Krista's Picks


The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

What if the fate of humanity rested on an unthinkable choice? Tremblay poses this question in his gripping psychological thriller about the intersection of belief and paranoia and the sacrifices we will make for love. Seven-year-old Wen and her two loving fathers, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote lakeside cabin when they are confronted by three strangers who wield menacing objects and swear they need help to save the world. This is unnerving, suspenseful, real-world horror at its finest.


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Read this New-York-Times-bestselling YA fantasy before the movie appears. Magic once ran in the bloodlines of the people of Orïsha. Diviners, children born with white hair, were destined to become magic-weilding maji in their teenage years, until King Saran eradicated the bloodline through the slaughter of all adult maji. Those remaining suffered under restrictive laws. Now seventeen, diviner Zélie remembers the night her mother was killed and dreams of revenge and revolution. But without magic her people are powerless. Then she meets runaway princess Amari, who fled King Saran with an ancient relic that can restore magic. As they embark on a dangerous quest to unlock the relic’s potential, Amari’s conflicted brother Prince Inan pursues them with his father’s soldiers.


The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy, et al.

This graphic novel is based on the popular The Adventure Zone podcast, recorded by the McElroy family (Griffin, Travis, and Justin, the brothers, of “My Brother, My Brother and Me” fame, and their father, Clint), chronicling their zany, clever, and hilarious Dungeons and Dragons adventures. The art is quirky and adorable, befitting this crew of weird-o’s on their journey from low-level dungeoneers to epic-level magical artifact hunters. A trifecta of metafictional fun for fantasy fans, McElroy fans, and humor fans. 

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The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Do you have a favorite novel that you re-read every year? This is mine. This absorbing high fantasy novel is hopeful, heartfelt, and focused on characters who choose kindness and empathy over and over, even in circumstances when one might turn to cynicism. The story follows Maya, the half-goblin son of the elvish Emperor, who has lived his entire life in exile. When his father and all his other heirs die in an “accident”, Maya becomes Emperor and must navigate an Imperial court filled with deadly intrigue. This is not your typical, by-the-numbers lost heir story; it’s rich, sophisticated, and political, full of steampunk technology, dark magic, and courtly intrigue. You will be charmed. 


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