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Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

A retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” by one of my favorite authors of all time! Juliet Marillier places the story in an intriguing Transylvanian setting and walks the line between fantasy and historical fiction. The sisters' encounters with the otherworldly Night People and their travels to and from their dark kingdom provide a lush background to this story of sibling bonds and young love.

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Andrea
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ISBN: 9780375844744
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 25th, 2008

Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour

I love fairy tales, and this was an excellent modern adaptation of Tam Lin. Finn and her father have just moved into town, when the dangerously beautiful Jack Fata and his family invade her life. Who are they and what connection do they have to her sister’s suicide? Beautiful writing and tons of literary references makes for an engrossing read.
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Jax
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ISBN: 9780062286727
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Published: Harper Voyager - June 24th, 2014

Feast of Souls by C. S. Friedman

Innovative magic systems are kind of my jam, and this has one of the most interesting magic systems I’ve ever read. The way to use magic is to use up your own life energy, taking years off your life for every spell. Only the Magisters, a shadowy organization, can use magic and still live normal lives. If you like the politics and the questionable morals of Game of Thrones, you’ll love this series.

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Jax
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ISBN: 9780756404635
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Published: DAW - February 5th, 2008

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

This is a story about a magical city, but also about so much more. Spies and politics struggle for dominance where personal betrayals are just as important as national ones. Ancient grudges between peoples vie against new injustices, as tables turn and oppressors flip. And amongst the secrets and squabbles of mortals, dead gods and small miracles tread in shadows and dust. This book is complex, deep, and utterly satisfying in all the right ways.
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Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9780804137171
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Published: Broadway Books - September 9th, 2014

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

If you love H.P. Lovecraft like I do, you will love Cherie Priest’s new horrifyingly good novel. It’s dark, troubling, and everything you want out of a monster-horror novel. Told in a series of journal entries, letters and telegrams, Priest keeps the narrative moving swiftly while still taking time to savor the juicy moments of horror. An excellent read for those long fall nights, so long as you don’t need to sleep any time soon.
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Jax
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ISBN: 9780451466976
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Published: Ace - September 2nd, 2014

Lock In by John Scalzi

The Haden virus spread globally, deadly for some, worse for others: creating “Lock-In”, active minds trapped in paralyzed bodies. That was then. 20 years later Hadens walk the street in metal bodies, or ride along in flesh. Tensions are rising in D.C. as Haden poster- child Chris Shane spends his first week as FBI investigating a series of murders that could rip apart the fragile balance. A deceptively action-packed, fun, deeply thoughtful scifi I couldn’t put down!
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Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9780765375865
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Published: Tor Books - August 26th, 2014

Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

If you've read Name of the Wind, the first in this awesome science fiction/fantasy series, don't hesitate to pick up book #2, Wise Man's Fear. This book delivers every bit as much (and more) as the first book, and is full of great moments in Kvothe's path to adulthood as well as the adventure of his lifetime. We're still all eagerly awaiting book #3, will it be out this year? Please Patrick Rothfuss?

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Mikaela
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ISBN: 9780756407919
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Published: DAW - April 2nd, 2013

California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout

It’s a rough night for Daniel when the all-powerful Hierarch kills Daniel’s father Sebastian and eats him to absorb his power. Ten years later, Daniel has learned all there is to know about osteomancy—the magical ingestion of animals and elements—and he's going to steal back Sebastian’s sword from the Hierarch’s vault. It's enormous fun to watch this adventure unfold in Southern California. An obvious must for fans of the Mistborn series!
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Andrea
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ISBN: 9780765328557
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Published: Tor Books - June 10th, 2014

Dragon Age: The Masked Empire by Patrick Weekes

Political scheming, interracial tension, and the complex social dance known as the Game are all in a day’s work for Empress Celene of Orlais. When the threat of war creates unease in the empire, Celene’s enemies plan to use the situation to move against her. Briala, the Empress’s elven lover and confidante, finds herself playing a crucial role in Orlais's future. Another excellent addition to the Dragon Age tie-in novels, with lots of backstory to satisfy those of us awaiting Inquisition.
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Andrea
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ISBN: 9780765331182
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Published: Tor Books - April 8th, 2014

Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

Bloody, violent, and morally ambiguous… nobody writes quite like Joe Abercrombie. This is a brutal revenge story with a fast-paced plot and a strong female lead. Monza is a vicious and arrogant leader who builds a team of highly skilled killers to commit seven revenge killings.  Abercrombie packs the story full of visceral action and gallows humor—I found it to be incredibly satisfying.
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Nici
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ISBN: 9780316198356
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Published: Orbit - July 24th, 2012

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