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Kelly

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Kelly is the store's Manager.  Dark, lush, magical, and fairy-tale stories are sure to capture her heart. She is a reader of all things fantastic: from children’s fantasy literature to modern fantasy to medieval literature. As a lover of fairy tales and classic literature, she loves retellings and as a Lord of the Rings lover, she loves reading everything Tolkien. 
 
 

 

Currently Reading & Up Next: 

The Future King (Emry Merlin #2) By Robyn Schneider Cover Image Somewhere Beyond the Sea (Cerulean Chronicles #2) By TJ Klune Cover Image A Rose by Any Other Name By Mary McMyne Cover Image

Recently read & loved:

A Song to Drown Rivers: A Novel By Ann Liang Cover Image Orphia and Eurydicius By Elyse John Cover Image The Fireborne Blade By Charlotte Bond Cover Image Letter to the luminous Deep Cover Image   A Fate Inked in Blood: Book One of the Saga of the Unfated By Danielle L. Jensen Cover ImageThe Butcher of the Forest By Premee Mohamed Cover ImageRuthless Vows (Letters of Enchantment #2) By Rebecca Ross Cover ImageEmily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands By Heather Fawcett Cover Image Gwen & Art Are Not in Love: A Novel By Lex Croucher Cover Image An Education in Malice By S. T. Gibson Cover Image                                

All time favorites

Black Sun Cover Image   
Circe By Madeline Miller Cover ImageBabel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution By R. F. Kuang Cover Image Hollow Kingdom By Kira Jane Buxton Cover ImageA River Enchanted: A Novel (Elements of Cadence #1) By Rebecca Ross Cover Image The Lord Of The Rings By J.R.R. Tolkien Cover Image

Favorite Fairy Tales & Legends Retold

Gwen & Art Are Not in Love: A Novel By Lex Croucher Cover Image The Stardust Thief (The Sandsea Trilogy #1) Cover Image The Book of Gothel By Mary McMyne Cover ImageHalf Sick of Shadows Cover Image   Malice: A Novel Cover Image

Favorite Mythology Retold

Orphia and Eurydicius By Elyse John Cover Image Stone Blind: A Novel By Natalie Haynes Cover Image Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology Cover Image Atalanta By Jennifer Saint Cover ImageCirce By Madeline Miller Cover Image

Ariadne: A Novel Cover Image  The Song of Achilles: A Novel By Madeline Miller Cover Image 

Middle-Grade Favorites 

Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) Cover Image  The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Vol. I By Diana Wynne Jones Cover Image

 

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The Fireborne Blade By Charlotte Bond Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250290311
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Published: Tordotcom - May 28th, 2024

A sapphic fantasy full of lady knights, fiery dragons, and powerful magic. Maddileh is a knight on a quest to obtain the legendary Fireborn blade from the fiercely protective dragon "The White Lady". But with her memory of recent events unclear, she has to learn who to trust along the way. With chapters outlining historical dragon slayings and interlacing chapters between past and present, Charlotte Bond creates a full and lively fantasy world that you won't ever want to leave.


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Orphia and Eurydicius By Elyse John Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781460763049
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Published: HarperCollins - April 2nd, 2024

A stunning genderbent reimagining of the Greek myth Orpheus & Eurydice that brims with poetry, longing, and the beauty of the written word. Orphia longs to create and sing poetry that can change the world. But to do so, she must first break free from her father’s expectation for her to become a warrior. Eurydicius is a gentle shield-maker who would rather witness the beauty of the world than fight those around him. Together their love can not only transform each other, but could transform into something that could survive even death itself. Told in lush, lyrical prose with a heady romance full of desire and devotion ORPHIA AND EURYDICIUS is a mythology retelling that stands next to CIRCE as one of my favorites I’ve read.


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Ruthless Vows (Letters of Enchantment #2) By Rebecca Ross Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250857453
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Published: Wednesday Books - December 26th, 2023

A breathtaking conclusion to a magical and heartbreaking love story, RUTHLESS VOWS completely swept me away. This picks up right where DIVINE RIVALS left off: the war between gods rages on, now with Roman and Iris separated. Torn from one another and without their magical typewriters, Roman and Iris must somehow find their way to one another and do their best to stop the war the only way they know how: through the power of words. Brimming with romantic longing and devastatingly high stakes, RUTHLESS VOWS will leave you on the edge of your seat while also making you fall in love with the true magic of love, storytelling, and the written word. Readers eager for the conclusion to DIVINE RIVALS will not be disappointed! -Kelly


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A Fate Inked in Blood: Book One of the Saga of the Unfated By Danielle L. Jensen Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780593599839
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Published: Del Rey - February 27th, 2024

