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Book Excerpt! Melissa Marr’s ‘Seven Black Diamonds’

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Are you a Melissa Marr fan? Do you have a monthly spreadsheet on your computer of every YA/Fantasy/Fae novel releasing soon? If so, then we’ve got the read for you! On the off chance that you haven’t yet checked out Marr’s Seven Black Diamonds, you’re sadly missing out. Last week, we gave Marr’s most recent release a temperature of 94 in our Heat Index column, writing, “Lilywhite Abernathy, daughter of a wealthy crime boss, has anything she could ever want at her fingertips, she also happens to be half-faerie, half-human. But on her 17th birthday, life changes and thrusts her into the world of the Black Diamonds, six half-humans just like her, who are determined to destroy the human race. Now positioned firmly in the middle…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Sent Us Straight to Fantasy Land

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Fantasy/urban fantasy, science fiction and dystopian genres are some of the hottest books available right now, especially in YA, and I’m going to be completely honest: I had a really hard time ranking these five amazing novels. From Gena Showalter to A.L. Davroe to Karen Marie Moning, I just couldn’t say a bad thing about any of them. That’s why you’ll find that the temp never dropped below 90° in this edition of Heat Index. Get ready to dive right in, because you’re going to want to immerse yourself in these worlds. Guile, Constance Cooper (Clarion Books, March 1, 2016) “Memorable, well-drawn characters…Those who like unusual fantasies will enjoy this and will identify with the appealing Yonie as she searches for her roots and a place…

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Dearly Departed: Boys Who Need to Bounce

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I’m a big fan of romance. My motto is: the more kissing, the better. And for the most part, I’m willing to give characters the benefit of the doubt. For example, her old flame just showed up and he’s wreaking havoc in her life? No problem. Her new co-worker keeps giving her the eye? Let’s see what happens. But every once in a while I run into a couple that just doesn’t work. Their love is too needy, too filled with lies and cheating, or just plain boring. So, armed with a vivid imagination and the power of the Internet, I’ve decided to “fix” these broken couples, even though it may result in a “ship” war. Here are two relationships I…

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