Max Reid works in Penguin Books Editorial, where he can be found talking at length about how much he loves New York.

 

 

 

 

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Ceremony, by Leslie Marmon Silko

I first read Ceremony for a Native American Religion course my freshman year of college.  I expected bows and arrows and trips to the museum- I didn’t think for a second we might actually be talking about Native Americans today. Ceremony focuses on the loss of identity so many Native Americans have experienced in the 21st century, and shows better than anything else I’ve read that Native American culture is not just history.

 

 

 

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We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin

As a citizen of the world I’m happy to report I had a healthy phase of dystopian fiction that sufficiently scared the hell out of me.  This one hits particularly hard – a nation built entirely of glass, allowing secret police to watch your every move. Yeah. 1984 and it’s many protégés find their way to most school reading lists, but if you haven’t read We, you’re missing out – Zamyatin was a dissident in the early Soviet Union, so he knows what he’s talking about.

 

 

 

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Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl 

You’re not going to find a bigger fan of the Gene Wilder / Mel Stuart film adaptation, but really, if you haven’t read Roald Dahl’s masterpiece (one of many, in my opinion) you’re missing out on a trip through a world even more vibrant than Technicolor could offer. Try as you might, Tim Burton, but there’s just no replicating Roald Dahl’s imagination.

 

 

 

 

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White Noise, by Don DeLillo

After 100 pages of living with the Gladney family, you’re part of it too, whether you like it or not.  DeLillo is sneaky about it – you may not even realize you love these characters until things start to unravel, as they always do.  DeLillo looks behind the façade of the modern American family, and finds the fears we all share.

 

 

 

 

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On Being Different, by Merle Miller

Clocking in at 96 pages (that’s with the introduction and afterword), this is one of the most eye opening and powerful books I’ve read.  Merle recounts his experience growing up homosexual in a world that wasn’t welcoming, to say the least.  It’s heartbreaking, and unsettling that some of what he recounts was happening on a large scale only a few short decades ago.  I’d love to see this on more high school reading lists.

 

 

 

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Becca Cloyd is a Digital and Social Media Marketing Coordinator at Penguin Young Reader Group. In her spare time she can be found either swimming in the ocean or counting down the days until the beaches are warm again.

 
 
 
 
 

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, by April Tucholke

Creepy, wonderful, and totally weird, this book is a fav that I’ve returned to three times already since its publication last year. It’s hot, too – literally. Set in a sweltering summertime coastal town, pick this one up if you’re looking for a page turner that will let you hold on to summer for just a little longer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What I Thought Was True, by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Another coastal town, another hot summer. This one swelters for a reason aside from the weather – the romance. Huntley Fitzpatrick is one of my favorite authors to take with me on vacation over the summer, and I always find myself reaching for her books when September hits and I’m trying to hang on to those beachy August days.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Inland, by Kat Rosenfield

This one is disorienting, with a mysteriously unwell protagonist and disconcerting family history. Callie and her father have lived far from the coast for nine years, and as soon as they return she finds she can finally breathe easier. Are you sensing a theme yet?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Atlantia, by Ally Condie

Looking ahead to fall, I can’t WAIT for the rest of the world to read Ally Condie’s newest tale, Atlantia. Set just where it sounds like, Atlantia is an underwater city from which Rio longs to escape. Ally will draw you in with the descriptions of Rio’s underwater world, just like she did in her wonderful Matched series.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Since I work with picture books much of the time, I’d be remiss not to let you in on one of my favorite picture books we published this year. Molly Idle’s art is hilarious and heartfelt as we follow dinosaurs on a camping trip. It’s my second favorite summer activity after swimming in the ocean, and Molly captures it perfectly, right down to the s’mores. Plus, she’s got Sea Rex, a beach adventure, coming next summer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Mary Stone is the Assistant Marketing Manager for Putnam and Riverhead Books. Originally from Florida, she’s currently mourning the near-end of summer, because reading on a warm sunny beach is so much better than reading inside a snowed-in apartment.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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I’m a huge Jojo Moyes fan: Me Before You had me in (admittedly!) ugly tears just a few pages in, The Girl You Left Behind completely transported me to World War 1 Paris – and made me never want to leave – and One Plus One had me thinking a long car ride with a handsome stranger might just be a great adventure. After reading those three, I knew I needed more, so this summer I picked up Jojo’s earlier novel, The Last Letter from Your Lover. Suddenly I was deep into another perfectly heartbreaking love story I just couldn’t quit – and the letters! Oh, just have tissues handy.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

