich backstory to one of the main characters in the series. While romance is slim throughout the books there are a number of incredibly well written friendships and other kinds of relationships which I found wholly satisfying and genuine. Reminiscent of Tolkien's magic and world building, these books remain some of my all-time favorites and now they have beautiful new covers!


The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062444134
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Published: Harper Voyager - July 5th, 2016

Have you missed Firefly? Need something to fill the void before your next rewatch? This novel does the trick and holds its own to boot! The crew of the Wayfarer had my heart from page one. They're an odd and endearing bunch, some Human, other species, and even an AI. The story meanders along with an incredibly open heart and mind, and told through many eyes. A delightful debut!


The Blinds: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062661340
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Published: Ecco - August 1st, 2017

They say it's called the Blinds because there's no information going in or out of Caesura, a small town in the middle of the Texas desert. You've been told you are here either because you're a murderer or witnessed something bad enough to put your life in danger--you just don't know which one. And when this isolated town starts to gain a body count, well, things get interesting. The pace of The Blinds is subtle and building so there's a little patience involved, but when the pieces of this town's mysteries start to fall into place it's wholly worth the wait. Caesura initially emits an atmosphere or normalcy that's quickly proven to be untrue, and the dialogue is so sharp you don't realize it's slipped in until you hear the blood dripping on your shoes.


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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

In this age, there are orogenes, people in touch with and having the ability to manipulate the earth's plates and seismic activity. While rogues are ostracized from most comms, many are captured and trained at the Fulcrum to eventually be put to work maintaining the unsettled tectonic plates throughout Stillness. Jemisin drops us right in a richly imagined world following a few different points of view as the environment changes. For a new Fifth Season has just begun--an ending of the world, and who knows what's to come this time? The combined lore and vernacular in Stillness is brilliant and multifaceted; it felt like the author was whispering the tale into my ear. And many twists and surprises lead up to a most unexpected climax. As soon as I turned the last page, I wanted to start it over again immediately.


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Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity Cover Image
By Steve Silberman, Oliver Sacks (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780399185618
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Published: Avery - August 23rd, 2016

There has to be something notable to draw me toward 500-page psychology books, and though I can't pinpoint it, this one has it. I found the numerous case histories compelling; it fed my need to know more about autism and just how much it can differ from person to person. Reading this opened up my mind to the sobering history of diagnosis and early treatments, and wonder at the talent which has emerged.There are many ways of experiencing this world, and in here Silberman brings autism to the limelight for us to better understand the wide range of these unique and beautiful minds. I especially recommend Neurotribes if you like Oliver Sacks' psychology books, or want to learn more about autism and neurodiversity.


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Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781910593110
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Published: SelfMadeHero - May 10th, 2016

Agatha Christie is one of my favorite mystery writers. Yet despite years of reading her work, I recently realized I knew next to nothing about her as a person. Unfortunately, due to the ridiculous amount of fiction I prefer to read, I don't usually have the time (or attention span) for written biographies. When I saw this appear on our shelves, the life of Agatha Christie in graphic novel form, I snagged it right away. This biography is engaging, it shows all the major events in her life in a creative and page-turner way. Going in blind, I learned so much about her; she was a pretty badass woman for her time. Even though she married a couple times, her writing and career were her most prominent passions throughout her long life. This biography appeals to long-time Christie fans with mental narrative appearances by Poirot and Marple, but it will also capture the attention of people who have yet to read her brilliant work.


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A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101998885
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Published: Razorbill - August 29th, 2017

If I'm being honest, I was initially wary in learning there would be a sequel to An Ember in the Ashes. I was satisfied with its slightly open-ended conclusion. That being said, once I had this in my hands, the excitement caught up with me and I was sucked back in to Tahir's ever expanding desert fantasy world. Helene's point of view is introduced, showing her reluctant quest to assassinate the "traitor" Elias, her former best friend. Laia's mysterious powers are manifesting more every day, causing new issues on her journey to retrieve her imprisoned brother. On top of everything else, with the recent crowning of a new emperor the Empire is on the brink of a civil war. And with events ending as they did, there absolutely has to be a third book.


Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062351432
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 10th, 2017

Cecil: "Greetings, Night Vale visitors. In this book are many words, and the words, as collective words usually have a tendency to do, create a story. This story may have to do with a well known podcast, and it may not--that really depends on the weather. Within, there is a lot of plot regarding a man in a tan jacket holding a deerskin suitcase, but I'm afraid I can't remember more than that. If you decide to read this book, prepare yourself for the normal day-to-day experiences of Night Vale residents which include: life-threatening visits to the Public Library, heated debates on the existence of mountains, a number of meals of invisible pie (a town favorite!) and the exploration of complex relationships of parents and their children. Carlos, the handsome scientist, is in here as well. (He is doing well, thank you for asking)." For the audio version of this review, as usual, remove your shoe, lift it up to your ear, and whistle those five notes.


