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HUNTED, by Meagan Spooner

May 22, 2017

The story: Yeva’s father taught her to hunt, and now that he’s lost his fortune, she’s relieved to leave the castle and get back to the woods. But deep in the forest, the “fairy” tales her father told her as a child now seem to be coming true, and they’re not the nice ones where […]

MY LADY JANE, by Cynthia Hand et al

March 13, 2017

The story: King Edward is dying, and he names Lady Jane Grey as his successor, doing an end run around his sisters Mary and Elizabeth. Only problem for Jane–aside from the fact that she doesn’t actually WANT to be queen–is that she’s going to have to marry Gifford Dudley in order to do it. Gifford […]

POISON’S KISS, by Breeana Shields

March 2, 2017

The story: Marinda has spent her life being turned into a deadly weapon–an assassin working for “the Raja”–and though she hates it, she follows orders to keep her little brother safe. It’s only when she realizes that her handlers really serve the snake god Nagaraja that she begins to rebel; only when she’s sent to […]


February 22, 2017

The story: Jade–a black girl from the poor northeast side of Portland–is a scholarship student at the expensive, nearly all-white St. Francis school. She’s smart, and talented…and black. Jade has worked hard to get a chance to go on a study abroad–but instead, she’s picked for “Woman to Woman”, a mentoring program with a successful […]

BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER, by Isabel Bandeira

February 22, 2017

The story: Phoebe Martins is so busy crushing on the hot guys in her fantasy novels that she doesn’t see the one right under her nose. Or, even worse–when she realizes that Dev actually exists, she’s so shy and awkward that she might as well be invisible. Even trying to straight-up copy her book heroines’ […]

BY YOUR SIDE, by Kasie West

February 15, 2017

The story: When Autumn finds herself trapped in the library on a snowy night, she totally expects that her friends will be back for her soon. She never expected to find someone else in the library too–mysterious Dax Miller, loner and rumored delinquent. As the hours turn to days and the teens connect, Autumn wonders […]


February 7, 2017

The story: Mary Margaret Miller is done talking to God directly, so she keeps a notebook of patron saints who can help with the heavy lifting–and there’s a bunch of that this summer. Not only is she the junior bridesmaid for her cousin’s wedding, she and her brother are stuck living at Grandma’s while Mom […]

100 DAYS, by Nicole McInnes

January 24, 2017

The story: None of them knows it, but Agnes has only 100 days to live. Moira, her Goth best friend, spends most of her time trying to protect Agnes. Boone, with his dead father and semi-crazy mother, has lots of other things to worry about beside two less-than-perfect girls. But when they forgive him for […]

THE SEVENTH WISH, by Kate Messner

December 9, 2016

The story: When Charlie catches a magic fish that grants wishes, it’s not long before she’s back at the fishing hole again…and again. Her wishes seem to help at first–but then they go sideways, and somehow they’ve made things even worse than when she started. Can Charlie figure out how to solve her problems without […]

THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID, by Sharon Biggs Waller

November 28, 2016

The story: Elodie’s father is a rare plant hunter, and she longs to be able to go adventuring with him. When Papa fails to fulfill his contract to bring home a rare orchid, his employer threatens debtors’ prison unless he makes good. But Papa refuses to take her with him, although he’s too sick to […]