overseas
Overseas was the first book I officially read for work when I started at Penguin three years ago, and one colleagues still remember my instant – and persistent – passion for! When the worlds of a modern day NYC city slicker and a oh-so handsome World War 1 captain collide with a dabble of time travel, the result is a guiltily perfect romantic ride that will have you swooning with every page.  Since then, Beatriz Williams has followed up with last summer’s New York Times bestseller, A Hundred Summers, and this year’s beach read favorite, The Secret life of Violet Grant both highly recommended as well.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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While this is by no means a romance novel – it is in fact, a wonderfully funny memoir – I think it’s a read all romance fans will adore. It brings to light what romance, love and happily ever after really means in today’s world – and how my fairy tale ending might just be very different than yours, and that’s OK.   
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you’re looking for a book that is just pure escapism, I invite you to take a trip On the Island in Tracey Garvis Graves’s bestselling novel. (Truth: I enjoyed this book so much that I dressed up as the lead female, Anna Emerson, for Penguin’s annual Halloween party; see photo above.) A shocking plane crash brings Anna Emerson and her student, T.J. Callahan, to a deserted island – and in to the arms of one another. The island heat isn’t even the hottest part of this book…  enjoy!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Megha Jain is an eBook Production Editor for Berkley and NAL’s InterMix imprint. She likes cats, Netflix, and misanthropes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness

Dr. Diana Bishop is no ordinary historian. As the only child of two gifted witches, she possesses a power so great that all creatures—human, faerie, daemons—are automatically drawn to her. Diana suppressed her powers after she was orphaned at the age of seven. But now, two decades later, strange forces (and a very attractive vampire) will compel Diana to face who and what she really is.

Deborah Harkness transforms the sleepy, dreamy city of Oxford into a magical place filled with supernatural beings and otherworldly adventures. Danger stalks Diana through the ancient streets as she tries to grapple with dark creatures and her power. Thankfully, that very attractive vampire is along for the ride too. Fun, sexy, and a little scary, A Discovery of Witches is a thrilling start to an amazing series.

necromancerThe Necromancer’s House, by Christopher Buehlman

Razor-sharp wit and creepy suspense make The Necromancer’s House an incredibly fun ride. Our flawed protagonist and the fantastic supporting cast of creatures face off against Baba Yaga, an ancient Slavic creature, using modern magical warfare in a fight to the death. Along the way, you’ll be sucked into these unique characters’ backstories, all of which are richly drawn and provide layers of detail that you’ll be obsessing over long after you’ve completed this book.

The Necromancer’s House isn’t easy to classify—and that’s a good thing. It’s by turns romantic, suspenseful, horrific, and hilarious. If you are looking for a tale that will occupy your imagination to such an extent that nothing else will get done, this is the book for you. Just be prepared to sleep with the lights on.

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American Supernatural Tales, by various authors

The stories are collected by ST Joshi, a hardcore atheist who has made weird literature his life’s work. He’s got good taste, that’s for damn sure. It’s called American Supernatural Tales because all of the authors are American. In fact, this book could easily be the only required text for any high school course on American literature. And why not? The quality is superb and the fears expressed and surprises uncovered reflect the wonders and anxieties of the authors’ times.

I strongly recommend this book for fans who prefer their entertainment weird. There’s more to ghost stories than shitty Blair Witch knockoffs and torture porn. It’s high time people remember good horror is good art.

 

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The Movement of Stars, by Amy Brill

The book is inspired by Maria Mitchell, the first American woman to spot a comet with a telescope. The main character, Hannah Gardner Price, has almost all the same traits: Quaker astronomer, learned from her father, earned a reputation as a comet hunter through hard work. Unlike Mitchell, Price has significantly fewer siblings, only one, and she falls in love with a whaler seeking to improve his own station. The endless waiting (to hear from her brother, to hear from the whaler, to spot a comet) drives her. The adults’ need to control her drive them.

There’s a line that really got me: “Altair, Deneb, Vega. Eagle, Swan, Lyre. Three constellations any child could pick out of the night sky.” About the time I was reading this, those stars were bright in the western sky, but the rest of the constellations were hidden—hazards of city-living. Well over 100 years separate us from the main character, but we can still see what she saw. I didn’t read that, I felt it, and it felt amazing.

