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    Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea – April Genevieve Tucholke

    “‘You stop fearing the Devil when you’re holding his hand.’  Freddie said this to me, when I was little.  Everyone called my grandmother by her nickname, even my parents, because, as she put it, Freddie, short for Fredrikke was her name. Not Mother, or Grandmother. Just Freddie.  Then she asked me if I loved my brother.  ‘Luke is a damn bully.’ I said.” Violet Whites parents are away and have been for nearly a year. The money they left her and her brother has almost run out and she is desperate for cash. This is why she doesn’t ask questions when 17 year old River West arrives wanting to rent…

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    Burn Mark – Laura Powell

    “The walls of the Burning Court were high and white-tiled, its ceiling one great chimney. It the young witch at the stake had been able to look up at the funnel, she might have glimpsed a distant pane of sky.” Burning witches at the stake is a thing of the past, now they are drugged to become immobile, put into a glass box, doused in flammable liquid and a switch is tripped to light the fuse. This is only when a witch is accused of the most heinous crimes though, most witches are safe, so long as they give themselves up and are watched by the inquisition. Glory is a…

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    Dreams – Daniela Sacerdoti

    “You’d never think it would happen to you. You’d never think that one day you’d stand in a graveyard, rain tapping on a sea of black umbrellas, watching your parents being lowered into the earth, never to come back. It’s happening to me.” Sarah Midnight has dreams, dreams she writes down so her parents can search for the demons from them. The demons which are roaming the Earth having slipped through from the place they were banished to years before we can even remember. But one day her parents are found dead, Sarah has been sheltered from the full extent of the Midnight legacy but she knows that she can’t…

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    Forsaken (The Demon Trappers #1) – Jana Oliver

    “2018 Atlanta, Georiga Riley Blackthorne rolled her eyes. ‘Libraries and demons,’ she muttered. ‘What is the attraction?’ At the sound of her voice the fiend hissed from its perch on top of the book stack. Then it gave Riley the finger. The librarian chuckled at its antics. ‘It’s been doing that ever since we found it.’” Riley Blackthorne is her father daughter, that’s for sure. So of course she wanted to follow in his footsteps as a Demon Trapper and earn some money to pay off the outstanding medical bills from her mother’s illness. However demon trapping isn’t for the fainthearted and as the first female allowed to trap, Riley…

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    Arcadia Awakens – Kai Meyer

    “’One day,’ She said, ‘I’ll catch dreams like butterflies.’ ‘And then what?’ he asked. ‘Then I’ll put them between the pages of big fat books and press them until they’re words.’ ‘Suppose there’s someone who never dreams of anything but you?’ ‘Maybe then we’re both words in a book. Two names among all the others.’ Rose is trying to escape her past life. Being raised in Brooklyn wasn’t too bad but then her sister returned to the island of Sicily where they were both born from then on things started going wrong. Something happened that Rosa seriously wants to forget so she takes up Zoe’s offer of going to visit.…

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    The Name of the Star – Maureen Johnson

    “Durward Street, East London, August 31 4.17am THE EYES OF LONDON WERE WATCHING CLAIRE JENKINS. She didn’t notice them, of course. No one paid attention to the cameras. It was an accepted fact that London has one of the most extensive CCTV systems in the world. The conservative estimate was that there were a million cameras around the city, but the actual number was probably much higher and growing all the time.” Louisiana’s Rory Deveaux moves to England for her parents to take a sabbatical in Bristol. Choosing her school wisely she enrols in posh boarding school, Wexford so that she can experience more from life. What she doesn’t expect…