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Tell Me How You Really Feel By Aminah Mae Safi Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250251022
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Square Fish - October 13th, 2020

This YA novel is essentially Rory and Paris fanfiction, if Rory was Persian and Paris was Jewish-Mexican. Oh, and if they were lesbians with secret crushes on one another. It's everything you wanted that Netflix's last season of Gilmore Girls didn't deliver.

Rachel and Sana hate each other. When a chance blunder at school forces a collaboration in Rachel's senior film, neither girl trusts the other to get it right. And, as much as she is loathe to agree with her film adviser, Rachel knows Sana is perfectly cast as her Helen of Troy. Soon, the prim cheerleader is narrating the Greek epic and demanding other changes. With only 30 days left to meet academic deadlines, Rachel needs the film to be perfect to clinch her spot at NYU... and Sana needs a distraction as she runs down the clock on mailing her deposit to Princeton. The sweetest romance could bloom between them if they cast aside fear and their prep school personas. 



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This Is How You Lose the Time War By Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781534430990
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: S&S/Saga Press - March 17th, 2020

This is a blossoming romance set among the rubble of incomprehensible destruction. This is not Doctor Who fan-fiction, nor is it the concrete, expository science fiction we're used to. This is for the dreamers who want to look through broken windows into another reality.


Review by Kitri

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We Set the Dark on Fire By Tehlor Kay Mejia Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062691323
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 14th, 2020

Latinx culture. Near-future fantasy island. Espionage and arranged marriage. Queer romance.

In short, a gripping feminist story with excellent stakes, world-building, and character development that ends in a cliff-hanger. Let's just say I need book two of this duology immediately.



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Five Feet Apart By Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry (With), Tobias Iaconis (With) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534437333
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 20th, 2018

Two teenagers with cystic fibrosis: they have a long list of DON'Ts but very few DOs. Stella sticks to her schedules and pins hope on a lung transplant. Will is ready to be 18, free of hospitals and his mother's race for a cure. An endearing and honest story of two teenagers learning there's more to living than simply surviving. 



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Fence Vol. 1 By C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Rebecca Nalty (With) Cover Image
By C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Rebecca Nalty (With)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781684151929
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: BOOM! Box - July 31st, 2018

Take:

  • Cutthroat competion
  • Heartthrob athletes in various states of (un)dress
  • Painfully well-executed cliffhangers
  • Rivalry rife with sexual tension

and you get this cheeky, enthralling, character-driven volume for those who wish the Rocky movies were a little gayer.



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An Ocean of Minutes: A Novel By Thea Lim Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501192562
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Gallery Books - June 4th, 2019

When you venture into the pages of a time-traveling, plague-ridden dystopian nightmare, you come to expect a visceral exploration of what it takes to survive in an unforgivable world. 

What you don't expect is to become deeply invested in the love story that unfolds in flashbacks and written so intimately that it almost feels like intruding.


Review by Sarah C.

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Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate #1) By Gail Carriger Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316402415
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Published: Orbit - April 1st, 2014

As befits a steampunk novel set in Victorian London, "Soulless" combines the humor and romance of a Julia Quinn novel with a heroine who wields a parasol as effectively as Amelia Peabody. Throw in some vampires, werewolves and, of course, dirigibles, and you have a most original, highly entertaining creation.


Review by Deborah

Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood #2) By Charlaine Harris Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780441009237
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Published: Ace - March 26th, 2002

Small town Southern waitress Sookie Stackhouse has come to terms with being a mind reader. She's even getting comfortable with dating a vampire. But there are far more otherworldly things in rural Louisiana (and big city Dallas) than she ever imagined! 


Review by Deborah

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