Great book for the budding astronomer. It should quickly relieve them of the idea that this lifestyle is easy. I believe it’s the author’s first book; hopefully it won’t be her last.

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Still Life with Shape-Shifter, by Sharon Shinn

Melanie Landon has spent most of her life trying to keep her sister Ann’s shape-shifter secret safe from the world. But when Ann goes missing for months and a writer shows up on Melanie’s doorstep looking for information about Ann—and shape-shifters—their fragile existence shatters. Shinn weaves in a second story about Janet, a human who falls in love with a shape-shifter, while exploring love and loss in a moving and heartbreaking way.

This is one of those books that may cause uncontrollable sobbing in public places, like on the subway. You’ve been warned.

 

 

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Linda Cowen staff pick photoI’ve been a publishing lawyer for over 20 years, and at Penguin since 2008. I love to taunt other lawyers by saying things like, “Why yes, I do get paid to read novels all day.” Actually most of my novel reading gets done after hours, on the LIRR. Here are some recent faves:

 

 

 

9780143125242MLena Finkle’s Magic Barrel, by Anya Ulinich

Who says graphic novels have to be about super heroes (although some of us may regard Lena Finkle as one)? This wonderfully immersive story lets you experience what Lena’s life just as she does—saying one thing out loud and thinking something else at the same time. In this age of multi-media, it’s a pleasant surprise to see how “interactive” two dimensions can be. Best enjoyed in paper.

 

 

 

 

theoryA Working Theory of Love, by Scott Hutchins

Did you like the movie “Her?” Do you worry about whether/how much we can be replaced by robots? Do you believe in reincarnation? If you ponder any of these questions, this book is for you. It juxtaposes our most human hopes and fears alongside the possibility of the most advanced technology. Technology marches inexorably toward us, but the human heart beats on.

 

 

 

 

9780142180822MWe Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler

If you can, get someone to rip the cover off this book before you read it (or advance your ereader past the cover page) and don’t read a single thing about it. I read this after it was announced as the winner of the 2014 Pen/Faulkner Award with no other knowledge about it. At first I thought I’d “gotten” it right away. Then it took a turn I didn’t see coming and I had to take a break and send copies to my two best friends so that they would read it along with me.

 

 

 

shirleyShirley: A Novel, by Susan Scarf Merrell

Who among us lovers of literary fiction has not imagined what it would have been like to hang around with our favorite authors of the mid-20th Century? You know, when authors were revered, and their lives were private. Susan Scarf Merrell took it one step further. After mining archives including letters and journals, she re-creates the world of author Shirley Jackson and her husband Stanley Edgar Hyman, inserting a fictional couple into their life.  Step inside this novel and see what happens when a writer asks herself “what if…”

 

 

 

9781594205712MEverything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

Where can a book that begins with tragedy go?  A teenage girl is dead; it’s not a place I really want to visit. And yet Celeste Ng captivates page by page. She’s never maudlin or melodramatic. Instead she unfolds this sad story in such a way that makes us appreciate her characters and want to see how they will make sense of what’s happened. Even though you know the ending won’t change the beginning—this isn’t a book about miracles—you will not want to abandon this family.

 

 

 

 

goodlordThe Good Lord Bird, by James McBride

I want to make a special plug for the audio version of this one. This book is full of outrageous characters speaking in dialect circa the 1850s, and hearing it brings it to life in a way that most of us can’t possibly create in our 21st Century minds. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that there can be a new way to tell an oft-told tale, but this narrator tells us story of John Brown’s fight against slavery in a way that makes the whole story completely fresh and new. This is neither middle school social studies nor “costume drama” historical fiction—it is vital, moving, thought provoking and raucous. Listen to it and you will see the story unfold in your mind’s eye as if you were watching the year’s Best Picture.

 

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AllisonPrince

Allison Prince is the advertising and promotion coordinator for Gotham and Avery where she has the pleasure of designing ads, promo materials, and seasonal catalogs. She loves nature, books, folk music, and Brussels sprouts.

 

 

 

 

marblesMarbles, by Ellen Forney

Graphic novels have the unique power to get people who don’t consider themselves “readers” to pick up a book. With this comes great responsibility. Ellen Forney’s graphic memoir bravely shows her struggles with bipolar disorder, and delivers a larger imperative message: Mental illness—like any other illness—is a disease, not a case of choosing to feel sad, or something to just “get over.” In the wake of Robin Williams’s passing, we need more brave people like Forney to come forward and share their stories of living and thriving by seeking help on those darkest days.

