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"During the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, 20-year-old Mia is adjusting to lockdown and living back at home. When her father goes missing during a walk in a nearby park, only her younger brother, Eugene -- who has special needs and does not speak -- knows what happened. Readers will enjoy this delightful and thought-provoking look at family secrets."
Portia Kapraun, Delphi Public Library, IN
NoveList read-alike: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo"Woven with magical realism, this novel uncovers the buried secrets of Flor and her sisters as this Dominican-American family tries to find out why Flor is throwing herself a living wake. Poet Acevedo successfully translates that skill into fiction. Readers of her previous work will recognize her heart and style, displayed here in alternating narratives. A beautifully told story with all the complexities that make up families."
Becky Phillips, Brown County Library, WI
NoveList read-alike: Enchanted Hacienda by Jennifer Cervantes
Vampires of El Norte by Isabel Canas"Nena, a ranchowner's daughter and Nestor, a peasant, know their love is impossible, but they still dream of marrying one day. That is until one night a terrifying beast attacks Nena. Believing her dead, Nestor flees in panic. Ten years later Nestor is back to help defend against Texas invaders and the supernatural creatures attacking their village. Set in 19th-century Mexico, this vibrant novel combines historical fiction, horror, and romance to tell a thrilling story."
Migdalia Jimenez, Chicago Public Library, IL
NoveList read-alike: The Hunger by Alma Katsu
The Blonde Identity by Ally Carter"It's the middle of the night in Paris and a woman wakes up with no memory. She only knows three things for certain: she has a splitting headache, the hottest guy she's ever seen is standing over her telling her to run, and -- oh yeah -- people keep trying to kill her. The banter throughout and wrap-up at the end are perfect. Readers will hope for a sequel or even a trilogy featuring this cast of characters."
Le'Trail Hall-Nance, Denver Public Library, CO
NoveList read-alike: Spare Me the Truth by CJ Carver
Kiss the Girl: A Meant to Be Novel by Zoraida Cordova"This modern retelling of The Little Mermaid has pop sensation Ariel figuring out the next step in her life, away from her controlling father. Eric and his band are trying to get their big break. When Eric meets Ariel he doesn't recognize her and offers her a job on his tour. Ariel accepts, seizing the chance to live in the real world. A story of life, love, and family -- and making the choices that make you happy."
Christine Markley, Kingsport Public Library, TN
NoveList read-alike: All the Right Notes by Dominic Lim
Whalefall: A Novel by Daniel Kraus"Jay, feeling guilty about his father's suicide, attempts a dive to find his father's remains. Swallowed by a hungry sperm whale, he has one hour to find a way out before running out of oxygen. A scientifically accurate, terrifying story for fans of Jaws, deep sea terror, survivors, complicated families, and explorations of death and grief."
Lila Denning, St. Petersburg Library System, FL
NoveList read-alike: The Martian by Andy Weir
The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel by James McBride"In a small town where Jewish and Black Americans have prospered, four adults decide to help hide a young boy, which brings trouble to their doorstep. McBride has a gift for warm and witty dialogue spiced with scenes that both disgust and delight in their humanity. For readers of the character-rich stories of Amor Towles, Ann Patchett, and Jamie Ford."
Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, TX
NoveList read-alike: Before All the World by Moriel Rothman-Zecher
The Witch Is Back by Sophie H. Morgan"Emmaline has loved Bastian her whole life. When he disappeared shortly before they were meant to be married, he broke her heart, leaving her life in pieces. Now he's back and begging her to reinstate their engagement, for all the wrong reasons. Secrets, spells, heartbreak, and hope all come together beautifully in this charming tale! For readers who love Erin Sterling and April Asher."
Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public, NY
NoveList read-alike: The Ex-Hex by Erin Sterling
Codename Charming: A Novel by Lucy Parker"Pet is a human rainbow -- colorful, sparkly, and vibrant, while Matthias is the personification of still waters running deep. Opposites attract in this contemporary workplace romance featuring a royal personal assistant and a bodyguard. Quirky, giggle-inducing humor is balanced by sweet moments. This was so satisfying and such a joy to read! "
Laura Eckert, Clermont County Public Library, OH
NoveList read-alike: The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle
Mister Magic: A Novel by Kiersten White"When castmates from a children's program are brought back together to record a podcast about the show, the group feel like they are back where they belong. But soon they begin to wonder, are they here by choice, or have they been lured into a trap much more sinister than could ever be imagined? A terrifyingly creepy and realistic tale."
Ninoshka Aviles, Osceola Library, FL
NoveList read-alike: Burn the Negative by Joshua Winning
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