Cailey is excitable, enthusiastic, and childlike. When she grows up she wants to be mindful and give good advice. She has always loved contemporary fiction and anything with a dash of magic. Really anything that pairs well with a cup of tea and cozy blanket.
It’s 1973 on the Brighton seaside and Imelda Burova just took over her mother’s tarot shop. She also gives readings at Larkins Holiday Park where she meets friends, lovers, and enemies. Now it's the present day and after both of her parents have passed, Billie finds out she was adopted and her only clue to the past is Madame Burova. The palmist, tarot reader, and clairvoyant has kept many secrets over the decades, some she can share and others she can’t. The past and present timelines tell both Billie’s and Madame Burova’s stories and unlock the mystery of Billie’s birth parents.
I love a Hades and Persephone retelling, and this one checks all the boxes. Both characters are more than their myth of origin. Hades is awkward and shy, and committed to his duty managing the shades of the underworld. Persephone is young and defiant. She loves her work, but eternal summer is taking its toll, as is her overprotective mother. Their meeting is a bit of a blunder. There's a fire and a small tidal wave and the ghost of Oedipus Rex. It is equal parts chaos and charm.
This is my favorite series of all time. Of. All. Time. Nick and Charlie’s story is charming, darling, and endearing. They become friends after being sat next to each other at school. Charlie worries that he’s crushing on a straight guy and Nick starts to question his own sexuality. They come together and support each other and they are SO cute! I want to cradle them in my arms and keep them safe forever and ever! As the series goes on Nick and Charlie grow closer and work through homophobia and mental illness together. Alice Oseman writes their story with so much love and care. Read this series! It will warm your heart!
You ever get those thoughts that will not go away? Like did you lock the door, and if you didn’t, did someone break in, and if they did, did they hurt your mom, and OMG MOM IS DEAD! And then you are obsessing about the front door until you can get home and check. I’ve been there too, my friend, and so has Kiki Kallira. Kiki escapes her anxious mind by drawing in her sketchbook. Until the world in her sketchbook comes to life and actual demons threaten to escape into the real world. What do you do when the monsters in your mind become real? Sangu Mandanna answers that in this story of adventure, myth, and courage.
Hola Papi. Where do I continue to find joy and acceptance, now that I have finished your book? Friends, if you have questions on relationships, identity, or how to come out in a Walmart parking lot, look no further. Modeled after his popular advice column, John Paul Brammer responds to questions from his readers through his life stories and lessons learned with a dash of humor for good measure.
If you like Studio Ghibli movies, then this book is for you. Barnhill gives to us the tale of Luna, an infant left in the forest as an offering to a false threat. A kind witch finds her and feeds her moonlight, which bestows magic to Luna. She grows up in the forest with the witch, a swamp monster, and a perfectly tiny dragon unaware of her abilities. Not a bad life, right? Except there is an evil lurking in the village outside the forest and Luna will need to unlock her magic to save everyone that she holds dear.
Do you need a hug? This book will give one to you. Come along with caseworker Linus as he reviews an orphanage full of magical children deemed too dangerous for society. He will soon discover that “dangerous” is in the eye of the beholder, even when it comes to the Antichrist. Get yourself a cup of tea, a cozy blanket, and curl up with this darling and daring tale of adventure, antics, and acceptance.
There's a turtle in a tree! Wait, what? Follow our two canine friends as they argue over what exactly is in the tree, a turtle or a squirrel. Who will be right? Our feisty little friend or our tall curious pal?
What would you do if your most personal secret was the theme of an art gallery in your high school without your consent? If you’re Felix Love, you choose revenge. As if that’s not enough, he has no idea what to do for his final portfolio for his Brown application, he is struggling with defining his identity as black, queer, transgender person, AND he just wants to find love, dangit! So you could say Felix has a lot going on. Kacen Callender, also trans and non-binary, weaves together love and mystery in this coming-of-age story straight outta Stonewall.
Friendships, lies, gossip, truma, and of course forbidden love. We love it. And we love Rachel Smythe for bringing all this and more in her retelling of the popular Greek myth, The Taking of Persephone. See the gods as you have never seen them before. In tailored suits and baggy sweatshirts, waiting for texts back, going to uni, dodging the paps, and tearing out eye balls. It’s classical Greek drama meets modern world drama. Talk about clash of the Titans. Smythe’s stunning artwork braids together the divine, the treacherous, and the repulsive of the lives of the gods that will have you aching for more and musing about your next cosplay.
Meet Jayne, a struggling college student living in a illegal one bedroom sublet with her not-boyfriend. Meet June, Jayne's older sister, a hedge fund manager living in a high-rise with a doorman. Opposite and estranged, these sisters come together to help each other through their physical and mental health struggles. We see Korean American rep, disordered eating, bullying, cancer, language, and family drama. Mary H.K. Choi gives us a beautiful novel that is not for the faint of heart.