This smartly written masterful mashup of mythology, modern veterinary practice, and murder mystery makes for a truly riveting adventure-- from noble griffons and declawed manticores to a unicorn like none you've read about before, this book will astound at every turn. All the varied nuances of grief, BIPOC issues in the schoolyard, and professional responsibility are deftly handled, adding nuance and unexpected depth to an already fantastic tale. -Recommended by Lauren
Buckle up for a rough ride, because Bree and her friends are in a hot mess now, and they are going to get pushed to their limits with new powers, new factions, uncertain alliances, romance, and betrayal. Absolutely fantastic! -Recommended by Molly
Emily has done it again. Drawn me in completely... to her word, her story, her characters, and I never want to leave. -Recommended by Alena
"This is one of my favorite books of all time. Rewarding for all ages, rewild your children and yourself with astonishingly beautiful book." Recommended by Lauren
"Intense, action-packed, and badass! The plot twists had me literally gasping in excitement, and I love the protagonist Zetian's total ruthlessness in her quest for vengeance and power." -Recommended by Molly
This Japanese-inspired buddy road-trip fantasy reads like a Studio Ghibli movie! Spirited, colorful, heartwarming, adventurous, and equal parts vulnerable and fierce. It's got plot twists and defys tropes and has the cutest bird-boy friend I've ever met. -Molly
You will love Unseen Magic! It's a thrilling, magical mystery with serious wisdom for readers young and not so young. --Recommended by Jane
This book is Black Girl Magic gate-crashing into Arthurian legend in the most spectacular way. --Recommended by Molly
"A wonderous tale of Beatryce (the only girl who can read & write- who, they say, will unseat a king!) and her beloved goat... I love this story!" Recommended by Alena
First in a fantasy duology inspired by West African mythology. The two protagonists are richly drawn, complex characters trapped in a desperate struggle for freedom where there are no good choices and someone always gets hurt, but you can't help rooting for them anyway. The sequal "A Psalm of Storms and SIlence" was even better than the first. --Recommended by Molly
A return to the thrills, the excitement, the anticipation... A return to the games. I'm on the edge of my seat! Recommended by Rob
These are poems about history and heroism, love and loss, humanity, and war. These are the lives of sailors at Pearl Harbor and civilians at Hiroshima during the events that changed the world. Beautifully Heartbreaking and Amazing Uplifting. Recommended by Rob
This book promises to give you one heck of a good ride (and a fun read too.) Recommended by Jeanette
Take one foul-mouthed girl with her thieving ways and one reluctant prince with his magical incantations -- mix them with disasters -- and you have a recipe for a book you'll quickly devour. Recommended by Jeanette
Magic! Pirates! Dragons! Afternoon tea! This is my favorite new adventure story. Great for fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events and Harry Potter. Recommended by Molly
White Bird is beautifully written and beautifully illustrated and profoundly moving. A story of courage and kindness that reaches across time to remind us that even one person can make a difference. A story that has touched me like no other. Vive l'humanite! Recommended by Jane
Sweet Pea is the best! Julie Murphy is a jolly, wise, loving master storyteller. Her characters are some of my best friends. Enjoy! (Great book to read as a family, too.) Recommended by Alena
This is the most original, mythical-magical, undead story I have ever read. I mean, there's a dead goat -- and you'regoing to fall in love with her. The feisty, axe-swinging gravedigger's daughter found a place in my heart, too. Recommended by Alena
Bone Houses is like Zombies in Tolkien-Land, except our hero is a fearless young woman who just wants to do her job, provide for her family, and protect her village. Her companion is a courageous young mapmaker with a mystery of his own. Mythical & thrilling with surprises that will make you gasp! This is a not a book to pick up if you plan on sleeping! Recommended by Jane
Life: The First Four Billion Years: The Story of Life from the Big Bang to the Evolution of Humans (Hardcover)
Amazing art! An amazing trip through time! Jenkins and Baker-Smith will thrill and excite not just kids, but readers of all ages. Recommended by Rob
Fantasy, mystery, romance, and horror blend together perfectly in this atmospheric adventure. If you've ever wished you could visit Hogwarts Library (and its restricted section!) this is the book for you. Recommended by Molly
In a future without horses or blue skies, a girl named Serendipity and a boy named Tab escape from their walled city. In a world where storytellers lead rebellions, Serendipity adventures toward her dream of seeing the last horses and finds freedom. Skin-Tingly written! (Check out the author bio -- what a life!) Recommended by Alena
This is a near-perfect, magical fable that should be a new classic. I loved it! Recommended by Christie.
Julie Murphy is my hero!!! She writes books I love to read that are intelligent, fun, and and full of current issues for real people. Her books are uplifting without being stupid. Puddin' is her latest and it is FANTASTIC!!! Recommended by Alena
Byx is the best!!! She's a young dairne -- looks like a dog, but stands upright, talks, has opposable thumbs and knows if someone is lying. She's the last of her kind ... or perhaps not. Her quest is for all endangered species the ruling humans want to wipe out. I love this 1st book in a new series! Recommended by Alena
This book says it all! I only regret it wasn't available when I was a young adult. Recommended by Jeanette
I loved this story! A magical family, new friendships, learning to be yourself, and a sneaky tricky dragon! Do yourself a favor: read it! Recommended by Molly
For everyone whoever loved a tree. Recommended by Alena.
CatStronauts, you are needed!
All of us here at Gallery Bookshop love Illusive!! And (this is the best part), since it is the first of a series, there will be more to come. Lucky for us, we won't have to wait long for the sequel. You won't want to miss this series; perfect summer read, perfect in the fog by the fire read, perfect read!