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Senlin Ascends 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
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
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 Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399178481
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Published: Del Rey Books - 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 Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062474094
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Published: 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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The Darkest Part of the Forest Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316213080
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2016

We meet brother and sister, Ben and Hazel, at a typical high school party. Atypical is the glass coffin in the middle of the party which holds a sleeping prince with pointed ears and horns. He's never woken until one night, he does, and adventure, struggle, and the fight against the Darkest Part of the forest begins. This is a book you will never want to end, and Hazel is a protagonist you'll never want to leave. 


Review by Jaimie

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316213097
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 2014

If you thought you were sick of vampire novels, you'll have to reevaluate. Black has created a truly delicious and original world of vampires with a heroine who is loyal, brave, and all-around fierce! Characters are individual and complex, and the themes range everywhere from morality to personal responsibility to mortality. 


Review by Jaimie

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Uprooted Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804179058
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Published: Del Rey Books - March 1st, 2016

We all know how this fairytale is supposed to go: in exchange for his protection, the dragon in the tower takes the most beautiful maiden in the village to serve him every 10 years. But sometimes the dragon isn't an actual dragon and he girl he chooses isn't the fairest of them all, but a feisty tomboy with special gifts. Sometimes, everything you thought you knew is uprooted. 


Review by Deborah

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Akata Witch Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142420911
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Published: Speak - July 11th, 2017

Like Harry Potter, if Harry Potter was a pre-teen Nigerian girl with albinism who discovers that she has latent magical abilities and ends up not only saving Nigeria, but the entire world! Imagine if instead of picking out a wand, you got to pick out a juju knife...

        Join 12 year old Sunny Nwazue as she uncovers her hidden magical abilities, gets inducted into a secret society where knowledge truly is power, and boldly faces off against all of the dark creatures the spirit world throws at her. Oh, and eats lots of fufu and egusi soup. Honestly, what's a good fantasy series without incredible feasts?


Review by Anje

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The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780765391414
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - August 16th, 2016

Vellitt Boe is no stranger to the Call To Adventure.

Vellitt Boe might be scared, but she'll venture forth without hesitation regardless.

After all, Vellitt Boe hasa world to save, and gods be damned, she's going to do it.

Kij Johnson's newest novella, heavily influenced by H. P. Lovecraft (The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath in particular), stars a retired-adventurer-turned-professor who follows the Hero's Journey to save a wayward student from the waking realm and subsequentially, her world from its tempestuous gods.


Review by Avery

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A Darker Shade of Magic Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765376466
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Published: Tor Books - January 19th, 2016

This is one of the most amazing works of contemporary fantasy that I have ever read. ADSoM features all of my my favorite things - magicky goodness, alternate universe hopping, crossdressing, thieves, crossdressing thieves, badass female characters, crazy kings, crazier queens, power struggles, very little romance, more magic, and an awesome cloak - all wrapped together in this cozy bundle of a book.


Review by Avery

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