Rachel C's Staff Recommendations

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Rewitched By Lucy Jane Wood Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780593820070
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Published: Ace - September 17th, 2024

For Belladonna Blackthorn (but please call her Belle), being a witch is just background noise while she lives her mostly non-magical life, working at a bookstore and living with her best friend. On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, an annoyingly handsome warlock delivers a summons from her coven for a traditional trial designed to determine her legitimacy as a witch. With help from her mentor, her mother, her cat - and yes, that handsome warlock - she'll have to recapture the joy of being a witch... or lose her magic entirely. What a wonderful debut! If you love found family (and just regular family), cozy witchy vibes, sweet slow-burn romance, or just a good story about rediscovering the simple magic of believing in yourself, make sure you pick this one up. Can't wait to see more from Lucy Jane Wood! 


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Swordcrossed By Freya Marske Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250341624
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Published: Bramble - October 8th, 2024

Mattinesh Jay is a man who will do anything for his family, including marry to save his House and their wool business from ruin. Luca Piere is a man who will lie, cheat, and steal in order to avoid responsibility and the mess he left back home. Unfortunately for Matti, he needs to hire Luca as his best man to perform the traditional duel that is expected at the joining of two major Houses. Unfortunately for Luca, he's falling for Matti. Marske weaves a sweet standalone romance in this fabric arts themed fantasy that has everything you'd want from the queen of queer longing: low-stakes heists, genuinely heartfelt family dynamics, and of course multiple interpretations of crossing swords. Surely there must be a German word that captures the feeling of finishing a Freya Marske book: happy because she words good, sad because no more words, needing more words yesterday. 


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Locked in Pursuit: An Electra McDonnell Novel (Electra McDonnell Series #4) By Ashley Weaver Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250885906
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 14th, 2024

It's been months since reformed thief and safecracker Electra McDonnell has seen Major Ramsey, months since he nearly died to save her, and in the meantime the bombs have continued to fall on London in 1941. When Ellie's sense for illegal deeds brings an article about a simple house robbery to the Major's desk, the two once again become embroiled in a mission to stop a valuable asset from falling into Nazi hands. Meanwhile, simmering in the background is a question Ellie can't bear to ask - with her own past as a thief and her parents' tragic endings possibly hiding something worse, something treasonous, will she ever be good enough for the Major? Prepare yourself to enter a reading fugue state with this latest thrilling installment from Weaver - this was a one-day, "I don't want this to end but I can't stop reading" kind of book. Ashley Weaver said, "I see your piddling 'slow burn, will-they-won't-they' and I raise you an 'I could love you, but I don't think I can trust you, and also we have to defeat Nazis'" - and I will never get enough of it.


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Funny Story By Emily Henry Cover Image
$23.20
ISBN: 9780593441282
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Published: Berkley - April 23rd, 2024

Daphne thought she'd found her happily ever after; instead, she was just a footnote in the love story of her fiancé and his childhood best friend. With no friends or family nearby, she has no choice but to move in with the other person most affected by this predicament: Miles, the other jilted party. After a night of drinking and camaraderie, they agree to a simple scheme: Miles will introduce Daphne to all the delights of her new small town, and if their exes should see pictures of them on social media and get the wrong idea, well, that's just a bonus. Another excellent read from the queen herself! Once again, we are exploring serious themes, this time highlighting how difficult it is to make friends as an adult and how heartbreaking it is when parents don't measure up to our expectations. The heartbreak is tempered by Henry's signature charm - and yes, it is kind of a funny story. 


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Gravity Lost: A Novel (Ambit's Run #2) By L. M. Sagas Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250871282
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Published: Tor Books - July 23rd, 2024

Trouble once again finds the crew of the good ship Ambit in this rip-roaring second installment from LM Sagas. Sagas serves up a tasty soup of sci-fi adventure ingredients (heists, hot exits, haunting locales) that's spiced just right (tea, teasing, tears) that it's just what this found family trope lover could ask for. And how dare Sagas give us more to love this time around? I found myself instantly falling for brand-new characters with one line of dialogue, enthusiastically rooting for a morally questionable character, and cheering on my favorite crew of idiots as they rally to avert disaster. It's really rude when authors write books that make you feel things and then leave you wanting more - please, kind author, may I have another serving? 


