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The Language of Thorns

By Leigh Bardugo 4.75 out of 5 stars Summary Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible… Continue reading The Language of Thorns

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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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Wanted (The Storymakers #2)

By Betsy Schow 3.75 out of 5 stars Summary In the sequel to Spelled, can Robin Hood's daughter, Rexi, stop the Wicked Witch from finding Excalibur? Fairy-Tale Survival Rule No. 52: No matter how difficult the obstacles or all-powerful the evil villain, one can rest assured that the hero of the story never dies. The sidekicks… Continue reading Wanted (The Storymakers #2)

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Spelled

By Betsy Schow Book #1 of The Storymakers trilogy Reread | 3.5 out of 5 stars Summary Fairy Tale Survival Rule No. 32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day. Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out.… Continue reading Spelled

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass

By Melissa Bashardoust 3 out of 5 stars Summary At sixteen, Mina's mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and… Continue reading Girls Made of Snow and Glass

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Everland

By Wendy Spinale 3 out of 5 stars Summary London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and… Continue reading Everland

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Spindle Fire

by Lexa Hillyer 4 out of 5 stars Summary: A kingdom burns. A princess sleeps. This is no fairy tale. It all started with the burning of the spindles. No. It all started with a curse… Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed… Continue reading Spindle Fire