Hello everyone, and welcome to Critical Role, a graphic novel based on a show where a bunch of nerdy-a** voice actors sit around and play Dungeons and Dragons. The artwork is awesome, the jokes are ridiculous, and the origin story of these adventures is beautiful.
Five young adventurers who spend most of their days slaying dragons and defeating evil wizards like to unwind by playing their favorite RPG, Homerooms and Hall Passes. When a curse transports them into the world the game. The group must defeat their most terrifying foes yet: flute practice, the popular girl who always makes fun of you, and algebra. Funny and ridiculous!
"The Last True Poets of the Sea" is a beautiful story about characters who are far from perfect learning to love themselves - flaws and all - and the importance of allowing love into your life from friends, family, and the one who sets your heart on fire. Her take on mental health is refreshing and shows readers that everyone has their own struggles, and working through those struggles requires honesty, trust, and perseverance. It's funny, emotional, and filled with aquatic puns. What more could you need?
Alex Stern has been able to see ghosts - referred to as Grays - for as long as she can remember, but prefers not to tell people in fear of being called crazy. Instead, she turns to drugs and partying to distract her brain from noticing the creatures that haunt her. It isn't until she wakes up in the hospital after a horrific accident resulting in the death of her closest friends that someone starts taking interest in her dealings with Grays. Next thing she knows, Alex has a full ride to Yale University and is working with her mentor, the golden boy Darlington, to monitor Yale's secret societies that dabble in the world of the occult. When a girl is suddenly found dead, Alex discovers that the dealings of the eight Houses of the Veil are much more sinister, and it's now her job to uncover their secrets. Bardugo's adult debut is a masterpiece that draws you in from the beginning and holds on tight until the very end.
This book is absolutely wonderful. It's hilarious, heartwarming, and filled with delicious fall treats (unfortunately you cannot eat the treats from the page, but I'm sure you could find a recipe on Pinterest). You will also feel a strong urge to throw on a red flannel and overalls whilst reading, and I encourage you to do so!
These kits are perfect for those interested in learning how to play D&D but have no idea where to start. I bought the Essentials Kit to start DMing a game with friends and absolutely LOVE it!
This book is fantastic! The main character Maren is fierce, bold, and will stop at nothing to fight for the ones she loves. AND! There are super cool dragons! What more could you want? (Also, the author is an idie bookseller in Boston; let's show her some love!)
An all-consuming, wildly romantic, and wonderfully exciting piece of historical fiction. It paints such an intriguing picture of an infamously intriguing couple, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, during their time in the Bahamas during World-War II. Beatriz Williams is thoroughly incapable of writing a disappointing novel!
There are about 60 people left at the Raxter School for Girls 18 months after the Tox has taken over. Girls have grown gills, lost their eyes, and most have been killed off. Since then it has been put under quarantine, and outside of the school's property is a dangerous jungle that no one dares to enter. When one of the girls, Byatt, suddenly goes missing following a Tox-induced flare-up, Hetty will stop at nothing to find her best friend and bring her back. Rory Power has written a phenomenal survival story that will suck you into the world immediately. It's one of those book that you casually pick up and when you finally look away you realize that hours have gone by.
Another fantastic piece of literature by the remarkable Elizabeth Acevedo. "With the Fire on High" weaves together a beautiful story told from the perspective of high school senior and culinary prodigy Emoni Santiago. While tackling the challenges of school, young love, and raising her two-year-old daughter, Emoni must find the strength to fight for the ones she loves while also fighting to pursue her dreams.
Mera wants nothing more than to show her father that she is destined for more than just marrying a member of the Xebellian court. When members of their military embark on a secret mission to assassinate the rightful heir to the throne of Atlantis, Mera decides to go undercover and kill the prince herself in order to prove to her father and her kingdom that she is a fierce warrior worthy of leading her people on her own.
Another summer classic from Sarah! We follow Emma Saylor as she returns to the lake her mother grew up on to stay with family she hasn't seen in ten years. The characters are hilarious, the boy she likes is adorable, and the story is one for all to enjoy!
