This February was (and still is) really exciting in the publishing world. We’ve seen some great new releases that are just waiting for you to pick them up. There are many books we would recommend you to read, but here are some of our personal favorites…
In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, son of a giant, blood brother to Odin and a trickster.
Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.
Miranda and Caliban is bestselling fantasy author Jacqueline Carey’s gorgeous retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Jacqueline Carey shows readers the other side of the coin—the dutiful and tenderhearted Miranda, who loves her father but is terribly lonely. And Caliban, the strange and feral boy Prospero has bewitched to serve him.
The two find solace and companionship in each other as Prospero weaves his magic and dreams of revenge.
3. The Refugees
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s fiction book The Refugees is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of twenty years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family.
Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth.
From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration.
Wintersong is a novel by S Jae-Jones, whose seductive storyline will especially appeal to the readers of Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty and Roshani Chokshi’s The Star-Touched Queen. It is a retelling of Labyrinth but with pieces of Beauty and the Beast weaved into the story.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Ruler of Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl must rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go — but for a price.
From the author of Doing Harm, here we have a thriller in which a grieving, vengeful husband stalks the surgeon he blames for his wife’s untimely death.
Morgan Finney, a biotechnology tycoon, is a highly intelligent and emotionally fragile man. It was his wife, Jenny, with whom he connected and who enabled him to connect with others.
When Jenny dies of complications during a surgery led by Dr. Rita Wu, Finney’s grief turns to rage. He vows to systematically destroy Dr. Wu’s life by ruining her reputation and bringing her to the brink of madness.
6. The Orphan’s Tale
The Orphan’s Tale is a powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II. It introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival .
When seventeen-year-old Noa gets cast out in disgrace, she finds refuge with a German circus. She must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid.
At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond, and be forced to decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.
Lincoln in the Bardo is a captivating first novel by the best-selling, National Book Award nominee George Saunders.
On February 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, Abraham Lincoln arrives at the cemetery under cover of darkness and visits the crypt, alone, to spend time with his son’s body.
Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil, a novel – in its form and voice – completely unlike anything you have read before.
From columnist and critic Alana Massey, All the Lives I Want: Essays About My Best Friends Who Happen to Be Famous Strangers is a collection of essays examining the intersection of the personal with pop culture through the lives of pivotal female figures–from Sylvia Plath to Britney Spears.
All the Lives I Want is also an exploration of mental illness, the sex industry, and the dangers of loving too hard.
These reflections aim to reimagine these women’s legacies, and in the process, teach us new ways of forgiving ourselves.
9. A Separation
A Separation is a mesmerizing, psychologically taut novel about a marriage’s end and the secrets we all carry.
A young woman has agreed with her faithless husband: it’s time for them to separate. Her new life get interrupted when she finds that Christopher has gone missing in a remote region in the rugged south of Greece.
As she goes to search for him, she traces the disintegration of their relationship, and discovers she many secrets about the man she used to love.
The Stars are Legion is an epic and thrilling tale about familial love, revenge, and war as imagined by one of the genre’s most imaginative new writers.
Set within a system of world-ships traveling through deep space, this breakout novel of epic science fiction follows a pair of sisters who must wrest control of their war-torn legion of worlds—and may have to destroy everything they know in order to survive.
If you loved reading The Fall of Hyperion and Dune, then this novel is just for you.