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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Genre: Mythology, Fantasy, Folklore

Pages: 304

Published February 7th 2017 by W. W. Norton & Company

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Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.


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Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

Genre: Romance, Historical, Regency

Pages: 416

Published May 31st 2016 by Avon

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A ruthless tycoon

Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…

A sheltered beauty

Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable… the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Mr. Winterborne


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Happy Release Day: And They’ll Come Home by K.M. Robinson


Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Retelling

Pages: 50~

Release Day: December 5th, 2017 by Snowy Wings Publishing

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23798467_884923126031_1033607640_o.jpgLittle Hacker Peep
was taken from her sheep
and they don’t know where
to find her.
They won’t leave it alone,
they’ll bring her home
and they’ll drag the Piper
behind them.

When Peep, the leader of hacker group, the Legends, is abducted and held for ransom, she must try to help her best friend, Muffet, to find where she is being held at the Wall and save her people without giving away her true role in the group.

When Arach is separated from his brother, Spider, he must continue to play the Piper’s game, convincing him that what remains of his family is working for the villain they are trying to destroy, all while convincing his former rival, Peep, to trust them as he tries to untangles their web of lies.

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Character Interview: Dorian Lake from Dark Choir series by JP Sloan

‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa-la-la-la-laaaa! Introducing Sissy Lu’s first festive Character Interview, featuring Dorian Lake from The Dark Choir series by JP Sloan. Grab a cup of eggnog or some wassail, but beware the mistletoe!

Greetings, Dorian, give us some small deets below!

Occupation: Dorian Lake
Age: 41
Favorite Season: Autumn
Favorite Cookie: Macaroon
Favorite Hot Beverage: Coffee

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Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural, Comedy

Pages: 259

Published November 28th 2006 by William Morrow

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According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes NutterWitch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .


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Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

Genre: Fairytale retelling, dark fantasy, young adult

Pages: 368

Published April 11th 2017 by HarperTeen

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A kingdom burns. A princess sleeps. This is no fairy tale.

It all started with the burning of the spindles.


It all started with a curse…

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood—and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape…or the reason for her to stay.


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Starswept by Mary Fan

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Romance

Pages: 400

Published August 29th 2017 by Snowy Wings Publishing

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In 2157, the Adryil—an advanced race of telepathic humanoids—contacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.

A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.

When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.

But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows.of their shared past is revealed, one of them will make a choice that changes their future forever . . .


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