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Ghost Girl in the Corner by Daniel José Older

Ghost Girl in the Corner by Daniel José Older

Things between Tee and Izzy have been becoming strained ever since Sierra initiated her friends into shadowshaping. Izzy's hip hop career is really starting to take off, and Tee's taking the reins of the Bed-Stuy Searchlight, which is currently based in a creepy church basement. To complicate matters, the ghost of a mysterious girl starts revealing herself just to Tee, and then a local teen baseball star goes missing. Izzy needs Tee to help the search party, and Tee needs Izzy to help her understand this haunting. Will they be able to salvage what's left of their relationship in time to get to the bottom of the abduction?

Ghost Girl in the Corner is a brand new (just released yesterday!) novella, set between the end of Shadowshaper and Shadowhouse Fall (due out next fall). I love, love, love the magical side of Brooklyn Daniel José Older has introduced, and this book satisfies the wait between his YA Shadowshaper series and his Bone Street Rumba trilogy for adults. His pacing is perfect for this short fiction, with lovable, flawed characters; on-point social commentary; and bad guys as bad as ever. It is such a joy to dip back into this world...I can't wait to return!

Number of Pages: 
109

And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

When Silla is fourteen years old and Nori is four, life with their abusive father in London gets so bad that they have no choice but to escape to live with their Aunt Catherine. She lives in a large manor alone in the woods, and though their mother hinted that she might be crazy, life there seems perfect and safe. Silla worries that everything is not quite right when Cath tells a few scary stories about the woods, and life only gets worse when Cath retreats to the attic and refuses to come back down. Silla does her best to take care of the young, carefree Nori, but when they begin to run out of food and are still afraid to pass through the woods, this home too feels more like a prison.

By the time a young man comes through the trees, it has been years. Nori is growing up, Silla is struggling to find food in the dead earth and Cath is pacing, always pacing in the attic. Silla doesn't trust anyone -- not the world inside the manor or the trees outside. All the digging in the garden brings up is roots, and each time the trees seem a little closer, until Silla is sure they're watching. Are these things really happening? Is she going mad like her aunt? Is any of the manor safe anymore?

Number of Pages: 
341

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

The boy was born into a family of werewolves, but here he is, smack dab in the middle of puberty, and nothing has happened. But he's sure his shift is coming anyday now. In the meantime, he has to piece apart fact from fiction in family lore to understand how he came to be while also keeping up with the transient lifestyle of his Aunt Libby and Uncle Darren...when you're a werewolf, staying put in one place too long will lead the village mob to your doorstep.

Mongrels is a funny and tragic look into the lives and habits of modern-day werewolves. To be sure, there's a lot of gore and the family is functionally dysfunctional, but you come to learn so much about Libby, Darren, and their nephew that before long, they have become some of the most endearing characters you'll read...certainly in any horror novel. By the end, you may just look at the world in a slightly different way. This is my first time reading Stephen Graham Jones, and it certainly won't be the last.

Number of Pages: 
300

Imprudence by Gail Carriger

Imprudence by Gail Carriger

Imprudence is the second book in Carriger's Custard Protocol series. It begins immediately after Rue's last adventure, with her airship, the Spotted Custard, and its crew safely in London. Unfortunately, as soon as are they home, trouble begins with the werewolves of Rue's father's pack, and everyone seems very secretive. Rue is not pleased when her parents all shut her out, and her sometimes-beau seems to know far more about the matter than he should. There's a strange machine stashed on Rue's ship and her childhood friend and navigator has done something to encourage trespassers. Rue must discover what is happening, what her parents have planned, and come up with a better plan herself.

Number of Pages: 
352

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

The Vanishing Throne is the sequel to Elizabeth May's Falconer. It picks up just where the last book left off -- the great battle is over and Scotland lies in ruins, our heroine, the fae-hunter Aileana, has been captured and lies hurt in another realm. Aileana is filled with guilt, believing that everything that has happened must have been her own fault, and not knowing if there is anything left of her homeland and her friends. The Fae Prince Lonnrach tortures her, searching for something in her memories. Aileana must find a way out, but is there anything left that she can do for her home and people?

Number of Pages: 
458

Dream On by Kerstin Gier

Dream On by Kerstin Gier

Dream On is the second book in Gier's Silver Trilogy. After learning to dreamwalk in the first book, Dream A Little Dream, Liv is back, finally safe from her nemesis, and happily dating Henry. Unfortunately, they see each other more in their dreams than when either is awake, and Liv is feeling more and more like she doesn't really know him. When the two meet a strange character in the dreamworld who speaks in riddles and anagrams, they worry that they still aren't truly safe. To make matters worse, Liv and her sister, Mia continue to fight with their new family, and Mia begins sleepwalking. Liv must solve her daytime and dream-time problems without making any of her relationships worse, but can she?

Number of Pages: 
317

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker

Evelyn's mother's plan is for her to spend her time attending balls, searching for eligible young men. Evelyn is bored with that life, and spends as much time as possible volunteering as a nurse's assistant with her sister Rosamund. But when Rose disappears, Evelyn's parents believe she has merely run away, and refuse to look for her. Evelyn knows that something must be wrong, and begins investigating. With the sometimes-help of two gentlemen, Evelyn searches for her sister and learns more about the reasons for her disappearance, and more about herself.

Number of Pages: 
298

Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger

Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger

Manners and Mutiny is the fourth book in Carriger's Finishing School Series. Sophronia and her friends are back after an intense adventure that left one of them a werewolf, and another no longer attending school. The group is smaller and ready to settle into their lessons rather than more political fights, but that doesn't last long. Sophronia now has her future planned out after school, but that isn't stopping her from working independently as long as she can. An intelligencer who graduated years before keeps turning up in places, revealing tiny secrets, and dragging Sophronia back into the fight with the Picklemen. After the near death and werewolf turning of Sophronia's friend Soap, Sophronia is afraid to let any of her other friends near the danger and begins to take on too much herself.

Number of Pages: 
326

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Shadowshaper introduces us to Sierra, a teenager in Brooklyn from a Puerto Rican family that turns out to be a bit magical. Sierra is looking forward to a fun summer with her friends but then some of her painted murals start weeping and a zombie pursues her at a party. She is quickly submerged in the world of shadowshaping which uses art forms to give shape to wandering spirits. Something has gone wrong in the spiritual world and Sierra and her group of friends are in a race to figure it out before all the shadowshapers are murdered. I loved Sierra, her friends, the setting, and cultural aspects of this book. I felt like the magic and fantasy elements were not quite as developed as I'd like but it seems that there may be further books to explore the supernatural world Older has created.

Number of Pages: 
297

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy, by Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, Brooke Allen, Shannon Watters

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy, by Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, Brooke Allen, Shannon Watters

"Friendship to the Max!" is the motto of the girls who attend Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hard-core lady-types and they demonstrate time and again how much they value their friendships and how much they can do with friends by their sides. Lumberjanes, volume one follows five unique and fantastic friends as they investigate a mysterious bear woman and some strange three eyed creatures at their summer camp. Each main character is easy to tell apart and they each have their own featured strengths. I love so many things about this book, from the feminist girl scout theme, to the diverse characters, to the kid-friendly language and art that means I could read this to my 4 and 6 year olds (over and over and over again!).

Number of Pages: 
128