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The Groundings With My Brothers By Walter Rodney Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781788731157
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Published: Verso - April 23rd, 2019

'The Groundings with my Brothers', published in 1969, is a collection of speeches by one Walter Rodney concerning the race inequality that lords over the modern world. Rodney uses rousing language and undeniable statistics to surgically disseminate the intersection of poverty and blackness, the myth of the inferiority of African culture, and the true plight of the Black Power movement (among other topics).

This book serves as both a much needed history lesson and a call to arms, to revolution. Required reading for all who wish to be more conscious of the plague of racism and its stranglehold on society. 


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ULTIMATE INVASION By Jonathan Hickman, Bryan Hitch (Illustrator), Bryan Hitch (Cover design or artwork by) Cover Image
By Jonathan Hickman, Bryan Hitch (Illustrator), Bryan Hitch (Cover design or artwork by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780785194736
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Published: Ultimate Universe - March 26th, 2024

Ultimate Invasion follows of the events of the 2015 'Secret Wars' event. Craving power and control, The Maker (an evil variant of Reed Richards) escapes the heavily secured facility where he's spent the last several years and enact a dastardly plan he's been cooking up for quite a while. The Maker is as cunning as ever, leading the planets brightest minds on a merry chase as he hunts for special objects. 

Hickman's penchant for somehow-not-boring exposition shines in this 4 issue limited series. The infographics, Nolan-esque dialogue, and the Ultimate style illustrations make for an engaging read. 

5 Stars!


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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

Jensen's epic fantasy romance draws from Norse mythology to craft an enthralling story of prophecy and forbidden love.

Coming fresh off the latest Maas book, it's fair to say I was pretty burnt out on the 'romantasy' genre (I gagged typing that btw). I picked up this book warily, but I was positively delighted to find this book is very well written with likeable characters and a story with twists and turns that kept me engaged. 

No time is wasted getting to the inciting incident and from their the plot goes into a full on gallop to the finish line. The romance is great. there is 'spice' but it is only in service of either character or plot (and its very well written ;) ). 

This was a great read and I look forward to the next installment.
 


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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

Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries is a comfy, delightful and occasionally bone-chilling series of journal entries chronicling her research of the common folk and the tall ones in the modest village of Hransvik. Emily uses her vast knowledge of dryadology to find and record all she can of the elusive faeries of Hransvik. She will encounter a myriad of mischievous, terrifying and nigh godlike beings in her pursuit of knowledge and academic renown. 

This book enchanted me from beginning to end. The narration is always engaging and the dialogue always charmingly clever. 10/10. Highly recommend. 


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The Bands of Mourning: A Mistborn Novel (The Mistborn Saga #6) By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781250862457
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Published: Tor Books - September 5th, 2023

'The Bands of Mourning' was a good book. It wasn't as good as Shadows of Self (the best of Era 2 by far), but definitely better than 'Alloy of Law'. 

Waxillium Ladrian is still recovering from the devastating revelations of the previous book and has all but cut Harmony from his life, blaming Him for the circumstances of Lessie's death. It is in this state that we find him once again dragged into a mystery by the Kandra. Luckily this conspiracy intersects with Wax's ongoing search for his uncle, the elusive and dangerous Mr. Suit. So he, Wayne & Marasi once again set out for adventure (complete with a train robbery)! 

4 out of 5 stars!

 


House of Flame and Shadow (Crescent City #3) By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781635574104
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 30th, 2024

House of Flame and Shadow is, for better or worse, more of the same from bestselling author Sarah J. Maas. For some people that's a good thing, for others not so much. I fell somewhere in between these.

Being the conclusion of this particular arc in the Crescent City series, 'Flame and Shadow' is tasked with wrapping up a lot and I mean ALOT of loose story threads left dangling in the aftermath that bonkers 'Sky and Breath' cliffhanger. You've got Ithan Holstrom's Alpha Fendyr Heir craziness, Tharion Ketos' repeatedly and increasingly dumb snap decisions, Hunt and co. being freakin BRUTALLY TORTURED in the Asteri dungeons, oh and we can't forget our titular gaslight, gatekeep, girlboss main hero Bryce Quinlan being in a literal DIFFERENT WORLD. SO yeah, Sarah had her work cut out for her. By her. As far as wrapping everything up in a nice neat bow, I think she did a good job. 

