Cassie

I'm either reading ten books at once, or stuck in a reading slump. I gravitate towards books--YA, fiction, SFF, memoir and even culinary narratives--that look at magic, folklore, traditions, tropes and stereotypes in new and imaginative ways.

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Take a Hint, Dani Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #2) By Talia Hibbert Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062941237
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Published: Avon - June 23rd, 2020

I listened to the audiobook in two days! This fake-dating, friends-to-lovers, bisexual AF rom-com-romp has it all. What do you get when you add one PhD candidate who just wants some stress release in the form of a good lay, plus one former rugby player who now dedicates his time to his mental health-sports charity and reading bodice rippers? Certainly this can't add up to the two catching feelings for each other, right? Equal parts hilarious, heartwarming, refreshing, and compassionate. Perfect for the beach, a vacation, or a quiet afternoon.


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Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional By Isaac Fitzgerald Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635573978
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - July 19th, 2022

Dirtbag, Massachusetts is an unflinching memoir-in-essay that kinda rocked me, Mr. Fitzgerald. I’ve got more stuff to talk about in therapy this week than I was originally planning on; can I send you the bill? Fitzgerald’s writing is vulnerable, tender-hearted, and full of charm; reading it felt equal parts familiar and revelatory. He recalls scenes from his life with the emotional clarity of the greatest storytellers, offering readers glimpses into his past, lessons learned, and the kind of persistent work it takes to become the best version of ourselves, jagged edges and all. Reading Dirtbag, Massachusetts is like watching a man turn the soil of his life, digging up the cold earth in preparation of a glorious, and colorful life.


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The Stardust Thief (The Sandsea Trilogy #1) By Chelsea Abdullah Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316368766
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Published: Orbit - May 17th, 2022

The Stardust Thief is the kind of book that makes you feel like a small child who is encountering a fairy tale for the first time. Everything feels new, tangible, and magical. There were times when I felt like I couldn't read fast enough, and others where I was berating myself for not savoring the luxurious writing more. This epic fantasy reminds us why the genre works and what it can bring to the table in a master craftsman's hands. Not only am I waiting with bated breath for Abdullah's next, but I can't wait to dive back into Loulie, Qadib, Mazen, and Aisha's adventures and pick up on all the little details I missed in my first read. Who can resist a story about the power of storytelling plus the beginnings of a found family cobbled together by hardship, blood, magic, and adventure?


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Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa (Pilar Ramirez Duology #1) By Julian Randall Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250774101
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 1st, 2022

Pilar Ramirez is a fantastical fast-paced adventure novel, following the title character, a budding photojournalist, as she’s determined to track down what happened to her aunt in the DR. While waiting for a meeting to start with a professor who might have some archived documents she can look at, Pilar falls into a fantastical world where Trujillo’s reign of terror still runs rampant. Pilar’s courage and desire to document the things adults don’t like talking about spurs her on to face monsters. She is not afraid to kick some butt and take names. For fans of a voice-driven middle grade novel, fantasy inspired by Dominican folklore, books written in Spanglish, this is the one for you.


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Yerba Buena: A Novel By Nina LaCour Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250810465
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 31st, 2022

A Nina LaCour Novel (noun): a kiss on your forehead as you're tucked in at night, a cathartic cry in the shower, a perfectly made cup of coffee in your favorite mug, a well-mixed cocktail with condensation sweating down the sides of the glass on a hot summer night, a sad song on the radio on a long drive, a familiar face in an unexpected place, feeling at home in quiet spaces, and out of body in familiar places. Yerba Buena is everything you'd want from Nina LaCour's adult debut. Two young women, each laden with generations of burdens and hope, find each other and fall in love. But circumstance has never been kind to either. Each wants so desperately to find the footing that feels most right to them, constantly mis-stepping on their way to becoming better partners, better sisters, better workers and the person they want to be. LaCour's writing rings the most true and tender in domestic moments, cleaning dishes with a loved one, cleaning out a dead relative's house. The dust and beauty of every day moments are pure magic in her hands.


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All the Bad Apples By Moïra Fowley-Doyle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525552741
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Published: Kathy Dawson Books - August 27th, 2019

Published three years ago, this prescient young adult novel should be read by everyone who can get their hands on a copy. Weaving in Irish folklore, historical and recent events surrounding reproductive rights, queer rights, and bodily autonomy, All the Bad Apples leaps from the page, grasps your hand, and invites you to scream along with it.


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Cosmoknights (Book One) By Hannah Templer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781603094542
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - October 22nd, 2019

Space gays. Found family. A patriarchal "battle for the princess" game show that our beloved characters have infiltrated to take down from the inside. The narrative arc is just perfection. The art is gorgeous. And the ending will have you cursing Hannah Templer’s name because Vol. 2 is not out yet. I could follow a fully fleshed out spin-off for every character. For fans of Saga, Lore Olympus, and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.