An utterly compulsive read full of Norse myth and magic. Freya has always dreamed of being a shieldmaiden, of fighting with a sword in battle for glory and honor. When she is one day tricked into dueling the jarl’s son, revealing that she processes the powerful magic of a goddess, her dreams become a deathly reality. Freya is soon forced to marry the jarl to help secure his ascent to the throne but the more time Freya spends training with his son, Bjorn, the more she becomes drawn to him. Caught between her fiery feelings for Bjorn and her oath to focus on her magical training, Freya must fight to reshape her own fate while still protecting those she loves. Brimming with romance, myth, and magic, A FATE INKED IN BLOOD will hook you from the very start. Between the action-packed plot, witty banter between love interests, and Viking inspired setting, this is one of my favorite reads of the year.-Kelly


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The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years: A Novel By Shubnum Khan Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593653456
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Published: Viking - January 9th, 2024

A djinn haunts a once stately house that is now in ruins 100 years later. Sana, a young woman who moves into the house with her father, is the only tenant to explore the house and find the long forgotten east wing. As Sana discovers old diaries of the house's first occupants, she unravels a love story for the ages. The narrative shifts between present day events with Sana and the love story of the early 1930's. All the while, the djinn watches, grieving, loving, and wailing in pain.

The djinn's raw emotion throughout this novel cuts achingly deep. Part coming of age, part meditation on the nature of a life filled with love, THE DJINN WAITS A HUNDRED YEARS is a beautiful story that shows how full life becomes when you surround yourself with poetry, love, and belief in the magical. -Kelly 
 


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The Butcher of the Forest By Premee Mohamed Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250881786
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Published: Tordotcom - February 27th, 2024

Deep in the forest are immortal creatures who may help or hinder at any turn, whose land shifts and changes at their will. Veris Thorn is the only person known to have once entered the enchanted and mischievous forest and come out alive. When the king's own two children are lost to the wood, Veris is forced to go into the forest once more to rescue them. THE BUTCHER OF THE FOREST is a tale of human bravery, grief, and failure told with beautiful and lush prose. This book was the perfect dark descent into the eerie faerie otherworld. I loved it so much I gobbled it up in one sitting.-Kelly 


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Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands By Heather Fawcett Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593500194
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Published: Del Rey - January 16th, 2024

Emily and Wendell are back at university for only a short while from their last adventure until Wendell’s faerie stepmother poisons him in an attempt to secure her position as faerie queen. In order to put a stop to her and reclaim his throne to his Faerie kingdom, Wendell must venture into the otherworld once more with Emily by his side. But when the attacks on Wendell don’t stop, Emily must use her wit and knowledge to find the right door to Faerie, outsmart the fair folk, and ultimately save her handsome, endearingly irritating, and beloved faerie of a man. EMILY WILDE’S MAP OF THE OTHERLANDS is full of the same wit, charm, and humor as the first book in the series and I was fully enchanted by not only the faerie otherworld, but by Wendell and Emily’s adventures once again.--Kelly 
 


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The First Bright Thing By J.R. Dawson Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250805546
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Published: Tor Books - June 13th, 2023

Rin, Mauve, and Odette are "Sparks", part of a select group of people who inexplicably got magical abilities during the Great War. Rin can jump to different time periods; Mauve can see glimpses of the future; Odette can heal any wound. Together they try to bring joy to the present through their magical circus as they also jump through time to try to stop the horrors of what is to come. With the impending Second World War looming over their future and a manipulative, powerful figure from their past hunting them, Rin and her chosen family must fight for a bright and hopeful present. Beautiful, at times haunting, and achingly tender at its core, The First Bright Thing might be one of my favorite books I've read this year.


Perilous Times: A Novel By Thomas D. Lee Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780593499030
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 21st, 2024

Legend has it that one day King Arthur will return to Britain in its hour of need...

In PERILOUS TIMES, Sir Kay and Lancelot are immortal, continually dying and waking up again throughout time to help Britain during times of need. Even though England could use a uniting leader, Sir Kay knows that King Arthur is no longer the right man for the job. Meanwhile Miriam is just trying her best to fix a broken system, fighting for the environment in modern day England as best she can. Together all three work together to find Excalibur, defeat a dragon, and most of all- find a way to help the world around them recover.

Filled with all the Arthurian characters you know and love, environmental warnings and a dash of humor, PERILOUS TIMES is a fun and timely Arthurian retelling.


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Stone Blind: A Novel By Natalie Haynes Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063258402
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 27th, 2024

One of the most moving mythology retellings that I've read in a long time. STONE BLIND tells the story of Medusa unlike anything you've read before. Through multiple perspectives, including Hera, Perseus, the Gorgons, and of course, Medusa herself, Haynes paints an enchanting and compassionate story of a woman so often labeled as a monster, and uncovers the true monsters lurking underneath the original mythology.


