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A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess out Sept. 20, 2016 by Random House.

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?

Exhilarating and gripping, Jessica Cluess’s spellbinding fantasy introduces Henrietta Howel, a powerful, unforgettable heroine, and an entertaining world filled with magic, monsters, and mayhem.

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Kids of Appetite by David Arnold out Sept. 20, 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers.

The bestselling author of Mosquitoland brings us another batch of unforgettable characters in this tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss.

Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.

This is a story about:

1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love.

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A World Without You by Beth Revis out July 19, 2016 by Razorbill.

Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him. So when his concerned parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth: that he’s actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have “superpowers.”

At Berkshire, Bo falls in love with Sofia, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility. Sofia helps Bo open up in a way he never has before. In turn, Bo provides comfort to Sofia, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age.

But even the strength of their love isn’t enough to help Sofia escape her deep depression. After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she’s not actually dead. He believes that she’s stuck somewhere in time — that he somehow left her in the past, and now it’s his job to save her.

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Andromeda by Meg Trotter

Author: Meg Trotter
Title: Andromeda
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
Source: Author

From Goodreads

For as long as she can remember, seventeen-year-old Princess Andromeda has done what was expected of her. She consented to a political marriage to a hateful older man. She became a quiet, obedient housewife. After her husband’s death, she agreed to be united in yet another political marriage for the sake of her country’s stability.

However, when the Greek goddess of the sea disrupts this second wedding ceremony, jealous of the pomp of the celebration, she places a curse on Andromeda and her home: either sacrifice the princess to a sea beast or let the creature destroy her country. A visit to the Oracle reveals that Andromeda needs four ancient weapons of the Greek gods to fight off the beast and the goddess who controls it.

Now Andromeda must find the strength and the cunning to do what she has never done before — to fight for her own life — while keeping the well-meaning “hero” Perseus out of her way.

Meg Trotter’s Andromeda dropped me into a world where gods are worshiped and quests are had. The story itself follows Andromeda as she goes on a mission to save her kingdom and herself while battling the misogynist opinions.
This is a book set in a historical setting and Trotter makes me feel like I am actually there instead of just reading about it. The amount of research she had to do to write a book like this shines through at every moment. Everything from geography, to dress, to hierarchies, and different gods and their attributes is written seamlessly and integrated into the story not from the historical view of someone looking back in time, but as though she was actually living with these characters at that time in history.
I love how Andromeda takes charge of everything, while still showing her weakness. Even when she is terrified she still continues forward because she is not going to let the sea beast destroy her kingdom. It’s always so important for me to show heroes with weaknesses as well and while Trotter has shaped Andromeda into a strong willed character, she isn’t afraid to show her uneasy side. Apprehension lurks around every corner as she is forced to go on the quest, but she never lets that stop her or slow her down even at the very end. It could have been so easy for her to walk away and let the sea beast destroy her kingdom while she hid away for the rest of her life, but she doesn’t.
Trotter doesn’t focus a lot on romance, this is a girl who was married off as a teenager, widowed as a teenager, and then while still a teen she is arranged to be married off yet again. It only makes sense for this story to not be about Andromeda falling in love or finding her true love, but for her to find herself. She created two unlikely friends while on this journey and while I do hope she finds love eventually with one of them, it was so refreshing to see the protagonist not giving their heart to someone else during the story.
The ending was fantastic. I was slightly apprehensive while reading, but once I got to the very end I was blown away. This is the first book in the series and while the other book focuses on another character, I know these characters will (hopefully) return and I cannot wait to see that happen. I need the next book in my life yesterday and I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a great read with a fantastic lead who happens to shatter her expectations as a woman at this time.

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