Bookseller at Lake Forest Park
Lish reads fantasy, horror, humor, mystery, young adult, graphic novels, cookbooks, and anything else that catches her fancy. She doesn't like sad books and has questionable taste in film. When she isn't working or napping, she's writing her own books which you can find in the Young Adult section.
I will admit that I don't read a lot of manga--I've always meant to, but never quite got around to it. It takes my brain a minute to remember that manga is read differently (left to right, and the books are "backwards"), but if you're new to the format, this is an excellent place to start. My Brother's Husband is full of beautifully balanced layers. Whimsical art and open and loving characters are matched with themes of grief and homophobia. Yuichi, a single dad, is confronted with Mike, his brother's widower. Mike's arrival, and Kana's (Yuichi's daughter) immediate acceptance and joy over her new uncle, forces Yuichi's to examine his prejudices, beliefs, and his long buried grief. You can't help but feel sympathy for Yuichi as he struggles to confront his issues, but also cheer for Kana as she easily turns her father's beliefs on their head.
Heart break is hard, especially when you're Roscoe Winston--cursed with kind of memory that never blurs or fades. Each day the pain is fresh as the last. So he's spent the last ten years avoiding Simone, and she's avoided him...except now he's a key component to the federal case that Simone is trying to build, and she can't afford to stay away from him anymore. Reid's writing is funny and smart, often making me actually laugh out loud. Her characters are interesting, brilliant and quirky--the kind you want to go back and visit again and again. (Reid is also a local independent author!) She has become an instabuy author for me.
Forces--both natural and man made--have changed the world as we know it. Large swaths of the US are gone, and monsters and gods walk the earth. The Dinetah (the Navajo Nation) are now the dominant group--among them Maggie Hoskie, a trained monster hunter. When dark magic rises, Maggie reluctantly pairs with a smooth-talking medicine man named Kai to take it on. Roanhorse's debut is vivid, detailed, raw and human. Her characters are delightfully flawed, the world well-built, with a twisty plot and fast pace. I'm a hard sell when it comes to post-apocalyptic stories, but I loved this one. (And while you're waiting for the sequel, check out Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruhac!)
Dee Guerrera has been wrongfully convicted of her stepsister's murder and dumped on Alcatraz 2.0, the most popular prison on social media. She's innocent, but no one cares. They're here to see justice served--and in this world, there's an app for that. All Dee wants is stay alive long enough to figure out who really killed her stepsister, but she'll be lucky if she makes it through the week. Gruesome, funny, and fast-paced, readers will root for Dee while also enjoying the clever traps and elaborate deaths planned by the island's thematic serial killers. Will she survive Prince Slycer, who dresses his victims like Disney Princesses? What about the Gucci Hangman's fabulous and fashionable murder scenes? Part murder mystery, part biting satire, and all fun. --Lish
Dr. Greta Helsing just wants to help her patients, whether they be mummy, ghoul, or vampire. It's the family business, after all. But someone in London feels very differently, attacking the creatures that live amongst humanity, and quite a few humans as well. As fear builds in the London populace, Greta and her friends must band together to save themselves and discover the real face behind the evil stalking London's streets. A smart, refreshing, deeply kind, and delightfully droll debut.
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)
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 violent) story!
Every generation a set of triplets is born... but only one—the survivor—can be queen. Will it be the poisoner? The elemental? The naturalist? Intricate side-plots, twisted deceit, and a dark and beautiful fantasy story with a tender heart. I can't wait until the next one!
A good friend of mine handed me this collection and said, "You'll like it. It's sci-fi feminist poetry." She was right. It's also poignant, clever, and funny. This is one of the most solid collections of poetry I've read in a long time, and it's the kind of book where I kept buying copies and giving them away before I finally kept one for myself.