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Squire By Nadia Shammas, Sara Alfageeh (Illustrator), Sara Alfageeh Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062945846
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 8th, 2022

I breathed this book in. I wanted to live in the world so lovingly crafted by Alfageeh and Shammas. I wanted to learn to fight next to Aiza, to study with Husni, train with Sahar, learn from Basem and Doruk. Squire is immersive and compelling from the very beginning; I couldn’t put it down. The sumptuous colors felt textural, like I could reach out and touch the course stone, or the softness of the clothes each character wears. A Middle Eastern fantasy, Squire touches on colonialism, identity, exploration, coming-of-age, found family, friendship, and nationalism. How do you continue to chase a dream when the dream reveals it’s true colors? This one is going in my top favorites of the year, easily.


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Gallant By V. E. Schwab Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062835772
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 1st, 2022

Gallant is a story told in the negative spaces; a story revealed not only by the words on the page but the words missing from the page. Gallant is a story told in missing words, in images, and nonverbal communication and goddamnit, Schwab’s brilliant mind has done it again. Olivia Prior has spent her life at Merilance School for girls, an outsider, mute, where none of the girls bother to learn sign. All Olivia has of her parents is the journal her mother left behind, full of nonsense sayings, repetitions of her name, and one clear warning: stay away from Gallant. But when a letter comes from a long-lost uncle, inviting Olivia to the house, to stay with the family she has always wanted, Olivia is helpless but to come. At Gallant, there is a cousin, two housekeepers, and the ghouls that Olivia has been able to see her entire life. And a secret just beyond the garden gate that she feels drawn to. Lush writing, family secrets, and a young woman who yearns so deeply for connection in a world that refuses to give it to her weave delicately together to form this resonant and full-hearted story. I am hesitant to compare, as Gallant is rooted deep in its own earth, but is atmospherically resonant with Thirteen Doorways Wolves Behind Them All, Coraline, The Secret Garden, Crimson Peak, and Over the Garden Wall -- eerie not because of the shadows, but because of how much they look like home.


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Delilah Green Doesn't Care By Ashley Herring Blake Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593336403
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Published: Berkley - February 22nd, 2022

Like binging your favorite Gilmore Girls arc, this tender-hearted romance is full of small town charm and a cast of characters you won't want to leave. Delilah Green is a toughened New York photographer who just wants financial stability, and someone in her bed at night. Now, if only she could convince her lonely heart of that. Claire Sutherland owns the bookstore in the same small, Oregon town she grew up in, the same small town she's raising her daughter in. She just wants to convince her best friend that the man she's marrying next month is a literal shit boot. And also if her daughter's father could grow up and communicate, that would be great. And maybe she wants to get laid. When said best friend, Astrid hires her estranged sister, Delilah Green to photograph her wedding, bringing her back to the small town she swore she'd never return to, Delilah and Claire are thrown into a whirlwind of misunderstandings, camping trips, wine nights, photography lessons, society parties, and horrendously-decorated inns. Sweet, a little steamy, and full of lonely people finding that home is a group of people, not a location.


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All My Rage: A Novel By Sabaa Tahir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593202340
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Published: Razorbill - March 1st, 2022

The last act had me reading through tears, and the last page had me weeping. An emotional gem of a book, Tahir is a masterful storyteller who holds such compassion for the youth she writes for and about. She holds multiple truths in her hands, showing that rage and grief and laughter and terrible mistakes can all exist together. All My Rage is a survival story, a hopeful story, a violent story, an empathetic story. The stories of Noor and Salahudin and the generations before them from their small California town to their parents' homes in Pakistan will weave themselves into your heart with all their beautiful angry edges.


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Tripping Arcadia: A Gothic Novel By Kit Mayquist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593185209
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Published: Dutton - February 22nd, 2022

The atmospheric successor to Knives Out and The Chosen & the Beautiful, this fabulously Gothic read is reminiscent of a chilly, overcast, Massachusetts day, walking through the city, trying not to slip on the wet leaves. Back Bay & class division & re-creation of Renaissance botany & poison & addiction & greasy diners & glittering crushes & being 25 living with your parents & a modern Gothic & stealing the family car & family dynasties and capitalism & "finding your passion" & f*ck she's so pretty &... honestly more to the book than I could ever possibly list.


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Rick Riordan Presents City of the Plague God (The Adventures of Sik Aziz Book 1) By Sarwat Chadda Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781368051507
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - January 12th, 2021

Laugh-out-loud funny and a rollicking adventure. Between school, work at the deli, and talking with his dead brother, Sik doesn't have time for much else. But when an ancient god of war breaks into the deli and curses his family, Sik will do anything to help his loved ones. Chadda brings Mesopotamian mythology to life!


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My Heart Is a Chainsaw (The Indian Lake Trilogy #1) By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982137649
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 29th, 2022

Equal parts a love letter to '80s horror movies, a coming of-age and survival story. Black sheep Jade will claw her way out of the slasher she has literally found herself in--just not the way she expects to. A perfect read for any fan of all things spooky (not just horror movies), and high-intensity thrillers, Jones' latest will keep you on the edge of your seat.


