The Girls of Innovations Academy – Girls with Sharp Sticks
by Suzanne Young

The carefully controlled existence of a group of girls at an elite boarding school may not be quite as it appears to be. As Mena and her friends uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening – and who they really are – the students of Innovations Academy will learn to fight back. The Handmaid’s Tale meets Westworld in this new book from The Program author, Suzanne Young.

Zarya: Cydnus Final Hope (Book I) by Jackiem Joyner

Governed by a brutal military, Cydnus is an advanced desert planet with drones and flying killing machines. Buildings that claw high into the sky. Everything is under surveillance and everyone is controlled by this system. It’s a fact, the way of life, and no one dares question it. That is, until Zarya's father confronts Gerik, the planet’s sadistic, chief military officer. Immediately, he's silenced and never heard from again. The book touches on advanced computer systems that run networks of military and civilian planetary systems. Zarya is a young teenage computer coder from a small town just outside of the main city “New Cebrenia. She has ears like and elf, a long tail, and an eye piece that helps her communicate with her airboard “Sochi”. Her eyepiece can also control other systems. As you might have guessed, this unwittingly makes her a threat to those in control. Her talent would need to be tamed. Silenced. But perhaps she’s just too smart for that!

Veronyka – Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

Veronyka is determined to be a Phoenix Rider, so much so that she disguises herself as a boy to join their ranks. While Veronyka is hiding secrets of her own, she discovers the mysteries of her past that just might be the key to saving the Empire.

Blackhearts - by Nicole Castroman

Blackhearts reimagines the origin story of one of the world’s most infamous pirate–Blackbeard. However, Edward “Teach” Drummond isn’t the star of this book, rather Anne Barrett, his newly penniless maid, is. Anne is incredibly smart and impassioned, destined for a life much more grandiose than cleaning up after a rich merchant, and she definitely knows how to hold her own against Teach. If you love pirates and women who know how to knock their love interest down a peg when they’re acting (just a teensy bit) entitled…Blackhearts is for you.

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Often when we talk about strong female characters we’re referring to emotional strength, but in this case, Nemesis is literally stronger than anyone else. She’s a Diabolic, created for one purpose only—to protect her person, Sidonia. But when Nemesis takes Sidonia’s place as a hostage to the empire, Nemesis meets new people and learns what it means to care, to sacrifice, and to fall in love. Her physical strength is joined by an emotional strength that makes her a truly powerful and memorable character.

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City Book 1)

A #1 New York Times bestseller! Sarah J. Maas's brand-new CRESCENT CITY series begins with House of Earth and Blood: the story of half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan as she seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic, danger, and searing romance.

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

There are many incredibly strong female characters in Chain of Gold but personally Cordelia is my favorite. She is not only trying to find a way to save her family but she is also an incredible Shadowhunter. When an unknown plague hits the London Institute, Cordelia and her friends take matters into their own hands in order to find a cure.

Slayer by Kiersten White

Into every generation a Slayer is born… Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic. Until the day Nina’s life changes forever. Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

Then She Was Gone: A Novel

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. Beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers, and half of a teenaged golden couple. Ellie was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now, her mother Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together. It’s been ten years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie’s case was unearthed. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a café, no one is more surprised than Laurel at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper. Before she knows it, she’s meeting Floyd’s daughters—and his youngest, Poppy, takes Laurel’s breath away. Because looking at Poppy is like looking at Ellie. And now, the unanswered questions she’s tried so hard to put to rest begin to haunt Laurel anew. Where did Ellie go? Did she really run away from home, as the police have long suspected, or was there a more sinister reason for her disappearance? Who is Floyd, really? And why does his daughter remind Laurel so viscerally of her own missing girl?

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