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Foul Lady Fortune By Chloe Gong Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781665905589
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 27th, 2022

An action-packed story set in 1930s Shanghai about a (mostly) immortal assassin who goes undercover with a charming but mysterious spy, acting as husband and wife. As a serial killer runs rampant across the city with some unknown chemical poison, secrets that were meant to be buried forever begin to rise to the surface, as well as some unexpected, uncontrollable feelings between the newly married couple...


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Belladonna By Adalyn Grace Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316158237
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2022

Listen. If you are at all a fan of fantasy novels (or had a major crush on the Darkling from Shadow and Bone) you should read this. So good!


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A Taste of Magic By J. Elle Cover Image
By J. Elle
$16.99
ISBN: 9781547606719
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - August 30th, 2022

A delightfully sweet read, mixed together with just the right amount of family, friendship, and fighting for your dreams. With the perfect sprinkling of humor throughout, we have ourselves a fantastic story!


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In a Garden Burning Gold: A Novel (The Wind-up Garden Series #1) By Rory Power Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593354971
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Published: Del Rey - April 5th, 2022

Rory Power has once again lured me into opening one of her books with her wildly intriguing and disturbingly captivating story, only to put my emotions through a blender, leaving me amazed, a little broken, and desperate for more. In a Garden Burning Gold is a masterpiece, with moments I never expected, nor will I ever recover from (in a good way....I think).


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Squire By Nadia Shammas, Sara Alfageeh (Illustrator), Sara Alfageeh Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062945846
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 8th, 2022

A heartfelt, captivating story about a knight-in-training who must withhold an important part of their identity in order to stay safe so that they can pursue their dreams to defend their people in a war that has ravaged their empire for decades. We've got the classic tropes of found family and the 'weak' character rising to leadership. The illustrations bring a perfect mix of power and beauty to the story that make it that much more compelling. Loved it!


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Wingbearer By Marjorie Liu, Teny Issakhanian (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marjorie Liu, Teny Issakhanian (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062741158
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 1st, 2022

I was completely and utterly blown away by this story! The journey Zuli goes on to save the souls of birds while also learning about where she comes from is such a fun experience to take part in, and I cannot begin to express how beautiful the artwork is. The style is so stunning and dreamlike. I cannot wait to see what happens next!


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The Rumor Game By Dhonielle Clayton, Sona Charaipotra Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781368014144
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - March 1st, 2022

The Rumor Game takes all of your favorite tropes of the triumphs and downfalls of the high school social elite that we love to hate and wraps it up into one thrilling page-turner. When all eyes -- and phones -- are on you, it's impossible for secrets to remain hidden and for truths not to get twisted. Totally cringe in the best way! 


All the Feels: A Novel By Olivia Dade Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063005587
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Published: Avon - November 16th, 2021

I have found my new favorite "idiots in love" romance. Alex is everyone's himbo dream who will make you roll your eyes in irritation and give your stomach butterflies in the same sentence. Lauren's guardedness is so raw and relatable, and seeing that slowly chip away throughout the story is extremely satisfying. This book is fantastic!


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The Donut Trap: A Novel By Julie Tieu Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063069800
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Published: Avon - November 9th, 2021

A deliciously sweet story for all the donut and romance lovers out there. I happen to be a fan of both which made this the perfect read!


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Lore Olympus: Volume One By Rachel Smythe Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593356074
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Published: Random House Worlds - November 2nd, 2021

This was so good, I had to run to Webtoon Comics to continue the story because I didn't want it to end! It's my new favorite Hades and Persephone retelling since the Twilight Saga.


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Another Kind By Trevor Bream, Cait May (Illustrator), Cait May Cover Image
By Trevor Bream, Cait May (Illustrator), Cait May
$12.99
ISBN: 9780063043534
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Published: HarperAlley - October 26th, 2021

A fun, heartwarming, cool-as-heck story about a found family of mutant kids called "Irregulars" who are on the run from those who wish to use their unique abilities for not-so-great purposes. The illustrations are stunning and add so much more depth to each character, making it that much easier for the reader to immerse themselves into the story.


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Garlic and the Vampire By Bree Paulsen, Bree Paulsen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bree Paulsen, Bree Paulsen (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062995087
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 28th, 2021

Absolutely DELIGHTFUL story about an anxious bulb of garlic who is sent deep into the woods to deal with her new neighbor, a vampire.  One of my favorite graphic graphic novels ever!


