Emma P's Picks

Emma "EP" Presnell is a college freshman completely obsessed with Young Adult (YA), Romance, Fantasy and General Fiction. She is always up for reading diverse stories and specializes in LGBTQ+ literature. You can always see what she's reading and up to on her bookstagram @emmas.bookish.things!

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Icebreaker Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250777119
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - January 18th, 2022

"Check Please" meets "All For the Game" in this exciting debut by A.L. Graziadei! Mickey James III is the third in line of an iconic hockey/skating family, and though it should be easy for him, he's dealing with a lot of mental issues that leave him conflicted on what he wants to do with his life. In addition, his first draft spot is threatened by another player, Jaysen Caulfield. The book is their story dealing with mental health in sports, catching feelings and what it means to be part of a team. A fast and encapsulating read, "Icebreaker" uses fun tropes to create an important narrative to learn from, with a fun team dynamic you'll fall for. If you've read "Check Please" this is the next book for you!


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The Nobleman's Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks (Montague Siblings #3) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062916013
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - November 16th, 2021

Do yourself a favor and get started on "The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue" so you can read this outstanding finale to the trilogy. In the third and final installment of the "Montague trilogy" by Mackenzi Lee, the Montague baby from the first one (little goblin/Adrian) is engaged and ready to take over his father's estate but after his mother myseriously dies and leaves behind a spy glass she never removed, he goes hunting for answers and finds a lot more than he could have anticipated. This story revisits every part of the first two books you loved and has familiar face after familiar face. It's one of the best endings you could ask for in a trilogy and, if you love these characters as much as I do, will leave you in tears.


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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

This is my favorite book in the world! Of all time! "Red, White & Royal Blue" is about the First Son of the United States, Alex, and the Prince of Wales, Henry, having to stage a fake friendship for the public appearance of their respective countries. Though they start as rivals, the two quicky realize they have more in common and if you know about anything fake relationships in books, I'm sure you can imagine where this is going. This book is full of heart and tackles themes like sexuality (featuring a 10 page bisexual crisis), family, status and growing into your own person beautifully while also having hilarious pop culture references and snarky jabs. I've read this book more times than I can count and always find something new and beautiful about it along the way. It's the perfect read and an absolute must you should add to your list.


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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062382818
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 4th, 2018

This is the first book in quite possibly my favorite trilogy ever. "The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue" is about 3 teens in 1700s Europe who embark on a coming of age tour that turns into a chase through the continent, through the sea and underground. Not only does this book work perfectly as an adventure book, but it has amazing commentary on important issues from a 1700s lens such as sexuality, gender, education and mental health. On top of that, it's a trilogy with the last book coming out this November AND has a novella! With a relatable cast of characters this trilogy just keeps on giving and will leave readers with a smile on their face. It's an absolute delight.


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The Charm Offensive: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982170714
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Published: Atria Books - September 7th, 2021

I'm so excited for this book to come out! In this Bachelor parody, anti-social tech genius Charlie is the prince charming looking for his bride to be, but he's having trouble being intimate with any of the girls. Dev, whose been working on the show for 6 years, is obsessed with the fairy tale romances that come from the show. Dev works on Charlie to shape him into the prince charming the show needs him to be, but what happens when the person Charlie falls for isn't one of the contestants? What ensues is a fun and wild ride between the two. This book is fun and such an easy read to lose yourself in--a must have this fall!


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If This Gets Out: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250805805
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Published: Wednesday Books - December 7th, 2021

This phenomenal cowritten book is just the way to start of the new year! Authors Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich take readers on a wild and emotional ride through "If This Gets Out" which centers on two boy from a boy band as they fall in love and deal with a crumbling group dynamic. Cleverly written and encapsulating from the first chapter, it's great, sexy young adult fun and hard to put down.


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Perfect on Paper: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250769787
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Published: Wednesday Books - March 9th, 2021

Coming in strong with the Sophie Gonzales recommendations, "Perfect on Paper" is another absolutely delightful book! In this "Sex-Ed" themed story, 17 year old Darcy runs her school's infamous Locker 89, a locker where students can submit $10 and a written note explaining their relationship struggles and she responds to them with her advice. But when Alexander Brougham finds out Darcy is behind it, he uses her as a relationship coach to help get back with his girlfriend. But what happens when Darcy abuses the power of the locker and finds herself liking Brougham's company more than she thought she would? "Perfect on Paper" is a delight from beginning to end and a wonderful story on bisexuality and the troubles of high school.


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Under the Whispering Door Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250217349
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Published: Tor Books - September 21st, 2021

Although I highly recommend this book, it needs a warning that it is heavy and will make you cry. I'm not sure I trust you if you don't cry during this. Wallace spends his life only worried about working and making money, and when he dies unexpectedly, he has nobody show up to celebrate his life well lived. When a reeper takes him to a cozy tea shop in the middle of the woods and he is forced to confront a life of relaxation and slows down to realize he wasn't happy with his life. It's a beautiful way to imagine the afterlife and a heavy, yet encapsulating book on how we live our lives. I loved it from beginning to end and recommend it to anyone who loved Klune's writing and/or is looking for a deep read that will make you wonder about the balance of life and death.


