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Vespertine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534477117
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - October 5th, 2021

Margaret Roberson has done it again, I don’t know how but she has written another masterpiece. Vespertine is an inventive creation full of perseverance, dedication, and heroics. Devoted to the Lady, Artemisia has accustomed herself to a quiet existence as a nun after her horrific childhood. She is going to stay at her convent serving as a barrier between death and the living, seeing that souls are laid to rest peacefully. But destiny comes knocking at her door and before she knows it she is the only person who can defend the living from spirits. With an evil plot afoot and people suddenly praising her as a hero, Artemisia must risk everything she is and might become by partnering with the enemy to save the world as she knows it. Making unlikely friends along the way she learns that sometimes you need to accept help before you can help anyone else. I cannot stop thinking about this book, reveling in the world Rogerson has created and getting caught in the web she has woven.

Payback's a Witch (The Witches of Thistle Grove #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593336069
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Published: Berkley - October 5th, 2021

    Whimsical in a witchy way that makes you long for fall. This sapphic romance is a Halloween gift. After staying away from her hometown, and magic, for almost a decade Emmy returns to face the ex that crushed her heart and spirit and fulfill her duty to her family. After teaming up with other scorned witches to bring the prodigal Blackmoore heart breaker down. But there’s far more than she remembered or anticipated that’s trying to keep her in Thistle Grove, including falling for the enigmatic Talia. Emmy struggles against who she wants to be and who she needs to be.

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ISBN: 9780316529495
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Published: Poppy - July 20th, 2021

An inspiring coming of age tale about a girl who must own up to her mistakes and prove herself. I love when a girl joins a boy sport and absolutely dominates, proving all of her nay-sayers wrong. This book is a shining example of strength, perseverance, and redemption. Liv discovers what she is truly capable of, and finds love along the way.