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New Books to Read Under Your Desk

So, we’re back to school. Some of us, anyway. Regardless of when you go back, you’re going to need something to read under your desk when you’re supposed to be learning. Here are some new releases to get excited about.


Scavenge the Stars 

Release: January 7th

Amaya has been imprisoned on a debtor’s ship for years. When she saves a drowning stranger, she thinks it will lead only to longer internment. The man she saved, though, has the resources to help her, and offers her a new life. Surrounded even as she is by opulence, all she can think of is revenge against the man who ruined her and her family.


Woven in Moonlight 

Release: January 7th

Ximena is the decoy Condesa of an occupied land. Sold into marriage to protect the last blood countess, she must find the ghost summoning relic that conquered her land and smuggle it to the resistance. But is another war what her people need, or should it be avoided, even if doing what’s best for her people means betraying everything else?



Release: January 21st

Diz is a thief of magic, a lucrative trade since it’s commodification following a devastating magical plague. But it’s harder to escape from the life than she and her friends anticipate, especially when the magical secrets they uncover keep getting stranger and more dangerous. What was the plague, and why was magic locked away as a resource for the powerful?


Seven Deadly Shadows 

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Release: January 28th

Kira could always see Youkai, and between this, bullies at school, and her parents’ indifference, her only refuge is her grandfather’s shrine. She loses even this when she learns the Demon King will rise to end the world, and all he needs is a relic from her shrine. For help in protecting the relic, she recruits seven death gods, but their motivations are suspect, and danger could come from any side.


Blood Countess 

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Release: January 28th

Historical fiction takes on the real life vampire Elizabeth Bathory. Alright, so that’s apocryphal, but she was one of the most prolific serial killers in history. A lowly maid, Anna, is catapulted into the countess’ inner circle, and thinks herself unimaginably lucky. That is, until she realizes that she’s in danger, and the countess’ everyday cruelty is just the preview to the torture and murder of girls like her.


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5 Fantasy Books Coming Out This Month

With the winter holidays upon us and with snow storms brewing, what better way is there to spend a snow day than curled up somewhere warm with a fantasy book? See Tor’s New Release page for more details on some of the following releases!

Here are five fantasy books that will be released this month:

1. “Walk the wild with me”


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Written by Rachel Atwood, Walk the Wild With Me is a historical fantasy that follows a young man named Nicholas Withybeck, who must use the power he was granted by a Celtic goddess to infiltrate the realm of the Faery on a rescue mission. But time is running out!

During his travels, he meets mythical figures like Little John and the Green Man, to name but a few. Other fantastical creatures also appear in this narrative: trolls and dryads, for example.

2. “The Light of all that falls”

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This is the third book in James Islington‘s Licanius Trilogy. The Light of All The Falls will be released on December 10th. This narrative follows the first two entries in the series The Shadow of What Was Lost and An Echo of Things to Come. Follow Wirr, Davian, and Caeden as they work to overcome their personal demons while trying to restore peace to a war-torn land.

3. “This will kill that”

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Written by Danielle K. Roux, this book is a distinctive blend of the science fiction and fantasy genres. This Will Kill That is a story that deals with demons and spirits in a city where people regularly murder one another without provocation. Rin Morana is set to take over as the leader of the Green faction, one of the forces behind the Color Clash. Amaya Verity, part of the rival Blue faction, must call on Rin for help. As stated by the Amazon summary of this book, Rin and Amaya must “decide whether to fight monsters or become them.”

4. “The case of the Spellbound child”

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This book is the fourteenth installment in Mercedes Lackey‘s Elemental Masters series. But fear not! These books can be read out of order, and readers can still enjoy each for its individual merit. The Case of The Spellbound Child takes place after the death of Sherlock Holmes (but is he? Is he really?). John and Mary Watson and friends embark on two cases in Dartmoor: one involves the disappearance of a group of children on the moors, and the other investigates rumors of dark magic brewing in the region.

5. “Crownbreaker”

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Sebastien de Castell‘s Spellslinger series continues with its sixth installment, Crownbreaker. This book follows protagonists Kellen and Reichis as they adapt to their lives as guardians of the queen. However, everything goes wrong when Kellen is trapped by a mage who intends on killing him.

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4 Upcoming Sequels and Where to Start

There are a lot of exciting sequels coming up, and if you’ve left preparation for the last minute, don’t panic: here are four forthcoming books and how you can catch before they come out!




1. When She Reigns – Jodi Meadows

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Where to start: Before She Ignites and its sequel As She Ascends

A lush fantasy world and slow burn plot that’ll keep you thinking until the final book on September 10th, pick up this book if you want an amazing story that’ll make you feel things. Plus you’ll love the complexity of the characters and their relationships.



2. Wayward Son – Rainbow Rowell

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Where to start: Carry On

This series is a great take on wizard school. We start in the last year. Simon Snow’s got a lot of power, but he’s not good at using it. Also he’s pretty sure his roommate is a secret vampire. And something is eating magic in great, horrible swathes. Also, LGBTQAA+.


3. Supernova – Marissa Meyer

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Where to start: Renegades and its sequel Archenemies

This is a post-Utopian urban fantasy about villainy and revenge. Superpowers, syndicates, and spy craft make this different from other entries into the genre, and you’ll find the characters awfully charming or charmingly awful. Sides are set in stone, and one person’s interests might contradict.