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Little Thieves By Margaret Owen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250191908
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 19th, 2021

Vanja wants just one thing. She wants enough money to escape the life of servitude her godmothers, Death and Fortune, have promised her. She has stolen many things, jewelry, clothes, money, and the identity of her former lady, the Princess Gisele. Cursed by a low god, Vanja only has a fortnight to return what she’s stolen before the jewels growing on her body will take over and kill her. Add in a looming wedding, another plot to kill her, a kind, nerdy prefect who knows more than he wants to let on, the daughter of the low god watching her every move, and the princess she left behind in the dirt, Vanja will claw her way out by any means necessary. A lifetime of isolation, Vanja knows that she’s the only person she can count on. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows, this Bavarian-inspired fantasy is a delightful adventure with found family, thrilling mysteries, and is full of heart. Maybe Vanja wants more than one thing, after all.


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Summer Sons By Lee Mandelo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250790286
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Published: Tordotcom - September 28th, 2021

A [expletive] perfect book.
Higher academia, hungry ghosts, drag racing, and latent queer desire in Appalachia. A look at the intricate rituals we construct in order to touch each other. Andrew and Eddie shared a bond that went deeper than brotherhood. They had followed each other around since childhood. But Eddie went off to Vanderbilt before Andrew and now Eddie is dead. As Andrew traces his footsteps to Tennessee, just a drive away from their childhood home, ghosts and roommates and professors and friends and so-called friends emerge from the woodwork, all with a claim to Eddie. Claims that he never told Andrew about. Soaked in fumes and blood, every page will grasp at your heart. The landscape comes to life through Mandelo’s powerful writing, and it will dig its claws into you, try to keep you from leaving. I know I didn’t want to.


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Beautiful Country: A Memoir By Qian Julie Wang Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385547215
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Published: Doubleday - September 7th, 2021

A critical addition to the literary memoir canon. Beautiful Country follows Qian Julie Wang, aged 7, from Shijiazhuang, China to New York City in 1994. There her mother works in sweatshops in Chinatown, her father works under the table at a law office, and Wang attends public school, feeling separated from her classmates, unable to speak English, and unable to disclose the reality of her home life. Like a certain plucky Roald Dahl character, she finds solace at her local public library as she learns to read, getting lost in the worlds of characters who lead lives differently than her own. Joy and hope tie up with overwhelming stresses. Wang’s clear, emotionally charged storytelling takes us through her childhood with such care and tenderness towards her family. Qian Julie’s story is not new to the United States, but it’s one that is rarely heard above the other myriad voices. You won’t want to miss this one.


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Firekeeper's Daughter By Angeline Boulley Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

Daunis Fontaine, a bi-racial Ojibwe-Italian-American girl, has just graduated high school and has deferred enrollment at the University of Michigan to attend the local state school. She plans to spend more time with her best friend Lily, her ailing Grandmother, and her mom who was recently rocked by the sudden death of her brother, Daunis’ uncle. But then tragedy strikes, and Daunis is the eyewitness. And she is thrown headfirst into an FBI investigation of meth addiction and distribution within the reservation her family lives on and the greater Upper Peninsula area. A nuanced and compassionate look at addiction and the justice system and the risks one girl takes to help her friends, her community, and herself. The truth is a tangled web that it seems only Daunis is willing to carefully pick apart to not only expose the criminals but heal the victims as well.


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Gearbreakers By Zoe Hana Mikuta Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250833259
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Published: Square Fish - June 28th, 2022

A high octane, cinematic adventure with some of the most gorgeous prose I’ve read this year. Eris is a Gearbreaker, a rebel, who, alongside her ragtag crew, take down the Windup mechas terrorizing the Badlands under false pretenses of their Godhood. Until the day she gets caught and is thrown in prison. There she meets Sona, a cybernetically-enhanced Windup pilot. But there’s much more to Sona than meets the eye. A high-stakes adventure for fans of Pacific Rim about colossal mechas, a tyrannical regime, and two girls on opposite sides of a war who come to realize they’re fighting for the same reasons. And possibly falling for each other.


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The Sea Is Salt and So Am I By Cassandra Hartt Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250619242
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 8th, 2021

Harlow wants to get better SAT scores, save West Finch from falling into the sea, and for her best friend Ellis to stick to The Plan. Ellis wants to make varsity track, and to stick to The Plan, more or less. Tommy, Ellis’ twin brother, wants to not be living any more. Three teenagers fracture and fall together as they navigate their small-town coastal Maine summer, constantly trying to rewrite, remember, and forget the past while also keeping the future on a narrow track. These deeply empathetic characters are constantly making ill-advised choices, navigating their stormy waters the only ways they can figure out. The complexities and intricacies of their relationships with each other and the world around them move at a breakneck speed so compelling I couldn’t put the book down.


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One Last Stop By Casey McQuiston Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250244499
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 1st, 2021

A 1970's & present-day Sapphic remix of Kate and Leopold. A full-hearted novel that reaches for your hand and holds you close when you need it most. A love letter to new places and new friends that call you home, McQuiston's sophomore novel brings all the charm and banter that I fell in love with from her debut novel, Red, White & Royal Blue.


