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Kiera


 

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Strange the Dreamer Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316341677
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 22nd, 2018

The poetic writing of this novel will remind readers why they fell so deeply in love with reading. Strange the Dreamer is an utterly strange and beautiful novel that follows the journey of an orphan who lives buried in the old tomes of the library he considers a home, never expecting be a part of a story himself. Lazlo Strange always dreamt of the city of Weep, the mythical land where alchemists turn lead into gold and gods walk among man. Obsessed with this fantastical place, Lazlo dedicates years to researching the lost city, long considered a fairytale to others. Unbeknownst to him, he is the hero of this story, and will be offered the chance to not only visit Weep, but also save it. This is a rich world, full of magic, love, and nightmares, with the age-old tale of the dreamer who wanted to be so much more woven throughout this masterpiece.

- Kiera


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The Light Between Worlds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062696878
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Published: HarperTeen - October 23rd, 2018

AVAIL. 10/13/18

The Light Between Worlds pays tribute to the magical worlds where children escape, whether they walk through a wardrobe or fall into a rabbit hole. It is a story of what may happen when one has lived another life, in another world, and is suddenly thrust back into reality. Siblings Evelyn, Phillipa, and Jamie are wished into the Woodlands during the bombing of London in WWII. While Evelyn believes the Woodlands are where her heart belongs, Phillipa and Jamie wait for the day they can return to London, especially when war looms on the horizon of this magical world. After years of living in the Woodlands, the siblings return home to the moment they left, and must forget the life they lived; that is, if Evelyn can forget the place in which she found her true home. Hauntingly beautiful and deeply literary, this original story will captivate readers who have also questioned where they truly belong.

- Kiera


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Seafire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451478801
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Published: Razorbill - August 28th, 2018

AVAIL. 8/28/18

Caledonia has lost everything. Her parents, her brother, and her happy life were all killed by the Lord of the Sea and his army of Bullets. Over the course of four years, she captains a ship of battle-worn women on the Mors Navis. Her goal? Dismantle the empire and avenge the deaths of those she loved. When a fight goes south, a Bullet, who saves Caledonia’s best friend, is taken as their prisoner and spared a gruesome death. Caledonia very much wants him dead, but he may be the key to the justice she seeks for her family. Lovers of Pirates of the Caribbean and steampunk tech will be happy to join the fight for revenge in this adventure story.

- Kiera


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Dance of Thieves Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250159014
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - August 7th, 2018

AVAIL. 8/7/18

Kazi is a thief. Jase is a king. Both are unwittingly thrust together in a battle of survival and wits in this action-packed debut. When Kazi is sent by her queen with an elite group of soldiers to arrest the old ruler of Hell’s Mouth, a city ruled by the Ballenger dynasty, the last thing she expects is to be captured by slave traders. Even more surprising, she soon finds herself shackled (literally) to the new ruler of Hell’s Mouth, Jase. Filled with political scheming, page-turning battles, and heated romance, readers will be immersed in this lush fantasy from page one.

- Kiera


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Furyborn (Empirium Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492656623
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - May 22nd, 2018

Furyborn is the story of two girls leading very different paths, from very different times. In one era we have Rielle, who has been forced to hide her impossible ability to control all the elements of magic. After her kingdom discovers her secret, she must compete in trials to prove she will not become the prophesized Blood Queen, or face execution. A thousand years in the future lives Eliana, a bounty hunter who only cares for protecting her family. When her mother vanishes, Eliana must uncover the mysterious disappearances of women throughout the empire, for the sake of her mother’s life. Featuring a dual point-of-view between the two women, their stories intertwine in the most satisfying way. This world is dangerous. It is dark. And Claire Legrand did not hold back when creating a rich saga full of both magic and blood.

