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These Shallow Graves

By Jennifer Donnelly 4 out of 5 stars Summary Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie… Continue reading These Shallow Graves

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1)

By Julie C. Dao Book #1 of the Rise of the Empress duology 2.5 out of 5 stars Summary An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress--and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny. Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is… Continue reading Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1)

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Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2)

By Kerri Maniscalco Book #2 in the Stalking Jack the Ripper trilogy 5 out of 5 stars Summary Bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life? Following the grief and horror of… Continue reading Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2)

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Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)

By Kerri Maniscalco Book #1 of the Stalking Jack the Ripper trilogy 5 out of 5 stars Summary Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion... Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life… Continue reading Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)

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The Falconer (The Falconer #1)

By Elizabeth May Book #1 of the Falconer trilogy 3.75 out of 5 stars Summary She's a stunner. Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty. She's a liar. But Aileana only looks the part of an… Continue reading The Falconer (The Falconer #1)

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The Graveyard Book

By Neil Gaiman 5 out of 5 stars Summary After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely… Continue reading The Graveyard Book

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Fierce Kingdom

By Gin Phillips 3 out of 5 stars Summary An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she’ll go to protect him. The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and… Continue reading Fierce Kingdom