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.
If you were as obsessed with M.R. Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts as our staff was, you’ll be curious about Fellside. Don’t expect a reprise of Girl, because it’s a completely different creature, but if you can take Fellside on its own terms, you’re in for a hell of a ride. Prison life and ghosts take center stage in this creepy, thought-provoking novel that I read in three breathless sittings. —Flannery
Though a small island, world powers—real and mystical—have wanted to tame Ireland’s wild people for time immemorial. The faeries, or sidhe, protect its people, but rely on the appearance of the Morrigana, a goddess in human form, when in dire straits. Aisling, the current incarnation, is expected to save her people, but her power has been halved by tragedy and betrayal. Impeccably researched, this blend of history and magic made me long to visit Ireland’s dew soaked greens. —Ivy
Ken Liu is a master—of words, of worlds, of our human condition past, present, future. This short story collection runs a gamut of speculative fiction from hard sci-fi out in the stars, to literary magical realism where folded paper expresses a mother’s love. Exploring history and looking to the far ends of the future, you will constantly discover the new while finding immediate, intimate familiarity with his characters. I can’t wait to read more. —Jocelyn
Millie is a compelling, original, funny, and sometimes downright obnoxious new protagonist in modern SciFi. She’s an urban film school dropout with no legs (but great prosthetics); a mental illness for which she offers no apologies (ever); and a sense of ironic humor which ties together a completely unexpected storyline. Mishell Baker’s faerie-driven explanation of Hollywood movie making is such a well-built world that, as Millie says, “Walt Disney would be peeing right now.” —Amber
This gorgeous book exemplifies the best of science fiction, where a journey to a new planet is also a quest for meaning, for identity, for love. It asks, what would you sacrifice in pursuit of your dreams, or in service to your God? If you’re looking for a deeply moving book that will make you laugh, cry, and search your soul, this is the one you have been searching for. —Jax
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
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
If you’re gonna listen to one audio book in your life, make it this one. It is fully cast, and the talent bringing this book to life will astound you. But more than that, there is something entirely enthralling about getting to listen to a story that is meant as an oral history. The book will force you to consider how you and the people you know would react in a crisis. --Jax
So often I dismiss “classics” in the genre with an airy, “Oh, I’ll get to it.” But never have I been so glad I finally picked something up. It’s a staple of the genre, but still speaks so much to how we might think about responsibility, religion, science, and the future of our species. Miller gives no easy answers, but this book is more rewarding than anything else I’ve read lately. --Jax
If you’re looking for something altogether different from anything you’re reading now, you need to try this one. Jemisin builds an exciting and visceral world, and creates a cast of character that will effortlessly break your heart. It’s a book about magic, freedom, and how much people will bear before they break. Engrossing and absolutely stunning, it will really shake you up. --Jax