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The Wicked Remain (Grimrose Girls #2) by Laura Pohl

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a satisfying conclusion to a good YA Fantasy duology. The events pick up a few months after the first book. The girls continue to search for a way to break the curse, but are waylaid by personal issues that distract them from their goal. As they make progress on finding out the origin of the curse, more girls start dying.

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Blue Shadows Fall (Blue Shadows Fall, #1) by Lenore Stutznegger

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a very good first book in a new YA Fantasy series. In a dystopian world decades in the future, Blue Haven is a 17 year old who dreams of becoming a warrior. Over 150 years ago the Shadow Elves, humans infected by a zombie apocalypse-like plague, ravaged the world and decimated the population. Blue lives in a small farming community in the Smoky Mountains, where they are the last survivors of their world and not much happens. But Blue’s superhuman sight is showing her troubling images of green-eyed strangers and handsome Shadow Elves. But, that can’t be right because leaders of her village insist the Shadow Elves were all killed and they are safe. As Blue investigates her visions, she discovers the leaders may have lied. About everything.

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A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is the second book in a captivating YA Fantasy series. Poppy knows who Hawke, Casteel, is now. He’s the Dark One, the Prince of Atlantia. And he’s got a plan to get his brother back from the Blood Queen that involves her. She knows better than to trust him, but he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. So, they pretend to be engaged to fulfill both of their goals. But Poppy also knows it’s a risk being so close to Casteel, because they definitely have chemistry together that is hard to resist. The closer Poppy gets to Atlantia, the more her power grows. Atlantia is at unrest. Whispers of war are growing, the Descenters want Poppy dead and the King wants to use her to send a message. But the gods may have different ideas.

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From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) by Jennifer Armentrout

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ok, I know that I’m way behind everyone else in reading this series, so the last thing you want to do is read another review about this book, but WOW! I loved this book. In it’s simplest form, you can call this book a YA Fantasy Romance. And yeah, it is. But it also has a load of fighting, paranormal elements, magic, and court intrigue.

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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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