Alissa's SciFi and Fantasy Picks

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All the Birds in the Sky Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765379955
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Published: Tor Books - April 11th, 2017

A captivating story about a witch and a mad scientist, who also happen to be childhood friends, working to save the world from the apocolypse. Wonderful and engaging story with two main characters that you won't be able to forget.


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A Deadly Education: A Novel (The Scholomance #1) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593128480
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Del Rey - September 29th, 2020

Getting saddled with the name Galadriel is hard enough without the extra burden of a dark prophesy that fortells you destroying the world. If she can survive magic school without being eaten by vicious Maleficaria maybe she could turn the whole prophesy thing around? I literally could not put this book down, and once I did (because I finished it) I couldn't stop picking it back up again. I've read it twice and listened to the audiobook once.


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Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250751362
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 20th, 2020

Given the choice between a prison sentence and a full ride at Yale seems like an obvious choice, but monitering the secret societies (or hosues) and their illicit, occult activities may be more than Alex bargained for. When a girl is murdered and she believes one of the houses is to blame, can she discover the truth before she meets the same fate?


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Uprooted: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804179058
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Published: Del Rey - March 1st, 2016

NEBULA AWARD WINNER • HUGO AWARD FINALIST • “If you want a fantasy with strong characters and brilliantly original variations on ancient stories, try Uprooted!”—Rick Riordan
 


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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062444134
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Published: Harper Voyager - July 5th, 2016

A ragtag crew that is given the job of a lifetime tunneling new wormholes through space to a distant planet. But the job is dangerous, and some of the crew are hiding secrets of their own. This character driven Sci-fi is engaging, heartwarming and exciting.


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Boneshaker: A Novel of the Clockwork Century Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780765318411
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Published: Tor Books - September 29th, 2009

In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska's ice. Thus was Dr. Blue's Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.


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Foundryside: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525573845
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Published: Del Rey - May 21st, 2019

Sancia is a theif who can "read" the world around her by touching inanimate objects with her bare skin. When the job that was supposed to be her golden ticket ends up being a part of a plot to change the face of the world entirely (and not for the better), Sancia must work with a strange group of people she doesn't know if she can trust to ensure her own freedom, and that of the entire world.


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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780765387561
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Published: Tor Books - October 6th, 2020

Addie LaRue has been gifted immortality by a powerful being who wants to possess her soul. The catch? As soon as someone can no longer see her, they no longer remember her. After living for centuries she meets someone who recognizes her. Is she finally going to start fighting back?


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Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525620808
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Published: Del Rey - June 15th, 2021

A gothic horror story that stayed with me long after I put it down, with a building sense of dread that kept me up at night. Noemi receives a strange and disturbing letter from her cousin and travels to the dilapidated manor house where her cousin lives with her new husband and his family. The strange rules and customs of the family are nothing compared to the entity that starts to haunt Noemi's dreams. Can she save herself and her cousin, and is there even anything to save them from?


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Sea of Tranquility: A novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593321447
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Published: Knopf - April 5th, 2022

Masterfully written and haunting, I could not put this book down. It is a beautifully written, character driven story that will unexpectedly draw you in, take you in unexpected directions, and make you gasp in surprise. My only complaint is that the book ended! More please!


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Delia's Shadow (Delia Martin #1) Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780765331854
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Published: Tor Books - May 20th, 2014

This is a great book that blends suspense and the supernatural to create a realistic mystery that is just a little more than it seems. As an SF native it is also always great to read a book that takes place in my hometown. This was a fun, creepy, and interesting read.


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A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent (The Lady Trent Memoirs #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780765375070
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Published: Tor Books - February 4th, 2014

A "memoir" of a woman in a Victorian age world who wants to study dragons. Despite everything she does manage to achieve her dream and promptly falls into an adventure. This is a great, well written series that is a lot of fun.


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The Invasion of the Tearling: A Novel (Queen of the Tearling, The #2) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062290410
Availability: Backordered - No Estimated Arrival Date
Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 28th, 2016

The first book in the series was absolutely amazing and gave hints to a really fantastic backstory. Holy s*** this book DELIVERS! How this book is better than the first, I will never know. It is SO GOOD!


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The Library at Mount Char: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553418620
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Published: Crown - March 15th, 2016

This is an amazing book. It is suspenseful and mysterious and creepy. All of the characters have questionable motives, and nothing is certain until the end. It will keep you gripped until the very end. Seriously SO GOOD.


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The Night Circus Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

A Dream-like narrative that pulls you backward and forward through time to weave together the magical story of a dazzling circus and all of the wonderfully rich characters that are tied to the marvelous spectacle. This story moves me every single time I read it. I will never not be enamored with the circus and the beautiful and vibrant people who populate it.


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That Dark Infinity Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780759557833
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2021

A wonderfully rich story of death and the maiden that drew me in and took me on a fantastic journey. Magic, mystery, and monsters abound!


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When Women Were Dragons: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385548229
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Published: Doubleday - May 3rd, 2022

Kelly Barnhill has a way of creating a beautiful, vibrant, living story that will stay within you long after you've finished reading. In a world where women can spontaneously transform into dragons, Alex, a young woman who has lost her Aunt to the Mass Dragoning of 1955 must live with this change to her family and her life and learn to understand what her place in it might be. An impossible to put down book that will make you wish for wings of your own.