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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.
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A Darker Shade of Magic Cover Image
$15.99
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 Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101886694
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Published: Del Rey Books - April 26th, 2016

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
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250060556
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 27th, 2015

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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Legacy of Kings Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780373211722
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Published: Harlequin Teen - August 18th, 2015

I don’t come across an epic historical fantasy book as often as I’d like. In my experience, “epic fantasy” and “historical” are not usually in the same description. Yet here is a vibrant story about Alexander the Great’s little-mentioned teenage years, exhibiting his development into one of the world’s greatest conquerors in history. Every page’s description came across saturated in historical authenticity; I felt I was truly in 340BC along with Alex and his comrades (and a little dark magic). Although there are many points of view, each person has their role and whether or not they realize it yet, their fates are inevitably intertwined. This is a compelling read for any older teen, especially for fans of An Ember in the Ashes. Like me, you will run out of pages much faster than you realize—and it is just the beginning.


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Ten Thousand Skies Above You: A Firebird Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062278999
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Published: Harper Teen - November 3rd, 2015

Here's a story that's as beautiful and layered as its cover. The pacing is spot on, you never know what awaits in the dimension Marguerite will jump into next, and betrayals lurk in every unsuspecting corner of the universe. I loved seeing Marguerite growing up as I turned the pages into the night. A very supportive sequel, and I can't wait to see how the series will end.


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The Jottery: Thought Experiments for Everyday Philosophers and Part-Time Geniuses Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780399171468
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Published: Tarcherperigee - May 5th, 2015

This is a funny little book, and one that makes you think. I didn't expect all these little thought experiments to be so entertaining and even philosophical in its own weird way. It’s an good read that will be fun on a road trip with friends, or for solitary contemplation on a rainy afternoon. It gets your brain working, and I found myself caught on many of the questions longer than I thought I would. Flip through it for a second and you'll get what I mean, there are even spaces to pencil in some answers. The Jottery has certainly changed my perspective on a lot of every day quandaries. What do you think real trees are thinking of telephone poles dressed up as one of their own?


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Black Widow Forever Red Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781484726433
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Published: Marvel Comics - October 13th, 2015

I’ve never been one much for movie tie-ins, but Black Widow? Say no more. This reaches for that small part in all of us Marvel nerds that wish Natasha Romanov herself would appear on your doorstop and whisk you away on a dangerous SHIELD mission. Unsuspecting teens Ava and Alex experience just that, and what follows is an non-stop adventure with the usual firefights and government conspiracies spanning the globe. Redacted files and long-forgotten projects are revealed, and along the way Black Widow learns as much about herself as Ava and Alex do. The one and only Tony Stark is also present with his signature never-ending wisecracks throughout the story. I truly hope Marvel continues these books to hold me over until the next movie release. More, please!


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Rosie Revere, Engineer Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419708459
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2013

This is a great book for any young creative mind or aspiring inventor. The illustrations are wild and expressive, and Rosie’s story is one of persistence and believing in yourself while embracing all your mistakes along with achievements. I recommend it to readers of all ages.


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The Doldrums Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062320940
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 29th, 2015

Seeking wild adventure outside their small ordinary town, Archer, Oliver, and Adelaide tested the bounds of the imagination, and brought me along in their journey. The oddness and subtle humor is reminiscent of The Series of Unfortunate Events minus the gloomy atmosphere. And contrary to it's 'doldrum' title, it’s rather uplifting. The full color illustrations scattered throughout are resplendent, and really help visualizing all of the unpredictable events that take place. I can’t wait for the next adventure with this group of friends.


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Armada Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780804137256
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - July 14th, 2015

“Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures,” so says the great author Alexandre Dumas, and that’s exactly what Zach Lightman does. This is his classic Call to Adventure in video game form. When it is revealed that everything from the classic arcade games to the numerous sci-fi films released over the last forty years have been a government cover up to prepare humanity for an impending alien attack…there’s no hesitation in Zach’s agreement to enlist on the front lines. After all, it must be his destiny, he’s one of the highest ranked Armada gamers in the world. I had way too much fun reading this book, and I’m sure I spent an embarrassing amount of my reading time with a huge goofy nerd-grin on my face. This is not a sequel or companion to Ready Player One but a story more adrenaline fueled, and just as engaging. Strap yourself in for one geek-fest thrill of a ride, this is the most exciting space conflict I’ve experienced since the Battle of Wolf 359.


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Calvin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374380731
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - November 17th, 2015

Along Calvin's journey I caught myself hoping Hobbes was actually there for him, to help him through this sudden change in his life. The lines of reality quickly blur: from snowball fights to the classic philosophical afternoon contemplations, and even a few Spaceman Spiff vignettes, here's a sweet story of friendship, maybe a little off the track, and the perfect nostalgic read for any Calvin and Hobbes fan.


