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The Winner's Kiss
  • Author : Marie Rutkoski
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Pages : 497
  • ISBN : 9780374384739
  • Reader Reviews : 11
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn't forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people--and certainly more than she did for him. At least, that's what he thinks. In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they've done to her. But no one gets what they want just by wishing. As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

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    The Winner's Curse
  • Author : Marie Rutkoski
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9781408858219
  • Reader Reviews : 60
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • As a general's daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. Kestrel has other ideas. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in Arin, a young slave up for auction. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him - and for a sensational price that sets the society gossips talking. It's not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for him is much higher than she ever could have imagined. The first novel in a stunning new trilogy, The Winner's Curse is a story of romance, rumours and rebellion, where dirty secrets and careless alliances can be deadly – and everything is at stake.

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    The Winner's Crime
  • Author : Marie Rutkoski
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9781408858707
  • Reader Reviews : 24
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Lady Kestrel's engagement to Valoria's crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust ... While Arin fights to keep his country's freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner's trilogy.

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    The Midnight Lie
  • Author : Marie Rutkoski
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9780374306397
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Set in the world of the New York Times–bestselling Winner’s Trilogy, Marie Rutkoski's The Midnight Lie is an epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us—and the lies we tell ourselves. Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences. Nirrim keeps her head down, and a dangerous secret close to her chest. But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away, who whispers rumors that the High Kith possess magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.

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    The Shadow Society
  • Author : Marie Rutkoski
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Pages : 418
  • ISBN : 9780374349059
  • Reader Reviews : 11
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Sixteen-year-old Darcy Jones knows little about her past except that she was abandoned outside a Chicago firehouse at age five, but when the mysterious Conn arrives at her high school, she begins to discover things about her past that she is not sure she likes.

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    The First Kiss Hypothesis
  • Author : Christina Mandelski
  • Publisher : Entangled: Crush
  • Pages : 277
  • ISBN : 9781640633568
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove:for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction. But after four years of zero-reaction kisses, she comes up with a new theory: maybe that pesky crush on her stunningly hot best friend Eli Costas is skewing her results. She needs to get rid of him, and fast. Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted in the most epically sucktastic first kiss ever. And now she’s...trying to get rid of him? Hell no. It’s time to disprove her theory and show her exactly what she’s missing. Game. On. Disclaimer: This book contains a stunningly hot lacrosse player who isn’t above playing dirty to win over the stubborn girl-next-door of his dreams. Each title in the First Kiss Hypothesis series is STANDALONE: * The First Kiss Hypothesis * Love and Other Secrets

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    Kiss the Sky
  • Author : Krista Ritchie,Becca Ritchie
  • Publisher : K.B. Ritchie
  • Pages : 461
  • ISBN : 9780989339254
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • A virgin "ice queen" heiress & the arrogant god who wants to melt her... Rose Calloway thought she had everything under control. At twenty-three, she's a Princeton graduate, an Academic Bowl champion, a fashion designer and the daughter of a Fortune 500 mogul. But not everything comes easy. When Rose's fashion line is in peril, she plans an unconventional solution to save it. Making matters more intense, she agrees to be in a relationship with her "godly" college rival, Connor Cobalt. At twenty-four, Connor Cobalt bulldozes weak men. Confident and smart-as-hell, Connor vows to help Rose outside of the bedroom and inside. But melting this ice queen is a challenge no one has been able to succeed at. And now they're living together.

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    Crazy Mountain Kiss
  • Author : Keith McCafferty
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN : 9780670014705
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • In the latest addition to this acclaimed series, PI Stranahan and Sheriff Ettinger reunite to investigate a young girl's death It's April, but there's still snow on the Montana mountains the day a member of the Madison River Liar and Fly Tiers club finds a Santa hat in the chimney of his rented cabin. With the flue clogged and desperate to make a fire, he climbs up to the roof, only to find the body of a teenage girl wedged into the chimney. When Sheriff Martha Ettinger and her team arrive to extract the body they identify the victim as Cinderella ?Cindy” Huntingdon, a promising young rodeo star, missing since November. Was Cindy murdered? Or running for her life?and if so, from whom? Cindy's mother, Etta, hires private detective Sean Stranahan to find out. Jasper Fey, the girl's stepfather, believes moving on is the only way to heal. But Etta's not willing to let it go, and neither are Sean or Martha, who find clues to the death in the mysterious legends of the Crazy Mountains. The fourth book in McCafferty's mystery series features a brisk, savvy plot and charming yet authentic characters?perfect for fans of C. J. Box and Craig Johnson.

