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Loved This, Try That: Ruby Red

So, let us guess: you devoured Kerstin Gier’s bestselling time-travel YA novel, Ruby Red, and now you need something to tide you over until the sequel, Sapphire Blue, comes out on October 30? Not to worry! Here’s a summer’s worth of delightful, dark, and fantastical books like Ruby Red with plenty of magic, strong female protagonists, and the occasional talking animal. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor — Karou is a 17-year-old art student in Prague. An outsider even among the art-school crowd, her few friends have learned to accept her eccentricities: her fluency in random languages, her evasiveness, her [...]

Scorpio Races, The

A Race Against Time Author: Maggie Stiefvater Credit where credit’s due: whatever else a young adult fiction novel may be lacking, it’s usually strong in the creativity of its premise. Now that sparkling vampires and werewolves and boy wizards have been pretty thoroughly mined, it’s time to move on to the B-list creatures of myth, like… meat-eating bloodthirsty horses that live in the ocean? And… the weathered, hard-hearted islanders who love (and are often eaten by) them? Welcome to The Scorpio Races! The story is set on the tiny, fictitious island of Thisby (which, culturally, seems rather Irish), possibly in [...]