The Orphan Queen

Meadows, J. (2015). The Orphan Queen. New York, NY: Harper Collins.
978-0062317384
Hardcover-$12.59 (Amazon)
This title is also available in Kindle format

An orphaned princess will do whatever it takes to get her kingdom back.

Wilhelmina is the rightful heir to the Vermilion Throne in Aecor. Unfortunately, nobody but her group of orphans (known as the Ospreys) know that she is alive since the majority of the Court was killed in the One Night’s War a decade ago. Now she and her Ospreys must find a way to infiltrate the Indigo Kingdom and restore her to her throne. The task is a difficult one with wraith magic seeping into the mirrored kingdom. Will Wilhelmina be able to accomplish her task before the Court becomes too suspicious of her forged history?

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The Wrath and the Dawn

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Ahdieh, R. (2015). The Wrath and the Dawn. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

978-0399171611

Hardcover-$11.44 (Amazon)

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Awards/Honors: Nominated for the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards for YA Fiction; Junior Library Guild Selection; Indie Next List Top 10 Pick

 

A young woman seeks to end the pattern of murders of each of the king’s new brides.

Khalid is the young Caliph of Khorasan with a deep dark secret and is feared by his people. Each day he takes a new bride and each morning she is executed. Shahrzad is the next bride in line and she vows to break the cycle after her best friend met the same horrible fate. Will her charm and wisdom help her make it through the dawn?

The Wrath and the Dawn is filled with a beautifully colorful culture and sprinkled with magic. Ahdieh masterfully weaves her tale with plenty of mystery and some well-placed cliffhangers. This book is a fantastic retelling of the classic A Thousand and One Nights (also known as Arabian Nights).

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Lights, Love & Lip Gloss

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Simone, N. & Abrams, A. (2014). Lights, Love & Lip Gloss. New York, NY: Kensington.

978-0758288547

Paperback-$9.16 (Amazon)

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A group of girls deal with the daily drama of their high school careers.

London, Rich, Heather, and Spencer are the popular chicks that rule Hollywood High. Each one is clever and a bit devious in their own way. Betrayal, cheating, jealousy, payback, and a little love create a whirlwind of drama.

“…so what if I keyed up his car. Tossed a brick through his windshield. Kicked a dent in his driver’s-side door. Made a scene at his apartment building and his nosy neighbor called the police on me. Still…Who did he think he was?”

Which diva will come out on top?

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Finding Audrey

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Kinsella, S. (2015). Finding Audrey. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.

978-0553536515

Hardcover-$18.99 (Barnes & Noble)

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A reclusive girl’s life revolves around her home and family after a traumatic incident at school.

Audrey’s family is a bit dysfunctional. Her older brother is obsessed with video games, her younger brother is a hyper little kid that thinks he knows everything, her mother is addicted to the Daily Mail, and her father hides in his office so he can check out cars on the Internet while avoiding his wife’s drama. Then there is Audrey, the reclusive girl in the dark sunglasses that doesn’t talk to anyone aside from her family and her therapist.

“Every time you freeze in fright, that’s your lizard brain taking over. It’s called the lizard brain because we all had one of these even when we were lizards, apparently” (p.76).

Audrey’s “stupid lizard brain” keeps her from making any progress with her anxiety disorder, but her brother’s friend Linus might be the push she needs.

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Throne of Glass

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Maas, S. (2012). Throne of Glass. New York, NY: Bloomsbury.

978-1619630345

Hardcover-$11.16 (Barnes & Noble)

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Awards/Honors: 2015 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee

Fantasy is my favorite genre. It makes me wish magic was real. It is a great escape from reality. -Candace B., age 15

A hardened assassin must fight for her freedom against unknown obstacles.

Celaena is the hardcore heroine you always wanted. She had a crappy childhood, lost her family, and was raised by assassins. She is one of the best at her job, but that doesn’t mean she is invincible, which is probably why she ended up in a prison camp. The tables turn in her favor when she is summoned to the castle to compete for the title of King’s Champion and earn her freedom. As part of the competition Celaena must defeat the other challengers sponsored by members of the court, many of which are criminals and murderers. The stakes get higher as the competition progresses and strange beasts start leaving trails of carcasses around the castle. Celaena must keep fighting for her freedom and the opportunity to serve the Throne of Glass.