At Midnight: Fifteen Beloved Fairy Tales Reimagined by Dahlia Adler, editorWhat it is: an anthology of classic fairy tales reimagined by popular authors including Anna-Marie McLemore, Malinda Lo, and Meredith Russo.
Don't miss: Darcie Little Badger's "Coyote in High-top Sneakers," a clever spin on the trickster tale "Puss in Boots;" and "Mother's Mirror," H.E. Edgmon's "Little Snow White" retelling with a self-affirming trans boy overcoming parental rejection.
Why you might like it: Whether you're seeking something creepy, whimsical, or romantic, there's a story for everyone in this genre-spanning collection.
Reader, I Murdered Him by Betsy CornwellIn Jane Eyre: Adèle Varens is taken from a brothel at age nine to live with Mr. Rochester, who might be her father.
Adèle's story: She watches uneasily as her governess Jane falls for the untrustworthy Mr. Rochester. Leaving home for finishing school, Adèle meets charming thief Nan and becomes a vigilante who murders violent men.
Read it for: a remixed Gothic classic and a thought-provoking exploration of love and justice with a courageous, queer woman at the center.
We Deserve Monuments by Jas HammondsMeet: 17-year-old Avery, on a break from life in D.C. to help care for her terminally ill grandmother in Bardell, Georgia.
What happens: Avery investigates both the friction within her family and the truth behind Bardell's whitewashed history. Meanwhile, her crush on next-door neighbor Simone is a welcome distraction after her recent toxic relationship.
What sets it apart: This heartrending book challenges readers to examine tough questions while immersed in a gripping mystery and emotional romance.
A Million to One by Adiba JaigirdarWelcome aboard: the RMS Titanic! Irish thief Josefa scored a ticket for the maiden voyage of the luxurious ocean liner. She's there to steal a rare, jewel-encrusted book, but she can't do it alone.
Her team: Emilie, the talented forger; Hinnah, the contortionist; and Violet, the actor. Each girl has her own secret motive for joining the heist.
How it's told: with a countdown at the start of each chapter lending urgency to this suspenseful, character-driven tale.
The Do-Over by Lynn PainterHappy Valentine's Day: Emilie Hornby wakes up after a terrible Valentine's Day. She rear-ended her enigmatic lab partner Nick's truck, lost a scholarship, and caught her boyfriend cheating. Her biggest problem? It's February 14th again.
Happy Valentine's Day: Emilie, trapped in a time loop, tries to escape her nightmarish day. Weirdly, Nick may be able to help.
Happy Valentine's Day: Try Rachel Lynn Solomon's See You Yesterday or Justin A. Reynolds' Opposite of Always for more time loop romance.
Last Bus to Everland by Sophie CameronMeet: gay Scottish teen Brody Fair. Bullied by classmates and ignored by his family, no one gets him.
Enter: Nico Clark Calderón, wearing blue fairy wings, who invites Brody through a magical doorway into Everland. There Brody meets other misfits, plays the drums for a band, and falls in love with Nico. Brody can pass between the worlds easily, until the disappearing door forces him to make an impossible choice.
Who it's for: anyone who's ever felt lost or misunderstood.
The Witch King by H.E. EdgmonBetween two worlds: Trans witch Wyatt fled the oppressive fae realm for the human world. But he's pulled back to marry the future fae king Emyr, an arrangement made before he transitioned. Can Wyatt escape this fate he never chose?
What happens: Wyatt is torn between joining the brewing witch revolution and abandoning the fae realm again. His genuine bond with Emyr makes things complicated.
Try these next: Aiden Thomas' Cemetery Boys or Andrew Joseph White's Hell Followed With Us.
Walking in Two Worlds by Wab KinewIn the Floraverse: Bugz dominates the virtual realm with mythical creatures inspired by her Anishinaabe heritage. Her only enemies are Clan:LESS, a group of angry, women-hating gamers.
In real life: Bugz meets Feng, a refugee new to her reservation. Attraction blossoms as they discover shared worldviews. But he's a part of Clan:LESS, forcing Bugz and Feng to figure out where their loyalties truly lie.
Read it for: a fast-paced, intriguing look at the near future.
The City Beautiful by Aden PolydorosWhat it is: a suspenseful historical fantasy set during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
What happens: Romanian immigrant Alter notices that Jewish boys are disappearing around the city. Yakov, Alter's secret crush, is the latest person found dead. Soon after, Alter discovers he has been possessed by a dybbuk -- Yakov's spirit, on a mission to find his killer.
Who it's for: readers seeking a gritty and unflinching tale of a battle against antisemitism and the supernatural.
Cursed by Karol Ruth SilversteinStarring: Ricky Bloom, reeling from the double whammy of her parents' sudden divorce and her juvenile arthritis diagnosis.
The rude awakening: Ricky risks repeating ninth grade because she's been skipping school to sleep and avoid bullies. To get a handle on her painful chronic illness, she'll need help from a new doctor, supportive teachers, understanding friends, and her parents.
How it's told: from Ricky's sarcastic, foulmouthed perspective, lending a conversational tone to her journey to let down her guard.
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