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KelleyAnn Staff Picks

KelleyAnn curates the Mysterious Galaxy Book Crate. She is a bookseller with a deep love for alt-history sci-fi, romantic fantasy, gothic horror, and art history. Within the books she finds her favorites you can expect well-crafted, transporting world-building and beautiful, descriptive prose. When she’s not in a bookstore you can usually find her at a concert, in an Irish pub, or haunting speakeasies.

 

 

 

 

 


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Dark Academia (AKA the Hill I'll Die On)

 


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Blood Over Bright Haven: A Novel By M. L. Wang Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780593873359
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Published: Del Rey - October 29th, 2024

For fans of R.F. Kuang and Olivie Blake, M.L. Wang's new standalone novel is an ambitious and jarring masterpiece. BLOOD OVER BRIGHT HAVEN is a dark academia fantasy that scrutinizes the institution built within it and examines questions of social class, race, and morality with devastating consequences. As the first woman to be admitted into a prestigious order of highmages, Sciona is used to putting in twice as much work for a fraction of the recognition and respect given to her male peers. Despite multiple attempts at sabotage, including assigning her Thomil, a janitor, as her lab assistant, Sciona is fiercely determined to make her mark on history, and has the academic brilliance to follow through. But when the unlikely pair makes a discovery that unveils a terrible conspiracy and sheds light on a tragedy from Thomil's past, Sciona is forced to confront the truth of magic and the world as she's known it.


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I Was A Teenage Slasher By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781668022245
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - July 16th, 2024

I WAS A TEENAGE SLASHER bursts out of the gate with a high body count that keeps climbing until its inevitable and tragic twist.  In 1989, Tolly Driver, our narrator, is a 17-year-old outsider best known as the kid whose dad died tragically. But when a cruel prank at a summer party makes him witness to (and near collateral of) a vengeful slaughtering spree, Tolly becomes unwittingly exposed to a curse that will drive him into a similarly bloody quest for revenge. Set in a town Stephen Graham Jones himself grew up in and a year he was also 17, Jones’s most personal novel yet comes hot on the heels of his Indian Lake trilogy. I WAS A TEENAGE SLASHER is so brilliantly brutal, I almost mistook the tears on my face for the hot splatter of blood.


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A Dark and Drowning Tide: A Novel By Allison Saft Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593722343
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Published: Del Rey - September 17th, 2024

In her adult debut, Allison Saft offers a richly built world rounded out with equally complex characters and of course, her signature romance suffused with longing. A DARK AND DROWNING TIDE is a gorgeously wrought story with many facets -- combining a heroic quest, fantasy elements, a locked room mystery, and at its heart, a sapphic love story. Like stones in a river, embedded beneath layers of Jewish-inspired folklore and fairytale monsters are some beloved romance tropes: academic rivals to lovers, grumpy/sunshine, hurt/comfort, and only one bed (tent). I never wanted this book to end. As beautiful as it is dark, this book is utterly captivating and is sure to sweep you off your feet.


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Heavenbreaker (Deluxe Limited Edition) By Sara Wolf Cover Image
$32.99
ISBN: 9781649375704
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Published: Entangled: Red Tower Books - May 21st, 2024

On the green gas giant Esther, though the nobility live high above the middle and working class, all are kept enrapt by the jousting tournaments held by the crown – in which nobles pilot giant mechs that were once used in the war for high speed, lance-to-lance combat. When her mother is assassinated in front of her, bastard-born Synali von Hauteclare incendiary determination to raze the house of Hauteclare to the ground soon catches the attention of a mysterious noble, who offers her a unique, if suspect, partnership. If she will compete as his champion in the Supernova Cup, the most prestigious jousting tourney, for every win she takes, another Hauteclare complicit in her mother’s murder will die. Sara Wolf’s HEAVEN BREAKER begins with a murder and takes the reader on a non-stop, high-speed revenge thriller that is perfectly balanced between heavy scifi elements, intricate political machinations, and the promise of a deliciously tense rivals-to-lovers romantic subplot. 


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The Game Changer By Lana Ferguson Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780593816837
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Published: Berkley - July 9th, 2024

All notorious hockey player Ian Chase wants is to return to his hometown team to play a last season or two in peace before retiring, but he can't seem to escape the PR nightmare that was his very public divorce. The last person he expects to be his savior though is his best friend (and current roommate) Jack's younger sister, Delilah, whose wholesome cable baking show and beloved girl-next-door image might just be key to turning around his press. THE GAME CHANGER has so many fun tropes -- brother's best friend, forced proximity, fake "dating" with real feelings. It's equal parts cupcake-frosting sweet and locker-room-shower steam, and all butterflies. If friends-to-lovers is your go-to trope, hockey is your sport romance of choice, or you're looking for your next favorite author after bingeing Tessa Bailey, THE GAME CHANGER is one you won't want to miss!