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The Chosen and the Beautiful By Nghi Vo Cover Image
By Nghi Vo
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ISBN: 9781250820129
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Published: Tordotcom - March 29th, 2022

Nghi Vo’s Jordan Baker has my heart in the palm of her hand and gently bruises it with each beat of my pulse. Glimmering and sharp, The Chosen and the Beautiful will leave you cut open, feeling like someone new as you follow Jordan as she dances and drinks her way through the deadly orbit of Daisy Buchanan and 1920s New York white elite lifestyle. Supposedly adopted by the Bakers from Vietnam as an infant, Jordan has grown up with money, education, and has always been left feeling like she’s on the other side of the door. The company she keeps loves confiding in her: her ghosts, her family, her friends, and even the not-so-friendly company. And Jordan has secrets of her own, secrets that will burn. You might know The Great Gatsby. But there’s worlds more to this cast of characters that keep it intoxicating, like a good strong drink you keep going back to taste. Especially when you think it might be poisoned.


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Between Perfect and Real By Ray Stoeve Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419746024
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Published: Amulet Paperbacks - March 15th, 2022

When Dean is cast as Romeo in his high school's production of Romeo and Juliet, he realizes he doesn't want to wait to transition any longer. His family, friends, and girlfriend are currently under the impression that Dean is a tomboy lesbian. But Dean wants everyone to see him as he is in the rest of his life, not just on the stage. A love letter to theater, found queer family, and the roller coaster that is finding and standing up for yourself in the middle of high school. Stoeve's debut is full of hope and courage - I read it in a single afternoon!


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The Ones We're Meant to Find By Joan He Cover Image
By Joan He
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ISBN: 9781250258564
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 4th, 2021

The Ones We’re Meant to Find is unlike anything I’ve read before. A story about sisters, climate change, “rights & wrongs,” and being human. Kasey and Cee are not like other girls. For one Kasey, who prefers her own company as opposed to the other students at school, can’t quite get the hang of caring for others as deeply as she cares for her sister, who disappeared three months ago. Not when the daily news reports highlight the impending megaquakes, tsunamis and other world-ending disasters that are all too common. And Cee? Cee is stuck on an abandoned island with only the memory of her sister, Kasey. Told in He’s masterful lyrical, animated narrative style, the twists and turns always had me second-guessing which way was up and I could not get enough of it. I need new words for the emotions I felt in my chest as I read--some tumultuous combination of aching, fondness, and trepidation.


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Persephone Station By Stina Leicht Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781534414594
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - December 7th, 2021

A little bit A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, a little bit Mandalorian, a little bit Rat Queens, Persephone Station is a rollicking, heartfelt, adventure (in space!). An interplanetary corporation and its recent leader (who may have obtained the position through less-than-legal means) are trying to colonize “backwater” and "abandoned" land. Our morally-grey cast of characters won’t let that stand. The pay doesn’t hurt either. The not-quite-blackmail hurts a little though. The story follows three fascinating characters: Rosie, owner of Monk’s bar with dark secrets behind their tourist-slash-criminal bar; Angel formerly of the Corpse Corps who leads a rag-tag group of criminals and assassins; and one-of-a-kind Kennedy, who despite outward appearances, is not human at all. Persephone Station shines with colorful worldbuilding just brimming with enchanting details. The danger might be intense, but you’ll still want a front seat to the show.


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Honey Girl By Morgan Rogers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780778311027
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Published: Park Row - February 23rd, 2021

Grace Porter, PhD, 28 has spent the last 11 years of her life rigorously studying to become The Best in the field of Astronomy. It’s all part of her and her military father’s Plan. To celebrate her graduation, Porter goes to Vegas with a couple friends. And she wakes up with muddled memories of the previous night, a ring on her finger, and a note from her wife on the hotel’s bedside table. This was not part of The Plan. For the star girls, the earth girls, the lonely creatures, the girls who have to fight for their place in the world, the girls with flowers in their hair and the ones who love them - this book’s for you. A tender and intimate coming of age-romance that emphasizes self love and found families -- Honey Girl is a soothing balm.


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Fireheart Tiger By Aliette de Bodard Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250793263
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Published: Tordotcom - February 9th, 2021

Reading Fireheart Tiger is like trying to watch the individual flames of a bonfire. Pretty in their own right, each flame, each character, each piece of dialogue, each sentence adds to a blaze that will leave you in awe. A queer love triangle, magical politics, betrayal, magical girls, ruthless girls, kindhearted and cunning girls, this novella has it all. Thanh is a royal member of the court in Eldris, who has fallen in love with the princess of the neighboring, domineering kingdom, Ephteria. Sent there as a political diplomat at a young age, Thanh is back in Eldris to help her mother negotiate with the Ephterians. But then the princess shows up. And the fire that burned the palace is back to haunt Thanh. But possibly, the fire wants something else. This novella is a perfect, warm read while you're waiting for the snow to melt and the world to thaw outside.


