New Book Releases – April 2, 2019

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It’s Tuesday again – which means new books are being released today! Here’s some of what’s coming out today. If you know of a new release that I missed, let me know in the comments!


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Top Ten Anticipated Releases for the Week of February 26, 2019

Here are my ten most anticipated releases for the week of February 26, 2019. Let me know what books you’re excited about this week! The italicized synopses are courtesy of the publisher.


1. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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I will never have enough novels that feature dragons. This is one of my most anticipated novels of 2019, and I’m looking forward to reading it so much.

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.


2. The Fever King (Feverwake) by Victoria Lee

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This new young adult fantasy novel seems really interesting in that it seems to be a combination of magic and technology. The cover is also gorgeous.

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.


3. We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

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Aside from the wonderful title and pretty cover, the thing that attracted me to this novel is its comparisons to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, one of my favorite books. I love dystopian novels about women fighting for their rights, so I’m certain I’ll enjoy this one.

At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.

On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or to give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love.


4. Magic is Dead: My Journey into the World’s Most Secretive Society of Magicians by Ian Frisch

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This non-fiction book sounds fascinating and bizarre. I’m ready.

Magic Is Dead is Ian Frisch’s head-first dive into a hidden world full of extraordinary characters and highly guarded secrets. It is a story of imagination, deception, and art that spotlights today’s most brilliant young magicians—a mysterious club known as the52, who are revolutionizing an ancient artform under the mantra Magic Is Dead.

Ian brings us with him as he not only gets to know this fascinating world, but also becomes an integral part of it. We meet the52’s founding members—Laura London, Daniel Madison, and Chris Ramsay—and explore their personal demons, professional aspirations, and what drew them to their craft. We join them at private gatherings of the most extraordinary magicians working today, follow them to magic conventions in Las Vegas and England, and discover some of the best tricks of the trade. We also encounter David Blaine; hang out with Penn Jillette; meet Dynamo, the U.K.’s most famous magician; and go behind the scenes of a Netflix magic show. Magic Is Dead is also a chronicle of magic’s rich history and how it has changed in the internet age, as the young guns embrace social media and move away from the old-school take on the craft.

As he tells the story of the52, and his role as its most unlikely member, Ian reveals his own connection with trickery and deceit and how he first learned the elements that make magic work from his poker-playing mother. He recalls their adventures in card rooms and casinos after his father’s sudden death, and shares a touching moment that he had, as a working journalist, with his childhood idol Shaquille O’Neal.

“Magic—the romanticism of the inexplicable, the awe and admiration of the unexpected—is an underlying force in how we view the world and its myriad possibilities,” Ian writes. As his journey continues, Ian not only becomes a performer and creator of magic—even fooling the late Anthony Bourdain during a chance encounter—he also cements a new brotherhood, and begins to understand his relationship with his father, fifteen years after his death. Written with psychological acuity and a keen eye for detail, Magic Is Dead is an engrossing tale full of wonder and surprise.


5. Goulash by Brian Kimberling

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I’ve never heard of Brian Kimberling before, but I’m intrigued by this novel and can’t wait to read it.

Stirring together the perfect proportions of humor, history, romance, and myth, the eagerly awaited new novel by Brian Kimberling brings to brilliant life a people, a time, and a city.

Eager to escape stifling small-town Indiana, Elliott moves to Prague, where he gets a job teaching English. It’s 1998, and the Czech Republic is moving with increasing rapidity out of the shadow of communism and into the wilds of twenty-first-century capitalism. Elliott meets his students in a variety of pubs and conducts his lessons over pints of local Radegast beer. He gets his shoes stolen by an experimental artist who engages Elliott in a number of eccentric schemes. And he meets Amanda, an English teacher from the UK, with whom he falls in love.
Together, they try to make a place for themselves as strangers in this strange land. They explore the dark history and surprising wonders of their adopted city, touring the twisting ancient streets and encountering expats, movie stars, tobacco executives, a former Soviet informant, and the president of Poland. But the forces that are reshaping the city are also at work on them, and eventually it becomes evident that their idyll must end–that change is the only reality one can’t outrun.


6. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

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This novel by award-winning author Ann Leckie sounds like the dark fantasy novel I’m been waiting for.

For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven’s Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven’s watch, the city flourishes.

But the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The kingdom borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts. And they have made their own alliances with other gods.

It is into this unrest that the warrior Eolo–aide to Mawat, the true Lease–arrives. And in seeking to help Mawat reclaim his city, Eolo discovers that the Raven’s Tower holds a secret. Its foundations conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itself…and to set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever.


7. We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet

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This historical fiction novel sounds absolutely heartbreaking and wonderful.

One woman. One little girl. The war that changed everything.

December 1940. In the disorderly evacuation of Southampton, England, newly married Ellen Parr finds a small child asleep on the backseat of an empty bus. No one knows who little Pamela is.

Ellen professed not to want children with her older husband, and when she takes Pamela into her home and rapidly into her heart, she discovers that this is true: Ellen doesn’t want children. She wants only Pamela. Three golden years pass as the Second World War rages on. Then one day Pamela is taken away, screaming. Ellen is no stranger to sorrow, but when she returns to the quiet village life she’s long lived, she finds herself asking: In a world changed by war, is it fair to wish for an unchanged heart?

In the spirit of We Were the Lucky Ones and The Nightingale, here is a novel about courage and kindness, hardship and friendship, and the astonishing power of love.


8. Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table (A Memoir with Recipes) by Boris Fishman

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Food-based memoirs fascinate and inspire me to work harder in the kitchen. I’m looking forward to this one.

The acclaimed author of A Replacement Life shifts between heartbreak and humor in this gorgeously told, recipe-filled memoir. A family story, an immigrant story, a love story, and an epic meal, Savage Feast explores the challenges of navigating two cultures from an unusual angle. 

A revealing personal story and family memoir told through meals and recipes, Savage Feast begins with Boris’s childhood in Soviet Belarus, where good food was often worth more than money. He describes the unlikely dish that brought his parents together and how years of Holocaust hunger left his grandmother so obsessed with bread that she always kept five loaves on hand. She was the stove magician and Boris’ grandfather the master black marketer who supplied her, evading at least one firing squad on the way. These spoils kept Boris’ family—Jews who lived under threat of discrimination and violence—provided-for and protected.

Despite its abundance, food becomes even more important in America, which Boris’ family reaches after an emigration through Vienna and Rome filled with marvel, despair, and bratwurst. How to remain connected to one’s roots while shedding their trauma? The ambrosial cooking of Oksana, Boris’s grandfather’s Ukrainian home aide, begins to show him the way. His quest takes him to a farm in the Hudson River Valley, the kitchen of a Russian restaurant on the Lower East Side, a Native American reservation in South Dakota, and back to Oksana’s kitchen in Brooklyn. His relationships with women—troubled, he realizes, for reasons that go back many generations—unfold concurrently, finally bringing him, after many misadventures, to an American soulmate.

Savage Feast is Boris’ tribute to food, that secret passage to an intimate conversation about identity, belonging, family, displacement, and love.


9. Mother Country by Irina Reyn

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I cannot stop staring at this stunning cover. This is another novel that sounds like it’ll be tear-inducing, but I’m still looking forward to it.

Nadia’s daily life in south Brooklyn is filled with small indignities: as a senior home attendant, she is always in danger of being fired; as a part-time nanny, she is forced to navigate the demands of her spoiled charge and the preschooler’s insecure mother; and as an ethnic Russian, she finds herself feuding with western Ukrainian immigrants who think she is a traitor.

The war back home is always at the forefront of her reality. On television, Vladimir Putin speaks of the “reunification” of Crimea and Russia, the Ukrainian president makes unconvincing promises about a united Ukraine, while American politicians are divided over the fear of immigration. Nadia internalizes notions of “union” all around her, but the one reunion she has been waiting six years for – with her beloved daughter – is being eternally delayed by the Department of Homeland Security. When Nadia finds out that her daughter has lost access to the medicine she needs to survive, she takes matters into her own hands.

Mother Country is Irina Reyn’s most emotionally complex, urgent novel yet. It is a story of mothers and daughters and, above all else, resilience.


10. The Huntress by Kate Quinn

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Historical fiction novels set during World War II are always fascinating. I’ve never read anything by Kate Quinn, but I’ve been hearing positive things about this book.

From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Alice Network, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted…

Bold, reckless Nina Markova grows up on the icy edge of Soviet Russia, dreaming of flight and fearing nothing. When the tide of war sweeps over her homeland, she gambles everything to join the infamous Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on Hitler’s eastern front. But when she is downed behind enemy lines and thrown across the path of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, Nina must use all her wits to survive.

British war correspondent Ian Graham has witnessed the horrors of war from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials. He abandons journalism after the war to become a Nazi hunter, yet one target eludes him: the Huntress. Fierce, disciplined Ian must join forces with brazen, cocksure Nina, the only witness to escape the Huntress alive. But a shared secret could derail their mission, unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it.

Seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride grows up in post WWII Boston, determined despite family opposition to become a photographer. At first delighted when her long-widowed father brings home a fiancée, Jordan grows increasingly disquieted by the soft-spoken German widow who seems to be hiding something. Armed only with her camera and her wits, Jordan delves into her new stepmother’s past and slowly realizes there are mysteries buried deep in her family. But Jordan’s search for the truth may threaten all she holds dear.

New Releases for January 29, 2019

Here are some of the new releases for January 29, 2019. As always, the synopses are courtesy of the publishers.


Trouble No Man by Brian Hart

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Fiction | Post-Apocalyptic
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American War meets Into the Wild in Brian Hart’s epic saga of one man’s struggle to survive a hostile world—tracing his path from a self-destructive, skateboarding youth in the 90s to the near future as he journeys across a desolate, militia-controlled American West to find his missing family—perfect for fans of Edan Lepuki and Cormac McCarthy.

In the America of a near future, northern California and the Pacific Northwest have become a desolate wasteland controlled by violent separatist militias and marked by a lack of water and fuel. In a village outside Reno, a middle-aged man visits an undertaker and gathers the ashes of his dead wife to bring to Alaska. There, their children await them—refugees from the destruction of the south. To reach his only remaining family, the man must cross the treacherous, violent landscape north by bike, his dog his only companion.

Thirty years earlier, we meet Roy Bingham. After a rough-and-tumble childhood, Roy is numbing himself with skateboarding, drugs, and sex, when he meets Karen. Sassy, soulful, and arresting, Karen pulls Roy into her orbit until she decides to give up their nomadic lifestyle to put down roots in her hometown of Loyalton, California. Roy’s fidelity buckles under the commitment and after a boozy night in Reno he leaves Karen for the road and skateboarding.

Flashing back and forth in time across four decades in the life of a man who is lost even when he’s found, Trouble No Man delivers a resonant story of survival, violence, and family, set against the tumult of an America on the precipice of becoming an unfree nation.


King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo

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Fantasy | Young adult
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Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.


Golden Child by Claire Adam

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Contemporary Fiction
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Rural Trinidad: a brick house on stilts surrounded by bush; a family, quietly surviving, just trying to live a decent life. Clyde, the father, works long, exhausting shifts at the petroleum plant in southern Trinidad; Joy, his wife, looks after the home. Their two sons, thirteen years old, wake early every morning to travel to the capital, Port of Spain, for school. They are twins but nothing alike: Paul has always been considered odd, while Peter is widely believed to be a genius, destined for greatness.