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Sorcery and Small Magics (The Wildersongs Trilogy #1) By Maiga Doocy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316576758
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Published: Orbit - October 15th, 2024

At the sorcery school known as the Fount, Leovander Loveage and Sebastian Grimm are notorious for completely different reasons - the former for partying instead of writing spells, the latter for being both powerful and insufferable. When the two are forced to work together, a suspicious mix-up results in Leo being trapped under a control curse with dire consequences. As they venture into the Unquiet Wood, braving outlaws and monsters aplenty to find a sorcerer who can write the perfect counterspell, they start to discover the power in different kinds of magic, and that even bad first impressions can be redeemed with second chances. If you're looking for a book that makes you want to instantly start the next book, or one that's the perfect mixture of Freya Marske and Everina Maxwell, or one that makes you want to push two fictional characters' faces together and say "now kiss!" - look no further! 


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A Grave Robbery (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery #9) By Deanna Raybourn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593545959
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Published: Berkley - March 12th, 2024

Freshly home after another invigorating brush with death, amateur sleuths Veronica Speedwell and Stoker Templeton-Vane are content working on their usual scientific endeavors. When Stoker receives a commission to install a mechanical breathing mechanism into a wax figure, he makes a grim discovery: the figure is a perfectly preserved corpse. Determined to put the mystery woman to rest with dignity, the two scientists set out to find out why she died, and more importantly, who would go to such lengths to preserve the body - and for what purpose. Sleeping Beauty meets Frankenstein in the ninth Veronica Speedwell mystery, and it's positively ghoulish in the best way. It's particularly enjoyable to see how far Veronica and Stoker have come, both professionally and personally (and that she can still make him blush after all this time). Sometimes a series can flag in quality by this point, but not in the hands of Queen Deanna - she continues to slay, in every sense of the word. 


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The Rom-Commers: A Novel By Katherine Center Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250283801
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 11th, 2024

Romantic comedies are just stories, and yet award-winning screenwriter Charlie Yates has just turned in the world's worst rom com, with neither romance or comedy on the page. When his manager sends the script to Emma Wheeler, the task is simple - make the script not terrible. After a decade of caring for her father, Emma no longer has aspirations of making it as a screenwriter, but she knows stories, and she's not afraid to offend Charlie even if he's written all of her favorite movies. With scant weeks to rehabilitate the script, the two will have to make words into reality, and if they fall in love along the way... well, that's just how stories work. Did I cry? Duh, it's a Katherine Center book. There's so much to love (namely, a plethora of side characters and storylines) that's impossible to summarize, and it really drives home that there is a certain magic to rom coms that is simply indefinable yet wonderful when done right. One thing is for sure - Center makes it look easy!


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The Tumbling Girl By Bridget Walsh Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781913547639
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Published: Gallic Books - April 9th, 2024

While the rest of London in 1876 is quivering at the thought of the Hairpin Killer, Minnie Ward is more concerned with who killed her best friend and got away with it. Staged as a suicide, only Minnie seems to care that the rope burns on her wrists couldn't possibly be from her acrobatics routine. When she hires private detective Albert Easterbrook, she intends to get justice for her friend - only to uncover a dark criminal conspiracy that preys on the lower classes. As Minnie herself becomes a target, the two have to decide how far they can go before it's too late. This one is, in a word, spine-tingling, with some of the more gruesome scenes I've seen in a while. Walsh leaves the reader with the distinct feeling that, much like Holmes and Watson, Ward and Easterbrook have many more grisly murders to solve, and there might even be a Moriarty-esque character waiting in the wings. As a fan of Deanna Raybourne's long running Veronica Speedwell series, I'm ecstatic find a comparable series at its start. 


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Running Close to the Wind By Alexandra Rowland Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250802538
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Published: Tordotcom - June 11th, 2024

Imagine, if you will, pirates. Now imagine: a ratty little man (not a pirate) with supernaturally good luck, a grumpy pirate captain with supernaturally bad luck, and an extremely attractive monk (he's so... shoulders) with an inconvenient vow of celibacy. Also, there's plot: a stolen secret, sea serpent mating season, and the most intense cake competition ever seen. Alexandra Rowland has been possessed by the spirit of Terry Pratchett writing an episode of Our Flag Means Death, and we are simply the benefactors of their supreme comedic talents. Looking for a book stacked with quotable lines? Look no further. 


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Cascade Failure: A Novel (Ambit's Run #1) By L. M. Sagas Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250871251
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Published: Tor Books - March 19th, 2024

Out in the depths of space, three groups hold all the power - and they're hiding something big. When the ragtag group aboard the Ambit respond to a distress call, they find a planet full of dead bodies, one grateful programmer, and a whole lot of trouble. Who knew trouble could be so fun and heartwarming? This crew is so charming and full of life that it's easy to forget that one of them is the AI that captains the ship. If you like your action and adventure with a side of creative nicknames, knitting, and pancakes (AKA if you're always chasing that Firefly feeling), this is the book for you. 