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Atalanta: A Novel By Jennifer Saint Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250855572
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 9th, 2023

Jennifer Saint tells the story of Atalanta, a mortal woman who was left as a baby in the forest, raised by bears and lived with Artemis and her nymphs. Eventually Atalanta joins Jason’s crew to find the Golden Fleece, but I loved that in this novel, that quest never dominates the story of Atalanta herself. While I never knew too much about Jason and the Golden Fleece I never felt lost or confused. Saint once again weaves an enchanting story of Greek mythology. A moving, magical, and intimate portrayal of Atalanta. 


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Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries By Heather Fawcett Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593500156
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Published: Del Rey - October 24th, 2023

Meet Emily Wilde, one of the leading experts on the fair folk and faerie world. Emily is a dedicated, introverted professor with an eye and heart for magic, but where she excels at academia, she struggles at people skills. When she travels to the fearie populated town of Ljosland to work on her Encyclopaedia, the last person she expects to find there is her academic (and frustratingly handsome) rival Wendell Bambleby. Charming where Emily is reserved, Wendell begins to help Emily with her research, slowly but surely helping her become friendly with the town's inhabitants. But as Emily and Wendell work together to uncover the secrets of the fay world, Emily begins to wonder if Wendell's own mysterious past is something worth exploring.  With a dark faerie world and a charming-yet-frustrating love interest, Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries is cozy academia fantasy with a historical setting that is perfect for readers of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Howl's Moving Castle


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Kaikeyi: A Novel By Vaishnavi Patel Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780759557307
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Published: Redhook - March 7th, 2023

I was swept away in this beautiful and richly told story of Kaikeyi. A fresh, feminist and powerful depiction of the vilified queen of the Ramayana, the story follows Kaikeyi from her early childhood growing up in the kingdom of Kekaya and her discovery of her magical influential power, to her eventual motherhood and rise to queendom. Throughout the book, Patel offers rich details of palace life, dazzling mythology, and an intimate characterization of Kaikeyi herself-- all with immersive and compelling storytelling. Kaikeyi questions a world dictated by gods and men and Kaikeyi's journey to not only write her own fate, but to do so for the women around her makes this a powerful and important read.  Enchanting, full of mythology, and utterly captivating, Kaikeyi is a fiercely told story of power, fate, and love.


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The Stardust Thief (The Sandsea Trilogy #1) By Chelsea Abdullah Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316368865
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Published: Orbit - December 27th, 2022

A magical and breathtaking Arabian fantasy with unforgettable characters. Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Stardust Thief tells the story of Loulie al-Nazari, a dealer in ancient magical (and illegal) relics, Qadir, her jinn bodyguard and caretaker, Mazen, a starry-eyed prince who loves storytelling, and Aisha, a member of the king's 40 thieves. These four are thrust together on a quest across the desert to find an ancient magical jinn lamp for the king.  Along the way, they each find out that things may not be quite what they seem and must decide on where their loyalties lie. This book completely swept me away and I instantly fell in love with each of these characters! A page-turning, enchanting, and endlessly enjoyable fantasy -- I can't wait for the sequel! 


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Daughter of the Moon Goddess: A Fantasy Romance Novel (Celestial Kingdom #1) By Sue Lynn Tan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063031319
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Published: Harper Voyager - October 11th, 2022

Growing up on the moon with her mother Chang'e, Xingyin has always known a life of serenity, magic, and solitude. But when her mother reveals that Xingyin's birth was kept secret from the Celestial Emperor, Xingyin must flee the moon and disguise herself in the Celestial Kingdom. Soon, Xingyin finds herself learning alongside the Emperor's son, and she develops skills in archery, combat, and magic, all while becoming close to the Prince himself. In her journey to prove herself, Xingyin performs heroic feats and battles monsters of legend, all in hopes of one day reuniting with her mother. With stunning descriptions of setting, characters who make your heart skip a beat, and beautiful writing throughout, this novel skyrocketed to my list of all time favorites. 

Instantly captivating and utterly magical, DAUGHTER OF THE MOON GODDESS is not to be missed.


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The Book of Gothel: Memoir of a Witch By Mary McMyne Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316393218
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Published: Redhook - September 5th, 2023

The Book of Gothel is a clever, captivating retelling of Rapunzel. Full of fairy tales, a rich medieval setting, and complex characters. A beautifully told story of the power of healing that is perfect for fans of Wicked and Circe.


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A River Enchanted: A Novel (Elements of Cadence #1) By Rebecca Ross Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063055995
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Published: Harper Voyager - November 1st, 2022

Cadence is an island full of magic, where words and whispers are carried through the wind, where footpaths change direction upon a whim, and where songs hold true enchantment. Jack hasn't returned to the island in years, not since he left as a boy to study music at the mainland's University. But when Jack is summoned to the island to help discover who - or what - is behind the sudden disappearance of young girls at Cadence, he is swept away in the island's mystery, magic, and inhabitants. A River Enchanted reads like a long lost folktale, effortlessly weaving magic and mystery throughout its narrative culminating in a thoroughly enjoyable read.