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Soup of the Day (Healthy eating, Soup cookbook, Cozy cooking): 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year By Kate McMillan Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781681886596
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Published: Weldon Owen - November 10th, 2020

A seasonal-focused, ingredient driven cookbook with straight-forward instructions that result in delicious and flavorful soups. For the cook looking to broaden their repertoire, for the cooks and anyone who could eat soup everyday of the week -- this one’s for you. I made 6 soups within a month, and each was worth repeating.
 
Whatever your mood, whatever is in your fridge and cabinets, there’s a soup for you.


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The Hollow Places: A Novel By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534451124
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 6th, 2020

I do not recommend listening to this audiobook while driving down the Pike in the dark after your shift at the bookstore because this is one of the most creepy, terrifying books I’ve ever read. While horror is not my usual genre, the main characters were so relatable and endearing that I had to follow them to the end. Even when I was yelling at my car speakers when they couldn’t see what was right in front of them. Kara, or Carrot as she is know by her uncle, is a freshly-divorced 30-something who has managed to find mostly-stable ground working and living at her uncle’s museum of curios, the Glory to God Museum of Natural Wonders, Curiosities, and Taxidermy, in North Carolina. And then she finds a hole in the wall. Which leads to a hallway that shouldn’t be physically possible. Which leads to a locked bunker with a body inside. Which leads to a new world, filled with water, and bunkers, and willow trees. But of course, there’s much more than meets the eye. With more curiosity than common sense, Kara and her best friend, Simon, decide to explore. And discover the meaning of the ominous graffiti they find, Pray they are hungry. If you, too, wish you could celebrate Halloween year-round, this is the book for you.


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Never Look Back By Lilliam Rivera Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781547607426
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - October 26th, 2021

Eury’s life was uprooted after Hurricane Maria destroyed her home in Puerto Rico. Spending a summer in the Bronx was supposed to help her recover, but Eury is haunted by more than just a devastating storm and an absent father. And he’s followed her to New York. Pheus, who has lived his whole life in New York, could charm honey from a hive with his voice and guitar. He was excited to spend the summer with his friends, and serenading Melaina, his on-again, off-again flame. But when Eury arrives, it takes everything for him not to trip over his usually-suave tongue. A contemporary magical-realism take on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, the latest from Rivera looks at generational trauma and the trauma that arises from natural disasters. But more than that, Never Look Back is about what it means to be seen, by others who see a twisted version of your reflection, and those who can see you as you are. Rivera’s exquisite writing is the literary equivalent of a lullaby, fast-dance music, an acoustic set, a full-orchestra symphony, and of course, a bachata.


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A Deadly Education: A Novel (The Scholomance #1) By Naomi Novik Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593128503
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Published: Del Rey - May 4th, 2021

A school for wizards! The Chosen One! But imagine if the Chosen One was just a sweet, dumb jock with a penchant for slaying monsters who had a hard time saying ‘no.’ And if the bright, often-relegated Lady Sidekick was just as intelligent, rude, and ruthless as she wanted to be. If she was the so-called hero of the story. And one more small thing - if the magical school they attended was actively trying to kill them, morning, noon, and night while they were just trying to study. Self-aware, witty, and brutal, A Deadly Education is your new favorite magical read. You’ll fall in love (or possibly terror) with El from the very first line when she declares her intent to kill Orion after he saves her life for the (gasp) second time


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Watch Over Me By Nina LaCour Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593108994
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - January 18th, 2022

This is a sparse, atmospheric, emotionally resonant and absolutely devastating read in the best possible ways. Watch Over Me follows Mila, after she has aged out of the foster care system and finds work teaching foster children on an idyllic, but isolated farm owned by foster parents, Terri and Julia. Mila just wants to carve out a place to call her own, find a family she can claim for herself, and forget all about her mother's boyfriend, Blake. But as much as Mila wants to put her past behind her, the ghosts that reside on the farm make that decidedly impossible. Ghosts and family and belonging and resilience set to the backdrop of the fog-covered northern California coast. A pitch-perfect read while the weather cools and the leaves start to fall.


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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue By V. E. Schwab Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765387561
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Published: Tor Books - October 6th, 2020

With The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V. E. Schwab took a knife to my chest, cut my heart out, pinned it to paper, and exposed it for the world to see. Its characters are clever and wicked and delightful and joyous and profoundly sad and trying their damndest. In 1700’s rural France, a woman makes a Faustian deal for more time and freedom and, as a result, walks through the world without a single person being able to recognize her. Until one day, three centuries later, she walks into a New York bookstore. And the man who works there remembers her name. What lengths will we go to, to leave a mark on the world? Schwab’s gloriously imaginative and detailed novel considers the grand and the simple. Two lovers. The devil. Can anyone win at the end?