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Ghost Station By S.A. Barnes Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250884923
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Published: Tor Nightfire - April 9th, 2024

Dr. Ophelia Bray has a specific reason for dedicating her life to preventing ERS, a condition associated with space travel that can result in mass murder, and she'd rather not talk about it. At the first opportunity to study the condition and avoid controversy at home, she runs - straight to a crew that's suspicious of her motives, cagey about the death of a team member, and uninterested in her attempts at therapy. As the crew's mission to establish residency on an abandoned planet is imperiled by another death and devolves into horror and distrust, Ophelia and team have to work together to get the hell off the planet in one piece. The choice to place a psychologist in the middle of a psychological horror is just brilliant - watching Ophelia talk herself past fear was a treat. Take the cosmic horror of Leviathan Wakes and the claustrophobic helplessness of Doctor Who's "The Waters of Mars" and you have a book that will keep you guessing and quaking in your space boots all the way through. 


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Time to Shine By Rachel Reid Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781335458537
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Published: Carina Adores - September 26th, 2023

Backup goalie Landon Stackhouse knows that his temporary job with the Calgary team is to shut up and warm the bench, and as a quiet loner, he relishes the opportunity to fade into the background. But his teammate Casey Hicks keeps talking to him, even offering him a place to stay, and Landon can't help but be drawn in by his sweet and friendly nature. Even their teammates are shipping it! But as Landon's time on the team draws to an end, can these two make it work? Wow, okay, somehow, within a few chapters, this book took me from "ugh, hockey" to "these are my sons, and I will go to all of their hockey games." Since I can't do that, I'll just have to hand sell the heck out of this wonderful book. I can't wait for more from Rachel Reid! 


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Hello Stranger: A Novel By Katherine Center Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781250283788
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Published: St. Martin's Press - July 11th, 2023

After a seizure leads to brain surgery to repair the same congenital condition that killed her mother, portrait artist Sadie Montgomery can no longer see faces. The pieces are there, but they no longer make sense - she can't recognize her best friend, her evil stepsister, her probably handsome veterinarian, or even her probably cute and definitely helpful neighbor - and she has scant weeks to paint a portrait in time for a portrait competition worth ten thousand dollars. Katherine Center does it again! She takes a condition that a surprising number of people cope with every day and turns it into a meditation on how we truly relate to each other - how do you recognize somebody, how can you trust your own instincts, when one major sense is taken away? You'll cry, you'll laugh, you might do a ton of research on prosopagnosia, and it's worth every minute. 


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A Power Unbound (The Last Binding #3) By Freya Marske Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250788955
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Published: Tordotcom - November 7th, 2023

Greedy magicians plot to steal all of Britain's magic, and only a small group of misfits stand in their way. Honestly, it's impossible to summarize the third and final book in the Last Binding trilogy without spoiling it and sounding like a crazy person. It's beyond normal human capacity to encapsulate the enormity of this power struggle, the treasure of this friend group built over the previous two books, and the scorching hot romance between two extremely unlikely people. So do yourself a favor and read all three books, then start a group chat with your friends so you can all-caps scream at each other about how Freya Marske has both ruined and saved your life. 


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The English Experience: A Novel (The Dear Committee Trilogy #3) By Julie Schumacher Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385550123
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Published: Doubleday - August 15th, 2023

When professionally tired English department chair Jason Fitger is pressganged into chaperoning the idiotically named Experience: Abroad winterim program, it's just another indignity in a long career of them. Resigned to revisiting a place he never liked in the first place (England, ironically), it's up to Fitger to keep eleven youths alive and academically engaged for three whole weeks, even if it kills him. The latest from Schumacher completes a trilogy focusing on Fitger and his foibles, but it holds up on its own as an exploration of a specific undergrad experience: the study abroad program. And let me tell you, it's painfully, hilariously accurate. The tours, the essays, the misuse of grammar and idioms, the students ranging from distracted to drunk to far too intense - if you were lucky (or unlucky) enough to experience a study abroad program, whether as a student or teacher, The English Experience will have you howling.


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All the Sinners Bleed: A Novel By S. A. Cosby Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250831910
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 6th, 2023

The South is haunted, and so is Titus Crown. A former FBI agent turned first Black sheriff of his hometown of Charon County, Titus's days are filled with white supremacists, holier-than-thou church leaders, and bureaucratic blowhards, but it's the memories that keep him up at night. And then a school shooting uncovers a serial killer in their midst, and nobody in Charon County will be the same. For most people, the prospect of a tightly-plotted narrative with a truly horrifying killer is enough. But the real staying power comes from SA Cosby's voice and the undeniable truth of life in a small Southern town. If you assumed everyone in a small town knows each other, All the Sinners Bleed is here to disabuse you of that notion. 


