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Maryelizabeth's Enthusiastic Endorsements

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Maryelizabeth is a passionate reader across multiple genres and formats including ebooks and audio books!
 

 

 

Fenris & Mott Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062970633
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Published: HarperCollins - August 2nd, 2022

Dog owners of all ages will appreciate the challenges faced by Mott, whose rescued pup brings with him not only the usual assortment of new responsibilities and updates for interacting with family and neighbors, but also encounters with his family, allies, and adversaries, who are anticipating Fenris fulfilling his destiny as the devourer of the moon and instigator of Ragnarok. Protecting the puppy while also preventing his prophesied actions are  a lot of responsibility for a middle schooler -- is Mott up to the task?


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$27.00
ISBN: 9780593359235
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Published: Del Rey - May 24th, 2022

Three words: Terr. If. Fying!
Also insightful, empathetic, and, frankly, given the real life horrors of the past couple of years, darned near believable.
At this point I would be very unsurprised to learn a community of privileged families achieved their position and comforts through bartering the lives of others with an eldritch entity at little cost to themselves in our reality. 
Recommended to fans of T. Kingfisher or N.K. Jemisin's Great Cities.


Clark and Division Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781641293693
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Published: Soho Crime - June 28th, 2022

A fascinating and different perspective with solid noir roots; Naomi's story of the post-Manzanar experiences of the Ito family in Chicago, and Aki's search for the truth behind her sister's death brought an entire new dimension of history alive to this West Coast reader.


Epically Earnest Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780358566137
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Published: Clarion Books - June 21st, 2022

This was the escapism balm to my heart I needed, Molly deserves huge credit for both the incorporation of key elements of Wilde's original story, and her choices to diverge from it in completely original ways, beyond the obvious gender-switched elements. There are no real villains in this piece, but there are plenty of emotional stakes to keep readers involved in whether Jane Worthington and her BFF Algie will be brave and steady enough to make ultimately satisfying choices in romance and beyond.


The Children on the Hill Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982153953
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 26th, 2022

Is "Damn, Jennifer's done it yet again!!" a succinct yet accurate review? Phew!! Shades of Shirley Jackson stir in all the shadows on this one.


Insomnia: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062856845
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Published: William Morrow - April 12th, 2022

Dang! Here's the thing about Sarah's books -- they are the kind of book where I don't even bother to make them the "what I am reading" title in my sig line. Because why spend time updating something I am going to have to update again almost immediately?! E.G. I downloaded my e-galley of INSOMNIA on 2/27 -- and here I am crafting my review on 3/1. Chilling! Thrilling! Maddening! And OMG, that epilogue callback? :: shivers ::


On a Night Like This Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780008496753
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Published: HarperCollins - January 18th, 2022

This was a fun ride -- there was definitely an undertone to it of a roman à clef, although the performers' life may have been created wholly by Lindsey's imagination. I particularly liked that protagonist Fran exhibited a fair amount of personal growth and agency in the process of the romance developing, as well as the friendship she ended up making with megastar Juliette (and maybe even Juliette's assistant, Sarah?).


The Replacement Wife: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063117808
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 28th, 2021

THE REPLACEMENT WIFE is a fictional extrapolation of an extreme case of a  young man who behaves badly and is sheltered from the consequence of his actions -- or is it? Are Elisa Wright's concerns about her brother-in-law's missing fiancee and what feels to her like a premature new romantic relationship justified, or are they a manifestation of her own mental health following a deeply traumatizing work incident? Readers will empathize with Elisa's frustrations, anger, and concerns.


Last Night at the Telegraph Club Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780525555278
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - December 28th, 2021

Ideally I'd love to see LAST NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH CLUB reach readers to the same extent that George Takei's THEY CALLED US ENEMY did, educating as well as engaging readers about the world of San Francisco's Chinatown during the 1950s (and beyond, as Malinda shares stories of Lily's family members). I also hope it reaches some of the readers of Ellen Klages' PASSING STRANGE, with its focus on the life of women who love women in historic San Francisco.


Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781524748067
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Published: Pantheon - July 13th, 2021

SEEK YOU resonated with me as a fascinating discourse by creator Kristen Radtke about the loneliness so many of us have experienced "together" during pandemic conditions. Her examination of loneliness in America began several years before COVID-19 impacted the globe, and includes sections exploring both an assortment of devices and platforms used for human communication, and also the array of internal and external attitudes and perceptions of what it means to be lonely, whether or not one is alone.


From Little Tokyo, with Love Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593327487
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 11th, 2021

 

What a lovely love letter to Los Angeles's Little Tokyo Historic District, to rom coms, and to all the monster girls who learn how to find love while becoming their best selves. The "traditional" fairy tale interstitials are charming, and Rika's journey of self-appreciation and recognition of all the ways she can fit into the world, whether it's braving being caring and vulnerable, or allowing her metaphorical Nure-Onna rage to flow when justified, is one that will resonate with readers whether or not they are familiar with the setting.


Machinehood Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982148072
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 22nd, 2022

Divya's MACHINEHOOD seemed both optimistic in its post-pandemic setting, and also in the idea that somehow, despite repeated stumbles and self-created obstacles, humanity can continue to move forward and improve on multiple levels -- and maybe even do so before totally destroying Earth.


The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316509886
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Published: Orbit - July 27th, 2021

Particularly recommending the fantastic audiobook edition, with select sound effects, and a truly exceptional and extraordinary narration by Robin Miles.