Aimee here with another great week of new releases gracing the shelves of The Haunted Book Shop!
Every generation at the coming of the Blood Moon, seven families each name a champion to compete in a secret tournament to the death. Co-written by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman, All of Us Villains follows four of those chosen to compete for exclusive control of a secret wellspring of high magick long thought depleted. A recent tell-all book about the competition brings a new level of attention to the fight – and the competitors gain insight into one another previous competitors never had. In her review, HBS’s Candace said “the twists and turns…will have you flipping pages faster than a class ten curse.”
Stormbreak is the conclusion of author Natalie C. Parker’s Seafire Trilogy. Caledonia Styx is ready to risk everything to finally defeat Lir, the man who destroyed her family. But Lir is stronger than ever after taking control of warlord Aric Athair’s army, making the seas more dangerous than ever. To meet these challenges, Caledonia must form an unlikely (and unsteady) alliance with someone who hates Lir almost as much as Caledonia. How will the final battle play out? Pick up the book and find out!
Action & Adventure
Ramey, I. is the victim of a bet gone wrong in Roxy by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman. The seductive and lethal Roxy (Oxycontin) and the smart, high-achieving Addison (Adderall) decide to see who can bring their mark to “the Party” first. But there are two I. Rameys – soccer player Isaac thrown into Roxy’s orbit thanks to an injury, and his older sister Ivy, whose increasing frustration with her untreated ADHD leads her to renew her acquaintance with Addy. See how this battle plays out in this twisty new thriller.
Like a lot of people in the days of pandemic lockdown, I binge-watched a lot of New Girl and laughed at actor Max Greenfield’s (aka Schmidt) Instagram videos showing the struggles of virtual learning. So I was really excited to hear about I Don’t Want to Read This Book written by Schmi-I mean, Max-and illustrated by Mike Lowery. Words, sentences, and even worse, paragraphs fill up books. Ugh! So what’s a reluctant reader to do? Enter this high-energy and hilarious picture book perfect for those kids (and adults) who think they don’t want to read books. Hashtag excitement!
Interrupting Chicken: Cookies for Breakfast is the latest book featuring David Ezra Stein’s little red chicken! When the little red chicken wakes up bright and early on a Saturday morning craving cookies for breakfast, she tries to persuade Papa by jarring him awake and inserting cookies – and herself! – into every nursery rhyme they read together. Will the early bird get the cookie? Read along and find out!
Comics & Graphic Novels
Available for the first time in paperback, The Dark Horse Book of Horror takes readers on a journey through the darkest corners of the horror genre with tales from Mike Mignola, Evan Dorkin, Jill Thompson, Gary Gianni, Robert E. Howard and more. Get ready to be scared out of your minds!
Dracula: Son of the Dragon by Mark Sable and Salgood Sam brings the original digital series Dracula: Son of the Dragon into this collection. Part historical fiction, part horror fantasy, this graphic novel is a blood-soaked epic of the real-life Vlad the Impaler’s transformation into the vampire Dracula. Fans new and old will be enthralled by the intriguing tale and graphic illustrations.
For those looking for a little more humor, Murder Book: A Graphic Memoir of a True Crime Obsession by Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell might just be the answer! This humorous graphic investigation into the author and New Yorker cartoonist’s obsession with true crime attempts to answer the question, Why is it so much fun to read about death and dismemberment? Campbell brings humor and thoughtful personal touch to this blend of memoir, cultural criticism, and true crime with a focus on the often-overlooked victims of notorious killers.
Now available in paperback, A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes puts the women, girls, and goddesses at the forefront of the Trojan War story. From the Trojan women whose fates now lie in the hands of the Greeks to the Amazon princess who fought Achilles on their behalf, from Penelope awaiting the return of Odysseus to the three goddesses whose feud started it all, Haynes weaves together these women’s stories of life, love, and rivalries in the shadows of history’s most infamous war.
Everything is perfect in Catherynne M. Valente’s Comfort Me with Apples…or is it? Sophia has the perfect husband and perfect home in Arcadia Gardens. But sometimes Sophia wonders about dark, strange things. The look on her husband’s face after a long business trip and unanswered questions. The locked basement she isn’t allowed to enter. Neighbors who won’t meet her gaze when she asks questions. But everything is perfect, right? Find out in this twisty fantasy thriller!
Get ready for the upcoming Amazon series with this stunning hardcover repackage of The World of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time! Packed with gorgeous full-color art, legends, and stories from the iconic series, the maps of the world, portraits of central characters, landscapes, objects of power, and more, devoted fans and newcomers alike will enjoy this engaging series companion!
Lisa Stone’s The Cottage follows Jan Hamlin, a woman looking for a new start after losing her job and her boyfriend. She jumps at the chance to rent a secluded cottage on the edge of Coleshaw Woods. But the fresh start takes a terrifying turn when Jan starts hearing strange voices at night and taps at her windows. Something is outside and will not go away but Jan is determined to stay. But the nightmare is just beginning. How will Jan fare in this twisting thriller? Pick up a copy and find out!
Scientist: E.O. Wilson: A Life in Nature is Richard Rhodes’ masterful, timely, and fully-authorized biography of the highly influential Alabama-born biologist and naturalist E.O. Wilson. Fascinated from an early age by the natural world in general and ants in particular, his fieldwork on them and on all social insects has vastly expanded our knowledge of their many species and fascinating ways of being. Thanks to Rhodes’ complete and unfettered access to Wilson, his associates, and his papers, this biography captures the man and the science behind some of the most influential, crucial scientific endeavors.
Body, Mind, & Spirit
First published in 1923 and translated into over 40 languages, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran is a beloved and timeless spiritual classic. A prophet named Almustafa shares his wisdom over the course of eight essays, where he touches on the deepest profundities of life—pain and loss, friendship and love, joy and sorrow. This new, pocket-sized edition of features the text and illustrations of Gibran’s original edition, just in a more compact size.
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