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Heartstopper #1: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
By Alice Oseman, Alice Oseman (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338617436
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Published: Graphix - May 5th, 2020

If you're looking for something that will just put a smile on your face the entire day, might I recommend "Heartstopper" by Alice Oseman. "Heartstopper" centers on Nick and Charlie, two boys who quickly become the best of friends and fall for each other in the cutest graphic novel you'll ever read. Oseman has a gorgeous art style that evolves over the course of the novel's duration and is completed with the greenish-blue color scheme that's exclusive to the US edition. Not only are Nick and Charlie main characters to fall for, but their friends all add diverse perspectives that creates easy to understand commentary on different topics including mental health and being members of the LGBTQ+ community. I can't stress how lovely this story is!


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Be Dazzled Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492682691
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - January 5th, 2021

Both of Ryan La Sala's books are absolute joys, but "Be Dazzled" takes the cake. The story flips between the past and present as Raffy and Luca grow from a young couple in love to hardly speaking. All of this takes place with the backdrop of cosplay and conventions which makes this book so unique. Raffy and Luca have a genuinely interesting story that had me swooning and hoping the best for them, while also breaking knowing their destined ending. This book shines like it's covered in turquoise sequins and will have you flying through it to see if there's anything left for this lovely pair.


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Check, Please! Book 1: # Hockey Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250177964
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Published: First Second - September 18th, 2018

This book is a must have for college students, but especially freshmen. Though it might raise your expectations of college to unrealistic heights, it is sure to make you happy and fall for every one of these characters. Eric "Bitty" Bittle is on a hockey scholarship to Samwell, a fictional college in Massachusetts. This Beyonce loving, pie baking, loveable ray of sunshine finds himself way over his head, but with the help of the colleg team, he might just make it out alive. But not without a crush and small crisis first. "Check, Please!" is guarenteed to make you smile, laugh, cry and everything inbetween. Follow and watch Bitty grow as he goes from being a small freshman to an absolutely remarkable senior.


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Lore Olympus: Volume One Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780593160299
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Published: Del Rey - November 2nd, 2021

Persephone and Hades retellings seem to be very overdone at this point, but I stumbled across "Lore Olympus" and found one definitely worth the hype. Rachel Smythe's beautiful art tells the story of modern Greek Gods as they navigate the beginnngs of Hades and Persephone's story. Persephone is a young 19 year old who is learning how to navigate college and being on her own, and Hades (who is to die for!!) is lonely in the underworld but finally has a chance at something with her. It's one you won't want to end and is a great gift for a friend this holiday season!


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The Anthropocene Reviewed (Signed Edition): Essays on a Human-Centered Planet Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780525555216
Published: Dutton - May 18th, 2021

Coming from someone who doesn't read a lot of non-fiction, it means all the more when I say this is in my top three books of the year. Green has crafted a delightful (if at times terrifying) collection on the world at whole and how lucky we are to be living when we are. This book was a light during quarantine and managed to look past some of the horrors that came with the pandemic. There's so much love and hope tied into this book that I think everyone should take the opportunity to read.  It's a great gift this holiday season and just won the Goodreads 2021 award for Non-Fiction!


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The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

This is one of the most wholesome and heart warming stories you'll ever read. Case worker Linus Baker is assigned to stay at an orphanage in the middle of the sea which turns out to be full of magical and somewhat interesting kids that make up the cutest cast of characters, with the home owner Arthur as their guardian. Although Linus isn't supposed to get too attached, he finds himself growing fond for this odd bunch of people and the stories that led them to where they are. What will Linus find? Only the cutest found family that will have your heart melting. TJ Klune knocks it out of the park with this book and is a perfect pick-me-up for when you're feeling down. It's magical, sweet, and emphasizes the importance of doing what makes you happy.


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Winter's Orbit Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250758835
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Tor Books - February 2nd, 2021

An arranged marriage book set in outer space between two people who don't know anything about each other but must work against all odds to come together? You had me at the first three words. Kiem is the least favorite grand-son of the Emperor. Deemed useless, he is set to be married off to Jainan to keep help with singing a treaty. After the two wed it's clear this will be a wedding of convenience, but when rumors start to pop up that Jainan's ex-husband (Taam) may have been murdered and that he was comitting crimes on Taam's main project, they realize they're going to need each other more than they know. Dspite being a slow burn, I absolutely loved this book. It's heartwarming and a beautiful tale about falling for someone and learning to move on from past trauma. Each of these characters grow so much from where they start which makes a book you'll remember for weeks to come.


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You've Reached Sam: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250762030
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Published: Wednesday Books - November 9th, 2021

Looking for a book that will make you cry? You've come to the right place. Thao's debut novel takes a look at a high school couple that is broken up by one of their untimely deaths. Julie, the surviving half, is heartbroken and blames herself for Sam's death, especially since she didn't pick up the phone when he called her that night. In an attempt to hear his voicemail one last time, Sam actually picks up the phone. This beyond-the-grave connection gives them one last chance to make things right for good, but how lost will Julie become as everyone around her tries to move on? This YA debut shows promise in Thao and will leave you in absolute tears. 


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