When Paul goes walking in the bush one afternoon and doesn’t come home, Clyde is forced to go looking for him, this child who has caused him endless trouble already, and who he has never really understood. And as the hours turn to days, and Clyde begins to understand Paul’s fate, his world shatters–leaving him faced with a decision no parent should ever have to make.

Like the Trinidadian landscape itself, Golden Child is both beautiful and unsettling; a resoundingly human story of aspiration, betrayal, and love.


A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

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Young Adult | Fantasy
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In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom. 

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.


The Forgotten Hours by Katrin Schumann

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Fiction
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In this evocative debut novel, Katrin Schumann weaves a riveting story of past and present—and how love can lead us astray.

At twenty-four, Katie Gregory feels like life is looking up: she’s snagged a great job in New York City and is falling for a captivating artist—and memories of her traumatic past are finally fading. Katie’s life fell apart almost a decade earlier, during an idyllic summer at her family’s cabin on Eagle Lake when her best friend accused her father of sexual assault. Throughout his trial and imprisonment, Katie insisted on his innocence, dodging reporters and clinging to memories of the man she adores.

Now he’s getting out. Yet when Katie returns to the shuttered lakeside cabin, details of that fateful night resurface: the chill of the lake, the heat of first love, the terrible sting of jealousy. And as old memories collide with new realities, they call into question everything she thinks she knows about family, friends, and, ultimately, herself. Now, Katie’s choices will be put to the test with life-altering consequences.


99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

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Romance
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Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s traveled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.


We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

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Fiction
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A bold, provocative debut for fans of Get Out and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, about a father who will do anything to protect his son–even if it means turning him white.

How far would you go to protect your child?

Our narrator faces an impossible decision. Like any father, he just wants the best for his son Nigel, a biracial boy whose black birthmark is growing larger by the day. In this near-future society plagued by resurgent racism, segregation, and expanding private prisons, our narrator knows Nigel might not survive. Having watched the world take away his own father, he is determined to stop history from repeating itself.

There is one potential solution: a new experimental medical procedure that promises to save lives by turning people white. But in order to afford Nigel’s whiteness operation, our narrator must make partner as one of the few Black associates at his law firm, jumping through a series of increasingly surreal hoops–from diversity committees to plantation tours to equality activist groups–in an urgent quest to protect his son.

This electrifying, suspenseful novel is at once a razor-sharp satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story. Writing in the tradition of Ralph Ellison and Franz Kafka, Maurice Carlos Ruffin fearlessly shines a light on the violence we inherit, and on the desperate things we do for the ones we love.


All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf by Katharine Smyth

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Biography | Memoir
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A wise, lyrical memoir about the power of literature to help us read our own lives–and see clearly the people we love most.

Katharine Smyth was a student at Oxford when she first read Virginia Woolf’s modernist masterpiece To the Lighthouse in the comfort of an English sitting room, and in the companionable silence she shared with her father. After his death–a calamity that claimed her favorite person–she returned to that beloved novel as a way of wrestling with his memory and understanding her own grief.
Smyth’s story moves between the New England of her childhood and Woolf’s Cornish shores and Bloomsbury squares, exploring universal questions about family, loss, and homecoming. Through her inventive, highly personal reading of To the Lighthouse, and her artful adaptation of its groundbreaking structure, Smyth guides us toward a new vision of Woolf’s most demanding and rewarding novel–and crafts an elegant reminder of literature’s ability to clarify and console.

Braiding memoir, literary criticism, and biography, All the Lives We Ever Lived is a wholly original debut: a love letter from a daughter to her father, and from a reader to her most cherished author.


Vigilance by Robert Jackson Bennett

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Science Fiction
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Robert Jackson Bennett’s Vigilance is a dark science fiction action parable from an America that has permanently surrendered to gun violence.

The United States. 2030. John McDean executive produces “Vigilance,” a reality game show designed to make sure American citizens stay alert to foreign and domestic threats. Shooters are introduced into a “game environment,” and the survivors get a cash prize.

The TV audience is not the only one that’s watching though, and McDean soon finds out what it’s like to be on the other side of the camera.


At the Wolf’s Table by Rosella Postorino

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Fiction | In Translation
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The internationally bestselling novel based on the untold true story of the women conscripted to be Hitler’s food tasters.

“They called it the Wolfsschanze, the Wolf’s Lair. ‘Wolf’ was his nickname. As hapless as Little Red Riding Hood, I had ended up in his belly. A legion of hunters was out looking for him, and to get him in their grips they would gladly slay me as well.”

Germany, 1943: Twenty-six-year-old Rosa Sauer’s parents are gone, and her husband Gregor is far away, fighting on the front lines of WWII. Impoverished and alone, she makes the fateful decision to leave war-torn Berlin to live with her in-laws in the countryside, thinking she’ll find refuge there. But one morning, the SS come to tell her she has been conscripted to be one of Hitler’s tasters: three times a day, she and nine other women go to his secret headquarters, the Wolf’s Lair, to eat his meals before he does. Forced to eat what might kill them, the tasters begin to divide into The Fanatics, those loyal to Hitler, and the women like Rosa who insist they aren’t Nazis, even as they risk their lives every day for Hitler’s.

As secrets and resentments grow, this unlikely sisterhood reaches its own dramatic climax. What’s more, one of Rosa’s SS guards has become dangerously familiar, and the war is worsening outside. As the months pass, it becomes increasingly clear that Rosa and everyone she knows are on the wrong side of history.


Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet by Will Hunt

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Non-Fiction | History
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A panoramic investigation of the subterranean landscape, from sacred caves and derelict subway stations to nuclear bunkers and ancient underground cities—an exploration of the history, science, architecture, and mythology of the worlds beneath our feet.

When Will Hunt was sixteen years old, he discovered an abandoned tunnel that ran beneath his house in Providence, Rhode Island. His first tunnel trips inspired a lifelong fascination with exploring underground worlds, from the derelict subway stations and sewers of New York City to sacred caves, catacombs, tombs, bunkers, and ancient underground cities in more than twenty countries around the world. Underground is both a personal exploration of Hunt’s obsession and a panoramic study of how we are all connected to the underground, how caves and other dark hollows have frightened and enchanted us through the ages.

In a narrative spanning continents and epochs, Hunt follows a cast of subterraneaphiles who have dedicated themselves to investigating underground worlds. He tracks the origins of life with a team of NASA microbiologists a mile beneath the Black Hills, camps out for three days with urban explorers in the catacombs and sewers of Paris, descends with an Aboriginal family into a 35,000-year-old mine in the Australian outback, and glimpses a sacred sculpture molded by Paleolithic artists in the depths of a cave in the Pyrenees.

Each adventure is woven with findings in mythology and anthropology, natural history and neuroscience, literature and philosophy. In elegant and graceful prose, Hunt cures us of our “surface chauvinism,” opening our eyes to the planet’s hidden dimension. He reveals how the subterranean landscape gave shape to our most basic beliefs and guided how we think about ourselves as humans. At bottom, Underground is a meditation on the allure of darkness, the power of mystery, and our eternal desire to connect with what we cannot see.


Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

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Mystery | Thriller | Young Adult
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Teenage socialite Margo Manning leads a dangerous double life. By day, she dodges the paparazzi while soaking up California sunshine. By night, however, she dodges security cameras and armed guards, pulling off high-stakes cat burglaries with a team of flamboyant young men. In and out of disguise, she’s in all the headlines.

But then Margo’s personal life takes a sudden, dark turn, and a job to end all jobs lands her crew in deadly peril. Overnight, everything she’s ever counted on is put at risk. Backs against the wall, the resourceful thieves must draw on their special skills to survive. But can one rebel heiress and four kickboxing drag queens withstand the slings and arrows of truly outrageous fortune? Or will a mounting sea of troubles end them — for good?


The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

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Fiction
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From the author of the runaway bestseller The Orphan’s Tale comes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female spies during World War II.

1946, Manhattan

Grace Healey is rebuilding her life after losing her husband during the war. One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, she finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs—each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.

Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a ring of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal.

Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war, and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances.


Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer

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Nonfiction
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A witty, informative guide to writing “good English” from Random House’s longtime copy chief and one of Twitter’s leading enforcers of proper grammar–a twenty-first-century Elements of Style.

As authoritative as it is amusing, this book distills everything Benjamin Dreyer has learned from the hundreds of books he has copyedited, including works by Elizabeth Strout, E. L. Doctorow, and Frank Rich, into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best foot forward in writing prose. Dreyer offers lessons on the ins and outs of punctuation and grammar, including how to navigate the words he calls “the confusables,” like tricky homophones; the myriad ways to use (and misuse) a comma; and how to recognize–though not necessarily do away with–the passive voice. (Hint: If you can plausibly add “by zombies” to the end of a sentence, it’s passive.) People are sharing their writing more than ever–on blogs, on Twitter–and this book lays out, clearly and comprehensibly, everything writers can do to keep readers focused on the real reason writers write: to communicate their ideas clearly and effectively. Chock-full of advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts on the rules (and nonrules) of the English language, this book will prove invaluable to everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people’s prose, and–perhaps best of all–an utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language.


The Falconer by Dana Czapnik

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Fiction
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A literary page-turner brimming with intelligence, energy, and wit, centered on an unforgettable young heroine that “will thrill readers of all generations” (Colum McCann).

New York, 1993. Seventeen-year-old Lucy Adler, a street-smart, trash-talking baller, is often the only girl on the public courts. At turns quixotic and cynical, insecure and self-possessed, Lucy is in unrequited love with her best friend and pick-up teammate Percy, scion to a prominent New York family, who wishes to resist his upper crust fate.

As she navigates this complex relationship with all its youthful heartache, Lucy is seduced by a different kind of life—one less consumed by conventional success and the approval of men. A pair of provocative female artists living in what remains of New York’s bohemia invite her into their world, but soon even their paradise begins to show cracks.

Told in vibrant, quicksilver prose, The Falconer is a “wholly original coming-of-age story” (Chloe Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Immortalists), providing a snapshot of the city and America through the eyes of the children of the baby boomers grappling with privilege and the fading of radical hopes. New York Times bestselling author Claire Messud calls The Falconer an “exhilarating debut,” adding that “Dana Czapnik’s frank heroine has a voice, and a perspective, you won’t soon forget.”


Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen

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Fiction
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To save his daughter, he’ll go anywhere—and any-when…

Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in I.T., trying to keep the spark in his marriage, and struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.

Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler’s brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives—eighteen years too late.

Their mission: return Kin to 2142 where he’s only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can’t remember.

Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter’s very existence is at risk. It’ll take one final trip across time to save Miranda—even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process.

A uniquely emotional genre-bending debut, Here and Now and Then captures the perfect balance of heart, playfulness, and imagination, offering an intimate glimpse into the crevices of a father’s heart, and its capacity to stretch across both space and time to protect the people that mean the most.


The Cerulean by Amy Ewing

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Young Adult | Science Fiction
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Sera has always felt as if she didn’t belong among her people, the Cerulean. She is curious about everything and can’t stop questioning her three mothers, her best friend, Leela, and even the High Priestess. Sera has longed for the day when the tether that connects her City Above the Sky to the earthly world below finally severs and sends the Cerulean to a new planet.

But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she doesn’t know what to feel. To save her City, Sera must throw herself from its edge and end her own life. But something goes wrong and she survives the fall, landing in a place called Kaolin. She has heard tales about the humans there, and soon learns that the dangers her mothers warned her of are real. If Sera has any hope to return to her City, she’ll have to find the magic within herself to survive.


