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  1. Recommended Book: Coal: Everleaf Series Book One

    Coal Book One of the Everleaf Series by Constance Burris ISBN: 978-1508912644 Coal is an enjoyable mythic fantasy with themes of loyalty and betrayal, prejudice, and child abduction. Coal is a sixteen-year-old human who has lived in the fey realm since he was five. His best friend is Princess Chaldecony,…

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  2. Book Review: The Temple of Doubt

    The Temple of Doubt by Anne Boles Levy Fifteen-year-old Hadara and her mother Lia are technically committing a sin when they collect plants and make medicines. The priests of the Temple of Doubt use magic to cure people under the power of their god Nihil; natural remedies are heresy. But…

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  3. Game of Thrones: Thoughts about Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken (Spoilers)

    Last night’s episode was a real downer. My first reaction was, “Well, that was depressing,” but as I think about and process it, I have some different thoughts. There will spoilers here, so if you haven’t watched the episode yet, I recommend you leave now. As a clarification,…

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  4. Book Review: An Ember in the Ashes

    An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir Told in alternating stories of two main characters on opposite sides, An Ember in the Ashes is a suspenseful exploration of the effects of violence on both the conquered and the conquerors. Set in a Rome-like fantasy world, the Scholars are a…

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  5. 2014 Andre Norton Award Nominees

    The 2014 Nebula Award nominees have been announced, and with it the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. The Nebula and Andre Norton awards are given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Two of the Andre Norton nominees were also…

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  6. Book Review: The Last Wild/The Dark Wild

    I read both of these books together, so I’m going to do what I rarely do and review them together. If you haven’t read the first book, you might want to stop after my review of The Last Wild, because my review of *The Dark Wild *will, of…

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  7. Don't overlook these books!

    I love the seven books my panel selected as the finalists for YA Speculative Fiction. I’m really proud of our shortlist as a representation of the best YA Spec Fic books of 2014. However, there are always the ones that got away, the ones that didn’t quite make…

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  8. Book Review: The Name of the Blade by Zoe Marriott

    The Name of the Blade by Zoë Marriott Mio Yamato has a secret sword hidden in the attic. Her grandfather, Ojiichan, showed it to her when she was nine years old, He told her that the sword would be hers when she turns 16, but he made her promise not…

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  9. Book Review: The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst

    The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst Lauren doesn’t want to face the diagnosis; she fears the news that her mother’s cancer has returned. Without planning or even conscious intent, she sets off driving, trying to escape her troubles. Three hundred miles later, Lauren is lost in the desert,…

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  10. Book Review: In the Shadows

    In the Shadows Text Story by Kiersten White Art and Art Story by Jim Di Bartolo In the Shadows alternates between two related stories, one told in text and the other entirely in pictures. It’s hard to talk about In the Shadows without risking revealing too much. The stories…

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