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I had to read this book when I saw the cover.  It is very striking.  It reminds me of Wicked, but it is not at all like that.  Cassia lives in a world where everything is determined for you.  We first meet her on the night she is going to find out who her Match is.  Everyone is given a match to ensure optimum progeny and that is who they marry.  Cassia is amazed that her match is her best friend.  That almost never happens.  But when she goes home and looks at the chip with his info, it is another’s face who looks back at her, the face of Ky, a boy in her town.  She is confused, but the government assures her it is just a little mistake and she should forget about it.  But Cassia cannot and starts to spend time with Ky to see if maybe there was something to the whole matching mistake.  Soon, we find out that the government isn’t as great as it turns out to be and while there is no rebellion in this book, you can definitely feel it coming in the next.  This book is not unlike The Uglies Series by Westerfeld or the Giver my Lowry.  Sci-fi at its finest.

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I didn’t realize when I bought this that it was a collection (ok, three) of short stories.  I seem to be picking up more and more short stories and enjoying them.  Does that mean my attention span is getting less?  I hope not.  In this book, Showalter tells three haunting tales of lovers who struggle to be together.  I think my favorite is the first in which we hear the tale of Kadence, the goddess of oppression, and Geryon, a monster/man who guards the gates to hell.  Together, they must enter the dark reaches of hell in order to repair a wall.  They soon realize that they are each equally attracted to each other and that they in fact love each other.  However, not all love stories end happily and there is some significant sorrow before the ending comes.

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A while back, I was able to pick up a bunch of Kenyon books for practically nothing.  Now, I am finally getting around to reading them.  This is the first one in the Dream Hunter series and tells the tale of Arik,  a Skotos who falls in love with a mortal woman.  Geary is trying to fulfill a quest her dad left for her, to find the lost city of Atlantis.  Little does she know she is right on top of it.  Of course, it Atlantis is uncovered, Apollyomi will be released and destroy the world so there are a few people on Geary’s team that are determined to stop her.  Enter Arik who wants to feel what it is like to be human and you have craziness.  A stirring tale as all of Kenyon’s books are, The Dream Hunter is a great quick read.

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Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Kagawa is awesome.  In her third installment in the iron fey series, Meghan is once again pulled back into faery.  Just when she is about to see her family again in over a year, evil fey attack her and Ash.  So, she knows that in order to return home, she must first defeat the pretend iron king.  But before she can do that, she needs to develop some skills.  Ash teaches her how to fight, and Puck tries to teach her how to use her magic, but to no avail.  Though she can soon fight like a warrior, there is something wrong with her magic that prevents her from using it.  But the battle will not wait and soon Meghan, Puck and Ash are heading into the Iron Kingdom to face down the pretend king.  The outcome is what I expcted, but while I thought this would be the final book in the series, based on the ending, it is clear that it is not.  Can’t wait to see what Kagawa dishes up next.

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Gutman scores again with the first book in a new series.  Here we meet Coke and Pepsi, twin brother and sister, who are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.  After a man in a bowler hat tries to kill them, they learn that they have been selected to be part of the Genius Files, a group of kids that have been selected to solve the world’s problems.  On a trip across America with their parents, the two must decode messages, stop an OCD terrorist, and figure out who is good and who is bad.  A riveting read that will surely become very popular.

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I always forget how much I enjoy her books.  Ahern once again crafts a tale of joy and sorrow with just a hint of magic.  Tamara has just lost her father and so she and her mother must go live with her aunt and uncle.  But things are not as they seem and Tamara is determined to uncover the secrets her aunt and uncle are intent on keeping.  She receives a blank book that appears to be a diary, but it is like no diary that she has ever seen.  It writes, in her own hand, what will happen to her tomorrow.  At first Tamara doesn’t believe it, but all too soon she realizes how true it is.  But will changing the things written in the diary be good or bad?  Only time will tell.  A wonderful, engrossing read.

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Mary is on a quest to find an artifact that will help free her brother from a Middle Eastern prison.  But when she presents herself to the Earl of Erroll, he doesn’t believe she is actually Michael’s sister.  So he locks her up until he has proof.  Of course, he can’t seem to keep his hands off her which isn’t helping matters, but Mary doesn’t seem to mind.  Filled with information on Egyptology, this is a delightful read and appears to be the first in a series.  I look forward to learning about the rest of Mary’s family in the next few books.

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