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The Impossible Us by Sarah Lotz: Impossibly Charming

In this funny and poignant novel, two strangers learn that their soul mate might be both as close as breath and as distant as a star, from British Fantasy Award recipient Sarah Lotz. Bee thinks she has everything: a successful business repurposing wedding dresses, and friends who love and support her. She’s given up on …

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The League of Gentlewomen Witches by India Holton: Delightful

Miss Charlotte Pettifer belongs to a secret league of women skilled in the subtle arts. That is to say—although it must never be said—witchcraft. The League of Gentlewomen Witches strives to improve the world in small ways. Using magic, they tidy, correct, and manipulate according to their notions of what is proper, entirely unlike those …

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Crowbones by Anne Bishop: Unforgettable Characters

Crowbones will gitcha if you don’t watch out! Deep in the territory controlled by the Others – shape-shifters, vampires, and even deadlier paranormal beings – Vicki DeVine has made a new life for herself running The Jumble, a rustic resort. When she decides to host a gathering of friends and guests for Trickster Night, at …

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Spelunking Through Hell by Seanan McGuire: Remarkable Love Story

Love, noun: An intense feeling of deep affection; may be romantic, filial, or platonic. Passion, noun: A strong or barely controllable emotion. Enthusiasm, interest, desire. See also “obsession.” It’s been fifty years since the crossroads caused the disappearance of Thomas Price, and his wife, Alice, has been trying to find him and bring him home …

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Three Left Turns to Nowhere by Jeffrey Ricker, J. Marshall Freeman, and Nathan Burgoine: Unique Stories

Three strangers heading to a convention in Toronto are stranded in rural Ontario, where a small town with a subtle kind of magic leads each to discover what he’s been searching for.   Ed Sinclair and his friends get stuck in Hopewell after their car breaks down. It’s snark at first sight when he meets …

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Season of the Wolf by Jeff Mariotte: Intense Thriller

In the mountains around the small town of Silver Gap, Colorado, bark beetles—aided by a warming climate—are decimating the pine forests. That environmental degradation has brought Alex Converse, wealthy heir and would-be documentary filmmaker, to town. And his arrival coincides with another—the reappearance of wolves, long thought to be extinct in the state. But these …

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Map of Flames (The Forgotten Five) Book 1 by Lisa McMann: New Spin on Superpowers

X-Men meets Spy Kids in the new middle-grade series from the New York Times bestselling author, Lisa McMann (The Unwanteds). Fifteen years ago, eight supernatural criminals fled Estero City to make a new life in an isolated tropical hideout. Over time, seven of them disappeared without a trace, presumed captured or killed. And now, the …

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Getting Off by J.R. Hart: Dynamic Plot

JJ is certain he’s got everything figured out. He’s straight, right? He’s just not into the hookup culture prevalent on his college soccer team. But he’s trying to hide that to avoid getting on his team captain’s bad side. Kade is anything but straight. Out and proud, he’s curious about how the “other half” lives… …

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Ramses the Damned:The Reign of Osiris by Anne and Christopher Rice: Superb

The gilded adventures of Ramses the Damned, iconic creation of the legendary Anne Rice, continue in this breathtakingly suspenseful tale of a titanic supernatural power unleashed on the eve of war.  A pharaoh made immortal by a mysterious and powerful elixir, Ramses the Great became counselor and lover to some of Egypt’s greatest and most …

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Isolate: A Novel of the Grand Illusion by L. E. Modesitt Jr.: Political Intrigue, Engrossing

Industrialization. Social unrest. Underground movements. Government corruption and surveillance. Something is about to give. Steffan Dekkard is an isolate, one of the small percentage of people who are immune to the projections of empaths. As an isolate, he has been trained as a security specialist, and he and his security partner Avraal Ysella, a highly …

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