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Jack of Kinrowan: Jack the Giant-Killer and Drink Down the Moon
Charles de Lint
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
Patrick Rothfuss
The Sweet Scent of Blood
Suzanne McLeod
Shadow's Edge
Brent Weeks
M.E. Breen, Molly Breen
The Poison Eaters and Other Stories
Holly Black
This Side of the Grave
Jeaniene Frost
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The Candidates - Inara Scott I'm a sucker for stories about kids with superpowers - one of my favorite childhood games was pretending to have various "super" abilities. I liked this book - the pacing was good, it kept my attention, and while it didn't have a lot of action, I thought the character development was well done. I think its a good start. If I take it from the usual YA standbys: Mysterious boarding school, check. You do have the catty mean girls, but they don't play as big a part in this as they would have in other books. They are just mean, and the heroine deals with it. Obligatory love triangle - check, I think it was done well, and the main character didn't keep throwing herself at the "bad boy", although whether the "good boy" is 100% good, I'm not so sure, but that's for future books. There is some teen angst, though, so be warned.I thought the main character was believable, and it was well done for a set the stage book. I'll be reading book 2.