2020 Anticipated Releases: January to March

Hello friends,

Here is the first installment of my anticipated releases of 2020!

January

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Hello retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Red Shows and actual historical events of a dancing “plague” in 1518. The premise of this story is that in 1518 a strange plague rolls through a town, women dancing in the streets until they fall down dead. Rumours of witchcraft spread and Lavina has to figure out how to save everyone she loves. Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Olivia’s feet and she is forced to talk to a boy named, Emil, who many know more about what happened in 1518 than anyone else. Oh, did I mention this has LGBTQ+ rep?

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Okay, this is a queer Fantasy novel about a vigilante group called, Spell Walkers, whose sole goal is to stop specters, who steal the essence of magical creatures. Brighton wishes he had powers like the Spell Walkers, and Emil demonstrates a power after a brawl that breaks out at a protest. How can I say no to a fantasy with a gay main character?

The Seep by Chana Porter

Trina Goldberg-Oneka is a fifty-year-old trans woman whose life is irreversibly altered in the wake of a gentle—but nonetheless world-changing—invasion by an alien entity called The Seep. Through The Seep, everything is connected. Capitalism falls, hierarchies and barriers are broken down; if something can be imagined, it is possible. Trina’s life is changed again when her wife, Deeba, moves on to a new existance. Trina then begins to follow a lost boy she encounters and attempts to save him.

This sounds so strange and interesting and so so queer. I am not a huge sci-fi person, but this would be something that gets me into it for sure.


February

The Gravity is Us by Phil Stamper

As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus. Cal meets Leon, another “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels. The frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection and uncovered secrets may end up hurting people who are most important to him.

I mean, some NASA missions and falling in love with interference that could ruin it all?! Yes!

Wranglestone by Darren Charlton

I am so hyped for this book. This is the gay post-apocalyptic zombie story I have been waiting for my entire life. A community survives in a national park, surrounded by water that keeps the Dead at bay, but in the winter there is nothing to stop them from crossing the ice. Peter ends up putting the camp in danger when he lets a stranger come ashore and he’s forced to leave Wranglestone. Now he needs to help rancher Cooper, the boy he’s always seen from afar, herd the Dead from their shores before the lake freezes over.

The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood

Csorwe knows how and when she will die. She will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice. On the day of her death, a mage offers her a new fate. To turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, spy, and assassin, to topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power.

Alright, friends. This is a LGBTQ+ fantasy! And the main characters? Orcs! I mean, let’s flip that damn fantasy stereotype on it’s head. Give me gay orcs who are the heroes! I am so hyped for this.

Greenwood by Michael Christie

“It’s 2034 and Jake Greenwood is a storyteller and a liar, an overqualified tour guide babysitting ultra-rich vacationers in one of the world’s last remaining forests. It’s 2008 and Liam Greenwood is a carpenter, fallen from a ladder and sprawled on his broken back, calling out from the concrete floor of an empty mansion. It’s 1974 and Willow Greenwood is out of jail, free after being locked up for one of her endless series of environmental protests: attempts at atonement for the sins of her father’s once vast and violent timber empire. It’s 1934 and Everett Greenwood is alone, as usual, in his maple syrup camp squat when he hears the cries of an abandoned infant and gets tangled up in the web of a crime that will cling to his family for decades.”

This just seems so interesting and confusing. I don’t even understand what’s going to happen here but it sounds so interesting.


March

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

When Ollie meets his dream guy, Will, over summer break, he thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After. When summer ends Will stops texting him back, and Ollie finds his fairytale ruined. Then because of a family emergency Ollie is uprooted and enrolled at a new school, Will’s school, where Ollie finds that the Will he knew is a bit of a jerk. As Will begins to pop up in every aspect of Ollie’s life Ollie finds his resolve to forget him begin to weaken.

This sounds like the most adorable gay romcom and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

Alexis has always been able to rely on two things: her best friends, and the magic powers they all share. Their secret is what brought them together, and their love for each other is unshakeable—even when that love is complicated. Complicated by problems like jealousy, or insecurity, or lust. Or love. When a boy winds up dead because of some accidental magic, Alexis and her friends come together to try to right a terrible wrong.

This sounds so magical and so queer, I am excited.

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

What is the infants of slaves were thrown from the side of the slave ships and become mermaids? Well here it is for you.

Yetu holds the memories for her people—water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners—who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one—the historian. Yetu remembers for everyone and the memories are destroying her, so she flees to the surface and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

I have been dying to read some T.J. Klune and this just sounds right up my alley. This is so full of fantasy and gayness and magical creatures. I am so here for it.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. He must determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

What new releases are you looking forward to for January, February, and March?

Sincerely,
Alex

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