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Daughter of Redwinter by Ed McDonald: Rich, Unexpected and Absorbing

Raine can see―and speak―to the dead, a gift that comes with a death sentence. All her life she has hidden, lied, and run to save her skin, and she’s made some spectacularly bad choices along the way. But it is a rare act of kindness―rescuing an injured woman in the snow―that becomes the most dangerous …

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Wake the Bones by Elizabeth Kilcoyne: Gripping and Gorgeous

The sleepy little farm that Laurel Early grew up on has awakened. The woods are shifting, the soil is dead under her hands, and her bone pile just stood up and walked away. After dropping out of college, all she wanted was to resume her life as a tobacco hand and taxidermist and try not …

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Trouble with the Cursed by Kim Harrison: Riveting and Exciting

Rachel Morgan, witch-born demon, has one unspoken rule: take chances, but pay for them yourself. With it, she has turned enemies into allies, found her place with her demon kin, and stepped up as the subrosa of Cincinnati—responsible for keeping the paranormal community at peace and in line. Life is . . . good? Even …

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The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain: Uplifting and Hopeful

Every day, Albert Entwistle makes his way through the streets of his small English town, delivering letters and parcels and returning greetings with a quick wave and a “how do?” Everyone on his route knows Albert, or thinks they do—a man of quiet routines, content to live alone with his cat, Gracie.   Three months …

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Carolina Moonset by Matt Goldman: Suspenseful, Insightful

Both suspenseful and deeply moving, Carolina Moonset is an engrossing novel about family, memories both golden and terrible, and secrets too dangerous to stay hidden forever, from New York Times bestselling and Emmy Award-winning author, Matt Goldman.   Joey Green has returned to Beaufort, South Carolina, with its palmettos and shrimp boats, to look after …

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Screams from the Dark: 29 Tales of Monsters and the Monstrous Edited by Ellen Datlow: Frightening and creepy

A bone-chilling new anthology from legendary horror editor, Ellen Datlow, Screams from the Dark contains twenty-nine all-original tales about monsters. From werewolves and vampires, to demons and aliens, the monster is one of the most recognizable figures in horror. But what makes something, or someone, monstrous? Award-winning and up-and-coming authors like Richard Kadrey, Cassandra Khaw, …

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From Bad to Cursed by Lana Harper: Fun and Intriguing

Wild child Isidora Avramov is a thrill chaser, adept demon summoner, and—despite the whole sexy-evil-sorceress vibe—also a cuddly animal lover. When she’s not designing costumes and new storylines for the Arcane Emporium’s haunted house, Issa’s nursing a secret, conflicted dream of ditching her family’s witchy business to become an indie fashion designer in her own …

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Of Claws and Fangs by Faith Hunter: Diverse and Insightful

Collected together for the first time, this volume contains shorter works featuring heroines Jane Yellowrock and Nell Ingram, as well as a host of other characters from the Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood series. Faith Hunter is “an expert at creating worlds filled with intriguing supernatural elements and exciting scenarios”* and her skills are on full …

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Heroic Hearts by Jim Butcher, Kerrie Hughes et al: Dynamic and Compelling

An all-star urban fantasy collection featuring short stories from number one New York Times best-selling authors Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, and more…. In this short story collection of courage, adventure, and magic, heroes—ordinary people who do the right thing – bravely step forward. But running toward danger might cost them everything…. …

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