Grave Mercy, by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)Title: Grave Mercy
Author:
Robin LaFevers
Publisher:
  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 3rd April 2012
Pages: 550
ISBN: 054762834X
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 3/5
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Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

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The Walls Around Us, by Nova Ren Suma

The Walls Around UsTitle: The Walls Around Us
Author:
Nova Ren Suma
Publisher:
 Algonquin Young Readers
Publication date: March 24th 2015
Pages: 336
ISBN: 1616203722
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5/5
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“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author:
Ransom Riggs
Publisher:
Quirk
Publication date: June 7th 2011
Pages: 352
ISBN: 1594744769
Source: Myself
Rating: 3/5
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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
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Destruction, by Sharon Bayliss

Title: Destruction
Author:
Sharon Bayliss
Publisher:
 Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: April 14th 2014
Pages: 250
ISBN: 9781620075159
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4/5
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David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn’t a choice.

Eleven years ago, David’s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author:
Laini Taylor
Publisher: 
Hodder Paperback
Release date: August 26th 2011
Pages: 418
ISBN: 1444722654
Source: Myself
Rating: 3/5
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Synopsis

“Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came.”

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The Midnight Witch, by Paula Brackson

Title: The Midnight Witch
Author:
Paula Brackson
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release date: March 25th 2014
Pages: 325
ISBN: 1250006082
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 2/5
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Synopsis

“The dead are seldom silent. All that is required for them to be heard is that someone be willing to listen. I have been listening to the dead all my life.”

Lady Lilith Montgomery is the daughter of the sixth Duke of Radnor. She is one of the most beautiful young women in London and engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor. She is also a witch.

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The Diviners, by Libba Bray

Title: The Diviners
Author:
Libba Bray
Publisher: 
Little Brown Books
Release date: September 1st 2012
Pages: 578
ISBN: 031612611X
Source: Myself
Rating: 5/5
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Synopsis

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City – and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfield girl, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

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