New Wave by Jennifer Ann Shore

Imagine living in a world of extreme poverty and famine while those in power thrive just like the Capital of The Hunger Games. Society is divided into sectors laid out across islands with each territory having a socialist purpose. Yet, no one is happy, people are being tortured and dying, and many resort to illegal activities to survive. Mol is no different, caught in a world she loves but equally despises. Her entire life is about to change as she attempts to hawk her dead mother’s necklace for money to buy food. Captured, she becomes a key player in a revolution while falling for the man who helped create the world that imprisons her. Sound like Bel Canto? New Wave by Jennifer Ann Shore is a brand new YA feminist fiction and dystopian novel about distrusting romance that questions if love can change all. Or is love a trick of…

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Empress Of All Seasons: Book Review

Imagine growing up in a village of strong women. In a world much like my alma mater, Smith College, women rule this mountainous city.  Mothers cast baby boys down the river and young girls seduce men only to marry them and runaway with their possessions. Ok, maybe the similarities stop at all women’s dwelling, but you get the idea. Empress Of All Seasons by Emiko Jean is a new YA feminist fantasy novel featuring much needed diversity in teen fiction. Pairing Japanese folklore with dystopian adventure, follow along with Animal Wife Mari as she fights to become Empress of all Seasons. Love, betrayal, prejudice, war–Empress Of All Seasons has it all. Book Review: Empress Of All Seasons by Emiko Jean In the village of Tsuma, Mari and the Animal Wives live isolated and free from men. Beautiful and deadly, these women are powerful mythological creatures known as yōkai. Each woman can transform into…

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Get Your Witch On! 10 Wickedly Witchy Books

Are you looking for witchy books this season? From witches grounded in a deep Wiccan past to whimsical beasties with powers, witches take on many roles in modern day literature. I always wondered what was borderline cultural appropriation as soon as authors bring in the Wiccan religion. I’d love to know your thoughts. Then, we watch steamy episodes of HBO’s True Blood with a different type of perverted witchy cult juxtaposed with naïve and endearing teenage witch coming of age stories.  Plus, have you started the Chilling Adventures of New Sabrina yet? Below are titles—all of which I have read and recommend—for adults and teens looking for books about witches. In some of these titles, witches are upfront and center, Hocus Pocus style.  In others, these powerful cacklers play minor but necessary background roles. Here are TUL’s top 10 wickedly witchy books to get you in the wickedly witchy spirit any time…

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Books With Magic and Romance: 5 Heart-Stopping Reasons To Read Grim Lovelies

 Book Review Of Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd Teen books with magic and romance make for a great Harry Potter-like fantasy series. Don’t get me wrong, nothing compares to HP in the bookish world, but I couldn’t help but think Megan Shepherd is onto something completely captivating with her newest magical witch series, Grim Lovelies. Although not as dark or grim as I was hoping for—no play on words intended—Grim Lovelies builds a thrilling magical world that tweens and younger teens will adore. Warning: tragic deaths and gruesome biting off of rats’ heads occur. Grim Lovelies focuses on good versus evil power, what it means to be human, and the innate power to love and grow within all of us. Reminiscent of a Cinderella story gone dark mixed with magical Harry Potter battles and a fantasy world with muggle-like Pretties, don’t miss Grim Lovelies as a top 2018 YA read.…

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Teen Supernatural Books: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Are you looking for new teen supernatural books?  The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw incorporates witches, soul possession, mystery, and romance that leaves readers spooked late into the night. A Book Review of The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw Powerful Women Are Always A Threat For centuries the three Swan sisters have haunted the town of Sparrow in feminist yet sadistic revenge for their unlawful drownings as allegedly seductive witches. Each year as summer washes in, the vengeful sisters return.  What havoc do they cause: Creepily, the possession of teenage girls’ bodies and luring unsuspecting boys out to sea—permanently. Partly viewed as a coincidental myth, Swan Season has malformed into a spectator sport for both locals and tourists alike.  Don’t ask.  That seems just CRAZY to me.  I love visiting Salem during Halloween and all, but no one is drowning EVERY YEAR. Commence Death This summer is no different, and power and…

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Review: Lumberjanes- Unicorn Power (Lumberjanes #1)

Based on the popular graphic novel series, Lumberjanes has decided to take these hardcore ladies into novel format for another round of friendship to the max. The Roanoke Cabin is working on their plant badges. Having stumbled across a magical field of unicorns and a mysterious mountain, the girls are determined to climb and explore this new territory since April has decided that like Rosie, the fearless camp director, she wants to earn the Extraordinary Explorer medal.   Of course, if you know these talented and intelligent ladies at all, you understand that they will find themselves trapped in one crazy and heartfelt adventure with cloud people, smelly unicorns, clingy vine, and disappearing mountains. With the dangers that come with being bold and their friendships and interests tested to the max, these ultra-femme scouts must figure out who they want to be while also escaping a cloudy future. The Lumberjanes series…

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