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Book Review | The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

★★★★★ Dressed as a boy Vasya is on the road, traveling away from home where her dead father lies buried, his death her fault. When she encounters a village burned down by bandits, she decides to help, but in her attempt she gets stuck in a web of lies as she tries to hide the fact that she's a girl from the Grand Prince of Moscow and the rest of the court. All the while other strange things are happening and time is running out..

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The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

★★★★★ Mila and her siblings live alone in the forest after her father has left them five years ago - right when the winter came and never left again. Then one night a fur-clad stranger comes to their door, asking for shelter for himself and his men. The next morning, Mila's brother, Oskar, has left. Mila is convinced he's been taken, and sets out to save him.

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The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson

★★★★★ Maud Heighton came to Paris to study painting at the famous Academy of famous artist Lafond, but Paris eats money. Maud is starving, only eating just enough to survive and sit upright to paint, but the coming winter looms over her. Through a stroke of luck a new friend gets her a job as a companion to a respectable beautiful young woman, Sylvie Morel, who lives with her brother. Maud's new life with the two siblings seems better than she could have hoped, but not everything is perfect. Sylvie has a secret; she is addicted to opium. Maud is drawn into her world, and eventually plunged into Paris' dark underbelly.

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A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke

★★★★☆ One the island of Skane, the Goddess sends the people messages through the color of the sky. If it's green, all is well, blue means a storm up ahead, but red, oh, red means danger. Terrible danger. The last time the sky turned red, was the night Ósa was born and a fever outbreak swept over Skane, killing dozens and dozens of people, incluing Ósa's mother. Now, seventeen years later, the sky bleeds red again, and the people of Skane need to find a way to stop the next plague.

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

★★★★★ Vasilisa lives in the medieval Russian country side, where the winters are cruel. She loves her nurse, Sasha (who has been a mother to her since her own mother died), her brothers and roaming the woods. Vasilisa, or Vasya, is a peculiar child, seeing things that shouldn't be real. When her father decides to remarry, seven years after her mother's death, things get hard for Vasya. Her new stepmother, traumatized herself by a long life spent in fear and a forced marriage, takes her frustration out on Vasya. But there are worse things about to happen, as her new stepmother and the new priest both forbid the worshipping of the house spirits, who are the only creatures able to defend Vasya, her family and the villagers against the deep, dark winter that is coming.

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La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust) by Philip Pullman

★★★★☆ Malcolm Polstead lives a quiet life in his parent’s inn, serving customers, helping the nuns from the priory and peddling down the river in his beloved canoe. He is curious and inquisitive and learns a lot by asking the right questions. But then he finds a secret message that speaks of something called Dust, and soon he is pulled into a world where the life of baby Lyra is at stake, and soon his own as well. As the flood rises, the threat increases and when all hell breaks loose, he knows the only option is to flee.

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All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

★★★★★ All the Crooked Saints is about the three Soria cousins; Beatriz, the girl without feelings, Joaquin, the radio-dj Diablo Diablo, and Daniel, the current saint. The whole Soria family lives in a small village called Bicho Raro, and pilgrims come to get their miracle performed on them by the current Soria saint. But the miracles they get aren’t always what they wanted, or expected. Life has been like this for generations, quiet, never really changing, then one day a young man comes not for a miracle, but for a truck and all hell breaks loose.