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Otakus Unite! (also Jellyfish Fashion)

Princess Jellyfish Vol 1 cover artProtect the otaku house!  The residents of Amamizukan all have topics they geek out over.  And they're all completely different.  But what bonds them is an understanding that their individual passions are all consuming and generally looked down on by the rest of the world.  A

A Season of Daring Greatly

A Season of Daring Greatly coverGo to college and play baseball for Stanford University, or accept an offer from the Pittsburgh Pirates as their third round pick? Many high school seniors face this dilemma each year, and it’s no different for Jill Cafferty.

Watch Maggie Stiefvater's Talk at The Urbana Free Library. Thanks to UPTV6!

Maggie Stiefvater signing booksCouldn't make it to Maggie Stiefvater's talk at The Urbana Free Library on November 15th?  Your friends at Urbana Public Television have you covered!  Urbana Public Television filmed Maggie's talk so you can watch it (or rewatch it if you were there that night).  Click

Don't Call Her a Hero

Renegades cover artThe same author that created everyone's favorite steampunk Cinderella has now turned her eye to the superhero genre.


The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue cover artHenry "Monty" Montague has plans for his year long sojourn to Europe before he's doomed to return and take over the family estate.  Those plans do not include a strict chaperone that will not let him gallivant about town.  Or taking his boo

She Got the Moon in Her Eye

Witches of Hylund draw magic from the earth using glyphs, or special symbols that represent various elements like air or fire.

Don't Trust that House

Harper does NOT like her new house. And she’s pretty sure that her new house does NOT like her, either.

This Adventure Just Might Kill You...And Your Best Friend

Zed and Brock are best friends...even though they don’t have much in common. Zed is from the Servants Guild, one of the poorest groups in the City of Freestone, while Brock is from the wealthier Merchants Guild. Zed is shy and quiet, while Brock is bold and mischievous. Zed is half elf, the only one left in Freestone.

No Hobbits Here: Fantasy Beyond Middle-Earth

There comes a time when you might get tired of reading about hobbits, or about elves and grumpy dwarves becoming friends.  There's nothing wrong with dwarf-elf friendship, but sometimes you're not in the mood for it, or you feel like you've read it a million-bazillion times already.  Tolkien has been such a large figure in fantasy writing that it can feel like every book might be set in Middle-earth.  But that isn't so!