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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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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

★★★★★ Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father isn't a very good one. When the winters get colder, the Staryk closer, and her mother sicker, she lets her heart grow cold and does what her father cannot do. Soon she is making more money than they've ever had before, and she's able to turn silver into gold. But when the Staryk overhear her boasting in the winter forest, she's up for a challenge that might end in her death..

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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 Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

★★★★★ Willa Jackson tries to live a quiet life, an adult life, working in her own shop and doing laundry in the evening, just like her Dad would have wanted it. The only thing she allows herself is looking at the progress of the restoration of the Blue Ridge Madam, the building that was once her family's pride but because of a scandal no longer belongs to them. Then one faithful night, she meets one of her old classmates by chance, and Willa's quiet life is not so quiet anymore, forcing her to deal with her past and allow herself to have a future.

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Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

"Great' writers were so obviously supposed to be male, and not anyone's aunt." This new telling of the story of Jane's life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the places and spaces that mattered to her. It wasn't all country houses and ballrooms, but a life that was often a… Continue reading Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

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A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

★★★★★ After Oswald T. Campbell has to leave Chicago because of his health, he spends what he believes to be his last Christmas in a small, warm, welcoming town called Lost River. There he meets a post man who delivers mail by boat, a store owners who has a pet bird, a little girl who needs a new family, and more colorful characters that soon become his whole life. In this wonderful Christmas tale, a lonely old man learns what it means to come home, and that miracles still exist..

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

★★★★★ Miryem comes from a family of money lenders, but her father isn't a very good one. When her family is on the edge of poverty, she steps in. Hardening her heart, she saves her family and builds up quite a reputation as a girl who can turn silver to gold. But having such a reputation can be lethal if the wrong people are listening..

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First & Then by Emma Mills

★★★★★ Devon wouldn't change a thing about her life. She's happy enough watching the game on Friday nights, silently crushing on her best friend and stubbornly ignoring life after highschool. But when her social outlier cousin becomes a football prodigy, and becomes friends with the highschool football star Ezra, her life is about to be turned upside down.

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The Princess and the Fool by Paul Neafcy

★★★★★ Princess Katherine of Elderhaime is to be married off to a suitable Prince, a man she's never met, to reconcile their two countries. She's not happy about it, surely there are better birthday presents, but things are about to get a lot worse. Lost in the wilderness with only a fool to save her, and the fate of the whole kingdom on her shoulders, she encounters witches, heroes, nightmarish creatures and ninja children. But most difficult trial of all will be to decide between her hopes for herself, and her hopes for the kingdom.

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Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

★★★★★ It's the last party of the summer, and Claudia accidentally overhears a conversation she really wasn't supposed to hear. Now on the bad side of the meanest girl in the school, Claudia doesn't know what to do when they're forced to write a paper together, much less how they're supposed to work on the school production of A Midsummer's Night.