This book is a stunning piece of fantasy that retells the classic story of Rumplestiltskin. The reader follows multiple points of view through the poorest parts of a village, an extravagant yet haunted palace, woods where chilling creatures dwell, and the daughter of a moneylender who can turn silver into gold.
A dark, creepy, beautifully-written story that blends together reality and fantasy as a 12 year old boy is propelled into a world of heroes, monsters, and a crooked man who will haunt your nightmares.
Both Sweetie and Ashish have ulterior motives when they are first set up by Ashish's parents. Sweetie wants to prove to her mother that she is worthy of dating a cute guy like Ashish even though she's fat. Ashish is trying to get over the girl who broke his heart three months ago. But when intense feelings neither expected to have start to form, the two need to decide whether what they have is real or just a business arrangement. I finished this book with a heart full of pure happiness. It is a love letter to those struggling with self esteem issues to show them how wonderful and beautiful they are, no matter what they look like. Bravo, Sandhya!
For anyone going through hard times, I highly recommend this book! Craig does a great job of changing your perspective on life to help you find the light even in the darkest of times. Very uplifting and powerful!
Through multiple points of view, we follow teenager Essie, the daughter of a pastor who is a famous reality TV star. When Essie reveals her pregnancy to her over-controlling mother, things start to spiral out of control. You will be hooked within the first five pages of this book!
In 2009, 20-year-old Edwin Rist broke into the British Museum of Natural History, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of rare bird skins and feathers to sell to the online fly-tying community. Though Rist was eventually caught and tried for the crime, more than 100 bird skins remained missing, causing a massive devastation to the world of scientific research. After going through the trial, the narrative jumps ahead two years as the author discovers Rist’s story and becomes obsessed with finding the remaining skins. This true crime tale sounds more like a classic mystery novel making it all the more intriguing.
A fun, quirky rom-com that delves into the world of magic, mystery, and young love.
This is a heart-warming story that encourages readers to embrace the weird in all of us. Rumple is such an easy character to love and the illustrations are perfectly peculiar!
This was such a creepy and enticing story! I loved the history of Four Points and the founding families. The main characters are so interesting and the way that their haunting pasts drive their motives makes the story that much more intriguing for the reader. Riverdale meets Sabrina meets Stranger Things! It's creepy, intense, and just totally awesome. Raed it!
Wow, I absolutely loved this book! Perfect for the nerdy folk who love comic book conventions and the McElroys, but also great for anyone looking for a thoroughly enjoyable romance novel that teaches you to love and appreciate yourself before everything else. It's funny, heartfelt, and even references the iconic Lisa Frank. Cannot recommend it enough.
A wonderfully quirky book about an aspiring teen filmmaker navigating her way through the craziness of high school with the help of a boy who has always secretly had a crush on her. The only problem is...she's in love with his twin brother!
THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD! The main character, Min, is clever and brave, but also very quirky which makes her that much more lovable. This is an epic space-fantasy story that takes you on an unforgettable adventure. Also! The magic system which is inspired by Korean mythology is AWESOME!
This book pulls you in from the beginning and holds you in its grasp until the very end. I did not see the twists coming at all, and, even after it was revealed, there were more surprises to come. Such an exciting story that will definitely be named as a classic thriller!
This is one of the coolest fantasyu novels I have ever read! The characters are perfcetly imperfect, the magic system is awesome, and the story is one that will keep you tense until the very end!
For as long as she can remember, Sylvie's father has had an all-consuming obsession with the customs and beliefs of ancient Britons from the Iron Age. So obsessed, in fact, that when he hears of an archaeology course that is taking a field trip into the woods to reenact the way of life from those simpler times, Sylvie's dad signs her family up to join them. They forage for roots, hunt rabbits for food, and even partake in dark, ancient rituals. This unsettling story by Moss delves into the world of abuse, freedom, and basic humanity that will cause a chill to go up your spine at every page.
