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The Sisters Grimm

A highly imaginative plot and vivid worldbuilding help to balance the swiftly changing points of view. Ethereal prose sets up a nefarious fairy tale–inspired story about the balance of power between men and women, family ties and first loves, and the choices that must be made whether you are ready or not.

The Dress Shop of Dreams

Even the least cynical will find the constant reminder that love will either conquer all or find a way a bit too saccharine. Fans of Sarah Addison Allen will probably take the bait but might be a little disappointed in the inferior storytelling. If you're looking for a quick read with a little mystery, magic, and romance, however, this one is for you. [See Prepub Alert, 6/16/14.]

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