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The Book of Love: A Novel By Kelly Link Cover Image
$31.00
ISBN: 9780812996586
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Random House - February 13th, 2024

I would have read and loved this book if it were just a messy story about teenagers in a band who kiss the wrong people. It is that and much, much more. Known for her shorter fiction, Kelly Link makes full use of the novel form to build an enchanting world grounded in the mundane but with magical twists: people turn into animals, supernatural beings vie for power, and four dead students come back to life and must complete a series of magical tasks to earn the power to stay. If you love weird slow burn puzzles that keep you guessing, read this book. If you want your heart to be touched, read this book.
 


Review by Jess

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Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart: And Other Stories By GennaRose Nethercott Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593314180
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Published: Vintage - February 6th, 2024

I will likely be recommending all of Nethercott’s books; her blend of folklore, fantasy, and real life makes you question whether the monsters in these pages may exist in your own life. Her magical collection of short stories kept me curious (in the way one might be curious what that shadow is lurking on the other side of a foggy bog). Each monster is inspired by past lovers and partners, some more devious than others…but all with the capacity to eat break your heart.


Review by Bailey

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Godkiller: A Novel (Fallen Gods #1) By Hannah Kaner Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063348271
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Harper Voyager - September 12th, 2023

A fantasy road trip with top notch worldbuilding and lore that had me desperate for more the moment it ended. I felt like I was playing D&D, but I got to be inside every character and experience each revelation and betrayal firsthand.


Review by Jess

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Song of Silver, Flame Like Night (Song of the Last Kingdom #1) By Amélie Wen Zhao Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593487532
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Published: Ember - November 28th, 2023

What a whirlwind! This story is a beautiful blend of history, mythology, fantasy, adventure, and romance. The imagery is so tangible, poetical and melodic, it’s easy to fall into the depths and be transported into this magical universe. Perfect for fans of Xianxia (immortal heroes) dramas! 


Review by Lauren

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The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart (The Dragon Heart Series) By Stephanie Burgis Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781681196954
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - August 28th, 2018

Dragon-turned-human Aventurine sets out to make a name for herself in the competitive world of chocolate.

A delicious read about finding your place in the world.


Review by Sarah B.

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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, Book 1) By Maggie Stiefvater Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545424936
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - July 30th, 2013

Death, trees, romance, Dreams, birds and a small West Virginian town. The Raven Boys is the first in a 4 part series by master YA storyteller Maggie Stievater. It is a fantastic blend of the trauma of everyday life and mythological danger. Follow Blue Sargent and four boys from Aglionby High as their fates become hopelessly entangled and dark secrets begin to come to light. 


Review by Sydney

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Houses with a Story: A Dragon’s Den, a Ghostly Mansion, a Library of Lost Books, and 30 More Amazing Places to Explore By Seiji Yoshida, Jan Mitsuko Cash (Translated by) Cover Image
By Seiji Yoshida, Jan Mitsuko Cash (Translated by)
$24.99
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ISBN: 9781419761249
Published: Amulet Books - November 14th, 2023

Wander through detailed diagrams and illustrations of unexpected and magical buildings, from the Post Office of the Dragon Tamer and an Outbuilding Inhabited by a Poltergeist, to a sidebar on toilets and a World-Weary Astronomer's Residence. This is the book I'm dreaming of falling into and never leaving.


Review by Sarah B.

A Bright Heart By Kate Chenli Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781454949923
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Published: Union Square & Co. - October 17th, 2023

A Bright Heart is really just that! It is witty, full of court intrigue and second chances, family bonding, slow-burning romance, and an intricate plot that leaves you holding your breath to see the next move. In this life, Mingshin must be relentless, strategic, and resourceful. She may have had a gruesome ending to her first life, but she will do anything to save her family and her country from her original mistakes. This  high fantasy will leave you on your toes and ravenous for more!


Review by Lauren

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Unholy Terrors By Lyndall Clipstone Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250887733
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 17th, 2023

At first blush, this seems like a Romeo and Juliet, enemies to lovers, YA fantasy. Everline, of the Wardens, stands guard against Ravel and the bloodthirsty Vespertines, while living and fighting in a magic-infused, gothic wasteland. Delving deeper, you find forbidden secrets, betrayal, romance, and the question of who, or what, makes up a family? With decadent prose, I could almost taste the decay and honey rising off the pages. Great read for October spookiness!


Review by Alex

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The Saint of Bright Doors By Vajra Chandrasekera Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250847386
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Published: Tordotcom - July 11th, 2023


All you Jeff VanderMeer and Sofia Samatar freaks out there (rise up!!) will love this one. Chandrasekera's dreamlike postcolonial intrigue is a spy story, the tale of a Chosen One post-heel turn, a novel about gods and devils, a terrifying exposition on political violence, and so much more, rolled up into a huge, fascinating Katamari ball of a book. I loved this and think it deserves a place in conversation with the best speculative fiction books from the past decade.


Review by Christina

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