Title: Night Vision: An Oupire Romance
Author: Caroline Davis
Genre: Paranormal Romance
This novel is part “realizing one’s place in the world,” part romance, taking readers on a journey with Lily Schmidt, an oupire who lives in a watchful community of oupires in Brookton.
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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
Etta Spencer didn’t know she was a traveller until the day she found herself not just miles, but years from home. Now, Etta is stranded in time and separated from the boy she loves. At the mercy of a family she once thought her enemy, Etta learns of a new Ironwood plot, more dangerous than she could have imagined: to destroy the future she longs to return to.
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Title: Zena: Soldier
Author: Edward Lake
Genre: Lesbian Fiction / Science Fiction
This story reads a bit like Hunger Games meets Mulan as it retells a young woman’s struggle to protect her family while fulfilling her dream of being a soldier—despite her being a woman and being drawn, romantically, to other women.
Zena is a slave whose family lives on North Star, the home of gladiatorial battles hosted by a gambling corporation. In Zena’s world, every person is born with a holy place in life, and her place is on the bottom—but if anyone besides her family knew about how she truly feels about her female peers, she wouldn’t even be a slave anymore. She’d be dead.
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Title: An Extraordinary Life
Author name: Daniel Freeman
Genre: Memoir / Romance / Multicultural
This memoir provides a detailed view of the marriage and overseas career of P. Frank–the author’s father–an African-American man who was drafted during World War II and stationed in Europe during and after the war.
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A compelling crime drama and poignant love story about a devoted man who must confront the painful legacy of his war torn childhood when he is wrongfully accused of murder. Michael Kieh’s struggle to prove his innocence leads him on a charged journey that pitches the pursuit of justice and the search for love against the instinct for revenge.
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Themes of identity and belonging disturb the calm surface of Wendy Brandmark’s collection of short stories, which are set in Denver, New York and Boston in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Many of the stories concern characters who have been displaced geographically and emotionally: young or old, successful or unsuccessful, their lives have slipped their moorings.
For some, it is because they have left part of themselves behind in the Old World, where memories of fear and suffering coexist with recollections of family and personal authenticity. For others – particularly the young – it is because they have moved to a different city and found or lost friends or lovers. Continue reading He Runs the Moon – Book Review
Painting Blue Water by Leigh Fossan
Katherine Ross, a struggling artist-turned-successful-businesswoman, has a life many would envy. At only thirty-one years old, Katherine runs one of the top luxury real-estate firms in Manhattan, and she lives in a fabulous loft with her dreamy husband.
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Title: The Sandbox
Author: JW Patrick
Genre: Young Adult / Science Fiction
In The Sandbox, anything is possible. For Isla, Dan, and Sonny, the Sandbox is a safe haven for them. Another world, or rather, a world within ours, that seems to be connected to their reality, but they aren’t entirely sure how. The teens are thrust into the alternate universe, and as they quickly discover the powers of the surreal place, they struggle to figure out what it is, what it’s capable of, and what it’s even doing here.
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Title: The Robber of Youth
Author name: Keith Julius
Genre: Literary Fiction
This story takes readers along the journeys of Rosaletta Guiterrez, a fifteen-year-old who watched her brother die and was turned out of her mother’s home in the same night, and Melanie Cox, a new Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) who longs to help children navigate the court system and find a better life as a result.
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