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Ready or Not By Andi Porretta, Andi Porretta (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andi Porretta, Andi Porretta (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781665907033
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 2nd, 2024

Cassie and her three best friends have their last summer together ahead of them before they part ways for college. Marcy, Aaron, and Nico all have plans to head off to college in the fall, but Cassie is the only one who doesn’t quite know what she wants to do. Cassie is trying to figure out that weird time that exists between graduating high school and what comes next. Ready or Not is about the anxieties of wanting things to stay the same and learning how to welcome change.

-Savanah


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Cicada Summer: A Novel By Erica McKeen Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781324073819
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 18th, 2024

If you like reading stories within a story then this is the book for you. After losing her mother, Husha moves to Canada to care for her ailing grandfather, Arthur. Husha’s ex-lover, Nellie, also shows up without explanation, her timing like the rhythm of the cicadas surrounding them. When Husha cleans out her mother’s house, she finds a collection of strange short stories; reading these stories gives the three a chance to consider each other, loss, and how to deal with their grief.

-Savanah


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The Butterfly Garden (Collector Trilogy #1) By Dot Hutchison Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781503934719
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - June 1st, 2016

Hidden away in an indoor garden is where the one known only as the Gardener, keeps his collection of Butterflies. The Butterflies are a number of young girls who have been kidnapped and tortured by the Gardener, forced to bear a new name and wings of his choosing. Maya, a survivor of the garden, is being questioned by the FBI after having escaped; through her recounting, we learn of the horrors of the garden, how the Gardener decided to preserve them when their time came to an end and the pain they were subjected to, but also how they survived through finding family in each other.

-Savanah


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Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Read with Jenna Pick By Shelby Van Pelt Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063204157
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Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2022

Remarkably Bright Creatures is a paragon of “comfort.” It focuses on the lives and daily struggles of three main characters, Tova, Cameron, and Marcellus (who just happens to be a giant Pacific octopus). Cameron and Tova are both hoping to satisfy the mysteries in their lives; Tova hopes to find out how and why her son disappeared, and Cameron wants to find his father after growing up with an absent mother. With help from Marcellus, Tova and Cameron get the answers they’ve been searching for and end up finding family along the way. This is a book that assures you that family isn’t only those who are blood-related.

-Savanah


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The Witching Tide: A Novel By Margaret Meyer Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781668011362
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Published: Scribner - September 5th, 2023

In her debut novel, Meyer pulls you into an immersive world where witches are supposedly looming around every corner. It’s 1645 and there’s a restless witch hunter casting accusations against Cleftwater’s villagers. Martha Hallybread and us readers must experience a time where no woman is safe from pointed fingers. Being mute, it’s difficult for Martha to express her thoughts to those who don’t understand, but she’ll do whatever it takes to keep the people she cares for safe. The Witching Tide will have you questioning who’s really evil; a witch or a woman defenseless in the eyes of a man.

-Savanah


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Fruit of the Dead: A Novel By Rachel Lyon Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781668020852
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2024

Fruit of the Dead is a contemporary reimagining of Persephone and Demeter and the complicated relationship between teenage daughter and mother. Cory is two weeks into turning eighteen when she finds herself taking a nanny position to the children of a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company’s CEO on his private island. Rolo Picazo is enthralling and so are the ruby capsules he encourages Cory to take pleasure in. Told between alternating perspectives of Cory and her mother, Emer, Lyon’s stunning prose invites you to stay invested in their story, and see how power and manipulation can come from more than just people. Scribner $28, Avail 3/5.

-Savanah


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Lore Olympus: Volume One By Rachel Smythe Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593356074
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Published: Inklore - November 2nd, 2021

Rachel Smythe brings the love story of Persephone and Hades to life with her gorgeously illustrated graphic novel. Lore Olympus is a contemporary reimagining of the well known stories of Greek mythology with a focus on the forbidden romance of Hades and Persephone. Persephone is new to Olympus as she was raised in the mortal realm by her mother, Demeter. She must figure out new experiences like college, new friends (and enemies), and romance. We also get to see Hades’ perspective and how this goddess of spring caught his eye. If you like art and Greek mythology, you’ll appreciate the visual storytelling of Lore Olympus.

-Savanah


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Cursed Bunny: Stories By Bora Chung, Anton Hur (Translated by) Cover Image
By Bora Chung, Anton Hur (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781643753607
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Published: Algonquin Books - December 6th, 2022

Cursed Bunny is a collection of dark short stories by Korean author Bora Chung. These disturbing stories will have you questioning society, and increase your awareness of how we interact with others. Behind every speculative story is a thought evoking message that makes you truly think about how we’ve been made to behave as a society when faced with certain situations. Cursed Bunny will have you reevaluating how you perceive some of these situations and increase your understanding towards others, extinguishing your prejudice because you never truly know what someone may be going through.

