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Introducing the Brain Freeze Book Club

Brain freezes are practically a rite of summer. They’re anticipation. They’re excitement. You visit your local scoop shop, order your favorite flavor, and dive in. 

This summer, OddFellows and Penguin Random House are teaming up to launch The Brain Freeze Book Club, an ice cream and book collection so sweet you’ll want to devour it...maybe too fast! We’ve got a pairing for everyone: Smoky Bourbon Vanilla Twist for Mystery mavens; Journey to Outer Spice for SciFi stans; Passionberry Love Potion for Romance fanatics; and Bubblegum Pop for all of us trying to relive our teenage fantasies. So visit OddFellows online or your local OddFellows scoop shop, and dig in! 

Excerpt from Flirting with Fate by J.C. Cervantes

Fate’s Prologue

On July 7 at precisely 9:01 p.m., a boundless, unforeseen storm claimed one life, two hearts, and six destinies.

The Southern California skies had been a brilliant blue dappled with wispy threads of white. A warm, easy, splendid kind of day where you’d think nothing could go wrong. Ah, but one’s fate is not always built on solid ground. Andwrong is always a question of perspective. Take, for example, the girl at the center of this tale, Ava Granados. She is stubborn, quick-­witted, was born into a mystical family, and, well, she thinks very little of me. Perhaps things would have been different for her if she had afforded me an ounce of respect.

On this summer day, like most days prior, Ava woke early and suffered through SoulCycle with her older sister Carmen. Boring, routine, sweaty. She spent the afternoon making a Pinterest board with monochromatic bedroom ideas and ended up spiraling down a rabbit hole of DIY crafts for the tactically deficient, like tiny shoe pom-poms and rag wreaths.

In two months’ time, she plans to begin her senior year and get a jump- start on college applications. Until then, she is committed to one thing: joyous boredom, much to...

Excerpted from Flirting with Fate by J. C. Cervantes. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Flirting with Fate by J. C. Cervantes

Flirting with Fate

J. C. Cervantes

"I dare anyone to read this book without a ginormous grin on their faces. Warmth, humor and enchantments burst off the page, and the colorful characters of the Granados family crackle to life with Cervantes's signature wit, aching empathy and enviable flair for whimsy." Roshani Chokshi, NYT bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves trilogy.
 
Jane the Virgin meets The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in New York Times bestselling author J.C. Cervantes's charming, romantic YA debut.

Excerpt from All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers

One

Krissy, 1994

The residents of Wakarusa, Indiana, could spin gossip faster than a spider spins its web. Each time one of their own did something they shouldn’t—­when Abby Schmuckers got caught shoplifting lipstick from the dime store; when the Becker kid dropped out of the 4-­H volunteer club; when Jonah Schneider fell asleep and snored in church—­the Wakarusa gossip chain would flap their jaws, chewing the tidbit over so thoroughly that by the time they’d finally spat it out again, the Truth was misshapen and unrecognizable, warped into the Story. And because the people of Wakarusa were churchgoing, law-­abiding, capital-­G God-­fearing people, the Story was always adorned with pearls of sweetness to coat its sharp edges: Bless her heart, but . . . I’ll be praying for them, because did you hear . . . ? Lord have mercy on their souls.

Even before everything happened, Krissy Jacobs had understood the power of Wakarusa’s rumor mill, which is why she so stringently avoided its teeth. She went to church every Sunday, she dressed her daughter in pink and her son in blue, she wore the right shoes and made sure her husband had the right ties. It wasn’t because she believed any of it mattered; it was simply because...

Excerpted from All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers

All Good People Here

Ashley Flowers

In the propulsive debut novel from the host of the #1 true crime podcast Crime Junkie, a journalist uncovers her hometown’s dark secrets when she becomes obsessed with the unsolved murder of her childhood neighbor—and the disappearance of another girl twenty years later.

Excerpt from The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Chapter 1

Carlota

They’d be arriving that day, the two gentlemen, their boat gliding through the forest of mangroves. The jungle teemed with noises, birds crying out in sonorous discontent as if they could foretell the approach of intruders. In their huts, behind the main house, the hybrids were restless. Even the old donkey, eating its corn, seemed peevish.

Carlota had spent a long time contemplating the ceiling of her room the previous night, and in the morning her belly ached like it always did when she was nervous. Ramona had to brew her a cup of bitter orange tea. Carlota didn’t like when her nerves got the best of her, but Dr. Moreau seldom had visitors. Their isolation, her father said, did her good. When she was little she’d been ill, and it was important that she rest and remain calm. Besides, the hybrids made proper company impossible. When someone stopped at Yaxaktun it was either Francisco Ritter, her father’s lawyer and correspondent, or Hernando Lizalde.

Mr. Lizalde always came alone. Carlota was never introduced to him. Twice she’d seen him walking from afar, outside the house, with her father. He left quickly; he didn’t stay the night in one of the guest...

Excerpted from The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • From the bestselling author of Mexican Gothic and Velvet Was the Night comes a lavish historical drama reimagining of The Island of Doctor Moreau set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Mexico.

“This is historical science fiction at its best: a dreamy reimagining of a classic story with vivid descriptions of lush jungles and feminist themes. Some light romance threads through the heavier ethical questions concerning humanity.”—Library Journal (starred review)

Excerpt from Right Where I Left You by Julian Winters

One

Two things: This is the worst idea you’ve ever had. And I’m glad it’s you I’m stuck here with.

—-Reverb, Disaster Academy Issue #10

Spoiler alert: I’m in love with two boys.

Head over heels, smiling--at--nothing--while--walking--into--walls kind of love.

But they’re not real people. They’re comic book characters. Also, they might be in love with each other. Huge emphasis on the might.

“You’re doing that thing again, Isaac.”

I tilt my head. “What thing?”

Diego, the virtuoso of bad imitations, gives me this exaggerated smile with wide, Disneyesque heart eyes, sighing loudly. One of those I’m--helplessly--in--love sighs.

“Shut up,” I say halfheartedly.

“It’s very distracting. And annoying.”

“You’re annoying,” I tell him.

I’m lying on my back, my head resting on the edge of Diego’s bed, reading last month’s issue of my favorite comic book, Disaster Academy. He’s next to me, sitting upright, tongue between his teeth, focused on a video game.

Diego’s right—-I’m making The Face.

I can’t help it, though. The chemistry between my favorite characters, Charm and Reverb, while they’re crowded in an air vent, awaiting the signal to attack the villains below, is too much. It’s the proximity of their shoulders. Their easy banter. The way Charm’s eyebrows lift when Reverb says he wouldn’t want to be stuck with...

Excerpted from Right Where I Left You by Julian Winters. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Right Where I Left You by Julian Winters

Right Where I Left You

Julian Winters

"Some books are downright fun, and Right Where I Left You is one . . . Winters sends a quiet but important message that queer Black and brown kids deserve to live happily ever after too. . . Winters weaves all of these threads—the romance, the relatable anxiety, the message — into a book that, like a crush, you won’t be able to get out of your head."—The New York Times

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