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    Imagine a world where the freedom to read and access books was legally under constant threat from government factions, and libraries were forced to have armed militia of librarians to protect the buildings and their collections within. Iku Kasahara is a new recruit dedicated to following in the footsteps of her “prince,” the young male librarian who saved her from a book raid when she was a girl. An engaging blend of political intrigue and light romance.

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    Mingle hits all the right beats fans of Austen love and expect. Love and family is pitted against the biggest struggle we often have: with ourselves. I admit I’ve always had a soft spot for Mary, the epitome of the neglected middle child, and was so glad to see a book that shines a light on her. Mingle doesn’t change how Mary is in Pride and Prejudice. She simply lets her grow up into a sharply witty woman worthy of her own love story.

    In true high fantasy fashion, Martin’s third tome in his Song of Ice and Fire series will take some time to read, but it’s worth it. Storm of Swords is often hailed as the best of the books to date with lots of major plot twists and set up for events to come. Start priming for season 3 of the HBO adaptation, which will cover about half the book, and get ahead for season 4 which will adapt the second part.

    Moriarty has fast become a reader favorite, and with good reason. In her latest, her characters once again jump off the page as she explores the idea of the cost of both secrets and truth. The epilogue feels a bit heavy-handed, but the story itself will keep you up long past bedtime.

    Publisher: IDW PUBLISHING (W) Cat Staggs & Various (A/CA) Mark McHaley This special ad-free issue presents new portraits of all your favorite X-Files agents, aliens, shadowy figures, and friends and enemies, all rendered by the dynamic hands of a wide array of talented artists!

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    The stakes have never been higher in the Hollows, and it’s no coincidence since the author has announced this is the third to last book in the series. With the existence of the Ever After on the line, you know who had to be involved: the Worst Boyfriend Ever, Nick. Another rousing tale filled with heartache, humor and serious sass-mouthing witch at work. New to the neighborhood? The first book is Dead Witch Walking. While Black Magic Sanction sets up the current unfolding events.

    London (the writing team of Lorraine Heath and her son) kicks off an engrossing story of love against a post-war backdrop of human/vampire prejudices, politics and family dysfunction. The first-person, present-tense narrative is a little jarring at first, but you’ll be flying through the pages before you know it. A less-bleak Hunger Games with a Black Dagger Brotherhood twist.

    Publisher: D. E. (W) Tim Seeley (A) Mirka Andolfo (CA) Emanuela Lupacchino The hunt is on as the Chosen kids raise the dead in the search for Evil Ernie. Chastity revolts against Purgatori, leading to a vampire catfight to end all vampire catfights. Item Code: APR141078 In Shops: 6/4/2014 SRP: $3.99

    J.K. Rowling received a lot of good reviews for the debut Robert Galbraith mystery, The Cuckoo’s Calling. The writing’s stellar and only gets better in book two. If you love a good old-fashioned British sleuth, Galbraith offers him up in one Cormoran Strike: gruff, smart, wounded both inside and out. His young sidekick Robin compliments him well, and you’ll love watching their relationship grow.

    No one could blame the Earl of Westcliffe for banishing his wife, Claire, to the country. He found her being unfaithful to him before the wedding breakfast had cooled. But looks can be deceiving, and the bride has decided that if her husband won’t come home to set the record straight, she’ll corner him in London. Heath writes some of the most three-dimensional characters in romance fiction with sexual tension that will have you turning the pages nonstop.

    Based on the books by Caroline Graham, Midsomer Murders burst into the scene in 1997 and quickly became a favorite on both sides of the Atlantic. The cases of DCI Barnaby and Sgt. Troy (and later on, DS Jones) center around the villages of Midsomer County, where proper English ways often hide dark secrets, buried scandals and evil intent. Perfect if you've exhausted the Agatha Christie Miss Marple film adaptations, or want to add to your Inspector Lewis rotation.

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    Publisher: DARK HORSE COMICS (W) John Arcudi, Mike Mignola (A/CA) Tonci Zonjic After shooting a gung-ho NYPD chief right through the head, Lobster heads to the villains' massive laboratory, where he's attacked by two huge steampunk cyborgs!