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Rebecca | 215 comments Kris Recommends:
The Witchfinder's Sister by Beth Underdown
The Witchfinder's Sister by Beth Underdown

This is labeled as a historical thriller and it is that but oh so much more. Set in 1645 Alice Hopkins becomes a young widow and has no recourse but to go back to the home she fled as a new bride. Her brother has been in charge of the upkeep of the Family home and properties. He has amassed a great deal of wealth. Once Alice moves home she finds out just how her brother accumulated his wealth. Deep , dark family secrets come to light in this thrill ride of a story that unfolds layer by layer. A delicious treat for anyone interested in Gothic tales, family drama, witchcraft, and magic.

Ragan Recommends:
Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is an explosively excellent novel as six members of the street gang The Dregs set out on an impossible heist to steal from the impenetrable prison The Ice Court. Each character is highly remarkable and complex in their own right and the interactions between the characters of the team really sells this novel. If you’re a fan of gritty realism and death-defying scenarios, this book is for you.

Rebecca Recommends:
American War by Omar El Akkad
American War by Omar El Akkad

While American War is certainly not a beach read, it is a powerful and fascinating novel written by award-winning journalist, Omar El Akkad who has covered some of the biggest stories of the last decade. This is clearly evident in this debut novel set during the Second American Civil War in 2074 in Louisiana, a land that is practically underwater. This war is being fought over ideologies and fossil fuels with backroom deals that have devastating real life consequences. Our story centers on Sarat, a young girl who has never known anything else. After her father is killed, Sarat and her family move to Camp Patience for displaced persons. It is here that Sarat becomes radicalized and begins changing the history of the nations dramatically. This story is told from a historical perspective with interludes from newspapers, historical documents, and narratives of this near future war. This recommended for fans of speculative fiction who are craving a dash of realistic literary fiction.

Nick Recommends:
The Last Wish (The Witcher, #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Last Wish by Andrezej Sapkowski

My recommendation for June is The Last Wish by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. Very popular in Poland with a growing buzz in the West due to the video game adaptations, this book serves as an introduction to series protagonist, Geralt the witcher. A witcher is a mutated human who is highly skilled in magic, combat, and tracking who lines his or her pockets by hiring themselves out to those in need in matters of the supernatural, such as monster hunting. They typically try not to get involved in matters of a specifically human nature but this proves very difficult as they exist in a world consumed in political intrigue by lands encroaching upon one another seeking to grow their influence over the world. As Geralt travels the land with his trusty mount, Roach, he comes into contact with people of all types including others of his kind and takes on very interesting jobs. This book is available on OverDrive as an e-book and audiobook, the latter which I prefer because of the superb narration of Peter Kenny.

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Robin (robinhawkins) | 54 comments Mod
I forgot my recommendation.

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