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The poison season

"Leelo has spent her entire life on Endla, coexisting with the bloodthirsty Forest and respecting the poisonous lake that protects her island from outsiders who seek to destroy it. But as much as Leelo cares for her community, she struggles to accept that her younger brother will be exiled by his next birthday, unless he gains the magic of enchanted song so vital to Endla. When Leelo sees a young outsider on the verge of drowning in the lake, she knows exactly what she's supposed to do. But in a moment that will change everything, Leelo betrays her family, her best friend, and Endla by making an unthinkable choice. Discovery could lead to devastating consequences for both Leelo and the outsider, Jaren, but as they grow closer, Leelo realizes that not all danger comes from beyond the lake--and they can only survive if Leelo is willing to question the very fabric of her society, her people, and herself"--OCLC.

Hot Dutch daydream

Sage Cunningham is going to spend the summer in Amsterdam looking after her mentor?s 3-year-old son, Diederik. In exchange, Dr. Reese will pay Sage?s expenses to attend a conference in Berlin and present at a poster session, something few college freshmen get to do. When Ryland, Dr. Reese?s teenage son from her first marriage, unexpectedly comes home early from a backpacking trip, Sage worries he could be a distraction. But Ryland, who finds it all too easy to get derailed by relationship drama, is hoping some of Sage?s work ethic will rub off on him, and he asks her to help him focus while he prepares for an upcoming art competition. Evenings spent together working on their separate projects in Ryland?s attic lead to friendship; and then to more. However, Dr. Reese makes it clear that if Sage dates Ryland, she won?t be able to work in her lab going forward in order to avoid the appearance of favoritism. Sage has been counting on the position and Dr. Reese?s support to help her reach her professional goals, but can she really say goodbye to Ryland?.

Salt and sugar

Lari Ramires comes from a long line of bakers and aspires to join their ranks at Salt, her family?s bakery in Olinda, Brazil. Across the street is rival bakery Sugar, which is owned by the Molinas, who have been the Ramires? enemies for generations. Hostilities rise when an aggressive supermarket chain starts forcing neighborhood businesses to close their doors. After an incident places Lari in an after-school cooking club headed by classmate Pedro Molina, Lari begins to formulate a plan: if the two of them team up?after all, he is cute?they could bring their families together and stand up to big business. With nods to Romeo and Juliet, Carvalho uses the enemies-to-reluctant-allies thread to pull the story along while setting up a delectable romance. Although the families fight frequently and tears flow excessively, the author?s use of her own hometown offers a sweet authenticity to the proceedings. Multigenerational family dynamics, profound grief, and the timely struggle of small businesses to stay afloat against big-business encroachment make this debut a layered, delicious read.

Lore Olympus

volume two
Persephone was ready to start a new life when she left the mortal realm for Olympus. However, she quickly discovered the dark side of her glamorous new home--from the relatively minor gossip threatening her reputation to a realm-shattering violation of her safety by the conceited Apollo; and she's struggling to find her footing in the fast-moving realm of the gods. Hades is also off-balance, fighting against his burgeoning feelings for the young goddess of spring while maintaining his lonely rule of the Underworld. As the pair are drawn ever closer, they must untangle the twisted webs of their past and present to build toward a new future.

Poison Ivy

Even though Pamela Isley spends most of her time caring for a few small plants and does not trust other people, when cute goth girl Alice Oh comes into her life she starts to open up, but the dark secrets from home could destroy the one person who ever cared about Pamela, or as her mom called her, Ivy.


It?s Nova?s final year of high school and everything is on track for an amazing year. She?s going to ace all her studies and go on to be a doctor. She?s got a spot on the swim team. And she?s in love for the first time ? with Leo, the captain of the swim team. But things don?t turn out quite like Nova had planned. As her relationship with Leo intensifies, so does her obsession with him and her jealousy over his so-called friendship with another girl. The tighter she tries to hold on to him, the more he seems to pull away. The constant worry about the future of their relationship sends Nova spiralling into depression. Even she can?t believe how badly she?s handling things now. But could there be another reason for it, one she doesn?t even want to admit to herself?.

Gone with the wind

American motion picture classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the Civil War and Reconstruction periods.


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