Last we saw our heroes, their story ended in a bubble of hope; iridescent and delicate. In this next leg of their journey that thin shining surface pops and the fall out is chaotic. When will the grown ups stop lying? When will Callie and their friends be safe? Who can they trust? Can they even trust themselves? Danger surrounds the crew from all sides. Imagine if TJ Klune wrote faced-pace high-stakes stories and you have Sir Callie and the Dragons Roost. Triumphant and heartbreaking this book will have you in a vice until the last line.
Unlikely heroes, villainous men, and medieval legend braid perfectly together to become Shield Maiden. Set in the world of Beowulf, a young and disabled women, Fryda unlocks heroic power to protect her home, her king, and her love. I was pulled into the story immediately and wanted to everything about the world, the characters and their secrets. It illuminates an entire complex world within a small tide pool of the original epic. Stoke the fire, pour a cup of mead, and settle in because this book is unputdownable!
A true story of art, love, and crime told in a narrative that keeps you turning the page: The Art Thief is a mini series waiting to happen. Tucked away in a small attic in France an unassuming man quietly collects over 200 pieces of stolen art. Stâephane Breitwieser is the greatest art thief that you’ve never heard of. I was consumed reading this book wondering when the other shoe would drop. Breitwieser is unlike any other criminal you’ve read about. The interrogations, videos, and psychology reports only begin to describe the unsolved rubix cube of a man. Incredibly well researched, The Art Thief, is the book you won’t stop talking about at dinner parties.
Fitting in and making friends is so hard! Do I be myself or do I play it cool? Because myself is a spazz whose comfort show is Bluey…not exactly cool. Charlie is asking herself the same question as she starts at yet another new school. Will this finally be the place where she fits in? Maybe if she can play it cool she will finally make some real friends! Or maybe a true real friend will also like cartoons and plushies.
When you think about Hawaii, you probably think about beaches, surfing, hula, possibly sea turtles. But what about volcanic explosions and angry goddesses? Cause that’s what Anna is faced with when she goes to visit her grandma for the summer. Definitely not the vacay she was hoping to brag to her friends about. Can she accept that the myths she heard from her grandma are real or will the lava swallow up her reality? Strap in for a truly legendary adventure!
Enemies to lovers? Check. Blush worthy steam? Check. Cheese? Check. Finally a romance that understands the importance of dairy products! Once again Ali Hazelwood makes science sexy and unputdownable. This coming from a book nerd that hasn’t done math in over a decade. Truly she is a master author. Love Theoretically is the fun, flirty, and happy romance you need to warm your cold dysphoric heart.
Before this book I was in a reading slump. Little did I know what I needed was the adventure, beautiful artwork, and sweet romance delivered to me by this book. It pulled me out, and gave me life! I was shaking my head and rooting so hard for the characters at the same time. Take a good girl/ bad boy story, give it a sapphic twist and make it pirates and you have this book. I am actively craving more of this world and these characters! I truly hope there is more to come!
“Gorgeous. Poignant. Feminist.” That would be my blurb on the back of this book if I was cool enough to have blurbs on the back of books. Parini Shroff perfectly captures the experience of a woman in a man's world. From feminine competition to abusive husbands to outdated traditions, Sharnoff weaves a story of women finding their strength and taking their power back that is…well gorgeous, poignant, and feminist, all balanced with clever humor. I didn’t know much going in, and was absolutely delighted by this book and recommend picking it up
To read this book is to be in a warm embrace; it pulls you in and keeps you close and snug through the end. This story is the quintessential cozy mystery.The small town of Shady Hollow is shaken with the news of a murdered resident, and cunning reporter (and fox) Vivian Vixen is on the case! A moose owns the coffee shop, a raven runs the bookstore, and a hummingbird is the town gossip, and no one knows whodunnit! The cast of critters is the perfect beach day buddy, rainy day companion, or in-flight entertainment. Shady Hollow is a great escape that you simply can't put down!
Ever wonder if you made a slightly different choice in life that things would be better? Such as signing up for yoga instead of ceramics class. Me too, and the same goes for our main character who experiences four different alternate realities based on changing one small choice. The quarter life crisis hits hard and is plagued by the niggling question of “what if?” The Tatami Galaxy gives us a peek at the answer to that eternal question in what I can only describe as cozy multiverse theory.
When I read Alice Oseman I feel seen. They are poignant, nuanced, and compassionate in their descriptions of mental health struggles, and because of this their characters are so tangible and relatable. On the outside I am very different from music superstar, Jimmy, and dedicated fangirl, Angel, but their internal monologues are familiar and resonate deeply with me. Oseman is also a master of representation in her books. In this book we see characters of different backgrounds, religions, cultures, races, ethnic groups, gender and sexual orientations. I Was Born for This is a wonderful pocket universe to crawl into and feel safe and sound (get it? Because it’s about a band, and they make sound…. I’ll show myself out.)
Very Good Hats is a very good book! Emma Straub thinks outside the box on what a hat can be and encourages creative thinking and imagining. Perfect for encouraging kiddos to embrace their childhood wonder and whimsical ideas! What wondrous hats can they come up with?!
Magical worlds, outcasts, and toppling injustice. Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston is all this and more! Callie’s greatest dream is to go to Helston and train to become a knight. Only Helston is not holding up its end of the deal. It is a place where it is hard to be different. So many folks feel the need to hide their true selves and try to force their differences away to fit it. And Callie is having none of it. They are a knight and they will protect the crown and kingdom from threats both inside and out. Luckily, they are not on this quest alone, Callie finds friends and together this merry band of outcasts fights for justice and might even save the kingdom!
Imagine the Golden Girls in their 80’s and also witches. That’s this book. The Witches of Moonshyne Manor is hilarious and fun with the perfect amount of smash-the-patriarchy energy. The power of female friendship prevails as the coven fights to save their home from being torn down and becoming a mens-only theme park…because men don’t have enough space. This is a great read that will have you turning pages and laughing out loud. And in case I haven’t sold you yet, did I mention there’s a cute dog called Ruth Bader Ginsberg?
Tip me over and pour me out! I am steamed up about this book! It’s magic, tea, and court politics, oh my! Ming leaves home and enters a competition to find a cure that will save her sister from the poisoned tea that has been plaguing the kingdom. Once inside the capitol, Ming gets pulled further into the mystery of the poison and a possible plot to overthrow the Princess. Conspiracy, betrayal, and magic abound in this tale and it’s the perfect companion for any tea lover!