A beautiful, raw, and (of course) honest look into the life of beloved Scary Spice, Melanie Brown. This book is scary indeed, as Mel B delves into her abusive ex-husband almost ruining her life and the struggle to break through the chains created by this man she was with for ten years. Between moments of recalling these hard times, Mel also brings up past loves, friendships, and jobs in showbiz have shaped who she is and how she was able to begin to overcome this trauma. This book is so inspiring, encouraging women to fight for themselves and how to find Girl Power when you are feeling "girl powerless."
I breezed through this in one day, unable to put it down! This book is a fast-paced, weird thriller with a sister dynamic that reminded me of the movie "27 Dresses," just with a serial killer thrown into the mix... An excellent read!
Saverio and Chi Chi met one summer on the Jersey Shore just before the start of World War II, him on tour as a singer in a big band and her working a blue collar job and dreaming of a life on the road. One recorded song performed by the two of them in Chi Chi's garage, and the rest is history. With that, Chi Chi and Saverio's lives are forever bound together by love, heartbreak, and of course, music. Trigiani has written a beautiful piece of historical fiction that compels you to fall in love two imperfect characters as they strive toward their idea of living the American dream.
Imagine a zombie apocalypse where instead of becoming undead, people lose their shadows and, along with it, gradually lose their memories. This intense, heartbreaking, and beautifully-written book follows multiple characters on their search for hope in a hopeless world. An amazing, amazing book!
This is by far my favorite celebrity memoir yet. Busy does an amazing job of weaving difficult topics and humor together to create a book that will make you switch from tears of sadness to tears of laughter as each page turns. We follow her through bad relationships, the brutal moments of show business, her surprise wedding, and dislocating her knee multiple times (and handling the situation like a pro....sometimes). Busy has such an honest and beautiful soul and has essentially transcribed her Instagram stories into an incredible book.
Such a bittersweet story that tackles the subject of learning to love your family during the not-so-great moments of their life. It's raw, honest, and beautiful. More stories like Jarrett's need to be told in this style as a tool to help kids and teenagers understand that they are not alone in these struggles.
Mackenzi Lee has written yet another rip-roaring adventure for all to enjoy. The leading lady to New York Time's bestseller "The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue", Felicity Montague, wants nothing more than to study medicine and become a doctor. In a male-dominated field, it is impossible for her to do so. When she discovers there is a job opportunity with her idol Dr. Alexander Platt, who will soon be marrying someone from Felicity's past, she sets sail to Germany to fight for her dream. This book is a fantastic piece of historical fiction, riddled with sass, girl power, and a splash piracy!
I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but this particular work by Robert Beatty is certainly an exception to the rule. Willa is a young night-spirit who dwells deep in the woods and steals precious items from day-folk. She talks to animals, blends in with the trees, and becomes one with nature around her. When she suddenly becomes ostracized from her clan, she seeks refuge with a man who lives in a cabin with his dog. During her time there, she discovers the importance of family and sticking up for what you believe in. This book will not disappoint you.
This book proves that pigs really ARE the best pets! Thank you Jasper for your excellent and adorable research on the subject. I am totally obsessed with Andrea Zuill's work.
This dark, beautifully-written fantasy novel tells the story of three sisters born with different types of magical power (poisonous, natural, and elemental) and must fight one another to death to become queen of their realm. Such a captivating series!!
This graphic novel takes you on an epic adventure with Taako the elf, Magnus the fighter, and Merle the cleric. They fight gerblins, they steal money from dead people, and rush into countless dangerous situations. Fans of the McElroy family/The Adventure Zone podcast will fall back in love with the Balance Arc in a whole new way (those good good boys did a fantastic job with this one). Newcomers will be introduced to an amazing story that will make you laugh, cry, and feel a sudden urge to buy a new pair of bluejeans.
Williams has written another gripping story that will totally consume you from beginning to end. Miranda Schuyler takes you back and forth from her first summer on Winthrop island at eighteen, to her sudden return after being away for almost two decades. We follow her story through adventures with her new rich stepsister, her secret love for a handsome fisherman, and the consequences of a sudden murder one August night. Filled with romance, mystery, class-divide, and drama. You won't be able to put this one down!