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    The Traitor's Kiss
  • Author : Erin Beaty
  • Publisher : Imprint
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9781250117939
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • "This is an action-packed, expertly plotted story, drenched in double crosses and intrigue, with an irresistible heroine and a sweet and sexy romance. A late-breaking twist gives way to a final act that will leave readers eager for subsequent books in this planned trilogy." —Publishers Weekly , starred review An obstinate girl who will not be married. A soldier desperate to prove himself. A kingdom on the brink of war. With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a proper lady—which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for a suitable marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls—and on the soldiers escorting them. As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust—and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom. With secret identities and a tempestuous romance, Erin Beaty's The Traitor’s Kiss is full of intrigue, espionage, and lies. An Imprint Book "Marital and martial matters collide when brides and spies become ensnared in a treasonous plot. . . . Sage is a clever, contrary female protagonist who remains realistic and likable, while her fellow protagonist Ash is enigmatic enough to require a second read. . . . Both epic and intimate, a semi–old-fashioned alternative to the wave of inexplicably lethal superheroines and their smoldering love triangles." —Kirkus Reviews "Complex characterization, deftly layered adventure story, and [a] balanced blend of political maneuvering, romantic interludes, and action scenes." —Kirkus Reviews "Beaty balances a taut web of deceit...readers will be carried away by the mystery." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB) "A debut novel that blends fantasy, romance, and battlefield action. . . . A slow burn YA fantasy with clever genre mixing." —School Library Journal

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    All Kinds of Kisses
  • Author : N.a
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN : 9780316210140
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • There are all kinds of kisses... Cheep kisses. Moo kisses. Maaa kisses. Coo kisses... But the best kiss of all... Is Mommy's kiss goodnight. Sweet dreams, little one! Mommies and babies aren't the only ones who enjoy sharing kisses. All throughout the farm, animal families snuggle up with their little ones, offering them warmth and love. Following a mama bird on her journey back to the nest to give her own baby some special cuddles, Nancy Tafuri uses beautiful, inviting illustration to share how different creatures, from peeping ducks to mooing cows, show their love and affection in very similar ways. A heartfelt homage to all of the wonderful kinds of kisses

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    The Cabinet of Wonders
  • Author : Marie Rutkoski
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9781429930000
  • Reader Reviews : 18
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Marie Rutkoski's startling debut novel, the first book in the Kronos Chronicles, about the risks we take to protect those we love, brims with magic, political intrigue, and heroism. Petra Kronos has a simple, happy life. But it's never been ordinary. She has a pet tin spider named Astrophil who likes to hide in her snarled hair and give her advice. Her best friend can trap lightning inside a glass sphere. Petra also has a father in faraway Prague who is able to move metal with his mind. He has been commissioned by the prince of Bohemia to build the world's finest astronomical clock. Petra's life is forever changed when, one day, her father returns home – blind. The prince has stolen his eyes, enchanted them, and now wears them. But why? Petra doesn't know, but she knows this: she will go to Prague, sneak into Salamander Castle, and steal her father's eyes back. Joining forces with Neel, whose fingers extend into invisible ghosts that pick locks and pockets, Petra finds that many people in the castle are not what they seem, and that her father's clock has powers capable of destroying their world. The Cabinet of Wonders is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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    Shadow Fall
  • Author : Audrey Grey
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 434
  • ISBN : 173374729X
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Books
  • Paired with a dark prince in a murderous game of survival, Maia Graystone discovers the only thing more dangerous than the Emperor's court is her conflicted heart.

