2017 is here, and so far, not a big improvement over 2016, to be honest with you. I completely missed the boat when everyone was sharing what books in 2017 they were most looking forward to, so I thought I’d do it now. We can all use some good things to hope for. 🙂
If the book is available for preorder, link will take you to Amazon. If not, link will take you to Goodreads. I hope you find some books you like! Maybe we can read them together.
Vapor Trail by Lia Cooper – Pub Date: Feb 10
If you like solid murder mysteries, awesome supernatural magic, and guys in love, you will like Lia Cooper’s books. Come for the hot werewolves, stay for the mystery. This is the sequel to the second trilogy set in this universe, and I can’t wait to read it.
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich – Pub Date: May 16
A YA novel love triangle… where the two guys fall in love with each other. That’s really all I needed to hear to be sold on this. The fact that it’s some kind of spy thriller that turns the love triangle trope into an intentional scheme? That’s just icing on the cake.
[Untitled] by Lyssa Chiavari – Pub Date: March 28
I am a big fan of Lyssa Chiavari’s books, and highly recommend them if you like awesome sci-fi with queer characters. Forever ago, she let me read an unedited draft of the first part of this book, and I have been eagerly awaiting its release ever since. It’s superheroes and cheerleaders and lesbians. Pretty much just nonstop awesome fun. Here’s her post with more information. We should be getting a title and cover soon!
Soulmated by Shaila Patel – Available Now!
Soulmates, especially soulmates between empaths/psychics, is one of my favorite tropes, and I will admit to auto-“to read”-ing any romance novels that include this trope. This one is between an Irish boy and an Indian-American girl, and looks like a ton of fun. It just came out, but I’m including it on this list anyway because I certainly haven’t read it yet.
The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S. L. Huang – Available Now!
This one is a sci-fi retelling of the Little Mermaid, and in case you weren’t aware, retold fairytales are kind of my jam. It’s also by the newly launched Book Smuggler’s publishing company, and I’m excited to see what they’ve come up with.
Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley – Available Now!
Cute, fluffy f/f is exactly what I need right now. I had preordered this last year and it arrived right in the middle of this week’s Trump bullshit. I kind of opened the box and just hugged the book, haha. I haven’t started it yet, but I’m really happy it exists and is in my house now.
Cinderella, Necromancer by F. M. Boughan – Pub Date: Sept 5
Look, you thought I was kidding about the retold fairytales? I am not. This one sounds like fun. I really hope they don’t shy away from Cinderella being super dark. Dark fairytales are excellent.
Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly – Pub Date: Feb 7
Let me just share with you this book’s one-sentence summary, because I think it will be immediately obvious why I need this book in my life: “Le Carré meets Cabaret in this debut spy thriller as a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup.” Seeing as though we are the middle of a fascist government coup, this seems like apt reading.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – Pub Date: May 30
If you haven’t heard someone talk about this book on twitter or goodreads, you might not be paying attention. It’s about two teens whose parents arrange for them to be married. And it sounds just really adorable (and that cover is super cute, too). I am definitely looking forward to it.
Mirage by Somaiya Daud – Pub Date: Nov 6
This book is a sci-fi/fantasy blend, where a girl who lives on a moon shares a body with an evil princess. No cover as of yet, but I’m just really excited about that premise. Any story where a character has to pretend to be someone else, or has to share a consciousness with someone – I’m here for it. Plus, this one is written by a Moroccan author and based off of/inspired by that culture.
27 Hours by Tristina Wright – Pub Date: Oct 3
I’ve been following Tristina for… years? Hmm. And have been hearing little snippets of this story all that time. When it was finally announced and given a cover and title, I was super excited. It’s sci-fi with a bunch of queer teenagers saving the world and doing space things. Haha. What more do you want?
City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault – Pub Date: Feb 22nd
This one is kind of cheating, because I have already read it. 😉 Or at least the majority of it. There is a wide host of queer characters with intermingling plot lines, set in a classic fantasy city with elves and wizards and fire mages and more. It’s really interesting, and you’re sure to ship at least one pairing. I’ll be posting a review once I (finally) finish it.
Whenever I’m With You by Lydia Sharp – Available Now!
I loved Lydia Sharp’s short story, Mismatched, which is no longer available anywhere. It had solid writing and a f/f pair with a happy ending at the center of the story. She’s been on my radar ever since, and when she came out with what looks like an adorable YA roadtrip romance, I knew I had to pick it up.
Are you guys excited to read any of these books? Or know of any other ones I maybe haven’t heard of? Let me know! 😀