2019: #12 – Shadow & Bone (Leigh Bardugo)

I had low expectations for this series, but ended up being pleasantly surprised! Alina is a mapmaker for the King’s army, and her childhood best friend Mal is a scout with unusual abilities. They grew up together in an orphanage, where they were both evaluated for powers by the Grisha when they were young. Since (it appeared) neither had Grisha abilities (such as the ability

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2018: #23 – One of Us is Lying (Karen M. McManus)

I thought this was really great, which should be evident by how quickly I read it (3 days). It starts out with five students serving detention one evening, but then one of them dies in a way that can’t quite be accidental. The characters start out rooted in their stereotypes — the smart one, the pretty one, the bad boy, the jock, and the outcast.

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