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Jujutsu Kaisen, Vol. 1, by Gege Akutami

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ISBN: 9781974710027
Published: VIZ Media LLC - December 3rd, 2019

This might be my favorite shonen action series to date. Dark and moody horror interspersed with uplifting ideals and great characters. Ishiro finds himself entwined with a curse-hunting society after eating a cursed artifact belonging to the demon Ryumen Sukuna. This packs powerful punches of hope, loss, and finding purpose in life.


Cosmoknights by Hannah Templer

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ISBN: 9781603094542
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - October 22nd, 2019

SPACE LESBIANS!!! Holy WOW this blew me away! What an ingenious blend of sci-fi and medieval knights. In a universe where knights joust in mech suits for the princess's favor and marry her off to a suitor, Pan joins a resistance to give the princesses their lives back into their own hands. Full of heart, cool gadgets, and a diverse range of well-written characters, this was the queer space opera I've been searching for.


The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

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ISBN: 9781616149987
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Published: Seventh Street Books - October 14th, 2014

A thriller-mystery with dark twists and great characters. What starts as a simple writing assignment for Joe Talbot quickly becomes a full-blown investigation into the life of Carl Iverson, a retired Vietnam veteran accused of murdering his teen neighbor. But the more he learns, the more he questions Carl's guilt. I devoured this book at breakneck speed. Great for a rainy afternoon or an evening by the fireplace. An easy favorite of mine!


Belle of the Ball by Mari Costa

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ISBN: 9781250784124
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Published: First Second - March 21st, 2023

This belongs on my favorites shelf. I devoured this book in 1 sitting. All the turbulence of high school relationships are at play here, with a wonderful underlying message of authenticity to yourself and your needs above what others want or expect from you. A super sweet sapphic love story that warmed my heart.


Chef's Kiss by Jarrett Melendez

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By Jarrett Melendez, Danica Brine (Illustrator), Hank Jones (Colorist), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Letterer)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781620109045
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Published: Oni Press - April 12th, 2022

A story about cooking, finding your passions, trying new things, and falling in love. A passionate writer-to-be accidentally falls in love with the culinary arts (and with one of the cooks) while hunting for an editorial job. A love story for fans of Heartstopper and a chef’s tale for those who love to cook. I devoured every last crumb of this heartwarming meal of a book.


Daemons of the Shadow Realm 01 by Hiromu Arakawa

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ISBN: 9781646091867
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Published: Square Enix Manga - April 25th, 2023

From the author of the bestselling Fullmetal Alchemist series comes a new action-fantasy adventure. I’ve been following this series since the first chapter and I’m hooked. Yuru’s life is turned on its head when strangers attack his village. He quickly realizes there are deeply-held secrets about himself and his sister Asa that his family never told him, and a world beyond his village he never knew existed…


Hungry Ghost by Victoria Ying

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ISBN: 9781250767004
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Published: First Second - April 25th, 2023

A heartbreaking yet hopeful deep-dive into depression, bulimia nervosa, and family ties. This is a heavy exploration of recovery that focuses on eating disorders and the power of self-acceptance, self-love and healing. Trigger Warning: eating disorders.


In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune

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ISBN: 9781250217448
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Published: Tor Books - April 25th, 2023

Sometimes a family can be an android inventor, a neurotic roomba, a sociopathic nurse droid, and an orphaned human. A sweet, quirky found-family story about belonging and finding your own purpose beyond the “factory settings”. This has all the humor, emotion, and fantastic characters you expect from T. J. Klune. Easily one of my favorite reads (so far) of 2023.


Chef's Kiss by Jarrett Melendez

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By Jarrett Melendez, Danica Brine (Illustrator), Hank Jones (Colorist), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Letterer)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781620109045
Availability: Not in stock. At Our Partner Warehouse: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Oni Press - April 12th, 2022

A story about cooking, finding your passions, trying new things, and falling in love. A passionate writer-to-be accidentally falls in love with the culinary arts (and with one of the cooks) while hunting for an editorial job. A love story for fans of Heartstopper and a chef’s tale for those who love to cook. I devoured every last crumb of this heartwarming meal of a book.


Daemons of the Shadow Realm by Hiromu Arakawa

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ISBN: 9781646091867
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Published: Square Enix Manga - April 25th, 2023

From the author of the bestselling Fullmetal Alchemist series comes a new action-fantasy adventure. I’ve been following this series since the first chapter and I’m hooked. Yuru’s life is turned on its head when strangers attack his village. He quickly realizes there are deeply-held secrets about himself and his sister Asa that his family never told him, and a world beyond his village he never knew existed…


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