The Genesis of Misery by Neon Yang

“Have faith,” says the delusion uselessly. “No matter how far you stray from your destined path, you will find yourself guided back to it.” Misery Nomaki (pronouns she/they) is a nobody from nowhere with the powers of a saint. The question seems to be whether or not she’s actually a saint or someone who has…

The Dragon’s Promise by Elizabeth Lim

“A promise is not a kiss in the wind, to be thrown about without care,” I murmured to myself. “It is a piece of yourself that is given away and will not return until your pledge is fulfilled.” Princess Shiori made a deathbed promise to return the fractured dragon pearl to its original owner. However,…

If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar

“From the moment our babies are born are we meant to lower them into the ground? To dress them in white? They send flowers before guns, thorns plucked from stem.” In her debut poetry collection, Asghar captures what it is like to be a Pakistani Muslim woman in America. She deftly weaves together her personal…

Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco

“I killed all my biological siblings some hundreds of years ago.”“Right. As one does.” Remington Pendergast is an elite bounty hunter, who hunts down rogue vampires. He’s also an outcast among his fellow Reapers who people believe may be part vampire himself. Even if the people barely tolerate him, his father has been turning Remy…

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo

“Men lived forever in their bodies, in their statues, in the words they guarded jealously and the countries they would never let you claim. The immortality of women was a sideways thing, haphazard and contained in footnotes, as muses or silent helpers.” Luli Wei is desparate to become a star. She is talented, beautiful, and…

I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki by Baek Sehee

“Why are we so bad at being honest about our feelings? Is it because we’re so exhausted from living that we don’t have the time to share them?” Baek Sehee is a successful young social media director at a publishing house when she starts to see a psychiatrist about her…depression? Maybe it’s depression, she’s not…

Forbidden City by Vanessa Hua

“When the Cultural Revolution boiled over, I would come to understand how much the Party depended on scapegoats. Not because we punished the guilty on their behalf, but because we could let loose every frustration that might lead to revolt. We turned on one another instead of the Party.” Mei Xiang has always dreamed of…

The Silence of Bones by June Hur

“This is the consequences of the clash of old and new. We must prepare our hearts, all of us. No matter which side wins, we will all be heartbroken.” 1800, Joseon (Korea). Sixteen-year-old orphan Seol is indentured to the police bureau. She’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with an investigation into the…

Café con Lychee by Emery Lee

“I guess part of me always felt like we should be friends because of that, even if I’m still so deep in the closet, I’m half-draped in that horrendous Christmas sweater my tía bought me last year and probably can’t ever come out.” Theo Mori wants to escape small town Vermont for college. He wants…

A Show for Two by Tashie Bhuiyan

“One of these days, I’m going to be convicted of murder. It’s inevitable at this point.” Mina Rahman is going into her senior year with three specific goals: win the Golden Ivy film competition, get into her dream school in California, and leave New York City once and for all. Mina’s ticket to winning this…