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Starter Villain By John Scalzi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765389220
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Published: Tor Books - September 19th, 2023

Divorced substitute teacher Charlie Fitzer doesn't expect anything when his estranged uncle Jake dies - even if he was a billionaire. So when he inherits what turns out to be his uncle's supervillain empire, he's more than a little nonplussed. And that's before he finds out that the admin department is composed of sentient cats. Throw in a volcano lair, a few powerful enemies, and some truly foulmouthed dolphins, and Charlie's got himself in quite the pickle. It's hard to explain how delightful Starter Villain is, as so much of it is dependent on Scalzi's uniquely understated comedic je ne sais quoi. Charlie is the perfect everyman, with the best quality of all: knowing when to shut up and listen to the cats. You won't have more fun this year than the time it takes you to read this gem. 


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Happy Place By Emily Henry Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593441275
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Published: Berkley - April 25th, 2023

Harriet and Wyn were each other's happy place until five months ago, when their years-long relationship suddenly, and secretly, ended. Now, at one last annual getaway with their four best friends, they have to grit their teeth and pretend everything's fine - and that they're not still madly in love with each other. This is Emily Henry at her most mature - capturing that real, enduring love that goes beyond the spark and the declarations, to the aches and pains of a life lived uncertainly, the façades we build to avoid causing a fuss. Harriet and Wyn broke my heart and then put it back together in that wonderfully bittersweet way that only a god-tier writer can achieve. It's a story to keep you up past your bed time, to make you cry, to make you say "damn you Emily Henry" with not just love but gratitude in your heart. 


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The Boyfriend Candidate: A Sizzling Slow-Burn Romantic Comedy By Ashley Winstead Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781525804960
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Published: Graydon House - May 9th, 2023

When meek middle school librarian Alexis Stone puts on her sexiest dress and walks into the hottest bar in town, she never expected to actually make a connection with someone. But Logan is her total opposite - foul-mouthed, opinionated, outspoken - in the most thrilling way. Except, it turns out he's an infamous gubernatorial candidate with a playboy rep, and to prevent damage to his campaign after photos leak of the two of them partially unclothed, Alexis has to pretend she's been his girlfriend all along. But that's okay, because Alexis is completely not going to fall for Logan, and Logan is totally not actually head over heels for Alexis. Right? Right. Political romance novels should be so difficult to write, but Ashley Winstead manages to make it look easy. And I'm allergic to politics! The journey toward Alexis finding her voice, and the obvious admiration and support from Logan even as the stress of campaigning takes over, is just so perfectly played. I was clapping with glee, yelling "just kiss already!" randomly, gesticulating wildly to make well thought-out points to fictional characters who couldn't possibly see me, and it was so much fun. 


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These Burning Stars (The Kindom Trilogy #1) By Bethany Jacobs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316463324
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Published: Orbit - October 17th, 2023

A single coin holds a memory that could uncover the truth behind a genocide that nearly tore the galaxy-spanning empire apart decades ago. Three women pursue the memory: Jun, a hacker and thief; Esek, unpredictable heir to the powerful Nightfoot family; and Chono, a stoic holy woman trained by Esek. Like a puppeteer playing with all three is a mysterious figure known only as Six, a ghost of Esek and Chono’s past, whose machinations will have unexpected consequences for all involved. What a debut! Esek is one of the most compelling and repulsive characters I’ve had the dubious pleasure of reading – one of those charming psychopaths whose every action made me cringe along with everyone with whom she interacted. Jacobs plays these characters like an arpeggio, bouncing back and forth in time, adding layers upon layers until the shocking denouement. It’s a masterfully constructed story, with a twist so cleverly hidden that a second read is a necessity. 


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To Swoon and to Spar: A Novel (The Regency Vows #4) By Martha Waters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781668007907
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Published: Atria Books - April 11th, 2023

After years of trying to regain his ancestral home from his estranged uncle, Penvale finally gets his lucky break, with one condition - he has to marry his uncle's ward Jane, an ill-tempered young woman who just wants to be left alone with her books. Oh, and the house might be haunted - or at least that's what Jane wants Penvale to think if she's ever going to be rid of him. A Martha Waters book is an insta-read for me, and this might be my new favorite! Nobody mixes farcical comedy with heartfelt romance quite like her. Jane's blunt grumpiness and Penvale's gentle amusement had me laughing from start to finish. 


