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,…

In a Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power

“At the heart of her, she was only Rhea, she reminded herself. Still the woman inside the symbol.” Rhea and her twin brother, Lexos, have spent an eternity helping their father rule their country through their control of the seasons, the stars, and the tides. For hundreds of years, they have been each others ally…

An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan

“There was once a girl who lived on the moon as its guardian. She was its heart and its breath.” Hunter Yee has perfect aim with a bow and arrow, but everything else in his life has veered off course. After being kicked out of his private school, he transfers to a public one and…

The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White

“It is my continual prayer that none of us get what we deserve in this life.” Guinevere falls into the hands of the Dark Queen on her journey north. Lancelot is still trapped on the other side of the magical barrier and Arthur is away from his kingdom chasing false promises. Guinevere has vowed to…

Autumnal Reads for 2021

I usually call this Halloween reads, but I decide to change it up a bit. If you want to have a look at last year’s recommendations, you can find them here. And now onto the books: Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune “The first time you share tea, you are a stranger. The second…

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

“We were like gods, at the dawning of the world, and our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.” During the age of heroes in Greece, Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Their paths should have never…

In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

“Can I touch you?” Tal asked, stepping closer. “Yes.”Tal wrapped his arms around Athlen’s shaking body and held on. “I’ve got you.”“I know.” His breath was cool on Tal’s neck. “For how long?”“Until you tell me to let go.” Prince Tal has long awaited his coming-of-age tour. He’s spent most of his life cloistered behind…

That Way Madness Lies

“But the stories we tell ourselves help us make sense of the world. It’s something humans have been doing for thousands and thousands of years—so if it’s not important, then why do we keep doing it? I don’t want to say that I am the biggest fan of Shakespeare. I haven’t read everything by the…

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

“I thought: We’re going to survive—our songs, our stories. They’ll never be able to forget us. Decades after the last man who fought at Troy is dead, their sons will remember the songs their Trojan mothers sang to them. We’ll be in their dreams—and in their worst nightmares too.” Briseis was the queen of one…