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    Social Queue
  • Author : Kay Kerr
  • Publisher : Text Publishing
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9781922459299
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • A funny and insightful novel about an autistic teen who realises she's been missing all the signs when it comes to her romantic life.

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    Friended
  • Author : Kilby Blades
  • Publisher : Luxe Press
  • Pages : 228
  • ISBN : 9781733867429
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • From USA Today bestselling author Kilby Blades, a tale of first teenage love, complete with interfering friends and mixtapes... Compared to life on tour with her wannabe rock star mother, finishing high school in Rye is a snooze. At least Roxy has her best friend, Zoë, her dad, and her music. When her standoffish Civics class partner, Jag Monroe, breaks ranks and randomly friends her on Instagram, Roxy swiftly declines. Jag is Roxy's total opposite: stinking rich, conceited, and hot in that obvious kind of way. Roxy's sure that his repeated friend requests must be a joke. Then Zoë does the unthinkable: snatches Roxy's phone, accepts Jag's latest friend request, and follows him back. As the posts (and sparks) fly, Roxy begins to suspect that Jag may not be as shallow as everyone thinks, and that he may be into more than just her music. “This YA mosaic novel uses music as an effective backdrop for a tale of social media, drama, and romance.” - Publisher’s Weekly review of Friended, Book 1 in the Modern Love series "This book is super hilarious, and the music references make me want to pull up Spotify and disappear in them for awhile." - Auburn, Goodreads Reviewer "This novel was funny, nostalgic, and heartwarming. With a depth you would find surprising." -Isiah, Goodreads Reviewer "A fabulous story of teen love. I love that this story is about the ice breaking, the friends, and the scary parts. So many modern love stories are about sex but this is about love. A great book." - Teen Angel, Amazon Reviewer Awards and Accolades for Friended - 1st Place Winner: 2019 New England Reader’s Choice Award - 2nd Place Winner: 2019 International Digital Award - Finalist: 2019 WISRWA Write Touch Award - Finalist: 2019 National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award - Finalist: 2019 CRWA Stiletto Contest - Finalist: 2019 Book Buyer’s Best Contest

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    Our Principal Promised to Kiss a Pig
  • Author : Kalli Dakos,Alicia DesMarteau
  • Publisher : Albert Whitman & Company
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN : 9780807566343
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • In September, when the school principal promises to kiss a pig if the students read 10,000 books, a girl volunteers Hamlet, her unwilling, Shakespeare-quoting pet pig. But poor Hamlet wants nothing to do with such foolishness. "To kiss, or not to kiss, The principal in school? Why choose a pig To be their fool?" By the end of April the kids still have a long way to go, and it looks as if Hamlet is safe. But after an author comes to visit and the school has a book fair, the students quickly reach their goal. The date is set for the big kiss. Hamlet is miserable. But he tells himself, "A pig to himself must be true In spite of plans that humans brew." Will the principal follow through on her promise?

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    Nemesis
  • Author : Anna Banks
  • Publisher : Feiwel & Friends
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9781250106094
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis. Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude. Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined. Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs? A thrilling futuristic fantasy in which the fate of the world's energy source is in the hands of a prince and princess who are rivals, by the New York Times-bestselling author of the Syrena Legacy.

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    Kiss Her Once for Me
  • Author : Alison Cochrun
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9781982191139
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The author of the “swoon-worthy debut” (Harper’s Bazaar) The Charm Offensive returns with a festive romantic comedy about a woman who fakes an engagement with her landlord…only to fall for his sister. One year ago, recent Portland transplant Ellie Oliver had her dream job in animation and a Christmas Eve meet-cute with a woman at a bookstore that led her to fall in love over the course of a single night. But after a betrayal the next morning and the loss of her job soon after, she finds herself adrift, alone, and desperate for money. Finding work at a local coffee shop, she’s just getting through the days—until Andrew, the shop’s landlord, proposes a shocking, drunken plan: a marriage of convenience that will give him his recent inheritance and alleviate Ellie’s financial woes and isolation. They make a plan to spend the holidays together at his family cabin to keep up the ruse. But when Andrew introduces his new fiancée to his sister, Ellie is shocked to discover it’s Jack—the mysterious woman she fell for over the course of one magical Christmas Eve the year before. Now, Ellie must choose between the safety of a fake relationship and the risk of something real. Perfect for fans of Written in the Stars and One Day in December, Kiss Her Once for Me is the queer holiday rom-com that you’ll want to cozy up with next to the fire.