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The Pairing: Special 1st Edition By Casey McQuiston Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250862747
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 6th, 2024

This is THE romance of my chaotic bisexual heart!! Casey McQuiston absolutely knocks it out of the park with THE PAIRING -- the perfect high heat, bi4bi romantic comedy. Almost 4 years after a devastatingly emotional breakup, estranged exes Theo and Kit end up on the same European food and wine tour they originally booked together while still dating. Which is totally fine, because they're, of course, both over each other. So over each other in fact, they agree to totally-friendly hookup competition for the duration of their trip. Absurdity and emotional chaos ensues -- if you love a good, angsty second chance romance, this is it! An absolutely unforgettable feast for the senses, and perhaps one of my favorite romance novels of all time!
 


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The Paradise Problem By Christina Lauren Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668017722
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Published: Gallery Books - May 14th, 2024

After agreeing to a marriage on paper for subsidized housing at UCLA, Anna Green is shocked to find that her divorce wasn’t quite as finalized as she thought. Almost 5 years later, her husband Liam Weston, one of the Weston Foods heirs, shows up on her doorstep, in desperate need of his wife to make an appearance as his date for his little sister’s destination wedding. THE PARADISE PROBLEM is an unforgettable island getaway full of opulence, romantic moments, and family drama – perfectly described as Sucession, but make it spicy. With tropes like fake marriage, forced proximity, and only one bed, CLo’s latest romance will have you sweating, swooning, and laughing out loud.


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Blood on the Tide (Crimson Sails #2) By Katee Robert Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780593639108
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Published: Berkley - May 14th, 2024

Ahoy! Katee Robert returns to the high seas with BLOOD ON THE TIDE, the next installment in their spicy adventure fantasy Crimson Sails series.  Bloodline vampire Lizzie, is fuming over being stuck on a ship in the watery portal world of Threshold with her annoyingly-in-love ex and her new beau. Enter Maeve – a selkie who has had her skin stolen from her, and whose circumstances provides the perfect opportunity for Lizzie to make a break for it. With the perfect brooding grumpy x sunshine pairing, forced proximity, and an abundance of sexy bath scenes – the ensuing tension and desire between Lizzie and Maeve is absolutely magnetic and will have you riveted to the page. This is perhaps my favorite of Katee's many connected worlds and I was so excited to dive in again I found myself tearing through this sequel in a single sitting!


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A Sorceress Comes to Call By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250244079
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Published: Tor Books - August 6th, 2024

With a predominantly female cast of characters that spans a diverse age range -- from fourteen-year-old protagonist Cordelia to her closest ally, Hester, a spinster in her fifties -- A Sorceress Comes to Call takes inspiration from the Brother's Grimm's "The Goose Girl." T. Kingfisher is one of my favorite working writers, and her return to fantasy was everything I hoped it would be and more -- and one that I found myself reading late into the night, utterly captivated by the prose. A dark and enchanting examination of evils, both subtle and overt, Sorceress calls attention to the myriad strengths of women and the love of found family. There's magic, there's plucky geese, and there's a truly demonic horse... what more could a fairytale need? 


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Graveyard Shift: A Novella By M. L. Rio Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250356796
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 24th, 2024

A cigarette break in the campus graveyard brings together an unlikely group of people every night as they work the night shift. But one October night, they discover a freshly dug grave. Searching for answers they disperse, each discovers a fragment that eventually when brought together begins to unveil a horrifying bigger picture. Despite its brevity GRAVEYARD SHIFT weaves complex interpersonal relationships around an eerie page-turning mystery that revolves around themes of insomnia, research ethics, and by its end will have your jaw on the floor. 
 


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Five Broken Blades (Deluxe Limited Edition) By Mai Corland Cover Image
$32.99
ISBN: 9781649376909
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Published: Entangled: Red Tower Books - May 7th, 2024

Five Broken Blades is a fun, fast-paced fantasy with multiple romantic subplots that span a variety of tropes. The world-building is fresh, unique, and easy to digest -- making it great whether you're a high-fantasy lover or a part-time, cross-genre dabbler. This book definitely will have high appeal for any romantasy readers who love a page-turning, action-driven plot first and foremost, and a romance second. But truly, it delivers on both. Featuring multiple POV characters, multiple couples, and multiple plot twists, Five Broken Blades is the perfect fantasy to kick off your summer reading! 
 