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Ancillary Justice Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316246620
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Published: Orbit - October 1st, 2013

Even after seeing it win five of the biggest fantasy book awards last year, I’m not sure why I hesitated to start this book. Maybe that was precisely it. With so many stars, my expectations were set incredibly high; it was too daunting. But when I finally got around to reading the summary and learned what the plot was about, and that the main character is a spaceship…I picked it up the next day. I haven’t felt this empathetic toward an AI since watching Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation throughout my childhood. Justice of Toren One Esk’s history and plotting of revenge spanning over a thousand years is just plain exciting to experience. So hailing all hardcore sci-fi fans, here’s the erudite, complex novel with a narrative of avant-garde gender usage a la Ursula le Guin we’ve all been waiting for. And now I’m left scrambling for the next one.


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Daughter of Deep Silence Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525426509
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 26th, 2015

When Frances survives the wreck of Persephone by assuming the identity of her dead shipmate and friend, Libby, she delves deeply into this charade. Now, after four years of pretending, she practically develops a split personality. Returning to Libby’s home to face both of their pasts, she finally has her carefully calculated plan in motion to uncover what really happened on the Persephone, and why the only other two survivors of the ship are lying. Ultimately, she seeks closure for the horrific murder of her parents she witnessed that night. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough in this cold story of vengeance, couldn’t wait to see how it all played out. I was not disappointed.


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Hold Me Like a Breath: Once Upon a Crime Family Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802737823
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - May 19th, 2015

I read a lot of fairytale retellings; it’s one of my favorite genres. When I first heard this book was a Princess and the Pea reimagining, it sounded too benign for my tastes. But when the rest of the description went on to say “illegal organ trafficking” well, color me intrigued. Penelope is one of the physically weakest characters I’ve read. If she receives hugs, or handshakes, the smallest thing, because of a rare platelet disorder, she’ll bruise, and the situation can quickly become life threatening for her. So when I say Penelope’s a tough heroine to root for, I mean it in the truest, old fashioned sense, and she’s not as delicate as she seems. Penelope’s road to independence is a hard one, and full of betrayals at every turn. This is not the fairytale you remember, it is much more.


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The Notorious Pagan Jones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780373211432
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Published: Harlequin Teen - May 26th, 2015

Fallen actress Pagan Jones was once a great star, but after getting her whole family killed while she was drinking behind the wheel, she’s sent to a girls reformatory. After nine months of imprisonment, she’s suddenly offered a possibly career-saving role in a movie filming in Berlin. Here she is given a second chance to get her addiction under control, and the opportunity to deal with her restless inner demons. This is a glamorous novel full of facades and espionage, and manages a smooth balance of the sparkling 1960’s Hollywood atmosphere, with East Germany as the backdrop. I couldn’t put this book down, it was an incredibly fun read.


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North and South Cover Image
By Elizabeth Gaskell, Patricia Ingham (Introduction by)
$12.00
ISBN: 9780140434248
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 1996

There was a time when I finally finished all of Jane Austen's books (twice) and I suddenly didn't know where to turn next. I loved reading about dances, and witty banter, and most importantly, Society with a capital S. After getting stuck in a long reading rut, I stumbled upon North and South, and despite the lack of dances, I found beautiful writing, memorable friendships, and a fair amount of tempestuous romance. This book is more political and industrial than my Austen-norm, but it was just the right book for my fix. I found myself sucked into the troubling world of cotton factories, and unjust class prejudices. Margaret Hale has now become one of my favorite heroines. She's pulled out of her comfortable country lifestyle and thrown into this busy working environment, and we are reminded that there are two sides to every story.


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George Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545812542
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 25th, 2015

George is a sweet and unassuming story about a kid who just wants to be accepted and known openly for who they are. It shows the strength of true friendship, and the importance of loving yourself no matter what other people think of you. I love this little book, and ten-year-old George's experiences immediately pulled at all my heartstrings. It's sincere, unique, and I couldn't help but read it in one sitting.


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Rook Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545675994
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 28th, 2015

This reimagining of The Scarlet Pimpernel is a thrilling, Robin Hood-esque standalone about Sophia Bellamy, a girl in the Sunken City whose arranged marriage is her family's only way out from ruin. The post-apocalyptic world Cameron creates mixes French Revolution gloom with a dystopian and sci-fi feel that is completely her own. The immersing atmosphere, combined with Sophia's exciting journey told through a wide cast of character's POVs, make Rook a satisfying story that will blow you away.


