HaBO: Heroine is Actually an Angel?
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Articles / May 5, 2020

This HaBO request comes from Leah, who is on a quest to find this book during quarantine: One of the earliest and most vivid romance novels I read, which I’m pretty sure I “borrowed” from my babysitter, has a truly outlandish plot, but my COVID-19 quest is to find it, and, if I am really lucky, track down the other books in what I’m pretty sure was a trilogy and I never read. We’ve all got the time, right? The book is set on the colonial South Carolina frontier. The hero is a doctor and a widower, I think may have fled from Scotland after the Culloden massacre, and possibly is brother or half-brother with the local Native Americans (more on the brothers and Native Americans in a bit). The heroine is the really crazy part. She’s an aristocratic young miss who, if I recall, witnesses some sort of crime by a high lord, is killed and then sort of plops into the doctor’s world, basically in his frontier cabin. She’s some sort of angel (her quest becomes to find this lord on his tour of the colonies and accuse him of whatever crime she witnessed) and everyone, including the…

Superheroes, Fantasy, & More
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Articles / May 5, 2020

The Beautiful RECOMMENDED: The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh is $2.99! Kiki gave this one a B+: Many readers WILL be enthralled with the emotion of Bastien and Celine and for them the final sections of the book will be as thrilling as they were surely meant to be. Think that might be you? Go out and get yourself some Victorian era New Orleans vampires. New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with a sumptuous, sultry and romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight. In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as Le Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sèbastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found…

HaBO: Kerry & Morgan in the Revolutionary War
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Articles / May 5, 2020

This HaBO is from Steve of the Browne Popular Culture Library! He’s hoping to find this book for a patron: We had a patron come to us looking for an 80s Revolutionary War historical, and it’s stumped me but I feel like it’d be perfect for HABO: It is a historical romance set in the Revolutionary War. It was published in the early to mid 80s I believe. Here’s what I remember: The heroine, whose name I think is Kerry, is an Irish beauty who is clever and does not want to spend her life as a servant. She and her fiance are going to go to the city and find a ship who will take them as indentured servants to America. Her fiance decides at the last minute to stay (he’s having an affair with the mistress of the manor) and our heroine sets off on her own, brokenhearted. On the ship she meets another young Irish girl, who is also going to America as an indentured servant. They become friends. Kerry hopes not to be purchased by a man who wants her because she is beautiful and her friend hopes to be purchased by a craftsman so she…

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokukda-Hall
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Articles / May 5, 2020

Squee The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall May 5, 2020 · Candlewick Press Teen FictionLGBTQIAScience Fiction/FantasyYoung Adult CW: torture including water boarding, cutting off a finger, implied sexual assault My little ears perked up when I first heard about this one. It has mermaids, witches, pirates, magic, lesbians, double agents, and a woman disguised as a man. What more could I want? I was right to be excited, because damn did it deliver that, and more. The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea (TMtW&tS) was so good that I tore through the first eighty-five percent and then dragged my heels for the last fifteen, because I didn’t want it to end. It’s gone directly to my Keeper Shelf because I love it SO much, I just want to hug it. The Dove is a pirate ship that doesn’t look like a pirate ship. That makes it easy for the captain and crew to run their scam: they pose as a passenger ship in city and town ports, only to take all their passengers out to sea and announce that they’re prisoners who will be sold to the highest bidder. Flora is one of the leads and…