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Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery By Brom Cover Image
By Brom
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250621993
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Published: Tor Nightfire - April 25th, 2023

As both novelist and illustrator, Brom's work often explores the delicate and devilish dance between monstrosity and humanity. Slewfoot, a story about a young girl, an ancient spirit, and the burgeoning magic between them, is no different. While Slewfoot is a dark tale of witchery and devilry, it is also a book that explores our connection to nature, the push and pull opposing religions, and the good and evil at the very core of humanity. A delightfully wicked time and a perfect book to kickstart your Halloween reading this year. —Kelly


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A Spindle Splintered (Fractured Fables #1) By Alix E. Harrow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250765352
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Published: Tordotcom - October 5th, 2021

Zinnia Gray's twenty-first birthday is the last she'll ever have. No one who has the same rare illness as Zinnia has lived past the age of 21. Spurred by her love of fairy tales, especially the one of Sleeping Beauty, and wanting to make her birthday the best it can be, Zinnia's best friend Charm sets up a spindle in a dark tower for her to celebrate. But when Zinnia jokingly pricks her finger on the spindle, she travels through worlds and pages and wakes up in an entirely different story. Alix Harrow weaves a tale where dying princesses take back their agency and defy a predestined fate, a tale where multiple "sleeping beauties" are not sleeping at all, but vividly awake enough to rewrite their own story and save themselves. I loved every minute of this fiercely feminist and reimagined fairy-tale.


Poison for Breakfast By Lemony Snicket Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324090625
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Published: Liveright - August 31st, 2021

Poison for Breakfast is a delightful and welcome return of Lemony Snicket. After finishing breakfast one morning, Snicket finds a mysterious note declaring simply "you ate poison for breakfast". Curious to discover who may have left the note and which breakfast item could have held poison, Snicket embarks around town, visiting his local shops and going down his breakfast ingredient list one by one. What follows is less of a whodunit and more of an introspective, hilarious, and at times poignant meditation on everyday life. Written in classic Lemony Snicket narration, I loved every minute of it (a phrase which here means, I read this book in one sitting, delightfully nostalgic for days spent reading Lemony Snicket books in my youth).


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Feral Creatures By Kira Jane Buxton Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781538735251
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 28th, 2022

I knew that I loved Hollow Kingdom, but it wasn't until reading Feral Creatures that I realized just how much I longed to be back in this world, with steadfast, MoFo loving S.T. and his irreverent narration. Kira Jane Buxton's writing is as poignant as ever and I found myself laughing almost as many times as I was crying! Full of heart, humor, and a whole lot of curse words, Feral Creatures, has already topped my list for best books of 2021


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Under the Whispering Door By TJ Klune Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250217394
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Published: Tor Books - January 31st, 2023

When Wallace dies suddenly and unexpectedly, he is brought to Charon’s Crossing, a waypoint between life and death. There, he is introduced to Ferryman Hugo, whose job it is to help the recently deceased come to terms with their death and crossover into their final afterlife. But as Wallace spends more and more time with Hugo, he not only begins to look back his own life as it was on earth, but he also begins to explore what it really means to be a human.  As both Wallace and Hugo get to know each other, a deep friendship arises between them and as they explore humanity’s deepest questions, they fall, little by little, in love with each other.
Under The Whispering Door is playful and charming, but is also a study of life, love, and everything in between and beyond, all with what has quickly become Klune's signature charm. Equally as Uplifting , thoughtful, and utterly charming as House in the Cerulean Sea, T.J. Klune’s latest novel is this year’s best feel-good book, and surely not one to miss. 


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Ariadne: A Novel By Jennifer Saint Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250773593
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 5th, 2022

Ariadne is the princess of Crete, dancing every day above Crete's monstrous and imprisoned Minotaur. When Theseus arrives with a promise to whisk her away after killing the Minotaur, Ariadne betrays her family in order to help him. But Ariadne's fate is not tied to Theseus and she soon finds herself betrayed in turn. I was swept away by Ariadne's entanglement with Dionysus and the relationship between gods and monsters. Filled with dazzling storytelling and enchanting mythology, this is not a book to miss and is perfect for fans of Madeline Miller's CIRCE. ~Kelly


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Malice By Heather Walter Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984818676
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Published: Del Rey - February 1st, 2022

The tale of Sleeping Beauty is re-spun in this novel where Aurora and a dark sorceress fall in love.
The Briar Royal line is cursed. Every daughter born into the family must either have true love's first kiss by the time they turn 21 or die as a consequence. Aurora, the youngest of three, has watched as her older sisters fell victim to the curse one by one. As her own 21st birthday rushes ever closer, prince after prince arrives at the castle’s doorstop to test their luck. Sick of having men thrust upon her without any say in the matter, Aurora takes matters into her own hands and, determined to break the curse herself through magic, seeks the help of a dark sorceress named Alyce. Through their work together, both Aurora and Alyce find that they each are far from fitting society’s ‘obedient princess’ and ‘wicked sorceress’ mold and instead find true understanding and affection from each other. Walter creates a fairy tale entirely of her own: characters feel original and are fleshed out with agency and power; gone is the trope of an anonymous prince breaking a spell; and fairy tale love itself is redefined to be built on deep friendship and understanding. Part Wicked, part Sleeping Beauty, and completely original, Malice is not one to be missed. –Kelly


