Staff Picks by Tag

Staff Pick Badge
Starling House: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Alix E. Harrow Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250799050
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tor Books - October 3rd, 2023

Almost no one who has been the Master of Starling House through the centuries has been born a Starling. They became one through choice, a voice in their head, a home in their dreams, Starling House called to them all. To become Master is a contract with the house itself, to be given a home in exchange for giving their life to protect the community from the unspeakable horror that hunts Eden, KY. Now the house calls to Opal, raised in its shadow, with the promise of a home for her brother and herself. But for a new Master to assume responsibility, the old one must die, and what if HIS face also haunts her dreams and calls to her heart?


Review by Deborah

Staff Pick Badge
The Wall By Marlen Haushofer, Shaun Whiteside (Translated by), Claire Louise-Bennett (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Marlen Haushofer, Shaun Whiteside (Translated by), Claire Louise-Bennett (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811231947
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: New Directions - June 21st, 2022

A middle-aged woman wakes up and finds an invisible wall has been put up, a little ways outside where she is staying. This wall extends infinitely and everything beyond the wall is frozen in time. She finds no people living near her. She is terrified and thinks it might be some military experiment gone wrong. Then begins the tiring work of survival and self-renewal. Even with its minimal plot and little resolution, no chapters, and long descriptive paragraphs, its critique on capitalism and patriarchy are timeless. What does our world look like without time, our names, age, occupation, even our gender? It is haunting, where her isolation is jarring and painful to feel, yet her tender approach to caring for herself and her animals is beautiful.


Review by Javi

Staff Pick Badge
The High Mountain Court: A Fantasy Romance Novel (The Five Crowns of Okrith #1) By A.K. Mulford Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063291621
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Harper Voyager - September 20th, 2022

Witches, witch hunters, ancient artifacts that unlock evil, princes, a little romance, an incredible group of characters – this book had me on a rollercoaster ride. It felt very reminiscent of Leigh Bardugo’s characters with Sarah J. Maas’s worldbuilding (however, unpopular opinion, I think this series is better than ACOTAR…). I highly recommend it for anyone who is looking for an easy and fun read and want to commit to a series (because I promise you, they just get better).


Review by Javi

Staff Pick Badge
The Lies of the Ajungo (The Forever Desert #1) By Moses Ose Utomi Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250849069
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tordotcom - March 21st, 2023

This novella is a beautifully told fable that will stay with you long after you've read the last page. If you need a break from door-stoppers, but still want an impactful fantasy with immersive world-building - this is the book for you!


Review by Sarah B.

Staff Pick Badge
The Terraformers By Annalee Newitz Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250228024
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tor Books - September 19th, 2023

Terraformers by Annalee Newitz is a visually stunning story laced with moral questions about labor, the environment, and corporate greed. In the distant future on the planet of Sask-E, the Environmental Rescue Team is faced with many challenges in protecting the formation of this nascent planet. Their hopes for a healthy planet built for everyone is undermined by the corporation of Verdance and the entitlement of the wealthy who wish to relive the glory days of a flourishing Earth from the Pleistocene era. This work is a magnificently imaginative piece which closely resembles the contemporary conversations we are having about the environment and corporate greed.


Review by Lauren

Staff Pick Badge
Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries By Heather Fawcett Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593500156
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Del Rey - October 24th, 2023

Absolutely charming! From the beautiful cover to the story within, Heather Fawcett's first adult novel is a treasure. Perfect for fans of (my favorite book!) Naomi Novik’s “Uprooted” or Hannah Whitten’s “For the Wolf,” this is the tale of intrepid and curmudgeonly Edwardian dryadologist Emily Wilde. In the wild north of Ljosland, Emily is researching the Hidden Ones who will complete  the final chapter in her career-defining manuscript on faeries. Little does she know what adventures and unexpected friendship, and possibly even love, await.


Review by Deborah

Staff Pick Badge
Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780063021433
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Harper Voyager - August 29th, 2023

As a dark historical fantasy, Babel gives us a new look into the history of exploitation of the British empire. I enjoyed how this book shed light on the magical links between languages and how a single word can carry many meanings.


Review by Lauren

Staff Pick Badge
Daughter of the Moon Goddess: A Fantasy Romance Novel (Celestial Kingdom #1) By Sue Lynn Tan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063031319
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Harper Voyager - October 11th, 2022

Many know the story of Chang'e, the lonely goddess imprisoned on the moon as punishment for drinking the immortality elixir meant for her husband. Not many know that the elixir saved her unborn daughter's life. Xingyin, now grown, is forced to flee the moon when her existence is almost revealed. She has to learn to navigate the dangerous and magical Celestial Kingdom while hiding her true identity. Court intrigue, immortal battles, love, and betrayal follow as she attempts to free her mother and make a new life for herself. A fierce and beautiful re-imagining, sure to be a new favorite.

 


Review by Sarah B.

Staff Pick Badge
She Who Became the Sun (The Radiant Emperor Duology #1) By Shelley Parker-Chan Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250621818
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tor Books - June 28th, 2022

She Who Became the Sun carves out a bold and bloody new genre of epic fantasy. Zhu's tooth-and-nail fight for her destiny merges hero and antihero into a transcendent figure with an incomparably strong will. Parker-Chan explores themes of gender, tragedy, and resilience. Their world is immersive, and their story powerful.


Review by Jess

Staff Pick Badge
A Master of Djinn (Dead Djinn Universe #1) By P. Djèlí Clark Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250267665
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tordotcom - July 19th, 2022

Thank you, P. Djeli Clark, for writing this Victorian Egyptian steampunk novel just for me!  "A Master of Djinn" melds the mysterious adventures of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody archaeological mysteries with the snarky steampunk vibe of Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series.  Along with a dash of the inclusive romance that I've been devouring lately and a cast of multicultural characters, the result is the most entertaining book I've read this year from the most original voice I could hope to find.


Review by Deborah

Pages