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Book Review: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

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SPOILER ALERT: If you aren't up-to-date with all the 'Veronica Mars' TV episodes or more importantly, haven't seen the 'Veronica Mars' movie, you might not want to read this review. Read More »

Book Review: Grim by (multiple Young Adult authors)

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Ringing-in at 480 pages, 'Grim' is a compilation of suspenseful and dark short stories, by 17 of today's hottest young adult authors. Even though the stories only span between 20-30 pages each, the authors... Read More »

Book Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting

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The Taking is the first book in a sure-to-be epic new series by Kimberly Derting. I’m a big fan of Derting’s Body Finder series, so I had complete confidence that The Taking would be a great and organic story. Which it was! Derting really excels at... Read More »

Book Review: House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

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House of Ivy & Sorrow, by Natalie Whipple, is a dark magickal tale about love and sacrifice. Josephine Hemlock, like her mother, grandmother, and all female relatives before her, is a witch. She lives in a world where all magick is considered... Read More »

ARC Book Review: Secret by Brigid Kemmerer

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EARTH. FIRE. AIR. WATER. Nick Merrick is stretched to breaking point. He's trying to keep his grades sky-high or he won't get in to college. He's trying to keep his brother's business afloat or the Merricks will be out on the street. He's trying to keep the secret of where he's going in the evenings from his twin brother Gabriel - or he fears he'll lose his family. And he's trying to keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who is his 'girlfriend's' partner. Read More »

Review: Otherkin by Nina Berry

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Release Date: July 31st, 2012 Publisher: KTeen Pages: 320 Goodreads I thought I knew myself. Then I met Caleb. Dez is a good girl who does as she’s told and tries not to be noticed. Then she rescues a boy from a cage, and he tells her secrets about herself. Now inside her burns a darkness that will transform her. Everything is about to change — and neither Caleb, nor the Otherkin, nor those who hunt them ... Read More »

Review: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

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Release Date: November 13th, 2012 Publisher: Random House Pages: 256 Goodreads Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question. It’s one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she’s queen of following rules and being prepared. That’s why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare ... Read More »

Review: Touched by Corrine Jackson

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Release Date: November 27th, 2012 Publisher: KTeen Pages: 343 Goodreads Remy O’Malley heals people with touch—but every injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive stepfather, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns, and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far. Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Protector of ... Read More »

Review: School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

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Released: May 14th, 2013 Publisher: Disney Hyperion Pages: 304 Goodreads Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy’s mom decides they need to take a break. Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing ... Read More »

Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

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Release Date: March 16th, 2010 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 327 Goodreads Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world… ... Read More »