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Angela

Angela Mann was raised and educated in England, worked in publishing companies on both sides of the Atlantic, and is now the youth events director for Kepler’s Literary Foundation. She reads voraciously and eclectically, usually falling for whatever calls loudest from her bookshelf despite all other obligations, searching for things either funny, offbeat, apocalyptic, provocative, beautiful, or true.

Favorite Genres: 
Dystopia
Fantasy
Fiction
Humor
Literary Fiction
Mystery
Science Fiction
Young Adult
Book Recommendations: 
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Raybearer Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419739828
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 18th, 2020

What if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy? This African inspired fantasy tells the story of a group of children in Aritsar who are raised with the future emperor and will someday rule with him. Tarisai is one of them, destined to kill the prince after learning to love him and becoming one of his council. This is the book that pulled me out of my Covid reading slump. --Angela


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A Deadly Education: A Novel (The Scholomance #1) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593128480
Availability: Backordered
Published: Del Rey - September 29th, 2020

"I decided that Orion Lake needed to die after the second time he saved my life.” And just like that I was hooked. About a darkly dangerous school for the magically gifted that wants to kill you and a girl called El who is determined to survive. It is so creative and so much fun. My favorite book of the year. --Angela


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ISBN: 9780062978578
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Published: William Morrow - September 22nd, 2020

Even super heroes and super villains need clerical help. Anna is a temp data analyst working for a minor super villain until she is injured in a chance encounter with a so called “hero”. She vows revenge. This is a fun fresh look at the genre and shows data analysis skills and excel sheets can prove mightier than super powers. I loved this. --Angela


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The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525541608
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 4th, 2020

What happens when you are not allowed to be yourself? This thought provoking and beautifully written novel centers on a family suffering from the mysterious death of their child. It brought me to tears and will stay in my heart for a long time. Such a powerful read. --Angela


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ISBN: 9780525620785
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Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

Gothic horror at its best. Noemi, a glamorous socialite,  heads to an isolated mansion in the Mexican countryside to help her cousin after receiving an unsettling letter. Its soon obvious things are very wrong. But what can she do? Think Rebecca on steroids. Dark, deliciously creepy, utterly original, I could not put it down. --Angela


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Chosen Ones: The new novel from NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author Veronica Roth Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780358164081
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Published: John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 7th, 2020

What happens to the young people identified as Chosen Ones who fought and defeated the Dark One and saved the world? The world moves on, but can they? And, ten years later, if they are asked to stand up and fight again, will they? It's a twisty tale full of adventure and magic, zombies and parallel universes, --Angela


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The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525521143
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Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

Another winner from Emily St John Mandel - a gorgeously written tale about a drowned woman, an unraveling investment scheme and all the people it involves.  About money and it's corrupting influences, what we really want from life and taking responsibility (or not) for the choices we make. I'm still thinking about it. --Angela


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The Library of the Unwritten (A Novel from Hell's Library #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984806376
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ace - October 1st, 2019

This book has it all - a library for unfinished books (in, but not part of, Hell), a human librarian tasked with tracking down an escaped Hero from his book, an upbeat former Muse, a duty-bound fallen angel, a polite and anxious demon, and the Devil's Bible. The plot? Find the Devil’s Bible, stop the possible war between Heaven and Hell (that will happen if they don’t find the book), and save the library.  It's such a fun read! --Angela


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Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316517911
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Published: Orbit - January 16th, 2018

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250313072
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 8th, 2019

Alex Stern wakes up to discover she is the only survivor of a multiple homicide and that she's been offered a new start – a place at Yale. Why? Because she can see ghosts. The catch? She has to help regulate Yale’s secret societies. Things start to unravel when her mentor goes missing and a young girl is found dead. Full of secrets, dark magic, and ghosts this is a twisty story of survival and what happens when power falls into the wrong hands.  I could not put it down. --Angela


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ISBN: 9781984823793
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Published: Crown - August 20th, 2019

A disillusioned former prison guard/failed CEO and a corporate spy find their paths cross as they take jobs at The Cloud - an online big box monopoly with immense power. We also hear from Gibson Wells, The Cloud CEO who is dying and wants to give his side of the story. This very possible near-future dystopia is like a contemporary 1984 - a wake-up call to look around and see the path we are treading. --Angela


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ISBN: 9781534431003
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - July 16th, 2019

This is one of the most beautiful, creative, poetic pieces of writing  I've read in a long time, where poetry solves math and letters are written in seeds and tea leaves. Red and Blue, who both present as female, are enemy agents in a time war. They are always in different places, in different timelines, and although they don't meet, they leave each other messages, getting closer and closer with each message. As soon as I turned the last page, I wanted to start rereading immediately. Really, this is one of a kind. And so romantic! --Angela


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ISBN: 9781524759780
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Published: Crown - June 11th, 2019

What would you do if you woke up to find you had memories of another life? And so did other people.  It’s driving people to the point of madness. How do you know what really happened? It’s more than a disease. Are neuroscientist Helena Smith and NY cop Barry Sutton too late to stop this? Think Back to the Future meets Black Mirror. Every bit as mind blowing as Dark Matter. If you only read one book this summer, read this one. I lost a weekend to this book as I simply could not put it down. --Angela


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ISBN: 9780670012107
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 12th, 2019

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ISBN: 9781501196027
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - November 5th, 2019

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ISBN: 9780743298087
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - July 2nd, 2019

Imagine an inn on the Thames near Oxford one dark evening where people have gathered to tell stories. The door opens and in staggers an injured stranger holding a child, who appears to be dead. 

But half an hour later the child opens her eyes. Is this magic or a miracle? Several people claim her but she does not speak. This gorgeously told  tale is part mystery, part fairy tale, part historical fantasy that I could not love more. --Angela


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The Gilded Wolves: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250144546
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Published: Wednesday Books - January 15th, 2019

A heist novel set in an alternate 19th century Paris – yes please!

The Order of Babel are looking for an ancient artifact and they want Severin to find it for them. The prize? His true inheritance. Will it be worth the risk? My first read of 2019 and I absolutely loved it. --Angela


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The Book of M: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062669605
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Published: William Morrow - June 5th, 2018

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Six Wakes Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316389686
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Published: Orbit - January 31st, 2017

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Spinning Silver: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399180996
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Published: Del Rey - May 7th, 2019

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Circe Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

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Dark Matter: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101904244
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 2nd, 2017

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ISBN: 9780316547604
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 8th, 2019

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel (The Carls #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524743468
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Published: Dutton - July 30th, 2019

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ISBN: 9780316449717
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Published: Orbit - November 13th, 2018