-Savanah


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Poor Deer: A Novel By Claire Oshetsky Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063327665
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Published: Ecco - January 9th, 2024

Margaret Murphy must come to terms with the unresolved guilt and grief that she feels for having a part in her friend Agnes’s death. Trying to get to the truth of what happened, we accompany Margaret through her childlike tales of what she says occurred; we follow her as a four-year-old and as she gets older, and listen to her stories as she tries to navigate her grief. But there’s one character who guides her to the truth and not the happy endings she makes up to protect herself. Poor Deer is a deer-like creature that seems to be manifested from Margaret’s guilt and will stop at nothing to make sure Margaret holds herself accountable to being honest. Poor Deer is a novel that deals with death and how we handle the trauma that accompanies it.

-Savanah


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The Silent Patient By Alex Michaelides Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250301703
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Published: Celadon Books - May 4th, 2021

The Silent Patient features psychotherapist Theo Faber, and his personal account of treating Alicia Berenson: a woman who went completely silent after shooting her husband five times in the face with a shotgun six years ago. Follow along with Theo on his mission to help Alicia and to figure out why she became permanently speechless. The Silent Patient is full of questions we don’t quite have the answers to and twists that you won’t expect. Alex Michaelides' storytelling will have you completely invested in the mystery that is Alicia Berenson.

-Savanah


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Where He Can't Find You By Darcy Coates Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781728278940
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - November 7th, 2023

Graphic and disturbing, Where He Can't Find You is the perfect read for lovers of all things gruesome. Abby and her sister, Hope, live in a town plagued with constant disappearances at the hands of the one they call the Stitcher; people are either never found, or discovered at the end of a trail of red string, their bodies dismembered and sewn back together in abnormal ways. Despite having made rules to keep them safe, Hope is taken by the Stitcher one night and Abby and her friends set out to get her back despite knowing that they could never be found again. True to Coates’ style, this is a novel you won’t be able to forget.

-Savanah


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Medea: A Novel By Eilish Quin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781668020760
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Published: Atria Books - February 13th, 2024

Medea is a stunning novel about an infamous woman from Greek mythology and the maturing of her as a witch. We get to learn about the hardships of Medea’s life, stemming mostly from her parents and the deceit of her husband Jason. Quin’s writing will have you empathizing with Medea and the complex web that is her story. For fans of Madeline Miller’s Circe, Medea will have you just as enthralled.

-Savanah


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The Roommate Pact By Allison Ashley Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780778334248
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Published: Mira Books - August 1st, 2023

The Roommate Pact is a fun, flirty, and fiery romance between two roommates: an ER nurse and a firefighter. Claire Harper and Graham Scott have an agreement that if they’re still single by the time they’re forty they’ll get married. This agreement turns into a more casual arrangement when Graham is injured and Claire helps to take care of him. As they become closer, they open up to each other emotionally and have to decide if they’ll take their relationship farther than just friends. This book was hard to put down as the banter between Claire and Graham captured my attention and heart. If you love a good situationship romance (with a grumpy Yorkie thrown into the mix) you’ll love The Roommate Pact!

-Savanah


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The Clackity (Blight Harbor) By Lora Senf Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781665902687
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 18th, 2023

A compelling story about a young girl named Evie who must move in with her Aunt Des after the disappearance of her parents. Though she is grieving and dealing with anxiety attacks, Evie must find it in herself to be brave after her aunt disappears. Facing strange creatures, witches, and even the ghost of a serial killer, Evie journeys to a dangerous otherworld to find and save her aunt. The Clackity is fast paced and full of intense trials that will keep you invested in Evie's adventure.

-Savanah


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There's No Way I'd Die First By Lisa Springer Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593643174
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 5th, 2023

Lisa Springer’s debut novel There’s No Way I’d Die First is one that every horror fan should pick up before they die. In this YA title, horror film fan Noelle Layne throws a Halloween party for her scary movie club “Jump Scares.” What starts out as a night filled with spooky fun at her house, Castle Hill, takes a horrifying turn when the It clown she hired starts to take his job too seriously and kills one of her guests. Noelle and her friends must try to survive the night against a knife wielding clown and his murder suitcase. There’s No Way I’d Die First will keep you turning pages to see what insane thing happens next inside Castle Hill, and if Noelle truly is a Final Girl.

-Savanah


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Never Whistle at Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology By Shane Hawk (Editor), Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. (Editor) Cover Image
By Shane Hawk (Editor), Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. (Editor)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593468463
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Published: Vintage - September 19th, 2023

This Indigenous dark fiction anthology is full of evil spirits, curses, desperation, hauntings, revenge, and much more. Each story is uniquely creepy and every tale is a celebration of the imagination and endurance of Indigenous people and the monsters they have to face - whether those monsters are creatures or other human beings. The tales in this anthology will have you looking over your shoulder and making sure you never whistle at night.

-Savanah


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Bunny: A Novel By Mona Awad Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525559757
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Published: Penguin Books - June 9th, 2020

Reading Bunny was like experiencing a fever dream. I don’t know how to put my feelings into words, but I do know that it had my attention the entire time I was reading it. Samantha Heather Mackey is repulsed by the group of girls in her fiction writing workshop on account of the fact that they call each other “Bunny” and are always attached at the hip. Her best friend, Ava, is all she needs until she receives an invitation from the Bunnies and finds herself getting more and more involved with them. Reality blurs and we’re left experiencing the arcane and weird.

-Savanah