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A Book Lover’s Gift Guide: Out of This World Books

Need a perfect escape? We’ve chosen a few books that are absolutely out of this world. From the riveting, royal world of The Kinder Poison, to the magic of A Phoenix First Must Burn, to the winding time loops of The Conference of the Birds, and the jaw-dropping battles of Rebel Sisters, these books are sure to take you away.



A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell


Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic. With stories by: Elizabeth Acevedo, Amerie, Patrice Caldwell, Dhonielle Clayton, J. Marcelle Corrie, Somaiya Daud, Charlotte Nicole Davis, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Danny Lore, L. L. McKinney, Danielle Paige, Rebecca Roanhorse, Karen Strong, Ashley Woodfolk, and Ibi Zoboi. Click here for more info!


Rebel Sisters by Tochi Onyebuchi


In the epic, action-packed sequel to the “brilliant” (Booklist, starred review) novel War Girls, the battles are over, but the fight for justice has just begun. Click here for more info!


The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae 


Perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Holly Black, The Kinder Poison is an enthralling fantasy adventure that follows a teenage girl chosen to be the human sacrifice in a deadly game between three heirs who will do anything for the crown. Click here for more info!


The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs


With enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portman’s story continues as he takes a brave leap forward into The Conference of the Birds, the newest installment of the beloved, #1 bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series. Click here for more info!



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