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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

Kamala Khan is a smart, funny, superhero obsessed teen growing up in Jersey City. After sneaking out one night to attend a forbidden party, she is enveloped in a mysterious fog and wakes up with the power to morph into anyone or anything she wants. Feeling obligated to use her powers to help people like her idol, Captain Marvel, Kamala struggles to negotiate life with the rules set by her loving, but strict Pakastani parents, her social life, and her new powers. 

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The Naturals by Jennifer Barnes

Thanks to her mom's training, seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has always been able to figure out every person she meets. Five years after her mom disappears, presumed dead, this talent gets Cassie a spot as a profiler in a secret team of teens being trained by the FBI to catch serial killers.

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

In her second novel, Valentine blends fairy tale with historical fiction by retelling Grimm’s “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” setting it in the Roaring Twenties. During the day, the Hamilton sisters are shut up in the top story of their father’s house. Ashamed of having twelve daughters and no sons, their father hides them while he waits to marry them off to advantageous matches. Some nights the girls sneak out to dance at various speakeasies around Manhattan.

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

In the first book in the Age of Legends fantasy trilogy, Armstrong introduces twin sisters Ashyn and Moria, who are the Seeker and Keeper of the town of Edgewood. Living next to the Forest of the Dead, a place where no living thing should be able to survive, they are tasked with protecting the town and putting angry spirits in the forest to rest. When an annual ritual is interrupted by murderous, legendary creatures, everyone in their entire town is slaughtered except for the children, and Ashyn and Moria become separated.

A Little Night Magic by Lucy March

A small town waitress seeking to shake up her life gets more than she bargained for in this light, funny, and magical paranormal romance about friendship, love, and adorable magical creations. After spending years in her small hometown living in the same house, working at the same diner, and in love with the cook, Tobias, Olivia decides she needs to get out of her rut. Then everything changes when a mysterious woman shows up at the diner, warning Olivia that she not only has magic of her own, but she’s also in grave danger.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

On the fantastical island of Thisby, people come from far and wide to watch the deadly Scorpio Races, run by anyone brave enough to try to tame and ride the man-eating water horses that come out of the surrounding ocean each autumn. Out of desperation, Kate “Puck” Connolly is riding her family horse this year; the first time a woman or a land horse has competed. Returning champion Sean Kendrick is riding, too, dreaming of independence from his employer for himself and his water horse.

My Life as a Weapon, Hawkeye Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction

This slim five issue collection provides a frenetic and witty introduction to the solo adventures of The Avengers’ Hawkeye from author Matt Fraction. As a loosely connected series of capers, mishaps, and reluctant acts of heroism, this volume provides instant immersion into the often hilarious, sometimes harrowing life of Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye. Accompanying him are the incomparable Kate Bishop (the “other” Hawkeye) and Barton’s unflappable canine companion, Pizza Dog.

Revival. Volume One, You're Among Friends by Tim Seeley

For one day, in a small town in rural Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. These “revivers” are the people they were in life, though some have come back changed. Inside the quarantined town’s borders, Officer Dana Cypress and others in the town deal with the aftermath of “Revival Day.” In addition to setting up the larger mysteries of how and why this happened, this first volume delves into a few other mysteries, including a main character’s murder. Billed as a “rural noir,” the art evokes the dark, claustrophobic, isolated town while the character driven plots slowly unfold.

The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

In this bittersweet, character-driven novel, Sullivan weaves in and out of five apparently unrelated lives. The narrative follows a woman grieving over her son’s adultery and upcoming divorce, a middle class husband drowning in debt, a French woman who regrets leaving her husband for a younger man, the career-minded Frances Gerety, creator of the timeless phrase “A Diamond is Forever,” and a resolutely unmarried couple assisting with their cousin’s wedding plans. Their triumphs and tragedies slowly reveal the thread that connects them all. ~Lizzie

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