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.
This is a book about hard things: sexual assault, incest, and childhood trauma. It is written to be gentle and accessible. It allows opportunities to have healing conversations and provides a place to be seen, heard, and believed. Anastasia Higginbotham provides several helpful resources on healing childhood trauma and setting boundaries. Bad things happen and are common; this book gives young people and grown people a place to start unpacking and mend.
There is something magic about a flower garden. The colors, the smells, the little bugs, and the gnomes; the magic garden that Anna and Tess find themselves in has it all! These two friends learn how to listen to each other on an adventure in THE FLOWER GARDEN. The story is sweet and whimsical and the illustrations are GORGEOUS! Great for adventure seeking new readers!
Perseus. Theseus. Heracles. Jason. Names we’ve heard and define as Heroes. What did they do to get there though? There is no better person to tell the tales than Stephan Fry. His storytelling is captivating. I opened the book as an adult and when I closed it I was a starry-eyed child sitting crossed legged on the floor asking for just one more chapter. He gives the myths of the great heroes a new voice that is enchanting, contemporary, and hilarious. He honors the authors that first wrote down these stories and illustrates how these tales shaped ancient Greek culture and all societies modeled after it. Heroes is a must have for any myth lover!
Fassen and Lu are unlikely friends. They met in a shipwreck and stayed in contact across light years. Fassen trains with the Fireback Brigade to defeat the Blossoming Empire while Lu lives on the edges of known space in a community determined to stay out of the conflict all together. Their friendship has not been easy and when the war brings them back together the tensions grow. Struggles of identity and differences of culture and morality layer on the intrigue of this story of platonic love. Great for fans of Steven Universe.
I can still feel the impact of this book in my chest. A beautiful story told through imagery of a young boy's walk through grief to find peace. Have your tissues ready!
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Deceit, revenge, and destiny intertwine as the Day of Convergence approaches and the city of Tova rumbles with unrest. Told through multiple viewpoints, I could not put Black Sun down because I had to know how the storylines would intersect. The characters are so well created, both the heroic and the devious. The comeuppance is so satisfying! The magic feels natural and nicely compliments the political intrigue. All the best things you want in a fantasy story. This is not one to sleep on!
This book is the hero’s journey in a way that I have never experienced. We have a lead character with a special ability that travels to the land of death and back, and encounters fantastic creatures and monsters. I’m used to seeing quests with white characters based in western cultures. This book has neither of those things. Marlon James brings together black storytelling and tradition to literary fantasy. Not only did the story take me out of my everyday reality, it took me out of the previous bounds of my imagination. The story is hard hitting and the writing is beautiful. Great for readers of George RR Martin and Frank Herbert.
Only dying girls choose Sleeping Beauty as their favorite princess. At least according to Zinnia Grey, and she would know because she is dying. Most of her life has been playing out the clock, until her 21st birthday when she, you guessed it, pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and falls into a fairytale realm. I love that this story didn’t go the way I expected it to. I had the traditional fairytale-happily-ever-after plot diagram in my head and this story deviates from that. The cursed women take control of their own stories and work to carve out their own path that the folklore didn’t give them. Great for fans of retellings, strong women, and multiverse theory.
Tj Klune knows just how to get into my heart and fill it until it feels ready to burst. He fills his characters with life: light, kindness, joy, fear, grief, hope and growth. If you are a fan of character driven stories, this is the author for you! Once I tucked into this book (with my cozy blanket and a cup of tea) I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what was in store for Wallace as he processes his own death and learns more about life from his ferryman, Hugo, than he ever did while living.
I love a complicated woman, and Orquidea Divina is complicated. She has secrets, tells lies, and is magic, definitely magic. Her magic came at a price, one that she protected herself from for decades, and now that she is dying her family will have to pay it. I was hooked from the beginning trying to figure out the mystery that is Orquidea. I loved getting pieces of the past and present and reading until they crashed together. I will be reading all things that Zoraida Cordova writes.
I really enjoyed this romance. It’s a classic fake dating story between a PHD student and a faculty member (that is not directly related to her project or studies). What I found really refreshing was the third act twist. Oftentimes it is a miscommunication between the two main love interests that leads to them separating. Ali Hazelwood took the third act in a different direction that felt fresh for the genre. The romance is a slow build and is a great place to start for folks looking to read romance for the first time.
So many things to love about this book! The art style is beautiful, the characters are complex, and the story is engaging. Not to mention twin witches, a dark prophecy, magical mishaps, and dragons. So, after you read it let me know and we can discuss theories about what happens next!
If you like Greek myth, this book is for you. Don’t let the size intimidate you. The stories are easy to read and Stephen Fry’s take is an absolute delight (as is the author himself). His storytelling is immaculate and draws you in. Highly recommend the audio book as well. Few things in this life are better than story time with Stephen Fry. Escape from this reality to Olympus and spend some time with Zeus, Kronos, Gaia, and foolish mortals that got involved with them. Moral of the myth, this book is great and Stephen Fry is a treasure that must be protected at all costs.
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.