Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova
The first in Zoraida’s new series. Renata Convida was a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s can steal memories from royal enemies for the King. This resulted in a siege ending in the deaths of her own people. With Rebel spies working against the crown, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince. This is inspired by medieval Spain and if you’re history nerd like me you’ll get on this.
The Silence of Bones by June Hur
A historical Young Adult Novel set in 18th century Korea, June Hur writes a deliciously bloody tale. 16 year old Seol is cursed. She’s indentured to the police and tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman. They begin to form a friendship. If you’re like me and you really want m/f friendships on your TBR you’ll pick this up.
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
Tarisai wants the warmth of a family. She’s raised in isolation by a mysterious mother known as The Lady. She’s sent as a royal assassin to kill the prince. This book looks so intriguing and I’ve been dying for publishing to come out with more African and non-western inspired fantasy.
The Girl and The Stars by Mark Lawrence
A world of ice. Survival is almost nearly impossible. Yaz is torn from the only life she’s ever known, away from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her days with, and has to carve out a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. Yaz learns secrets of her world she had never known before. This sounds like an eerie mysterious world that I desperately want to know about.
Girls Save The World In This One by Ash Parsons
June has been desperately waiting for Zombiecon, the fan convention celebrating all things zombies. The panels. The photo ops. Meeting their favorite zombie apocalypse heartthrob. Everything seems fine until other people start biting each other. Hell breaks loose. Zombies take over the con. She and her friends must save the con! I love books that infuse pop culture with fandom obsessions. I can’t wait to pick this up.
The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park
I desperately need a romcom and this is going straight to my kindle when it releases. Nate Jae-Woo Kim wants to be rich. He’s offered money from one of his classmates but he’s not sure he can commit fraud for money. Kate Anderson, his colleague at the zombie-themed escape room, approaches him with a plan. They both need money right? She proposes to enter a weekend-long survivalist competition with a huge cash prize hosted by a local tech company. And maybe they develop some soft squishy feelings for each other….
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
LGBTQ+ activist George M. Johnson’s YA memoir, All Boys Aren’t Blue, comes out this month. He tells us stories of his life, of growing up black and queer. I love what Johnson has to say about politics, about life in general, and his twitter is firery goodness.
What are you reading this month? What do you have on your TBR?