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The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer
In this world, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain's industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire's Machineworks.
The Tinker King by Tiffany Trent
After Vespa, Syrus, and Bayne defeated the Grue and restored order to their world in The Unnaturalists, they thought their future was secure. Empress Olivia, committed to peace and equality for humans and Elementals alike, was a fair and just ruler. And the Creeping Waste had vanished, giving them hope for the first time.
But rebellion is brewing in the far-off city of Scientia, and dark Elementals are plotting war in the ruins of New London. Before they know what's happening, Vespa, Syrus, and their friends are plunged into a new swamp of intrigue, deception and magic, and the cost of survival may be more than any of them are willing to pay.
Absent by Katie Williams
When seventeen-year-old Paige dies in a freak fall from the roof during Physics class, her spirit is bound to the ground of her high school. At least she has company: her fellow ghosts Evan and Brooke, who also died there. But when Paige hears the rumor that her death wasn't an accident - that she supposedly jumped on purpose - she can't bear it. Then Paige discovers something amazing. She can possess living people when they think of her, and she can make them do almost anything. Maybe, just maybe, she can get to the most popular girl in school and stop the rumors once and for all.
A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn
The girls who escape into the forbidden woods do it for one reason: freedom. But Marni has never heeded the voices that call to her from among the trees, the ones that lured her mother away so many years ago. Marni is the rightful heir to the throne, though she lives in exile, growing flowers for the court. While it isn't the life of a princess, at least she's been safe - until now.
Marni is not a little girl anymore. People are starting to notice her, and the voices in the woods have grown too loud to ignore. When the trees themselves begin to move in on the kingdom, Marni knows she must make a choice. She could claim her birthright as princess of a realm whose ruthless king wants her dead. Or she could make a life with the father she has never known: the wild dragon who is sending his magical woods to capture her.
Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel
Callie LeRoux faces harsh realities in Dust Bowl-era Slow Run, Kansas. The relentless dust storms, which have driven almost everyone from town, leave her fighting for every breath. Still, her half-mad mother insists they stay at the hotel they own, certain that the father Callie has never known will return to them. Now Callie fears she's losing her mind too. Suddenly she's hearing voices - menacing whispers that make her feel as if she's being watched.
When her mother goes missing in a violent storm, Callie is plunged into a whole new reality. Her only hope comes from a mysterious man who holds a few clues about her destiny and the path she must take to find her parents in "the golden hills of the west." Alone for the first time in her life, confused and terrified, Callie lets her guard down and befriends Jack, a hobo boy who is more than happy to keep her company on her trek to California.
But far more threatens Callie and Jack than the danger that comes with riding the rails. Warring fairy factions hide inside and between the creative communities of American society, and they've been looking for Callie. Now that they know where she is, they're out to capture her and claim the unique power she possesses.
Golden Girl by Sarah Zettel
Callie LeRoux is not in Kansas anymore. . . .
She's put her harrowing trip from the depths of the Dust Bowl behind her. Callie's life is a different kind of exciting now: working at a major motion-picture studio in sunny California, she meets powerful executives and stylish stars every day. But she's still determined to complete the mission that brought her out west, no matter who, or what, stands in her way.
With help from her friend Jack and guidance from the great singer Paul Robeson, she will find her missing mother and maybe, just maybe, meet her father for the first time. She knows he's a fairy prince, and she is the heir to his throne. And her magical powers are growing, making her a huge threat to her family's enemies from another fairy faction. Hollywood is their territory, and they sense that Callie, the long-hidden child of prophecy, is finally within reach.
Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell
Tilda has never given much thought to dragons, attending instead to her endless duties and wishing herself free of a princess's responsibilities.
When a greedy cousin steals Tilda's lands, the young princess goes on the run with two would-be dragon slayers. Before long she is facing down the Wild Hunt, befriending magical horses, and battling flame-spouting dragons. On the adventure of a lifetime, and caught between dreams of freedom and the people who need her, Tilda learns more about dragons - and herself - than she ever imagined.
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation's chosen few, who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing - their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.
Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate, eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father's advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies: Trust no one.
Surely, though, she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance. Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of The Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.
Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau
With her Testing experience forgotten thanks to a government-issued memory wipe, seventeen-year-old Cia Vale is eager to begin her studies at the Commonwealth's elite University, as is Tomas, the boy she loves.
Their bright futures are threatened by the past, however, when violent nightmares that feel more like memories force Cia to question reality and the true motives lurking behind the friendly faces of her classmates.
Embarking on a forbidden course of study that could get her killed, Cia delves into the Commonwealth's darkest secrets. What she learns changes everything. . . .
The Testing was just the beginning.
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May 12, 2014 - Monday
Review: Oddfellow's Orphanage - Emily Winfield Martin
May 13, 2014 - Tuesday
Top Ten Tuesday #44: Top 10 Books I Almost Put Down But Didn't
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May 14, 2014 - Wednesday
Waiting on Wednesday #47 + WWW Wednesday #17
May 15, 2014 - Thursday
ARC Review: The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill - Megan Frazer Blakemore
May 16, 2014 - Friday
Review: Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas
May 17, 2014 - Saturday
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