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Love on the Brain By Ali Hazelwood Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593336847
Availability: Coming soon - available for pre-order now
Published: Berkley - August 23rd, 2022

Hazelwood's sophomore novel is an absolute delight! Nerdy STEM jokes abound, as do jabs at academia and higher education. Readers, like me, who aren't brain or rocket scientists will grasp the scope of the BLINK project which forces Bee to work with her grad school nemesis, Levi.

Love on the Brain stole my breath and, when I caught it, had me giggling at cat puns and facts about human remains. The tension, the conflict, the stakes, the resolution--all of it shines, no, *glitters*.  So, what would Marie Curie do? Buy this book. From this independent bookstore, hopefully. And read it while basking in a tub of radium, probably. 


Review by Danielle

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Love Radio By Ebony LaDelle Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781665908153
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 31st, 2022

I adore Ebony LaDelle’s ability to write vulnerability without it becoming overwhelming.

Despite the fact that Dani has isolated herself to avoid confronting a terrible memory and Prince is sacrificing his dreams to take care of his chronically ill mother, this book is full of joy and healing. 

Pick up Love Radio, and maybe you’ll find some healing, too. 


Review by Madison

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A Little Too Familiar: an Uncanny Romance Novel By Lish McBride Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780998403229
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Devo-Lish - May 17th, 2022

Lish McBride is a sexy word wizard. A Little Too Familiar is perfect for when you just need a book so comforting that it feels like a warm weighted blanket, like your brain is being flooded with hot chocolate, but you also need the sexual tension so thick you could cut it with a beach ball.


Review by Anje

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Honey and Spice: A Novel By Bolu Babalola Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063141483
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: William Morrow - July 5th, 2022

Let me be honest: I am not a romance reader. I find it difficult to read when my eyes are rolling across the floor at some of the dialogue or character descriptions. I am, however, a MASSIVE fan of rom coms (embrace your contradictions!), and this book delivers. Two characters with chemistry and emotional barricades that need to be torn down during a fake relationship on an English university campus, genuine and beautiful female friendships, and enough song references to build a reading soundtrack? Honey and Spice deserves a handful of popcorn with every turn of the page. 


Review by Sarah C.

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See You Yesterday By Rachel Lynn Solomon Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781665901925
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 17th, 2022

Solomon is a master at slow burn young adult romance. Her characters pine, miscommunicate, and overanalyze; I love it. So all of that plotted against time loops, set on the first day of college, with realistic yet impulsive youthful choices? It turned my heart to mush and I'm not really even into "Groundhog Day". Wish fulfillment, second chances (so many second chances), and mysteries of the universe: that's See You Yesterday.


Review by Danielle

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As If on Cue By Marisa Kanter Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534445802
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 21st, 2021

I’ve got a weak spot for a YA enemies-to-lovers romance, but the feud between the band kids and theater kids made this book irresistible. Kanter totally captures the complex overwhelming stress of high school…including how it breaks friendships as easily as it makes them.

Oh, and the best part? Kanter’s love for Jewish culture shines on every page.


Review by Madison

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The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea By Axie Oh Cover Image
By Axie Oh
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250780867
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Feiwel & Friends - February 22nd, 2022

Axie Oh defies expectations with this feminist re-telling of The Tale of Shim Cheong. This book is a deep dive (literally) into Korean folklore and perfect for lovers of fairy tales!


Review by Madison

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The Love Hypothesis By Ali Hazelwood Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593336823
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Berkley - September 14th, 2021

I don't think I read a book so quickly, in a single sitting, with handfuls of popcorn that I barely noticed eating because I was *that* fixated on the story.

The Love Hypothesis nailed the fake dating trope and did it with tongue-in-cheek, oddball humor. This book is geeky, sure, but it also is a steamy, slow burn, ratcheting up the tension between Olive and Adam until you almost fling the book across the room because there are TWO beds?!? How dare she! 

Don't fret, this book is still a delight. And you might learn a bit about biology, academia, and science on the way to happily ever after.


Review by Danielle

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Ice Planet Barbarians By Ruby Dixon Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593546024
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Berkley - November 30th, 2021

This is the kind of campy sci-fi smut that Fox Mulder would be reading in a motel room as Scully tries to convince him (unsuccessfully) that it's not aliens.

Read it and squeal.

 


Review by Anje

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Dating Dr. Dil: A Novel By Nisha Sharma Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063001107
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Avon - March 15th, 2022

Kareena is thirty and single. She lives in the house her parents built. She also has her dream career and she's close to finishing the restoration of her mom's classic BMW. She wants true love, her jeevansathi, but she also needs money to buy her parents house before it's sold--in six months. 

Enter television's Dr. Dil, aka Prem. He's planning to open a South Indian community health center when a viral confrontation on his show costs him big. The culprit? Kareena. While Prem doesn't believe in love or jeevansathi, he's sure faking an engagement with Kareena is the ticket to both their dreams coming true with so little time to spare.

Dating Dr. Dil is a fun, modern update of the Shakespeare comedy Taming of the Shrew. The plot holds up on its own and the enjoyment factor is raised at every turn through believable conflict, deliciously steamy chemistry, and a cast of meddling aunties who help Kareena and Prem get their hearts desires. 


Review by Danielle

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