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Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien

Gaia has ninety minutes to take the newborn child from his mother. Fifteen minutes to make tea to calm the mother. Ten minutes to mark four freckles on the baby’s ankle – a tribute to her lost brothers. Five minutes to explain how her baby would be advanced to a better life inside the Enclave as part of every midwife’s monthly quota – three tributes sent inside the wall. Thirty minutes to deliver the baby, with half an hour left to spare.

The Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

Kelsey Hayes always knew there was something strange about the circus’s white tiger. But when the perfect opportunity presents itself – a once in a lifetime trip to India to help release Ren back into the wild – Kelsey cannot resist. However, his caretaker neglected to mention Ren is an Indian prince under a 300 year old curse that keeps him captive in the body of a tiger. From there commences an epic adventure through the hidden forests of India to seek the favor of the Hindu goddess Durga, who holds the secret to lifting Ren’s curse.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Art student Karou harbors a dark secret: her fantastical sketches of mismatched, bestial creatures – women with snake tails, parrots with fingers, humanoid gazelles with bat wings – are real. And these chimeras are in grave danger, locked in a war of eons with the seraphim, who have long wanted to exterminate them. When her only semblance of a family is forever locked away by the heavenly fire of a scorched handprint, Karou scours the world for a portal back to her home and finds it with some unlikely help from an angel.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Rhine Ellery lives in a world where females die of "the virus" shortly after their 20th birthday and males die at 25. Society is in chaos: an overabundance of hungry orphans, crime, poverty, and girls who disappear to become young, child-bearing brides for rich men. Ellery is stolen by Gatherers and becomes a prisoner in an elaborate mansion with three other brides, while her twin brother is left to defend their family home alone. If you've been looking for a new YA dystopian series (this is the first book of three in the Chemical Garden Series), look no further!

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick

Amber lives on a bus with her Mom, who drinks too much, and her very loyal dog Bobby Big Boy. She’s homeless and a self-proclaimed freak, but that doesn’t deter her unyielding optimism. She finds hope everywhere and along the way she lifts up those around her—from the old folks she visits at the nursing home to her autistic math genius best friend. Life’s tragedies keep coming at her and Amber struggles to keep her title as the Princess of Hope. If you’re feeling a little grumpy, read this because it’ll most likely cheer you up or at least make you smile.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

If your name is Katherine, then there’s a good chance that Colin will find you attractive. If your name is Katherine and you’ve dated Colin Singleton, then you’ve probably dumped him. Colin--a prodigy, but not a genius--has just been dumped by his nineteenth Katherine, so he and his best friend Hassan go on a road trip, but find themselves stuck in a small town in Tennessee. It is there that Colin begins working on a mathematical formula that will predict the outcome of any relationship. If you like math, read this book.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Fourteen-year-old June loves medieval history, Mozart, and fine art. She’s not a typical teenager and she doesn’t have many friends. Her closest friend is her Uncle Finn. To her, he’s the only person who fully understands her. When Finn dies of AIDS, she feels lost and broken. Her mother is keeping secrets about Finn and her sister is mean to her for reasons June doesn’t understand. It’s also 1987, a time when the disease came with a stigma. Then June strikes up a secret friendship with a man who knew Finn well and perhaps knew him better than anyone else.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Hazel and Augustus share a sense of humor, sarcasm, wit, love, and cancer. And once Hazel shares her favorite book, Augustus shares that too. Both read the novel multiple times, finding it comforting and frustrating—it ends mid-sentence. They love it most because the main character has cancer, but it’s not a cancer book, just like Green’s novel isn’t a cancer book.

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