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Dove Arising Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147512437
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Published: Speak - January 5th, 2016

Fifteen-year-old Phaet is a quiet young girl, leading a very average life with her family on the moon. But when her mother is arrested for rebellious publishings in the paper, Phaet knows the only way to support her siblings in her mother’s absence is to enlist in the powerful Militia. There’s much action and little time for romance in her demanding new life as a trainee, and the deeper she goes, the fewer people she can trust and the more secrets she has to uncover. A stellar debut with a Lunar setting, Dove Arising is sure to appeal to fans of Veronica Roth and Beth Revis. 


A Thousand Pieces of You Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062278975
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Published: Harper Teen - November 3rd, 2015

Marguerite's parents are esteemed physicists known for inventing the "Firebird," a small device which allows you to travel into alternate, or parallel, dimensions. But with such great technology, comes powerful people who want it for themselves and are willing to kill anyone in their way to obtaining it. When Marguerite embarks on a trans-demensional journey to avenge the murder of her father, she has to adapt quickly to new timelines and altered versions of people she knows so well in her own world. With all this world-jumping action, you never know where you’ll wind up, and Claudia Gray is creative with the each outcome. From an underwater science rig, to Russian palaces, this high-stakes story kept me engaged with every world that appeared next. It’s exciting and unpredictable, full of science and speculation. I mean after all…what’s more terrifying than imagining a world without The Beatles?


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Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619634855
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - February 24th, 2015

As soon as I started this last book of the Princess Academy series, I fell right in. I love how Shannon Hale makes her characters tough in the way of brains—beat the bad guys with economics and historical texts! Miri and the princesses she’s tutoring are such likable characters, I was sad to say a final goodbye. But nevertheless, in this book we get some closure for the original Princess Academy graduates, and plenty of quarry-speak. Hale reminds us once again that using your words and intellect is just as powerful as the sword, to win the war.


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Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780452297982
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Published: Plume Books - April 24th, 2012

This really is the book to read if you're planning to go to Peru, or interested in the general history and life of Hiram Bingham III. The narrative parallels Hiram's discoveries—in which, surprisingly, he did a heck of a lot more than just discover Machu Picchu—along with the author, Mark Adam's own adventures following Bingham's footsteps a hundred years later. Where the history sections have potential to become dry, Adams makes it all very engaging, and in his experiences gives you personal tips for traveling modernly to Machu Picchu and the surrounding area, which also makes this a great preparation-read.


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Omega City Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062310859
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 28th, 2015

When 12-year old Gillian and her friends embark on a search for the "hundred-year battery," their motive is just to clear their dad's reputation, but what they find is more than they could ever have imagined. Many gems are tucked into this wonderful adventure novel: Cold War conspiracy theories, lost treasures, and more. It's full of puzzles and riddles like those in The Mysterious Benedict Society, as well as exciting perils like in City of Ember. As crazy a ride as that all sounds though, there’s plenty of genuine humor weaved throughout, and even a few touching moments. I felt like I made some new friends in Omega City, and I think you will too.


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The Stepford Wives Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780060080846
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Published: William Morrow & Company - July 23rd, 2002

I read this book in one sitting. It reads like a script and feels like watching a movie, but even if you've seen the movie, this book is more than worth the read. It's the 1970's feminist satire you've been looking for, and if you're at all a fan of The Twilight Zone episodes from way back, you'll probably love this. And I didn't realize until half way through, there are only a handful of chapter breaks, and that's a big part of why I read it from cover to cover in one breath. But this book is more than a well-written satire--it's an unsettling, suspenseful thriller that will keep you eagerly turning pages until the final reveal.


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All Fall Down Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545654746
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 20th, 2015

If you’re familiar with Ally Carter’s work, toward the end of the Gallagher Girls books, you’ll remember how things started to get legitimately dark and for real. Her Heist Society series got a glimpse of that as well. Now it appears Ally has finally gone over to the dark side. For ninety percent of the book I didn't even trust Grace myself, and totally questioned her sanity. And by the time everything was wrapping up at the end, I could tell this story was just getting started. To top it off, there’a a great international cast of characters who all bring something of their own to the story. Ally Carter, please keep the kick-ass kids and government conspiracies coming our way!


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The Reluctant Assassin Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781423164951
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Published: Hyperion Books - April 8th, 2014

Meet Riley, a 14 year old orphan boy who's been taken in under the wings of villainous magician and occasional assassin for hire, Albert Garrick. Right as Riley is forced to commit his first murder, he is saved by accidentally getting transported into present day, landing himself in the middle of a cross-century investigation much bigger than himself. Now here's another series from Eoin Colfer I can look forward to! It's full of action, witty dialogue, and nasty bad guys who truly believe in what they do. I have a soft spot for time traveling, and this is now one of my favorites in that genre. It's for a slightly older audience than the Artemis Fowl books, because it's not as lighthearted. An especially great capture of 19th century London streets; I felt completely immersed.


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