Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250217349
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Published: Tor Books - September 21st, 2021

When Wallace Price dies suddenly, he is understandably less than thrilled. However, as he meets his reaper, a freeman, and the mysterious manager, a crew specifically made to help him adjust to life after death, Wallace begins to see his past and present life in a different light. As he navigates the various roads of the afterlife, Wallace takes his first steps into building friendships, falling in love, and gaining a sense of self he barely had while he was alive. T.J. Klune is a master at blending humor, heart, and extraordinary adventures into one neat package and crafts with this book an unforgettable story everyone can enjoy. ~ Reviewed by Samantha Beitler

The Witch's Heart by Genevieve Gornichec - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593101193
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Published: Ace - November 30th, 2021

An amazing Norse Mythology retelling focusing on the romance and family that trickster god Loki and giantess witch Angrboda bring forth, and the danger and tragedy that comes with it. Angrboda will do whatever it takes to protect their “monstrous” children, even if she has already seen visions of their destined, terrible ends. With extremely creative writing, and a fierce narrative that brings life to a woman who we knew so little about before, Genevieve’s debut is as epic as Madeline Miller’s Greek retellings. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz

The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250621191
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Published: Tor Books - May 25th, 2021

Dark, witty and hard to put down, this is an easy fantasy novel to race through, featuring a cast of likable, flawed characters tied together on a daunting quest. I found it immensely enjoyable and consider it one the best new fantasies from the last couple years. Highly recommended for fans of Patrick Rothfuss of Tasmyn Muir. ~ Reviewed by James Case

Swashbucklers by Dan Hanks - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780857669384
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Published: Angry Robot - November 9th, 2021

Part fantasy, part adventure, part horror, and a lot of humor cover the pages of this novel. Our hero (question mark) Cisco comes back to his hometown 30-odd years after that Halloween and the "gas leak" which he knows was not any old gas leak. In fact, it was not a gas leak at all, but a dead ghost pirate hell bent on taking over the world. But nobody wants to believe him. Even his best friends from that time. But now their past has caught up with them again when a toy rabbit attacks and kills a man and seeing is believing. Even if the seeing shows talking gnomes, killer stuffed toys and a blow-up Father Christmas attacking the center of the city. Now Cisco and friends (30 years older, parents, and having to do the school runs) are told by a talking fox of all things, they are chosen to fight again. Cisco is all ready to save the world from impending doom. That is, if he has some warning so he can find a babysitter. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo - Book Review

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By Nghi Vo
ISBN: 9781250784780
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Published: Tordotcom - June 1st, 2021

A fresh new take on a beloved classic, The Chosen and the Beautiful follows Jordan Baker, a queer Vietnamese immigrant, as she navigates the dazzling society of the 1920's. It is a coming of age story filled with magic, mystery, and exclusive parties. With its rich prose and beautiful imagery, this is the perfect read for fans of the original source material, The Great Gatsby, and new readers alike. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn

Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery by Brom - Book Review

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By Brom
ISBN: 9781250622006
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 14th, 2021

The story begins with the awakening of an unknown creature in the woods, and a mail order bride from London on her way to church with her Puritan husband. Abitha is the daughter of a "cunning woman" struggling to acclimate to the Puritan way of life. The people of the village purchase her charms and medicinal balms, but hate her for her ungodly ways. When Abitha's loving husband dies, she finds a loophole in the law that allows her to keep her land, but her brother-in-law accuses her of witchcraft to get her out of the way. What none of the village understands is that she has befriended the creature in the forest and the nature spirits don't take kindly to the torture of their favorite human. Revenge and mayhem ensue. This book ends exactly how I wish every witch trial in real life could have ended! ~ Reviewed by Misty Henrichsen


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