Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr

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In Viking times, Norse myths predicted the end of the world, an event called Ragnarok, that only the gods can stop. When this apocalypse happens, the gods must battle the monsters–wolves the size of the sun, serpents that span the seabeds, all bent on destroying the world.

The gods died a long time ago.

Matt Thorsen knows every Norse myth, saga, and god as if it was family history–because it is family history. Most people in the modern-day town of Blackwell, South Dakota, in fact, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt’s classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke.

However, knowing the legends and completely believing them are two different things. When the rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and kids–led by Matt–will stand in for the gods in the final battle, he can hardly believe it. Matt, Laurie, and Fen’s lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team to prevent the end of the world.”

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch. ”

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The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

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“What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Alia Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery, vibrant, yet  guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Alia’s reach. When Juliet dies, Alia and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up. Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream-vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances” or what will slip away next-but the people of Sterling have always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible. As the next Disappearance nears, Alia finds herself  increasingly entangled in the lives and loyalties of Sterling-and in the affections of William, the handsome, off-limits son of her caretakers. But when she discovers a trial of clues her mother left behind about the Disappearances, Alia has to decide how much of the truth she wants to find, and what she’s willing to risk to clear her mother’s name. Because one thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to give up anyone’s secrets without a price.”

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The Mortal Instruments Book 1: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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“When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder-much less a murder connected by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and there is nothing-not even a smear of blood-to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.”

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Vital Spark by Leah Devlin

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“MASSACRED BY GILES BLOOD-HAND CENTURIES BEFORE…

After eking out a living as an adjunct professor in Washington DC, fisheries ecologist Alex Allway lands a job running a small marine station back in her hometown. Arriving in River Glen to surprise her grandfather with her the good news, Alex is horrified to discover him dead, a bloody dagger in his heart. His clenched fist grasps a piece of pirate gold and cryptic map with her name on it.

While the police investigate the murder, Alex begins her own search for answers. Aboard the tugboat Vital Spark she sails the Chesapeake in pursuit of treasure that belonged to a distant relative, the pirate Giles Blood-Hand. But descendants of a rival pirate family are also looking for the bounty that’s been hidden for over three centuries, and they’ll think nothing of dispatching Alex once they discover she’s in the way.

The first book in the Chesapeake Tugboat Murders series, Vital Spark draws us into a world where ancient lurk beneath hidden waterways.”

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The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

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“NICO HAD WARNED THEM. Going through the House of Hades would stir the demigods’ worst memories. Their ghosts would become restless. Nico may actually become a ghost if he has to shadow-travel with Reyna and Coach Hedge one more time. But that might be better than the alternative: allowing someone else to die, as Hades foretold.

JASON”S GHOST IS HIS MOTHER, who abandoned him when he was little. He may not know how he is going to prove himself as a leader, but he does know that he will not break promises like she did. He will complete his line of the prophecy: To storm or fire the world must fall.

REYNA FEARS THE GHOSTS OF HER ANCESTORS, who radiate anger. But she can’t allow them to distract her from getting the Athena Parthenos to Camp Half-Blood before war breaks out between the Romans and the Greeks. Will she have enough strength to succeed, especially with a deadly hunter on her trail?

LEO FEARS THAT HIS PLAN WON’T WORK, that his friends might interfere. But there is no other way. All of them that know that one of the Seven has to die in order to defeat Gaea, the Earth Mother.

PIPER MUST LEARN TO GIVE HERSELF OVER TO FEAR. Only then will she be able to do her part at the end: utter a single word.

Heroes, gods, and monsters all have a role to play in the climatic fulfillment of the prophecy in The Blood of Olympus, the electrifying finale of the best-selling Heroes of Olympus series.”

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The Heroes of Olympus Book Four: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

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At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives in the depths of Tartarus.”

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Use the Force: A Jedi’s Guide to the Law of Attraction by Joshua P. Warren

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Ever since Star Wars first appeared on the silver screen, people have fantasized about being able to use the Force. But anyone–not just Jedis–can tap into its capabilities by using the Law of Attraction to harness the incredible power of the universe. Author Joshua P. Warren guides you through the lessons of legendary Jedi Masters to reveal how Jedi science encompasses the Law of Attraction and how you can draw on the universe’s energy to achieve your dreams. Each thought-provoking exercise shows you how to utilize this power to manifest your deepest desires and attract the life you’ve always wanted. You’ll also learn how to train your mind to hone in on your intention; enhance your connection to the universe; and ensure that your actions, words, and thoughts are in harmony with accomplishing your goals.

Do you want to break the negative energies holding you back from success?
Do you want to wake up each day excited and full of energy?
Do you want to use the real Jedi mind trick on others?
Do you want to channel the very power that binds the universe?
Do you want to truly create wealth and peace of mind in your life?

Complete with enlightening quotes from the series, Use the Force will help you master important Jedi teachings through the Law of Attraction and make every wish a reality.”

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The Heroes of Olympus Book Three: The Athena by Rick Riordan

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“Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy-after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera-it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and his friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket, Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving command: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that  send seven demigods on a quest to find-and close-the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader-but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising scarifies, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare…”

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Facade by Emem Uko

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“To the naked eyes, Emma, a recent high school graduate, is beyond beautiful and smart, which is a combination that would give any girl an immeasurable sense of self-confidence. But as it turns out, the eyes are yet to discover and understand the real Emma. Adam, her saving angel who is wise beyond his years, wholeheartedly accepts the real Emma and teaches her to do the same.”

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