The actions scenes are well written. The chase scenes, the combat, the magical power stuff; All top notch. The lore is also beautifully complex/convoluted. I love a good lore dump and Sarah delivers on those tenfold. 


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Tress of the Emerald Sea: A Cosmere Novel (Secret Projects) By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250899651
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Published: Tor Books - April 4th, 2023

Tress of the Emerald Sea is a unique gem in Sanderson's Cosmere. Rather than being a sweeping epic with leagues of characters and complex hard magic systems, Tress is a short, sweet, swashbuckling tale akin to classic stories like "The Princess Bride".

The story is narrated by everyone's favorite enigma, Hoid. And this shows in the prose. Sanderson's usual style of writing is intentionally given more personality and wit (see what I did there?). Fans of the Stormlight Archive will find this tale reminiscent of Hoid's shorter stories like 'Fleet', 'The Girl Who Looked Up', or (everyone's favorite tearjerker) 'The Dog and the Dragon'. 

It's a charming tale with humor, adventure, and talking rats. 10/10. would recommend. 


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House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City #2) By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781639731756
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 26th, 2023

Sarah J. Maas delivers all the goods in this second volume of Fae goodness: plot twists, crazy lore/mythology, romance, and SPICE. The spice levels in Sky and Breath are the highest in any Maas novel so far. If you're familiar with Sarah's style of writing you may find the prose formulaic at times. But the characters and plot make up for that tenfold. 

House of Sky and Breath picks up months after events of Earth and Blood. With the attack on Crescent City thwarted and two archangels dead, Bryce and Hunt are unofficially on the Asteri's shit list. Given the ultimatum of "Lie low or we'll literally murder you and everyone you love", the two lovers are attempting to live a normal life; that is until the Avallen Prince Cormac literally spawns into their life. Claiming Bryce's hand in marriage. Yuck. 

The plot is a crazy convoluted thing including rebel sympathizers, secret spy romances, and evil mermaid queens. 4 out of 5 stars!

 

 


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Murtagh: The World of Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle) By Christopher Paolini Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780593650868
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - November 7th, 2023

After 12 years, Christopher Paolini returns to the world of Alagaesia. After the death of Galbatorix and the fall of his Empire, Murtagh and Thorn are finally free from the kings control. But in the place of invisible chains they find alienation from the rest of the world. Still commonly known as Kingkiller & Morzansson, Murtagh is forced to move through the world with a mask lest he be recognized as the late kings lackey. 

I was so happy to come back to this world, and just ecstatic to be doing it with one of my favorite characters. Murtagh is great in this book; being privy to his and Thorn's innermost thoughts is such a treat. 

If you're a long time fan of the Inheritance Cycle, you'll probably love this book. I know I did. 

 


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Feed Them Silence By Lee Mandelo Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250824509
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Published: Tordotcom - March 14th, 2023

Feed Them Silence is a trojan horse. It introduces itself as a near-future sci-fi novella, but is actually a tragic character study. We are invited inside the mind of a gray wolf, but the real pull of the story is the mind of our protagonist. It is a meditation on the search for true intimacy, wherever it can be found. 


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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars (Fractalverse) By Christopher Paolini Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250762924
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Published: Tor Books - October 19th, 2021

Christopher Paolini's first foray into science fiction DAZZLES. This thick tome of a book has everything you could want: spaceships, aliens, lasers, and EXPLOSIONS! This was a fast paced, heartfelt, action-adventure with a crap ton of lore/worldbuilding. I can't summarize without getting too spoilery so I'll just say if you like books akin to 'The Expanse' or 'Children of Time', this might catch your fancy! FIVE STARS!


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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Chalice of the Gods (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) By Rick Riordan Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781368098175
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Published: Disney Hyperion - September 26th, 2023

Rick Riordan returns to the world of Percy Jackson in the classic first-person perspective of the original 5 books. This book is for all intents and purposes, a classic PJO story, with all Percy's trademark sarcasm, deadpan humor, and overall exasperation at the fantastical world around him. 

Chalice of the Gods sees Percy in dire need of college recommendation letters from three gods. The only way to get them? You guessed it, quests! Or as Percy would put it, glorified fetch quests. First god to require his skills is the cupbearer Ganymede. 

