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This is Netflix's Travelers series meshed with Jeff Vandermeer's "Southern Reach" trilogy, and it's outstanding.

The Devil Aspect

Scottish author Russell's U.S. debut is gothic horror, heavy on the horror. Initially complicated and slow, the incredibly graphic and violent story delivers a colossal twist that warrants the reading effort. [See Prepub Alert, 9/17/18.]

The Dead Ex

Corry (Blood Sisters) delivers strong plot twists, a fast pace, and devious characters, making this a perfect blend of Liv Constantine's The Last Mrs. Parrish and Alafair Burke's The Wife that will keep readers guessing until the end.

The Widows

Inspired by the true story of Maude Collins, Ohio's first female sheriff, and prominent labor and community organizer Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, Montgomery's debut novel features two tough-as-nails, strong-willed women whose empathy leaves a lasting impression. A simultaneous examination of women's rights, coal mining, prohibition, and Appalachian life, make this is a fantastic choice for historical fiction fans. [See Prepub Alert, 7/9/18.]

Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat

A solid addition to the "Vampire Chronicles" full of blood-drinker mythology and complicated interpersonal relationships, this is Rice at her best. Devoted fans will devour this, as there are numerous nuggets about minor characters, and new readers can use this volume as a launching point to explore the series and characters. [See Prepub Alert, 4/30/18.]

The Kennedy Debutante

The Catholic-Protestant conflict seems quaint compared to the civil and political unrest in today's world, and the romantic tension fizzles in some places, but this coming-of-age story will attract fans of the Kennedy dynasty, of which Kick is one of the least-known members.

A People's History of the Vampire Uprising

Comparisons to Max Brooks's World War Z are inevitable but unworthy. This dense plot is best suited for hard-core fans of vampire fiction who will appreciate the relevant discussions on human (and vampire) rights. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]

The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder

Jasper's narration is confusing and disorienting, making his world tedious to understand at first. However, readers who stick with it past the halfway point will be rewarded with a compelling and emotionally charged mystery that warrants comparisons to Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

What Should Be Wild

Part fairy tale, part coming-of-age adventure, Fine's debut was written under the tutelage of Audrey Niffenegger, whose influence shows. This book is imaginative and haunting, a stylistic blend of Matthew Haig's How To Stop Time, Melissa Albert's The Hazel Wood, and Téa Obreht's The Tiger's Wife. Fans of all three novels will find something to savor. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/17.]

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