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    8 Books Out This Week That We Can't Stop Talking About

    Teens with superpowers, friends caught up in a bank robbery, a duke in love, and more!

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    Hello, book lovers! Each week, dozens and dozens of new releases hit the shelves. Below are some of the reads BuzzFeed Books writers and contributors loved the most:

    1. Written in Starlight by Isabel Ibañez

    Page Street Kids

    This is the companion to Woven in Moonlight that's been called an adventurous South American Tomb Raider, and we're here for it.

    Catalina Quiroga is a condesa who's lost the Inkasisa throne, the loyalty of her people, and her best friend. When Catalina is banished to the jungle, she knows nothing will stop her from reclaiming her throne. But then she hears of the Illari, with whom she can form an alliance, and as she seeks them out, she just might uncover her true calling. Farrah Penn

    2. We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen

    Mira Books

    Jamie and Zoe both woke up one day with brand-new superpowers...and no memory. Zoe uses her new speed and strength abilities for fast-food deliveries and the occasional beating up of bad guys. Jamie uses his ability to read and erase other people's memories to hold up banks, in order to buy coffee, cat food, and books. After they meet in a memory loss support group, their fragile friendship is put at risk when they discover an ongoing threat. Rachel Strolle

    3. Wings of Ebony by J. Elle

    Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books

    After her mother is fatally shot, Rue is taken to Ghizon, a hidden island of magic wielders, to live with her father, leaving her younger sister behind. The only half-god/half-human there, Rue breaks a big rule (no leaving) and returns to Houston, Texas, where her sister is in danger from the very forces that took their mother. And when it turns out that the evil in her home and the evil in Ghizon are the same, Rue must embrace the full power of her ancestors to save her neighborhood from the gods. Rachel Strolle

    4. The Girls I've Been by Tess Sharpe

    G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

    If you've been looking for a dynamite thriller, Tess Sharpe has got you covered!

    Nora, her girlfriend, and her ex-boyfriend walk into a bank. There's a few problems here. One, Nora is the daughter of a con artist who targeted criminal men (but her mom ended up falling for her last mark instead of conning him). Two, Wes, her ex-boyfriend, doesn't know that she and Iris are dating, even though they are all friends. Three, there are two guys robbing the bank and holding them hostage. Rachel Strolle

    5. The Heiress Gets a Duke by Harper St. George


    Unlike the other women in Victorian society, August Crenshaw has no desire for a husband. Instead, she wants a seat at the table running the family business. But when her parents decide to marry off her younger sister, August steps in to save her from a loveless marriage. Now engaged to the Duke of Rothschild, August goes out of her way to get him to call off the wedding, pulling stunts and being extra audacious. The only problem is that's exactly what's making the Duke fall in love with her. Shyla Watson

    6. Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion

    Knopf Publishing Group

    This new collection gathers 12 essays from early in Joan Didion’s career, anthologized for the first time, including accounts of a Gamblers Anonymous meeting and a reunion of World War II veterans in Las Vegas, thoughts on Martha Stewart and Robert Mapplethorpe, and more. Didion fans will find much to love here. Arianna Rebolini

    7. The Hare by Melanie Finn

    Two Dollar Radio

    In 1980s New York, art college student Rosie falls under the spell of Bennett, a charming, worldly man 20 years her senior who offers her entry into the most rarefied circles of New England society. She moves in with him at his Connecticut estate and they have a baby, but she later learns Bennett is actually a con artist whose scamming has caught up with him. Soon Rosie finds herself alone with their daughter, abandoned in a remote cabin and left to fend for herself.

    This is a gripping literary thriller with writing so good you'll want to bookmark multiple passages. Arianna Rebolini

    8. The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon


    In this rom-com debut, Rachel Lynn Solomon tells the story of Shay, a seasoned producer at a Seattle public radio station, and Dominic, the new guy fresh out of his master's program who's kind of a know-it-all. The pair hate each other; so when Shay's boss approves her idea of a new show where exes give relationship advice, they're made the new hosts. The only problem is...they aren't actually exes. When the show takes off, it becomes more and more difficult to hide their ruse, especially when their feelings of hate bloom into something more. Shyla Watson

    For more new-release recommendations from this month, click here. Or catch up on all of our weekly favorites on Bookshop. What's the best book you read this week? Tell us in the comments!