- Kiera


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What Should Be Wild: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062684134
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Published: Harper - May 8th, 2018

This modern fairytale is delightfully creepy and utterly unique. What Should Be Wild is a dark humorous novel that follows the story of Maisie, a girl born with the ability to kill or resurrect life with the slightest touch. Raised by her meticulous father in her late mother’s manor, Maisie longs to be a part of the lives surrounding her, and suppresses her own curse to keep things in their natural order. Her loneliness is palpable, her world extending as far as the mysterious wood encompassing her home. These boundaries are broken when her father suddenly disappears, and to save him Maisie must embrace the wild that is both around her, and inside her. The stunning prose builds a magically realistic world that will pull you in and leave you spinning from the haunting conclusion.

- Kiera


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Children of Blood and Bone (Children of Orisha #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250170972
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - March 6th, 2018

In the land of Orisha, magic used to thrive with the power of the sacred maji, who were said to have been touched by the Gods. Then one day, the magic disappeared, leaving the maji vulnerable to the hate of the kingdom that once cherished them. Now Zelie, a young maji, must fight to survive in a society that sees her as nothing more than a maggot. When she discovers she has the power to save her people, she sets off on a journey with her brother and the princess of Orisha to restore magic to the world. This West-African inspired fantasy is filled with stunning world building, dynamic characters, and subtly addresses the issues of systematic racism still present today.  

- Kiera


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A Lite Too Bright Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062662002
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 8th, 2018

A Lite Too Bright follows Arthur Louis Pullman III, a young man who sets out on a journey to find answers that have been lost with his grandfather’s memories, and his sequential death. Arthur watched Alzheimer’s quickly take his grandfather, the first Arthur Louis Pullman, leaving a shell of the classic author in his place. Yet Arthur still needs to know what happened the week before his grandfather’s death - the week his grandfather vanished. As his own life starts to fall apart, Arthur uncovers clues left by a dementia-fueled mind, and soon begins a cross-country train ride in order to uncover the mystery that was his grandfather. Anyone whose life has been derailed by Alzheimer’s will breeze through this refreshingly original story of healing, family, and the bittersweet truth of growing older.

-Kiera


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The Cruel Prince (Folk of the Air #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316310277
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 2nd, 2018

Holly Black’s best work to date goes back to her roots as a composer of powerful fantasy filled with dynamic characters. After watching the brutal murder of her parents as a child, Jude and her two sisters must now assimilate into the life of Faerie, and prove themselves worthy amongst the cruel fey. But Jude doesn’t want to just belong; she wants to conquer. Her struggle against her mortal status, a constant reminder of her weakness, sends her spiraling into a web of deceit in the Courts of Faerie. Now her determination to become a great knight will be tested as civil war threatens to break out amongst the courts. This book will make you believe in magic after experiencing the immersive world, and keep you craving for the sequel.

- Kiera


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Unearthed Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781484758052
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 9th, 2018

Indiana Jones in Space: the only description that gives justice to this action-packed, near-future science fiction book filled with ancient booby-trapped temples, remorseless mercenaries, and extinct aliens. The partnership of a scholar and a scavenger is unconventional, but so is dying on an alien planet. Clashing interests aside, our two unlikely heroes must fight together through dangerous puzzles in order to unlock the mysteries of Gaia, an alien planet whose technology may be the answer to Earth’s fatal problems. Unearthed has a perfect balance of humor and lethal mystery, and at its core, questions what’s most important to us: saving whom we care about most, or saving our world?

- Kiera


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Blood Water Paint Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735232112
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 6th, 2018

This inspiring debut is shockingly necessary in this day and age. The exploration of female strength is both spare and evocative, as it exposes the truth of what young women can go through in their lives. Joy McCullough composed this timely verse in a way that is fresh and relevant, paying homage to the horrors that were experienced by Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi and the strength of Biblical heroines. Artemisia’s voice is both real and modern, making it completely accessible, and will follow you through the power it demands. Blood Water Paint reads as though it were whispered in confession, yet its stories should now be spread to anyone who wishes to experience raw and haunting history.

- Kiera


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