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A Madness So Discreet

Mindy McGinnis

McGinnis (In a Handful of Dust, 2014) combines murder, madness, and mystery in a beautifully twisted gothic thriller that explores the madness that exists in all of us. A 19th century girl, Grace Mae is thrown into an asylum by the father who nearly destroyed her. Locked away, she is mute and sealed within her own mind. When young Dr. Thornhollow arrives at her lowest moment, Grace begs him to set her mind free. He recognizes a rare cleverness in her and offers to take her away to Ohio to assist him in his new endeavor: catching murderers. Although her life is vastly improved as she assists Dr. Thornhollow with his work, Grace must redefine herself and the meaning of madness if she's to survive.

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An Inheritance of Ashes

Leah Bobet

Bobet’s (Above, 2012) superb fantasy takes place in a grim world where the supernatural war with its gods and monsters is now over. Hallie and her sister struggle to maintain their family farm, Roadstead, while waiting for loved ones to return from the battlefield. But it turns out the peculiar war isn't over after all because the Wicked God's hybrid animal-monsters start falling out of the sky and land on Hallie’s farm. As she slowly learns more about the war and the men who fought it, ugly truths about Hallie's own family emerge. While monsters and armies converge on her small farm, the greatest threat to her home may be Hallie herself!

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Patrick Ness

In Ness' (More Than This, 2013) bold and irreverent novel, senior Mikey Mitchell is just trying to make it through to graduation and hopefully ask his longtime crush to the prom. Over the years, he and his friends watched as the indie kids, the Chosen Ones, fought off zombies, fell in love with vampires, and engaged in other world-saving activities. This is all ordinary stuff at his high school and although Mikey and his friends sometimes cross paths with the hero kids, they rarely take part in their adventures. But the challenges they face whether mental illness, dysfunctional families, or jealousies, are just as meaningful as the apocalypse-prevention the indie kids get up to.

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