This book transported me back to eighth grade in a nostalgia filled adventure for the most impossible task Percy has ever taken on: getting into his preferred college! I loved it from front to back. Five stars.


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Everlost (The Skinjacker Trilogy #1) By Neal Shusterman Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534483286
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

Allie and Nick died. The accident left no survivors, but the afterlife is still a ways off for these two lost children. Their souls are stranded in a limbo-esque realm between life and death where thought and meaning rule their reality. Nick and Allie must navigate their way through a strange, frightening land of spectres, dead kids and long destroyed monuments. Shusterman's story is often broken by philosophical asides that serve the larger narrative and pose great moral quandaries (as is Shusterman's style). 

I love this book and its sequels. It's been a while since I read them but they had a lasting impact on the way I think and behave. I regard it as one of the best trilogies I have ever had the pleasure of reading.


Our Wives Under the Sea: A Novel By Julia Armfield Cover Image
$26.99
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ISBN: 9781250229892
Published: Flatiron Books - July 12th, 2022

Our Wives Under the Sea is slow, intimate and dreadful. One part cosmic horror, one part intimate drama; this book delves deep into the psyche of the one left behind. The one left wondering whether their love is dead or not. It also explores the dread of uncertainty, of absence, of unknowing. 


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Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers By Jesse Q. Sutanto Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593549223
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Published: Berkley - March 14th, 2023

Vera Wong's World Famous Tea Shop has (much like the shops namesake) seen better days. As of now the shop only has one regular customer, and Vera's life has fallen into a monotonous routine of making tea, being ignored by her lawyer son, and mourning her late husband. She sees no end to this slow waltz, that is until she finds a dead man in her tea shop. What follows is an entertaining whodunnit story with twists, turns and a generous helping of old lady wisdom. 

This book makes you forget your troubles for a time, wrapping you in the warm comfort of a wholesome murder mystery (there is such a thing!). You will likely read this in one sitting. 5 stars!


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Horrorstor: A Novel By Grady Hendrix Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781594745263
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Published: Quirk Books - September 23rd, 2014

Horrostor is my first foray into scary books. Grady Hendrix paints a frighteningly relatable portrait of the retail industry (with all the mindless corporate jargon that comes along with it). The book starts out fairly tame (a sprinkle of character, some light humor & the perfect amount of exposition), but quickly devolves into a fight for survival in the labyrinthine caverns of Orsk, a sprawling department store akin to Ikea. 

This book gave me chills not just from the jump scares, but from the startling similarities between Orsk and jobs I myself have worked at. This book explores the feeling of desperation and hopelessness when stuck at a job you hate. The feeling of futility and stagnation when you feel there's nothing left in your life but the monotonous tasks, the people you can't stand. That feeling of needing to escape, to be ANYWHERE ELSE but here. That feeling is all too familiar, and its front and center in this book. 

That alone would warrant its horror classification, but there's also GHOSTS. 

10/10 read. Would recommend.


What Moves the Dead (Sworn Soldier #1) By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250830753
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Published: Tor Nightfire - July 12th, 2022

"What Moves the Dead" is an eerie, off-kilter story that wastes no time with its main plot. Alex Easton arrives at the house of Usher after receiving a distress call from a childhood friend. What follows is an atmospheric, unsettling tale of fungi, dead-eyed hares & a House in rapid decline. Kingfisher expertly adapts and expands the classic short story. Poe would be proud. 5 stars. 


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The Neverending Story By Michael Ende, Ralph Manheim (Translated by) Cover Image
By Michael Ende, Ralph Manheim (Translated by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780140386332
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Published: Puffin Books - January 1st, 1993

The Neverending Story is a book that will go down as one of the most impactful stories I've been privy to. I read it as a teen in middle school and was instantly captivated. It did what most of the books I'd been reading at the time hadn't: blurred the line between reader and story. This story breaks the fourth wall in a way not seen before at the time of its publication, using Bastian (our protagonist) as a glaring stand in for us, the reader. 

When Bastian begins reading "the Neverending Story" he finds that he himself is the titular hero of the story that must save Fantastica from destruction. Soon he is sucked into the book itself, able to enjoy all the wonders of this awe-inspiring world, but also vulnerable to all its myriad perils.

It's been a while since I've read this book, but it has had a lasting impact on me and the way I think about stories, characters and how we, the readers interact with them. This is a captivating story that will linger in your mind long after you've read the last page.


