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Passion by Lauren Kate

The most recent offering in the Fallen series, this book sees Luce traveling through time to find out why she and Daniel have been cursed to love but never be together.  She travels to many different points throughout history and slowly unravels the reason behind the curse that keeps them apart.  I enjoyed this one, but feel like she purposefully leaves each of the books as a cliff hanger

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Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe

 Jake has OCD and takes to counting to get through the day. But he hides it from his family and friends so no one, except his little sister, knows anything is wrong. He is a soccer champ and only needs to make it through a few more days to get to the perfect day when all the numbers will be aligned for the big soccer match. But slowly his life starts spinning out of control. This was an amazing book about what it is like to have a mental disorder that you try to hide from people. Great for people wanting a better understanding of what someone with OCD is suffering. It does a great job of showing Jake from many sides.

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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

 

Gwen was not supposed to be the special one, her cousin was.  But, at 16 years old, Gwen finds out that she is the one that has inherited the time travel gene, not Charlotte.  Soon she is zipping through time and trying to figure out how to blend in.  This was clearly the beginning of a series as there are more questions asked than answered.  However, it has an interesting premise and, if the next books answer some of the questions laid out in this book, it could be quite good.

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Croak by Gina Damico

 Lex used to be a straight A student. But now she is a juvenile delinquent. At the end of their wits, her parents decide to send her to stay with her Uncle Mort for the summer. She is pissed that she is being shipped off, but after only a day in her uncle’s company, she knows the summer will be anything but boring. Uncle Mort is a Grim Reaper and he is going to teach her to be one too. After she is paired up with another junior reaper, Lex learns what it is like to reap the souls of the dead. At first, it is difficult, but the more she does it, the less angry she feels and the more accepted she becomes in the community. This is a funny and irreverent teen fantasy novel that is a coming of age story in the truest sense of the word.

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In a post apocalyptic world, parents are forced to give up their children so that they can be raised within a walled city.  However, not all parents are happy about this.  Midwives are forced to bring the first three babies every month to the guards at the wall to be taken and raised by strangers.  However, one midwife, a young woman, decides that this is not fair.  After her parents are taken in for questioning, she will brave the wall to find out the truth and free her parents.  An intriguing book.  While I was not 100% enamored, it was an interesting read.

 

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In a world where a deadly virus renders most over the age of 18 infertile, it is considered a matter of national pride to have as many babies as possible before you turn 18.  Melody has scored a sweet contract to provide a baby for a couple.  But, her twin sister Harmony, who she only met a few weeks ago, is very religious and is trying to convince her that it is a sin.  In this dystopic YA novel, we see the world turned on its head as two teen girls must determine what type of future they want.  This is the first in a series.

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Starcrossed is a (for lack of a better term) cross between Percy Jackson and Lauren Kate’s Fallen series.  Helen lives in a tiny town with her dad and is unimpressed when a new family complete with ridiculously good looking kids and tons of money comes to town.  Until she tries to kills Lucas, one of the sons.  Soon, she finds out that she is a demigod with amazing powers (like flying) and that she and Lucas are sworn enemies.  Yet, she can’t help feeling something for him.  Slowly, her world turns upside down and Helen must figure out where she fits in this new world.  A thrilling entry in a new series.

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