New Book Releases for June 18, 2019

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New Releases for April 23, 2019

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Here are the new releases for the week of April 23, 2019!


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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 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.

Best Variant Comic Book Covers for the Week of January 9th

One of my favorite parts of comic book collecting is seeking out the variant covers of my favorite issues. For those of you who are either not familiar with or new to the comic book world, variant covers are essentially special or limited edition covers.

These are the best for the week of January 2, 2019, starting with my favorite.

Click here for the list of new releases.


Rose #16 by Mike Krome

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Blackbird #4 by Sana Tekeda

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Curse Words #19 by Ryan Browne

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Last Siege #8 by Tom Neely

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Young Justice Vol 3 #1 by Amy Reeder

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Bitter Root #3 by Larry Stroman

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Aliens Dust to Dust #4 by Carlo D’Anda

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Euthanauts #5 by Marley Zarcone

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Captain Marvel Vol 9 #1 by Alex Ross

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Rose #16 by Jon Lam

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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.

 

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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!

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?

Short Reviews

I’m almost always reading multiple books or comics at one time, and many of the smaller books I read are too short to warrant a long review. Therefore, I’ve gathered those books to review in one post!

Note: All of these books were obtained through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Good Night, Kitty Kitty! by Brenda Ponnay

Release date: November 1, 2018

This very short children’s book is about a child and their cat, and that cat’s mischievous hijinks at bedtime. As a cat owner myself, I can attest to the truthfulness of everything this cat does right as you’re attempting to fall asleep! This book was adorable and would be perfect for the kitty-loving child in your life.


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Muddy: The Raccoon Who Stole Dishes by Griffin Ondaatje

Release date: April 2, 2019

Another children’s book, this is a story about Muddy Whiskers (how cute is that), a raccoon that wants to eat human’s leftovers. His parents along with the rest of the raccoons that inhabit their little cove by the water have all promised to stop stealing leftovers from humans because it was causing them to get into trouble. One day, though, a new restaurant opens up nearby, and Muddy decides to get what he wants, stealing plates full of leftovers, much to the chagrin of Mr. and Mrs. Whiskers.

This was such a cute book, and the illustrations were wonderful. This is definitely a book I would share with the children in my life.


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A Hell of an Innocent by Zidrou

Release date: April 18, 2018

This third book is definitely not a children’s book!

A Hell of an Innocent is a graphic novel noir set in Australia around the time of the Vietnam War. Greg Hopper is a man who was accused of his wife’s gruesome murder, afterward fleeing into a remote area where he raises livestock with his dog Commonwealth.

Everything stays the same for Greg for around 20 years, until one day he receives a newspaper whose front page is proclaiming that the killer has confessed, and it’s none other than Greg’s brother Ike.

Greg goes back into town where he’s surrounded by people who are constantly apologizing to him for blaming him for his wife’s murder. He seems to take everything in stride until he goes to see his sister-in-law.

Throughout the story his companion is the ghost of his wife, frequently sharing the stories of all the lovers she had when still alive.

It’s a graphic novel about jealousy, sibling relationships, and guilt.

Overall, the story itself is lacking, and the characters were a little bland. The twist was predictable, but in a story whose focus is the relationship between siblings, I don’t think that hurt the overall work very much. The art by Philippe Berthet was absolutely stunning. There are so many panels that blew me away, especially the ones that focused on landscape. The characters and animals were all well-drawn and the color scheme of the whole thing was perfect for the type of story that it was. It was a somewhat enjoyable read, but not one I would ever find myself coming back to a second time.


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Book Love by Debbie Tung

Expected release date: January 1, 2019

Out of all the books on this list, this one was my favorite.

Book Love is the perfect gift for the book-obsessed person in your life. I recognized my own experiences in almost every page of this graphic novel. The art is adorable, and it’s a quick read, as I finished it in roughly 20 minutes. Everyone who calls themselves a bookworm will fall in love with this book.


Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts?

12 Amazing Books That Came Out This Week

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

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Although I haven’t read any of Tahereh Mafi’s books (yet…), I feel like I’ve been hearing about this one for at least a year. The story takes place in 2002, a year after the events of 9/11, and follows Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who is experiencing prejudice and hatred.

Cry Wilderness by Frank Capra

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Frank Capra is known for being a film director, but this novel, written in 1966 and never published, is finally being released. The story is set in one of Capra’s favorite locations – Silver Lake in the Sierra Nevadas. A scandal finds the fictional Frank Capra, along with a cop named Lefty, living in the wilderness completely off the grid.

