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The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

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The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his life in exile from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three half-brothers are killed in an “accident,” he inherits the throne, but is entirely unschooled in the art of politics, has no friends, no allies, no advisors, and whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment. Surrounded by sycophants eager to curry favor with the naïve new emperor, and overwhelmed by the burdens of his new life, he can trust nobody. Amid the swirl of plots to depose him, offers of arranged marriages, and the specter of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a single friend . . . and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his throne–or his life.

A fantastic inversion of the classic “scion to the throne becomes king/emperor and everyone lives happily ever after” trope, depicting the sudden ascension to the throne in a far more realistic (and challenging) way. Recommended for readers looking for a political fantasy novel like Game of Thrones, but less dark, less violent. This novel is focused on relationships, politics, and diversity, with a pacifist hero who doesn’t solve problems with violence.

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Sea Glass Sunrise by Donna Kauffman

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A downhearted lawyer and a hard-headed contractor might solve a mystery if they can stop fighting in this romance from a USA Today–bestselling author.

In seaside Blueberry Cove, Maine, friends are just another word for family, and big-city politics take a backseat to local pride. But the real treasure on these shores is always love…

When D.C. lawyer Hannah McCrae heads home to Blueberry Cove for her brother’s wedding, she’s dragging a lot of baggage along with her—and she doesn’t mean suitcases. Betrayed personally, and humiliated professionally, the last thing she wants is a new man. That’s fine with square-jawed, rugged contractor Calder Blue. He and Hannah may be wildly attracted to one another, but all he wants is to build the town’s hotly contested new yacht club and mend a centuries-old family feud. Yet thanks to resentments old and new, day after day the pair wind up tangled in each other’s business—and maybe soon in each other’s arms.

Includes a delicious wedding cake recipe!

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Camp by Lev A.C. Rosen

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Camp Outland. An absolute wonderland of a camp for queer teens. It’s got everything a teen could dream of in a camp experience, except much much gayer. This is the camp that sixteen year-old Randy Kapplehoff has spent his summers the last few years and has met his best friends, who are just as gay and dramatic as he is. This year though, Randy is changing everything: no longer is he gay and flamboyant theatre kid Randy. This year, he is Del, a buff, masculine, sporty young man, in order to get jock Hudson Aaronson-Lim, a guy who’s only into straight-acting dudes, to notice him. What could go wrong?

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Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

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Jam’s mother is a painter. She paints the most beautiful paintings that almost seem real, until one day a painting DOES come alive and the creature crawls out of the canvas and into her mom’s art studio. The creature, whom Jam names Pet, tells her it has come to hunt a monster. And according to Pet, the monster is lurking in her best friend Redemption’s house.

All of the adults keep telling her that there are no more monsters anymore. Should she believe this creature that crawled out of the painting? Or is this creature a monster too?

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The Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

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It is nearly midnight, and very cold. Yet in this dark place of long grass and tall trees where cats hunt and foxes shriek, a girl is waiting… When Saffyre Maddox was ten something terrible happened and she’s carried the pain of it around with her ever since. The man who she thought was going to heal her didn’t, and now she hides from him, invisible in the shadows, learning his secrets; secrets she could use to blow his safe, cosy world apart.

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Date Me Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye

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Bryson Keller dates someone new every week. As the dare goes, the first person to ask him out on Monday morning gets to be that week’s new boo, as well as have the chance to convince Bryson Keller to fall in love with them. So far every person has been a girl, that is, until Kai Sheridan takes a leap and asks Bryson to go out with him for a week. Shockingly, Bryson says yes. Will Kai be able to win Bryson’s heart when nobody else has?

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Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror by Junji Ito

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Kurôzu-cho, a small town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. Their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world. It manifests itself in everything from seashells and whirlpools in water to the spiral marks on people’s bodies. As the madness spreads, the inhabitants of Kurôzu-cho are pulled ever deeper into a spiral from which there is no return. Where has this evil come from and when will it be satisfied?

Suspend your disbelief and spiral into a new escape in Junji Ito’s Uzumaki. The slow pace will leave you gasping at every horrific turn. Readers will never see spirals the same again.

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Tell Me Again What a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

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Leila is a young Iranian-American high school girl. She is also a lesbian. These two pieces of her identity, as you can infer, do not mix. As she struggles to come to personal terms with her homosexuality, as well as navigate the strange new world of crushes and high school dating, Leila must also confront her fear of what might happen to her relationship with her family if her family finds out.

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The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

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In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no mother ever wants to get: her teenage daughter Olivia has fallen off a bridge. Not only is Olivia brain dead, she’s pregnant and must remain on life support to keep her baby alive. And then Abi sees the angry bruises circling Olivia’s wrists.

When the police unexpectedly rule Olivia’s fall an accident, Abi decides to find out what really happened that night. Heartbroken and grieving, she unravels the threads of her daughter’s life. Was Olivia’s fall an accident? Or something far more sinister?

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Don’t Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip by Richard Ratay

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If you took road trips with your family prior to 1980, this book is for you. Don’t Make Me Pull Over! An Informal History of the Family Road Trip by Richard Ratay will bring back a time on the road when almost anything was acceptable. Who doesn’t recall children piled into the back seat with pillows, blankets, games, and food? Anytime there was more than one child in the back, an argument was going to occur about who was on whose side. Cars were large and could accommodate six people comfortably. Of course there were three people in the front and three in the back. Seat belts? There were none. Well, yes, there were but no one really used a seat belt, did they? See what memories of your past come back to you when you read this book.

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