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    The Kiss of Deception
  • Author : Mary E. Pearson
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Pages : 497
  • ISBN : 9780805099232
  • Reader Reviews : 39
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • A debut entry in a new trilogy by the author of the Jenna Fox Chronicles introduces Princess Lia, who flees an unwanted marriage and expectations about her supernatural legacy only to be pursued by her jilted fiancé and a ruthless assassin.

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    The Cold Kiss
  • Author : John Rector
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN : 0765366622
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Giving a ride to a snowbound stranger who offers them a lucrative sum in exchange, a recently engaged couple is thrown into a nightmarish situation when the stranger dies in their back seat with more than two million dollars in his possession. Reprint.

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    My Last Kiss
  • Author : Bethany Neal
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9780374351298
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy?In Bethany Neal's My Last Kiss, Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss—the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died—is a blur. Now, Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn't a suicide as everyone assumes. She can't remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she's worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend. If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she'll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made—good and bad—that led to her last kiss.

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    Wanderlost
  • Author : Jen Malone
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9780062380166
  • Reader Reviews : 110
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Not all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe. A romantic and charming YA debut perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Jenny Han. Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe. Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story. But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.

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    The Book of Kisses
  • Author : William Cane
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Pages : 130
  • ISBN : 9781466859661
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Family & Relationships
  • From Lord Byron's "first kiss of love" to Kevin Costner's "long slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last for three days, " The Book of Kisses contains the most charming, witty and memorable quips to cross the lips of such famous and infamous kissers as Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, Boris Yeltsin, Walter Cronkite, and hundreds of others. The quotes cover first kisses (Errol Flynn, Elizabeth Barrett Browning) funny kisses (Jay Leno, Minnie Pearl), sensual kisses, romantic kisses, literary kisses, celebrity and movie-star kisses (Burt Reynolds, Kim Basinger), kissing definitions (Ingrid Bergman, Mickey Spillane), kissing proverbs, kissing advice and techniques (William Shakespeare, Louis Armstrong, Ronald Reagan), and kissing quotes from around the world. Who could forget legendary celluloid smooches like Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis's kiss in Some Like It Hot or Woody Allen and Diane Keaton's first kiss in Annie Hall? Or the first time F. Scott Fitzgerald's Gatsby kisses his beloved Daisy: "at his lips' touch she blossomed for him like a flower"? From Earnest Hemmingway to Spike Lee, from Napoleon and Josephine to Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett, The Book of Kisses provides plenty of pucker power and passionate inspiration for anyone searching for words to describe that elusive, soul-touching thrill of the perfect kiss.

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    Tropical Kiss
  • Author : Jan Coffey,May McGoldrick
  • Publisher : MM Books
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : N.a
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • A summer in Aruba, on the beach, in the sun–what else could a girl want? Summer romance, of course! Imagine spending your entire summer vacation on the beautiful island of Aruba. Who could ask for anything more? Well, for Morgan Callahan, spending her entire summer in Aruba with the father, she hardly knows, is barely anything to look forward to. In fact, she is dreading the next few months. Nonetheless, she is in for the time of her life! From secret operatives to finding romance. Morgan is in for some international intrigue!