I am Behind You by John Ajvide Lindqvist

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You’ve probably heard of Lindqvist’s other novel, Let the Right One InIn his latest book, four families are suddenly and mysteriously transported from campsites to an endless expanse of grass. Each person transported has secrets that they are forced to confront. This book sounds very interesting, and I can’t wait to read it.

In the House in the Dark by Laird Hunt

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This is a horror story set in colonial New England. A Puritan woman goes missing: “On a journey that will take her through dark woods full of almost-human wolves, through a deep well wet with the screams of men, and on a living ship made of human bones, our heroine may find that the evil she flees has been inside her all along.” That definitely sounds like something I want to read! I also really adore the cover.

In Your Hands by Ines Pedrosa

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I always enjoy books told from multiple perspectives, so I’m looking forward to reading this story that is told from the perspectives of three women in one family, starting in Portugal in 1935 and ending with her granddaughter. Throughout the novel, they all fight against oppression and for a place in their world.

Melmoth by Sarah Perry

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Melmoth is the follow-up to Perry’s The Essex Serpent. Helen Franklin is taking refuge in Prague, working as a translator. One day, her friend Karel finds a mysterious letter about Melmoth the Witness, “a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore.” I really enjoy books based in mythology, folklore, and legends, so I have a strong feeling I’ll love this novel.

Riddance: Or: The Sybil Joines Vocational School for Ghost Speakers & Hearing-Mouth Children by Shelley Jackson

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I’m going to be reviewing this book relatively soon since the publisher was kind enough to send me an ebook edition of the ARC of this book. It’s about a school for children seeking to cure their speech impediments. The Headmistress of the school, however, harnesses the “gift” of her students to communicate with the dead. Although I do not have a stutter, I do have a speech impediment (a lisp and rhotacism), and I’ve never read a book with a character who has a speech impediment (except for a few where it’s treated as a joke). I’m really excited to get into this book.

The Black Khan: Book Two of the Khorasan Archives by Ausma Zehanat Khan

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This is a sequel to Khan’s The Bloodprintwhich I had never heard of until researching books being released this week. The series sounds wonderful though. Saladin Ahmed (whose comic books I love reading) has described it as “somewhere between N.K. Jemisin and George R.R. Martin.” The Talisman, a dark power or movement that suppresses knowledge and subjugates women is growing in the world. The Companions of Hira is a group of women who fight back against the patriarchy. Definitely something worth checking out.

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

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Something I’ve mentioned several times on this website is that I like books about books and reading, and this is another of those. It focuses on a library fire and examines our relationships to libraries, their importance, and more.

Trinity by Louisa Hall

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This is a novel about J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the creators of the atomic bomb. I can’t say it any better than the book description, so here it is: “Through narratives that cross time and space, a set of characters bears witness to the life of Oppenheimer, from a secret service agent who tailed him in San Francisco, to the young lover of a colleague in Los Alamos, to a woman fleeing McCarthyism who knew him on St. John. As these men and women fall into the orbit of a brilliant but mercurial mind at work, all consider his complicated legacy while also uncovering deep and often unsettling truths about their own lives.”

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

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For many people, Barbara Kingsolver is a household name. I’m almost embarrassed to say that I’ve only read one of her many books, that one being Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, which is a non-fiction book about living off-the-grid. This is her latest novel, and I’ve already heard amazing things about it. The story follows Willa Knox as she investigates the history of her home.

Wind Rider by P.C. Cast

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This is the third in the Tales of a New World series. “Mari, Nik, and their newly formed Pack are being hunted. Thaddeus and the God of Death will stop at nothing until they are obliterated from the earth. But Mari and Nik have one goal: to reach the plains of the Wind Riders….. But will the mysterious Wind Riders accept the Pack?”

What new releases are you most excited about?


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10 Exciting Comic Books Being Released Today

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.

  • Wonder Woman Vol 5 #56, Witching Hour Part 2 (DC Comics) by James Tynion IV, Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy
  • Oblivion Song (Image) by Robert Kirkman, Lorenzo De Felici, Annalisa Leoni
  • Infinite Dark #1 (Image/Top Cow) by Ryan Cady, Andrea Mutti
  • Asgardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel) by Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli
  • Avengers Vol 7 #9 (Marvel) by Jason Aaron and David Marquez
  • Captain America Vol 9 #2 (Marvel) by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leinil Francis Yu
  • Domino Vol 3 #7 (Marvel) by Gail Simone and David Baldeon
  • Iceman Vol 4 #2 (Marvel) by Sina Grace and Nathan Stockman
  • The Immortal Hulk #7 (Marvel) by Al Ewing and Joe Bennett
  • Ms Marvel Vol 4 #35 (Marvel) by G. Willow Wilson and Nico Leon

What issues or series are you most excited about?

