Girl, Serpent, Thorn by
Featuring: Soraya, a cursed princess whose poisonous touch keeps her trapped inside the shah's gardens; Azad, the soldier who longs to rescue her; and Parvaneh, the alluring, demonic div whose secret knowledge could upend Soraya's world.
Why you might like it: This lush, twisty fantasy offers a blend of Zoroastrianism, European fairy tales, and the Persian epic The Shahnameh.
You might also like: Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me series or Laini Taylor's Strange the Dreamer duology.
Girl, Unframed by
What it's about: While spending the summer in California with her irresponsible actress mother, 16-year-old Sydney quickly kindles a romance with the lovable Nicco, but she can't shake the sense of impending disaster -- especially not while her mom's volatile boyfriend, Jake, is around.
How it's told: Each chapter begins with a list of courtroom evidence, keeping you guessing about the crime right up until the end.
For fans of: the multilayered plot, intensifying pace, and feminist perspective of Courtney Summers' Sadie.
The Extraordinaries by
What it's about: When Nick has a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City's bravest super-powered Extraordinary, it's like a scene from his fanfiction -- except that in real life, Shadow Star doesn't fall in love with him. But maybe that could change if Nick becomes an Extraordinary, too…
Read it for: the diverse cast of characters and the funny, knowing spin on superhero stories.
Who it's for: seasoned superhero followers, fanfic-fluent readers, and anyone looking for upbeat LGBTQIA romances.
I'll Be the One by
Starring: singer and dancer Skye Shin, who defies her mother's fat-shaming to win a spot on a fiercely competitive K-pop competition show.
What happens: Skye is determined to win, both the contest and the heart of fellow competitor Henry Cho. But are her skills, charm, and persistence enough to conquer the judges' prejudice?
Further reading: For another body-positive rom-com, try Julie Murphy's Dumplin'; for another peek into the high-profile, high-drama world of K-pop, pick up Maurene Goo's Somewhere Only We Know.
Hard Wired by
What it's about: Fifteen-year-old Quinn is stunned and bewildered when he discovers that he's not the typical human guy he thought he was, but is actually the QUantum INtelligence Project, the world's first self-aware artificial intelligence.
Why you might like it: As Quinn is wrenched from his familiar virtual reality and plunged into the real world, he grapples with relatable questions about identity and belonging, while also dealing with wild sci-fi situations (like being installed in a killer robot body).
The Beautiful by
What it’s about: Fleeing a painful past in Paris, French Asian seamstress Celine arrives in 1872 New Orleans, where she finds herself falling for uncanny underworld leader Sébastien even as she’s stalked by a bloodthirsty serial killer.
Read it for: smoldering paranormal romance and chilling mystery set against a decadent and detail-rich backdrop.
Series alert: This vampire fantasy is the 1st in a new series from popular author Renée Ahdieh.
The Lost Coast by
Amy Rose Capetta
Welcome to: the mist-covered redwood forests of Tempest, California, where new arrival Danny discovers she's been summoned by the Grays, a tight-knit coven of LGBTQIA witches.
What happens: The Grays try to help Danny unleash her hidden magical powers, hoping that she can discover the unknown force that's controlling their leader, Imogen.
Read it for: atmospheric, lyrical writing; Danny's relatable yearning to belong; the intensifying heat of her relationship with fellow witch Rush.
Wicked Fox by
Starring: Gu Miyoung, who looks like a modern Seoul schoolgirl even though she's actually a gumiho, a supernatural nine-tailed fox who feeds on the life force of men.
What happens: Ignoring the advice of her overprotective mother, Miyoung reveals her true nature to a human boy she rescues from a goblin -- and in doing so, she triggers a chain of events that will change both of their lives.
Why you might like it: This series opener is packed with angst, action, and romantic drama.
My Plain Jane by
Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
What it's about: Teenage Charlotte Brontë is working on a novel about her dear friend Jane Eyre, but it's not quite the classic you'd expect: for one thing, this Jane can control ghosts.
About the authors: After recounting the supernatural adventures of Lady Jane Grey in My Lady Jane, this trio of authors returns with a romantic and hilarious "deconstruction of a gothic novel" (Booklist).
Carry On by
What it's about: During his final year at the Watford School of Magicks, reluctant "Chosen One" Simon Snow should be worrying about how to defeat the magic-devouring Humdrum -- yet all he can do is obsess about his sneering vampire roommate, Baz.
Read it for: sly use of fantasy tropes, a deliciously thorny romance, and an intriguing magic system.
For fans of: Harry/Draco fanfic, as well as Rainbow Rowell's earlier book Fangirl, which introduced the characters in Carry On and its sequel, Wayward Son.
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