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HOUSE OF X/POWERS OF X By Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz (Illustrator), R.B. Silva (Illustrator), Pepe Larraz (Cover design or artwork by) Cover Image
By Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz (Illustrator), R.B. Silva (Illustrator), Pepe Larraz (Cover design or artwork by)
$44.99
ISBN: 9781302915711
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Published: Marvel Universe - August 25th, 2020

House of X and Powers of X (used interchangeably as the letter and the roman numeral, that's an important detail) is a 12 issue miniseries that is tasked with rebooting the modern X-Men line up. Charles Xavier claims the island of Krakoa as a sovereign nation and a safe haven for ALL mutants. No matter their past. The political and moral implications of this decision will bring new friends to the mutants plight, create new enemies and obstacles for the them to fend off, and branch off into countless potential futures. 

Jonathan Hickman is the writer of this collected edition and his methodical plot and practical character writing shines in this book. Everything you've come to expect from Hickman is front and center. Charts, timelines, paragraphs of lore in between panels, and of course world breaking plot twists. R.B. Silva's art is on spectacular display as well. This book will take what you know of the X-Men mythos and flip it on its head. Even if this doesn't persuade you to read the countless spinoff titles in the subsequent Dawn of X lineup, it is a satisfying read all on its own.10/10!!


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THOR: THE SAGA OF GORR THE GOD BUTCHER By Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic (Illustrator), Butch Guice (Illustrator), Esad Ribic (Cover design or artwork by) Cover Image
By Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic (Illustrator), Butch Guice (Illustrator), Esad Ribic (Cover design or artwork by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781302947460
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Published: Marvel Universe - June 28th, 2022

The Saga of Gorr the God Butcher marks the beginning of Jason Aaron's Thor run. It is one of the best comics I have ever read (keep in mind I haven't read an awful lot of comics). The story spans centuries and portrays many different versions of the Odinsson; from the golden age of Asgard to the present day all the way to the far future where King Thor rules a barren lifeless earth. Aaron also brings us one of the best comic villains with Gorr; a formidable, relentless being hellbent on the extermination of all gods. It sounds very cliche on paper but Jason really nails the execution of this trope and makes the most of it. The art of Esad Ribic and Butch Guice is stunning. the paintings and pastels beautifully portraying the Norse lands and Asgard. This is a great Thor story (arguably the best). 10/10 would recommend.


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Septimus Heap, Book One: Magyk By Angie Sage, Mark Zug (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Angie Sage, Mark Zug (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780060577339
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 14th, 2006

'Magyk' is the first book in a kids fantasy series (Septimus Heap) by Angie Sage. The story opens with a kingdom in turmoil. The queen has been assassinated, leaving her newborn daughter an orphan. On the other side of the city, the Heaps mourn the death of their seventh child, passed in childbirth. Making a snap decision, Marcia Overstrand, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, brings Silas and Sarah Heap the princess and they raise her as their own. The series proper starts 11 years later. 

I read this book for the first time in middle school. And while it is the beginning of a seven book series (each book is pretty good), this is the one I come back to the most. Angie Sage's way of writing internal monologue was unlike anything I'd read at the time, and her third-person narration reads like an omniscient observer that sometimes has thoughts and opinions of their own. These two things (among others) makes for an immensely entertaining and stimulating prose that never gets dull. Sage often switches perspectives to seemingly inconsequential characters at turning points in the story, and while at first glance the switch is disappointing, Sage manages to bring in the reader with that wholesome but mischievous narration. One of my favorite examples of this is a chapter set entirely in the perspective of Max, the Heaps family dog, it's absolutely delightful.

The plot is nothing to write home about. If you've read any kids fantasy book you could probably spot the developments from a few chapters away. The real MVP (aside from the delightful narration) is the character interactions. These characters love each other, mildly dislike each other, couldn't care less about each other, vehemently hate each other, and yet not one interaction feels unnatural. The dialogue is (within the confines of being a kids fantasy novel) realistic. The conflict is not forced or contrived, you very quickly come to love these characters and want everything to turn out ok for them.

Now to be crystal clear, a lot of this assessment has been written while wearing my childhood nostalgia glasses. I LOVE this book more than I would if I'd read it now. So I would not recommend it to an adult. But I WOULD recommend it as a gift for a young reader. It's a great time.