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Not in Love By Ali Hazelwood Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780593550427
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Published: Berkley - June 11th, 2024

What happens when a one-night-stand is derailed and each party finds themselves on opposite sides of a hostile company takeover? The answer: a secret, no-strings-attached affair. Especially when the chemistry is as immediate and the tension is as delicious as it is between Rue and Eli. Ali Hazelwood turns up the heat without sacrificing the tender, intimate portrayals of her characters, in what is maybe her spiciest book yet. If you’re looking for a steamy forbidden, workplace romance with a head-over-heels, he-falls-first love interest, add NOT IN LOVE to your TBR ASAP!
 


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Foul Days (The Witch's Compendium of Monsters #1) By Genoveva Dimova Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250877314
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Published: Tor Books - June 25th, 2024

For the first twelve days of the year, known as the Foul Days, monsters run rampant in the streets of the walled city of Chernograd. Cornered by the Tsar of Monsters, Kosara is forced to give up her source of magic - her shadow- in order to make a quick escape. But as a witch without her shadow magic she will succumb to a sickness that will turn her into a shadow herself. Following a tenuous string of clues and forced into a reluctant partnership with a foreign detective, the Foul Days is a quickly-paced urban fantasy brimming with monsters from Slavic folklore. This book is perfect for readers who love character driven fantasy stories like Book of Night and One Dark Window. 


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When Among Crows By Veronica Roth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250855480
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Published: Tor Books - May 14th, 2024

Beautifully and brutally told, WHEN AMONG CROWS is an otherworldly urban fantasy contained within just a handful of pages. Set in a Chicago touched by old world magic, three paths cross. Ala is a zmora who inherited a curse from her mother when she died. Dymitr, a knight with a hidden past, has a bargain for her -- a rare, enchanted flower that may cure her in exchange for her help in finding the witch, Baba Jaga. And then there is Niko, a rare male strzygon, whose job it is to seek vengeance against knights of the Holy Order who would hunt his kind. Taking place over one fateful night, this reluctant quest set against a ticking clock with dire consequences is engaging from the start and utterly unputdownable. 


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Lady Macbeth: A Novel By Ava Reid Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593722565
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Published: Del Rey - August 13th, 2024

Shakespeare is retold in Ava Reid's latest masterpiece, which joins the likes of Madeline Miller in reshaping tales we think we know in newly intimate and fiercely feminist ways. Somehow both brutal and tender in its telling, this book will spit you out wholly transformed.  Reid's prose simultaneously glitters with magic and prophecy and cuts like a dagger straight to the core of what it means to be a woman seeking shelter in a world of men. LADY MACBETH is an all-consuming read you won't want to put down once you start.
 


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The Warm Hands of Ghosts: A Novel By Katherine Arden Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593128251
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Published: Del Rey - February 13th, 2024

Set in between the years of 1917 and 1918, Katherine Arden paints a haunting picture of the Great War in this standalone historical novel with a speculative twist. Told in two converging timelines, the story follows a field nurse as she searches the front for news of her brother, a soldier who has been reported missing and presumed dead. Aching and tender in its portrayal of what it means to be human, THE WARM HANDS OF GHOSTS is a dazzlingly emotional and ultimately triumphant exploration of familial love, honor, and what it means to choose to keep on living when those we love are gone.


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Court of Wanderers: Silver Under Nightfall #2 By Rin Chupeco Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781982195748
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - April 2nd, 2024

Just as expansive, just as bloody, and just as sexy as SILVER UNDER NIGHTFALL before it, COURT OF WANDERERS is a sequel you won't want to miss. This epic conclusion introduces us to the other vampire courts and explores Remy's family's legacy on both his mother and father's side. Combining high stakes political intrigue and a delightfully spicy MMF romance, this duology inspired by CASTLEVANIA is an absolute must read for lovers of epic fantasy and vampire stories with POC and queer representation.  


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Floating Hotel By Grace Curtis Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780756419301
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Published: DAW - March 19th, 2024

A cozy-ish, slice-of-life mystery, FLOATING HOTEL spins a portrait of intrigue akin to The Grand Budapest Hotel in space. Taking place in the titular traveling hotel's twilight years, the Grand Abeona is home and home away from homeworld to a wide array of misfits, rebels, and spies -- be they hotel staff or guests. Each chapter centers around a different character, exploring each person's pasts and their present day dealings in exquisitely detailed study, all while revealing another piece of the puzzle in the central mystery. Running the emotional gamut, this book made me laugh, it made me anxious for what would happen next, and it even made me tear up from time to time. A perfect distillation of nostalgia, nestled amongst the stars, this book is one that I will cherish for a long time to come.