Norman Didn't Do It!: (Yes, He Did) (Mother Bruce Series) By Ryan Higgins, Ryan Higgins (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ryan Higgins, Ryan Higgins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368026239
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 7th, 2021

Another stellar picture book from Higgins that brings comfort and hilarity to a difficult topic for young ones (and adults, if we're being honest). What do you do when your best friend makes a new friend? Do you, like Norman, dig them up in the middle of the night and leave them stranded on an island? Or do you welcome them into your life with loving and open arms?


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Dinosaur Therapy By James Stewart, K. Roméy (Illustrator) Cover Image
By James Stewart, K. Roméy (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780008472818
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Published: HarperCollins - August 24th, 2021

These dinos might not be able to solve all your problems, but they can at least help you laugh through the pain!


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Raybearer By Jordan Ifueko Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781419739835
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Published: Amulet Paperbacks - August 3rd, 2021

Raybearer tells the story of Tarisai, a young woman desperate to join the Council of the Crown Prince to serve as his advisor and protector for the rest of her life. The only problem is that Tarisai's mother has secretly cursed her to kill the prince as soon as she earns his trust. Perfect for fans of "Children of Blood and Bone" and "Ember in the Ashes!"


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Long Distance By Whitney Gardner, Whitney Gardner (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Whitney Gardner, Whitney Gardner (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781534455658
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 29th, 2021

After moving to a new state with her dads, Vega is devastated to be living so far away from her best friend, Halley, and refuses to try to replace them with someone else. After all, why get a new best friend when you already have one? Still, her parents decide to send her to a camp in the middle of no where that focuses on campers making friends. When strange things start happening at camp and the middle of no where takes on a whole new meaning, Vega and her fellow quirky campers must work together to figure out what the heck is going on and how the heck they can get home.


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The Sea Is Salt and So Am I By Cassandra Hartt Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250619242
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 8th, 2021

"The Sea is Salt and So Am I" is amazing and nearly impossible to put it down. It completely swept me off my feet and washed me up in a small town of coastal Maine that does not exist but still felt like home, with wildly imperfect characters that I grew to care for deeply and shall forever hold a piece of my heart. Hartt's writing gives unique yet surprisingly relatable voices to Harlow, Ellis, and Tommy with such raw and honest emotions that might help readers process and reflect on their personal struggles with mental health. This book provides a comforting notion that even when you feel like you are drowning, there can always be something to pull you back up for air.


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Tokyo Ever After: A Novel By Emiko Jean Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250766625
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 3rd, 2022

"The Princess Diaries" meets the Amanda Bynes movie "What a Girl Wants" in this delightful YA rom com set primarily in Tokyo, Japan. Izumi is such a wonderful character who acts just as you would expect a teenager to when being thrown into royalty for the first time, in a new country, while also trying to cultivate a relationship with your long-lost father....and possibly your super cute bodyguard.


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Firekeeper's Daughter By Angeline Boulley Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

Firekeeper's Daughter is a fantastic book that has so much to offer its readers. There are many incredible references to Native culture in the modern world, a romance that will melt even the coldest of hearts, and a thrilling plot surrounding an underground drug operation in a Native community. Boulley has managed to seamlessly weave together a story that is equal parts beautiful and devastating. I cannot recommend it enough.


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Allergic: A Graphic Novel By Megan Wagner Lloyd, Michelle Mee Nutter (Illustrator) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338568905
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Published: Graphix - March 2nd, 2021

Maggie's lifelong dream of getting a dog gets ruined on her tenth birthday when she discovers that she is severely allergic to most animals. Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Terri Libsenson. I only cried a little while reading this (which I did in one sitting). This book is so wonderful.


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Red, White, and Whole By Rajani LaRocca Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063047426
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 2nd, 2021

A lovely coming-of-age story told in verse about a first generation Indian American teenager who feels that she lives two totally different lives between home and school. Both lives start collapsing in on each other when she finds out that her mother is very sick.


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This Is Not the Jess Show By Anna Carey Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781683692652
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Published: Quirk Books - February 1st, 2022

Equal parts exciting and unsettling, This is Not the Jess Show will keep you on the edge of your seat and constantly checking your surroundings for hidden cameras. A very "The Truman Show" kind of vibe with lots of references to the '90s!


