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You and Me Together

Navigational Entanglements

By Aliette de Bodard  

14 Jun, 2024

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Aliette de Bodard’s 2024 Navigational Entanglements is an upcoming (unless you’re reading this after July 2024) stand-alone science fantasy novel.

The endlessly bickering navigator clans provide fast, safe, reliable superluminal travel via the Hollows. They also manage extraordinary crises related to the Hollows. In rare cases, the clans cooperate to deal with significant challenges.

Despite being very junior, and in some cases discredited, a quartet of navigators — Hạc Cúc of the Snake Clan, Việt Nhi of the Rooster Clan, Lành of the Ox Clan, and Bảo Duy of the Rat Clan — are seconded to imperial envoy Ly Châu to deal with a pressing crisis.

But first! Exposition about space monsters.

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Tyrant’s Delight

A Crane Among Wolves

By June Hur  

7 Jun, 2024

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June Hur’s 2024 A Crane Among Wolves is a stand-alone historical thriller.

Iseul didn’t appreciate her sister Suyeon until Suyeon was kidnapped; now she wants her back. Finding Suyeon is easy enough. Getting her back? King Yeonsan’s legions stand between Iseul and Suyeon. Suyeon was kidnapped by the king and is being held prisoner in his harem.

Let me explain.

[Spoilers for Korean history, which by the way is impressively documented in the book.]

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Ain’t a Saint

Ocean’s Godori

By Elaine U. Cho  

31 May, 2024

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Elaine U. Cho’s 2024 Ocean’s Godori is a thus-far stand-alone near-future science fiction novel.

Ocean Yoon saved Teophilus Teo” Anand, lesser son of the vast Anand Tech commercial empire, from a violent death. Her employers should have rewarded her; instead, they assigned her to their worst ships. But the highly skilled and determined Ocean has made the best of her circumstances and her career is reviving. Teo? He’s doing OK, living his rich kid life.

Fate brings Ocean and Teo back together.

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She Is a Haunting

By Trang Thanh Tran  

24 May, 2024

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Trang Thanh Tran’s 2024 She Is a Haunting is a stand-alone modern horror novel.

Jade Nguyen was accepted by UPenn, but failed to get a full scholarship. Jade is painfully aware that, were her mother to learn of Jade’s financial shortfall, Jade’s mother would take out loans and work even more hours at her nail salon. This is unacceptable to Jade. She adds her financial situation to the list of secrets Jade keeps from her mother.

The alternative is almost as unacceptable. To spare her mother, Jade embraces it: appeal to her estranged father, the man who abandoned Jade’s mother, Jade, and Jade’s siblings. Her father agrees to fund Jade’s education… at a price.

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Face The Truth

The Truth of the Aleke  (Forever Desert, volume 2)

By Moses Ose Utomi  

17 May, 2024

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The Truth of the Aleke is the second and apparently final volume of Moses Ose Utomi’s secondary-universe fantasy series, Forever Desert.

Thanks to its Peacekeepers and Truthseekers, The City of Truth has withstood the Cult of Tutu’s relentless attacks for centuries. Now, it falls to resolute teenage Junior Peacekeeper Osi to end the conflict.

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Freedom Freedom

The Siren, the Song, and the Spy  (The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea)

By Maggie Tokuda-Hall  

10 May, 2024

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2023’s The Siren, the Song, and the Spy is the second volume in Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea young-adult secondary-world fantasy series.

A survivor of a recent sea battle washes ashore on a Wariuta island beach. Koa and his sister Kaia do not know who the stranger is but they know what she is: one of the Colonizers with whom locals have had so much trouble. Prudent Kaia would prefer to kill the woman out of hand. Soft-hearted Koa dissuades Kaia. Instead, they haul the woman, Genevieve, back to Yunka.

There are consequences.

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In Dreams

The Princess of Thornwood Drive

By Khalia Moreau  

3 May, 2024

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Khalia Moreau’s 2023 The Princess of Thornwood Drive is a stand-alone modern fairy tale… of sorts.

A year ago, Laine’s life was catastrophically upended. A car crash for which Laine feels responsible killed her parents and left Laine’s sister Alyssa paralyzed and silent. In the aftermath of the crash, Laine discovered that her father had left large debts1. Laine does have an uncle to whom she could turn… but uncle Freidmore appears to be only interested in exploiting his mixed-race nieces’ situation to purchase his brother’s home at a bargain price. Thus, no more dream of becoming a vet for Laine2, only a desperate struggle to support herself, pay for Alyssa’s on-going medical care, and avoid losing custody of Alyssa to the state.

From Alyssa’s perspective, the situation is quite different.

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We Can Be Heroes

Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom  (Kiki Kallira, volume 1)

By Sangu Mandanna  

26 Apr, 2024

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2021’s Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom is the first of Sangu Mandanna’s Kiki Kallira middle-grade modern fantasy novels.

Anxious eleven-year-old Kiki Kallira is plagued by obtrusive thoughts, nightmare scenarios she cannot ignore no matter how absurd or unlikely. Otherwise enjoyable activities are routinely spoiled as Kiki involuntarily dwells on implausible possibilities.

At least Kiki has her art to comfort her. Too bad her drawings may well have doomed the world to apocalyptic tyranny.

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Restless Spirit

Witch of Wild Things

By Raquel Vasquez Gilliland  

19 Apr, 2024

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Raquel Vasquez Gilliland’s 2023 Witch of Wild Things is a modern fantasy romance novel.

Temple University budget cuts provide one department head with the opportunity to shed himself of a lover whose services he no longer requires. Thus, silversmith/adjunct Sage finds herself unemployed and forced to return to Cranberry, Virginia, and a family she has been avoiding for years.

But first! The tragic backstory!

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Couldn’t Stay Away

The Dead Cat Tail Assassins

By P. Djèlí Clark  

12 Apr, 2024

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P. Djèlí Clark’s The Dead Cat Tail Assassins is an upcoming secondary-universe fantasy novella1.

Death proved a passing malady for Eveen. Reanimated by Aeril, goddess of assassins2, Eveen is a holy assassin, one of Baseema’s posse of Dead Cat Tail Assassins. The price of resurrection is two-fold: comprehensive amnesia concerning her life before resurrection and a century of service to Aeril. Thanks to certain well-intended transgressions, Eveen owes Aeril two centuries.

As Eveen will discover, there are much worse punishments than an extended service contract.

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