House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

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Fiction
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In the chronic turmoil of Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, Abednego and Agnes Mlambo’s teenage son, Bukhosi, has gone missing. Erudite, enigmatic Zamani, their lodger, seems to be their last, best hope for finding him. In his eagerness to help, Zamani is almost a part of the family— but almost isn’t nearly enough. Ingratiating himself to Mama Agnes and feeding alcoholic Abednego’s addiction, he is desperate to extract their life stories and make their family history his own. As the Mlambos pray for Bukhosi’s return, Zamani will stop at nothing to make a home for himself—and each of them must confront the past to find a place in the future.

Bursting with wit, seduction, and dark humor, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s unflinching epic about the fall of Rhodesia and the turbulent birth of Zimbabwe celebrates the persistence of the oppressed in a nation seeking its identity amid political chaos and violence. “The result is absolutely thrilling” (Garth Greenwell).


Ransacker (Berserker #2) by Emmy Laybourne

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Fantasy | Young Adult
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Rare powers. Precious metals. Deadly greed.

Sissel Hemstad and her siblings have been living peacefully in a small town in Montana, trying to blend-in and escape the violent events that haunt them, but they’ve all been tricked — James Peavy, the handsome young man courting Sissel is secretly a Pinkerton spy.

The Hemstads possess supernatural powers bestowed upon their family by the ancient Norse gods. Now Sissel, the youngest at 16, discovers her gift: she is a Ransacker. She can find gold and other precious metals and pull them to her. Hers is an awesome and dangerous gift.

If James discovers her secret, he will undoubtedly report back to his boss, the ruthless Baron Fjelstad who wants desperately to control the Hemstads. But James is not the only person interested in Sissel. She’s also caught the attention of a local mine owner, Isaiah McKray. He is convinced Sissel has a lucky touch when it comes to finding gold.

Sissel is torn between the two men, both determined to have her secrets. With betrayal lurking around every corner, Sissel must tread carefully. Harnessing her powers could summon great fortune… or doom them all.


 

New Releases for January 22, 2019

It’s Tuesday, which means new book release day! There are so many coming out today, of which the titles below are just a small percentage. As always, the synopses are courtesy of the publisher.

What books are you most excited about this week? Let me know in the comments!


Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S. A. Chakraborty

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Fantasy | Historical Fiction
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Return to Daevabad in the spellbinding sequel to THE CITY OF BRASS.

Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabadand quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there.

Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of the battle that saw Dara slain at Prince Ali’s hand, Nahri must forge a new path for herself, without the protection of the guardian who stole her heart or the counsel of the prince she considered a friend. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her family and one misstep will doom her tribe.

Meanwhile, Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father. Hunted by assassins, adrift on the unforgiving copper sands of his ancestral land, he is forced to rely on the frightening abilities the maridthe unpredictable water spirits have gifted him. But in doing so, he threatens to unearth a terrible secret his family has long kept buried.

And as a new century approaches and the djinn gather within Daevabad’s towering brass walls for celebrations, a threat brews unseen in the desolate north. It’s a force that would bring a storm of fire straight to the city’s gates . . . and one that seeks the aid of a warrior trapped between worlds, torn between a violent duty he can never escape and a peace he fears he will never deserve.


The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious #2) by Maureen Johnson

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Mystery | Young Adult | Thriller
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All Stevie Bell wanted was to find the key to the Ellingham mystery, but instead she found her classmate dead. And while she solved that murder, the crimes of the past are still waiting in the dark. Just as Stevie feels she’s on the cusp of putting it together, her parents pull her out of Ellingham academy.

For her own safety they say. She must move past this obsession with crime. Now that Stevie’s away from the school of topiaries and secret tunnels, and her strange and endearing friends, she begins to feel disconnected from the rest of the world. At least she won’t have to see David anymore. David, who she kissed. David, who lied to her about his identity—son of despised politician Edward King. Then King himself arrives at her house to offer a deal: He will bring Stevie back to Ellingham immediately. In return, she must play nice with David. King is in the midst of a campaign and can’t afford his son stirring up trouble. If Stevie’s at school, David will stay put.

The tantalizing riddles behind the Ellingham murders are still waiting to be unraveled, and Stevie knows she’s so close. But the path to the truth has more twists and turns than she can imagine—and moving forward involves hurting someone she cares for. In New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson’s second novel of the Truly Devious series, nothing is free, and someone will pay for the truth with their life.


The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle Van Arsdale

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Fantasy | Young Adult | Retellings
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Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.


Crucible (Sigma Force #14) by James Rollins

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Thriller | Adventure
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Arriving home on Christmas Eve, Commander Gray Pierce discovers his house ransacked, his pregnant lover missing, and his best friend’s wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen floor. With no shred of evidence to follow, his one hope to find the woman he loves and his unborn child is Kat, the only witness to what happened. But the injured woman is in a semi-comatose state and cannot speak—until a brilliant neurologist offers a radical approach to “unlock” her mind long enough to ask a few questions. What Pierce learns from Kat sets Sigma Force on a frantic quest for answers that are connected to mysteries reaching back to the Spanish Inquisition and to one of the most reviled and blood-soaked books in human history—a Medieval text known as the Malleus Maleficarum, the Hammer of Witches. What they uncover hidden deep in the past will reveal a frightening truth in the present and a future on the brink of annihilation, and force them to confront the ultimate question: What does it mean to have a soul?


The Current by Tim Johnston

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Mystery | Thriller
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Tim Johnston, whose 2015 national bestseller Descent was called “astonishing” by the Washington Post and “unforgettable” by the Miami Herald, returns with another tour de force about the indelible impact of a crime on the lives of innocent people.

When two young women leave their college campus in the dead of winter for a 700-mile drive north to Minnesota, they suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives in the icy waters of the Black Root River, just miles from home. One girl’s survival, and the other’s death—murder, actually—stun the citizens of a small Minnesota town, thawing memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier, and whose killer may yet live among them. One father is forced to relive his agony while another’s greatest desire—to bring a killer to justice—is revitalized . . . and the girl who survived the icy plunge cannot escape the sense that she is connected to that earlier unsolved case by more than a river. Soon enough she’s caught up in an investigation of her own that will unearth long-hidden secrets, and stoke the violence that has long simmered just below the surface of the town. Souls frozen in time, ghosts and demons, the accused and the guilty, all stir to life in this cold northern place where memories, like treachery, run just beneath the ice, and where a young woman can come home but still not be safe.

Brilliantly plotted, unrelentingly suspenseful, and beautifully realized, The Current is a gripping page-turner about how the past holds the key to the future as well as an unbreakable grip on the present.


Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land

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Nonfiction | Memoir
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Evicted meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land’s memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America. Includes a foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich.

“My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter.”

While the gap between upper middle-class Americans and the working poor widens, grueling low-wage domestic and service work–primarily done by women–fuels the economic success of the wealthy. Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, pulling long hours while struggling as a single mom to keep a roof over her daughter’s head. In Maid, she reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today’s inequitable society.

While she worked hard to scratch her way out of poverty as a single parent, scrubbing the toilets of the wealthy, navigating domestic labor jobs, higher education, assisted housing, and a tangled web of government assistance, Stephanie wrote. She wrote the true stories that weren’t being told. The stories of overworked and underpaid Americans.

Written in honest, heart-rending prose and with great insight, Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it’s like to be in service to them. “I’d become a nameless ghost,” Stephanie writes. With this book, she gives voice to the “servant” worker, those who fight daily to scramble and scrape by for their own lives and the lives of their children.


The Snow Leopard Project: And Other Adventures in Warzone Conservation by Alex Dehgan

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Nonfiction | Environmental
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The remarkable story of the heroic effort to save and preserve Afghanistan’s wildlife-and a culture that derives immense pride and a sense of national identity from its natural landscape.

Postwar Afghanistan is fragile, volatile, and perilous. It is also a place of extraordinary beauty. Evolutionary biologist Alex Dehgan arrived in the country in 2006 to build the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Afghanistan Program, and preserve and protect Afghanistan’s unique and extraordinary environment, which had been decimated after decades of war.

Conservation, it turned out, provided a common bond between Alex’s team and the people of Afghanistan. His international team worked unarmed in some of the most dangerous places in the country-places so remote that winding roads would abruptly disappear, and travel was on foot, yak, or mule. In The Snow Leopard Project, Dehgan takes readers along with him on his adventure as his team helps create the country’s first national park, completes the some of the first extensive wildlife surveys in thirty years, and works to stop the poaching of the country’s iconic endangered animals, including the elusive snow leopard. In doing so, they help restore a part of Afghan identity that is ineffably tied to the land itself.


Miraculum by Steph Post

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Fantasy
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The year is 1922. The carnival is Pontilliar’s Spectactular Star Light Miraculum, set up on the Texas-Louisiana border. One blazing summer night, a mysterious stranger steps out onto the midway, lights a cigarette and forever changes the world around him. Tattooed snake charmer Ruby has traveled with her father’s carnival for most of her life and, jaded though she is, can’t help but be drawn to the tall man in the immaculate black suit who has joined the carnival as a geek, a man who bites the heads off live chickens. Mercurial and charismatic, Daniel charms everyone he encounters but his manipulation of Ruby becomes complicated when it no longer becomes clear who is holding all the cards. For all of Daniel’s secrets, Ruby has a few of her own. When one tragedy after another strikes the carnival, and it becomes clear that Daniel is somehow at the center of calamity, Ruby takes it upon herself to discover the mystery of the shadowy man pulling all the strings. Joined by Hayden, a roughneck-turned-mural-painter who has recently reentered her life, Ruby enters into a dangerous, eye-opening game with Daniel in which nothing and no one is as it seems and yet everything is at stake.


99 Nights in Logar by Jamil Jan Kochai

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Contemporary Fiction | Magical Realism
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A coming-of-age story about one boy’s journey across contemporary Afghanistan to find and bring home the family dog, blending the grit and immediacy of voice-driven fiction like We Need New Names with the mythmaking of One Thousand and One Nights.

Twelve-year-old Marwand’s memories from his previous visit to Afghanistan six years ago center on his contentious relationship with Budabash, the terrifying but beloved dog who guards his extended family’s compound in Logar. Eager to find an ally in this place that’s meant to be “home,” Marwand approaches Budabash the way he would any dog on his American suburban block—and the results are disastrous: Marwand loses a finger and Budabash escapes.

The resulting search for the family dog is an expertly told adventure, a ninety-nine-night quest that sends Marwand and his cousins across the landscape of Logar. Moving between celebrations and tragedies, deeply humorous and surprisingly tender, 99 Nights in Logar is a vibrant exploration of the power of stories—the ones we tell each other, and the ones we find ourselves in.


Golden State by Ben Winters

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Science Fiction | Dystopia | Mystery
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A shocking vision of our future that is one part Minority Report and one part Chinatown.

Lazlo Ratesic is 54, a 19-year veteran of the Speculative Service, from a family of law enforcement and in a strange alternate society that values law and truth above all else. This is how Laz must, by law, introduce himself, lest he fail to disclose his true purpose or nature, and by doing so, be guilty of a lie.

