Sami's 2017 Picks

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Orphan Island Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062443427
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Published: Walden Pond Press - October 2nd, 2018

On an island where nine children reside, with the oldest child leaving every year and a new one taking their place, Jinny loses her best friend Deen and becomes the new Elder in one day, taking charge of the younger children and preparing them for her eventual departure. Her emotional journey is incredibly poignant and sometimes painfully real as Jinny learns that change is inevitable and growing up is an uncontrollable process. Orphan Island is a novel that I will hold close to my heart for a long time.


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Jane, Unlimited Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147513106
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Published: Speak - July 10th, 2018

As incandescent as it is wholly original, Jane Unlimited is Kristin Cashore's most ambitious project to date-and it completely pays off.  Starting with a Gothic novel-esque framework, we follow cautious and grief ridden Jane to Tu Reviens, a mysterious manor where she has been invited to stay after the loss of her aunt. Immediately, Jane perceives that the house is full of mystery, with stolen artwork, shifty characters, and missing people. In an astonishing twist, the novel breaks into five different endings as Jane follows five different versions of events.  To say any more would give away some of the most creative and incredible writing of Cashore's career; each version plays off the other one with amazing plot twists, beautiful character building, and truly unlimited potential mysteries.


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The Hate U Give Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

After 16 year old Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of a childhood friend by a police officer, her life changes irrevocably. This compelling story of love, anger, and justice is sure to be remembered for years to come.


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Genuine Fraud Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780385744775
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 5th, 2017

Fans of We Were Liars will not be disappointed in E. Lockhart's latest novel, inspired by The Talented Mr. Ripley. Genuine Fraud is a twisted, darkly emotional thriller about the difference between obsession and friendship. Easily one of the best YA mystery novels I've ever read, this unsettling and enthralling story had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.


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Long Way Down Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781481438261
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 2nd, 2019

Will has six floors to go in this elevator, six ghosts to meet, and six stories to tell before he decides if he will shoot the boy he thinks shot his brother.  This groundbreaking novel in verse dives deep into the psyche of a teenage boy who's followed the rules of his crime ridden neighborhood his whole life, and the ten minutes when he starts to question them.  Long Way Down is chilling in its depiction of gun violence and heartbreaking in how it shows those left behind.


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The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic Cover Image
By Leigh Bardugo, Sara Kipin (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250122520
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Published: Imprint - September 26th, 2017

Bardugo's collection of bone-chilling fairy tales isn't just for fans of her well-established Grishaverse. The gorgeous illustrations give it the feel of an old storybook, but these stunning and sometimes macabre tales are not what you've heard as a child. This beautifully wrought book explores wishes, curses, magic, and monsters with expert precision, each story leaving the reader wanting more.


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All the Crooked Saints Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780545930802
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 10th, 2017

This lyrical foray into magical realism is a lush and intense read about family, love, and redemption. The Soria family, living on the edge of a desert, is a haven to pilgrims looking for miracles.  Producing these miracles comes with at a price, however, and breaking their carefully constructed rules could destroy their family. One summer, Daniel, current saint and miracle worker, jeopardizes the future of the family, and his cousins Beatriz and Joaquin must look for their own miracles.  Stiefvater's prose can't be beat, and this is no exception; her descriptive writing leaps off the page and you can really see the desert world she's created.


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York: The Shadow Cipher Cover Image
By Laura Ruby, Dave Stevenson (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062306944
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Published: Walden Pond Press - May 1st, 2018

A fantastic mystery about an alternate Manhattan, eccentric architects, and a cipher that could save the whole city. Unusual twins Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz are facing eviction from their historical building by an evil real estate developer determined to tear down every building built by the famous and mysterious Morningstarr architects (Tess and Theo’s namesakes). The twins and Jaime team up to solve the Morningstarr’s city wide scavenger hunt to find their lost treasure and save their building. Along the way, they learn as much about history as they do about themselves.


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Once and for All Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780425290354
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Published: Speak - May 22nd, 2018

As the daughter of a successful wedding planner, Louna's approach to love is cynical to say the least. Enter Ambrose, whose careless approach to life and love clashes with everything Louna stands for.  Annoyed by Ambrose's string of girlfriends, Louna and Ambrose make a bet to switch dating styles for the rest of the summer.  Hilarity, romance, and tragedy ensue as Louna and Ambrose navigate their growing feelings for each other. Dessen seamlessly combines currents events with the rom-com formula to write a story that is touching and genuine.


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Flame in the Mist Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147513878
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Published: Penguin Books - May 8th, 2018

If you liked The Wrath and the Dawn, you will LOVE this Mulan inspired story set in Feudal Japan.  Mariko is a fiercely intelligent and determined protagonist, the romance is heart-stopping, and the intricacy of the plot at the heart of the book is fantastic.  Flame in the Mist is an action-packed, thought provoking tale of revenge, loyalty, and honor.


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We Were Liars Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780385741279
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Published: Ember - May 29th, 2018

Privileged teen Cadence doesn't remember what happened last summer, and in this tangled and twisted novel, she'll have to figure out who the real liar is. We Were Liars is easily one of the best young adult mysteries of all time, and this gorgeous deluxe edition is perfect for both fans of the original and anyone who hasn't read it yet.


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Caraval Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250095268
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 1st, 2018

Sheltered sisters Scarlett and Tella receive an invitation to Caraval, a legendary and fantastical competition, and decide to take their chances and enter the game. When Tella is kidnapped upon arrival, Scarlett must race against time to find her and win the game in this rich story about sisterhood and magic, reminiscent of The Night Circus.


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The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes Novel #2) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062398956
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 6th, 2018

Fast-paced and hurtling toward a heart-stopping conclusion, Holmes and Watson have never been better. When Charlotte and Jamie jet off to Germany to find Charlotte’s missing uncle Leander, they're met by August Moriarty, whose faked death has caused a blood feud between their families. Charlotte, Jamie, and August launch into an investigation that could easily cost them their lives.


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Strange the Dreamer Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780316341677
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 22nd, 2018

Taylor has created a beautifully intricate world of angels, gods, and monsters in this stunning novel. Lazlo Strange, orphan and librarian, has always dreamed of a city with an unspeakable name, and when a warrior called the Godslayer emerges from the city and asks for volunteers to accompany him back, Lazlo will risk anything to go.