Grab your wand and join us on a new Harry Potter adventure!
Due out: 07/31/2016
To celebrate this new Harry Potter book, Bookshop Santa Cruz will be hosting two release parties. Tickets to the release parties are provided through the pre-purchase of Harry Potter & the Cursed Child -- Parts I & II.
Takashi Hiraide fans will recognize the "manic pixie dream cat," a stray kitten who drops like a spark into the life of a reclusive professor and teaches him to value everyday wonder. The lost cat spurs a visit to the neighbors, the neighbors spur a trip to the world, and the rest follows in a playful torrent of quirky characters, strange coincidence, and human connection. --Amber
Murder mystery in 1990’s San Francisco? Tough and capable female newbie, with no-nonsense veteran detective? Art, psychology, and a commune in the mountains? Laurie R. King paints a world you can drive right up to, with characters you feel you could have a conversation with on the street—while creating an intricate, wonderfully plotted mystery. -Jocelyn
This is the coming-of-age story of a quirky girl who simply wants to stay in the comfortable world of childhood. But Cath’s stronger than she thinks, and finds childhood is neither so comfortable nor so simple. It’s a story about being honest with yourself, and brave enough to experience joy when you find it. And fan fiction. It speaks to my geeky, social-anxiety-filled soul. --Jocelyn
Jessica Jones is kind of a mess. Jessica Jones doesn’t care. Jessica Jones is here to help. Jessica Jones is who the superheroes turn to. Because Jessica Jones used to be one. Jessica Jones had something bad happen to her. But Jessica Jones survived. Jessica Jones proves that being a real hero is so much more than super powers. Trust me – you want to read Jessica Jones. --Jocelyn
With every new book, it seems, Karen Joy Fowler's creative brilliance and mastery of language shines brighter, hits harder, and enchants deeper. This collection of stories, both mystical and astute, defies categorization—fairytales retold, parables made modern, dark and sinister legends confounded—but holds together beautifully. --Julia
In this collection of loosely connected stories, things are as fragmented and disorienting as the narrator’s substance-muddled mind. Yet the touches of transcendence in the midst of violence, overdoses, car crashes and robbery render the mess with gruesome beauty. As usual, Johnson draws a world both smoldering and radiant with brutal glory. --Julia
The Passage is an epic, sprawling story that spans time and place, starting in the depths of the Amazon and weaving many threads together into a rich, layered tapestry. It’s a gripping, thrilling ride you become swiftly immersed in. Plus, vampires! I loved this book – seriously LOVED – and am unbearably excited to read the final book in the trilogy, which is coming out in May 2016! --Flan
I adored Fangirl, and Rowell’s new novel is just as intriguing and delightful. You don’t need to read one book to enjoy the other, but if you like one, you should read them both. Carry On is the literary equivalent of a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows—deliciously rich and sweet, it’ll leave you feeling wonderfully warm and fuzzy inside. --Flan
This is an epic tale of revenge, class revolt, alliances, and vicious warfare. If you need a frame of reference, think The Hunger Games meets Game of Thrones, but on a colonized Mars. It’s a fast, bloody thrill ride that will leave you wanting book two, which is good, because the final book in the trilogy comes out in February 2016, and I, for one, can’t wait. --Flannery
Stiefvater is my absolute favorite YA writer, and one of my favorite writers, period. I devour her gorgeous sentences and reread her dark, lovely books, discovering new things in them every time. If you haven’t discovered her yet, now is the time! The final book of her phenomenal Raven Cycle comes out in April, so do yourself a favor and read this one immediately. --Flan