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Innate Magic (The Marrowbone Spells, 1)

Innate Magic (The Marrowbone Spells, 1)

Thomas and I arrived at Kensington an hour late. A maid let us in, our shoes clacking against the polished wooden floor as we stepped inside. Down the hall I heard laughter coming from Andrew’s party. “Do you think Andrew’s mother will be here?” I asked, scanning the wide foyer as if she might leap Read more

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A Throne of Ruin (Deliciously Dark Fairytales Book 2)

A Throne of Ruin (Deliciously Dark Fairytales Book 2)

My heart thudded in my chest as I searched the Forbidden Wood for the beast, the same ground-bound dragon I’d once run from in terror. My animal roiled inside me, stalking him with me. I’d left home hours ago, in late morning, and there was still no sign of Nyfain. Granted, he had a substantial Read more

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Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 1)

Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 1)

A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows. To begin your study of the life of Muad’Dib, then, take care that you first place him in his time: born in the 57th year of the Padishah Emperor, Shaddam IV. Read more

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Blood of Elves (The Witcher, #1)

Blood of Elves (The Witcher, #1)

The town was in flames. The narrow streets leading to the moat and the first terrace belched smoke and embers, flames devouring the densely clustered thatched houses and licking at the castle walls. From the west, from the harbour gate, the screams and clamour of vicious battle and the dull blows of a battering ram Read more

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Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children, #5)

Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children, #5)

ELEANOR WEST WAS FOND of saying—inasmuch as she was fond of saying anything predictable, sensible, or more than once—that her school had no graduates, only students who found somewhere else to do their learning for a time. Once a wayward child, always a wayward child. The school’s doors would always be open; the lost and Read more

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The Secret Chapter (The Invisible Library #6)

There had to be a heist at some point in the story, didn’t there? And there are certain tropes that consistently occur in a heist narrative, whether the protagonists are trying to get away with the Mona Lisa, a casino’s earnings, or the entire gold stocks of Turin and Fort Knox . . . Many Read more

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A Minute to Midnight (Atlee Pine #2) by David Baldacci

A Minute to Midnight (Atlee Pine #2) by David Baldacci

ONCE MORE SHE RODE into the Valley of Death. Only this “valley” was in Colorado, at ADX Florence, America’s only federal supermax prison. The “death” reference was spot-on, though; the place reeked of it by virtue of the crimes committed by the inmates housed there. FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine had driven pedal-to-the-metal to get Read more

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The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

ND I COULD ONLY have seen her there on the stone bridge, a dancer wreathed in ghostly blue, because that was the way they would have taken her back when I was young, back when the Virginia earth was still red as brick and red with life, and though there were other bridges spanning the Read more

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Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

I shouldn’t have come, and that’s the truth of it. It’s not even five o’clock in the afternoon, and I’m already fantasizing about a swift, painless coma. Something dramatic, involving a nice collapse to the floor, with my eyes rolling back in their sockets and my limbs shaking. It’s my niece’s annual post-Christmas tea, you Read more

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The stranger came out of the sea like a water ghost, barefoot and wearing the scars of his journey. He walked as if drunk through the haze of mist that clung like spidersilk to Seiiki. The stories of old said water ghosts were doomed to live in silence. That their tongues had shriveled, along with Read more

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