Staff Picks for August 1, 2020

  • Sarah: The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
  • Pam: Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
  • MarielleThe Mysterious Messenger by Gilbert Ford
  • Anna: Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • Christopher: Wilder Girls by Rory Powers
  • Elise: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Staff Pick Badge
The Heir Affair (The Royal We #2) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538715918
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 7th, 2020

Sequel to The Royal We: The Heir Affair reunites royalist readers with British Prince Nick and his American wife Bex as they embark on their next journey post-disastrous wedding day scandal. From hiding out in a B&B above a bookshop in Scotland to discovering long lost mementos (and subsequently secrets) about dead royals, The Heir Affair has no shortage of royal drama which makes it the perfect sequel! It's witty and entertaining and the characters rough edges feel softer and more familiar. I found myself loving The Heir Affair even more than The Royal We! - SARAH


Staff Pick Badge
Big Summer: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501133510
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - May 5th, 2020

In my opinion this is the best book written by Jennifer Weiner. It has everything you would expect from reading Ms Weiner's previous novels yet so much more. She begins the story with the main character, Daphne Berg, in an altercation with a gentleman in a bar, which subsequently is posted online. After this incident, Daphne becomes a social media influencer, and starts the difficult journey of self acceptance. As the second half unfolds, approximately six years later, Daphnes former best friend Drue, invites her to Cape Cod for her wedding and to be a bridesmaid. During the wedding weekend, an untimely death occurs. Now Daphne snd her friends become amateur sleuths as they try to uncover and determine why and who murdered this person. Ultimately, this is the story of friendship, family and learning to accept oneself flaws and all. If you enjoy this book I suggest Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand. - PAM


Staff Pick Badge
The Mysterious Messenger Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250205674
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - July 21st, 2020

A wonderful mystery wrapped inside a ghostly tale, full of fun, humor, and heart THE MYSTERIOUS MESSENGER is too good to put down. Maria is an absolute star of a protagonist that you will fall in love with. She's brave, she's strong, she loves books, and she can communicate with ghosts. Seriously could there be a better heroine? With suspense, plot twists that could be found in any fairy tale, and a mystery that'll keep you guessing, this is a truly enchanting tale! - MARIELLE


Staff Pick Badge
Dear Martin Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781101939529
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Ember - September 4th, 2018

This book will make you feel every emotion out there. You will feel powerless, angry, sad, frustrated, happy, etc... and all for good reason. This book is important to read and should be read by everyone. Even though it is fiction, the events that happen in this book occur everyday to Black kids and adults alike. I wanted to reach into the novel and hug Justyce and tell him that everything will hopefully be better one day. I learned so much reading this book, even though it was only around 200 pages long. I again cannot stress enough how important this book is, and I am very much anticipating the comapnion novel when it gets released later this year. - ANNA


Staff Pick Badge
Wilder Girls Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525645610
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ember - June 2nd, 2020

I don’t read a lot of YA, and for sure I don’t read a lot of horror – but for some reason I really loved Wilder Girls. Trapped in quarantine on an isolated island, the students of Raxter School for Girls fight for survival everyday against the Tox – a deadly disease that mutates the bodies of its hosts in strange and horrific ways. But when Hetty begins to investigate her best friend’s sudden disappearance, she discovers that things may not be as they seem. Taking my favorite parts of apocalypse survival, teen drama, and fast-paced action stories, author Rory Powers really blew me away with a book I mainly bought just for the awesome cover. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a story that’s equal parts brutal and beautiful. - CHRISTOPHER


Staff Pick Badge
It Ends with Us: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501110368
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - August 2nd, 2016

Colleen Hoover’s books make you feel every type of emotion from giddiness to gut-wrenching pain. This book in particular was one of the most moving and powerful stories I have ever read. It Ends With Us is a book that follows a college graduate named Lily who moves to Boston and forms a connection with a neurosurgeon named Ryle. Things are perfect until Atlas shows up, her first love and a boy from her past, making her question everything she thinks she knows. However, this book is so much more than a “love triangle.” It is a raw, heartbreaking story of vulnerability and hard truth. You will feel like you are right alongside Lily, heart pounding and head spinning as you experience the highs and lows of her life. I gave this book to my sister who isn’t normally a reader, but she flew through this! In just 384 pages, this book will change you, and the story’s impactful message is one I hope everyone will read. - ELISE