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Have You Heard About... Help for the Haunted

… the mysterious death of two renowned demonologists? With a premise like that, I instantly knew I had to read Help for the Haunted by John Searles, and boy, was I ever impressed. When it comes to “well-written” stories, whatever that vague term may mean, Help for the Haunted surpassed my wildest expectations.

Have You Heard About... The Mutts Diaries

… the sweet, silly, touching, and all-around adorable adventures of adopted cats and dogs? Patrick McDonnell has been writing the Mutts comic strip for many years now. One of his most recent collections is The Mutts Diaries.

Have You Heard About... Bittersweet

… the summer’s perfect beach novel? Summer may be several months away, but Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is definitely still worth a read.

Have You Heard About... Lock in

… Haden’s syndrome, which prevents sufferers from making any voluntary movements, while leaving them fully conscious? This horrific condition is one of the key elements in John Scalzi’s Lock in. However, this is far from a horror novel.

Have You Heard About... The House of the Four Winds

… the twelve princesses of Swansgaarde? Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory begin a new series with The House of the Four Winds. The Duke and Duchess of Swansgaarde have only daughters until their thirteenth child is born.

Have You Heard About... Night Film

… the mystery surrounding cult horror film director Stanislas Cordova? In Night Film by Marisha Pessl, the story itself is a hardboiled mystery novel with strong horror elements. Scott McGrath, a publicly ridiculed journalist, sets out to revive his reputation by investigating an enigmatic horror film director with a large cult following named Stanislas Cordova.

Have You Heard About... Princeless

… the princess who rescued herself? The graphic novel Princeless brings us the story of Adrienne, second-youngest of the seven daughters of King and Queen Ash. Her father locked her in a tower with a mystical guardian, just like he did with her older sisters. However, Adrienne isn’t interested in waiting to be rescued by some man she will be forced to marry.

Have You Heard About... The Burn Palace

… the small Rhode Island town where a newborn baby was kidnapped and replaced with a gigantic snake? Talk about starting off your book with an attention-grabbing premise.

Have You Heard About... The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

… the ten year old girl who solves a murder before the police do? C. Alan Bradley’s cozy mystery novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, introduces us to Flavia de Luce, one of the most precocious and inventive heroines in recent literary memory.

Have You Heard About... Otherbound

… the Dunelands and Alinean Islands in the Gray Sea? Neither has anyone else in Nolan’s world, but he can’t get away from them. Every time he closes his eyes — to sleep, to rest, even just to blink — he is transported from his own life in Arizona to that of Amara, a slave on another world. Nolan has no control over what Amara does or sees or thinks, but he shares her thoughts, sees through her eyes, and feels all of her pain and pleasure. He would do anything to be free of her, and she doesn’t even know that he exists.

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