Bride By Ali Hazelwood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593550403
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Published: Berkley - February 6th, 2024

This is KNOT Ali Hazelwood like you've ever seen her before, if you catch my drift here. When I found out this was a marriage of convenience tale between a Vampyre bride and an Alpha Werewolf, I dropped everything to read it and tore through this in a single evening. BRIDE takes the gut-busting humor, STEM jokes, and gushy, unapologetic mashup of tropes you love from Hazelwood's contemporary books into the paranormal romance subgenre. This book is all that it promises and more -- Misery and Lowe's delicately unfurling romance plays accompaniment to a mystery plot in which Misery's best friend and adoptive sister has gone missing.  Celebrating love in all its forms, from two people slowly learning to trust each other to found family to self-acceptance, BRIDE shows that Ali Hazelwood is a master of any romance she turns her pen to.


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The Woods All Black By Lee Mandelo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250790316
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Published: Tordotcom - March 19th, 2024

Deep in the woods of Appalachia, lies Spar Creek -- a town held tight in the grip of religious fervor, shaken by a dark terror stalking its perimeter. Here is where our narrator, Leslie Bruin, is assigned as a nurse. Though determined to do his job, Leslie is met with suspicion and disdain, which is soon stoked to paranoia and outright vitriol as he finds himself in the crossfire between the parish and a young person who they believe must be brought to heel. THE WOODS ALL BLACK is a folk horror, a historical novella, a violently satisfying revenge tale, and a surprisingly spicy T4T monster romance all rolled into one hell of a tight punch, perfect for fans of SLEWFOOT and THE SALT GROWS HEAVY.


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Tales of the Celestial Kingdom By Sue Lynn Tan, Kelly Chong (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sue Lynn Tan, Kelly Chong (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780063326699
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Published: Harper Voyager - February 6th, 2024

Return to the gorgeously wrought world of Daughter of the Moon Goddess in TALES OF THE CELESTIAL KINGDOM. In this short story collection, Sue Lynn Tan revisits this beloved world in 3 parts: prequel stories, new POVs of the events during the Celestial Kingdom duology, and the icing on top of the cake: 2 post epilogue stories. Plus, each story features a gorgeous illustration by Kelly Chong.  If you loved these characters and this world, this is a wonderful expansion that you need on your shelf!


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The Familiar: A Novel By Leigh Bardugo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250884251
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 9th, 2024

Leigh Bardugo’s latest is unlike you’ve ever seen her before, but with all the hallmarks that make her the incredibly talented writer you know. THE FAMILIAR is a character driven historical fantasy standalone built around complicated, ambitious women moving through a world ruled by the cruel insecurities of men. Enter a Madrid of the past — obscured by visions, miracles, religious paranoia, and political machinations, in this tale about the lengths one will go to for autonomy and what those in power will do to deny it.


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What Feasts at Night (Sworn Soldier #2) By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250830852
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Published: Tor Nightfire - February 13th, 2024

Everyone's favorite narrator Alex Easton returns in WHAT FEASTS AT NIGHT! Set in a remote hunting lodge deep in Easton's home country of Gallacia, this sequel to WHAT MOVES THE DEAD is an eerie homecoming tale that will steal your breath away in more ways than one. Where the first installment takes on the form of a retelling with a twist, this followup is haunted by a dark creature from Germanic and Slavic folklore. Kingfisher's clever writing and character-driven horror has a wonderfully wide appeal that makes this series fantastic for anyone hesitantly wanting to test the waters of the genre. Equally charming and creepy, I have yet to find Kingfisher's equal when it comes to horror with heart.
 


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An Education in Malice By S. T. Gibson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316501453
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Published: Redhook - February 13th, 2024

The dramatic suspense of Alex Michaelides’s THE MAIDENS meets S.T. Gibson’s signature lush prose, sensual romance, and intensely gothic sensibilities in this dark academia reimagining of Sheridan le Fanu's Carmilla. An intense academic rivalry that becomes more takes a dark turn when a monster beyond imagining begins leaving a trail of mangled bodies on campus. AN EDUCATION IN MALICE is a perfect page-turner, a sapphic romance with a dash of kink, and a delicious and alarming intersection between romance and horror.