Tommy Orange has provided us with a voice for a culture that is grossly lacking representation: the present-day urban Native American. The book follows numerous Native American characters living in Oakland, California. We walk with them through addiction, depression, loss, and struggles to find their identity. It produced for me a heartbreaking realization that these characters represent real people living with devastating hardships. This book will open the eyes of its readers and force them to start up a conversation that should have begun long ago.
Parks and Recreation star Retta delves into her life as a comedian, family member, and ultimate fangirl, starting at how she missed the opportunity of a lifetime due to lack of confidence and ending at the drive-thru of KFC. We get all the important details of her infamous live-tweeting sessions, her classy/not so classy moments at award shows, and her aggressive love of handbags. This book is hilarious and empowering, proving that if you work hard and fight for your dreams, you can see the musical Hamilton six times and sit in Obama's seats. Treat yo self to a fantastic read and buy this book ASAP.
Libenson can do no wrong in my eyes! I was excited to pick this book up after loving "Invisible Emmie" so much. The author does such a great job capturing the all-consuming issues of being an adolescent. From forgetting to do homework, to having to act in front of your whole school, hard times with family, and trying to get the super-cute guy (aka your future husband....obviously) to notice you! Such a fun read, and such a satisfying ending!
McAnulty has created a beautiful story about learning to embrace your uniqueness. Lucy grapples with starting school after being struck by lighting and experiencing brain damage that gives her genius-level math skills, and some OCD tenancies. With the support of her family, her two quirky friends, and a dog named Pi, Lucy uses her math superpowers to take on the challenges of adolescence and find her niche. It's a powerful book that supports girls thriving in a STEM field which is a much-needed subject in juvenile fiction. I laughed, I cried, and I cheered the whole way through!
This book truly is horrible and wonderful. Stephanie Wittels Wachs reflects on her life before and after The Tragedy: The day her brother Harris Wittels, comedian and co-producer of "Parks and Recreation" dies of a heroin overdose. This is such a devastating story to immerse yourself in, and yet you still find yourself able to laugh through the tears while reading this book.
This book is perfect for those who love dark fairytales. Alice has always lived her life on the road with her mother, Ella. They move every couple of months due to this run of bad luck that follows them wherever they go. She has an estranged grandmother with a small cult-following from writing a mysterious book of fairytales whom her mother refuses to talk about. However, when Ella goes missing in New York City, Alice must unravel the secrets of her grandmother's past to get the answers regarding her mother's disappearance. Such a creepy and captivating story!
A beautifully-written and all-consuming fantasy epic series that throws you into a world of magic, adventure, and destiny. We start in a small region of the Westlands known as The Two Rivers, where farmers, blacksmiths, and innkeepers lead a simple and content life. When magic and monsters suddenly invade their land, a small group of young townspeople embark on a journey to turn legend into reality and fulfill the prophecy of the Dragon Reborn. I cannot recommend this series enough.
If you're looking to start dipping your toes into the world of graphic novels, this series is the best one to reach for! Go on a thrilling adventure with Alana and Marko as they fight for their lives and the life of their newborn daughter, Hazel. These comics are filled with such suspense, action and dry wit, you won't want to put them down!
John Hodgman takes us on a hilarious journey through his time vacationing in Western Massachusetts and coastal Maine. Filled with irony, reflection, and extremely awkward social interactions. A fun and quick read for those who want a good laugh!
We follow Taja Brown, an African American woman living in Texas, discovering herself through adolescence and young adulthood. She faces relatable struggles in her faith, her love life, and her family. An emotional and lovely coming of age story!
This book was such a fun read! I loved how crazy of a character Marge was. Perfect for teaching children to always look at any situation in a positive light and to never put boundaries on your imagination. Every page brought a new adventure for the reader!
Many of us are still mourning the loss of Barb in Stranger Things, but fear not! Bailey has created a shrine of our beloved leader for all of the underdogs - the ones who knew that they were not a Nancy, but a Barb. This book perfectly combines humor and wisdom while reflecting on the life of this iconic character.
The story revolves around Sadie Blue, a 17-year-old girl expecting a baby with her abusive husband Roy. The author makes it a little more interesting by looking closely into the lives of those who are part of Sadie's story. I enjoyed having the opportunity to experience the memories and emotions of the different residents of Baines Creek.
