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THE CRYSTAL KINGDOM by Amanda Hocking (The Kanin Chronicles #3)
“The author’s spin-off trilogy of her ‘Trylle’ series come to an explosive end. As Bryn fights to clear her name and restore her rule in the kingdom, she must also choose between the love of the dangerous Konstantin or that of the steadfast Ridley. Hocking’s paranomal romance expertise shines through.” — School Library Journal
STILL LIFE LAS VEGAS by James Sie, illustrated by Sungyoon Choi
An astonishing literary debut about a young man who, in the search for clues into the disappearance of his mother twelve years earlier, discovers himself in the process. “The stories are haunting, a quality that is beautifully captured by artist Choi’s interpolated graphic-novel chapters that expand and complement the text. Sie’s first novel is richly imagined and beautifully written with a well-realized setting and memorable characters. Together they make for an altogether auspicious debut.” — Booklist
MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS by Jennine Capó Crucet
A “heartfelt first novel” with “sharp cultural observations and terrific dialogue” (New York Times Book Review) about a young, Cuban-American woman accepted into an elite college just as her home life unravels.
HIDE AND SEEK by Jane Casey (Jess Tennant mysteries #3)
“In the latest entry of this female-led mystery series, Jess has embraced life in a small English town, especially amid the bustle of the holiday season. When one of her classmates is kidnapped, it’s up to the teen sleuth to find her before it’s too late. The relatable protagonist, the quaint setting, and the well-done mystery will entice fans of whodunits.” — School Library Journal
THE MAKING OF A NAVY SEAL: My Story of Surviving the Toughest Challenge and Training the Best by Brandon Webb
The dramatic tale of how Webb overcame a tough childhood to live his dream and enter the exciting and dangerous world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers. “The story is action-oriented, and the very short chapters hasten the pace without adding unwanted choppiness. [Will] appeal to those with a strong affinity for military tales.” — VOYA Magazine