Maplecroft, by Cherie Priest

Maplecroft, by Cherie Priest

An entertaining and deeply creepy novel starring the infamous Lizzie Borden as its heroine.  In this story, she did, in fact, kill her father and stepmother with an ax – but only because they were turning into Lovecraftian monsters.  Now, she lives with her sister and studies in her secret lab, trying to find the […]


Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

A compulsively readable and fast-paced story about a man whose family have been miners below the surface of Mars for generations. They believe they are helping to terraform Mars so it will one day be inhabitable for others, but Darrow discovers it’s all a lie – Mars has been habitable for centuries, and his people […]


Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

A genre-busting mix of steampunk, Western and thriller, with a dash of real history. The story is narrated in the distinct, first-person voice of a “seamstress” (aka saloon girl) named Karen Memery, and populated with a terrific collection of vivid and diverse characters that will keep you hooked throughout!  Together, Karen and the other employees […]


The Lone City Trilogy by Amy Ewing

The Lone City Trilogy by Amy Ewing

The Lone City Trilogy has been touted as a cross between THE SELECTION SERIES and THE HANDMAID’S TALE. In a world where the rich and royal cannot reproduce on their own, they must purchase surrogates— young, beautiful, talented women from the poorest areas of the city, women who are gifted with special, supernatural abilities—to bear […]


Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer (Author) and Douglas Holgate (Illustrator)

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer (Author) and Douglas Holgate (Illustrator)

This is a wonderful continuation of The Lunar Chronicles (CINDER, SCARLET, CRESS, WINTER) series, only in graphic novel form. This all new story features Cinder’s best friend, the android named Iko. There has been a peace agreement between Earth and Luna, but rogue packs of Levana’s wolf/human hybrid soldiers still roam the Earth, causing trouble. […]


Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan

A wakes every day in a new body-male, female, transgender, addict, jock, mean girl, etc. The change happens at midnight and A is helpless to stop it. This has never been a problem since this is the only life A knows but then A falls in love with Rhiannon. Never having shared the secret of […]


The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold is justly famous for her classic Vorkosigan Saga in science fiction, but this book shows she is a master of fantasy as well. A disgraced and crippled former knight returns to court to tutor the royal princess. There, he must battle old enemies and rivals, while seeking to dismantle the curse that […]


The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

A meta-fantasy book for those who grew up loving fantasy books, and always harbored the secret hope that one day a wizard would show up on their doorstep with a quest, or a letter of admission to Hogwarts, or a magic wardrobe.  This book explores what happens when that occurs, and you get everything you […]


Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

When your god dies, it’s time to call in a Craftswoman or Craftsman to resurrect what they can – and find out who murdered him.  Fantastic world-building and compelling characters make for a great start to a new series!


Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

A refreshing change from the usual vampire novels. This is a much darker and edgier version, and very well-written. But be forewarned: this book will leave you with a near-obsessive desire to get your hands on some fresh, homemade cinnamon rolls. Try to read in the vicinity of a bakery, if possible.