 

Tuesday Temptations: New Releases for the Week of October 2, 2018

I’m not a very patient person, so it’s been hard waiting for The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy to finally be released. I’m reading it the day it’s delivered to me. Aside from that novel that is obviously going to be incredible, there are so many great books coming out this week.

 

  • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee (Goodreads)
    This is the sequel to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (read my review here), and I am so, so excited about this book. I loved Monty’s story, but I adored Felicity’s character, and can’t wait to hear about her adventures.
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (Goodreads) Another sequel, this time to the New York Times bestselling novel, Strange the Dreamer.
  • Zero Sum Game by S.L Huang (Goodreads)
    Cas Russell is a math genius, and also a mercenary. Taking place in the near future, this science fiction thriller is an exciting book about superpowers. Cas thinks she’s the only one, but then she discovers someone with a superpower even more dangerous than her own. I love stories about superpowers (I am a huge comic book nerd, after all), so I think it’s fair to say this will be a fun read.
  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (Goodreads)
    This is a young adult fantasy novel follows the tale of Yumeko, a young girl raised by monks in an isolated temple. After the temple is burned to the ground, Yumeko has to save the magical Scroll of a Thousand Prayers.
  • Book of the Just: Book Three of the Bohemian Trilogy by Dana Chamblee Carpenter (Goodreads)
    This is the final book of the Bohemian Trilogy. Angelo starts having dream-visions of the dangerous future, Angelo and Mouse know they have to act quickly.
  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle (Goodreads)
    I’m a huge Monty Python fan, so I’m definitely going to read this book.
  • Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman (Goodreads)
    Neal Shusterman’s latest novel is about what happens to a community when the water is gone. I really enjoy ecological disaster novels, and I’ve heard really good things about Shusterman’s writing.
  • The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi (Goodreads)
    I’m really loving the recent trend of mermaid books. In this one, an oil spill sickens the little brother of Carolline, an Atlantic Ocean mermaid. She meets a human, Izar, but she doesn’t know that his family runs Ocean Dominion, a corporation destroying her home waters.
  • The Tiger Flu by Larissa Lai (Goodreads)
    This is Larissa Lai’s first book in sixteen years. In it, a group of parthenogenic women is exiled by Salt Water City, but they’ve had enough. They go to war with the powerful men that are threatening them with extinction.
  • Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd (Goodreads)
    The first book in a new series, Shepherd’s new novel follows the story of Anouk, a Beastie, which is a group of people who serve the Pretties, the lavish human population. Anouk’s mistress is murdered one day, and Anouk is accused of the crime.

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New Comic Book Releases for September 26, 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.

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Tuesday Temptations: New Releases for the week of September 25, 2018

  • A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
    Amazon | Goodreads
    Fantasy, retelling
    This is an urban fantasy retelling of Alice in Wonderland, and L.L. McKinney’s debut novel. It takes place in Atlanta, GA, and tells the story of Alice as she fights magical, monstrous creatures in Wonderland.
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
    Amazon | Goodreads
    Fiction
    Hank Green’s debut is about a girl who becomes unexpectedly famous through social media. I’ve been hearing about this book everywhere, so I’m looking forward to picking it up.
  • Vengeful (Villains, #2) by V.E. Schwab
    Amazon | Goodreads
    Fantasy
    In this much-anticipated sequel to V.E. Schwab’s ViciousMarcella Riggins is fighting for control. Victoria Schwab has been on my TBR list forever, and I’m actually waiting on Vicious at the library.
  • The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner
    Amazon | Goodreads
    Young Adult, fantasy
    Rena Rossner’s debut novel is based on magic and folklore, so it is obviously something I would love. Taking place on the border between Ukraine and Moldova, the story follows two sisters, Liba and Laya, and a secret passed down within their family.
  • Transcription by Kate Atkinson
    Amazon | Goodreads
    Historical fiction, mystery, thriller
    Juliet Armstrong is just 18 years old when she begins working for MI5 during World War II. A decade later, she realizes that she’s still fighting a war.
  • A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos
    Amazon | Goodreads
    Fantasy, young adult
    This is book one of a quartet and is a massive fantasy world. Ophelia can read the past of objects and can travel through mirrors. When she is promised in marriage to Thorn, she is forced to leave the world she knows.
  • Black Wings Beating (Skybound # 1) by Alex London
    Amazon | Goodreads
    Fantasy, young adult
    In part one of this trilogy, twins Brysen and Kylee travel into the mountain to trap a great bird, the Ghost Eagle. They are both looking for their out power, and a war is approaching.
  • The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera Garza
    Amazon | Goodreads
    Fantasy
    Originally published in Spanish, this novel is about an ex-detective searching for a lost couple, and runs into fairy tales along the way. This is an interesting idea for a book, and I’ve been wanting to read more books in translation, so I’ve already added this to my TBR list.
  • The Rule of One by Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders
    Amazon | Goodreads
    Science fiction, young adult
    The United States has established a one-child policy in this novel set in the near future. Ava and Mira are identical twins and have been trading places for years. One day, though, they’re discovered.
  • The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
    Amazon | Goodreads
    Fantasy, young adult
    This is a dark retelling of the classic Frankenstein. Elizabeth is given a home by the Frankenstein family and is tasked with managing Victor Frankenstein’s intense temper and depravity. Her only goal is to stay alive.

