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A Million Suns: An Across the Universe Novel (Across the Universe) by Beth Revis
A Million Suns: An Across the Universe Novel (Across the Universe)

Amanda Alsterberg, March 21, 2012

A fantastic continuation of Across the Universe, with so many twists and turns - definitely not predictable!
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Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Across the Universe

Amanda Alsterberg, March 21, 2012

This story is one of my favorites! I loved reading from both Amy and Elder's perspectives - their different takes on the events that occurred were incredibly helpful in revealing the plot and character developments. I can't wait for the sequel!
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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Beauty Queens

Amanda Alsterberg, March 21, 2012

I thought this book was wonderfully satirical. It has an intriguing view of today's pop culture combined with capitalism. I enjoyed having the story told from different viewpoints, the girls' backgrounds revealed gradually. I loved the characters -some more than others at first, but by the end I loved all of the Beauty Queens and appreciated how each of their personality quirks added to the story.
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Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn
Voices of Dragons

Amanda Alsterberg, March 21, 2012

I loved that Kay and Artegal's developing friendship and the rewards/consequences of such remain the focus throughout the story. I feel like a lot of YA authors put too much emphasis on romance, which in turn dilutes the rest of the plot. This story was so well-developed and I really enjoyed the simple, plausible explanation for the existence of dragons in a present-day setting.
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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Warm Bodies

Amanda Alsterberg, March 21, 2012

To anyone who likes to read science fiction, horror, or romance: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion is all of these things and it is fantastic! It's a zombie-romance told from the point of view of the zombie. Such a creative twist and incredibly well-written. I haven't even finished it and I would already recommend it to pretty much anyone who likes to read. Props to Isaac Marion for an amazing first novel! Can't wait to see what's next :-)
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