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Happy Thanksgiving!

Some of the books we've been thankful for this year:

 

 

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An Unkindness of Magicians Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781481451192
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - September 26th, 2017

In An Unkindness of Magicians, Kat Howard imagines a war among the magical families of New York City, conducted by duels brilliant, gorgeous, and fatal, to decide which of the Houses will rule the rest. Breaking into this circle of genteel violence is Sydney, the novel’s heroine, an outsider of extraordinary magical ability--and rage. For Sydney knows, bitterly and personally, the dreadful secret of the magical aristocrats’ power. Follow Sydney as she pursues her vengeance and fights to free the magical world of corruption, in a tale that is exciting, imaginative, and dark. Magic has its price. Even Sydney must pay it. Highly recommended! -- David


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An Enchantment of Ravens Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481497589
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 26th, 2017

In the town of Whimsy humans sell their Craft, their artistic creations, to the otherworldly and darkly dangerous fair folk in exchange for magical enchantments. Isobel is a talented artist who paints portraits of the fair folk in exchange for practical protections. But when the Autumn Prince whisks her away to the faerie kingdom she enters a world far more perilous—and beautiful—than she’s ever known.  A perfect blend of Faerie danger and romance, and a book that swept me up in full enchantment. A gorgeous debut.

-- Kelly


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Six Wakes Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316389686
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orbit - January 31st, 2017

And Then There Were None meets Alien in this locked-room, SF-thriller, which grips you from the first scene in the frozen depths of space. On the generational starship, Dormire, Maria bolts awake in a cloning vat, her core-self freshly imprinted after she was killed. Five other crewmates have been brutally murdered, and their new incarnations awake near their own floating corpses. The artificial gravity is off, the ship is far off course, and the A.I. that runs the ship is starting to reboot. The cloning machine that saved Maria has been sabotaged, so if someone kills her now, there’s no coming back. One of the Dormire’s crew is the murderer; problem is, all of them have blood on their hands. Two thousand hibernating souls will never revive if she doesn’t stop the killer before she dies again. -- Rob

 


Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501116841
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Published: Scribner - June 13th, 2017

Lydia Smith works at the Bright Ideas Bookstore in an up-and-coming neighborhood in Denver. For those acquainted with this type of neighborhood, they know it means a population of homeless people are usually waiting at the door when the store opens. Lydia knows that some of the BookFrogs, as she calls them, like to hang around, feeling safe within Bright Ideas’ aisles. When Joey, one of the BookFrogs, commits suicide in the store and leaves his possessions to Lydia, she must unravel the clues left behind within the books, a hidden message that Joey left just for her. As Lydia follows the clues, she rediscovers a long-suppressed memory about her own unusual and violent childhood: a killer who was never caught, the obsessive cop assigned to the case, and her estranged father who may have information about her repressed memories.  Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is for readers who enjoy the idea of a mysterious death in a great location, their local bookstore, and clever clues left behind to unravel and keep the reader guessing until the end. -- Linda


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Daughter of the Burning City Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780373212439
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Published: Harlequin Teen - July 25th, 2017

Amanda Foody pulls you into the smoky world of Gomorrah, where undying fires fueled by the souls of the dead light the traveling festival. In this den of assassins, thieves, and entertainers, we find an illusionist with the power to turn her imaginings into flesh and bone. She has constructed herself a family of these illusions and when the impossible happens and one of them is murdered, her world begins to splinter apart as she frantically searches for the villain who is systematically killing off her family. Truths are never simple though and she is tumbled into a world of political intrigue few know of, where the boy she shouldn’t trust seems her only ally. Foody does the remarkable task of weaving an unpredictable tale that readers can try to figure out but won’t until she decides to let you in on the secret. Daughter of the Burning City contains unique characters not frequently seen in its genre thrown into a world of magic, murder, and self-discovery. -- Constance


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Flame in the Mist Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399171635
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 16th, 2017

Death follows indecision, like a twisted shadow. Fall forward. Keep moving. Even if you must pick yourself up first.” Flame in the Mist is a stunning and intriguing mashup of Mulan and 47 Ronin. The story follows a young woman named Mariko as she struggles to find her place in society, often undermined by many of the male influences in her life. After narrowly escaping an ambush, she decides to create an alter ego, to join the clan that was sent to kill her. Mariko discovers secrets about herself, her family, and her world as she experiences a whole new aspect of life. She’s strong, independent, and a relatable character that captivates readers from the very first page. -- Kaitlyn