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Cemetery Boys By Aiden Thomas Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250250469
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Published: Swoon Reads - September 1st, 2020

If you are looking for a book to salivate over, a book to savor, this is the book for you. The descriptive writing! The character development! Aiden Thomas has crafted a warm, and eerie story about Yadriel, a young brujo who only wants to show his traditional Latinx family that he has what it takes to join the men of the family in their daily and upcoming Dia de los Muertos rituals. All that feels nearly impossible while his family continue to deadname him and misgender him. And then Yadriel accidentally summons the ghost of the recently-deceased local “bad boy.” Who cares deeply for his family. And tries to protect his friends. Whose restless energy fills whatever room he’s in. And has a cute smile. Oh no, Yadriel. A sweet #ownvoices YA read filled with friendly and not-so-friendly ghosts; complex, growing family relationships; brujxs; cemeteries; marigolds; giant pit bulls definitely not named after mutant turtles; and fierce cousins. You won’t want to miss this tenderly woven and magical story.


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This Is How You Lose the Time War By Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781534430990
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 17th, 2020

Red and Blue are on opposite sides of the Time War - one a part of the collective entity known as The Garden, and the other a soldier of the Commandant, a high-tech-centered group. But this story, for all it’s expansive and ambitious concepts, focuses instead on the hunger of Red and Blue, for competition, for experience, for each other.
 
Reading This is How You Lose the Time War, a 2020 Hugo Winner, was like experiencing a work of art in person for the first time after only having read and heard about it in textbooks. The sheer joy el-Mohtar & Gladstone have for their craft, for the language and storytelling, shines brightly on every page. You’ll find yourself simultaneously reading a love letter for the written word and love letters between two characters on opposite sides of the Time War.


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Camp By L. C. Rosen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316537773
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 25th, 2021

I devoured Camp. The exuberance of the main character, Randy, leaps off the page even as he tries to quiet himself to win the heart of his crush, Hudson. Camp is a summer full of theater, misadventure, drag, hiking, friendship in all its forms, toxic masculinity in safe spaces, team-building obstacles courses, and the obstacles courses we build for ourselves.


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You Brought Me The Ocean By Alex Sanchez, Julie Maroh (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alex Sanchez, Julie Maroh (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781401290818
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Published: DC Comics - June 9th, 2020

The latest in DC Comics’ young adult graphic novels series from YA royalty Alex Sanchez and Julie Maroh features the origin story of Aqualad. Jake Hyde is a young man who lives in Truth or Consequences, NM (a real town!) and desperately wants to go to the University of Miami to study oceanography. But he’s hiding secrets from everyone--from his mom, his best friend, and he starts learning secrets about himself. And not just about the strange “birthmarks” on his body. You Brought Me the Ocean has a cinematic quality that makes the joys more joyful, the heartbreaks more sorrowful, and the discoveries even more captivating.


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The Stars and the Blackness Between Them By Junauda Petrus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525555490
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Published: Penguin Books - June 23rd, 2020

Joy and heartache and astrology and queerness and school drama and first loves and new loves and family and found family are at the center of this beautiful YA debut. A Coretta Scott King Honor book told in two interweaving, harmonizing voices about two girls, one kicked out of her mother's home in Trinidad to live with her father in Minneapolis. And the other, a girl in Minneapolis whose recent diagnosis has her flung into an uncertain future where she has one wish. You'll want to spend as much time with Audre and Mabel as they do with each other. 


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The Boy in the Red Dress By Kristin Lambert Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593113684
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 12th, 2020

With so much uncertainty, I like being able to make declarative statements. Here's one: The Boy in the Red Dress is my favorite YA of the year. No question. Veronica Mars meets Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Lambert's debut is a fun, enchanting mystery set in 1930 New Orleans that follows Millie, who helps her aunt run The Cloak and Dagger, a queer-friendly speakeasy. On New Year's Eve, when a young socialite is found dead in the club's courtyard, the police suspect the club's headliner and Millie's best friend, the titular character, Marion. And Millie is the only one willing to actually investigate what happened and clear her friend's name. It was so easy to fall in love with every character, so fully-realized, each with their own hopes and dreams and flaws, that with every scene I found myself hoping each new suspect wasn't the murderer. With all the glamour and grit of a Baz Luhrman film, Lambert's novel kept me guessing, kept me luxuriating in the ballrooms and back alleys. I didn't want to leave.


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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) By Becky Chambers Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062444134
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Published: Harper Voyager - July 5th, 2016

The intergalactic road trip-found family novel you didn't know you needed. If you, too, are still looking to fill the gap in your heart that Joss Whedon's Firefly left behind, this is for you. Ignore what the back cover summary says, this book is about an unforgettable motley cast of characters who just happen to be traveling through space together, punching wormholes to a distant planet. All the delightful tropes of a road trip book--engine troubles, passengers bickering, unexpected side of the road attractions, hijinks, and uncovered secrets abound--in space! 