Laz is a resident of The Golden State, a nation resembling California, where like-minded Americans retreated after the erosion of truth and the spread of lies made public life, and governance, increasingly impossible. There, surrounded by the high walls of compulsory truth-telling, knowingly contradicting the truth–the Objectively So–is the greatest possible crime. Stopping those crimes, punishing them, is Laz’s job. In its service, he is one of the few individuals permitted to harbor untruths–to “speculate” on what might have happened in the commission of a crime.

But the Golden State is far less a paradise than its name might suggest. To monitor, verify, and enforce the Objectively So requires a veritable panopticon of surveillance, recording, and record-keeping. And when those in control of the truth twist it for nefarious means, the Speculators may be the only ones with the power to fight back.


Song of the Dead (Reign of the Fallen #2) by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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Fantasy | Young Adult
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The Dead must stay buried.

Karthia is nothing like it used to be. The kingdom’s borders are open for the first time in nearly three hundred years, and raising the dead has been outlawed. Odessa is determined to explore the world beyond Karthia’s waters, hoping to heal a heart broken in more ways than she can count. But with Meredy joining the ocean voyage, vanquishing her sorrow will be a difficult task.

Despite the daily reminder of the history they share, Odessa and Meredy are fascinated when their journey takes them to a land where the Dead rule the night and dragons roam the streets. Odessa can’t help being mesmerized by the new magic–and by the girl at her side. But just as she and Meredy are beginning to explore the new world, a terrifying development in Karthia summons them home at once.

Growing political unrest on top of threats from foreign invaders means Odessa and Meredy are thrust back into the lives they tried to leave behind while specters from their past haunt their tenuous relationship. Gathering a force big enough to ward off enemies seems impossible, until one of Queen Valoria’s mages creates a weapon that could make them invincible. As danger continues to mount inside the palace, Odessa fears that without the Dead, even the greatest invention won’t be enough to save their fates.

In this enthralling, heartrending sequel to Reign of the Fallen, Odessa faces the fight of her life as the boundaries between the Dead and the living are challenged in a way more gruesome than ever before.


All is Fair by Dee Garretson

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Historical Fiction | Young Adult
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When Lady Mina Tretheway receives a telegram at boarding school, she doesn’t want to read it. In 1918, with war raging, she dreads telegrams, knowing they never bring good news.

At first she doesn’t understand the cryptic message. Then she realizes it’s written in code, and the message leads her home to Hallington Manor. When Lord Andrew Graham appears with a dashing young American, Lucas Mueller, Mina learns that the two of them must work together on dangerous project for the war effort.

Thinking Mina is just a spoiled aristocrat, Lucas tries to complete the project alone, fearing her inexperience will give them away. But when the project goes very wrong, Mina and Lucas are thrown together to complete the mission before more soldiers disappear into the darkness of war.


The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan

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Fantasy
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A group of three young thieves are pulled into a centuries old magical war between ancient beings, mages, and humanity in this wildly original debut epic fantasy.

The city has always been. The city must finally end.

When three thieves – an orphan, a ghoul, and a cursed man – are betrayed by the master of the thieves guild, their quest for revenge uncovers dark truths about their city and exposes a dangerous conspiracy, the seeds of which were sown long before they were born.Cari is a drifter whose past and future are darker than she can know.

Rat is a Ghoul, whose people haunt the city’s underworld.

Spar is a Stone Man, subject to a terrible disease that is slowly petrifying his flesh.

Chance has brought them together, but their friendship could be all that stands in the way of total Armageddon.


The Eulogist by Terry Gamble

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Historical Fiction
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From the author of The Water Dancers and Good Family, an exquisitely crafted novel, set in Ohio in the decades leading to the Civil War, that illuminates the immigrant experience, the injustice of slavery, and the debts human beings owe to one another, witnessed through the endeavors of one Irish-American family.

Cheated out of their family estate in Northern Ireland after the Napoleonic Wars, the Givens family arrives in America in 1819. But in coming to this new land, they have lost nearly everything. Making their way west they settle in Cincinnati, a burgeoning town on the banks of the mighty Ohio River whose rise, like the Givenses’ own, will be fashioned by the colliding forces of Jacksonian populism, religious evangelism, industrial capitalism, and the struggle for emancipation.

After losing their mother in childbirth and their father to a riverboat headed for New Orleans, James, Olivia, and Erasmus Givens must fend for themselves. Ambitious James eventually marries into a prosperous family, builds a successful business, and rises in Cincinnati society. Taken by the spirit and wanderlust, Erasmus becomes an itinerant preacher, finding passion and heartbreak as he seeks God. Independent-minded Olivia, seemingly destined for spinsterhood, enters into a surprising partnership and marriage with Silas Orpheus, a local doctor who spurns social mores.

When her husband suddenly dies from an infection, Olivia travels to his family home in Kentucky, where she meets his estranged brother and encounters the horrors of slavery firsthand. After abetting the escape of one slave, Olivia is forced to confront the status of a young woman named Tilly, another slave owned by Olivia’s brother-in-law. When her attempt to help Tilly ends in disaster, Olivia tracks down Erasmus, who has begun smuggling runaways across the river—the borderline between freedom and slavery.

As the years pass, this family of immigrants initially indifferent to slavery will actively work for its end—performing courageous, often dangerous, occasionally foolhardy acts of moral rectitude that will reverberate through their lives for generations to come.


Ship of Smoke and Steel (The Wells of Sorcery Trilogy) by Django Wexler

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Young Adult | Fantasy
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Ship of Smoke and Steel is the launch of a cinematic, action-packed epic fantasy trilogy for fans of Leigh Bardugo and The Legend of Korra.

In the lower wards of Kahnzoka, the great port city of the Blessed Empire, eighteen-year-old ward boss Isoka comes to collect when there’s money owing. When her ability to access the Well of Combat is discovered by the Empire—an ability she should have declared and placed at His Imperial Majesty’s service—she’s sent on an impossible mission: steal Soliton, a legendary ghost ship—a ship from which no one has ever returned. If she fails, her sister’s life is forfeit.

“Truly epic, fierce, and exhilarating, Ship of Smoke and Steel will capture you and lock you away. With magical combat sequences fit for the big screen, the action is almost as breathtaking as the intrigue.” —Morgan Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series.


Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

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Fantasy | Young Adult
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Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied behind his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.

As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging to the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark. So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group.Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

New Comic Book Releases for the Week of January 9th

I apologize for this being a few days late!

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s comic book release day! Here are some of the most exciting issues coming out. For a complete list, head over to Midtown Comics.

Not sure where to buy your comics? Check out Comic Shop Locator for shops near you. If you don’t live in an area with a local shop, you can purchase from Midtown Comics, directly from the publisher, or through Comixology if you prefer digital copies.

The highlighted issues are the ones that I’d personally recommend.


Marvel

  • Avengers Vol 7 #12 by Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness, and Cory Smith
  • Black Order #3 by Derek Landy and Philip Tan
  • Captain Marvel Vol 9 #1 by Kelly Thompson and Carmen Nunez Carnero
  • Domino Vol 3 #10 by Gail Simone
  • Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Vol 2 #1 by Tom Taylor, Juan Cabal, and Marcelo Ferreira
  • Iceman Vol 4 #5 by Sina Grace and Nathan Stockman
  • Man Without Fear #2 by Jed MacKay and Stefano Landini
  • Marvel Presents #3 Guardians of the Galaxy Facsimile Edition by Steve Gerber and Al Milgrom
  • Marvel Avengers Endgame Prelude #2 by Will Corona Pilgrim and Paco Diaz
  • Miles Morales Spider-Man #2 by Saladin Ahmed and Javier Garron
  • Punisher Vol 11 #6 by Matthew Rosenberg and Szymon Kudranski
  • Spider-Gwen Ghost Spider #4 by Seanan McGuire and Rosi Kampe
  • Star Wars Age of Republic Jango Fett #1 by Jody Houser and Luke Ross
  • Thor Vol 5 #9 by Jason Aaron and Michael Del Mundo 
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol 2 #40 
  • Uncanny X-Men Vol 5 #9 by Ed Brisson and Yildiray Cinar
  • Web of Venom Unleashed #1 by Ryan Stegman, Kyle Hotz, and Juan Gedeon
  • X-23 Vol 3 #8 by Mariko Tamaki and Diego Olortegui

DC

  • Adventures of the Super Sons #6 by Peter J. Tomasi and Scott Godlewski
  • Batman Kings of Fear #6 by Scott Peterson and Kelley Jones
  • Batman Vol 3 #62 by Tom King and Travis Moore
  • Curse of Brimstone #10 by Justin Jordan, Eduardo Pansica, and Philip Tan
  • Deathstroke Vol 4 #39 by Christopher Priest and Fernando Pasarin
  • Green Arrow Vol 7 #48 by Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, and Javi Fernandez
  • Green Lantern Vol 6 #3 by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp
  • Harley Quinn Vol 3 #57 by Sam Humphries and John Timms
  • Justice League Vol 4 #15 by James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Jim Cheung
  • Martian Manhunter Vol 5 #2 by Steve Orlando and Riley Rossmo
  • Nightwing Vol 4 #56 by Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza, and Garry Brown
  • Suicide Squad Black Files #3 by Mike W. Barr, Jai Nitz, and Philippe Briones
  • Unexpected Vol 2 #8 by Steve Orlando and Ronan Cliquet
  • Young Justice Vol 3 #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Patrick Gleason
  • United States vs Murder Inc #5 by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming
  • Dreaming Vol 2 #5 by Simon Spurrier and Bilquis Evely

Dark Horse

  • Aliens Dust to Dust #4 by Gabriel Hardman
  • Gods of War Vol 2 #3 by Chris Roberson, Tony Parker, and Dan Jackson
  • Joe Golem Occult Detective Drowning City #5 by Mike Mignola, Chris Golden, and Peter Bergting
  • LaGuardia #2 by Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford
  • Predator Hunters II #4 by Chris Warner, Agustin Padilla, and Neeraj Menon
  • Tom Clancys Division Extremis Malis #1 
  • William Gibsons Alien 3 #3 by Johnnie Christmas, William Gibson, and Tamra Bonvillain

IDW

  • Atomic Robo and the Dawn of a New Era #1 by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener
  • Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers #5 by Joe Lansdale and Tadd Galusha
  • Ducktales Vol 4 #16 by Steve Behling and Gianfranco Florio
  • Euthanauts #5 by Tini Howard and Nick Robles
  • House Amok #4 by Christopher Sebela and Shawn McManus
  • Star Wars Adventures Destroyer Down #3 by Scott Beatty, Derek Charm, and Jon Sommariva
  • Uncle Scrooge My First Millions #4 by Fausto Vitaliano and Giampaolo Soldati
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Tempest #4 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill

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  • Auntie Agathas Home for Wayward Rabbits #3 by Keith Giffen and Benjamin Roman
  • Birthright #35 by Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan, and Adriano Lucas
  • Bitter Root #3 by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene
  • Blackbird #4 by Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel
  • Bully Wars #5 by Skottie Young and Aaron Conley
  • Cemetery Beach #5 by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard
  • Criminal Vol 3 #1 by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Jacob Phillips
  • Curse Words #19 by Charles Soule and Ryan Browne
  • Die #2 by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans
  • Gunning for Hits #1 by Jeff Rougvie and Moritat
  • Hit-Girl Vol 2 #12 by Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone
  • Kick-Ass Vol 4 #11 by Steve Niles and Marcelo Frusin
  • Last Siege #8 by Landry Q. Walker and Justin Greenwood
  • Murder Falcon #4 by Daniel Warren Johnson and Mike Spicer
  • Oblivion Song #11 by Robert Kirkman, Lorenzo De Felici, and Annalisa Leoni
  • Outer Darkness #3 by John Layman and Afu Chan
  • Prodigy #2 by Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque
  • Rose #16 by Meredith Finch and Ig Guara
  • Self Made #2 by Matt Groom, Eduardo Ferigato, and Marcello Costa
  • Sleepless #11 by Sarah Vaugh, Leila Del Duca, and Alissa Sallah
  • Freeze #2 by Dan Wickline and Phil Sevy

New Releases for January 8, 2019

Here are some of the most anticipated new released for January 8, 2019. All summaries are courtesy of the publisher.


