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Firebug

Lish McBride

McBride's follow-up to the popular Hold Me Closer Necromancer series maintains her trademark dark humor and engaging characters like Ava, who can set fires with her mind. Her firebug mother fled from the supernatural mob, the Coterie, and raised Ava in hiding. But nobody escapes the Coterie alive, and Ava's mom was no exception. Orphaned, she is forced to pledge her loyalty to Venus, the Coterie's bloodthirsty vampire leader. Reluctantly, Ava becomes their resident assassin. As long as she does their bloody work, she is left alone—but what happens when Venus demands something Ava simply won't do?

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Rites of Passage

Joy N. Hensley

In Hensley’s fast-paced debut, Sam McKenna, 16, is among the first young women to attend the all-male Denmark Military Academy and her angry male peers hope to oust the girls before the first semester is over. But Sam is determined to make it and she begins a year of punishing training, terrible living conditions, and nonstop emotional and physical abuse. As she struggles to prove herself, Sam discovers that some of the boys won’t rest until she quits. They are not acting alone because a decades-old secret society is alive and active and determined to force Sam out at any cost.

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Starry Night

Isabel Gillies

Gillies's debut novel for teens explores the exhilaration and heartbreak of a young artist's first love. Wren, 15, has always dreamed about spending part of her junior year studying art in France at Saint-Rémy, where Vincent van Gogh created The Starry Night, her favorite masterpiece. But that's before Wren attends the opening of an exhibit curated by her father at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There she is swept off her feet by her older brother's friend, the handsome musician Nolan. That night they make a connection that might change everything Wren knows about herself, her friends, and love.

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