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Playing It Safe: An Electra McDonnell Novel (Electra McDonnell Series #3) By Ashley Weaver Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250885876
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 9th, 2023

Once again, former safecracking thief Ellie McDonnell takes on an undercover mission in the name of king and country at the request of Major Ramsey, this time in the seaside town of Sunderland. Though instructed to simply await further instructions, when an otherwise perfectly healthy man suddenly dies in the street, Ellie has no choice but to dive into the investigation. With cyanide poisonings and a counterfeiting conspiracy backed by German spies, it's up to Ellie and Major Ramsey to stop the spies before either of them is the next target. Ashley Weaver has really turned up the heat in this third installment, in more ways than one. The constant threat of discovery and death hangs over every interaction, yet Ellie's ingenuity and street smarts never fails to impress. Then there's the slow-simmering something between Ellie and the major - will those two patriots ever get their chance? Weaver has me hooked. 


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The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches By Sangu Mandanna Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593439357
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Published: Berkley - August 23rd, 2022

Mika Moon is lonely; it's the reality of being a modern witch. When she's invited to a mysterious place called Nowhere House to tutor three young witches, she should refuse, but she doesn't. In a house run by a housekeeper, a groundskeeper and his retired actor husband, and a grumpy (and gorgeous) librarian for an absentee archeologist who fosters the girls, Mika is the only person who can help the girls control their magic. Now all Mika has to do is keep the girls' feet on the ground (literally!) and her heart guarded from something she shouldn't want - to love and be loved. Finally, a witch book that really nails it! The magic in this book is that perfect balance of wicca-ish and Sabrina the Teenage Witch silliness, but the real winner is the human element of found family. Mandanna's writing is relentlessly charming - mark me down as devotee! 


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A Taste of Gold and Iron By Alexandra Rowland Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250800381
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Published: Tordotcom - August 30th, 2022

Following an altercation with the body-father of his sister's newborn child, Prince Kadou must prove his loyalty to his sister, the sultan, and figure out who is behind the counterfeit currency plot that could ruin their country of Arasht. Crippled with anxiety, Kadou finds himself stuck with a terse new bodyguard, Evemer, who doesn't seem to like Kadou all that much. After a series of incidents in which Kadou improbably proves himself more canny, dutiful, and capable than Evemer thought possible, an undying loyalty and trust grows between them - and evolves into something more. In every way, this is the romance I've been waiting for. The slow build between Kadou and Evemer was so well done that I often flipped back to reread passages just for fun. Also, every (non-evil) character in this book is iconic, and Rowland had me cackling, blushing, and screaming at multiple points. Rowland's worldbuilding encompasses not only the touch-taste of precious metals that drives the plot, but also a fully realized system of genders, pronouns, orientations, even degrees of paternity. I finished this work wanting - maybe needing - to revisit it immediately to recapture the feeling of pure joy that infuses every page. 


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Ocean's Echo (The Resolution Universe) By Everina Maxwell Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250758866
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Published: Tor Books - November 1st, 2022

Tennal Halkana can't escape the truth of his existence no matter where he runs, who he sleeps with, or how many drugs he takes - he's a mind reader, the result of illegal neuromodification experiments. Out of options, he's conscripted into the military, forced to sync with Surit Yeni, an architect capable of controlling a mind as wild and chaotic as Tennal's. Yet Surit won't sync an unwilling reader, so they fake the sync and plan Tennal's escape. What follows is a fight they never anticipated - for autonomy, for justice, and for each other. Maxwell deepens the worldbuilding established in Winter's Orbit with a focus on the mysterious alien remnants that seem to have endless horrifying possibilities. I don't know how it's possible in a story that engages in difficult topics such as coercion and mental health issues, but Ocean's Echo left me with a distinctly warm feeling. Can one feel hugged by a space opera? Asking for a friend. 


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A Restless Truth (The Last Binding #2) By Freya Marske Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250788917
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Published: Tordotcom - November 1st, 2022

Maud Blyth has a mission: pose as a lady's maid on board an ocean liner to escort an old lady who has key information in the fight against a magical conspiracy to steal power from every magician in England. And then the old lady gets murdered. Armed with a notebook filled with her brother Robin's visions of the future, a scandalous actress, a bored lord, a surprisingly helpful thief, and a foulmouthed bird, Maud has to find the murderer before she becomes the next victim. The second book in the Last Binding trilogy manages to capture the same energy of the first book while being almost entirely different - and no matter what, I'm here for the Edwardian clothing, the cat's cradle-esque magic, and the queer romances. One gets the feeling she could take the world established in this trilogy and spin it into a few more series - or maybe that's my wishful thinking. To say I'm ready for the next book would be an understatement - I'm slamming my fists on the desk screaming WANT. BOOK. NOW. Respectfully. 


