Kate's Current Favorites

 I work at the Bremerton location five days a week, so if you've been there, you've probably seen me. My favorite reads are typically Fantasy or Science Fiction, but every once in a while I'll come across something completely different and fall in love! Come in and chat about books with me, or just read any of these. (Or do both. I won't judge.)

Nevernight (Nevernight Chronicle #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250073020
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - August 9th, 2016

Sarcasm and gore? Check.

Strong female lead? Check.

Shadows and not-cats? Check.

Snarky footnotes? Check.

Read this if you enjoy all of the above. You won't be disappointed. -Kate

The Emperor's Blades: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book I Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765336439
Availability: Special Order
Published: Tor Books - August 26th, 2014

A great balance of character building and world building, this is a fascinating story of three siblings after the death of their father, the Emperor. This is also a complete trilogy that only gets better as it goes on with at least one spin-off book and blurbs by big names, including V.E. Schwab and Pierce Brown.

Noumenon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062497840
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Voyager - August 1st, 2017

Such an interesting multi-generational space travel story. I was immediately intrigued by the idea of a possible Dyson sphere being investigated, but this story is so much more than just a typical hard sci-fi book. We read this in our Sci-fi book club and everyone LOVED it, very unique and engaging.

Ninefox Gambit Cover Image
ISBN: 9781781084496
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Solaris - June 14th, 2016

This book is one of the most unique SciFi books I've read--definitely a must for those who enjoy being thrown into a world and having to figure it out for yourself. Awesome world building and fantastic mind games. Kel Charis is a disgraced Captain in the hexarchate and is given a chance to redeem herself. It's simple: retake the most impenetrable fortress ever built. She comes up with an idea so crazy it just might work. Why not wake up the undefeated tactician Shudos Jedao and use him? Never mind that he inexplicably massacred everyone under his command after defeating the enemy in his last battle. It's her only chance. -Kate

Raven Stratagem Cover Image
ISBN: 9781781085370
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Published: Solaris - June 13th, 2017

Are you ready for this? This book is BETTER THAN THE FIRST ONE. I did not think it possible. Read itttttt

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681193434
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - May 30th, 2017

SO. FUN. A young dragon decides she doesn't need to listen to her elders and stay in the cave, because she is, after all, a dragon and the fiercest creature in existance. She goes out to try to catch the trickiest of prey--a human. One big miscalculation: the human she found  actually turned HER into a human! She must find a way to change back. Along the way she discovers a passion for chocolate and figures while she figures out this turning back into a dragon business, she might as well stuff herself with as much chocolate as possible by apprenticing herself to a chocolatier who just might be fiercer than she is. Adorable and heartwarming read for ages 7 & up.

Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier Cover Image
ISBN: 9780147514332
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - April 4th, 2017

I laughed, I cried, I read it twice. Everyone needs to read this, especially if you've ever felt invisible.

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ISBN: 9780451450524
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Published: Ace Books - November 1st, 2011

First time through, I thought it was ok. Second time through, it was hilarious. Third time through I read it out loud and fell in love. Beagle's language and prose are what storytellers and listeners live for.

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The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101885932
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Published: Del Rey Books - January 10th, 2017

Set in medieval Russia, this story beautifully illustrates different cultural practices and folktales from the time. Vasya is different. She is like her mysterious Grandmother: she is the only one living who can see the guardian spirits of her home. During her childhood she runs wild, befriending all these spirits and learning from them, until her father one day remarries. Her new step-mother surprisingly can also see these protective spirits--but calls them demons and tries to drive them out with the help of a charismatic new priest, opening their home to attacks from the ill-intentioned creatures lurking in the ancient wood. Definitely a must-read for anyone who likes grown-up fairy tales! -Kate

Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening Cover Image
By Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda (Artist)
ISBN: 9781632157096
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Published: Image Comics - July 19th, 2016

BEAUTIFUL graphic novel with an interesting world.

Saga Volume 1 (Saga (Comic Series)) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607066019
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Published: Image Comics - October 23rd, 2012

Pretty much a required read for any adult who enjoys graphic novels.

Speed of Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544747821
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 11th, 2016

Set in Portland, Oregon, two twin girls have a simple goal and a plan to achieve it: to be the first in their family to graduate high school on time. When one of them has a baby, they adjust the plan to raise her together. I loved the honesty of this book and the lack of forced romance, not to mention the lack of "but you're a girl!" exclaimations about the narrator's passion for restoring vintage cars.

Uprooted (Temeraire) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804179058
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey Books - March 1st, 2016

Nobody Likes a Goblin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626720817
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Published: First Second - June 7th, 2016

Beautiful watercolors and an adorable story of a goblin who lives with his friend Skeleton in a cave. One day, ADVENTURERS STORM THE CAVE! They take everything, including Skeleton!! Goblin must venture out to rescue his friend, even though his neighbor troll warns him to be careful. After all, nobody likes a goblin. Except... :) My favorite baby shower gift, birthday gift, Christmas gift, Easter gift, and just because gift for kids 0-7.

Mighty Jack Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626722644
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Published: First Second - September 6th, 2016

A modern Jack and the Beanstalk featuring Jack, who trades his single mom's car for magic beans, his non-verbal autistic sister, and a strong girl-next-door who trains with swords in her front yard. This is a fun trilogy for kids aged 7-13.

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories Cover Image
By Ken Liu
ISBN: 9781481424363
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Published: Saga Press - October 4th, 2016

Ken Liu's short stories will draw you in. I actually prefer this to his novels. With beautiful storytelling and characters, these stories are either sci-fi or based on Asian myths, which creates a really nice balance in the collection.

The Prince and the Dressmaker Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626723634
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - February 13th, 2018

This book is a cute love story between a prince and a determined young seamstress. Oh, and they meet because the prince, though he is straight, likes to dress as a woman sometimes. Lighthearted graphic novel about accepting yourself and each other for who you are.