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Scent of Darkness

Scent of Darkness

by Margot Berwin

Hardcover, 220 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Margot Berwin

When Eva turns 18, her grandmother gives her the gift of an extraordinary fragrance, one that transforms her life. But as the gift becomes a curse, Eva must uncover the secret behind the scent, and learn the message her grandmother had left inside that magical vial.

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The Summer Prince

The Summer Prince

by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Hardcover, 289 pages, Scholastic, $17.99, published March 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Alaya Dawn Johnson

In the futuristic Brazilian metropolis Palmares Tres, artist June Costa joins the bold new Summer King, Enki, to stage explosive, dramatic projects that the city will never forget. The pair adds fuel to a growing rebellion against the government's strict limits on new tech, and June falls deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.


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The Office of Mercy

The Office of Mercy

by Ariel Djanikian

Hardcover, 304 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published February 21 2013 | purchase
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  • Ariel Djanikian

Living in an underground, utopian settlement in a post-apocalyptic world, Natasha Wiley is hired to join a special team to venture Outside for the first time. When she leaves the safety of America-Five, Natasha finds her allegiances tested in the face of shattering truths.

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Talulla Rising

Talulla Rising

by Glen Duncan

Paperback, 351 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Glen Duncan

Grieving for her werewolf lover, Talulla Demetriou is pregnant and popularly believed to be the last surviving werewolf. She flees to a remote Alaskan lodge to have her child in secret and avoid capture by the deadly forces — including, rumor has it, the oldest living vampire on Earth — that are after her.

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The Flint Heart

The Flint Heart

A Fairy Story

by John Paterson, Katherine Paterson and John Rocco

Paperback, 288 pages, Candlewick Pr, $9.99, published August 14 2012 | purchase
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  • John Paterson, Katherine Paterson, et al

A magical amulet brings power and despair to those who touch it.

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Sister Mine

Sister Mine

by Nalo Hopkinson

Hardcover, 305 pages, Grand Central Pub, $23.99, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Nalo Hopkinson

Despite her demigod lineage, Makeda, unlike her formerly co-joined twin sister Abby, possesses no magic. She leaves Abby to set out on her own for a life of independence, but but when her father goes missing, she must reconcile with her sibling.

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The The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

Hardcover, 267 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $27.99, published September 1 2000 | purchase
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  • L. Frank Baum

After being transported by a cyclone to the land of Oz, Dorothy and her dog are befriended by a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion, who accompany her to the Emerald City to look for a wizard who can help her return home to Kansas. Illustrated by W. W. Denslow.

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House of Secrets

House of Secrets

by Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus

Hardcover, 490 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $17.99, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus

Cordelia, Brendan and Eleanor Walker, aged fifteen to eight, must rely on a mysterious book to face the Wind Witch and her father, the Storm King, who have kidnapped Dr. and Mrs. Walker and brought them to a strange world of magic.

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Raven Girl

Raven Girl

by Audrey Niffenegger

Hardcover, 80 pages, Harry N Abrams Inc, $19.95, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Audrey Niffenegger

A postman and a raven fall in love in this illustrated book for adults.

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Shadow of Night

Shadow Of Night

by Deborah Harkness

Paperback, 583 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published May 28 2013 | purchase
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  • Deborah Harkness

The sequel to A Discovery of Witches finds Yale professor and reluctant witch Diana Bishop, together with the hunky vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, traveling back in time to Elizabethan London. There, Diana studies at Oxford and seeks a magical tutor while Matthew is forced to confront his past. But when an evil cabal steals a mysterious book, the witch-vampire duo set off on a search across Europe to find it.NPR Bestseller

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