5 out of 5 stars.


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The Seep By Chana Porter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781641292153
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Published: Soho Press - December 8th, 2020

The Seep is one of the most unique books I have ever read. Alien invasions are usually loud and bombastic. Rife with violence and desperation, explosions and big spaceships with vaporizing lasers. You know, the works. This isn't that kind of book. This isn't that kind of invasion. This invasion is quiet, slow and... benevolent? When The Seep arrived, life changed for the better almost instantaneously. I'll save most of these changes for the actual reading experience as they range from obvious to bizarre and work best with no prior knowledge.

Trina FastHorse Goldberg-Oneka is functionally immortal, as is most of humanity. She and her wife Deeba are content to throw dinner parties and live comfortably for an indefinite amount of time; until Deeba decides she wants to reincarnate, leaving Trina alone to face a frustratingly perfect world with no one to make fun of it with. 

The Seep takes a seemingly utopian world and dissects it, asking interesting questions. What are we without our struggles? Our choices (good or bad)? When we have everything we need, where do we go from there? 

A short, interesting & heartfelt read. 5 out of 5 stars. 


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The Way of Kings: Book One of the Stormlight Archive By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780765376671
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Published: Tor Books - March 4th, 2014

Sanderson's mastery of worldbuilding and character development is on spectacular display in this sprawling epic. Enter the world of Roshar, a vast supercontinent that is home to an abundance of different races, cultures, religions and dialects that makes for a gripping narrative. This amazing first intallment in The Stormlight Archive marries classic fantastical imagery with expertly written characters all while managing paragraphs of exposition that keep you engaged and yearning for more.


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Empire of the Vampire By Jay Kristoff, Bon Orthwick (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jay Kristoff, Bon Orthwick (Illustrator)
$39.00
ISBN: 9781250245281
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 14th, 2021

"Empire of the Vampire" takes a post-apocalyptic approach to the classic vampire narrative, plunging humanity into an endless night, known to the world as Daysdeath, where the creatures of darkness reign supreme. The armies of man fight a brutal, futile battle against the undying vampire ranks that seek to annihilate them. In this desolate setting that marries Netflix's Castlevania and Justin Cronin's "The Passage", we find our protagonist: Gabriel de Leon.

Gabriel,16 years old is an initiate filled with blind faith and an itching to prove himself in the Ordo Argent, an organization of celibate warriors dedicated to the killing of vampires and other unholy creatures. There he works himself to the bone in pursuit of fame and glory, subject to the bullying of his peers and the abuse of his betters. With the help of his friends he uncovers a diabolical plan to obliterate humanity in one fell swoop, but with the majority of the Ordo Argent against him, it falls to he and the worthy few to save humanity from being snuffed out with naught but a whimper.

Gabriel, 32 years old, is a faithless, world weary addict traveling ever north in pursuit of righteous vengeance. The days grow colder as Wintersdeep draws near. In his travels he comes across a familiar face from his past who supposedly possesses the secret to bringing back the sun and ending Daysdeath at last. His personal priorities clash with his swiftly decaying morals as he is urged to put aside his personal vendetta for the good of mankind. 

It is a dire, cynical world of death and decay and our protagonist reflects that world to a 'T'. "Empire of the Vampire" is quite funny despite its dire setting. Gabriel's biting sarcasm and cynicism serves as a welcome reprieve from the sea of despair and loss that saturates the story. This has been argued as Jay Kristoff's best work to date, and I am eagerly awaiting the next installment. Veris!


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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

N.K. Jemisin introduces a world so far removed from our own yet juxtaposes it with many of the same issues dealt with today; prejudice, exploitation & hypocrisy. "The Fifth Season" transports you to a distant, unrecognizable Earth ravaged by an ever shifting lithosphere and a humanity rough and callused by the constant upheaval of the earths crust. Jemisin grapples with the value of a life, the nature of love & how far one can go in pursuit of righteous vengeance.


