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  • Unmarriageable

    The best "Pride and Prejudice" retelling I have ever read. It is so utterly charming and delightful. It is a wonderful homage to the original, yet also very unique and a breath of fresh air. A must read!

    -Marion


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  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

    Eleanor Oliphant is not fine. Her favorite store is the supermarket and her only friend is her houseplant, but that is all about to change. This is a book that is equal parts sad and happy, and you end up just adoring the quirky, unconventional Eleanor. It remineded me a lot of the movie The Apartment. A quick, lovely read for anyone!

    -Marion


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  • The City of Brass

    This is an absolutely stunning and magical adventure inspired by the mythologies and fairy tales of the Middle East. It is intricate, lush, and has a badass female protagonist. It is also unputdownable. Seriously, I tried but ended up reading through the night. For those of us who love our fantasy novels blended with history, fairy tales, and politcal intrigue. Then, it's follow up The Kingdom of Copper is even better. You'll want to read it straight away since The City of Brass ends on one heck of a cliffhanger.

    -Marion


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  • The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

    Be prepared to be taken out of your genre comfort zone with this mind-bending book. It's got a little of everything: swanky houseparties, time-travel, grusome murders, and layers and layers of mysteries. It's the Agatha Christie/ Quantum Leap mash-up you never knew you needed.

    -Marion


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  • The Fifth Season

    Listen, I could write a whole book on why you should read these books. But I don't have that much space. So: if you like science fiction, fantasy, or excellent storytelling read these books. Stop what you're doing and read them! They are engrossing, beautiful, and full of twists and turns. Also, all three books won the Hugo Award consecutively, which has never happened before.

    -Marion


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  • Rivers of London Series
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    These spellbinding books are: funny, clever, fast-paced, magical, historical, scientific, a tad violent, and very, very, very British. It's like if Neil Gaimen wrote Law & Order. Midnight Riot is the first, and it's followed by 6 more. These books are a must read for readers who adore London, police procedurals, and a good Harry Potter joke. Be prepared to fall in love with Peter Grant & co. You won't be able to put these books down.

  • Witches of New York
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    If you are looking for a witchy book that has it all, history,romance magic and evil, this is the book for you!  It is set in 1880s NYC as  Beatrice, a young country girl, arrives in the city hoping to secure a position at Tea and Sympathy. The tea shop specialises in a bit of magic along with it's brews.  Cleopatra's Needle has just arrived in town along with a demon determined to punish any witches he crosses paths with and he soon arrives at the shop. Excellent read!

  • The Door to January

    This supernatural murder mystery set in rural Maine is the young adult book I've been waiting for! A touch of romance spices up Gillian French's character development without alienating younger readers. A slim, compelling read. Local author, local press, local story!!

    -Meghan F


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  • A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal

    A real life psychological thriller, and an incredibly quick read, because you can't put this book down! Jen Waite's compelling journey out of infidelity and emotional abuse will serve as a raw but steadfast guidebook for identity reclamation. 

    -Meghan F


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  • The Iron Trial

    A go-to for Harry Potter fans! Snarky Callum Hunt is forced into a world of elemental magic and a prophecy reminiscent of a roiling, encroaching storm fron. Look forward to a culturally diverse cast and a disabled protagonist who doesn't fall victim to tired stereotypes!

    -Meghan F


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