Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier
: Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake – and her own.
This book was so good I wanted to cry and throw it at people. It’s perfect Halloween/Dia de los Muertos reading, especially for non-horror fans like me. I knew this would be popular, so I bought two copies for the library.
Romancing the Inventor, by Gail Carriger
: Imogene Hale is a lowly parlourmaid with a soul-crushing secret. Seeking solace, she takes work at a local hive, only to fall desperately in love with the amazing lady inventor the vampires are keeping in the potting shed. Genevieve Lefoux is heartsick, lonely, and French. With culture, class, and the lady herself set against the match, can Imogene and her duster overcome all odds and win Genevieve’s heart, or will the vampires suck both of them dry?
I have kind of a huge crush on Mme. Lefoux, and I was really disappointed by her narrative treatment in the Parasol Protectorate series. I’m glad she’s finally getting a nice girlfriend, but I also kind of want her to date my Mary Sue/self insert, Florence “Flossie” Applewhite, suffragette sent to live with relatives in England. (Yes, this is a real thing that I wrote.)
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