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    Girls Can Kiss Now
  • Author : Jill Gutowitz
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9781982158514
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Humor
  • Named One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2022 by Vogue, BuzzFeed, Bustle, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Electric Lit, Thrillist, Glamour, CNN, and Shondaland “Wickedly funny and heartstoppingly vulnerable…every page twinkles with brilliance.” —Refinery29 Perfect for fans of Samantha Irby and Trick Mirror, a funny, whip-smart collection of personal essays exploring the intersection of queerness, relationships, pop culture, the internet, and identity, introducing one of the most undeniably original new voices today. Jill Gutowitz’s life—for better and worse—has always been on a collision course with pop culture. There’s the time the FBI showed up at her door because of something she tweeted about Game of Thrones. The pop songs that have been the soundtrack to the worst moments of her life. And of course, the pivotal day when Orange Is the New Black hit the airwaves and broke down the door to Jill’s own sexuality. In these honest examinations of identity, desire, and self-worth, Jill explores perhaps the most monumental cultural shift of our lifetimes: the mainstreaming of lesbian culture. Dusting off her own personal traumas and artifacts of her not-so-distant youth she examines how pop culture acts as a fun house mirror reflecting and refracting our values—always teaching, distracting, disappointing, and revealing us. Girls Can Kiss Now is a fresh and intoxicating blend of personal stories, sharp observations, and laugh-out-loud humor. This timely collection of essays helps us make sense of our collective pop-culture past even as it points the way toward a joyous, uproarious, near—and very queer—future.

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    Kiss Me
  • Author : Susan Mallery
  • Publisher : HQN Books
  • Pages : 376
  • ISBN : 9780373780129
  • Reader Reviews : 5
  • Genre : Fiction
  • A loner cowboy finds the one woman who can capture his heart.

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    Chef's Kiss
  • Author : TJ Alexander
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9781982189099
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • “Like a dish of comfort food you’ll want to devour.” —The Washington Post “It’s hard to say which aspect of TJ Alexander’s novel is sweeter: the slow-burn romance or the drool-worthy desserts.” —Time A high-strung pastry chef’s professional goals are interrupted by an unexpected career transition and the introduction of her wildly attractive nonbinary kitchen manager in this deliciously fresh and witty queer rom-com. Simone Larkspur is a perfectionist pastry expert with a dream job at The Discerning Chef, a venerable cookbook publisher in New York City. All she wants to do is create the perfect loaf of sourdough and develop recipes, but when The Discerning Chef decides to bring their brand into the 21st century by pivoting to video, Simone is thrust into the spotlight and finds herself failing at something for the first time in her life. To make matters worse, Simone has to deal with Ray Lyton, the new test kitchen manager, whose obnoxious cheer and outgoing personality are like oil to Simone’s water. When Ray accidentally becomes a viral YouTube sensation with a series of homebrewing videos, their eccentric editor in chief forces Simone to work alongside the chipper upstart or else risk her beloved job. But the more they work together, the more Simone realizes her heart may be softening like butter for Ray. Things get even more complicated when Ray comes out at work as nonbinary to mixed reactions—and Simone must choose between the career she fought so hard for and the person who just might take the cake (and her heart).

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    The Kiss List
  • Author : Sara Jo Cluff
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN : 1948095238
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Books
  • When high school student Camille Collins' ex-boyfriend spreads a dirty rumor that she's a terrible kisser, Camille and her friends devise the perfect plan to prove Dylan wrong--a kiss list. Perfect kisses with a few of the hottest guys in school will leave too much evidence for anyone to deny.

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    The Empress of Kisses
  • Author : Gwen Hart
  • Publisher : Texas A&M University Press
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN : 9781680030907
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Poetry
  • The Empress of Kisses explores the landscape of the human heart through free and formal verse. The poems chronicle a wide variety of relationships past and present, real and imagined, with family, friends, lovers, pop culture icons, mythological figures, historical events, and with words themselves. The collection features a special focus on the experiences of Generation X, the “forgotten generation.” "This book offers all the pleasures that poetry affords—sonic felicities, skilled wordplay, resonant insights, and unexpected destinations. This is a delightful and memorable book."—Beth Ann Fennelly, final judge, author of Unmentionables November 9th, 1989 For thirty years there is no kiss. Then there is the possibility of a kiss, like a rumble or a half-heard shout— did it come from this side or that side? When the kiss breaks through, we all struggle to register the impossible, how the wall came down, how their lips found each other, every obstacle reduced to rubble around their feet, the bright paint of her lipstick smeared, unintelligible graffiti all over the changed angles of his face.