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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue By V. E. Schwab Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765387578
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Published: Tor Books - April 11th, 2023

A Faustian deal with the devil to live forever. A lifelong curse to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Addie La Rue is a novel that feels daring and joyous all at once. I am as in love with this novel’s darkness- the demon waiting in shadow, mortality a whisper away, cursed irreverent souls - as I am in love with its light and the defiant, star-lit soul of Addie, burning steadily, everlastingly bright. If you read one new book of 2020, let it be this one.


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Piranesi By Susanna Clarke Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781432895082
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Published: Large Print Press - March 1st, 2022

Piranesi lives almost entirely alone in the labyrinthine house, ever searching to discover its secrets, with only his journals, the sky, and the mysterious "Other" for company. Piranesi is a complete departure from Johnathon Strange & Mr. Norell, but it captures the same mysterious, deep magic. Surreal, dizzying, and yet utterly sobering, this book is a heartfelt exploration of finding and losing one’s humanity for the sake of human endeavor and quest for knowledge.


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Séance Tea Party: (A Graphic Novel) By Reimena Yee Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781984894151
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Published: Random House Graphic - September 15th, 2020

Seance Tea Party is the perfect Halloween treat. It's not only full of witches, ghosts, pumpkins, and all the best October things, but also full of heart. When a young girl who is afraid to grow up befriends a teenage ghost who can never grow up, both have to navigate new friendships, loving oneself, and moving on. I adored this story and its beautiful illustrations!


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The Starless Sea: A Novel By Erin Morgenstern Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781101971383
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Published: Vintage - August 4th, 2020

Mexican Gothic By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525620808
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Published: Del Rey - June 15th, 2021

 

When Noemí receives a mysterious letter from her recently married cousin asking for help, she packs her bags and heads to the family's estate in the Mexican countryside. There, Noemí finds her cousin bed ridden, speaking in riddles and warnings, but is told over and over again by the family to not worry about it. But Noemí knows better, and the longer she stays at the estate, the more she finds herself uncovering a horrific, decades-old mystery. MEXICAN GOTHIC has the gentle, slow building terror that is reminiscent of the traditional gothic genre while also redefying it. Follow Noemí as she spirals into an eerie, supernatural, and utterly gothic story, all with Silvia Moreno-Garcia's stylistic and graceful prose. -- Kelly


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The House in the Cerulean Sea (Cerulean Chronicles #1) By TJ Klune Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

Linus lives a predictable, dull life as an employee at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth. While he spends his days filing paperwork and living (what he thinks of as) a content life, his world turns upside down when he is given a new case at the Marsyas Island Orphanage. There, Linus meets six orphans and their caretaker. He is expected to observe and report how dangerous the magical children are to the rest of the world.  Instead, Linus not only discovers that looks and magical abilities can be deceiving, but also faces first hand the prejudices against anyone who is deemed different. The House in the Cerulean Sea is the most endearing and charming story I’ve read in a long time. An uplifting fantasy about hope, courage, and acceptance. This book is a perfect remedy for a bad day.


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The Ten Thousand Doors of January By Alix E. Harrow Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316421973
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Published: Redhook - May 12th, 2020

The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher By Andrzej Sapkowski, Danusia Stok (Translated by) Cover Image
By Andrzej Sapkowski, Danusia Stok (Translated by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316452465
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Published: Orbit - July 5th, 2022

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Nottingham: A Novel By Nathan Makaryk Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781250195616
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Published: Forge Books - September 15th, 2020

Makaryk's Robin Hood-inspired debut Nottingham feels like a return to fresh, invigorating storytelling. There is so much to love about this book where captivating plot twists, nuanced characterizations, and superb writing all take center stage. Robin Hood himself is just one of the many characters whose perspectives, choices, and deeds--good or ill-- make up the story. In Nottingham nothing is black and white. No one is a complete villain or hero. Makaryk's layered characters and rich setting ground the story in a realistic and compelling narrative while clever dialogue throughout captures the familiar, jovial spirit of the Robin Hood legend. It's a rare and special thing to have novel so steeped in legend and folktale be such a breath of fresh air. An impressive debut and a strong contender for my favorite novel of 2019. 


