The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo
I love a different feel of Fantasy, and The Chosen and the Beautiful is giving me all the right vibes. Set in the US in the 1920s, Vo’s debut is a queer, Asian-American reimagining of The Great Gatsby, with what looks like a strong focus on spirits, East Asian folklore, and the lives of magicians.
I have never been a Gatsby fan, but I’m always down for a retelling, especially with elements as interesting as these: magic and jazz, drama and politics, spirits and queerness in a coming-of-age Fantasy – sign me the hell up.
In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland
A pansexual bloodmage reluctantly teams up with an undead spirit to start a rebellion among the living and the dead.
Need I say more?
In a world where magic-wielders are assigned undead spirits to guard them—and control them, Rovan is thrown into a world of palace intrigue and deception when her spirit starts to control her. Rovan will have to start a rebellion in both the mortal world and the underworld (oooh!), all while navigating a love triangle (less oooh), and honestly I’m already hooked.
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas
The first in an unconfirmed trilogy (?) sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, aka my second favourite book series of all time. This sequel follows Nessa, the fiery and angry sister of Feyre I can’t wait to read more about. I didn’t quite get her when I first read the trilogy, but by my second reading I was living for her. I am 1000% ready to continue this story and really get into the nitty gritty with Nesta, and all my beloved characters from this series. Cannot bloody wait.
(I’m not sold on the cover though. Had to add that. Legally.)
The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
As much as I loved The Fault in Our Stars, John Green is, in my opinion, a better podcaster than he is a novelist. He has several shows (which I listen to religiously), and this book is based on one of them: The Anthropocene Reviewed, wherein Green self-indulgently reviews miscellaneous aspects of the current geological age and the human experience within, such as Tetris and viral meningitis. The paperback version adapted from the podcast is said to be ‘a deeply moving and insightful collection of personal essays‘, and will probably be just as fascinating and meaningful as the podcast I have enjoyed for years.
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff
I have never been tempted by a Jay Kristoff novel, but this one is just too intriguing. It’s a … Christian lore-based vampire epic dystopia? Whatever it is, it sounds like it has a lot going on, and I’ve somehow ended up vibing with it.
This is a world where the sun has not risen in twenty-seven years, and vampires have basically claimed the land because why not. Protagonist Gabriel de León is part of a holy order and has killed the vampire king, and while imprisoned he tells he story of his life, including his quest to find the Holy Grail along with the one person in the world who knows where it is: a smart-mouthed teenage urchin named Dior. *adds to cart*
The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He
Cee awoke on an abandoned island three years ago. With no idea of how she was marooned, she only has a rickety house, an old android, and a single memory: she has a sister, and Cee needs to find her.
A future-y, science-y, but also mystery-y thriller-y sort of novel – a bit of a vague description but a compelling one nonetheless. It’s pitched as Black Mirror meets We Were Liars and follows two separated sisters, one living on an abandoned island with an android with no idea how she got there, the other a STEM prodigy on a potential path to save humanity.