 

 

 

stitchesStitches, by Anne Lamott

One of my favorite lines of Stiches is “Beauty is a miracle of things going together imperfectly.” Anne Lamott’s incredible meditation on loss and transforming sad situations in life into hope and healing uses the metaphor of sewing and stitches throughout, showing that each “tear” in our fabric helps to make us who we are. It’s hard to adequately describe this book in a few lines, so I recommend reading it and finding solace in it yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

lostdogsThe Lost Dogs, by Jim Gorant

As a huge dog lover, I was horrified when I heard about Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring. Despite the atrocities they faced, almost every dog saved was able to recover from the trauma and receive a loving home. Here’s another reminder that no dog (no pit bull!) is fundamentally rotten; it was probably a human who made it that way. It is heartwarming to know these dogs will receive all the snuggles and love they deserve for the rest of their lives.

 

 

 

 

Run, Don’t Walk, by Adele Levine rundon'twalk

Adele Levine’s memoir about working as a physical therapist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center is equal parts heartbreaking and hilarious. Adele herself is a hero for helping our heroes. Despite the horrors these veterans faced, and continue to face which each surgery and painful rehabilitation, they still find chances to laugh. Laughter can be excellent medicine.

 

 

 

 

 

notfadeNot Fade Away, by Rebecca Alexander

Since first hearing about the proposal, I was in love with Not Fade Away, a memoir from a psychotherapist, athlete, and volunteer, who also has the rare and incurable Usher syndrome type III, which is making her gradually lose her hearing and sight. But Rebecca’s story isn’t about what she’s losing; it’s about how she lives each day to the fullest. She counts every day as a gift, and reading her story reminds me to do the same.

 

 

 

 

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denaliDenali’s Howl, by Andy Hall

It was 1967, the summer of love, and while Haight-Ashbury was dancing to White Rabbit and the Beatles were dropping acid, twelve sober young men climbed into the worst storm ever to hit the summit of Alaska’s Mt. McKinley or Denali as the locals call it. Only five made it back.  Andy Hall, the son of the Mt. McKinley National Park superintendent at the time, was five years old. Denali’s Howl is his telling of what befell those on the mountain and those at its foot trying to help.  It is also a study in how we think of our past, how such tragedies can become embedded in the meaning of our lives, our unwritten autobiographies, and yet remain mysterious.

 

 

mindThe Organized Mind, by Daniel J. Levitin

Could good old conscientious organization really be the secret to navigating the modern world’s flood of details?  As Daniel Levitin shows, the latest neuroscience says yes.  From how to deal with your kitchen junk drawer (what are those keys in there for anyway?) to how to organize your thoughts for the most important decisions of all, The Organized Mind is a book that brings together the ordinary everyday experience of making your life work better with Levitin’s expert insight into how attention and memory function. This isn’t just a book about being neater, it is about clearing a space in which you (and your kids) can be resoundingly creative.

 

 

superstormSuperstorm, by Kathryn Miles

We had just had our Halloween party back in 2012 at 375 Hudson Street when New Yorkers started to realize the big bad hurricane was coming to get us.  As she was working on Superstorm Kathryn Miles said the storm was like the shark in Jaws–only this monster ate its way up from Jamaica to the Great Lakes, with New York City as its main course.  Her story of forecasters and their science unable to make sense of this unprecedented system as it played out day by day, of the seamen whose traditional knowledge didn’t help, and of the people whose lives it destroyed is all about the unforgiving, fearsome power of nature—just when we thought we had it beat.

 

 

doessantaexistDoes Santa Exist?, by Eric Kaplan

Ok, so Does Santa Exist? is the most profound and funny book I’ve ever worked on and probably ever will.  I am pretty much unhinged about it.  Eric Kaplan has a job as a brilliant comic writer on America’s  most popular sit com and is finishing his Ph.D. at Berkeley, but I’m just hoping he starts a cult so I can join it.  How could such a simple, childish question lead to such a dazzling, exuberant flight across the deepest questions of human existence?  You will learn a bunch of philosophy, and the point of it all too.  As Matt Groening said, “It is the funniest book of philosophy since… well, ever.”  Just the thing for the gift giving season!

 

 

 

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Nita Basu

Nita Basu is a Publicity Assistant for Berkley/NAL; namely for Ace, Roc, and DAW. You can find out more about her thoughts on books, Doctor Who, video games, and cats on Twitter @nita_basu.

