Review: Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey

Duels and Deception by Cindy AnsteyDuels & Deception
Cindy Anstey
Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
Published April 11th, 2017

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About Duels & Deception

Lydia Whitfield has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father’s choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.

Until the day Lydia―and Robert along with her―is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won’t hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert’s help, Lydia strives to … Continue reading

Review: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

The Lovely Reckless by Kami GarciaThe Lovely Reckless
Kami Garcia
MacMillan / Imprint
Published October 4, 2016

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After her boyfriend’s death, Frankie Devereaux spirals. A drunk-driving conviction lands her at her dad’s house, responsible for community service and public school for the first time. As she fights vicious flashbacks to Noah’s death, Frankie desperately tries to remember the face of the man who killed him. The last thing Frankie needs is Marco Leone, a dangerous racer with a larger-than-life reputation. Frankie resists the pull she feels, but when she learns who Marco truly is, she knows she can’t simply walk away from him. She’s left … Continue reading

Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoSix of Crows
Leigh Bardugo
Henry Holt & Co./MacMillan
Published September 29, 2015

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Kaz Brekker, a renown thief, has a chance at a heist that could make him rich as a king. But in order to pull it off, he’ll need the right crew. He chooses a girl as sleek as a ninja, a wealthy runaway with inside knowledge of the target, a sharpshooting gambler, a Heartrender with terrible power and tortured past, and her once lover, a soldier who has sworn to kill her. If he can keep the team from killing each other, they might have a chance at the heist, and for Kaz, at a revenge of his … Continue reading

Review: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

goblin-emperorThe Goblin Emperor
Katherine Addison
Macmillan
Available April 1, 2014

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The goblin emperor and three of his sons die unexpectedly in an airship accident. Maia, the emperor’s youngest son and a recluse shut away from court, suddenly finds that he is the new emperor. Thrust into the murky depths of politics, the new emperor struggles to grow into his new role and to take leadership of an empire reeling from loss and caught in oppressive traditions.

This novel reads like a coming-of-age goblin history, if such a thing could exist. The story pacing is steady and intricate. Maia’s journey from frightened boy to confident leader happens so believably that his triumphs are easy to celebrate. Addison even weaves in some equal rights for women … Continue reading

Review: Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne

Stay Where You Are and Then LeaveStay Where You Are and Then Leave
John Boyne
Henry Holt & Co/MacMillan
Published September 26, 2013

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When Alfie’s dad left for war, everyone said he’d be home by Christmas. That was four years ago. Now his father doesn’t write or contact the family at all. Alfie’s mother says it’s because he’s on a secret mission for the government, but Alfie knows she’s lying. His father is dead, and no one wants to tell him the truth.

To help support his mother and without her knowledge, Alfie begins a secret mission of his own. Three days a week, he … Continue reading

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