These are the books you need help deciding if they’re worth adding to your TBR or not.
I have a “maybe” shelf on goodreads, in which there are all the books I’m on the fence about. Today, I’m talking about some of them that aren’t out yet or have been out for very little.
Ship of Smoke and Steel
- The cover is a blatant Throne of Glass knockoff, which, as I said in my post about covers I don’t like, isn’t exactly a good sign
- However, I’ve heard it’s f/f and I’m always here for some f/f fantasy
- …but I’ve heard very little about it, and one of the things I heard is that it feels “clearly written by a man” and that’s, again, not encouraging
- no one I follow has read it or reviewed it, so I don’t really know what to think, but the premise sounds intriguing.
This Is How You Lose the Time War
- I love this cover. One of the best adult SFF covers of 2019.
- I haven’t read one of Max Gladstone’s books yet but I’ve heard good things
- Amal El-Mohtar writes beautifully but I still haven’t forgiven the one time one of her short stories queerbaited me (other people promoted it as being about queer women but it basically went “no homo”)
- “Enemies-to-lovers time travel romance” is A Premise
- However, I tend to hate time travel stories because they’re always confusing, and the only book I’ve ever read about a time travel war was confusing enough to be unreadable.
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph
- this is one of the prettiest contemporary covers I’ve ever seen. So bright! So colorful! Black girl on the cover!
- it looks like the perfect summer read
- I have liked but not loved all I read by Brandy Colbert so far. Maybe this is the one I finally end up loving?
- I’m not drawn to YA contemporary lately, unless it has some paranormal or sci-fi element, and this doesn’t
Her Royal Highness
- An f/f royal romance! Of course I’m considering it
- If I need to read the first book in the series to understand this, I’ll never end up reading this
- …my feelings about romance are complicated and this could end up being either very good or really not, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to tell unless I read it
- Will the fact that there are royals involved affect my suspension of disbelief?
The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried
- this cover is perfect, I love it so much
- it sounds like a really weird, fun, queer book and I’m always here for those
- trans representation!
- however, my previous experiences with this author were… complicated?
- I only read The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza and though the concept and writing were great but the romance felt toxic to me
- I think he tried to deconstruct the manic pixie dream girl but it ended up feeling like an emotionally manipulative relationship and I don’t want to read that again
Dealing in Dreams
- girl gang girl gang girl gang girl gang girl gang girl gang gi
- the synopsis vaguely reminds me of Want by Cindy Pon and I really liked that book
- beautiful cover + ownvoices latinx representation, I think?
- I’ve heard nothing about it and what I’ve heard about the author’s other book hasn’t been great
- GIRL GANG!!!
House of Salt and Sorrows
- Here it is, the best book cover of 2019
- Look at it! It’s a tide pool! A creepy, very detailed tide pool! I want this book to be good so that it will end up on my shelf
- I love retellings of tales rarely retold (Twelve Dancing Princesses) and I like fantasy mysteries (and this seems to be one)
- It’s creepy (marine horror!), gothic and about sisters!
- I haven’t liked a m/f YA second-world fantasy book in… five months? Seeing how this genre usually is, the chances of this being not that good and having a mediocre romance are high
- but we all know I’m going to read it anyway
All of Us With Wings
- ownvoices bisexual latinx main character in post-punk San Francisco!
- I’m not sure I understand anything about the synopsis
- but it sounds interesting?
- is this historical fiction? Historical magical realism? Historical paranormal?
- the cover is gorgeous, for sure.
- I’ve read a short story by this author and thought it had potential, so I’m hesitantly hopeful.
The Waking Forest
- local anxious person with dendrophobia will read anything that sounds as relatable as “novel featuring anxiety representation and a creepy magical forest”
- early reviews say it’s beautifully written
- …my experience with m/f YA fantasy is what it is
- will this be another book ruined by an unnecessary romance
- early reviews say it’s confusing, which could be both a good and a bad thing, I like weird
The Storm Crow
- depression representation in fantasy? I want that
- elemental crows? This could be either very interesting or very silly
- the romance already sounds bad
- but the cover is pretty!
- I feel like I should know better because it’s YA fantasy, but who knows
- there’s a side f/f couple? Or so I’ve heard
Have you read or are you anticipating any of these? Did you notice that they’re all either blue or yellow? I promise I didn’t do it on purpose