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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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