This book provides an accurate representation of what it's like to go through the beginning stages of adolescence. You start junior high, you make new friends, and you often lose the ones you've had since kindergarten. Your peers become more mean, so if you act/look just slightly different than everyone else does, you're an outcast. The protagonist, Karma, experiences a lot of bullying throughout the book that was a bit difficult for me to get through, but witnessing her strength and perseverance made falling in love with her that much easier.
This felt to me like a big-kid picture book. It's ridiculous, adorable and a little dark? It's impossible not to fall in love with Jomny and the world he's created. Anyone looking for a laugh, please read! It's one of the funniest books I've ever read.
Lina is spending the summer in Italy with her newly-discovered father shortly after her mother passes away. Though she is hesitant about staying, her heart quickly warms up with the help of her new friend Ren and the beauty of Firenze. A perfect summer read for those who love lighthearted adventure!
Siobhan has always felt content living with her Uncle Kee and the quiet haven they have created in their home in Ireland. However, when a handsome American professor comes to visit, Siobhan starts to crave more from life. In "Girl on the Leeside", Kenney introduce the question of what happens when you discover there might be more to life than what you've always known. Do you run away from it, or towards it?
Sarah Dessen has written another classic to add to the shelves We follow Louna the summer before going to college as she works for her mother's famous wedding planning business. The irony is, Louna has had a difficult time believing in true love after a tragic loss. It isn't until a bet is placed with her annoying coworker that she starts to put herself back out there and lose some of her cynicism. Through heartbreak and laughter, Dessen has added another beloved character to her beloved universe.
This book introduced me to a world that I was so unfamiliar with: startup tech companies. We follow Mack McAllister, the young founder and CEO of TakeOff, and Katya Pasternack, a writer for TechScene who is in desperate need of a groundbreaking story. With aspects of women struggling to compete in a male-dominated world, and middle-aged workers struggling to adapt to the new and overpowering millennial culture, Shafrir's debut novel is one that everyone can enjoy and will not be able to put down.
Molly is 17 and has had 26 crushes in her life (her most recent one is Lin-Manuel Miranda). She's never pursued anything with them due to her fear of getting rejected based on her not-so-perfect body. It isn't until her twin sister, Cassie, gets a girlfriend that Molly starts feeling pressured to fall in love herself, especially now that she can't stop thinking about cute-guy Will and her dorky coworker Reid. Will either of them win the title of crush #27? Will it turn into more than just a crush?
When fifteen-year-old Lucy discovers that her father has an eight-year-old son from a brief affair who lives in the same town as them, her life quickly falls apart. Unable to comprehend the situation, she isolates herself from her family and friends. In search for solace, Lucy runs off to Maine where her estranged grandfather lives, and uncovers more family secrets than she could ever imagine.
Katie Brenner is living the perfect life in London, with a perfect job and the perfect apartment...on her Instagram, that is. The truth is that she's a junior employee who's boss asks her to touch up their roots and can barely make rent for her tiny apartment. But it's her dream to live large in the city and not go back to the farm where she grew up. Can she make her social media life become a reality?
This series of short stories will cause you to stop and think about the weird parts of life. Novak does an excellent job combining bits of light and dark humor throughout this book. Stories include a Comedy Central roast of Nelson Mandela and a girl who goes on a first date with a warlord.
Judith stopped talking after her mother left her at Aunt Cora's years ago. Now, with the help of her aunt, her dog, and a strange boy named Mason, she works to find out why her mother left and find her voice again. Very heartwarming and whimsical!
Kaling's second memoir takes us on another hilarious journey through her life in showbiz. She talks about the thrills and challenges of starring in her own television show, fitting into the world of Hollywood while not fitting in size zero pants, and her love affair with a White House staff member. An all-around enjoyable read!
A gripping story about the devastation of loss and the freedom of salvation. Four years after his youngest daughter goes missing, Mack remains in a state of numbing grief. The reader follows Mack on his path to spiritual recovery, with the help of some old friends. Tears of joy and sadness shall be shed throughout.