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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
Zoo City
Lauren Beukes
Dead Beautiful - Yvonne Woon Dead Beautiful is another book with a mysterious boarding school and an orphan (I seem to be reading a lot of these lately). It is a very different take on the undead and I enjoyed the philosophy behind it. At the very least, the book gives YA readers an insight into subjects they probably don't cover in high school. The romance was well done, and I enjoyed it, up until the moment it took on a Romeo/Juliet theme. SPOILER ALERT I have a problem with 16 year olds pledging to give their life for their "soulmate". I'm not talking about being turned into a vampire "give their life," I'm talking about actually cutting their lives short. It was sort of saved in the end, but it still left me more than a little uncomfortable.