Unspoken Magic is a book about what it means to feel seen, have friends at your back, and know what you're capable of. It's also about the cutest baby bigfoot ever to grace the pages of a book.
Unspoken Magic once again follows Fin and her magical little town of Aldermere. SNACC (The Society of North American Cryptid Chasers) is a delightful parody of every paranormal show on air, and they've just rolled into Aldermere looking to debunk rumors of mysterious creatures. It's up to Fin and her friends to protect their town and defend their (adorable) local monsters from discovery.
While Unseen Magic dealt more with Fin's private struggles with anxiety, in the sequel we see her beginning to blossom with a support system in place and finding her inner strength. Cedar's role expands and her loneliness and insecurities come to the forefront as she begins to understand that she isn't invisible and has friends at her side. Emily handles the topics of anxiety and loneliness with such warmth and care. Not only are these books whimsical, fun, and spooky, they are a comfort and could be a game-changer in the hands of the right child. I wish I could have read them at Fin's age.
This book is so much fun! Creepy, witchy, dark academia about friendship and figuring out where you belong.
A Crochet World of Creepy Creatures and Cryptids: 40 Amigurumi Patterns for Adorable Monsters, Mythical Beings and More (Paperback)
Adorable little creatures and easy, clear instructions. I'm very fond of the Kraken and Mothman patterns!
A wonderful little book about using the time, energy, and space you have to better take care of yourself. KC helps readers find rhythm and motivation in a way that works for them. This is the most practical and realistic self-help book I have ever seen.
This should be required reading! It tackles stress, body image, rest, and so much more in a way that just makes sense. It's friendly, nerdy, and a joy to read.
Book of Night is dark and slimy urban fantasy at its finest. Holly Black's adult debut was everything I could have asked for and more. She weaves an intricate and twisty web of lies, cons, and heists to create a plot that keeps you guessing until the very end and a romance unlike any other. Charlie Hall will steal your hearts. Fans of True Blood will love this book.
Friendship, magic, and high adventure make for an enchanting take on a classic tale.
Beautifully illustrated and a great story.
UNSEEN MAGIC is a delightful middle grade novel about what it means to be brave. Fin, a young girl who struggles with severe anxiety runs into trouble when she sneaks a cup of tea from her magical town's tea shop and must face the parts of herself she has tried to leave behind. The town of Aldermere is quaint and enchanting, as much a character as the book's human cast. Aldermere is full of magic that is hidden from the outside world and a weird and wonderful little community. Fin learns to lean into her neighbors, friends, and family, and accept help when she's in over her head. Emily Lloyd-Jones handles the topic of anxiety with love and care in a realistic way, reminding readers that they can find help and acceptance. Reading UNSEEN MAGIC feels like being wrapped in a blanket and handed a warm mug of tea. I loved everything about it.
A beautiful and bizarre collection of fairy tales updated and given a feminist twist. The stories will draw you in and leave you thinking long after you've finished.
The Secret Garden on 81st Street: A Modern Graphic Retelling of The Secret Garden (Classic Graphic Remix) (Paperback)
An original and charming fairytale about family, growing up, and the sacrifices made along the way. Pure magic.
Squad feels like a summer teen horror flick in graphic novel format. Love it!
Empire of the Vampire is an atmospheric masterwork. Every single character in this book could stand alone and their pieces in the puzzle compliment the story beautifully. It's dark, twisted, funny, heartbreaking, and hopeful all at once. I haven't loved a book this much in a long time and I only see it getting better as the series builds and I can't wait for more. A new favorite.
A Mystical Practical Guide to Magic: Instructions for Seekers, Witches & Other Spiritual Misfits (Hardcover)
This less a how-to book than it is a road map. While there are specific practices and tarot spreads here, Aliza Einhorn spends more time suggesting places for you to find more information and helps you tailor your own spiritual practice to fit your needs. I would highly recommend this to someone just starting out and exploring possible options.
This is such a unique book that will appeal to readers of fantasy, sci-fi and horror. Star Eater looks at issues of gender and class, while taking readers along for a gruesome and twisty ride. I couldn't put it down.
Adorable. More books with selkies, please! I love the mythology.
Everyone should read this. Environmentalists, college students... everyone.
Warm, fuzzy, and ridiculous all at he same time. I love it!
I don't read poetry often, but reading Dearly was an experience. I loved it and "Blackberries" left me remembering my grandfather's garden.
A charming retelling of Welsh mythology in the veign of Lloyd Alexander. A gripping stand-alone fantasy about love, loss, and strength in the face ofhardship with plenty of zombies.
This book is equal parts witchcraft and a good, much-needed sit-down with a friend. I will be keeping this within reach for any time I need a reminder to believe in myself and get out of my own way.
Sadie is a thriller for fans of gritty true crime, told in part by Sadie herself, and in part as a podcast looking into the story of her and her sister. It's reminiscent of an episode of 20/20 and stays with you after the last page. I feel like I'm waiting for the "where are they now" episode that sometimes happens a few years down the line.
This book defied all my expectations and gave me chills. Nothing I say could do it justice without giving it all away. It's so much more than a story about three children lost in the woods and readers will get something different out of it at every age.
Stephen King's N. meets Friday Night Lights in this queer horror debut. This book is fast-paced and bizarre. I finished it in under 24-hours, then stared into space for a good five minutes after I shut the book. It blends the possible and the pulpy to great effect.
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This middle grade graphic novel is a cute little spin on the classic red riding hood tale. At it's heart, this is a book about helping others and finding the good in everyone. The folksy illustrations are very well done and pair perfectly with the tone of the story.
The Nolans may just be my new favorite fictional couple. The artwork is gorgeous and Ashley is the kind of underdog you just have to love. I'm already looking forward to a sequel!
A cute, gentle graphic novel about memory, care, and belonging that pairs beautifully with a cup of tea.