Not every author can transition from novel to comic book, but Meyer obviously can. Wires & Nerve is full of adventure, intrigue, friendship, and a little romance. And also rogue wolf spiders and a funny, feisty android, kicking butt, taking names, and fighting anti-android prejudice. If you loved the Lunar Chronicles, you'll love Wires & Nerve. If you didn't read the Lunar Chronicles... you should.
Fun science experiments for all ages! Every experiment is simple and only uses items commonly found in your house. This book is also broken down into indoor/outdoor activities. Brunelle does a great job inspiring wonder and fun in the world around us.
Homicide detective Casey Duncan wouldn't call herself a good person. Good people don't murder someone in cold blood and get away with it. But when her friend is threatened, she steps up and takes her to Alaska, to a town off the grid - a place where victims go to disappear. Only people are dying and Casey's not so sure the town is what it pretends to be. A taut, creepy page-turner.
Lee Westfall has a gift she must keep hidden: she can sense gold. Due to a tragedy, she must dress like a boy and flee west to California to join her best friend Jefferson and stake their claim in the California Gold Rush. Lee must face racism, hunger, thieves, disease, mountains, sexism, the desert — all while being hunted down by her evil uncle. Lee is delightfully pragmatic, capable and a pleasure to read!
Jessamy and her sisters are born to parents from two class: their father a Patron general, their mother a commoner, their marriage illegal. Her family torn apart, Jess is forced to compete in the Fives, a dangerous sport, for the very Patron who took her family away. A complicated, rich world and characters built by an expert and seasoned writer, Kate Elliott's YA debut has set the bar high for future YA fantasy novels.
Milo is looking forward to a quiet holiday break when on one snowy night several strangers arrive at his parents' inn... Which just so happens to be an inn for smugglers. Mysterious maps, stories inside stories, treasures, theft, and the occasional hot chocolate.
"Listen! For I sing of Owen Thorskard, valiant of heart, hopeless at algebra, and last in a long line of legendary dragonslayers." Enjoy the funny, alt-reality tale set in small town Canada, about a teen dragonslayer-in-training and his up and coming bard, Siobhan.
I've been following Allie on her website for years. Her honest self-assessment, coupled with her drawings and humor leave me laughing so hard I've actually choked on my own spit while crying. More than once. This is a book I will buy over and over to give to friends. That's how much I love it.
Daisy Goodnight talks to the dead - something the FBI finds very handy. While consulting on a case, she's kidnapped by a mob boss and forced to look for his daughter. This book is funny, fully adventure and great characters - though you're never quite sure who is double-crossing whom. You will fall in love with Daisy and her family!
It's really hard to summarize this book. It juggles sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, religion, genetic experiments, post apocalyptic societies, and super soldiers - it's funny, thrilling, and action-packed. The cover doesn't do it justice. I loved it. Just read it.
I love this whole series - I only picked this one because it's the first. McGuire clearly knows her mythology. Love the world building - if funny murderous faeries are your thing, this series is for you. (I love her new series, too, despite the cover.)
In Eddie Russett's world, your social order (jobs and marriage, too!) are based on what color you can see. Spoons are passed down, animals have bar codes, and the Last Rabbit is on its way out. In short, it's a dystopic world out there, and the more Eddie sees, the more he questions... and worse, he's just fallen for the wrong girl. Silly, brilliant, and fully of imagination!
Maureen sees something she shouldn't and has to go into hiding from the psychopathic Sebastian. Loehfelm's writing is tense, taut, gritty, and thrilling. Maureen is fiesty, sarcastic, tough, and amazingly human. I hope to see more of her.
Amazing debut - part James Bond, part Jasper Fforde, this book is funny, quirky, and very different. One of the best/most interesting openings I've read in a while. If you can stop reading after the first chapter you're a stronger person than I.
Rose and Scarlet March witness their grandmother's death at the hands of the evil fenris (werewolves) so now they spend their days hunting them down. Dark, lush, and twisted - a great Red Ridinghood retelling. Also, check out Sweetly and Fathomless (they're related!).