N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season is set in a strange, wonderful, magical world where plate tectonics shape the future of humanity and some people are slightly more than human.
Victoria Schwab’s This Savage Song is a bit draggy at times, but is a generally pretty fun story with thoughtful worldbuilding and a few nice surprises.
A Monster Calls is a beautiful, striking, tragic book that is suitable for all fans of good literature but perhaps most particularly for those who are grieving.
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The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a charming fantastical mystery that carries a stealthy bite.
Mr. Splitfoot is an intriguing, unsettling novel with some delicious twists and turns that make it a super fun read.
Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree is a fantastically dark, twisted, and thoughtful novel about the inevitable consequences of secrets and lies.
Still Life with Tornado aims at ambitious storytelling, and it doesn’t quite get there.
Cindy Pon’s Sacrifice integrates elements of embracing the monstrous with Chinese folklore and culture, in an excellent followup to Serpentine.
The Crimson Skew is a satisfying end to a smart, fun middle grade trilogy that should appeal to any reader with a love of sassy, resourceful heroines. Which is everyone. Right?