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Cress (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780312642976
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Published: Feiwel & Friends, 2/2014
The 3rd book in the Lunar Chronicles. I can't remember the last time I was this excited about a series. It's so good, I can't even express it. Science Fiction retellings of fairy tales. Cinderella the cyborg. Red Riding hood and the genetically engineered wolf. Rapunzel the expert hacker in a satelite tower. Perfection.

Panic (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062014559
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Published: HarperCollins, 3/2014

"Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do."

This was a really excellent, really tense read that was almost as surreal as it was realistic. It is about a bunch of regular kids in a podunk town, dealing with the end of high school, dreaming of better things, and risking their lives in order to attain it.

ISBN-13: 9780316199988
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/2014
The cutest picture book with gorgeous art all about making friends. It warmed my heart.

Bitterblue (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780142426012
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Published: Firebird, 9/2013
An amazing and beautiful conclusion to the Graceling series. I was so enthralled with this book, I thought it was the best of all three. Though it may take some patience to get into it, once you're there, you won't wat to leave. Such a great fantasy world, masterfully costructed and elegantly executed.

King City (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781607065104
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Published: Image Comics, 3/2012
What a crazy book. Ripe with symbolism and cat puns, this is one of the most bonkers books I've read. Also there's a board game in the middle of the story. You know, in case the madness of magic cats and ancient cults isn't enough for you.

ISBN-13: 9780439678131
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks, 8/2004
The first series by Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games) and, in my opinion, her best. This series enthralled me as a kid and I still love it today. It's an urban, modern, Alice in Wonderland.