The Wicked King by Holly Black

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Fantasy | Young Adult
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You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.


Slayer by Kiersten White

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Fantasy | Young Adult | Supernatural
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Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.


The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden

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Historical Fiction |  Fantasy
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Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclusion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen.

Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.


In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire

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Young adult | Fantasy | Magical realism
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This is the story of a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should.

When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she’s found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well.


The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

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Historical Fiction
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The new and exciting historial thriller by Lyndsay Faye, author of Edgar-nominated Jane Steele and Gods of Gotham, which follows Alice “Nobody” from Prohibition-era Harlem to Portland’s the Paragon Hotel.

The year is 1921, and “Nobody” Alice James is on a cross-country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life following an illicit drug and liquor deal gone horribly wrong. Desperate to get as far away as possible from New York City and those who want her dead, she has her sights set on Oregon: a distant frontier that seems the end of the line.

She befriends Max, a black Pullman porter who reminds her achingly of Harlem, who leads Alice to the Paragon Hotel upon arrival in Portland. Her unlikely sanctuary turns out to be the only all-black hotel in the city, and its lodgers seem unduly terrified of a white woman on the premises. But as she meets the churlish Dr. Pendleton, the stately Mavereen, and the unforgettable club chanteuse Blossom Fontaine, she begins to understand the reason for their dread. The Ku Klux Klan has arrived in Portland in fearful numbers–burning crosses, inciting violence, electing officials, and brutalizing blacks. And only Alice, along with her new “family” of Paragon residents, are willing to search for a missing mulatto child who has mysteriously vanished into the Oregon woods.

Why was “Nobody” Alice James forced to escape Harlem? Why do the Paragon’s denizens live in fear–and what other sins are they hiding? Where did the orphaned child who went missing from the hotel, Davy Lee, come from in the first place? And, perhaps most important, why does Blossom DuBois seem to be at the very center of this tangled web?


An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma

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Literary fiction
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A contemporary twist on the Odyssey, An Orchestra of Minorities is narrated by the chi, or spirit of a young poultry farmer named Chinonso. His life is set off course when he sees a woman who is about to jump off a bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, he hurls two of his prized chickens off the bridge. The woman, Ndali, is stopped in her tracks.

Chinonso and Ndali fall in love but she is from an educated and wealthy family. When her family objects to the union on the grounds that he is not her social equal, he sells most of his possessions to attend college in Cyprus. But when he arrives in Cyprus, he discovers that he has been utterly duped by the young Nigerian who has made the arrangements for him. Penniless, homeless, we watch as he gets further and further away from his dream and from home.

An Orchestra of Minorities is a heart-wrenching epic about destiny and determination.


Sugar Run by Mesha Maren

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Literary fiction
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In 1989, Jodi McCarty is seventeen years old when she’s sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter. She’s released eighteen years later and finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian mountains, she goes searching for someone she left behind, but on the way, she meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother. Together, they try to make a fresh start, but is that even possible in a town that refuses to change? Set within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, Sugar Run is a searing and gritty debut about making a run for another life.


The Fall of Io by Wesley Chu

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Sci-Fi
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When Ella Patel’s mind was invaded by the Quasing alien, Io, she was dragged into the raging Prophus versus Genjix war. Despite her reservations, and Io’s incompetence, the Prophus were determined to train her as an agent. It didn’t go well. Expelled after just two years, Ella happily returned to con artistry, and bank robberies. But the Quasing war isn’t done with them yet. The Genjix’s plan to contact their homeworld has reached a critical stage, threatening all life on Earth. To complete the project they need Io’s knowledge – and he’s in Ella’s head – so now they’re both being hunted, again.


An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

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Thriller | Mystery
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Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. 

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.


The Light Over London by Julia Kelly

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Historical Fiction
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It’s always been easier for Cara Hargraves to bury herself in the past than confront the present, which is why working with a gruff but brilliant antiques dealer is perfect. While clearing out an estate, she pries open an old tin that holds the relics of a lost relationship: among the treasures, a World War II-era diary and a photograph of a young woman in uniform. Eager to find the author of the hauntingly beautiful, unfinished diary, Cara digs into this soldier’s life, but soon realizes she may not have been ready for the stark reality of wartime London she finds within the pages.

In 1941, nineteen-year-old Louise Keene’s life had been decided for her—she’ll wait at home in her Cornish village until her wealthy suitor returns from war to ask for her hand. But when Louise unexpectedly meets Flight Lieutenant Paul Bolton, a dashing RAF pilot stationed at a local base, everything changes. And changes again when Paul’s unit is deployed without warning.

Desperate for a larger life, Louise joins the women’s branch of the British Army in the anti-aircraft gun unit as a Gunner Girl. As bombs fall on London, she and the other Gunner Girls relish in their duties to be exact in their calculations, and quick in their identification of enemy planes during air raids. The only thing that gets Louise through those dark, bullet-filled nights is knowing she and Paul will be together when the war is over. But when a bundle of her letters to him are returned unanswered, she learns that wartime romance can have a much darker side.

Illuminating the story of these two women separated by generations and experience, Julia Kelly transports us to World War II London in this heartbreakingly beautiful novel through forgotten antique treasures, remembered triumphs, and fierce family ties.


Freefall by Jessica Barry

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Mystery | Thriller
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A propulsive debut novel with the intensity of Luckiest Girl Alive and Before the Fall, about a young woman determined to survive and a mother determined to find her.

When your life is a lie, the truth can kill you

When her fiancé’s private plane crashes in the Colorado Rockies, Allison Carpenter miraculously survives. But the fight for her life is just beginning. For years, Allison has been living with a terrible secret, a shocking truth that powerful men will kill to keep buried. If they know she’s alive, they will come for her. She must make it home.

In the small community of Owl Creek, Maine, Maggie Carpenter learns that her only child is presumed dead. But authorities have not recovered her body—giving Maggie a shred of hope. She, too, harbors a shameful secret: she hasn’t communicated with her daughter in two years, since a family tragedy drove Allison away. Maggie doesn’t know anything about her daughter’s life now—not even that she was engaged to wealthy pharmaceutical CEO Ben Gardner, or why she was on a private plane.

As Allison struggles across the treacherous mountain wilderness, Maggie embarks on a desperate search for answers. Immersing herself in Allison’s life, she discovers a sleek socialite hiding dark secrets. What was Allison running from—and can Maggie uncover the truth in time to save her?

Told from the perspectives of a mother and daughter separated by distance but united by an unbreakable bond, Freefall is a riveting debut novel about two tenacious women overcoming unimaginable obstacles to protect themselves and those they love.


The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch

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Nonfiction | History
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In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. In the months leading up to the Revolutionary War, these traitorous soldiers, along with the Governor of New York William Tryon and Mayor David Mathews, launched a deadly plot against the most important member of the military: George Washington himself.

This is the story of the secret plot and how it was revealed. It is a story of leaders, liars, counterfeiters, and jailhouse confessors. It also shows just how hard the battle was for George Washington—and how close America was to losing the Revolutionary War.

Taking place during the most critical period of our nation’s birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington’s character, but also illuminates the origins of America’s counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA.


 

Comic Book Releases for January 2, 2019

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s comic book release day! Here are some of the most exciting issues coming out. For a complete list, head over to Midtown Comics.

Not sure where to buy your comics? Check out Comic Shop Locator for shops near you. If you don’t live in an area with a local shop, you can purchase from Midtown Comics, directly from the publisher, or through Comixology if you prefer digital copies.

The highlighted issues are the ones that I’d personally recommend.


Marvel

  • Champions Vol 3 #1 by Jim Zub and Steven Cummings
  • Conan the Barbarian Vol 4 #1 by Jason Aaron and Mahmud A. Asrar
  • Deadpool Vol 6 #8 by Skottie Young and Nic Klein
  • Immortal Hulk #11 by Al Ewing and Joe Bennett
  • Infinity Wars Infinity #1 by Gerry Duggan and Mark Bagley
  • Killmonger #3 by Bryan Edward Hill and Juan Ferreyra
  • Man Without Fear #1 by Jed MacKay and Danilo Beyrouth
  • Marvel Knights 20th #5 by Donny Cates, Matthew Rosenberg, and Niko Henrichon
  • Marvel Super Hero Adventures Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse #1 by Daniel Kibblesmith
  • Marvel Tales Fantastic Four #1 by Stan Lee, John Byrne, and Jack Kirby
  • Mr & Mrs X #7 by Kelly Thompson and Oscar Bazaldua
  • Runaways Vol 5 #17 by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka
  • Shatterstar #4 by Tim Seeley, Carlos Villa, and Gerardo Sandoval
  • Star Wars Age of Republic Obi-Wan Kenobi #1 by Jody Houser and Cory Smith
  • Star Wars Han Solo Imperial Cadet #3 by Robbie Thompson and Leonard Kirk
  • Tony Stark Iron Man #7 by Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti
  • Uncanny X-Men Vol 5 #8 by Ed Brisson and R. B. Silva
  • Winter Soldier Vol 2 #2 by Kyle Higgins and Rod Reis
  • Wolvering Long Night Adaptation #1 by Benjamin Percy and Marcio Takara

DC

  • Action Comics Vol 2 #1006 by Brian Michael Bendis and Ryan Sook
  • Batgirl Vol 5 #30 by Mairghread Scott, Paul Pelletier, and Norm Rapmund
  • Batman Beyond Vol 6 #27 by Dan Jurgens, Brett Booth, and Norm Rapmund
  • Detective Comics Vol 2 #995 by Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, and Jaime Mendoza
  • The Flash Vol 5 #61 by Joshua Williamson and Christian Duce
  • Heroes in Crisis #4 by Tom King and Clay Mann
  • Injustice vs The Masters of the Universe #6 by Tim Seeley and Freddie Williams II
  • Justice League Odyssey #4 by Joshua Williamson and S-bis
  • Old Lady Harley #3 by Frank Tieri and Inaki Miranda
  • Raven Daughter of Darkness #11 by Mary Wolfman and Pop Mahn
  • Scooby-Doo Team-Up #45 by Sholly Fisch and Dario Brizuela
  • Silencer #12 by Dan Abnett and Jack Herbert
  • The Terrifics #11 by Jeff Lemire and Viktor Bogdanovic
  • Titans Vol 3 #32 by Dan Abnett and Clayton Henry
  • Wonder Woman Vol 5 #61 by G. Willow Wilson and Xermanico
  • Scarlet Vol 2 #5 by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev
  • Books of Magic Vol 3 #3 by Kat Howard and Tom Fowler
  • Hex Wives #3 by Ben Blacker and Mirka Andolfo

Dark Horse

  • BPRD Devil You Know #12 by Mike Mignola, Scott Allie, Laurence Campbell, and Christopher Mitten
  • Halo Lone Wolf #1 by Anne Toole, Kieran McKeown, and JL Straw
  • Olivia Twist #4 by Darin Strauss, Adam Dalva, Emma Vieceli, and Lee Loughridge
  • Stranger Things #4 by Jody Houser and Stefano Martino
  • Sword Daughter #5 by Brian Wood and Mack Chater
  • Umbrella Academy Hotel Oblivion #4 by Gerard Way, Gabriel Ba, and Nick Filardi
  • Whispering Dark #3 by Christofer Emgard and Tomas Aira

IDW

  • Crowded #6 by Christopher Sebela and Ro Stein
  • Errand Boys #4 by D.J. Kirkbride and Nikos Koutsis
  • Gasolina #14 by Sean Mackiewicz, Niko Walter, and Mat Lopes
  • Low #20 by Rick Remender, Greg Tocchini, and Dave McCaig
  • Redneck #18 by Donny Cates, Lisandro Estherren, and Dee Cunniffe
  • Savage Dragon Vol 2 #241 by Erik Larsen
  • Unnatural #6 by Mirka Andolfo
  • Walking Dead #187 by Robert Kirman and Charlie Adlard

 

New Releases for January 1, 2019

It’s Tuesday, and that means new book releases are out! There’s no better way to start off the new year! What books are you most excited about this week?

