The first book in a trilogy, A Darker Shade of Magic introduces you to a world of three parallel Londons. Two of them have magic, while the third--Grey--does not. We follow Kell, a man connected to the royal family in Red London, as he tries to save his adopted brother from a fearsome magical evil. Along the way, Kell meets Lila, a young woman from Grey London with a questionable past. Lila has been thieving from unsuspecting bar guests for most of her life, and dreams of becoming a pirate; she sees in Kell an opportunity to change her fate and escape the mundane life that awaits her in Grey London. The world Schwab has created is sure to entrance, delight--and keep you reading for another two books just to stay up to date with Kell and Lila, among others.
This novel is a delightful mix of hopeful, creepy, and feminist. Meet Annie, a young, recently single teacher who has moved out of New York City to a small village upstate. Annie starts to pick up her life and rediscover herself at the same time she befriends Sophie, a young witchy woman who is well-known in their village. Sophie is mysterious and confident, two things that Annie strives to be. Throughout their friendship, Sophie encourages Annie to stand up for herself and take charge. Along the way, Annie begins to notice there is something odd about Sophie. With a thrilling twist, this novel demonstrates the power of female friendship and self-confidence.
The second book in Daria's Primas of Power series is a childhood-best-friends-to-lovers story that doesn't disappoint. Michelle and Gabe were fanfiction-writing teenagers the last time they spoke, before Gabe needed to rebrand his gym for a new location. When these two reconnect, sparks and words fly, and an old wound is healed through a week spent in the same house. With a sizzling romance and heartfelt friendships, this book is designed for a cozy afternoon and a cup of tea (or wine!).