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The Bodyguard: A Novel By Katherine Center Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250219398
Published: St. Martin's Press - July 19th, 2022

Hannah looks like an ordinary young woman, which is a great advantage in her profession as a bodyguard. Dumped by her boyfriend/coworker the day after her mother's funeral, she's determined stay professional and prove herself to her boss - but then she gets assigned to Jack Stapleton. You know him, of course - twice voted sexiest man alive, blockbuster movie actor, and recently the subject of a death threat or two. With his mother's health in question, Hannah has no choice but to pretend to be Jack's girlfriend in order both keep him safe and not worry his family. Now she just has to do her job... and guard her heart. What a thoroughly charming book this is! Hannah's matter-of-fact voice is so funny that I could listen to her talk about security and guns all day, and Jack is so wonderfully quirky (always misses when throwing away trash, does tricks on horseback) that I couldn't help but fall for him along with Hannah. Center's writing style is super charming and adorably weird (there's a character named Dog House!); I was laughing the whole time.


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Lucy on the Wild Side By Kerry Rea Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593201862
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Published: Berkley - September 13th, 2022

Lucy loves nothing more than gorillas and her job as a zookeeper, so she's thrilled that her zoo will be featured on a hit nature docuseries... until she's asked to be part of the filming process. Lucy and cameras do not mix, and what's worse is that the show's gorgeous and popular host, Kai Bridges, overhears her complaining about his overblown ego and lack of brains. But if she wants a promotion to senior keeper, she has to play nice - on camera and with her new nemesis. Kerry Rea had me both cackling and crying in this book, which is not an easy thing to do! I enjoyed Lucy's initial pettiness toward Kai quite a bit (maybe more than I should have), and their banter was top tier. This book has a ton of heart, and it left me wanting more in the best way. 


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The Belle of Belgrave Square (Belles of London #2) By Mimi Matthews Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593337158
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Published: Berkley - October 11th, 2022

Beauty and the Beast meets Jane Eyre in this sweet historical romance from Mimi Matthews. Shy bluestocking Julia Wychwood only feels confident on her beloved horse's back. Captain Jasper Blunt seems to be her opposite in every way - from his vicious reputation in battle to the rumors of his illegitimate children locked away in his remote ruined castle, complete with a locked tower room. But his intimidating exterior doesn't fool Julia, and their marriage of convenience might just be the love match of the season. My favorite romance novels are the ones where the two main characters are equals - in this case, both equally lost and needing someone to see past rumors and lies. Historical romance enthusiasts will want to keep an eye on this series from Mimi Matthews! 


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Seams Deadly (A Measure Twice Sewing Mystery #1) By Maggie Bailey Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781639104697
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Published: Crooked Lane Books - September 5th, 2023

Recently divorced Lydia Barnes is making a new start in a small town, working at a quilting shop by day and sewing her own clothing by night. After an awkward first date with her neighbor ends in a fist bump, she brings him some brownies, only to find him dead at his desk, fabric shears sticking out of his neck. With police suspicion on her, it's up to Lydia to find the culprit amongst her new neighbors before she's the next victim. What a fun, cozy read, and a promising start to a fabric arts-themed series! The story is peppered with names of indie pattern companies and patterns they produce, as well as descriptions of sewing techniques and supplies, which made me extremely happy as a fellow sewist. By the end of this book, I was ready to start solving murders, but only after I finished sewing a murder-solving dress. 


Danger on the Atlantic (A Jane Wunderly Mystery #3) By Erica Ruth Neubauer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781496725929
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Published: Kensington - February 21st, 2023

There's a spy aboard the RMS Olympic in 1926, and Jane Wunderly is on the case with Redvers, posing as his wife as they look for the suspect. But what starts out as a search for a spy becomes more complicated when a passenger's husband goes missing, yet his existence is disputed by all but the wife and Jane herself. With everyone else doubting the flighty socialite's claims, it's up to Jane to prove her investigative talents. Three books in, this series delivers! I love all of the historical detail so much, and I especially love that Jane flouts societal standards with quiet confidence. Much like Redvers, I would trust Jane's instincts any day. 


