Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

Tohru Honda became an orphan when her mother died a few months ago, and now that her grandfather’s renovating his house, she’s also homeless. Determined to cause no one any trouble, Tohru takes to camping in the woods. But it turns out these woods belong to the Sohmas, a rich and mysterious family. Three of […]

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Rasetsu by Chika Shiomi

When Rasetsu was fifteen years old, a powerful demon marked her and said he would return to claim her on her twentieth birthday–unless she could find her true love first. Now eighteen, Resetsu has all but given up on finding a boyfriend; instead, she’s learned to use her psychic powers working for a small agency […]

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Elisa is a princess, but she has always been plagued by a sense of insecurity and inadequacy, leaving the complexities of state affairs to her father the king and her confident and beautiful older sister. Instead of officiating at court functions, Elisa is more likely to be found in the kitchens eating pastries. However, she […]

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This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Amidst all of the horrible classic literature spin-offs out there in both the YA and adult markets, this book stands out as, if nothing else, actually readable. A teenaged Victor Frankenstein sets out to discover the alchemical Elixir of Life in a desperate quest to save the life of his identical twin brother, Konrad, who […]

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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Every now and then, it’s satisfying to pick up a good ol’ doorstopper. This saga of an underground rebellion against an evil overlord certainly qualifies, and it has a number of things going for it. For one thing, it has a well-developed and plausible system of magic, with specific powers tied to the use of […]

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Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis

In a very-alternate history World War II, a German mad scientist has produced an elite squad of supermen. Rigged with batteries and wires, these young adults have various preternatural abilities: the ability to turn incorporeal, a prescient knowledge of the future, the power of telekinesis, and more. When a British spy uncovers evidence of the […]

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Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson

In its concept, this book earns major nerd points. It’s a vampire-hunter action novel with a modern setting, but the concept is inspired by the Villa Diodati summer (during which Mary Shelley conceived the concept behind Frankenstein), and the book features Lord Byron as an evil vampire wreaking havoc on the environs of Lake Geneva. […]

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman

It is entirely apparent in reading The Magicians that the author is attempting to write a ‘Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia for grownups’. However, unfortunately, his conception of ‘grownup’ consists primarily of disaffected postmodernism with a generous side of alcoholism. In the beginning of the book, Quentin and a select group of his peers […]

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

It’s tempting to write this book (and indeed the entire series) off as a thriller, and there’s certainly the evidence to back it up: high-adrenaline action, shocking twists, gruesome violence, and a disturbingly dark tone. But I can’t help but feel there’s something more going on here. Even though it’s hard to put down and […]

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The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

If you had the chance to mess around with artifacts straight out of Grimm’s fairy tales – a talking mirror, dancing slippers, a table that sets itself – would you be able to resist? In this delightfully entertaining novel, Elizabeth Rew – a misfit at her new high school – finds herself working at a […]

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