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Spinning Silver: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399180989
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Published: Del Rey - July 10th, 2018

Rather than spin, I find Novik brilliantly weaves this tale, crossing contrasting threads to create a gorgeous tapestry. A wintry world, malevolent fairy creatures, a starving family, a cursed king, and in the middle of it all Miryem, a young Jewish woman forced to take over her father’s money-lending livelihood when his sentimentality leaves her family destitute. This is more than a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, it is a tale worthy of praise all on its own.


Review by Ashley

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The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780765391414
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Published: Tor.com - August 16th, 2016

Do you ever find yourself wanting more Lovecraft in your diet, but without the misogyny and antisemitism? Johnson turns Lovecraft on his head with this fast-paced and dreamlike quest story, featuring a mature woman as the hero, and lots of strange creatures and places. 

Strange, accessible, and delightful!


Review by Zak

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The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101885956
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Published: Del Rey - June 27th, 2017

This beautiful novel transported me to another time and place in such a wonderful way. It felt like I was immersed in an amazing Russian Fairy tale with vivid and fascinating characters. This book is full of the coolest kind of magic, but I hesitate to reveal too much of the story. It was such a joy to watch the narrative unfold. Give it a try, you won't be sorry.


Review by Patti H.

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Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250170972
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

The best fantasy I have read in ages. Achingly masterful and brimming with complexly rendered main and secondary characters, Adeyemi's Orisha world will sweep you up in its embrace with one arm and brandish a knife at you with the other. Paced perfectly at un-put-downable, this is your 2018 must-read.


Review by Niki

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Tess of the Road Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781101931288
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 27th, 2018

A smoothie of Into the Wild and On the Road, blended with Grade A feminism and fantasy. Though the plot moves at a walking pace, Tess's character drives this book forward. As she follows the eponymous road on her indelible journey, she moves away from a past that shackles her and towards a future that welcomes her audacious spirit. And as Tess learns, sometimes you just have to walk it off to progress. 


Review by Niki

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Brave Chef Brianna Cover Image
By Sam Sykes, Selina Espiritu (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781684150502
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Published: KaBOOM! - December 19th, 2017

To inherit her father's massively successful culinary empire, Brianna must compete against her 15 brothers to run the best, most profitable restaurant. She sets up shop in the affordable and idiosyncratic Monster City, and, despite their strict dietary guidelines and Brianna's bouts of self-doubt and anxiety, her business booms. A competitor dislikes this newcomer, however, and Brianna must find a way to earn the respect of her community and her family without boiling over. Recipes included!!!


Review by Niki

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Senlin Ascends (Books of Babel #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316517911
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Published: Orbit - January 16th, 2018

This is, through and through, an adventure tale. Mild-mannered headmaster loses his wife and belongings to the treacherous thieving throng at the base of the Tower of Babel. He must climb the tower to find her. Shenanigans obviously ensue. I was quickly charmed by not only the ever-changing scenery of the Tower, but by the wonderful cast of characters (including a few truly kick-ass women). This airship may take a while to heat up, but there are plenty of diversions along the way - and once it does, you'll be hooked. 


Review by Kitri

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Jackaby Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781616205461
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 25th, 2015

Sherlock meets Doctor Who but from the point of view of an awesome female lead. Add in some cool mythology, sharp wit, and a lot of adventure and follow up with a dose of the macabre. A great start to a wonderfulf series! (I've bought several copies to hand out as gifts)


Review by Lish

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Reincarnation Blues: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399178481
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Published: Del Rey - August 22nd, 2017

An advice-touting beach bum. A spoiled rich brat living in a castle in space. A Buddhist monk, a burgeoning serial killer, a bug. All these stories belong to Milo, the man who has lived 9,996 of of his allotted 10,000 lives while trying to reach Perfection. With the impending sentance of his sould being doomed to Nothingness, Milo tries to make his last four lives count. Death shouldn't be entertaining, but with this book, it becomes an absurd adventure touched by the best and worst of what it means to be human. 


Review by Sarah C.

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The Queen of Blood: Book One of The Queens of Renthia Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062474094
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Published: Harper Voyager - April 25th, 2017

The spirits of the land want to tear humanity apart (literally) and only the Queen can stop them...but she doesn't stop them from destroying Daleina's village. Since Daleina wants to stop that kind of slaughter from happening again, she trains to become an heir. Daleina's power isn't so much from her magic, but from her ethics and determination to save her people. An enthralling read with an intriguing world - you'll absolutely love Daleina and her magical (and occasionally violet) story!


Review by Lish

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