Must-Have Monday #10

Posted 7th October 2019 by Siavahda in Must-Have Mondays / 0 Comments

Typically I use these posts to boost books coming out in the same week, but today I want to highlight some amazing-sounding books that we’ll be waiting a bit longer for than that!

I make no bones about the fact that I’m absolutely addicted to finding yet-to-be-published books to get excited about and pine for. Spending more time on Twitter has only worsened the addiction, since news of books I’ve never heard of are always crossing my feed – cover reveals, publication dates being set, even news of deals signed between authors and their publishers (or agents). And I desperately want more people to flail with about some of these!

So here’s just a few books we should be getting in 2020 that I can’t wait for!

Lobizona (Wolves of No World, #1) by Romina Garber, Romina Russell
Representation: PoC, Immigration
Published by Swoon Reads on 5th May 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy

Some people ARE illegal.

Lobizonas do NOT exist.

Both of these statements are false.

Manuela Azul has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who's on the run from her father's Argentine crime-family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida.

Until Manu's protective bubble is shattered.

Her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, and finally without shackles, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past—a mysterious "Z" emblem—which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world connected to her dead father and his criminal past. A world straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizón, a werewolf. A world where her unusual eyes allow her to belong.

As Manu uncovers her own story and traces her real heritage all the way back to a cursed city in Argentina, she learns it's not just her U.S. residency that's illegal. . . .it's her entire existence.

I mean…this sounds fucking amazing. Immigration and racial issues braided with Argentinian folklore?! Seventh daughters and seventh sons, werewolves and brujas, isolated heroines growing into their true place in the world? Hell to the yes!

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Representation: PoC, Queer Protagonists (Trans MC)
Published by Swoon Reads on 7th July 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Queer Protagonists

Bestowed by the ancient gods of Maya, Yadriel and the gifted members of his Latinx community can see spirits: women have the power to heal bodies and souls, while men can release lost spirits to the afterlife. But Yadriel, a trans boy, has never been able to perform the tasks of the brujas – because he is a brujo.

When his cousin suddenly dies, Yadriel takes matters into his own hands and successfully summons a ghost. The only problem is, it’s not his cousin, it’s Julian Diaz, the resident bad boy of his high school. Worse, he’s pissed about his death and demands answers.

Yadriel agrees to help Julian discover how he died. In exchange, Julian will let Yadriel release his spirit, finally proving himself a brujo. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less Yadriel wants to let him go, and time is running out.

I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time, and I need people to be waiting with me!!! One of my favourite tropes is magic reinforcing non-cis gender identity; like unicorns who don’t like boys happily cuddling up to trans girls, genderqueer witches discovering a new kind of magic when boy/girl magic doesn’t work for them, etc. I’ve mostly had to go to fanfic for my fix, though; this is the first trad-pubbed book I can remember that’s taking the idea and running with it. But damn is it running with it!

I have no idea how a romance with a ghost can end well, though. YOU’D BETTER NOT BREAK MY HEART AIDEN THOMAS!!!

The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska
Representation: Queer Protagonists, Bisexual, F/F or wlw
on June 1st 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Queer Protagonists

A fast-paced, well-plotted fantasy retelling of an ancient Scottish fairy tale ballad, this exciting debut will appeal to fans of Stephanie Garber's CARAVAL, Shea Ernshaw's THE WICKED DEEP, and Kendare Blake's THREE DARK CROWNS.

Every year on Walpurgis Night, Caldella's Witch Queen lures a young boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking.

Convinced her handsome brother is going to be taken, sixteen-year-old Lina Kirk enlists the help of the mysterious Tomas Lin, her secret crush, and the only boy to ever escape from the palace. Working together they protect her brother, but draw the Queen's attention. When the Queen spirits Tomas away instead, Lina blames herself and determines to go after him.

Caught breaking into the palace, the Queen offers Lina a deal: she will let Tomas go, if, of course, Lina agrees to take his place. Lina accepts, with a month before the full moon, surely she can find some way to escape. But the Queen is nothing like she envisioned, and Lina is not at all what the Queen expected. Against their will, they find themselves falling for each other. As water floods Caldella's streets and the dark tide demands its sacrifice, they must choose who to save: themselves, each other, or the island city relying on them both.

The original stand-in blurb for this one was “sacrifices herself to her sinking island-city’s Witch Queen in order to save the boy she likes, but ends up falling in love with the witch herself”, which, honestly, was all I need to know. But the expanded description gives me so many more details to pounce on! The only ancient Scottish ballad I know is ‘Tam Lyn’, but this doesn’t sound too much like a Tam Lyn retelling…? Except kinda, with a Faerie Witch Queen stealing boys to preserve her kingdom? That sounds like the Seelie Queen taking young men for Faerie’s tithe to Hell… Regardless, I don’t care if it’s a retelling or what it’s a retelling of, because it sounds absolutely awesome.

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
Representation: Queer Protagonists (Asexual Aromantic MC), PoC (First Nations)
on Fall 2020
Genres: Fantasy

Elatsoe is a ghostly YA set in a contemporary America shaped by the ancestral magics and knowledge of its Indigenous and immigrant peoples. When Elatsoe's beloved older cousin dies under mysterious circumstances, Elatsoe must track down his murderer in a town none too willing to give up its dark secrets. The book will be illustrated by Rovina Cai, illustrator of And the Ocean Was Our Sky.

There’s not been a whole lot of information released about this one yet, but it’s written by an Apache author who has confirmed that the MC is ace and aro, as well as First Nations! And I truly love the sound of a world/country shaped by the myths and beliefs of the people who live there!

Must-Have Monday #10Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans
Representation: Queer Protagonists (inc non-binary & trans)
on February 2020
Genres: Fantasy

Ever since the witch cursed Babs, she turns invisible sometimes. She has her mum and her dog, but teachers and classmates barely notice her. Then, one day, Iris can see her. And Iris likes what they see. Babs is made of fire.

Iris grew from a seed in the ground. They have friends, but not human ones. Not until they meet Babs. The two of them have a lot in common: they speak to dryads and faeries, and they're connected to the magic that's all around them.

There's a new boy at school, a boy who's like them and who hasn't found his real name. Soon the three of them are hanging out and trying spellwork together. Magic can be dangerous, though. Witches and fae can be cruel. Something is happening in the other realm, and despite being warned to stay away, the three friends have to figure out how to deal with it on their own terms.

Anyone who loves the work of Francesca Lia Block and delights in Studio Ghibli films will be entranced by this gorgeous and gentle young adult novel about three queer friends who come into their power.

I swear, I stumbled upon this one by pure chance on Twitter – and am so glad I did! That cover makes me swoon, and the blurb makes me tear up with joy. I can’t even!!!

I love Francesca Lia Block’s writing style, so that wedded to an even more fantastical and queer story sounds so unbelievably perfect??? And for some reason I haven’t heard anyone else shrieking about this book!


(I’m currently reading Highway Bodies by this same author, and it is amazing. I can’t wait to finish it up and review it! So I’m even more assured that Euphoria Kids is going to be epic, is my point here).

What upcoming releases do you feel the need to scream about???

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