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Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) By Neal Shusterman Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781442472433
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

I will sing Neal Shusterman's praises all the livelong day. He writes people so well, they're thoughts and emotions are portrayed so realistically and relatably. He uses this to anchor even the most outlandish scenarios in realism. Scythe is a prime example of that. We are dropped into a Quasi-Utopia where death, hunger, war, crime and other staples of the human condition have been eradicated in one way or another by a benevolent AI known as the Thunderhead (like the cloud, get it?). The only potential problem remaining: Overpopulation. Humans are functionally immortal now and no one wants to give that up willingly. That's where the scythes come in. These agents of death wear the garbs of an archetype long forgotten in the age of immortality and the irony goes unappreciated. Against the backdrop of this society do we find our protagonists, Citra and Rowan. I've already said too much already so I'll leave you with this: If you're looking for high octane action, this might not be your jam. If you're looking for a story rife with philosophical questions and moral quandaries, this'll be right up your alley.


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Mistborn: The Final Empire (The Mistborn Saga #1) By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250318541
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Published: Tor Fantasy - September 24th, 2019

Brandon Sanderson crafts a world plagued by ash showers and devoid of color or radiance. grey clouds dominate the skies and a massive red sun provides the bare minimum in a sad excuse for daylight. It has been like this for a thousand years, ever since the immortal Lord Ruler took and maintained control with an iron fist. In the seat of his power and the capital of his empire, the city of Luthadel, two individuals find each other in the most unlikely of circumstances.

The street urchin turned member of a theiving crew; Vin is caught using an ability outlawed by the Final Empire and is being hunted by an Inquisitor.

A master thief that makes an artwork of his trade turned revolutionary leader; Kelsier works to topple the established order of Luthadel, hoping the rest of the Final Empire will follow in its stead.

Ocean's 11 unfolds in a vast fantasy world with an imaginative magic system filled with lovable characters and witty banter. Will definitely be reading the second installment.


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Bubble By Jordan Morris, Sarah Morgan, Tony Cliff (Illustrator), Natalie Riess (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Jordan Morris, Sarah Morgan, Tony Cliff (Illustrator), Natalie Riess (Contributions by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250245564
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Published: First Second - July 13th, 2021

Bubble is a graphic novel that you will swallow up in under a day (as i did) because of how funny, cool, beautifully drawn, and FUNNY it is. Did I mention it's hilarious? Well it is. So its set in a dome world owned and sustained by a company aptly named "The Company" (yeah this isnt a subtle metaphor). Outside the dome is The Brush, a cruel wilderness filled with mutant horrors that can and will kill you if given the opportunity. For Morgan, life is in the Dome, but it began in the Brush. She hunted and survived for the majority of her childhood and appreciates the slow safe monotony of her adult life. But sometimes she'll go hunt the occasional mutant tiger (ya know, for the rush). Along for the ride is Morgan's roomate Annie and the wholesomely awkward Mitch. Together they uncover a conspiracy that could endanger the citizens of Bubble and beyond. 

Bubble hilariously critiques gig economy, hipster lifestyle, and closed off communities in this colorful, quick witted, ADULT comic that promises belly laughs for every panel. 5 stars.


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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781635577020
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 2nd, 2021

Sarah J. Maas writes a murder mystery/romance set in a world rife with magic and fantastical creatures yet not too dissimilar from our own Earth. We are transported to Crescent City, a sprawling metropolis where the immortal fae hoard their wealth like dragons, werewolf cops patrol the streets and angels walk among us as gods.

Bryce Quinlan is a half-human/half fae content to party the night away in the various clubs Crescent City has to offer, but her world is abruptly snatched from under her after the violent murder of her best friend. Two years later, her friends murderer resurfaces and Bryce is called to help investigate and possibly bring them to justice. As she works (and becomes dangerously close) with Hunt Athalar, a disgraced Fallen Angel, she slowly uncovers a dark conspiracy among the warring political elite of the city.  

Crescent City is a dense tome that's both dark crime thriller & steamy romance. It is overflowing with character, worldbuilding and all the clever banter often found in Maas' fantasy worlds, but with a modern twist. If you are a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon's "Dark Hunters" series, this just might be your next fantasy favorite.


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Delilah Green Doesn't Care By Ashley Herring Blake Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593336403
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Published: Berkley - February 22nd, 2022

Delilah Green Doesn't Care was my first foray into the romance genre and I quite enjoyed it. The romance itself was predictably adorable and adequately angsty, and the supporting characters were all equally enjoyable and effective in their narrative purposes. This is Ashley Herring Blake's debut novel and if this book is any indication, their career will be a delight to follow. 5 out of 5 stars.


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