Note: All synopses are courtesy of the publisher.


 

Bear No Malice by Clarissa Harwood

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History Fiction | Mystery
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Beaten and left for dead in the English countryside, clergyman and reformer Tom Cross is rescued and nursed back to health by Miranda and Simon Thorne, reclusive siblings who seem to have as many secrets as he does. Tom has spent years helping the downtrodden in London while lying to everyone he meets, but now he’s forced to slow down and confront his unexamined life.

Miranda, a skilled artist, is haunted by her painful past and unable to imagine a future. Tom is a welcome distraction from her troubles, but she’s determined to relegate him to her fantasy world, sensing that any real relationship with him would be more trouble than it’s worth. Besides, she has sworn to remain devoted to someone she’s left behind.

When Tom returns to London, his life begins to unravel as he faces the consequences of both his affair with a married woman and his abusive childhood. When his secrets catch up with him and his reputation is destroyed, he realizes that Miranda is the only person he trusts with the truth. What he doesn’t realize is that even if she believes him and returns his feelings, he can’t free her from the shackles of her past.


Book Love by Debbie Tung

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Graphic Novel | Non-Fiction
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Bookworms rejoice! These charming comics capture exactly what it feels like to be head-over-heels for hardcovers. And paperbacks! And ebooks! And bookstores! And libraries!

Book Love is a gift book of comics tailor-made for tea-sipping, spine-sniffing, book-hoarding bibliophiles. Debbie Tung’s comics are humorous and instantly recognizable—making readers laugh while precisely conveying the thoughts and habits of book nerds. Book Love is the ideal gift to let a book lover know they’re understood and appreciated.


Nightchaser (Endeavor #1) by Amanda Bouchet

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Sci-Fi | Romance
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Captain Tess Bailey and her crew of Robin Hood-like thieves are desperate and on the run. Pursued by a vicious military general who wants them dead or alive, Tess has to decide if she can trust Shade Ganavan, a tall, dark and arrogant stranger with ambiguous motivations.

Shade Ganavan had oodles of arrogance, oodles of charm, and oodles of something that made me want to kick him in the nuts.

What Tess and Shade don’t know about each other might get them killed…unless they can set aside their differences and learn to trust each other—while ignoring their off-the-charts chemistry.


Arkad’s World by James L. Cambias

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Sci-Fi
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Adventure and Excitement on an Alien World. Packed with exotic world-building and amazing characters, Arkad’s World is a rollicking adventure story about growing up and the things we share that make us human, from celebrated author James L. Cambias.

Young Arkad is the only human on a distant world, on his own among beings from across the Galaxy. His struggle to survive on the lawless streets of an alien city is disrupted by the arrival of three humans: an eccentric historian named Jacob, a superhuman cyborg girl called Baichi, and a mysterious ex-spy known as Ree. They seek a priceless treasure which might free Earth from alien domination. Arkad risks everything to join them on an incredible quest halfway across the planet. With his help they cross the fantastic landscape, battling pirates, mercenaries, bizarre creatures, vicious bandits and the harsh environment. But the deadliest danger comes from treachery and betrayal within the group as dark secrets and hidden loyalties come to light.


The Storm by David Drake

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SciFi
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The universe has shattered into chaos and monsters. Jon, the Leader, is dedicating his life to reuniting the scattered hamlets into a Commonwealth where all humans can live protected against the darkness and the things that live in that darkness.

But no man can reshape the universe by himself. Jon has Makers to build weapons and clerks to handle the business of government–but he also needs Champions to face the powers of chaos which will not listen to any argument but force.

Lord Pal of Beune is one of those Champions. He has fought monsters and evil on behalf of Mankind, and he will fight them again. But now Guntram, the man who transformed Pal from an ignorant rube into a bulwark of the Commonwealth, has disappeared. Pal must locate his friend and mentor–and then he must battle an entity which may be at the core of the splintered universe!

Pal of Beune: A humane man in a universe full of inhumanity.

Pal of Beune: A strong man in a universe where some recognize only strength.

Pal of Beune: A hero who will keep going until something stops him–and who hasn’t been stopped yet!


How to Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment – the Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life by Sophie Hannah

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Nonfiction | Self-Help
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Secretly, we all hold grudges, but most of us probably think we shouldn’t, and many of us deny that we do. To bear a grudge is too negative, right? Shouldn’t we just forgive and move on? Wrong, says self-appointed grudge guru Sophie Hannah, in her groundbreaking and irreverent self-help guide. Yes, it’s essential to think positively if we want to live happy lives, but even more crucial is how we get to the positive. Denying our negative emotions and experiences is likely to lead only to more pain, conflict, and stress.

What if our grudges are good for us? What if we could embrace them, and use them to help ourselves and others, instead of feeling ashamed of our inability to banish negative emotions and memories from our lives? With contributions from expert psychotherapists as well as extracts from her own extensive catalog of grudges, Sophie Hannah investigates the psychological origins of grudges and also offers not-so-obvious insights into how we should acknowledge—and embrace—them in order to improve the quality of our interpersonal relationships and senses of self. Grudges do not have to fill us with hate or make us toxic, bitter, and miserable. If we approach the practice of grudge-holding in an enlightened way, it will do the opposite—we will become more forgiving.

Practical, compassionate, and downright funny, How to Hold a Grudge reveals everything we need to know about the many different forms of grudge, the difference between a grudge and not-a-grudge (not as obvious as it seems), when we should let a grudge go, and how to honor a grudge and distill lessons from it that will turn us into better, happier people—for our own benefit and for the sake of spreading good and limiting harm in the world.


Hunt Them Down (Pierce Hunt #1) by Simon Gervais

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Thriller | Suspense
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As a former Army Ranger, DEA Special Agent Pierce Hunt is no stranger to violence. Fresh off a six-month suspension, he’s itching to hit a notorious Mexican drug cartel where it hurts, even if that means protecting crime boss Vicente Garcia, a witness in the case against sadistic cartel leader Valentina Mieles. But things spiral out of control when the cartel murders Garcia and kidnaps his granddaughter and an innocent bystander, Hunt’s own teenage daughter.
Mieles wants the new head of the Garcia family on a plate–literally. Hunt has seventy-two hours to deliver, or Mieles will execute the girls live on social media. With the clock ticking, Hunt goes off the grid and teams up with Garcia’s daughter, a former lover and current enemy. To save the girls, Hunt will have to become a man he swore he’d never be again: an avenging killer without limits or mercy.


The Similars by Rebecca Hanover

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Young Adult | Science Fiction | Mystery
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When six clones join Emmaline’s prestigious boarding school, she must confront the heartbreak of seeing her dead best friend’s face each day in class.

The Similars are all anyone can talk about at the elite Darkwood Academy. Who are these six clones? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? Who is the madman who broke the law to create them? Emma couldn’t care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and all she can think about is how to get through her junior year without him. Then she comes face-to-heartbreaking-face with Levi—Oliver’s exact DNA replica and one of the Similars.

Emma wants nothing to do with the Similars, but she keeps getting pulled deeper and deeper into their clique, uncovering dark truths about the clones and her prestigious school along the way. But no one can be trusted…not even the boy she is falling for who has Oliver’s face.


 

New Comic Book Releases for December 12, 2018

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s comic book release day! Here are some of the most exciting issues coming out. For a complete list, head over to Midtown Comics.

Not sure where to buy your comics? Check out Comic Shop Locator for shops near you. If you don’t live in an area with a local shop, you can purchase from Midtown Comics, directly from the publisher, or through Comixology if you prefer digital copies.

Marvel

  • Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #11 by Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley
  • Asgardians of the Galaxy #4 by Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli
  • Avengers Vol 7 #11 by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness
  • Black Order #2 by Derek Landy and Philip Tan
  • Black Panther Vol 7 #7 by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jen Bartel
  • Champions Vol 2 #27 by Jim Zub and Max Dunbar
  • Defenders Doctor Strange #1 by Gerry Duggan and Greg Smallwood
  • Defenders Silver Surfer #1 by Jason Latour
  • Fantastic Four Wedding Special #1 by various authors/artists
  • Infinity Wars Ghost Panther by Jed MacKay and Jefte Palo
  • Infinity Wars Sleepwalker #4 by Chad Bowers, Chris Sims, and Todd Nauck
  • Miles Morales Spider-Man #1 by Saladin Ahmed and Javi Garron
  • Mr & Mrs X #6 by Kelly Thompson and Oscar Bazaldua
  • Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #313 by Sean Ryan and Juan Frigeri
  • Spider-Gwen Ghost Spider #3 by Seanan McGuire and Rosi Kampe
  • Typhoid Fever Iron Fist #1 by Clay McLeod Chapman and Paolo Villanelli
  • Uncanny X-Men Vol 5 #5 by Ed Brisson and R. B. Silva
  • Weapon X Vol 3 #27 by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, and Luca Pizzari
  • X-23 Vol 3 #7 by Mariko Tamaki and Georges Duarte
  • X-Men Red #11 by Tom Taylor and Paolo Villanelli

DC

  • Batman Vol 3 Annual #3 by Tom Taylor and Otto Schmidt
  • Batman Who Laughs #1 by Scott Snyder and Jock
  • Detective Comics Vol 2 #994 by Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, and Jaime Mendoza
  • Electric Warriors #2 by Steve Orlando and Travel Foreman
  • Flash Vol 5 #60 by Joshua Williamson, Rafa Sandoval, and Jordi Tarrogona
  • Hawkman Vol 5 #7 by Robert Venditti and Bryan Hitch
  • Justice League Dark Vol 2 #6 by James Tynion IV and Dominike “Domo” Stanton
  • Sideways #11 by Dan Didio and Kenneth Rocafort
  • Suicide Squad Vol 4 #49 by Rob Williams and Diogenes Neves
  • Supergirl Vol 7 #25 by Marc Andreyko and Emanuela Lupacchino
  • Superman Vol 6 #6 by Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Prado, and Ivan Reis
  • Titans Vol 3 #31 by Dan Abnett and Minkyu Jung
  • Wonder Woman Vol 5 #60 by G. Willow Wilson, Cary Nord, Mick Gray
  • Batman Damned #2 by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo
  • Goddess Mode #1 by Zoe Quinn and Robbi Rodriguez
  • House of Whispers #4 by Nalo Hopkinson and Dominike “Domo” Stanon

