Fantasy

The Girl Who Fell Beneath

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By Axie Oh
$15.19
ISBN: 9781250780867
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - February 22nd, 2022

 

A breathtakingly beautiful retelling of a classic Korean legend. Mina travels to the underworld to save her people and take charge of her own fate, resulting in a tale of love and mystery and adventure. Combine the quiet friendships and wonder of Spirited Away with the longing of Hadestown and you'll get this book.

Katherine


A Marvellous Light

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ISBN: 9781250788870
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Published: Tordotcom - November 2nd, 2021

 

I was tempted to just write Gay! Historical! Magic! as a recommendation for this one because that would convince me, but if you want a little more—Robin is a civil servant who gets accidentally involved in the secret magical society of early 1900s London. Adventure, mystery, queer romance—it's all there!

April


The Ogress and the Orphans

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ISBN: 9781643750743
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 8th, 2022

The town, Stone In Glen, has fallen on hard times when an eccentric, reclusive ogress moves in next door and quietly saves the day. Beautifully written by Newbery Medal winner, Kelly Barnhill, The Ogress… is a gentle but incisive allegory about what happens to a community when neighborliness disappears. 

Fantastic, fantastical read-aloud for the whole family!

Wendy


Abarat

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By Clive Barker, Clive Barker (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062094100
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Published: HarperCollins - August 30th, 2011

Abarat is Clive Barker's dark twin to Alice in Wonderland. The heroine, Candy, is no sweet British girl who trips down a rabbit hole, but a morbid teenager from Chickentown, Minnesota who jumps into a magical sea, rather than return home. Candy is swept off to the Abarat, an archipelago where each island is a different hour of the day. Christopher Carrion, the Prince of Midnight, literally lives and breathes his own nightmares, and he remains one of the most terrifying villains I've ever read! A great read for teens, brave kids, & adults too.

Murphy


Heroes' Feast

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781984858900
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 27th, 2020

Full disclosure, I've never played Dungeons and Dragons, but that cinnamon bread was delicious, and my dad said the oatmeal cookies were better than Toll House cookies.

John


Our Violent Ends

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ISBN: 9781534457720
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - November 16th, 2021

This action-packed sequel to These Violent Delights, a 1920s retelling of Romeo and Juliet in Shanghai except they are heirs to rival gangs, is a beautiful summation of Gong's thoroughness as a writer. Without spoiling the events of the end of the last book, the story continues with a changed Juliette and Roma. The usual "I hate you but we have to work together" fanfare continues but now, the stakes are so much higher and Shanghai is even bloodier. Come for the Shakespearean influences, stay for Gong's expertise on the beginning of a turbulent history in China.

Engel


The Gilded Wolves

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ISBN: 9781250144553
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Published: Wednesday Books - September 22nd, 2020

Set in an alternate nineteenth-century Paris, The Gilded Wolves features a uniquely inventive magic system that sets the backdrop for a thrilling heist story. The six main characters are distinct, well-developed, and come from diverse backgrounds and the books tackle issues of colonialism and cultural appropriation in a fantasy setting. Be ready to tear through the whole trilogy because once you start, you won't be able to stop! 

April


Gallant

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ISBN: 9780062835772
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 1st, 2022

A stunning gothic fantasy written in V.E. Schwab's masterful, bittersweet and haunting voice. A story about a romance, without a romance (something I very much appreciate in a YA story). A dark tale of yearning and finding oneself in the ruins. CW: Mental illness, self harm

Stacey


From Dust, a Flame

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ISBN: 9780062699060
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 8th, 2022

It feels like Rebecca Podos reached into my soul and pulled out my perfect book. Queer fantasy about Jews! A golem with they/them pronouns! And a story that's complicated and gripping and beautifully written, about family history and love and figuring out who you are. I was completely swept away.

Shana


The Jasmine Throne

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ISBN: 9780316538510
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Published: Orbit - June 8th, 2021

This book has left me completely speechless (which makes it hard to write a review) but I’ll give it a shot. Why should you read this book? Well, we can start with the fact that the prose is so gorgeous I had to stop the audiobook and buy a physical copy just so I could highlight everything, or we could talk about how each character is complex and real and desperate and fighting for exactly what they want, or the fact that Tasha Suri is a master worldbuilder. If you like high fantasy that deals with the price of power, believe me when I say every minute you’re not reading this book is a mistake.

Katherine


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