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    Eyes That Kiss in the Corners
  • Author : Joanna Ho
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN : 9780063082175
  • Reader Reviews : 5
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller and #1 Indie Bestseller · A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year · A School Library Journal Best Book of 2021 · Included in NPR’s 2021 Books We Love List · Featured in Forbes, Oprah Daily, The Cut, and Book Riot · Golden Poppy Book Award Winner · Featured in Chicago Public Library’s Best Books of 2021 · 2021 Nerdy Award Winner · A Kirkus Children's Best Book of 2021 This lyrical, stunning picture book tells a story about learning to love and celebrate your Asian-shaped eyes, in the spirit of Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, and is a celebration of diversity. A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future. Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self-love and empowerment. This powerful, poetic picture book will resonate with readers of all ages. "This tale of self-acceptance and respect for one’s roots is breathtaking.” —Kirkus (starred review) “A young girl finds beauty in her uniqueness.” —School Library Journal (starred review) “A lyrical celebration of her eyes, their shape, spirit, and legacy.” —Booklist (starred review) “A poignant testament to familial love and legacy.” —Publishers Weekly Plus don't miss the beautiful companion book from the same team: Eyes That Speak to the Stars.

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    Kiss or Kill
  • Author : Mark Twight
  • Publisher : The Mountaineers Books
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 9780898869194
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • * Mark Twight's collected works, some never before published in North America * Includes dramatic black and white mountaineering photos * Features brand new epilogues to all of the stories They call him Dr. Doom. Raving and kicking against mediocrity, his anger and pain simmer close to the surface. He speaks and writes the language of the punk music that defined him. He is extreme alpinist Mark Twight, and he doesn't back down from the truth. He's a one-man literary punk band. If you have any doubt, here comes his knockout punch: the only collection of writing Twight swears he'll ever publish. Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber is raw, unfiltered Twight. These author's cut are the real deal, not the homogenized fluff offered up by magazine editors who are often unwilling to offend. Twight's words make it clear that climbing is only distantly about the summit. Several of these pieces are new to U.S. readers. Twight edited all of the selections and appended each with a current author's note; confessing his inspiration, events that followed, and lessons learned (or not learned, some might say). It adds up to a frightfully lucid look into Twight's personal life as both man and hardcore alpine climber. The dissection scares me sometimes... Whether railing against the spinelessness of American siege-style mountaineering, admitting addiction to pushing the bounds of the possible, or reveling in his ability to cut away anything in life that holds him back, Twight never blinks. Along the way, there is the drama of new and epic routes, unbreakable bonds between climbing partners, and Twight's evolution as a climber and a man. He tells every story in a unique, in-your-face style. Kiss or Kill is not an easy read. It may scare some readers-but that's the point. "I want this book to help you recognize your own anger, which will help you understand mine", says Twight. "Somewhere out there somebody understands these words and knows they matter. They were written in blood, learned by heart."

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    The Bridge of Snow
  • Author : Marie Rutkoski
  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN : 9781466861657
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • In Arin's childhood, before the war, there was still time to tell stories. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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    Kissing Shakespeare
  • Author : Pamela Mingle
  • Publisher : Delacorte Press
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9780375988813
  • Reader Reviews : 9
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • A romantic time travel story that's ideal for fans of novels by Meg Cabot and Donna Jo Napoli--and, of course, Shakespeare. Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school's staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the opening-night party. All she wants to do is hide. Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and asks if she'd like to meet Shakespeare, Miranda thinks he's a total nutcase. But before she can object, Stephen whisks her back to 16th century England—the world Stephen's really from. He wants Miranda to use her acting talents and modern-day charms on the young Will Shakespeare. Without her help, Stephen claims, the world will lost its greatest playwright. Miranda isn't convinced she's the girl for the job. Why would Shakespeare care about her? And just who is this infuriating time traveler, Stephen Langford? Reluctantly, she agrees to help, knowing that it's her only chance of getting back to the present and her "real" life. What Miranda doesn't bargain for is finding true love . . . with no acting required.

