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Sinner – Maggie Stiefvater

★★★ ½ “It sure is ugly.” “Ugly, never hurt a thing.” I scoffed. “Oh, ugly has hurt some things. It’s just that pretty hurts more.” Oof. Pseudo-philosophical YA at its finest. To catch everyone up - Grace and Sam (the main characters from the original series) are being their lovey-dovey selves back in Mercy Falls. Isabelle and Cole -… Continue reading Sinner – Maggie Stiefvater

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The Wonders of Nature – Ben Hoare

★★★★★ This book celebrates some of the millions of living things that call it home, as well as the rocks, fossils and other natural marvels that make up our world. Ever just look around the world and want to know more? More about the plants, animals, rocks, dirt? If you are anything like me, the answer is yes.… Continue reading The Wonders of Nature – Ben Hoare

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The Turning Point – Julia Ash

★★★★ ½ Look at that gorgeous cover! Also, check that out! That's my name in the book! The Written Review ...screams spread across the valley and echoed off the canyon walls. Indeed, The Turning Point had begun. Ruby has been through the wringer - zombies, vampires, the whole nine yards. Things have finally calmed down, at least a… Continue reading The Turning Point – Julia Ash

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House of Ash & Brimstone – Megan Starks

★★★★ Gisele Walker landed in the fighting pit face-first, and her mouth flooded with mud. Gisele is a fighter - she's been one all her life - and this latest heist? She's confident she could handle it. It was supposed to be an easy gig - take a object and deliver it to a certain someone.… Continue reading House of Ash & Brimstone – Megan Starks

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Save Me a Seat – Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan

★★★★ Things are very different here in America. Ravi moves to America after his dad gets a promotion and he thinks things are going rather well at first...but things change after he goes to school. "Yes, ma'am," I say, standing at attention. Everyone laughs. Meanwhile, Joe's best friends moved away, his dad is now a… Continue reading Save Me a Seat – Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan

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Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen – Jazz Jennings

Jazz Jennings - a young transactivist, TV personality and author of famed picture book I Am Jazz, has written an autobiography. Within this book, she reflects on what it was like to grow up transgender and how it impacted her life, her family's lives and her community.  She talks about the highs and lows - from not playing… Continue reading Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen – Jazz Jennings

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A Simple Favor – Darcy Bell

★★★ You’d be amazed by what people will do. Things they’d never admit to anyone—not even to themselves. Stephanie, a recently widowed mother, spends her life trying to be the absolutely perfect - mommy blog perfect - mother.  She slowly ticking the boxes for perfection and even (finally) found a new friend in this rich, hoity toity neighborhood… Continue reading A Simple Favor – Darcy Bell

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Summer World – Bernd Heinrich

★★★★ The world right now seems dead, but some birds are already stirring...they hop where the snow has melted... I quite liked this fresh take on the warmest season. From the very moment the frost dies away, the world is awakening. Summer is a time of green, urgency, and lots of love lost and found. This… Continue reading Summer World – Bernd Heinrich