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By Blood

By Tracy E. Banghart

Rating: ★★★★★ 

This is a thoughtful, funny, intense work of young adult fiction that takes the reader on a journey through the streets of Oxford, exploring everything from the passion of summer romance to the mystic appeal of the ancient druids.

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Tiger’s Promise

By Colleen Houck

Rating: ★★★★½ 

In a far away land, a young girl named Yesubai is raised under the control of her father. He is a man great magical abilities, a violent temper and an insatiable hunger for power that make him a dangerous man. But unbeknownst to him, Yesubai, has powers of her own.

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The Undelightened

By Bentz Deyo

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The year leading up to Leam’s eighteenth birthday has been disastrous. He failed to Delighten on his seventeenth birthday, which means he also failed to take his place amongst the magical Dark that is his birthright.

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Shattered Veil

By Tracy E. Banghart

Rating: ★★★★½ 

A young woman must find her strength and her courage when drawn into the midst of a war.

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The Iron Sword

By Jocelyn Fox

Rating: ★★★★½ 

A young woman’s desire to help her friend draws her into Fae warfare and politics, and the discovery of her own destiny.

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Assured Destruction

By Michael F. Stewart

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Janus Rose is in some ways the typical sixteen-year-old; she’s smart as a whip with computers. When she makes use of a number of old computer hard drives that should have been destroyed, Janus finds herself in the middle of trouble so serious that not even she could have anticipated, and digging herself out has the potential to make things even worse.

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Small Circles

By Megan Duke

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Megan Duke’s SMALL CIRCLES is a story of love and loss, of acceptance and letting go. By using suicide, drug use, sexuality, and emotional despair, she eloquently illustrates what is posited as the overall theme of the book: that “it’s okay to be happy.”

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The Girl And The Raven

By Pauline Gruber

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

When Lucy’s heroin-addict mother died, she came into her true inheritance – strange powers, stranger friends, and some very dangerous enemies.

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Wide Awake

By Shelly Crane

Rating: ★★★★½ 

WIDE AWAKE follows a teenage girl as she wakes up from a coma that has lasted six months and tries to remember who she is while inevitably creating a new identity for herself.

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Heist School Freshmen

By Allan Gallauresi

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

HEIST SCHOOL FRESHMEN is a first-person narrative about a high school freshman named Angelo Bastillo, who goes by the moniker “Angel.” He hates school, and while love evades him, bullies do not.

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Ray Ryan

By Aidan Riley

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ 

Aiden Riley’s RAY RYAN is a coming-of-age novel for a lad from Nottingham, England, working through a turbulent past and encountering a lot of obstacles in life. The narrative is very colloquially British, meaning, among other things, you occasionally get weirdly inverted sentence orders, i.e. “She came over, smiling she was.”

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Dark Summer

By Lizzy Ford

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

As a troubled orphan, Summer has been transferred from school to school, without making any lasting relationships—until she’s sent packing from Los Angeles to a secluded boarding school in Idaho where she soon discovers a school of witchlings divided by Light and Dark.