4. Children of Virtue and Vengeance  – Tomi Adeyemi

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Where to start: Children of Blood and Bone

Magic and it’s users were killed off by ruthless invaders, but now there’s one chance to bring it back. To do so will require crossing territory filled with beasts and magic, side by side with an enemy, but the greatest struggle may be controlling the magic that’s left.



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Barnes & Noble YA Book Club: First meeting June 13, book of choice 'Again, But Better'

Barnes & Noble Launches New Monthly YA Book Club

Barnes & Noble is launching a new YA Book Club just in time for the summer to begin!

Meetings will be held in-store the second Thursday of each month at nationwide locations. Expect hot deals, 50% off discounts on select YA releases, exciting giveaways, and exclusive bonus content! (Plus, there will be $2 teas at B&N cafés). These meetings will be open to all YA fans… and yes, that’s a description of the genre, NOT the required age range of the attendees.


Introducing The Barnes & Noble YA Book Club

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The first meeting will take place on June 13th at 7pm across locations nationwide. Christine Riccio’s Again, but Better will be number one—that’s both chronologically first AND number one on the bestseller list. Already at #1 in Teen & Young Adult Romantic Comedy on Amazon, Riccio’s novel is one of those rare, hotly-anticipated debuts. Widely considered to be the ‘original BookTuber,’ Riccio has extensively documented her writing process to her 406k engaged followers. The special book club edition will be available to attendees, which includes Q & A with the author and an exclusive deleted scene.

The following is a sneak peak from Barnes & Noble to build our hype for this exciting community event:

  • June: Again, but Better by Christine Riccio, Thursday, June 13, at 7 PM. Again, But Better is a story about second chances, discovering yourself, and being brave enough to try again.

  • July: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, Thursday, July 11, at 7 PM. Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

  • August: Wilder Girls by Rory Power, Thursday, August 8, at 7 PM. Wilder Girls is a debut novel about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement.


Barnes & Noble's YA picks this summer

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Sign up to attend the first meeting of B&N’s Book Club, and check out the hashtag #BNYABookClub for more info.

Barnes & Nobles’ effort to make its retail locations community spaces comes in the midst of corporate financial struggles. Alarmists are quick to warn readers of the impending ‘death of print media,’ a sentiment that’s significantly more dramatic than it is accurate. What we’re really looking at is the death of chain bookstores, a fate which could await even retail giant B&N. With plans to close 167 stores by 2022, there will be swaths of the country left without its familiar storefront. And, no, we’re not just talking the boondocks—Washington D.C. lost its B&N back in 2015 despite its residents spending more money on reading than anywhere else in the United States.

Fortunately, this decline doesn’t signify the death of the bookstore in general. Indie bookstores are actually on the rise: over the past eight years, the number of indie bookstores has increased by 25%

The success of these bookstores likely has to do with their interconnectedness with the neighborhoods in which they reside. Perhaps Barnes & Noble’s YA Book Club will bring this sense of community to its retail locations!


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Check out the Top 5 Anticipated YA Fantasy 2019 Releases!

December is finally here and that means there is less than a month left before New Year’s Eve. With the new year comes anticipated release dates for our favorite books and series. As any normal book lover, we mark those dates down on our phones and calendars and wait for the new year and hype to takeover. Even if all the books you planned to read in 2018 continue to sit quietly in an unkempt pile in the corner of your bedroom (and we all know we have more books in our TBR piles than we should) we still await the day that the new book from Sarah J Maas releases. I know I do. From murder mysteries to psychological thrillers to the overdone tropes of love stories you want to despise, but simply can never get enough of, we know that’s what you truly need. Here are a few books you can look forward to cracking the spine and dog earring after the holiday season ends and the new year begins.


1. The Wicked King by Holly Black

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Jude must keep her younger brother safe and to do so she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her and made herself the power behind the throne. Holly Black’s second book to The Folk of the Air series will be released right in the beginning of 2019! The Wicked King releases in January 8, 2019.


2. Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

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A ruthless young assassin’s journey for revenge comes to a stunning end in the conclusion of this acclaimed epic fantasy trilogy. The third in The Nevernight Chronicles will be released September 2019. Although the wait is long it’ll give you a chance to finally pick it up from your TBR pile and catch up on the hype before its release.



3. Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

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Now this one doesn’t even have a blurb yet because it’s still in the first draft stages, but Kerri Maniscalco officially announced the name of the fourth and final installment in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series on November 26 and I am both sad and excited for it! From where the last book left off, this new book will follow Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell in America, most likely in New York. Being absolutely fascinated with serial killers (creepy, I know) I feel like I have a pretty good hunch on what the story will take place on. If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend it. The expected release date will be September 26, 2019.


4. Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian 

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The sequel to Ash Princess, this story is about a tale of a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people. Ash Princess was an instant New York Times Best Seller so no doubt this second book will do just as well as the first one. Lady Smoke will be released February 5, 2019


5. Finale by Stephanie Garber 

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The third and final installment to the Caraval series will be released May 7, 2019. In the third and final book, two months after the last Caraval game concluded and the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, Tella is determined to to stop Legend’s coronation. I won’t say much more than that because there are a lot of good details that will spoil the second book, but the third book promises to be the grand finale of the series. Hopefully its name will live up to it!



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