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Set in medieval Russia, this story beautifully illustrates different cultural practices and folktales from the time. Vasya is different. She is like her mysterious Grandmother: she is the only one living who can see the guardian spirits of her home. During her childhood she runs wild, befriending all these spirits and learning from them, until her father one day remarries. Her new step-mother surprisingly can also see these protective spirits--but calls them demons and tries to drive them out with the help of a charismatic new priest, opening their home to attacks from the ill-intentioned creatures lurking in the ancient wood. Definitely a must-read for anyone who likes grown-up fairy tales! -Kate
A young woman devotes her life to researching a once in a century phenomenon: bioluminescent creatures hatch, mate, and die off the coast of a single Washington state island. An engrossing read, even if the creatures are fictional. This story is more about her struggle with chronic pain and asks how far you would go for relief?
Sarcasm and gore? Check.
Strong female lead? Check.
Shadows and not-cats? Check.
Snarky footnotes? Check.
Read this if you enjoy all of the above. You won't be disappointed. -Kate
Ignore the horrible cover art. This book is a great start to a new young adult series.
This book is one of the most unique SciFi books I've read--definitely a must for those who enjoy being thrown into a world and having to figure it out for yourself. Awesome world building and fantastic mind games. Kel Charis is a disgraced Captain in the hexarchate and is given a chance to redeem herself. It's simple: retake the most impenetrable fortress ever built. She comes up with an idea so crazy it just might work. Why not wake up the undefeated tactician Shudos Jedao and use him? Never mind that he inexplicably massacred everyone under his command after defeating the enemy in his last battle. It's her only chance. -Kate
First time through, I thought it was ok. Second time through, it was hilarious. Third time through I read it out loud and fell in love. Beagle's language and prose are what storytellers and listeners live for.
BEAUTIFUL graphic novel with an interesting world.
A fascinating story about a boy at a boarding school who discovers something magical about the woods behind the campus...
Set in Port Townsend, this is a conglomeration of the show Arrested Development and 80's pop culture. I especially enjoy the author's tongue in cheek references to the local towns.
Set in Portland, Oregon, two twin girls have a simple goal and a plan to achieve it: to be the first in their family to graduate high school on time. When one of them has a baby, they adjust the plan to raise her together. I loved the honesty of this book and the lack of forced romance, not to mention the lack of "but you're a girl!" exclaimations about the narrator's passion for restoring vintage cars.
I laughed, I cried, I read it twice. Everyone needs to read this, especially if you've ever felt invisible.
A great balance of character building and world building, this is a fascinating story of three siblings after the death of their father, the Emperor. This is also a complete trilogy with at least one spin-off book and blurbs by big names, including V.E. Schwab and Pierce Brown.