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Elizabeth Zott is dynamic, direct, driven, and a brilliant chemist. However, as a woman in the late 1950s, she is constantly degraded, sidelined, and underestimated, excluded from research projects whilst male coworkers attain undeserved rewards. Elizabeth’s life takes turns she never expected as she finds love, a dog (or rather, the dog finds her), courts tragedy, and becomes first a mother and then a cooking show host. But she refuses to compromise her personal beliefs or her commitment to science, incorporating them into her show, for as she says: “Cooking is chemistry.” This hilarious and heartfelt read hosts a lovable cast of characters. A story filled with lessons in chemistry as it relates to biology and nutrition, but also lessons in the chemistry of relationships and the making of family. ~Chloe
This dark academic fantasy will have you devouring page after page. Every ten years the Alexandrian Society, a secret society of elite magic users, offers a select few the chance to secure a spot within the society. Six talented and powerful individuals are chosen, but only five will have the honor of being inducted. Blake's system of magic, which incorporates elements of physics, biology, and psychology, along with her stunningly complex and layered characters, will bewitch you completely. ~Chloe
I was utterly captivated by this book. Inspired by the legend of the Chinese Moon Goddess, Chang'e, Sue Lynn Tan's debut fantasy follows Chang'e's daughter, Xingyin. When Xingyin is forced to leave her mother and flee her childhood home on the moon, she resolves to find a way to free Chang'e from imprisonment. She studies, trains, and fights to attain the status that could afford her mother's liberation. In her many quests and trials, Xingyin experiences the vast array of love – familial, friendship, romantic, as well as self-love and valuing oneself. Tan's rich and evocative language and imagery will enthrall you as you join Xingyin on her journey. ~Chloe
Imagine if Hogwarts and the Hunger Games had a baby. The product of this unlikely union would be the Scholomance, a magical boarding school with no adult supervision. Here we follow the story of Galadriel "El" whose talent for the magic of mass destruction is unmatched. However, El was raised by her hippie mother, who taught her not to give in to the pull of dark magic. As a result, El is snarky, resourceful, and clever (if a bit prickly at times), with a strong moral compass and a heart of gold. A must-read for lovers of dark academic fantasy. ~Chloe