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Heidi Heilig


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Heidi grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved to New York City and grew up even more, as one tends to do. Her favorite thing, outside of writing, is travel, and she has haggled for rugs in Morocco, hiked the trails of the Ko'olau Valley, and huddled in a tent in Africa while lions roared in the dark.She holds an MFA from New York University in Musical Theatre Writing, of all things, and she's written books and lyrics for shows including The Time Travelers Convention, Under Construction, and The Hole. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their pet snake, whose wings will likely grow in any day now.

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
 
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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (2017)
(Montague Siblings, book 1)
Mackenzi Lee
"Careening from fete to fiasco on a Grand Tour of 18th century Europe, THE GENTLEMEN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE is a dizzying, dazzling, and roguishly romantic romp. This book makes me want to unrequite my own love so I can requite him all over again."
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The Library of Fates (2017)
Aditi Khorana
"The Library of Fates transported me to a magical kingdom where troubled oracles, irreverent goddesses, and megalomaniacal kings battle for control of love and fate. With a rich, real mythology and a stunning twist, it's basically everything I ever wanted in a book."
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Love, Hate & Other Filters (2018)
Samira Ahmed
"A heartbreakingly beautiful debut that weaves together the rush of new love, the shock of old hatred, the pressure of protective parents and the culture clash between generations--in other words, a cinematic glimpse into one experience of growing up Muslim in modern America."
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Sweet Black Waves (2018)
(Sweet Black Waves, book 1)
Kristina Pérez
"Star-crossed love, tested loyalties, and magic that binds and burns--Sweet Black Waves gripped me all the way to the shocking ending."
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Seafire (2018)
(Seafire Trilogy, book 1)
Natalie C Parker
"Absolutely enthralling. Seafire is a relentless adventure about friendship and found family, trust and betrayal, and a vow for vengeance as unstoppable as the sea."
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A Blade So Black (2018)
(Nightmare-Verse, book 1)
L L McKinney
"Wholly original and absolutely thrilling—A Blade So Black kicks so much (looking gl)ass."
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Dagger and Coin (2018)
(Sword and Verse, book 2)
Kathy MacMillan
"Rich in politics, intrigue, and betrayal, Dagger and Coin is a complex feminist fantasy featuring a tough and prickly ex-princess that I couldn't help but adore."
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The Girl King (2019)
(Girl King, book 1)
Mimi Yu
"The Girl King is an intricate, richly crafted fantasy that will draw you in and keep you guessing to the last stunning battle."
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Spin the Dawn (2019)
(Blood of Stars, book 1)
Elizabeth Lim
"A thrilling tale as rich as velvet and as exquisite as fine embroidery."
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The Never Tilting World (2019)
(Never Tilting World, book 1)
Rin Chupeco
"Dark and richly drawn, The Never Tilting World is a lavish fantasy about sisterhood, sacrifice, and finding strength in a treacherous world. Chupeco’s writing is lushly descriptive, transporting me to the brink of the abyss; while reading it, I could swear the world stood still."
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Raybearer (2020)
Jordan Ifueko
"Fresh and utterly transportive, Raybearer is a fantastical fight for freedom, family, and justice at all costs."
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A Song Below Water (2020)
(Song Below Water, book 1)
Bethany C Morrow
"A rich, intricate dive into mythology, misogynoir, and the way the world makes black girls out to be monsters. Like the siren's song, A Song Below Water is irresistibly compelling."

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