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Everybody Has a Podcast (Except You): A How-to Guide from the First Family of Podcasting By Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Griffin McElroy Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780062974808
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 26th, 2021

Looking for an easy to digest guide to starting your own podcast? Look no further! The beloved McElroy brothers have returned to the literary world to compile various tips and tricks they've picked up throughout their ten years of podcasting to create a how-to guide and help you get started in delving into the world of mics, software, comfy chairs, co-hosts, and all of the other minute details involved to bring your new podcast from good to great. A very helpful book that is also light and funny to keep the reader entertained!


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Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) By B. B. Alston Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062975171
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 4th, 2022

Fans of Prercy Jackson and Artemis Fowl will love this dazzling fantasy series about a girl who joins a summer program at a secret organization that deals with supernatural affairs (think Men In Black) in hopes to find her missing brother.  I loved this!


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Among the Beasts & Briars By Ashley Poston Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062847379
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 8th, 2022

Among the Beasts & Briars has everything one looks for in a great fantasy novel. We have a cursed wood, a ruined kingdom, a heartwarming romance, a seemingly unimportant gardener on a quest to save her loved ones, and a fox that can't seem to leave her side. The writing is breathtaking and the story is one that will fill your heart with all the feels.


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Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) By Leigh Bardugo Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250751362
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 20th, 2020

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.


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Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle) By Tracy Deonn Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781534441613
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - February 1st, 2022

This book is awesome!  we fololow Bree Matthews as she tries to infiltrate a secret society comprised of descendents of people from Arthurian Legend, hoping to uncover the mysteries surrounding her mother's sudden death.  I LOVED this!


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Anxious People: A Novel By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501160844
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Published: Washington Square Press - July 6th, 2021

Backman’s book Anxious People could be compared to a Monet painting. From afar, the story is about the aftermath of a bank robbery gone wrong that turns into an accidental hostage situation. Each page zooms into the stories of each character that has brought them into this seemingly dire situation. Each story weaves with one another, painting one beautifully complex, real, and captivating story about the lengths people will go to in order to quell the incessant anxieties of life in order to find some sense of contentment. It is a true work of art.


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Homerooms and Hall Passes By Tom O'Donnell Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062872159
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 8th, 2020

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!


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Fable: A Novel By Adrienne Young Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250254368
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Published: Wednesday Books - September 1st, 2020

A story of adventures at sea, an island of thieves, a handsome young sailor, and a girl who is determined to find her place in the world even if the journey will kill her. A very fast-paced and exciting read that will make it almost impossible to put down!


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The Silver Arrow By Lev Grossman Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316539548
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 31st, 2021

The Silver Arrow takes the reader on an adventure that we've all dreamed of embarking on at least once in our lives. There's a mysterious (and slightly crazy) uncle that you can't help but love, talking animals, and a flying train that takes you to the most exciting destinations!


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Traitor: A Novel of World War II By Amanda McCrina Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250802668
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Published: Square Fish - February 22nd, 2022

A raw, unapologetic story of survival that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. This book is perfect for lovers of historical fiction, especially stories centered around World War II.


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Raybearer By Jordan Ifueko Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781419739835
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Published: Amulet Paperbacks - August 3rd, 2021

Raybearer tells the story of Tarisai, a young woman desperate to join the Council of the Crown Prince to serve as his advisor and protector for the rest of her life. The only problem is that Tarisai's mother has secretly cursed her to kill the prince as soon as she earns his trust. Perfect for fans of "Children of Blood and Bone" and "Ember in the Ashes!"


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Shatter the Sky (The Shatter the Sky Duology) By Rebecca Kim Wells Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781534437913
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

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!)


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One to Watch: A Novel By Kate Stayman-London Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525510444
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - July 7th, 2020

A funny, heartfelt, and incredibly romantic story about Bea, a fashion blogger who becomes the first plus-sized contestant on a reality show where she dates 25 men in hopes to find a husband (sound familiar?). Bea is so easy to love and relate to that you will find yourself rooting for her from start to finish. This book is wonderful and I enjoyed it so much that I read it in one day and am already trying to find a time where I can pick it up and read it again.


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The Rest of the Story By Sarah Dessen Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062933638
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 5th, 2020

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!