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The Two Krishnas: A Novel
Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla
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Libba Bray
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The Name of the Star (Shades of London)

The Name of the Star - Maureen Johnson Side note: I was almost named Aurora (and would have been called Rory), just like this heroine.I liked this book. It took me a while to get into, but that's just because I started it on a recommendation, and somehow was under the mistaken impression that it took place in the early 20th century, and not current times. But once a made that adjustment, I liked it. In many ways it reminded me of White Cat, because it follows that typical YA paranormal templet: a protagonist arriving at a boarding school and trying to fit in and make friends, with added paranormal things going on. That said, this was one of the YA novels that did a good job of that familiar setup and turning it into something that kept me interested. The first half was very heavy on the day to day life at boarding school aspect, but then once the paranormal stuff started to happen, things really picked up. I found all the characters likable, which is important, especially when you're dealing with YA. The mythology was well done I thought, and the author did a good job of building the suspense, etc.It's very obvious that this is a series, as are most YA novels today. I would have been fine if this book had just ended things, but I wouldn't mind reading more about this world either. However, my one complaint is that last 2 pages of the book were pretty heavy handed about setting up the sequel. I felt like it ruined the flow and turned what I had until then felt was a satisfying ended into something that felt very abrupt.