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A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting: A Novel By Sophie Irwin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593491973
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Published: Penguin Books - April 18th, 2023

For some romance readers, every time we crack open a historical romance, we hope to find a spiritual successor to Pride and Prejudice. I would like to humbly submit that perhaps Sophie Irwin has managed to produce this holy grail: a novel of manners that brings the Regency era to life for a modern audience. After the deaths of her parents, Kitty Talbot has one option to save herself and her four sisters from destitution: she has to marry a man, the richer the better. When a chance encounter lands Kitty and her sister Cecily in the good graces of the de Lacy family, an advantageous match seems inevitable - until the elder de Lacy, Lord Radcliffe, returns to find his younger brother infatuated with a rank upstart. Today's readers can find much to relate to - wealth disparity isn't exactly a thing of the past, after all - while still enjoying nods to a bygone era. Make yourself a cup of tea - this is a story to savor.


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Book Lovers By Emily Henry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593334836
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Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2022

Highly competent literary agent Nora Stephens is tired of being the evil shrew girlfriend in the “romantic hero falls for plucky small-town heroine” trope - after the fourth breakup, enough is enough. When her pregnant sister proposes a small-town getaway to embrace romance novel tropes and clock some sister bonding time, Nora begrudgingly agrees. Now if only she could escape the company of her editor nemesis, Charlie Lastra, who's popping up all over the same small town. I really appreciate this book not only for the steamy romance and the meta-commentary on romance novel tropes, but also the representation of people who are not warm and cuddly. There's someone out there for everyone! Emily Henry has such a great facility with making characters who feel real, and Book Lovers might be her best work yet. 


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Love on the Brain By Ali Hazelwood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593336847
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Published: Berkley - August 23rd, 2022

Purple-haired scientist Bee Königswasser's big opportunity at NASA comes with one problem in the form of her project's co-lead, the man who hates her the most: Levi Ward. But when she confronts him about missing supplies and lack of email access, suddenly Levi is... nice? Helpful? Supportive? Surely this is some sort of bizarro world where Levi never hated Bee to begin with. I just need to know… how does Ali Hazelwood do it? By the end of the first page, I knew Love on the Brain would be one of my favorite reads of the year. Every page is a delight, every character is wonderful - you just have to read this for yourself.


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Portrait of a Scotsman (A League of Extraordinary Women #3) By Evie Dunmore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984805720
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Published: Berkley - September 7th, 2021

When artist and banking heiress Hattie Greenfield is found in a compromising position with her father's business rival, intimidating financier Lucian Blackstone, she has no choice but to marry him. As a suffragette and one of the first female scholars admitted to Oxford, Hattie is horrified to lose what little legal autonomy she had to a man she barely knows, even if she is wildly attracted to him. When the two head to Scotland for a business trip instead of a romantic honeymoon, Lucian's taciturn nature and ruthless business tactics start to make sense as she learns of the dire situation of the mining community in her new husband's hometown. There's so much going on in this romance novel, and it's fantastic - Dunmore does the work, setting her characters in the midst of multiple historically accurate legal and moral struggles and touching upon everything from Marx to Sojourner Truth. Oh, and did I mention that this is also a very steamy romance novel? Three books in, Dunmore's ability to balance serious and sexy is verging upon legendary.


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Shorefall: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy #2) By Robert Jackson Bennett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984822772
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Published: Del Rey - October 19th, 2021

"Will everything we build turn to nothing but ugliness?" After the events of Foundryside, Sancia and her friends are making great strides at democratizing the art of scriving in the city of Tevanne. But then an eldritch god is resurrected, one who can rewrite reality and destroy worlds, and Tevanne is the first on his list. Shorefall takes the implications of Foundryside and makes them a horrible reality - a soul-crushing, time-bending, world-ending reality. But what is reality, when symbols can divorce body and mind, when the death of thousands can make endless midnight, when love can rip whole civilizations apart? This book broke my heart in the best way possible; this series is a must-read!


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The Heart Principle By Helen Hoang Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451490841
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Published: Berkley - August 31st, 2021

After her boyfriend declares that they should try an open relationship, YouTube-famous violinist Anna Sun decides to use this as an opportunity to break out of her rut. But her first attempt at a one-night stand with Quan Diep isn't successful, or the second or third, because they both have serious issues to overcome. When Anna's lifechanging diagnosis coincides with a family tragedy, Quan is the only one she can turn to - but can they work past their issues and fight for each other? Wow - I didn't think I could love Helen Hoang and her writing more, but this one blew me away. Anna and Quan's struggles are incredibly relatable and so important to discuss and understand. This is the romance novel to shove in people's hands if they dare say romance novels are too fluffy or sentimental.


