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1: Terrible. 2: Blah. 3: Good. 4: Great. 5: Perfect.

Anna Dressed in Blood, by Kendare Blake: 4/5

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Teenager Cas Lowood travels this world, sending ghosts into the next. His mother wishes he would stop putting himself in danger, and stick around one …

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Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz: 4/5

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Spooky elements: Creepy atmosphere, dueling magic, deadly artifacts, plenty of villains (including one who is downright dastardly) …

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What in God’s Name, by Simon Rich: 4/5

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Heaven, Inc. is a grossly mismanaged corporation, with a CEO (‘God’) who’d rather help sports teams than end world hunger. When God decides …

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Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline: 4/5

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Good for: You, if you like fun! This was released as adult fiction, but has that quality of being good for young adults by being about young adults. But …

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Shine Shine Shine, by Lydia Netzer: 4/5

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Good for: It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but the more I mull it over, the more I think this could be one of my favorite books of the year …

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The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt: 4/5

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What do you do when you have an “illustrated book reviews” blog and a book’s paperback cover is already way more awesome than anything …

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Deathless, by Catherynne M. Valente: 4/5

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Marya Morevna sees the underside of the world—the magic behind the facade of normal life. But the world is changing rapidly—each bird that falls …

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente: 4/5

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Good for: touted as all ages, but it is not at all childish. In fact, while reading it I thought many younger kids would struggle with the difficult language …

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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Unseen Guest, by Maryrose Wood: 4/5

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Good for: kids and up! Heck, get all the Incorrigible Children books for the art alone. Every time I finish an Incorrigible Children book I try …

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Liesl & Po, by Lauren Oliver: 4/5

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Good for: Fans of stories that juggle many separate, but ultimately unified plots and characters—it reminded me a lot of The Magicians Elephant

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