PositiveBooklistSanghani’s latest...is a sweet and funny contemporary novel about learning to embrace yourself, flaws and all. Discussions on racism and depression add depth, keeping the tone from becoming saccharine. Readers will be inspired to create their own self-love lists.
Alix E Harrow
PositiveBooklistHarrow revives and rejuvenates the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale with a feminist twist ... Harrow uses her excellent skill as a storyteller to give agency back to the passive princess.
PositiveBooklistBestselling author Dave’s latest (after Hello, Sunshine, 2017) is a well-written story, and though readers may have trouble connecting with the characters, the plot is strong enough that the mystery will keep them hooked.
Julie Carrick Dalton
PositiveBooklistDalton’s debut is a story of friendship, family, and the consequences of acting out of fear, especially when those actions are performed to protect those we love. The storytelling is made even more vivid by the way the novel practically breathes the woods of New Hampshire.
Alix E. Harrow
RaveBooklistHarrow solidifies her status as an exceptional storyteller with her outstanding sophomore effort ... Using magic as a metaphor for women’s rights, this novel cleverly connects the dots between the suffragist movement of the past to the #MeToo movement of today. Compelling, exhilarating, and magical, The Once and Future Witches is a must-read.
C. L. Polk
PositiveBooklist... delightfully addresses the theme of a woman’s right to choose inside a fantasy novel. The potency of the theme and the strength of the characters outweigh any weaknesses in the worldbuilding, making this a satisfying read.
Mary Robinette Kowal
PositiveBooklistFocusing on the politics and daily living of space, The Relentless Moon takes a few chapters before it really blasts off. Once it does, readers will want to buckle up for a ride, but should be aware of Wargin’s frankly described fight with anorexia.
Sarah J. Maas
RaveBooklistThe first in the Crescent City series has all of the fantastic elements, colorful characters, steamy romance, and action-packed plot Maas’ readers look for. The mystery element presents a stunning twist, and the emotional depth of Bryce’s relationships with both Hunt and Danika is incredibly moving. Fans will eagerly await the next installment.
PositiveBooklistThis epic fantasy will delight readers, especially those looking for LGBTQ representation in the genre. It is set over a century after the events of The Queens of Innis Lear (2018), though this story of magic and love can be read as a standalone.
PositiveBooklistChiaverini enchants readers with the latest installment in the Elm Creek Quilts series ... Reading Chiaverini’s long-awaited return to Elm Creek is like taking a favorite quilt out of storage and cozying up with the memories it inspires. Told from the points of view of each of the Elm Creek Quilters, The Christmas Boutique allows the reader either to get to know or revisit favorite characters. A story of friendship and memories, this is a perfect read to enjoy during the holidays.
Alix E. Harrow
RaveBooklistHarrow dazzles with this historical fiction-fantasy hybrid ... The Ten Thousand Doors of January is both whimsical and smart, using engaging writing and a unique plot to touch on serious topics. Harrow’s debut reads like a love letter to the art of storytelling itself, and readers will be eager for more from her.
PositiveBooklistWith complex characters, political intrigue, and discussion of feminism and the caste system, debut author Bolender has written a novel that could translate easily to the screen. Readers will enjoy City of Broken Magic and its fresh spin on the fantasy genre.
PositiveBooklist\"Behind every great man is a great woman, as the saying goes, and for acclaimed author C.S. Lewis, that woman was writer Joy Davidman. Callahan brings to life the friendship turned romance between the two ... All fans of women’s fiction, particularly works with religious themes, will appreciate reading about this vibrant and intelligent woman.
PositiveBooklistHyde (The Abortionist’s Daughter, 2006) gives readers a family that could mirror their own, including the characters, the conversations, and the treasured family keepsake. With all the feel of a This Is Us episode, Hyde’s latest novel will delight readers.
PositiveBooklistWith poetic writing and elegant imagery, Women in Sunlight tells a story of friendship, love, and having courage to take a leap of faith into the unknown. For more titles of healing through international travel, see Core Collection: Women’s Wanderlust.