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Modern Divination by Isabel Agajanian

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Robin

 

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By Isabel Agajanian, Nastya Litepla (Cover Design by), Kirsten Driggers (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9798987321300
Published: Isabel Agajanian - January 30th, 2023

 

A witchy academic rivals to lovers mystery, following a witch in hiding and her academic nemesis who form an unlikely alliance after a powerful witch puts a target on their backs. Agajanian’s debut is full of all the right vibes and has earned a spot on my favorite books of 2023 so far. It’s got that academic coziness that I love, strange magic, and the kind of romance that feels so earned. The prose is wonderfully captivating and each chapter enthralls like some kind of magic spell. I have a feeling this series is really going to take off so pick it up and experience the magic for yourself!


Dear Mothman by Robin Gow

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Miriasha

 

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ISBN: 9781419764400
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 21st, 2023

Noah is an autistic trans boy in 6th grade who isn’t even sure he believes Mothman is real, but when he loses his best friend, he starts writing Mothman letters. And Mothman responds, in his own way… Written part in verse (poetic form) and part epistolary (letter form), Dear Mothman will make you cry, make you laugh, and if you're like me, it might make you consider reaching out to our own resident cryptid, Champ.


A House With Good Bones by T. Kingfisher

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Robin
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ISBN: 9781250829795
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Published: Tor Nightfire - March 28th, 2023

 

A House with Good Bones is the pinnacle of all the bizarre writing T. Kingfisher has achieved in her writing career thus far. A chaotic combination of vultures, entomology, enchanted gardens, and one family’s hidden legacy with magic. T. Kingfisher crafts a suspenseful Southern Gothic horror novel draped in dread, with an underbelly that pricks sharper than any thorn. Whenever I’m yearning for the strange and otherworldly, there's no doubt that Kingfisher will continue to deliver.


Sundial by Catriona Ward

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Robin
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ISBN: 9781250812704
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Published: Tor Nightfire - March 7th, 2023

When her daughter begins to exhibit strange behavior echoing a darkness in the family, a mother with an unthinkable past must return to her family home in the Mojave desert to set things right. Sundial is an unflinchingly grotesque look into survival, motherhood, and sisterhood, with claws to match. Catriona Ward deftly layers the tension with a dark family legacy that echoes throughout the generations. An estranged mother-daughter duo takes the center stage, with a brilliant contrast of love and fear. Cat Ward is a rising star in horror for a reason and you're sure to leave this with more than a few scars.


A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid

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ISBN: 9780063211506
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Published: HarperTeen - September 19th, 2023

A STUDY IN DROWNING is a YA gothic mystery novel perfect for fall with its “dark academia” undertones and rich atmospheric settings. The main protagonist, Effy Sayre, is the only female student at an otherwise all-male Llyrian school for architecture. Her first choice is the school of literature, however, due to the glaring misogyny of the board, no women are allowed admittance. Forced into complacency, Effy is excited when a contest to design the manor of Myrddin, the recently deceased author and beloved Llyr author of her favorite novel “Angharad” is advertised on campus. Ava Reid's prose is gorgeous and haunting. The exploration of pain, trauma, and bravery against your inner demons, or the chance to stand up against certain injustices in ASID skyrockets it into a sort of timeless piece of literature that can be revisited whenever one is faced with mounting dread, paralysis, or crippling inertia. Ava Reid takes your hand and shows you how there is a soft place to land in literature and that your voice matters–your story matters, and you are not alone. I loved this novel so much, and I can't wait for the world to read it!


Wrath Goddess Sing by Maya Deane

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Miriasha

 

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ISBN: 9780063161184
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Published: William Morrow - June 7th, 2022

This book was so good that I’ve decided to accept it as my version of “canon” Ilead - trans woman Achilles, devious Helen, badass Amazons, and the richest prose I’ve read in some time. This is a masterwork of trans historical reimagination, vibrant and sensual and fantastic in all senses of the word.


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