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Lonely Castle in the Mirror

lonelycastleinthemirror Lonely Castle in the Mirror
by Mizuki Tsujimura

GOODREADSAMAZON
Released: 22nd April 2021
Keywords: YA, Japanese, Fantasy, Mystery, Bullying, Mental Health

Synopsis
Seven students are avoiding going to school, hiding in their darkened bedrooms, unable to face their family and friends, until the moment they discover a portal into another world that offers temporary escape from their stressful lives. Passing through a glowing mirror, they gather in a magnifcent castle which becomes their playground and refuge during school hours. The students are tasked with locating a key, hidden somewhere in the castle, that will allow whoever finds it to be granted one wish. At this moment, the castle will vanish, along with all memories they may have of their adventure. If they fail to leave the castle by 5 pm every afternoon, they will be eaten by the keeper of the castle, an easily provoked and shrill creature named the Wolf Queen.

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The Midnight Library

themidnightlibrary The Midnight Library
by Matt Haig

GOODREADSAMAZON
Released: 13th August 2020
Keywords: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Death, Alternate realities, Suicide, Family

Synopsis
Between life and death there is a library.
When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change.
The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren’t always what she imagined they’d be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger.
Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?

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A Pinch of Magic

apinchofmagic A Pinch of Magic
by Michelle Harrison

GOODREADSAMAZON
Released: 7th February 2019
Keywords: Middlegrade, Fantasy, Magic, Witches, Timetravel, Loss of parent, Suicide, Betrayal, Sisters

Synopsis
Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse.
Three magical objects with the power to change their fate.
Will they be enough to break the curse?
Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger?

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

theballadofsongbirdsandsnakes The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
by Suzanne Collins

GOODREADSAMAZON
Released: 19th May 2020
Keywords: YA, Dystopian, Hunger Games, Violence, War, Deception

Synopsis
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capital, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.
The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

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