Like Water on Stone, by Dana Walrath
There are certainly other YA titles that focus on the Armenian genocide—Forgotten Fire, Daughter of War—but this is the first one I’ve seen that’s in verse form, and very definitely the first I’ve seen that uses an eagle’s perspective. Kirkus gave it a pretty mixed review, but I’m going to give it a closer look at the very least.
The Name of the Blade, by Zoe Marriott
Improper handling of an heirloom katana unleashes a mythological Japanese monster; the girl who releases it has to run around London with a Mysterious Boy in order to capture it. The plot doesn’t sound particularly original, and according to the review, it suffers from insta-love syndrome, but after reading Girl from the Well I’m craving more Japanese mythology, so I’ll probably pick it up.
Double Exposure, by Bridget Birdsall
A story about a basketball-playing intersex teenager living in Milwaukee. That’s all I really need to know, GIVE IT HERE.
A Thousand Pieces of You, by Claudia Gray
The first in a trilogy set in a multiverse. The review makes it sound more than a little confusing—if the characters inhabit the bodies of their multiverse doubles, what happens to the doubles?—but I’m always up for new stories about parallel worlds. And if it ends up being a dud, I’ll be doubly-ready to re-read Diana Wynne Jones’ Chrestomanci books. WIN-WIN.
Watched, by C.J. Lyons
Jesse has been being blackmailed for years by a person he knows only as “King,” but when King threatens Jesse’s little sister, he teams up with another of King’s victims and begins to fight back. Judging by the subject matter, I suspect that trigger warnings will abound, but it sounds like a tense read on ripped-from-the-headlines topic, which usually equates—at least in my library—to patron catnip.
Empire of Shadows, by Miriam Forster
Kirkus pretty much panned this high fantasy, but the cover art is so reminiscent of the gate scene from The Never-Ending Story that I know I’ll end up picking it up anyway.
How We Fall, by Kate Brauning
I haven’t read a good incest book since Forbidden. Here’s hoping that this one is as memorable.
As if that wasn’t enough, there are a whole bunch of sequels and series books coming, too:
Dangerous Deceptions, by Sarah Zettel (the sequel to her absolutely fantastic Palace of Spies); Killer Instinct, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (the sequel to her super-fun The Naturals); Mortal Heart, by Robin LaFevers (third book in the so-good-I-might-faint-just-thinking-about-it His Fair Assassin series); and The Halcyon Bird, by Kat Beyer (sequel to the surprising, thoughtful and original The Demon Catchers of Milan).
I’m not sure how I’m going to get any work done next month, let alone sleep. Did I miss anything that you’re looking forward to?
If she isn't writing Bookshelves of Doom or running the show at her local library, Leila Roy might be making stuff for her Etsy shop while rewatching Veronica Mars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5, Black Books or Twin Peaks. Well, that or she’s hanging out on Twitter. Or both.