Dark Horse

  • Black Hammer Cthu-Louise by Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox
  • Joe Golem Occult Detective Drowning City #4 by Mike Mignola, Chris Golden, and Peter Bergting
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 #3 by Joel Hodgson and Todd Nauck
  • Quantum Age from the World of Black Hammer #5 by Jeff Lemire and Wilfredo Torres
  • War Bears #3 by Margaret Atwood and Ken Steacy
  • William Gibson’s Alien 3 #2 by Johnnie Christmas, William Gibson, and Tamra Bonvillain

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  • Auntie Agathas Home for Wayward Rabbits #2 by Keith Giffen and Benjamin Roman
  • Birthright #34 by Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan, and Adriano Lucas
  • Bitter Root #2 by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sandford Greene
  • Cemetery Beach #4 by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard
  • Head Lopper #10 by Andrew MacLean
  • Hit-Girl Vol 2 #11 by Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone
  • Infinite Dark #3 by Ryan Cady, Andrea Mutti, and K. Michael Russell
  • Mage the Hero Denied #14 by Matt Wagner
  • Magic Order #5 by Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel
  • Oblivion Song #10 by Robert Kirman, Lorenzo De Felici, and Annalisa Leoni
  • Outer Darkness by John Layman and Afu Chan
  • Redlands #9 by Jordie Bellaire and Vanessa R. Del Rey
  • Rose #15 by Meredith Finch and Ig Guara
  • Skyward #9 by Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett, and Antonio Fabela
  • Sleepless #10 by Sarah Vaughn, Leila Del Duca, and Alissa Sallah

What comic books are you excited about? Let me know in the comments!

New Releases for December 4, 2018

There are a ton of books coming out today! Here are just a few:

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare

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Young adult | Fantasy

 

This is the much-anticipated final novel in the Dark Artifices trilogy. The very survival of the Shadowhunters is threatened, and Emma and Julien try to save their world.

 

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Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton

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Science Fiction

 

This novel is made up of six interconnected short stories that focus on humanity’s desire for perfection and how far we’ll go to achieve it. This is one of the books I’m most looking forward to this week.

 

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Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

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Fiction | Magical Realism

Taking place in an ancient inn on midwinter’s night, a man walks in with a dead girl in his arms. A few hours later, the girl comes back to life. The people of the village try to figure out why the girl came back, but as they ask more questions the mystery grows.

 

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For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger

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Mystery | Short Stories | Retellings

I’ve always been a big Sherlock Holmes fan (and no, not because of the television show starring Benedict Cumberbatch), and I also adore retellings. I cannot wait to get my hands on this collection of short stories about the world’s greatest detective.

 

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Thrift Books


The Man Who Would Be Sherlock: The Real-Life Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle by Christopher Sandford

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Biography | History

 

See above for everything I said about my love of Sherlock Holmes, and you’ll see why I’m excited about this one. Christopher Sandford examines Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s real life and his influences on real-life mysteries.

 

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King of the Road by R.S. Belcher

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Science Fiction | Supernatural

This novel is set in R. S. Belcher’s Nightwise universe, which I should admit I haven’t heard of before today, but the book sounds like something I’d enjoy.

The Brotherhood of the Wheel explores haunted locations along the U.S. Interstate system. This Brotherhood protects people from supernatural monsters.

I’m sure I’m not the only person getting strong Supernatural vibes from that description.

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The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson

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Fiction | Romance

Charlotte Gorman is an elementary school librarian, while her twin sister, Ginny, is a beauty pageant contestant. When Ginny has a horrible allergic reaction the night before one of her pageants, Charlotte is talked into posing as Ginny. This story is about stepping out your comfort zone.

 

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Hearts of the Missing by Carol Potenza

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Mystery | Thriller

In this mystery novel, a young woman linked to a list of missing Fire-Sky tribal members commits suicide, and a detective named Nicky Matthews is assigned to the case. She discovers that within the Fire-Sky tribe victims are chosen and murdered because of their genetic makeup. It goes so much farther than just death, however.

 

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Strange Days by Constantine Singer

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Science Fiction | Young Adult

Alex Mata is a teenager that comes home one day to find that his parents have been murdered by an alien. Alex then finds himself on the run, until he teams up with Jeffrey Sabazios, a tech guru who believes that aliens are coming. Jeffrey convinces Alex to become a “Witness,” which means he’s gifted with an ability that allows him to travel through time. With his new power, Alex is forced to make the choice to save the people he loves or save the entire world.

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North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farah

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Fiction

Written by one of Somalia’s most famous writers, this novel follows a couple whose son kills himself in a suicide attack, and their daughter-in-law and teenage grandchildren come to live with them in Oslo. It’s a difficult transition for everyone and even has life-altering consequences.

 

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Radiant Shimmering Light by Sarah Selecky

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Fiction | Humor

This satire examines “the blurred lines between empowerment, spirituality, and consumerism in our online lives.” Our main character is Lilian Quick, a 40-year-old single woman whose estranged cousin is the internet-famous influencer of a massive empowerment brand. They reconnect, and Lilian enrolls in her cousin’s expensive seminar on leadership, spiritual awakening, and marketing. The book asks us how “we recognize authenticity when storytelling and magic have been co-opted by marketing.” I can’t wait to read this one.

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How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning by George Lakey

Non-Fiction | Current Events

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Starting with the civil rights movement in the 1960s, George Lakey has a ton of experience in nonviolent political campaigns. His latest book is a guide for starting political campaigns that are non-violent in today’s climate, and it’s incredibly comprehensive.

 

Goodreads | Amazon  | Barnes & Noble


Revolution Sunday by Wendy Guerra

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Fiction

Taking place in Cuba, this is the first book by Wendy Guerra to be translated into English. Cleo travels to Spain to receive an award, and she becomes a target of suspicion. The Cuban government starts to spy on her, and she eventually discovers that her family may have some secrets.

 

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The Mansion by Ezekiel Boone

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Horror | Science Fiction

Years ago, Billy and Shawn worked on a new computer together called Eagle Logic. They should have been able to celebrate their accomplishments together, but Billy left with Shawn’s girlfriend at the time, and Shawn took over the company. Years later, while Shawn is living a life of success and luxury, Billy is dealing with failure and poverty. Shawn decides to restart an old project called Nellie that can control entire houses. There’s something nefarious about Nellie, however, and Shawn gets Billy’s help to figure out what’s happening.

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What new releases are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments!

New Releases for the Week of November 13, 2018

There are so many interesting books coming out today, so the list is a wee bit longer than normal. Let’s get right into it:

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I’ve been eagerly anticipating this memoir by our former First Lady. I’m not afraid to admit that I was a Michelle Obama fangirl while Barack was in office. I love the energy she put into her healthy eating campaigns, and she just seems so delightful.

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million

Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha) by Tasha Suri

This is a fantasy novel inspired by Mughal India, which isn’t something I’ve read before. “The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, they are coveted and persecuted throughout the Empire for the power in their blood. Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother she can barely remember, but whose face and magic she has inherited.”

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Creature of Want and Ruin by Molly Tanzer

Can we talk about how amazing that cover is? I was drawn to it immediately. This novel is a fantasy book that takes place during Prohibition. Ellie makes and sells bootleg alcohol, and comes into possession of an unusual drink. The drink is made from mushrooms by a cult of diabolists and anyone who drinks it has terrible visions.

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We Can Save Us All by Adam Nemett

The synopsis of this book intrigues me: “Welcome to The Egg, an off-campus geodesic dome where David Fuffman and his crew of alienated Princeton students train for what might be the end of days: America is in a perpetual state of war, climate disasters create a global state of emergency, and scientists believe time itself may be collapsing.” That sounds exactly like something I’d enjoy.

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A Cat by Leonard Michaels

This is a newly published edition of a book about cats, featuring meditations, anecdotes, illustrations, and more. Cats are amazing, so what else needs to be said?

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This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson

This novel takes place on a space station after much of the crew is killed by a virus. Lindley becomes the leader then and struggles to survive with her crew. Since the virus only killed the first generation of the crew, they think they’re safe, until one of the second generation crewmembers dies from similar symptoms.

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In/Half by Jasmin B. Frelih

“Twenty-five years into the future, a glitch in the global communications network is ripping a previously united world apart at the seams. The millennials find themselves hardest hit, trapped in a crumbling world they did not want.” This #intranslation book sounds interesting. It’s already won the EU Prize for Literature and has been shortlisted for the Kresnik Award.

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A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

Maurice Swift wants to be a famous writer, except he doesn’t have any talent. He “accidentally” encounters a celebrated author named Erich Ackermann, and uses Ackermann’s real-life secrets for his new novel.

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The April 3rd Incident: Stories by Yu Hua

“The stories collected here show Yu Hua masterfully guiding us from one fractured reality to another… By turns daring, darkly comic, thought-provoking, and profound, The April 3rd Incident is an extraordinary record of a singular moment in Chinese letters.” This is another #intranslation book, and appropriate for Read Yourself Happy’s #readtheworld challenge.

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Madame Victoria by Catherine Leroux

This is a solid week for books #intranslation. The synopsis of this book caught my eye. A woman’s skeleton is found and placed in an evidence room, eventually forgotten. Leroux creates twelve different histories for this Jane Doe: “Like musical variations repeating a theme, each Victoria meets her end only after Leroux resurrects her, replacing the anonymous circumstances of her death with a vivid re-imagining of her possible lives.”

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The Incredible True Story of the making of the Eve of Destruction by Amy Brashear

In this young adult novel, Laura Ratliff wins a minor role in a film, which is the perfect opportunity to distract herself from her broken family. While on the set, her father, a military officer, calls her and hints at an impending catastrophe, and Laura and her stepbrother try to figure out if a real nuclear bomb has detonated.

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Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey by A. J. Jacobs

The premise of this book sounded so sweet and fun to me. Jacobs decided to thank every single person who was involved in making his morning cup of coffee. He travels around the world thanking everyone from truckers, farmers, chemists, and more. Our current world is filled with so much hate, and seeing a book like this makes me feel a little more hopeful. I will definitely be reading this in December.

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Out There: A Scientific Guide to Alien Life, Antimatter, and the Human Space Travel (for the Cosmically Curious) by Michael Wallis

Since I’ve always been obsessed with anything space-related, I had to add this to the list. This book is set up in a question-and-answer format and examines the possibility of alien life and what human life in space might look like long-term, among other topics.

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Bedfellow by Jeremy C. Shipp

The newest book from this Bram Stoker Award-nominated author is a psychological horror fantasy novel. “When the… thing first insinuated itself into the Lund family household, they were bemused. Vaguely human-shaped, its constantly-changing cravings seemed disturbing, at first, but time and pressure have a way of normalizing the extreme. Wasn’t it always part of their lives?”

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Pulp by Robin Talley

This is a dual-narrative young adult novel that takes place in 1955 and 2017. In the earlier narrative, a woman named Janet Jones is gay, which is looked down upon. She discovered a series of book about women falling in love with other women, and she discovers that she wants to write her own story. In the portion of the story taking place in 2017, Abby Zimet is working on her senior project about 1950s lesbian pulp fiction, and the two lives intertwine.