 

 

 

 

 

heartsbloodHeart’s Blood, by Juliet Marillier

There are many well-written and entertaining books that tackle the age-old story of Beauty and the Beast. But not many incorporate 12th Century Irish history with a touch of gothic mystery. An 18-year old scribe, Caitrin fled to Whistling Tor with no money or prospects where she meets Anluan, the disfigured chieftain. Caitrin helps Anluan overcome his debilitating despair and apathy to finally step up and deal with the Anglo-Norman invasion that is a prevalent threat in the book. If you like Gothic romances, fairy tale fantasy, or just riveting historical fiction novels, you definitely have to check out Heart’s Blood.

 

 

 

name of the windName of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss

You can’t talk about fantasy epics without mentioning Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles. The once-legendary hero Kvothe is now living incognito as a small-town tavern keeper when Chronicler, a travelling scribe, happens upon his inn. After agreeing to dictate his story over the course of three days, Kvothe takes us on a journey beginning with his humble upbringing as a child of the Edema Ruh, a traveling troupe of performers, and his struggle to find his way to the University to learn more about magic. Name of the Wind is just day one of Kvothe’s sweeping autobiography, and will grab your attention and wonder from the first page.

 

 

 

immortalmuseImmortal Muse, by Stephen Leigh

Immortal Muse is a brilliant historical fantasy that follows the French alchemist Nicolas Flamel, and his wife, Perenelle. After discovering the elixir to bestow immortal life, the two become locked in war with one another; while Perenelle feeds off of the creativity of the most successful artists and musicians of all time, Nicolas thrives on the suffering of others. The book features fictionalized versions of real historical figures, like Klimt, Vivaldi, and Robespierre, and skillfully immerses the reader into each era. Besides being a terrific story, it’s also a thoughtful way to view some of the most influential historical events in human history.

 

 

 

written in redWritten in Red, by Anne Bishop

What if when the Europeans came to the Americas for the first time, they didn’t encounter the Native Americans, but instead they come across the terra indigene, creatures that are almost as old as the world they live in? Creatures like shapeshifters, and vampires that see humans as just another “kind of meat”? This is the alternate North America that Anne Bishop creates as readers are introduced to Meg Corbyn, a human and blood prophet, who escapes her life in servitude to go seek asylum in the Lakeside Courtyard, a district run by the terra indigene where human does not apply. Written in Red features compelling and intricate worldbuilding, and the readers will be fascinated by the complex relationships and politics between humans and the different types of terra indigene. If you love dark fantasy or alternative history, you can’t go wrong with the first in Bishop’s Others series.

 

firebornFireborn, by Keri Arthur

Werewolves, vampires, and ghosts are all well and good, but Keri Arthur features a relatively unexplored supernatural being—the phoenix. In Fireborn, phoenixes have three forms: human, bird, and pure flame, and also go through a “rebirth” every hundred years. It’s not all fun and games though, as an age-old curse makes true love with another phoenix utterly impossible. The book also involves fire fae and a new take on vampires. If you’re looking for a sexy, urban fantasy with an innovative and fun twist on supernatural lore, look no further!

 

 

 

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Jessica works with romance titles from Berkley and NAL and is also a self-proclaimed YA enthusiast. She lives in Washington Heights and is a huge fan of Supernatural, all things Joss Whedon, and live music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

virginVirgin, by Radhika Sanghani

OMG EVERYONE HAS TO READ VIRGIN BY RADHIKA SANGHANI RIGHT NOW. Are you convinced? Not yet? Well how about I tell you that this book had me giggling like an idiot on the subway. Seriously, I haven’t laughed so hard at a book in years and it wasn’t just because it was funny. It’s incredibly poignant, especially to this generation of females. What we go through growing up, trying to understand boys, being afraid to ask real questions and this whole myriad of things that you might discuss with your closest friends is now written, and fantastically so, in this book.

I challenge any woman who reads this NOT to find at least one part of Ellie’s story that you don’t completely relate to, because I believe it is truly impossible.

 

enemyMy Beautiful Enemy, by Sherry Thomas

I’m still new to reading historical romances but MY BEAUTIFUL ENEMY by Sherry Thomas is just a wonderful addition to this genre. Not only does Thomas write intelligent heroines, but this story has off-the-charts chemistry and an action-packed mystery to boot. There’s something to be said for the sexual tension in historicals because things can be a little more buttoned up, but Thomas balances heat with emotion that can’t be missed.