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    Panda Kisses
  • Author : Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  • Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers
  • Pages : 34
  • ISBN : 9780375845628
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • This Step 1 Step into Reading title is about a Baby Panda who is on a mission to find the perfect type of kiss! Baby Panda's parents offer “A soft kiss? A sweet kiss? A sticky bamboo treat kiss” but after everything, his perfect kiss might've been in front of him the whole time... From one of the most recognizable names in the easy-to-read field, this sweet Step 1 features big type and easy words for children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading. A rhyming text with a bouncy rhythm and adorable illustrations paired with picture clues help children decode the story.

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    The Kissing Diary
  • Author : Judith Caseley
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9781466893689
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Twelve-year-old Rosie Goldglitt is a never-been-kissed, hopeless romantic. Her mother has a new boyfriend. So why can't Rosie attract the attentions of the cutest boy in the seventh grade, Robbie Romano? Is it because she's two inches taller than he is? Is it her horrible name? Or is she simply a dork? If only she could be more like her rival, the perfect and popular Mary Katz, then maybe Robbie would notice her. As Rosie navigates the ups and downs of adolescence, she eagerly anticipates the experience of a first kiss - when she's not completely grossed out at the thought of it. But by the time the big dance rolls around, Rosie manages to surprise herself, in more ways than one. This perceptive and funny story captures the bittersweetness and euphoria of growing up, the messiness of having a crush, and how sometimes the most unexpected things in life are the most enjoyable.

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    Song of the Crimson Flower
  • Author : Julie C. Dao
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN : 9781524738358
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • From the acclaimed author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns comes a fantastical new tale of darkness and love, in which magical bonds are stronger than blood. Will love break the spell? After cruelly rejecting Bao, the poor physician's apprentice who loves her, Lan, a wealthy nobleman's daughter, regrets her actions. So when she finds Bao's prized flute floating in his boat near her house, she takes it into her care, not knowing that his soul has been trapped inside it by an evil witch, who cursed Bao, telling him that only love will set him free. Though Bao now despises her, Lan vows to make amends and help break the spell. Together, the two travel across the continent, finding themselves in the presence of greatness in the forms of the Great Forest's Empress Jade and Commander Wei. They journey with Wei, getting tangled in the webs of war, blood magic, and romance along the way. Will Lan and Bao begin to break the spell that's been placed upon them? Or will they be doomed to live out their lives with black magic running through their veins? In this fantastical tale of darkness and love, some magical bonds are stronger than blood.

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    The Winner's Curse
  • Author : Marie Rutkoski
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Pages : 369
  • ISBN : 9780374384678
  • Reader Reviews : 61
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • An aristocratic girl who is a member of a warmongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart.

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    Kissing the Wind
  • Author : A E Hotchner
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9780593313770
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • From the author of the international bestseller Papa Hemingway, based on his own experiences: the story of a man struggling to overcome a rare syndrome that causes terrifying hallucinations, who eventually, despite the odds, finds love. Chet Tremaine is living his best life. A successful lawyer with a loyal best friend, the arts and culture of New York City at his doorstep, and a peaceful retreat in Connecticut, Chet has it figured out. Even when a freak tennis accident leaves him blind in one eye, Chet is confident he'll be able to bounce back. But then he starts hallucinating: unknown children playing in his living room, pine needles seasoning his salad, wire grids barring access to his bathroom. His doctor allays his worst fears, only to deliver an even more shocking diagnosis: Chet's eye injury has left him with Charles Bonnet syndrome, and this rare disease is incurable. Chet is going to be plagued by these hallucinations for the rest of his life. His social life impaired, his job in jeopardy, Chet is close to becoming a recluse when he helps a woman who's collapsed on a Manhattan street corner. She turns out to be Emma Vicky, a warm and witty British actress who suffers from Ménière's disease, a condition that causes severe vertigo. Like Chet, she feels restrained by her chronic illness and terribly isolated--until their meeting renews her desire to open up, let another person in. But Chet can't make the same leap. Instead, he decides to make a final Hail Mary attempt to find a cure, embarking on a spiritual quest that will take him all the way to the mountains of Nepal. By turns funny, harrowing, and inspirational, Kissing the Wind is A. E. Hotchner's final, and finest, achievement. AN ANCHOR ORIGINAL.

