The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo: The Tangled Web | ARC Review

Title: The Creepy Case Files
Author: Drew Weing
Series/Number: Vol. 3
Genre: Children’s, Graphic Novel
Age: Children
Page Count: 144
Publication Date: October 26, 2021
Publisher: First Second
Themes: Friendship, Monsters, Mystery


As the assistant to Margo Maloo, Charles has gone on assignment in some pretty interesting locations. He’s been to a vampire’s lair, an ogre’s den, and even a monster grocery store! But he’s never been to the Downside, Echo City’s underground monster metropolis that is super mysterious and DEFINITELY off-limits to kids. But a settlement of giant spiders is about to be dynamited by unwitting construction workers–and, coincidentally, one of those giant spiders accidentally bites Charles. His cure and the spiders’ salvation lie in the Downside–if Charles and Margo can make it in time.

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Cheer Up! | ARC Review

Title: Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms
Author: Crystal Fraiser, Val Wise
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Contemporary, Graphic Novel, LGBTQ+
Age: Young Adult
Page Count: 128
Publication Date: August 10, 2021
Publisher: Oni Press
Themes: Friendship, Cheerleading,
Content Warning: Bullying,


Annie is a smart, antisocial lesbian starting her senior year of high school who’s under pressure to join the cheerleader squad to make friends and round out her college applications. Her former friend BeeBee is a people-pleaser—a trans girl who must keep her parents happy with her grades and social life to keep their support of her transition. Through the rigors of squad training and amped up social pressures (not to mention micro aggressions and other queer youth problems), the two girls rekindle a friendship they thought they’d lost and discover there may be other, sweeter feelings springing up between them. 

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Something Borrowed | ARC Review

Title: Something Borrowed
Author: Yolande Kleinn
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: Adult
Page Count: 81
Publication Date: March 29, 2021
Publisher: NineStar Press
Themes: Fake dating, wedding guests, pining, friends to lovers


When public defender Trevor Ortega finds himself dateless for his ex’s wedding, faking a relationship seems like the perfect solution. Less perfect is his thoughtless impulse to invite Sebastian Greer—friend, federal judge, and former boss—as his plus one. It would be a solid plan if not for one problem: Trevor’s been in love with Sebastian for years, and each fraudulent touch will remind him of everything he can’t have.

Trevor doesn’t know why Sebastian agreed to his scheme, but there’s no backing out now. It’s only one night after all, and what’s a little heartbreak between friends?

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The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry || Review

Title: The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry
Author: C.M. Waggoner
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Age: Adult
Page Count: 371
Publication Date: January 12, 2021
Publisher: Ace
Themes: Magic, Cons, Romance, Mystery, LGBTQ+
Content Warning: Drug use and discussion of, death


Hard-drinking petty thief Dellaria Wells is down on her luck in the city of Leiscourt—again. Then she sees a want ad for a female bodyguard, and she fast-talks her way into the high-paying job. Along with a team of other women, she’s meant to protect a rich young lady from mysterious assassins.

At first Delly thinks the danger is exaggerated, but a series of attacks shows there’s much to fear. Then she begins to fall for Winn, one of the other bodyguards, and the women team up against a mysterious, magical foe who seems to have allies everywhere.

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