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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!



Payback's a Witch (The Witches of Thistle Grove #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593336069
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Published: Berkley - October 5th, 2021

Possibly my favorite romance of 2021! I am excited that there will be more tales of the Witches of Thistle Grove, but also was very satisfied by the story of Emmy's return to her home town and the ways in which she embraces both a better understanding of her family and their role in its unique magical culture, and also the super hot sexy romance between her and the bewitching Talia Avramov.

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ISBN: 9780593202029
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Published: Berkley - October 5th, 2021

A delightful journey into growing into one's own power and witchiness! While the ways in which Annie was hesitant to embrace her truest self were sometimes frustrating, her behavior also was completely relatable to many readers.

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ISBN: 9781641292498
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Published: Soho Crime - August 3rd, 2021

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.

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ISBN: 9780062970602
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Published: HarperCollins - July 27th, 2021

Weird Kid has all of the elements I love in a Greg van Eekhout book -- a (growly) doggo, aliens, stupid bad humans,  genuine good clever humans, science, and a weird kid who finds his way by leaning into his weirdness, not despite it.

Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
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.

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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.

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ISBN: 9781982153922
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 6th, 2021

Amazing, layered, deep dive into what the cost of getting one's wish granted can mean. Jennifer's writing has captivated me for more than a decade, and she just keeps improving. This is a fantastic book for the Shirley Jackson loving readership.

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ISBN: 9781982148065
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 2nd, 2021

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.

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ISBN: 9781984803726
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Published: Berkley - March 2nd, 2021

Wallace's "locked room open to SPACE!!" murder mystery has an understandably grumpy protagonist who has survived nearly unimaginable loss, variable viewpoints on advanced AIs, and a future that contains both realized potential and some of the same old worst behaviors of humanity. Recommended.

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ISBN: 9781250174666
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Published: Tor Books - February 16th, 2021

THE ECHO WIFE is one of those compact books that takes longer to read than the page count would suggest, as the reader pauses and steps away to digest not only the events on the pages, but also the larger emotions behind them. If there was one gift of 2020, it was the way in which it helped develop our emotional muscles to be able to both appreciate the craft Gailey has exercised on the page, and also feel sad for the characters and their experiences. Another stellar work from one of my "must read" authors.

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ISBN: 9780525555254
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 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.

Pretty Little Wife: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063016408
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 29th, 2020

Dang! Gotta love the twists and turns of the assorted protagonists on both sides of the investigation into the disappearance of Lila Ridgefield's asshole husband. Kane manages to craft the rare thriller where readers will empathize with both the accused and the law enforcement pursuing them. Chilling and relatable.

The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982103552
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Published: Scribner - May 4th, 2021

If this isn't a 2020 mood, I don't know what is. 

The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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.