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Shelly

About Shelly

Shelly is an Information Assistant II (Youth). Shelly loves novels with great characters and a plot that transports you, whether it be in real life or in fantasy worlds.

New Year, New Name, New Books!

You may have noticed that the For Your Leisure blog is back with a new name and a great one at that, Hot Off the Shelf (or HOTS for short)This new name really exemplifies this blog’s commitment to providing VPL customers with relevant and entertaining information about our titles.

That said, I thought it would be fun to discuss the new releases that are coming to VPL this year that I am adding to my never ending 2021 to-be-read pile!  The titles below are sorted by author last name.

As usual, all links and images of book covers will take you to VPL’s catalogue where you can request these items!

Act Your Age Eve Brown

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Contemporary romance is one of my favourite genres and I am obsessed with Talia Hibbert’s Brown Sisters series. This is the last book in the series, which stars the youngest and flightiest Brown sister, Eve Brown. The love interest in this one is the owner of a Bed & Breakfast and I don’t even need to know more than that to know that I will utterly adore it. I always recommend Hibbert’s novels to romance fans but I think even non-romance readers will adore the characters for their depth. This book releases March 9th and I am eagerly counting down the days!

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Our Favourite Books of the Year

This year has felt both like the longest AND the shortest year ever, but luckily we had books to pull us through! On that note, here is a list of all the books we read this year and recommend!

All blurbs include links to the VPL catalogue where you can request and borrow these books for yourself! Happy reading! 

Alyssia’s Picks

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue: Schwab, V. E.: 9780765387561: Books - Amazon.caThe Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

“Never pray to the gods that answer after dark” is the refrain of Schwab’s latest novel. I would have every page of this book tattooed on the inside of my eyelids if I could, so I would never have to stop reading it. In this ambitious novel—ten whole years in the making—Addie Larue sells her soul to a dark god in a bid for freedom from her tiny 18th century French village. Of course, like all deals with the devil, this one comes with a price: as soon as she leaves the room, no one will remember her. Freedom, indeed. Addie is damned to a life of immortality in the shadows, unable to form lasting connections or leave her mark. She travels through the rough streets of pre-revolution Paris, to refined Parisian salons, to artist’s studios in Florence. In 2014 New York, however, Addie meets the only person in 300 years who remembers her—why is he able to break the curse? And why does the world seem to bend to his will? Schwab’s novel about loneliness and memory is sumptuous, as is the dynamic between the iron-willed Addie and the seductive Darkness to whom she owes her soul. I’m admittedly a big fan of Schwab’s work, but Addie Larue is easily her best work to date. Would I sell my soul to this devil? Yes, yes I would.

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A New Reading Obsession: Historical Romance

*all links will take you to the VPL catalogue where you can check out these books for yourself!

If you’ve read any of my previous posts then you know that my main reading expertise is graphic novels, contemporary romance or anything to do with reality TV. Lately though, I have found myself more and more into historical romance. Now, I can’t say that I’ve never read the genre (any self-proclaimed romance nerd has read at least one!) but I always read one or two a year at most. Over the last few months however, I found myself binge-reading more than one series and I’ve quickly caught up on some major backlist books for a few authors.

Unmasked by the Marquess (Regency Imposters, #1) by Cat SebastianOne of my favourite authors is Cat Sebastian. In the past, I read her Seducing the Sedgewicks series which are all gay historical romances. Of course, there will always be skeptics who think that such series are far too frivolous or historically inaccurate, but any queer person will tell you that LGBTQ+ people have existed for centuries, it is merely the labels that are now more modern. One title from Sebastian’s latest series that I recommend is Unmasked by the Marquess. The marketing and cover promo align more with mainstream historical romances and despite that, I enjoyed the fact that the main character, Robin, was non-binary (though such language was never outright said, as the term is definitely more modern than when the novel takes place). Though the mainstream historical romance reader may find such titles a bit too scandalous, I think that Sebastian’s writing is sure to win anyone over as she is an expert in writing characters that anyone will want to root for, regardless of who those characters may be.

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