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A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic #1) By V. E. Schwab Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780765376466
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Published: Tor Books - January 19th, 2016

The Song of Achilles: A Novel By Madeline Miller Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062060624
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

Sin Eater: A Novel By Megan Campisi Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781982124113
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Published: Atria Books - April 13th, 2021

Die Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker By Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans (By (artist))
$9.99
ISBN: 9781534312708
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Published: Image Comics - June 11th, 2019

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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle By Stuart Turton Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781492670124
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

A murder has happened at the esteemed Blackheath House. Or, rather a murder will happen every night--the same night played over again-- at Blackheath House until our protagonist Aiden Bishop breaks the cycle. Every repeated day, Aiden must unravel a little more of the mystery surrounding the Hardcastle manor and its inhabitants in attempt to solve and prevent the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. But for every day that starts over, Aiden wakes up in a different guest's body. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle simultaneously evokes a classic Agatha Christie novel while also providing an utterly original take the genre. A bold and innovative novel that will keep you reading late into the night to find out the ending!


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The Sisters of the Winter Wood By Rena Rossner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316483360
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Published: Redhook - June 18th, 2019

A magical, lush debut with fierce sisterly love at its core.  Alternating chapters in both poetry and prose tell the story of Liba and Laya, two sisters that discover their family history is something straight out of a fairy tale: Liba, like her father is part bear, and Laya, like her mother is part swan. As each sister navigates their new abilities of transformation, so too must they learn how to protect each other when a mysterious group of merchants arrive in their village, selling magical fruit and spinning malicious, deadly lies. Sisters of the Winter Wood is a lush reworking of Christina Rossetti's The Goblin Market, but with deep characterization, historical details, and a magical setting, it is also utterly original. I was swept away in Rossner's book and you will be too! 


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In The Night Wood By Dale Bailey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328494436
Published: Harper - October 9th, 2018

At once mysterious and imaginative, In the Night Wood is a thoughtful and moving novel about what it takes to find --and conquer--the darkness within. When literature professor Charles Hayden travels to a small England town to begin writing a biography of the author of his favorite Victorian children's book, Caedmon's Hollow, he does so in the hopes that he can leave the harsh realities of his past behind. But it's not long before the past and present catch up with Charles. When an ancient and otherworldly power from the Night Wood threatens to overcome the small town, he soon finds the lines between fantasy and reality blurred. Using elements of Victorian literature, medieval fairy tales, and ancient folklore, Bailey paints a heart-wrenching and intimate portrayal of loss, madness, and magic. – Kelly


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The Silence of the Girls: A Novel By Pat Barker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525564102
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Published: Vintage - August 27th, 2019

In the vein of Madeline Miller's Song of Achilles and Circe, comes another enthralling retelling of classic Homeric mythology. Set during the Trojan War from the perspective of the captured "gift to Achilles" Briseis, Barker's novel explores mortality, passion, freedom and captivity of an ancient war. Compelling storytelling and poignant characterizations of classic figures make this not only an impressive and unique retelling of The Iliad, but also a sweeping narrative of the often overlooked woman's experience in antiquity. Timeless in its scope and stunning in its imaginative force, The Silence of the Girls is your next must-read of 2018. 


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Circe By Madeline Miller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316556323
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2020

Beautifully composed and deeply compelling, Circe is hands-down one of the best novels of 2018. As she did in Song of Achilles, Miller recreates the ancient and enchanting world of Greek mythology, this time focusing on ocean nymph Circe. Cast out of her home and exiled to the island of Aiaia, Circe turns not only to her enchantments, but also to the world of Mortals, becoming close with legendary figures like Daedalus, Odysseus, and Penelope. Miller’s delicate, yet stunning prose swept me off my feet — I wanted to savor every moment with Circe in her immortal world. Introspective, soft, at times simply breathtaking, but always beautiful. So, so beautiful.


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Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) By Neal Shusterman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442472464
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

I cannot recommend this series enough. Brilliant. Touching. Thoughtful. The Arc of a Scythe series is quickly topping my list of books that I think anyone and everyone should read. Thunderhead is set a year after we last saw Citra and Rowan in Scythe and the growing tensions and divided loyalties within the Scythedom have only escalated. Now on the brink of total and devastating revolution, the Scythedom--and perhaps even all of humanity--relies on the actions of two teenagers. Naturally, Shusterman uses this second book to expand the Scythe world and its cast of characters: the titular Thunderhead (the omniscient governing consciousness over society) is given plenty of fresh and fascinating attention. But Thunderhead is in and of itself a deep exploration of not only the perennial question of what it means to be human, but also of some of the biggest and most pressing issues of our time. Ultimately, Shusterman delivers a gripping, page-turner story, yet all the while gives us completely thought-provoking material on the past, present, and future of humanity. Thunderhead is a novel deftly written and one that is utterly absorbing to read. 
Poignant. Perfect. My highest recommendation and my deepest implore: read. this. book.