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Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods By Christine Byl Cover Image
$23.20
ISBN: 9780807033272
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Published: Beacon Press - March 11th, 2014

If you're looking for a book that lovingly showcases the outdoors, this memoir is for you. If you're missing the chance to breathe in backcountry air, and hike all day, this is the memoir for you. If you've never stepped foot in the woods, but are looking for strong, thoughtful voices that take a hard look at what it takes to create the outdoors and public lands enjoyed by so many? This is the memoir for you. Byl fell in love working seasonally in the dirt, and mud, and rain, and sunshine for the National Parks Service and for public lands. This series of interconnected essays examines the long-held differences between academia and manual labor, between white collar jobs and blue collar jobs, and gender stereotypes within those spheres. Each aspect of the work she describes--learning how to use an axe, build stairs in the back country, how to lead a group of strangers into the woods--is so beautifully written, and thoughtfully considered that the words feel comforting, even when she is describing back-breaking labor. I wish I knew who wrote the back cover summary, because it really puts it best, "Dirt Work is a contemplative but unsentimental look at the pleasures of labor, the challenges of apprenticeship, and the way a place becomes a home."


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Flyaway By Kathleen Jennings Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250260499
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Published: Tordotcom - July 28th, 2020

For fans of Shirley Jackson, Helen Oyeyemi, and Samantha Hunt: an Australian gothic novella about monsters, long-held family secrets, changelings, transformation, fences, birds, and disappearing schools. Urban myths come to life, colliding and weaving through the life of Bettina Scott as she tries to navigate her way out of her small Western Queensland town, after receiving a mysterious note from someone who may or not one of her vanished brothers. Chilling, bewildering, and utterly magical, this short novel will have you questioning which way is up.


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How to Be a Pirate By Isaac Fitzgerald, Brigette Barrager (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681197784
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - March 3rd, 2020

When CeCe is told by the neighborhood boys that she can't be a pirate, she goes to her grandfather--a man with a ship and a lot of tattoos--to see if he can teach her all about a pirate's life. Smart, vivid illustrations by Brigette Barrager adorn Isaac Fitzgerald's rollicking text. As CeCe learns just what it takes to be a pirate, readers are immersed in increasingly colorful and high-spirited adventures. For all young readers, the sailors, the swashbucklers, the landlubbers, and any oceanically inclined. You'll find your adventure in between these pages.


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Gingerbread: A Novel By Helen Oyeyemi Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594634666
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

An absolute fever dream of a book, you'll want to read this story over and over again. Oyeyemi’s sentences and turns of phrase are as delightful and delicious as the magical gingerbread she writes about. I had to keep going back and re-reading passages because I was so focused on how the words sounded so pleasing together, I started losing their meaning. If you are looking for a fairy tale you probably haven't read before, a fairy tale that truly adheres to fairy tale logic, talking dolls, magic mushrooms, stories meandering within stories, and a country that Wikipedia claims doesn’t exist, this is the story for you.


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The Box Turtle By Vanessa Roeder Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735230507
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Published: Dial Books - February 11th, 2020

Terrance the box turtle was born without a shell, so his parents gave him a shell of his own. But when someone points out that his non-traditional apparel looks "weird," Terrance begins a hunt for a different shell that reflects who he is and looks good. This sweet picture book features tiny turtle butts, a very good hermit crab friend, a trash-loving raccoon, a lot of imagination, and ALL of the shells. Punny, colorful, and adventurous, this picture book will keep young readers entertained, even on the twentieth re-read.


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The Starless Sea: A Novel By Erin Morgenstern Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101971383
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Published: Anchor - August 4th, 2020

I have no words. Erin Morgenstern used all the words, and now they are buzzing around in my brain in an utterly impossible, and magical way. Closing the final page of The Starless Sea immediately prompted me to request the audiobook. To open the book back up and begin from page one again. Morgenstern’s sophomore novel is about a love of stories, a love of storytelling, and how inseparable, and timeless our own stories and mythologies are. But it is also about bees, keys, swords, cats, good cocktails, doors, video games, underground labyrinthe libraries, stars, pirates, and sculptors, and approximately a hundred other images that have been superimposed into my brain in trying to devour this book. The Starless Sea easily slid into the top spot of my favorite books.


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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Series #1) By Tamsyn Muir Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250313188
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Published: Tordotcom - July 14th, 2020

Gideon the Ninth would very much like to get out of indentured servitude to the Ninth House, Keepers of the Locked Tomb. But when the Emperor is looking for necromancers, Harrowhawk, heir to the Ninth House and famed necromancer, decides to throw her hat in the ring. Gideon is the only swordswoman strong enough to take on the challenges posed by the emperor. Mad Max: Fury Road by way of Deadpool featuring necromancers and sword-fighting in space. Utterly ridiculous in the most extravagant and delightful ways.


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Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All By Laura Ruby Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062317650
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 27th, 2021

Best title of the year alert! For a book about a ghost with no memory and a girl left in an orphanage by her father amidst World War II, Thirteen Doorways is heartfelt and surprisingly relevant. The novel is compelling, not just because you are eager to uncover secrets of both past and present, but because the characters feel so achingly similar in the middle of a time and place that seems to be going up in flames.   


