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"Charlie is a hot mess. The more she tries to get on the straight and narrow, the more things fall apart. Due to childhood trauma, she trusts only herself, and maybe her shadow. But in a world where shadows can be altered, stolen, and weaponized, she has to be wary. Lots of atmospheric world building and stage setting, and perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Neil Gaiman, and V.E. Schwab."
Emily Plagens, Allen Public Library, Allen, TX
NoveList read-alike: Magic For Liars by Sarah Gailey
The Book Woman's Daughter: A Novel by Kim Michele Richardson"Cussy Mary's daughter, Honey, defies convention and the law and becomes another Book Woman, riding into the mountains to deliver books in a raw and harsh landscape. Despite the injustice and danger, a sense of homespun coziness and safety prevail, created by the hard work, love, and solidarity of mountain women. For fans of The Giver of Stars and The Last Ballad."
Jill Minor, Washington County Public Library, Abingdon, VA
NoveList read-alike: All the Forgivenesses by Elizabeth Hardinger
Chef's Kiss: A Novel by TJ Alexander"A cute, romantic tale of Simone, a test kitchen chef for an elite magazine. Her stable life is upended by Ray, the charming and friendly new kitchen manager. When Ray comes out as nonbinary, there is pushback from administration. Can Simone and Ray forge a relationship, and survive the fraught environment? For fans of The Charm Offensive and Red, White, and Royal Blue."
Jessica C. Williams, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, Tiffin, OH
NoveList read-alike: Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall
The Hacienda by Isabel Canas"In this slow-burn Gothic novel, Beatriz joins her new rich husband at his family's dilapidating estate, where she dreams of a better life. But the rumors of her husband's first wife's death and unsettling supernatural incidents have Beatriz fearing for her own life. Her only hope of survival is a witchy priest. For fans of Mexican Gothic and the film Crimson Peak."
Kari Bingham-Guiterrez, Olathe Public Library, Olathe, KS
NoveList read-alike: The Queen of the Cicadas by V. Castro
Hide by Kiersten White"The premise: fourteen strangers are invited to compete in a game. The setting: an abandoned theme park. The goal: remain hidden for 7 days. The payoff: $50,000. As the contestants are found by "seekers," and the group gets smaller, it becomes a wild, blood-pumping ride. Soon, the line between competition and survival begins to blur. For fans of Survive the Night and The Final Girls Support Group."
Lindsey Colon, Charleston County Public Library, Charleston, SC
NoveList read-alike: Reprieve by James Han Mattson
The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray"This delightful cozy mystery features characters from Jane Austen and introduces sleuths Jonathan Darcy (son of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam) and Juliet Tilney (daughter of Catherine and Henry). Jonathan and Juliet are well-matched as amateur investigators and, of course, as potential romantic partners. Perfect for fans of Stephanie Barron and Anna Dean."
Amy Norton, Northbrook Public Library, Northbrook, IL
NoveList read-alike: Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel by Shelby Van Pelt"Cameron arrives in Solo Bay looking for his long-lost parents. Tova, who works at the local aquarium, lost her own son years ago. After Cameron takes over Tova's job, Marcellus the octopus sees that the two are linked. Told in alternating voice (including that of Marcellus), this is a witty read for fans of A Man Called Ove and The Reading List."
Mary Robinson, Vernon Area Public Library, Lincolnshire, IL
NoveList read-alike: Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen
The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain"This quietly touching novel follows Albert, a closeted gay mail carrier who's lived life as a perpetual outsider. His job provides comfort, but impending retirement leaves him at a crossroads: can he find a way to go on and be accepted for who he really is? Cain takes readers on a moving and hopeful journey. For fans of The Guncle and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry."
Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
NoveList read-alike: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
Siren Queen by Nghi Vo"Luli Wei is a rising star in the golden age of Hollywood, when the business is full of literal horrors and she must earn her fame by playing monsters. Vo's weaving of magical elements into an otherwise realistic story is arresting in the best way, and Luli is a strong and determined character. Highly recommended for fans of Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Alix E. Harrow."
Kristine Magers, Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City, OK
NoveList read-alike: Delayed Rays of a Star by Amanda Lee Koe
This Time Tomorrow: A Novel by Emma Straub"On the day before Alice turns 40, her ailing father is near death. She then wakes the next day to find that it's her 16th birthday and her dad is young and healthy. Is there anything she'd change about the past, now that she has the chance? A poignant look at the paths we choose in life. For fans of Fredrik Backman and Rebecca Serle."
Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Library, Austin, TX
NoveList read-alike: Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
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