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To Love and to Loathe: A Novel (The Regency Vows #2) By Martha Waters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982160876
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Published: Atria Books - April 6th, 2021

Diana, Lady Templeton, and Jeremy, Marquess of Willingham, are always at each other's throats - he's an incorrigible rake, and she's a wealthy young widow. When Diana wagers that he'll be married within a year, Jeremy is confident he'll win. But then Jeremy's former mistress gives him negative feedback about his so-called skills, and he realizes he needs an honest review from his toughest critic: Diana. As a longtime reader of Regency-era romance novels, I'm ashamed to say I did not know about this series until the second book. If you read romance for the banter, this one is for you - Waters knows the genre well, and she has aptitude for both winking at tropes and using them sincerely. This book hasn't even been released yet, and I already can't wait to read the next in the series.


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Second First Impressions: A Novel By Sally Thorne Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062912855
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Published: Avon - April 13th, 2021

Ruthie (responsible, hardworking young manager of a retirement community) and Teddy (flaky, hot mess son of the retirement community owner) are opposites. When once-and-future-tattoo-artist Teddy gets trapped into being a personal assistant for two demanding residents of the community, Ruthie is sure Teddy will be gone the next day. Instead, Teddy thrives, working his way into everyone's hearts with his sweet nature and impulsive, fun personality. With his inevitable departure on the horizon, Ruthie just needs to guard her heart long enough to stay safe in her protective bubble of the retirement community forever. I have to say - this one really got to me. I cared so much about each character, and when I was done reading, I immediately flipped back to my favorite parts to enjoy them again. It's rare to find a romance novel that has both heart and sizzle in equal measure, but Sally Thorne makes it seem easy.


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Hench: A Novel By Natalie Zina Walschots Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062978585
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 9th, 2021

If your employer is evil, are you evil as well? Anna Tomedlov is a hench, temping for various low-rent villains to make ends meet. Her work is making spreadsheets, not holding people hostage or making death rays. When a superhero inadvertently ruins her life, she decides to exact revenge in the only way she knows how: compiling data that proves that superheroes cause way more damage than supervillains. Beginning to end, this novel is so compelling that reading it was effortless. Anna is such a relatable character - like so many hourly workers, she's just trying her best to survive and pay rent. Sure, there are superpowered people in this story, but make no mistake: this is the story of an ordinary young woman using her greatest asset, her brain, to gain power and agency.


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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) By Holly Black Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316310314
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 4th, 2018

Raised by her parents' murderer in the land of Faerie, surrounded by strange magic, fantastical elegance, and unimaginable cruelty for over half her life, Jude Duarte becomes a sword sharpened slowly and painstakingly. Not happy to simply survive amidst the Folk, Jude fights back with hand and mind, surprising and intriguing those who underestimated her. Every choice is a matter of life and death, and trust is not an option. This is an edge-of-your-seat court intrigue plot from the perspective of a teenage girl who just wants to not feel powerless anymore. Jude is a wonderfully realized character, at times scared, jealous, calculating, gullible, loving, and violent - she does not fit into any mold. The endings of both The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King left me breathless. I am dying to read the final installment in this series!


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Providence By Max Barry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593085196
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 4th, 2021

Having been a Max Barry fan for a while now, I have to say - I love this book even more than I hoped I would. It's way more science fiction than his previous novels, in a way that reminded me of The Martian, Ender's Game, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Four people on a battle-ready spaceship run by AI, hunting down murderous alien lifeforms - what could go wrong? Besides being a space adventure, the book also highlights relevant topics, such as replacing human intelligence with AI, developing military at the expense of civilian life, and using media to create a narrative. You won't be able to put this book down!


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One True Loves By Elise Bryant Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062982872
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Published: Balzer + Bray - December 27th, 2022

Seventeen-year-old Lenore's family is the definition of Black excellence - a lawyer, nonprofit business owner, a pre-law student, and an actual 10-year-old genius. So why can't she commit to a major? The summer cruise along the coast of Europe with her family is supposed to be a getaway, perhaps complete with whirlwind romance, but instead the pressure is on to figure out her whole life plan or face the disappointment of her family. Then sweet, helpful Alex Lee with his ten-year med school plan shows up to ruin her whole summer - and steal her heart in the process. This book is so sweet. I really felt for Lenore - not everyone can, or should, figure out their whole life by seventeen! - and I rooted for her as she figured out ways to open up about her struggles with her loved ones. I look forward to more from Elise Bryant! 


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Today Tonight Tomorrow By Rachel Lynn Solomon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534440258
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2021

On the last day of high school, bitter rivals Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have one more chance to one-up each other. It's the school's traditional senior class scavenger hunt around Seattle, and these two overachievers have to set aside their differences and figure out if they'd rather win the grand prize or each other's hearts. This book was a win all the way through! Solomon manages to create a rivalry that wasn't heavily weighed on one side or the other. If you've been craving a well-written YA romance, you should put this one on your list.