 

 

 

 

boundtodangerBound to Danger, by Katie Reus

So I love action movies. Like really and truly thoroughly enjoy them. So when that gets combined with a steamy romance plot? Perfection! And so is BOUND TO DANGER by Katie Reus. Being on the run from terrorists and a person of interest to the NSA are some seriously high stakes and it’s those kinds of situations that rev up emotions to warp speed. It can’t be helped and I can’t help but love it. What’s different about this series so far is that our heroes and heroines have a past with each other which makes their connection so much more believable and for me, more enjoyable.

 

 

 

guardedGuarded, by Mary Behre

GUARDED by Mary Behre is such a unique paranormal romance. I fell in love with this world in the first novel, Spirited, last spring and loved going back. This time, the “crift” is Shelley’s, and her curse/gift is the ability to communicate with animals. ← SOLD. When she realizes animals are being kidnapped from her local zoo, she contacts an old flame who not only knows her secret, but also happens to be a detective. Fun, fast-paced, plus animals!

 

 

 

 

unbrokenUnbroken, by Maisey Yates

Maisey Yates has grown a stellar reputation for writing the perfect balance of humor, emotion, and sexual chemistry. In UNBROKEN two of my all-time favorite romance tropes are used: pretend relationship that turns very real and the friends-to-lovers. Cade is Amber’s best friend that always seems to be rescuing her (which she hates) and he does it again this time by pretending to be her live-in boyfriend with plans to fix up her grandfather’s failing ranch. But they have to keep the charade going because of course Amber’s grandfather loves the idea of them together. It’s just that kind of situation that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling as you watch two people realize their true feelings for each other.

 

 

takeoverTakeover, by Anna Zabo

Last, but not least at all, is TAKEOVER by Anna Zabo. First, two hot dudes in hot suits, with super-hot feelings. And secondly… wait, is there supposed to be more? Well if you need more than those reasons to check out this M/M romance, then how about because it’s not only damn sexy (yes lady readers, don’t let the slash scare you!) but the emotions that Michael and Sam have to deal while in an office setting, not to mention Sam is Michael’s boss, give this story a dose of reality. Also, did I mention 2 HOT GUYS IN SUITS?

 

 

 

Those are my August romance recs for you, so happy reading!

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Rebecca

Rebecca Brewer is an editorial assistant/professional geek at Ace and Roc. When not working she can be found attending a show, at band practice, and forcing her favorite books onto friends and loved ones.

 

 

 

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Dark Currents, by Jacqueline Carey

I knew from reading her previous books that Jacqueline Carey’s urban fantasy series would be good, but I didn’t realize how much fun it was! The small resort town where the series takes place effortlessly blends many different paranormal creatures who make up the tight community.  With action, romance, and Carey’s imagination, this is the start to an amazing series.

 

 

 

 

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Night Owls, by Lauren M. Roy

When I read Night Owls, a fantastic ensemble urban fantasy about a vampire who owns a bookstore and her group of friends, I knew I had to have it. If you’re looking for characters as vivid as those in Game of Thrones, and a new take on paranormal creatures, you have to read Night Owls.

 

 

 

 

 

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Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris is one of the best authors at combining genres, and this just cements her place as the master. This is a perfect blend of mystery and urban fantasy, with a fantastic setting that makes me nostalgic for my small town Texas home, though it’s just a bit more mysterious.

 

 

 

 

 

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Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

I’ve been counting down the days until this book is released and I can discuss it with others. In this perfectly atmospheric historical fantasy, Lizzie Border (with her axe) is fighting against something monstrous attacking people in Fall River. This is a perfect novel for those who love the Lovecraft mythos.

 

 

 

 

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Black Wings, by Christina Henry

If a personable Agent of Death who guides soul to the afterlife isn’t enough to convince you to read this book, perhaps a very attractive (and potentially troublesome) neighbor will, along with a hilarious gargoyle with a penchant for junk food. The action packed plot and the fantastic voice will make any urban fantasy fan happy.

 

 

 

 

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Bloodring, by Faith Hunter

Most people encounter Faith Hunter’s work through her Jane Yellowrock series, but I fell in love with her book Bloodring first. It’s the first in her Rogue Mage series where Seraphs and Demons fight battle while the remaining humans must use their wits and our main character, a mage, fights for the ones she loves. Dark, exciting, and passionate, with an overarching mystery and an upcoming battle on the horizon.

 

 

 

 

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