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The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais

Standalone. Diamond Book Distributors (Oct. 2017) NetGalley
Lose yourself in in the dark forests ofAmélie Fléchais' spectacular artwork. A young wolf, on a journey to bring his grandmother a rabbit, is charmed by the nice little girl who offers to help him... but nice is not the same as good. A haunting fairy tale for children and adults alike.

YES! I say yes to this book! Oh, how I love dark and twisted fairy tales... 

The narration of this beautifully told tale is perfect. I loved that it was a little wolf as the main character. I even liked the creepy little bunny he was keeping to take to his grandmother. 

A little wolf, wearing an infamous red cape, goes to give his grandmother a bunny that has been caught and killed. He is warned to avoid the forest of dead wood where a hunter and his daughter live. Of course, he wonders off and some interesting things happen along the way.

What really stood out for me was that the story was all about point of view. I liked that this was pointed …

Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier

Blackthorn & Grim #1. Roc (Nov. 2014) Library
In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear. Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada. There she'll live on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her help. 

Oran, crown prince of Dalriada, has waited anxiously for the arrival of his future bride, Lady Flidais. He knows her only from a portrait and sweetly poetic correspondence that have convinced him Flidais is his destined true love. But Oran discovers letters can lie. For although his intended exactly resembles her portrait, her brutality upon arrival proves she is nothing like the sensitive woman of the letters.

With the strategic marriage imminent, Oran sees no way out of his dilemma. Word has spread that Blackt…

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Song of the Lioness #1. Atheneum Books (Sept. 2002) Library
"From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight."

In a time when girls are forbidden to be warriors, Alanna of Trebond wants nothing more than to be knight of the realm of Tortall. So she finds a way to switch places with her brother, Thom. Disguised as a boy, Alanna begins her training as a page at the palace of King Roald. The road to knighthood, as she discovers, is not an easy one. Alanna must master weapons, combat, magic -- and also polite behavior, her temper, and even her own heart. With stubbornness, skill, and daring, she wins the admiration of all around her, and the friendship of Prince Jonathan of Tortall himself. But she also makes an enemy of the prince's uncle, the powerful and charming Duke Roger....

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna's first adventure begins -- one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the …

Taproot by Keezy Young

Standalone. Lion Forge (Sept. 2017) NetGalley
Blue is having a hard time moving on. He's in love with his best friend. He's also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart's content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal's strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means... leaving him.

If you think the cover is cute just imagine the possibilities when you open the pages of Taproot.

Hamal is a gardener who can see ghosts. Blue is a ghost that hangs around Hamal and also happens to be in love with him...

This was really adorable, the writing, and the plot were engaging. The artwork is the type of style I love. I was never bored and seriously how cute could Hamal and Blue be? Hamal is this sweet guy who loves plants. He has a kind soul. He talks to ghosts and listens to their problems. He doesn't understand …

Diversity Spotlight Thursday | #1

Hosted @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

A Diverse Book I’ve Read
Danny's tall and skinny. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. Ninety-five mile an hour fastball, but the boy’s not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound he loses it.

But at his private school, they don’t expect much else from him. Danny’ s brown. Half-Mexican brown. And growing up in San Diego that close to the border means everyone else knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before they find out he can’t speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, they’ve got him pegged. But it works the other way too. And Danny’s convinced it’s his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico. 

That’s why he’s spending the summer with his dad’s family. Only, to find himself, he may just have to face the demons he refuses to see--the demons that are right in front of his face. A…

One Moment by Kristina McBride

Standalone. Sky Pony Press (Jan. 2017) NetGalley
This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can't she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below—dead?

As Maggie's memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

I've seen the original cover of this book for years. I was surprised to find out that it was being remarketed with a new cover. I never knew that the story surroun…

Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis

Standalone. Wednesday Books (Oct. 2017) NetGalley
Flora Goldwasser has fallen in love. She won't admit it to anyone, but something about Elijah Huck has pulled her under. When he tells her about the hippie Quaker school he attended in the Hudson Valley called Quare Academy, where he'll be teaching next year, Flora gives up her tony upper east side prep school for a life on a farm, hoping to woo him. A fish out of water, Flora stands out like a sore thumb in her vintage suits among the tattered tunics and ripped jeans of the rest of the student body. When Elijah doesn't show up, Flora must make the most of the situation and will ultimately learn more about herself than she ever thought possible.

Told in a series of letters, emails, journal entries and various ephemera, Flora's dramatic first year is laid out for all to see, embarrassing moments and all.

So not what I was expecting! At first glance, I didn't think I could like a story about a privileged girl in a schoo…