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The consuming fire book cover
The consuming fire book cover

The consuming fire

John Scalzi

Science Fiction

"The Interdependency, humanity's interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it--unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy. Arrayed before her are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth--or at the very least, an opportunity that can allow them to ascend to power. While Grayland prepares for disaster, others are preparing for a civil war, a war that will take place in the halls of power, the markets of business, and the altars of worship as much as it will take place between spaceships and battlefields. The Emperox and her allies are smart and resourceful, but so are her enemies. Nothing about this power struggle will be simple or easy... and all of humanity will be caught in its widening gyre" --

The Interdependency Sequence continues, and it's just as good as "The Collapsing Empire" Start there first--this is top shelf Sci-Fi!!! -Brian

The prince and the dressmaker book cover
The prince and the dressmaker book cover

The prince and the dressmaker

Jen Wang

Graphic Novels, LGBTQ+

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride--or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia--the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Everything about the way Wang has weaved all of the aspects of this story together makes her characters tangible and invites readers to not only empathize but to truly care for these two young people. -Casey

Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail book cover
Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail book cover

Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Cheryl Strayed

917.9 /Strayed

A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.

I don't know why I waited so long to read this book, but I'm so glad I did! I loved nearly every part of it, from her relationship to her mother and the need to do something different, to the honest truth that she was totally unprepared for her journey and still she walked. There were a few instances that kind of dragged, but they were few and far between. She was walking for miles on end; what did I expect? -Meredith

Josh and Hazel's guide to not dating book cover
Josh and Hazel's guide to not dating book cover

Josh and Hazel's guide to not dating

Christina Lauren

FICTION Lauren Christin

With the energy of a toddler and the mouth of a sailor Hazel Camille Bradford intimidates her dates, who can't recognize her heart of gold. Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved incompatible with his mellow restraint. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air. They set each other up on double blind dates-- but keep falling in bed with each other. They're just friends. Just friends. And if they repeat it enough, it'll be true, right? -- adapted from publisher info and back cover

This book was utterly adorable and I will forever picture Hazel as Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds. -Meredith

Firelight book cover
Firelight book cover


Kristen Callihan

FICTION Callihan Kristen

Once the flames are ignited...they will burn for eternity.

Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman.

Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.

This is one of those slow burns. I was not at all attracted by the cover but I'm glad I gave this a chance. Hidden secrets! Hidden identities! The whole package really worked for me. The storytelling is very visual and Callihan knows how to paint a lovely picture. Definitely going to keep reading this series. -Melody

The cuckoo's calling book cover
The cuckoo's calling book cover

The cuckoo's calling

Robert Galbraith

MYSTERY Galbrait Robert
Fiction, Mystery

This was the perfect read for me on my trip to England, an engrossing mystery with vibrant characters and a window into contemporary London life. Cormoran Strike is a down on his luck detective, with plenty of scars, both physical and mental, from his past. With the arrival of an efficient secretary he can't afford, his rich new client could be just what he needs to get his business back on track. With the death of a model ruled a suicide by the police and media, the case seems impossible from the start, but Strike pursues the truth, even as the danger rises. -Morgan

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