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This is a little book that packs more punch and imagination than some novels I’ve read recently, delving into themes of identity, discovery and empathy with great skill. Not only do you feel the scope of this fascinating world, but, astoundingly, author Nnedi Okorafor connects the reader to the main character Binti so swiftly, so effortlessly, that I teared up at the conclusion to her 90-page story. This is the definition of bang for your buck. —Jax
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ISBN: 9780765385253
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Published: Tor.com - September 22nd, 2015

Fans of battle scenes, revenge plots, kick-ass females, creative demonology, and non-hetero-normative characters rejoice. Crown for Cold Silver is the fantastic start to a fresh fantasy series that turns so many of the genre’s tropes on their heads. It's fun, feisty, and ferocious. BONUS: Book 2—A Blade of Black Steel—was recently released, and it’s excellent as well. —Nici

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ISBN: 9780316379410
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Published: Little Brown & Co - September 15th, 2015

This is a thoughtful and intricate story of a legacied war. Of the founding of nations. Of men who would be great. Of gods and their desires. And of the friendship of men. It is an epic story that speaks with the language of legend and myth, but looks to real world ideals, ideas, and consequences. I look forward with hope to the future installments of the series. —Jocelyn
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By Ken Liu
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ISBN: 9781481451864
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Published: Saga Press - February 23rd, 2016

Anne Bishop has been one of my favorite fantasy writers since I was a teen. I love her vivid, detailed worlds, complex characters, and dark, twisted plots. Her current series, The Others, is great. I’ve devoured every installment and gone back for seconds. Written in Red, the first in the series, is cemented as one of my favorites

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Published: Roc - March 4th, 2014

In this imaginative tale by the master of fantasy, the ancient and fantastic meet the modern and mundane. While most parents keep some secrets from their growing children, none has done so quite like Fat Charlie’s father, Mr. Nancy. Upon his father’s death, Fat Charlie learns a shocking truth about his father and realizes that he, himself, is more powerful than he could ever imagine.  -Aric

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ISBN: 9780061342394
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Published: William Morrow & Company - January 22nd, 2008

Joe Hill writes books I savor. He’s a born storyteller—as might be expected of the son of Stephen King—and The Fireman is his most ambitious novel to date. Already drawing comparisons to The Stand (both novels are set in a post-apocalyptic world that has been made so by a terrible virus, though the “flu” incorporates spontaneous combustion), The Fireman is tightly wound, thoughtfully crafted, and born of the fantastical. It’s beautiful and horrifying, a true pleasure to read.  —Dillon

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ISBN: 9780062200631
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 17th, 2016

At long last, the wait is over! The final book in Justin Cronin’s trilogy has arrived, concluding the saga that began with The Passage. Revisiting characters you don’t expect, answering lingering questions (like what happened to the rest of the world), and catching up with our battered, stubborn band of heroes, The City of Mirrors will surprise you at every turn as it races to the final showdown that will decide the fate of humanity.  —Flannery

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ISBN: 9780345505002
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 24th, 2016

When Rose Franklin falls into a hole near her home, she has no idea how much it will color her life. At the bottom, there is a large hand. Years later, after she’s almost forgotten about it, she ends up studying the hole’s origins, which are far stranger than anyone could imagine. Most of the story is told through interview transcripts and journal excerpts; the disconnect adds to the mystery. Each page got my heart pounding and hungering for more.  —Ivy

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ISBN: 9781101886694
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Published: Del Rey Books - April 26th, 2016

Mongrels is less glamorous and more realistic than your standard shape-shifter novel—it’s better, stronger, and more heartfelt. At the center is a young boy who may or may not wolf out, and his aunt and uncle who are trying to carve out any kind of existence they can—with their teeth if they must. It’s a truly inventive world, full of creative details (like why pantyhose are a bad idea for werewolves and what might happen when werewolves fall in love) and amazing characters. My hat is off to Stephen Jones; I highly recommend this read.  —Nici

 

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ISBN: 9780062412690
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 10th, 2016

One might imagine a book about demon-hunting bartenders and cocktails that infuse the drinker with magical abilities to be fantastically fun and full of hijinks, and Last Call certainly is that. But it’s also about growing into the adulthood that has been thrust upon you and finding the strength to take control of your life. I became ridiculously fond of Bailey and her team of mixologists and can’t wait to share her story. Cheers!   —Jax

 

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ISBN: 9781594747595
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Published: Quirk Books - June 7th, 2016

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