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Cool for the Summer Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250765826
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Published: Wednesday Books - May 11th, 2021

COOL FOR THE SUMMER is the love story you've been waiting for. Lara's struggle to make sense of her bisexuality and complicated feelings for Chase and Jasmine will resonate powerfully with all of us who have felt torn between conflicting desires, identities, and worlds. A love letter to Demi Lovato's song "Cool for the Summer," Dahlia Adler's fun, sexy, and heartfelt novel is a celebration of romance, self-love, self-discovery, and resilience that will make you want to sing and dance.


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$19.99
ISBN: 9780062872623
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Published: HarperTeen - May 4th, 2021

This is epic fantasy at its best. Full of villainous heroes and heroic villains (the ensemble cast includes assassins, knights, pirates, and immortals), a sprawling world, and high-stakes action, intrigue, magic, and romance, REALM BREAKER is at once reminiscent of your favorite fantasy series and wholly groundbreaking. Victoria Aveyard poured her heart into this book, and though it's about struggling to survive dark, desperate times, it's full of joy, hope, and resilience.


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The Midnight Lie (Forgotten Gods #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250802644
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Published: Square Fish - May 11th, 2021

Rutkoski's The Winner's Trilogy is one of my favorite series, so I'm thrilled that THE MIDNIGHT LIE, set 20 years later in the same world, similarly portrays complex characters in challenging situations while exploring themes of subjugation, inequality and secret history. And yet, this first book in a duology stands firmly on its own with a separate storyline and new characters. Whether you've read The Winner's Trilogy or not, you don't want to miss out on the enchanting story of what happens when two young women (Nirrim, disadvantaged and trapped on an isolated island, and Sid, a rakish traveler from far away) fall in love.


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$19.99
ISBN: 9781250214751
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Published: Tordotcom - January 21st, 2020

There's much to this tiny book. In just short of 175 pages, Onyebuchi powerfully depicts the deep-rooted and perpetual racism and inhumanity of America's past, present and speculative dystopian future, while also advocating for love, freedom, and hope through the characters of preternaturally gifted Ella and her younger brother Kev. Born in 1992 Los Angeles, just hours after the cops who beat Rodney King were acquitted and the city erupted in violence, Kev is a "Riot Baby," who, as a teenager in New York, the police assault and arrest for no crime but being black. While Kev is imprisoned, Ella, possessing strong supernatural powers, helps him realize the promise of freedom and a revolutionary future.


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Follow Me to Ground: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781982133634
Availability: Backordered
Published: Scribner - January 21st, 2020

FOLLOW ME TO GROUND is unlike anything I've ever read. Lyrical, sensual, and unusual, this fairytale-like story of an otherworldly father and daughter, who cure townsfolk with their healing powers inherited from The Ground, casts an enchanting spell.


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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984896360
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Published: Delacorte Press - February 4th, 2020

In Jackson's twisty, suspenseful debut, Fairview High student Pippa Fitz-Amobi reinvestigates a closed local murder case for her senior project. Five years ago, pretty and popular 17-year-old Andie Bell disappeared, her body never found, and the main suspect, Andie's boyfriend Sal Singh, committed suicide a few days later. Everyone believes Sal abducted and murdered Andie -- everyone but Pip and Sal's younger brother, Ravi. They refuse to ignore the holes in the case or give up on finding new evidence to prove Sal's innocence -- even though their sleuthing puts them in more and more danger as they get closer to figuring out the truth. Fans of Veronica Mars and authors Karen McManus and Kara Thomas will enjoy this well-plotted mystery and will be clamoring for the next book in the series.


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The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250238924
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Published: Tor Books - January 26th, 2021

After just barely choosing to escape her fated betrothal and sacrifice to her people's god, an orc priestess turned wizard's assassin traverses many worlds in search of a holy relic, in A.K. Larkwood's wholly inventive and immersive debut. THE UNSPOKEN NAME has everything epic fantasy fans crave: elaborate and expansive world-building; a fresh take on familiar themes; diversity; and high-stakes adventure, magic, and LGBTQ romance. Highly recommend to readers of N.K. Jemisin, Ann Leckie, Tamsyn Muir, and Ursula LeGuin.