-Kelly 


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Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) By Neal Shusterman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442472433
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

A gripping new novel by Neal Shusterman where there is no sickness, no injury, no war that can kill humans. In this perfect world there is only one way to die: at the hands of those called Scythes, revered killers who keep the population under control. Even though killing is the last thing young and empathetic Citra and Rowan want to do, both are chosen to become apprentices to a Scythe and master the art of taking lives. As the story unfolds, so does a captivating plight of two teenagers trying to both keep and understand their own humanity in a sea of red. A perfect read for dystopian lovers who want something fresh to add to their bookshelf—I couldn’t put this one down once I started!


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Miranda and Caliban By Jacqueline Carey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765386816
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Published: Tor Books - January 23rd, 2018

I didn't quite know what to expect from this book when I first read its title.The Tempest is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays and I was wary that Carey might force something into the story that wasn't there. But this book has my wholehearted recommendation. This is a soft and tender version of Shakespeare's The Tempest that delicately tells the story of Miranda and Caliban growing up on the island with magician Prospero and his servant Ariel. As the only two young people on the island, Miranda and Caliban begin to form a deep friendship. But Prospero has dark secrets and a mysterious magic that threatens everything Miranda might know about herself and the island she inhabits. Carey takes Shakespeare's characters and the events of the original play and weaves her own tale that explores themes of monstrosity and sexuality, isolation and companionship, magic and reality, knowledge and ignorance. A simply beautiful book. 

— Kelly


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The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding-The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, Book 1 By Alexandra Bracken Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781484790106
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Published: Disney Hyperion - September 4th, 2018

Growing up in his small town, Prosper Redding always knew one thing: that among the illustrious and famous Redding family, he was extraordinarily unexceptional. That is, until he finds out that a 400 year old demon set out to curse his family is actually living inside him. NBD. Now Prosper has to find a way to rid himself of the fiend without hurting himself in the process or caving into the fiend’s incessant demands to strike a deal for his soul. But as he teams up with a young witch and as his relationship with the demon Alastor grows, Prosper begins to realize that things in the demon underworld might be circling out of control.  Between its Autumn setting, ancient family curses, witchy friends, and sarcastic demons, The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding is perfect Halloween reading. I adored this book!


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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060853983
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 28th, 2006

Pratchett and Gaiman. Heaven and hell. Angels and demons. Witches and Witchfinders. Footnotes* 

I waited way too long to read this. Don't be like me. Read it now!

*and more footnotes.


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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Novel By Susanna Clarke Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635576726
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 11th, 2020

This is one of the finest fantasy books I've ever read. In fact, with its dark, classical magic, rich history, and elegant writing, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is one of the best novels I've read hands down. Don't let the length deter you--by the time you get to the last page, you'll be aching for more.

--Kelly


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The Once and Future King By T. H. White Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780441627400
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Published: Ace - July 15th, 1987

If there were only one book that I could recommend to anyone, it would be this one. Read it and fall into the magical and tumultuous world of King Arthur and Merlyn. Read it and learn what it is to laugh and despair and cry and love. This is a magical and fun and tragic novel, perfect for fantasy readers or those who love the Arthurian legend. But above all it's a novel that celebrates being human and is utterly beautiful for doing so. 


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Redder Than Blood By Tanith Lee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780756412517
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Published: DAW - April 4th, 2017

Tales of brutality. Tales of beauty. Romantic faerie lovers. Abusive husbands. Master fantasist Tanith Lee’s stories of twisted fairy tales, newly collected in this volume, presents heart-wrenching stories of cruelty and darkness blended beautifully with a strange loveliness. A collection that is arresting and striking, and yet one that evokes that essential fairy tale feeling. I devoured these tales whole.


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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) By Patrick Rothfuss Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780756404741
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Published: DAW - April 1st, 2008

What else can I say about this book that hasn't been said already? This very quickly became one of my favorite fantasy books: it's not only fun story but it is also beautifully written. If you like fantasy at all, The Name of the Wind is a no-brainer. Read it.


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Strange the Dreamer By Laini Taylor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316341677
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 22nd, 2018

Lazlo Strange: Orphan. Reader. Dreamer. Ever since a book of fairy tales fell off a shelf and broke his nose, Lazlo has read and dreamed of lost cities and extraordinary heroes—especially of the land of Weep, a city once full of magic but now lost to the world. Lost, that is, until now. The plot and action of this book moves slowly—but in its beautiful, enchanting slowness, I fell in love with reading all over again. Laini Taylor is a master wordsmith and throughout her story she pulls on the threads of enchantment, weaving a tale of sorrow and beauty, love and hate, wonder and bewitchment. A story intricately written and intimately read. Undoubtedly one of the best books of 2017.


