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Staff Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Why I Checked It Out: “Walk on Earth a Stranger” is by Rae Carson! That’s why! I mean, I loved her “Fire and Thorn” series, so that was really the only reason I needed to put this on hold and excitedly wait for … Continue reading

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Staff Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Why I Checked It Out: I’d never heard of this book before, and honestly, the cover isn’t overly compelling. It’s just black and red text that says “The Walled City.” But, then I opened the front cover and read, “730. That’s how … Continue reading

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Staff Review: The Vanishing Season

Why I Checked It Out: I give the marketing team of HarperTeen mad props. They did a fantastic job of designing the cover of “The Vanishing Season” by Jodi Lynn Anderson to ensnare readers like me. Desolate winter tree reflected in a lake? Creepy … Continue reading

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Staff Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Why I Checked It Out:  “An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir showed up as a highly suggested upcoming YA fantasy release on a variety of different blogs I visit. A lot of authors I respect also tweeted about … Continue reading

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Staff Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Why I Checked It Out: “The 5th Wave” has been constantly flying off the shelves here at the library. I’ve picked it up a few times, but not checked it out, mainly due to my fear of alien invasion stories (I … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Monstrous Affections

Why I Checked It Out: This book is an anthology–it’s a bunch of short stories by a variety of different authors published in one book. I checked it out because I am always looking for new authors, and this specific anthology … Continue reading

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Staff Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter

Why I Checked It Out: I read a blurb on “The Sin Eater’s Daughter” by Melinda Salisbury and learned it was an up-and-coming, stand-alone fantasy release. This is refreshing because most fantasy novels these days are written as part of a series, and sometimes … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Why I Checked It Out: Weeks before its release date, “Red Queen” was advertised as the next big YA fantasy, and considering that is my favorite genre, I eagerly put it on hold and awaited its release. Also, the cover … Continue reading

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