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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel By Casey McQuiston Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

I have never been so mad to realize a newly released title was an author's debut. Sweet, tender, funny, I devoured this book. I wanted to cancel plans for this book! Spending time with these characters was the literary equivalent of curling up by the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate, while it's snowing outside. McQuiston's words were a direct line to my 23-year-old self. I couldn't believe they stared back at me from the page. And while I wish this book had been around when I had just come out, when I was figuring myself out, reading it now is almost just as good.


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Wilder Girls By Rory Power Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525645610
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Published: Ember - June 2nd, 2020

If you were to combine the literary genius of Jeff Vandermeer with the cinematic prowess of Guillermo del Toro you would end up with Rory Power. Her debut novel, Wilder Girls, is captivating and grotesquely delightful.

The Raxter School for girls was put under quarantine when a disease known only as The Tox hit the island. The teachers died. The girls were infected. And then they began changing--bodies distorting and growing spines, gills, silver hands. Hetty, Byatt, and Reese are as close as any three girls can be in a world where a normal life is a thing of the past. And then Byatt goes missing. And Hetty will do everything in her power to save her.

Wilder Girls is a powerhouse novel filled with a tangled web of secrets and something wriggling under the surface.


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Truman By Jean Reidy, Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jean Reidy, Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534416642
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 9th, 2019

This tiny tortoise tackles the impossible when his Sarah boards the bus and she doesn't return! Truman must leave his seven green beans, cross uncharted territory and face insurmountable obstacles to reunite with his girl. Even if it takes a thousand tortoise hours. This sweet adventure will keep you on your tortoise toes and have you grinning from ear to ear.


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I Wish You All the Best By Mason Deaver Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781338608359
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Published: PUSH - May 5th, 2020

Reading Mason Deaver's debut feels like what it might be like to hug sunshine; warm, tender, comforting, but not without a little sunburn. Ben is kicked out of their home, without so much as the shoes on their feet, when they tell their parents they are nonbinary. They move in with their estranged sister and her husband who try to help Ben cope with their anxiety and starting at a new school in the middle of the year. But then Ben meets Nathan Allen, the boy next door, whose friends eagerly accept a new face into the fold. Readers will find themselves basking in the warmth as Ben begins to come into themself, dedicate themself to their talents, and be vulnerable, angry, and scared with their loved ones. I read most of this book in a single sitting. I was invested in Ben's story from the very first page and I cannot wait to see what Deaver writes next.  


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Stepsister By Jennifer Donnelly Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338268478
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 7th, 2020

Reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's Stardust and Naomi Novik's Uprooted, in her latest novel Jennifer Donnelly combines elements of the original Grimm Brothers story with the Disney version of Cinderella. This time, the tale follows the youngest stepsister, Isabelle, after Ella gets her prince. This novel is an earnest, beautiful howl and a refusal to fit into the glass slipper presented to us. 


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The Devouring Gray By Christine Lynn Herman Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781368042314
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

Violet Saunders is new to Four Paths -- a town whose population is rapidly decreasing as the Gray begins picking them off one-by-one. But Violet, along with Justin, May, Harper, and Isaac, are all descendants of the town founders who originally trapped the monster. I'm not saying they're the only ones who can save the day, but despite the secrets they've been burying for years, the missing hand, the grief they carry, and their magic powers -- they might be the best qualified. 
The Raven Cycle meets Stranger Things in this unearthly, spine-tingling read you won't want to put down. Plus! multiple!! on-page!! multi-generational! bisexual! and queer! characters!!! My favorite book of 2019 so far. 


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Leah on the Offbeat By Becky Albertalli Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062643810
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 7th, 2019

Leah is sarcastic, dramatic, and anxious. Like, all the time. Leah is a mostly good daughter, a kick-ass drummer, and she's also bisexual. NBD. Despite her best friend Simon's (of Simon vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda) coming-out ordeal last year, she still struggles to be vulnerable with the people she loves the most. 

In this companion novel, Leah faces prom, graduation, casual racism, friendship drama, and relationship drama. Ultimately a feel good story, with a focus on personal growth, Leah's story had me wanting to simultaneously hug and high-five my teenaged self.


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We Are Okay By Nina LaCour Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142422939
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Published: Penguin Books - February 26th, 2019

The novel follows Marin, a college freshman who has decided to stay in her dorm room for winter break. Her best friend Mabel is traveling from California to spend a few days with Marin and try to convince her to spend the break with her family. While Mabel is visiting, readers learn about the events of the summer leading up to the girls' starting college. Calling this a narrative about love and loss would be reductive, because the story is so much more than that: found families, evolving relationships, understanding how someone you thought you knew isn't who you thought they were, and how you can still love them anyway. 


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The Seas By Samantha Hunt Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793569
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Published: Tin House Books - July 16th, 2019

When I turned to the final page, my brain was full of exclamation points and question marks.  And I immediately turned back to page one. The San Francisco Chronicle describes this novel as "...a watery dream that pushes the boundaries between fiction and fantasy..."