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    The Last Kiss Goodbye
  • Author : Karen Robards
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Pages : 402
  • ISBN : 9780345535849
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY RT BOOK REVIEWS When New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards brought her irresistible brand of hot passion and chilling suspense to the paranormal romance scene with The Last Victim, it was just the beginning. Now her series cranks up the deadly danger and intense desire to the next level, as sexy serial killer hunter Charlotte Stone returns to action in her thrilling second adventure. THE LAST KISS GOODBYE Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone has dedicated her career as a psychiatrist to exploring the darkest territory of all: the hearts and minds of serial killers. It’s a job she’s uniquely suited for, thanks to the secret talent that gives her an uncanny edge—Charlie can see dead people, whose tormented spirits cry out to her for the justice only she can provide. This blessing—or curse—gives Charlie the power to hunt down and catch madmen and murderers. It’s also turned her love life upside down by drawing her into a hopelessly passionate relationship with the lingering ghost of charismatic bad boy Michael Garland. But there’s little time for romance with her supernatural suitor when murder comes pounding at Charlie’s door in the form of a terrified young woman fleeing a homicidal maniac. Saving her life places Charlie squarely in the cross-hairs of a sadistic predator nicknamed “the Gingerbread Man,” notorious for manipulating his victims like pawns in a deadly chess game. And now the queen this psychopath’s bent on capturing is Charlie. Refusal to play will only put more innocent lives in danger. Matching wits with this cunningly twisted opponent will require all of Charlie’s training and expert skills. But even with her devilish “guardian angel”—not to mention her favorite flesh-and-blood Fed, Tony Bartoli—watching her beautiful back, the Gingerbread Man’s horrifying grin might be the last thing Charlie ever sees. Features a preview of the next Charlotte Stone novel, HER LAST WHISPER Praise for The Last Kiss Goodbye "Top-notch . . . Suspense mixed with heart-pounding sensual tension."—Kirkus Reviews “Filled with gritty thrills and featuring a psychopathic madman, this suspense tale will truly have you on the edge of your seat!”—RT Book Reviews Praise for Karen Robards “One of the most popular voices in women’s fiction.”—Newsweek “Draw a line between two extremely popular genres, mysteries and romance novels, and in the middle you will find the bestselling Robards. She merges the two worlds like no one else, deftly interlacing plot and passion.”—Albany Times Union Praise for The Last Victim “[An] exceptional storyteller . . . Leave it to Robards to deliver the start of a series that is distinctive and unforgettable!”—RT Book Reviews “Excellent . . . This story is going to haunt you.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Thrilling . . . a fun and sexy read.”—Booklist

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    The Hollow Heart
  • Author : Marie Rutkoski
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
  • Pages : 286
  • ISBN : 9780374313852
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Intrigue, romance, and magic abound in The Hollow Heart, the heart-stopping conclusion to Marie Rutkoski’s Forgotten Gods duology. At the end of The Midnight Lie, Nirrim offered up her heart to the god of thieves in order to restore her people’s memories of their city’s history. The Half Kith who once lived imprisoned behind the city’s wall now realize that many among them are powerful. Meanwhile, the person Nirrim once loved most, Sid, has returned to her home country of Herran, where she must navigate the politics of being a rogue princess who has finally agreed to do her duty. In the Herrani court, rumors begin to grow of a new threat rising across the sea, of magic unleashed on the world, and of a cruel, black-haired queen who can push false memories into your mind, so that you believe your dearest friends to be your enemies. Sid doesn’t know that this queen is Nirrim, who seeks her revenge against a world that has wronged her. Can Sid save Nirrim from herself? Does Nirrim even want to be saved? As blood is shed and war begins, Sid and Nirrim find that it might not matter what they want...for the gods have their own plans.

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    Strange Alchemy
  • Author : Gwenda Bond
  • Publisher : Capstone
  • Pages : 337
  • ISBN : 9781630790776
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • When 114 people go missing on Roanoke Island in what seems like an eerie repeat of what happened hundreds of years before, seventeen-year-olds Miranda and Grant may be the key to the mysteries past and present.