The Scarred Woman (A Department Q Novel #7) Cover Image
$30.80
ISBN: 9780525954958
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Published: Dutton - September 19th, 2017

The Scarred Woman features the cantankerous Carl Morck’s unusual and likable cold-case team, Department Q. In this book Copenhagen’s Department Q is tasked with investigating the murder of an elderly woman that is suspiciously similar to a cold case from a decade ago. Concurrently, a hit-and-run murderer of young women on welfare is on the loose, and Department Q’s smart and erratic Rose has a breakdown and disappears. The plot lines come together as Carl and his team investigate these cases and frantically search for Rose, before it is too late to save her. This book touches on a number of themes, including welfare system abuse, prostitution, physical disability, psychological abuse, and mental illness, but it is also laced with dark humor, kindness and love. For fans of Nordic noir, cranky detectives, dark humor, and social satire. – Kim


The Lost Book of the Grail: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399562518
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Published: Viking - February 28th, 2017

This book appealed to me for several reasons. I am a mystery fan, enjoy books about lost or stolen artifacts/relics, and who doesn’t enjoy Arthurian legends – especially the search for the Holy Grail? The author has borrowed Anthony Trollope’s imaginary setting of Barsetshire, how I wished it was real. The story has three time lines, 560 – 1888, 1941, and present day. Switching back and forth builds the tension as you follow a long line of monks who pass along their Guardianship of two very special items. Will the protagonist Arthur and his cohorts discover all the hidden clues and discover the treasure? Or, having interpreted the clues, discover the treasure been lost in time? —Christine


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William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh (William Shakespeare's Star Wars #7) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781594749858
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Published: Quirk Books - October 3rd, 2017

For fans of Star Wars and/or theater alike, The Force Doth Awaken is a delightful addition to the Shakespeare’s Star Wars saga! Doescher’s dedication and love of theater shines through every scene, from playful references to BB-8’s own iambic verse. I loved this book so much I can hardly wait for the next one. – Gary


Motor Crush, Volume 1 Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781534301894
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Published: Image Comics - June 20th, 2017

Motor Crush is a rapid-fire, high-action cyberpunk racing story set in near future southern California. It has a strong female protagonist bike racer, and her father, a bike mechanic and ex-racer, fighting for dominance in the hyper competitive bike racing league of the future. Illegal drugs for racing are popular in the unlicensed racing scene, and our protagonist has a strong addiction that she manages by racing in the underground races at night. Throw in a love story, some bike gangs with kickass style, and a mysterious backstory, and you are racing along with Motor Crush. – Sam


The Tiger's Daughter (Ascendant #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780765392534
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Published: Tor Books - October 3rd, 2017

This quasi-epistolary work recounts the relationship between O-Shizuka (the Phoenix Empress, Daughter of Heaven, the Light of Hokaro, Celestial Flame, and swordswoman extraordinaire) and Barsalyya Shefali Alshar (Qorin horsewoman and leader). The two were born a month apart, mystically connected from their birth, both through omens and through the belief of their mothers, and yet vastly different in their upbringings and passions. Both their peoples engage in battle against invading demons in the Asian-inspired landscape. K. is a passionate tabletop fantasy gamer, and that influence comes through in the best way as Shizuka and Shefali face trials and tribulations together and separately. Compelling characters – I can’t wait to return to this world for more adventures. -- Maryelizabeth

 


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The Good Byline: A Riley Ellison Mystery (Riley Ellison Mysteries #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781938849916
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Published: Prospect Park Books - April 11th, 2017

This laugh-out-loud debut cozy features broken-hearted wannabe obituary writer Riley Ellison. She works in the local library by day, and tries out a dating service in her off-hours in an effort to move on with her life after her long-time sweetheart leaves her in Tuttle Corner, Virginia for greener pastures in Colorado. Riley has a reputation as a bit of a troublemaker after her grandfather (an obituary writer) died under mysterious circumstances and she pressed the town to look into his “suicide.” So when her high school friend, Jordon James “commits suicide,” Riley doesn’t believe it for a moment and begins to look into her death when she agrees to write Jordon’s obituary. All of these plot lines are wrapped around some humorous moments and some great quotes about writing obituaries. For those looking for a new cozy heroine to root for, give Jill and Riley a try. -- Terry