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Norse Mythology By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393356182
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 6th, 2018

An enchanting retelling of Norse mythology that includes all of our favorite Norse stories. Each myth is written traditionally, without any heavy reworking or modernizing, but Neil’s signature dark, compelling, and original style shines through. Gaiman has constructed a lively retelling of mythology with realistic gods and digestible material for any myth or story lover. A rewarding book for the well-seasoned and novice mythology enthusiast alike!


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The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume I By Diana Wynne Jones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780064472685
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 10th, 2007

Diana Wynne Jones has a magic like none other. I picked up Howl's Moving Castle when I was a kid, desperately trying to fill the void in between Harry Potter novels. I quickly devoured everything I could by her and never looked back. The books of Chrestomanci are still some of my favorite books to read.

"She always gave the impression that the stories, the ones she wrote and wrote so very well and wisely, had simply happened, and all she had to do was hold the pen."

-Neil Gaiman

--Kelly


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The Last Unicorn By Peter S. Beagle, Patrick Rothfuss (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Peter S. Beagle, Patrick Rothfuss (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780451450524
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Published: Ace - January 1st, 1991

A poignant and heartbreaking tale of magic, humanity, and loss. When a unicorn wakes up one day to the realization that she is the very last unicorn, she leaves the safety of the enchanted forest to find out what's happened to the rest of her kind. Teamed up with the inadequate but lovable Schmendrick the magician and the fiery Molly Grue, she embarks on a journey to discover what happened to all the unicorns and face their mysterious enemy, the Red Bull. Fantasy readers will enjoy this book for its magical characters and setting, but ultimately it's the novel's look into loss, mortality, and time that will change you forever.

Read it in its classic book form, read it in its graphic novel form. Just read it. 

-Kelly


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Alias Hook: A Novel By Lisa Jensen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250067791
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 5th, 2015

One of the most lush and lively retellings I’ve read in a long time. Alias Hook tells the story of Captain James Hookbridge, a man who sailed into Neverland one day destined to never leave—and never die. Trapped in Pan’s eternal game, Hook only wishes for escape. He seems hopelessly fated to forever stay in Neverland until one day he finds a woman aboard his ship, about whom Pan knows nothing. In a world where Pan’s will rules all, this woman just might be the key to Hook’s escape from Neverland.

Dark and dangerous faeries, magnificent but terrifying mermaids, and fresh characterization of Pan and Hook all make this an outstanding Peter Pan retelling. Jensen deftly weaves faerie with fairy tale, mortality with hope, children’s games and bitter reality, all the while moving elegantly between the present events of Neverland and Hook’s past. An interesting and thought-provoking novel from start to finish.

– Kelly


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And I Darken By Kiersten White Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553522341
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Published: Ember - May 30th, 2017

Enter the 15th century Ottoman Empire, where Lada and her brother Radu are wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia from a young age and cast into Ottoman rule. Together they learn to not only survive, but help Mehmed, the son of the Sultan, claim his title and conquer the lands. Lada, who is a re-imagined Vlad the Impaler, is a brutal, fierce, unfeeling—and compulsively readable character. I loved the dual perspectives of both Lada to Radu, which lets us fully experience the tensions of religion, politics, war, and love in 15th century eastern rule. This is a novel rich in setting and thoughtful in narrative, and ultimately one I loved every minute of.

-Kelly


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The Child Thief: A Novel By Brom Cover Image
By Brom
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ISBN: 9780061671340
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Published: Harper Voyager - August 17th, 2010

A deliciously dark retelling of Peter Pan filled with fantastic illustrations from the author. In Child Thief, Peter moves between the world of Faerie and our own, convincing teenage boys to join him a magical land where time stands still. But Neverland is no longer the paradise it used to be...


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Alice (The Chronicles of Alice) By Christina Henry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425266793
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Published: Ace - August 4th, 2015

A dark visit to Wonderland, opening with an adult Alice imprisoned in--and then escaping--a hospital. She can't remember what happened to her in Wonderland but she's haunted by the few memories she has of it. As she goes through the Old City we see all our favorite characters grimly reimagined. Dark and engaging, I loved this so much that I read in it in a single day!

--Kelly


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Nimona: A Netflix Film By ND Stevenson, ND Stevenson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By ND Stevenson, ND Stevenson (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062278227
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 12th, 2015

This is a fun and imaginative graphic novel that explores friendship, magic, and what it really means to be a hero. Nimona is a young girl who is fiercely independent, a bit impulsive, and plenty eager to create havoc around her. When she joins forces with the notorious villain, Lord Ballister Blackheart she thinks they can finally prove that the heroes at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't exactly who they say they are. But the lines between villainy and heroism aren't so clear and Nimona and Ballister must both work through their painful pasts before they can help make the present world a better place. Full of science, magical shapeshifting, heroes, villains and plenty of laugh out loud moments, this is a graphic novel readers of all ages can enjoy.


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Silver in the Wood (The Greenhollow Duology #1) By Emily Tesh Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250229793
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Published: Tordotcom - June 18th, 2019