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A Taste for Monsters

Matthew J. Kirby

In this terrifying and haunting tale from Kirby (Last Descendants, 2016) the year is 1888 and London is in the terrifying grip of Jack the Ripper. At an East End hospital, Evelyn Fallow whose disfigured face makes her a monster to some has just been hired as a maid to Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man. Initially she's repulsed by Merrick’s deformity, but the two soon form a close bond. In Merrick Evelyn finds a gentle, compassionate friend who understands her pain. When the Ripper murders begin, Evelyn and Merrick are tormented nightly by the ghosts of the serial killer's victims. Concerned about the effect these monstrous apparitions are having on Merrick’s fragile health, Evelyn ventures into the slums to try and put the suffering spirits to rest.

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Maria Dahvana Headley

In Headley's sequel to Magonia (2015), Aza Ray has returned to earth and her boyfriend, Jason, is overjoyed. At last she’s living a normal life, or as normal as it can be considering that she's spent the past year dying, waking up on a sky ship, and discovering that her song can change the world. But her reunion with Jason is cut short. Concerned about reports that a Magonian assassin is after Aza, Jason turns her in to a creepy government agency for her own protection. Finding herself back in the middle of the war that's raging on Magonia, Aza travels to the edge of the world to help them locate a legendary weapon, the Flock. The journey will forever transform her and force Aza to make an impossible choice between two families, two homes and two versions of herself.

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Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

Rosamund Hodge

Hodge (Crimson Bound, 2015) borrows loosely from Romeo and Juliet and creates a dystopian world that's devastated by the Ruining, a fog that kills the living and allows the dead to walk. Only the walled city of Viyara has been left untouched. The heirs of the city's most powerful and warring families, Romeo Mahyanai and Juliet Catresou, share a love deeper than duty, honor, or even life itself. But since her birth, Juliet’s magic has compelled her to punish the enemies of her clan, including Romeo. When she tries to escape her fate, Juliet's magic goes terribly wrong killing her and leaving her guardian, Paris, bound to Romeo. Runajo Mahyanai, one of the protectors of the city, accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death and discovers that the bitter and angry girl might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

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