Tuesday Temptations: New Releases for the Week of September 11, 2018

“Discovering the ‘impossible’ ending to a new book makes me sick with joy and relief.” – Chuck Palahniuk

I apologize for this being a day late. I’ve been distracted by the massive hurricane heading this way and having a cold. There are so many amazing books coming out this week. Here are a few of my favorites!

  1. The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock – Imogen Hermes Gowar
    The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock - Imogen Hermes Gowar
    Fiction
    Amazon | Goodreads
    I came so close to choosing this book for my Book of the Month Club, until I read about The Silence of the Girls. It sounds delightful and has already been shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.Following a merchant in 1780s London who is given a dead mermaid, the story follows him as he rises in the ranks of society and meets the most enchanting woman he’s ever laid eyes on.
  2. She Would Be King – Wayetu Moore
    She Would Be King - Wayetu Moore
    Fiction, Magical realism, historical fiction
    Amazon | Goodreads
    This story takes place during Liberia’s formation and follows three characters as they struggle to deal with colonization. This is Moore’s debut novel, and I’m excited to give it a try.
  3. Ordinary People – Diana Evans
    Ordinary People - Diana Evans
    Fiction
    Amazon | Goodreads
    This novel follows two couples as they work through their marital strife. I’ve heard amazing things about both the book and Diana Evans’ writing.
  4. Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany – Jane Mount
    Bibliophile - Jane Mount.jpg
    Non-fiction/Entertainment
    Amazon | Goodreads
    I adore books about books, so I definitely want to check this one out.
  5. Checkpoint – David Albahari
    Checkpoint - David Albahari
    Fiction
    Amazon | Goodreads
    The description of this book hooked me immediately: “From the award-winning Serbian author David Albahari comes a devasting and Kafkaesque war fable about an army unit sent to guard a military checkpoint with no idea where they are or who the enemy might be.”
  6. Moderan – David R. Bunch
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    Science Fiction, Short Stories
    Amazon | Goodreads
    Stories about apocalypse brought on by ecological disasters are my favorite genre, so this book of short stories is immediately going on my TBR pile.
  7. All the Stars Denied – Guadalupe Garcia McCall
    All the Stars Denied - Guadalupe Garcia McCall
    Young Adult, Fiction
    Amazon | Goodreads
    This novel tells the story of a Mexican-American family who is repatriated back to Mexico by a racist Texan government during the Great Depression. The main character, Estrella, tries to get her family back home to America.
  8. Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth – Sarah Smarsh
    Heartland - Sarah Smarsh
    Memoir, non-fiction
    Amazon | Goodreads
    There is a huge income-gap in America, and Sarah Smarsh’s new book is going to be an important look at the people who work much too hard just to survive.
  9. One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy – Carol Anderson
    One Person No Vote - Carol Anderson
    Nonfiction
    Amazon | Goodreads
    From the Author of White Rage, Anderson takes an in-depth look at all the ways people are being kept from the voting booths. It’s a relevant book for a turbulent time, especially with the midterm elections coming up.
  10. Rule – Ellen Goodlett
    Rule - Ellen Goodlett
    Fantasy, young adult
    Amazon | Goodreads
    This book follows three girls, Zofi, Akeylah, and Ren, who find out that they are the illegitimate daughters of a dying king. One of them will have to be crowned, but it won’t be that easy; someone is trying to keep them from that privilege. This sounds like it is going to be a fun story to read.

Which books are you most looking forward to this week?