Her Mom’s Family Issues (Are Bigger Than Yours)

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

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Whoa!  This cover is Dramatic with a capital D.  But it is really pretty, and intriguing.  Don’t you want to know what is up with the spire city and the scary-haired person?

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Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate – and gods and mortals – are bound inseparably together. Continue reading

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Super Sophronia!

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

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Well, they didn’t need to photoshop her back quite so aggressively, and I really wish they hadn’t gone the Vampire Diaries route (with the celebrity lookalike), but other than that, it’s striking, basically period-appropriate.  This model is not 14.  Honestly, though, all it takes for me is the name “Gail Carriger” along the bottom, and I am there.

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It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother’s existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea–and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right–but it’s a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine’s certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school. Continue reading

Ordinarily Sweet

The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye

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Super cute!  Amy looks right, with crooked crown and all, and the drawing is so nice and detailed.  It looks old-fashioned, but it should, since it’s an older book.

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Along with Wit, Charm, Health, and Courage, Princess Amy of Phantasmorania receives a special fairy christening gift: Ordinariness. Unlike her six beautiful sisters, she has brown hair and freckles, and would rather have adventures than play the harp, embroider tapestries . . . or become a Queen. When her royal parents try to marry her off, Amy runs away and, because she’s so ordinary, easily becomes the fourteenth assistant kitchen maid at a neighboring palace. And there . . . much to everyone’s surprise . . . she meets a prince just as ordinary (and special) as she is!  Continue reading

Suite and Satisfying

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

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Scarlett, her dress, her lipstick, and what you can see of the front desk all look perfectly as described in the book.  And she’s not currently making out with anyone, so that’s a step up from the average!

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Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small Art Deco hotel in the heart of New York City. When each of the Martins turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite. For Scarlett’s fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire Suite and a permanent guest named Mrs. Amberson. Scarlett doesn’t quite know what to make of this C-list starlet and world traveler.

And when she meets Eric, an astonishingly gorgeous actor who has just moved to the city, her summer takes a second unexpected turn.

Before the summer is over, Scarlett will have to survive a whirlwind of thievery and romantic missteps. But in the city where anything can happen, she just might be able to pull it off. Continue reading

I Promise to Love You, Despite Your Cover

Promised by Caragh M. O’Brien

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Like the rest of the series, it looks like a cheesy 90s romance cover.

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After defying the ruthless Enclave, surviving the wasteland, and upending the rigid matriarchy of Sylum, Gaia Stone now faces her biggest challenge ever.  She must lead the people of Sylum back to the Enclave and persuade the Protectorat to grant them refuge from the wasteland.  In Gaia’s absence, the Enclave has grown more cruel, more desperate to experiment on mothers from outside the wall, and now the stakes of cooperating or rebelling have never been higher.  Is Gaia ready, as a leader, to sacrifice what–or whom–she loves most? Continue reading