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If I Was Your Girl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250078414
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 26th, 2018

Amanda just wants a normal life as a teenage girl, because that’s what she knows she’s always been, even if it wasn’t on her birth certificate. Now in a new town, she’s falling for a boy, but in every new stage of their relationship, she becomes more worried about how he would feel if he knew her history. It was heart-wrenching to read about simple daily things most of us take for granted that Amanda justifiably finds nerve-wracking. This is a beautifully told love story that needs to be read, and I didn’t expect the deep effect it would have on me; it reached into my soul and brought me to tears.


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The Dark Days Club (A Lady Helen Novel #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142425091
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Published: Speak - January 3rd, 2017

When someone uttered to me the phrase "Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Jane Austen" I immediately stole the copy out of their hands and ran toward a comfy chair, refusing all social calls until completion. Okay, some of that may be a little exaggerated, but my enthusiasm ran (and still runs) that deep and anyway, it turns out to be the most apt description for the novel. The Regency era setting feels meticulously researched down to every minute detail. And the paranormal aspect felt wholly unique, which is hard to come by these days. Just imagine if you lived in Jane Austen's time, a proper Lady with no choice but to be wed off to a boring life of cross stitching....yawn...and then found out you had inherited badass powers to battle the forces of evil in the world!? If you're like me, in no universe would you refuse that calling, and in here, lucky Lady Helen receives it. Though it begins a series, The Dark Days Club stands strong by itself, and you will no doubt wish for more when it's over.


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All the Feels: All is Fair in Love and Fandom Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250084095
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Published: Swoon Reads - June 7th, 2016

After the untimely demise of beloved Captain Malcolm Ren--I mean Matt Spartan from the latest Starveil movie, fans across the world are in mourning, and desperate AU fan fiction is appearing by the hour. As Liz struggles to balance college life with her Starveil fandom passion, she decides she must do the impossible. With the help of her perpetually cosplayed friend, Xander, together they learn the depths of fandom friendships and the support power of a nerdy community…and possibly bring a certain captain back to life. There will be many opportunities for laughing and geeking out while reading, from everyday cosplay, to a trip to Dragon Con. So grab a bowl of popcorn for this fun weekend read because you’ll definitely...what's the phrase? Feel all the feels.


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Salt to the Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142423622
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Published: Penguin Books - August 1st, 2017

Based on true events of the time, this story follows the harrowing journey of four teenagers toward the end of World War II as they flee danger from all sides, and toward their last hope, the ship Wilhelm Gustloff. Along with ten thousand other passengers, they soon find themselves fighting for their own lives on one fateful, icy voyage. As with Between Shades of Grey, Ruta Sepetys crafts another lesser known tragedy from history into a resonating tale. It is unassuming, yet powerful; a story that will be remembered and, like The Book Thief, will be relished by teens and adults alike.


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A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765376466
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Published: Tor Books - January 19th, 2016

I didn't mean to read this book. I only intended to read the first page, but I suddenly found I couldn't stop, and accidentally finished the whole book in just over a day. Kell, one of two magicians left in the worlds, and Lila, a crossdressing thief with aspirations of captaining a pirate ship one day, find themselves swept up into an adventure of the most unexpected kind, and of course with danger around every corner. This book is immediately getting shelved next to my two similarly favorite fantasy books, The Night Circus, and Neverwhere. A Darker Shade of Magic transported me to an enchanting and dangerous set of worlds, and I fell utterly under its spell. Schwab writes magic as a beautiful and frightening force, and the kind that makes you pause and think…that it could all very well be possible.


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Sleeping Giants (The Themis Files #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101886717
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Published: Del Rey - January 24th, 2017

I’ll be the first one to admit it, the striking cover caught my eye. Then, the fact that this book is about giant alien robot parts buried across the globe…there was no way I’d pass on it. Epistolary novels have never been my favorite, but with the promise of giant robots, I abated my prejudices and quickly devoured the scientist’s journal entries and interviews that make up the story, and I am very glad I did. Neuvel carries a strong new voice into literary sci-fi, creating a story that blends the speculative elements that blew our minds in VanderMeer’s Area X trilogy, with the hard core science nerd factor of The Martian.


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Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles: Levana's Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250073556
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Published: Square Fish - February 2nd, 2016

Villain backstory? Yes. I loved this extended look at Levana's childhood/pre-Cinder-era. She is pretty much still an insane, power-hungry psychopath, but she's not as bad as her older sister Channary, if you can imagine that. My heart ached for her troubles as much as I wanted her to keep suffering, and that is a hard balance to achieve. We are even shown a little backstory on many secondary characters from the first three books, which makes me want to read them all over to see everything in a different light.


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