A Blade So Black
McKinney’s debut is a re-telling of Alice in Wonderland but it's definitely not the story you remember! In her action-packed urban fantasy, Alice is a no-nonsense African American teen from Atlanta who is first seen fleeing a hospital after learning of her father’s death. When she's attacked by a Nightmare, Alice is saved by the handsome and mysterious Addison Hatter who guards the gates to Wonderland. He trains her to fight alongside him as a Dreamwalker, battling Nightmares in the dark realm. When Addison is poisoned, Alice must find the antidote by venturing deep into Wonderland where she'll use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head!
A Winter's Promise: The Mirror Visitor Quartet
This French best-seller, the first in Dabos’ fantasy Mirror Visitor quartet is an exhilarating adventure into a world of floating celestial cities known as arks that orbit the remains of Earth. The residents of these arks possess unique powers and headstrong Ophelia is no exception. She lives on Anima where she's the curator of the Museum of Primitive History and uses her gift as a “reader” to experience an object’s history through touch. When she's promised in marriage to Thorn, an influential member of a clan who lives on a cold and dangerous ark, Ophelia encounters threats and abuse at the hands of her fiancé and becomes a pawn in a violent political game.
The War Outside
Hesse (The Girl in the Blue Coat, 2016) returns with another superb work of historical fiction this time set during 1944 when war is raging across Europe and the Pacific. Japanese American Haruko and German American Margot and their families are accused of colluding with the enemy and sent to an internment camp in Crystal City, Texas. The girls meet at the camp high school and the unlikely pair are immediately drawn to each other. As the daily indignities and occasional tragedies of camp life increase, Margot and Haruko find solace in their secret friendship. But can they trust anyone, even each other while living in a prison that the government believes is full of spies?
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