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The Final Strife (The Final Strike Trilogy #1) by Saara El-Arifi

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a good first book in a new YA Fantasy African and Arabian-inspired trilogy. The Empire is ruled by four rulers. Every ten years a trial of combat and skill is held to determine the Empire’s new rulers, who will intern with the current rulers until it’s time for them to take over.

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The Atlas Six (The Atlas Six #1) by Olivie Blake

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Alexandrian Society is a secret society of magicians. Every ten years they pick six of the brightest magicians for initiation, but only five will be selected. The ones that are initiated with gain wealth, power and prestige. The first year is spent together where they are permitted to access the Society’s archives. At the end of the year, they will be judged on their contributions to arcane areas of knowledge and five initiates will be selected for admission.

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Bravely by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a good YA Fantasy continuing the story of the Disney movie Brave. The book is set several years after the movie and we find Merida traveling the countryside learning new skills and the triplets languishing at home, unchanged and unmotivated. In fact, most of her family seems to be stuck, with little purpose or motivation to change things. Which is the problem.

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In Every Generation by Kendare Blake

Rating: 4 out of 5.

“Into every generation, there is a Chosen One. One girl in all the world. She alone will wield the strength and skill to stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness; to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers. She is the Slayer.”

3.5 stars rounded up to 4

Let me preface this review by saying that I am a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. HUGE. As in I own the entire series on DVD (yeah, remember those old things?) and routinely play them in the background while I’m cleaning, getting ready for the day or to go out, or when I want comfortable coziness. I love all things Buffyverse. Sooooo, when I hear of anything related to Buffy, I leap. That is what I did when I got a chance to read this book. And because I’m such a fan, I will both giddily gush with excitement, and be dramatically picky, about all new things “Buffy” in this review.

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Fate’s Ransom (The First Argentines #4) by Jeff Wheeler

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is the final book in an exciting, action-packed YA Fantasy series and does not disappoint. Jon-Landon has ascended to the throne and wears the hollow crown. His reign is as bad as Ransom thought it would be. The new King is petty and cruel and makes his hatred of Ransom clear to all. In fact, he goes out of his way to humiliate Ransom in an effort to get him to do something for which he can be deemed a traitor and thereby killed.

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The Bronzed Beasts (The Gilded Wolves, #3) by Roshani Chokshi

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is the last book in an entertaining YA Fantasy series. Séverin and the team are separated by Séverin’s apparent betrayal. All he can hope is that they got his message and are racing through Venice to help implement his plan to find the temple where the Divine Lyre can be played and his dreams finally achieved. But first Séverin must deal with the deranged head of the Fallen House and the team must deal with a laundry list of obstacles, including those within themselves. Oh, and Laila only has 10 days to live…

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The Excalibur Curse (Camelot Rising, #3) by Kiersten White

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is the last book in an interesting YA Fantasy Retelling of Camelot. In this book, Guinevere struggles with identity issues and her quest to unravel the mystery of her past may cause all to be lost.

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All of Us Villains (All of Us Villains #1) by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is an ok YA Fantasy book that pits seven teenagers from powerful magical families in a three-month long champion tournament to win control over a wellspring of high magick. The type of magick the world thought was long gone. Until now, the tournament has been a centuries old secret, but the publishing of a tell-all book about it has garnered world-wide attention. The town is flooded with curious spectators and the champions are provided with new information that may help them win.

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The Grimrose Girls (Grimrose Girls #1) by Laura Pohl

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is an ok YA Fantasy Mystery/Thriller set in an elite boarding school in Switzerland. When the new school year starts, three best friends discover that their fourth best friend drowned in a lake on school grounds. The police rule it a suicide, but the girls believe differently.

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