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The Winter Road by Adrian Selby

The Winter Road is a fantasy novel. “The Circle – a thousand miles of perilous forests and warring clans… With a merchant caravan protected by a crew of skilled mercenaries, Teyr embarks on a dangerous mission to forge a road across the untamed wilderness that was once her home.”

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What books are you most excited to read this week? Leave your answers in the comments!

12 Exciting New Book Releases for the Week of October 30, 2018

Elevation by Stephen King

I grew up loving Stephen King’s books, so anytime a new one is released (which is often) I immediately add it to my TBR list. This one is about a man named Scott Carey, who has a mysterious affliction. He’s losing weight, although he doesn’t look any different on the outside.

How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England by Ruth Goodman

This non-fiction book is about the rule-breakers in Elizabethan society. It sounds hilarious and educational at the same time.

Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim

Well-Read Black Girl is a collection of essays by black women writers, such as Jesmyn Ward, Tayari Jones, Jacqueline Woodson, and more. The focus is on recognizing diversity in literature.

Finding Baba Yaga by Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen’s latest book is based in fairy tales, but not quite how you’re thinking. Natasha leaves her stressful home and discovers a house in the woods inhabited by a fairy tale witch.


Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink

Joseph Fink is one of the creators of the incredible Welcome to Night Vale podcasts. His new book is about a truck driver searching for her wife, who is supposed to be dead.

Family Trust by Kathy Wang

In this debut novel, Stanley Huang is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and he and his family are faced with unexpected challenges that force them to consider the things (and people) they value most.

How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance by L.A. Kauffman

This non-fiction book examines the 2017 Women’s Marches in detail and argues that these mass protests fueled a new movement in America. It’s the perfect book for people looking for hope during the current state of our country.

I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson

I Might Regret This is a collection “about love, loss, work, comedy, and figuring out who you really are when you thought you already knew.” Abbi Jacobson is the co-creator and co-star of the hit series Broad City.


Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L.C. Rosen

In this LGBT young adult contemporary novel, Jack Rothman is a high schooler who starts writing an online sex advice column and gets a stalker because of it.

Mage Against the Machine by Shaun Barger

This is one of the books I’m most excited this week, as it’s described as “Harry Potter meets The Terminator” on Goodreads. The story takes place in 2120, and humans are dead. Mages take refuge from a nuclear apocalypse beneath domes that have been created to protect them. It sounds like a book I’ll love.

Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss

So many of us grew up with the Sweet Valley High and Babysitters Club series in the ’80s and ’90s, and this new book by Gabrielle Moss is a trip through those stories.

Salt by Hannah Moskowitz

This story is about a group of siblings who travel the Mediterranean hunting monsters. I’ve read mixed reviews about this book, but it sounds like a fun story to read.


What books are you most excited about this week?

9 Great Comic Books Coming Out Today – October 24, 2018

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s comic book release day! Here are some of the most exciting issues coming out. For a complete list, head over to Midtown Comics.

Not sure where to buy your comics? Check out Comic Shop Locator for shops near you. If you don’t live in an area with a local shop, you can purchase from Midtown Comics, directly from the publisher, or through Comixology if you prefer digital copies.

  • Whispering Dark #1 by Christofer Emgard and Tomas Aira (Dark Horse)
    This new comic series is inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness” and Francis Coppola’s film Apocalypse Now!
  • Mars Attacks Vol 4 #1 by Kyle Starks and Chris Schweizer (Dynamite)
    One of my favorite movies during my teenage years, I’m excited to read this new series. The cover art is wonderful as well!
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation Terra Incognita #4 by Scott Tipton and Angel Hernandez (IDW)
    I love all of the Star Trek series that Tipton has written, and Terra Incognita is fantastic.
  • Moon Knight Vol 8 #200 by Max Bemis and Jacen Burrows (Marvel)
    Moon Knight is one of my favorite Marvel characters, due to the sheer insanity of the character and his storylines.
  • Return of Wolverine #2 by Charles Soule and Declan Shalvey (Marvel)
    Wolverine is back in this exciting new series.
  • X-Men Red #9 by Tom Taylor and Roge Antonia (Marvel)
    Tom Taylor is my favorite comic book writer, and I love where he’s taking X-Men Red, which is my favorite currently running X-Men series (just one of the many you can currently read). I’m also super-digging Nightcrawler’s beard.
  • Punisher Vol 11 #3 by Matthew Rosenberg and Szymon Kudranski (Marvel)
    Anytime Frank Castle and Matt Murdoc are found in the same issue, you know it’s going to be a good one.
  • Olivia Twist #2 by Darin Strauss, Adam Dalva, Emma Vieceli, and Lee Loughridge (Dark Horse)
    This is a futuristic retelling of Oliver Twist.
  • Black Panther vs Deadpool #1 (Marvel)
    I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen these two characters paired up together, whether working with one another or battling. Either way, I’m excited that it’s happening now.

What comic books are you most excited about reading this week?

Tuesday Temptations: 12 Great Books Coming Out Today

There are so many great books coming out this week, including the final book in the Throne of Glass series. Here are my top twelve picks for the week.

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas

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The much-anticipated conclusion to Sarah J. Maas’ bestselling Throne of Glass series is finally here. I’m not going to say too much about this book, as most people who are going to be excited about it are already familiar with the story. If you’re not familiar with it, now’s a good time to start with the first book, Throne of Glass

From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen by Snoop Dogg

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This is a cookbook written by Snoop Dogg, and that should make everyone happy.

An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker

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In this young adult historical fiction novel that takes place in Elizabethan England,  Lady Katherine’s father is killed, after which she discovers that he was involved in a plot to murder Queen Elizabeth I.

A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland

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Chant is a storyteller who is wrongfully imprisoned on charges of witchcraft and treason, and he tries to discover the reasons behind his imprisonment before he’s executed. It sounds like a wonderful story, and the cover is gorgeous.

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

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From the book blurb: “These stories tackle urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest, and explore the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world. In “The Finkelstein Five,” Adjei-Brenyah gives us an unforgettable reckoning of the brutal prejudice of our justice system. In “Zimmer Land,” we see a far-too-easy-to-believe imagining of racism as sport. And “Friday Black” and “How to Sell a Jacket as Told by Ice King” show the horrors of consumerism and the toll it takes on us all.” One of my favorite writers, Colson Whitehead, nominated this book for the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35,” and I trust his judgment.

A Cathedral of Myth and Bone: Collected Stories by Kat Howard

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This book of fantasy short stories has already been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, and Neil Gaiman is a fan of her writing, so I’m definitely going to be reading this one.

Anna and the Apocalypse by Barry Waldo & Katharine Turner

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This young adult book is a horror comedy about a teenager fighting through a zombie apocalypse. It’s the perfect book to read for Halloween.

 

Little by Edward Carey

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The wry, macabre, unforgettable tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud.” This book has been compared to The Night Circus and sounds so wonderfully weird. I have a feeling I’m going to love this book.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E Weymouth

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I love the concept for this book, as it takes a normal fantasy story and looks at the ramifications of what comes after. Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell were taken to a fantastical kingdom called the Woodlands, where they lived for six years. After returning to their normal lives in post-WWII England, they struggle to readjust.

Go To My Grave by Catriona McPherson

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This book is a standalone Gothic thriller, which is nice since so many books coming out nowadays are parts of series. In this story, we follow Donna Weaver as she restores The Breakers, an old bed and breakfast on a remote beach. When her first guests arrive, they realize they’d been here before, and that first trip still haunts them.

The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland by Nicolai Houm

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An American woman wakes up alone in a tent in the Norwegian mountains. Outside a storm rages and the fog is dense. Her phone is dead. She has no map, no compass, and no food. How she ended up there, and the tragic details of her life, emerge over the course of this novel.” That sounds really interesting to me, and it’s been a long time since I read a book with Norway as the setting.

Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson

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Red Moon is a science fiction novel that takes place thirty years into the future when we’ve colonized the moon. Fred Fredericks travels to the moon in order to install a communications system when he witnesses a murder. Reading the synopsis of this book gave me strong vibes of Artemis by Andy Weir, which I loved.


Other Books Coming Out Today:

  • The Art of Feminism: Images That Shaped the Fight For Equality, 1857-2017 by Helena Reckitt – Amazon | Goodreads
  • I’ll Be There For You: The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller – Amazon | Goodreads
  • Super Chill: A Year of Living Anxiously by Adam Ellis – Amazon | Goodreads
  • How to Not Always Be Working: A Toolkit for Creativity and Radical Self-Care by Marlee Grace – Amazon | Goodreads
  • The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa – Amazon | Goodreads
  • A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson – Amazon | Goodreads
  • Find Me Gone by Sarah Meuleman – Amazon | Goodreads
  • Let It Bang: A Young Black Man’s Reluctant Odyssey Into Guns by RJ Young – Amazon | Goodreads
  • Pulse by Michael Harvey – Amazon | Goodreads
  • Shelf Life of Happiness by Virginia Pye – Amazon | Goodreads
  • Thin Air by Richard K. Morgan – Amazon | Goodreads
  • Useful Phrases for Immigrants by May-Lee Chai – Amazon | Goodreads

What books are you most excited about this week? 


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The 10 Most Exciting Comic Books Released This Week

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s comic book release day! Here are some of the most exciting issues coming out. For a complete list, head over to Midtown Comics.

Not sure where to buy your comics? Check out Comic Shop Locator for shops near you. If you don’t live in an area with a local shop, you can purchase from Midtown Comics, directly from the publisher, or through Comixology if you prefer digital copies.

Curse Words #17 by Charles Soule and Ryan Browne

Curse Words is one of my favorite currently-running series. It’s a fun story about wizards and magic, it’s quirky, and the art and colors are stunning.

Mr & Mrs X #4 by Kelly Thompson and Oscar Bazaldua

Gambit has been one of my favorite Marvel characters since I watched the X-Men cartoons as a child, and when he and Rogue got married earlier this year, I quite literally screeched from excitement. I love everything about this series, and Kelly Thompson is a wonderful comic book writer.

Shuri #1 by Nnedi Okorafor and Leonardo Romero

Nnedi Okorafor is the author of the Binti series. I’m thrilled that Shuri is getting her own series, and they couldn’t have chosen a better writer.

X-Men Black Mystique #1 by Seanan McGuire, Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, and Marco Failla

This issue is all about the life and adventures of Raven Darkholme, also known as Mystique. She’s always been an intriguing character to me, so I’m looking forward to reading this.

American Gods My Ainsel #7 by Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell, and Scott Hampton

Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, and American Gods is one of my favorite books. This is a comic book retelling of Gaiman’s novel.

Injustice 2 #36 by Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo

I’m mentioning this one simply because I believe that Tom Taylor is one of the best comic book writers currently working. His work on All-New Wolverine was incredible.

Gideon Falls #7 by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino

While I haven’t actually read this series myself yet, I’ve heard from so many others that this is a great series. It’s already been picked up for a television series.

Stellar #5 by Joseph Keatinge and Bret Blevins

In this new series, “Stellar visits the family she never had – and fights for her life, with more on the line than ever before!”

Daredevil Vol 5 #609 by Charles Soule and Phil Noto

With the much-anticipated release of season three of Netflix’s Daredevil being released today (!), now is the perfect time to start reading the comic series, or get caught up with it.

Infinity Wars Weapon Hex #1 by Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and Gerardo Sandoval

Part of the on-going Infinity Wars Marvel event, this issue focuses on Wanda, part of a dark weapons programs, and one of the deadliest people now on earth.

 

What issues are you most excited about this week?