Otherwise known as Janet’s top reading picks for Fall.
The Princess Bride meets Princess Leia in this space opera x fairy tale mashup? Yes, please.
If you’re a fan of Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy series, Darynda Jones’ Darklight, or Chloe Neil’s Devil’s Isle trilogy, this is your jam. Think magical academy, but with a deadly Minoan labyrinth as hazing.
The publisher bills this as a breakout UF for fans of Ilona Andrews and Nalini Singh, and it is a Writers Guild of America nominee and RWA Golden Heart finalist. Waaay more importantly, it’s also one of my amazeballs CP’s debut, and I’m in love with both cranky, hot-mess Giselle and poor, frustrated soul-bound dragon Shade. I call dibs on Shade though.
Marshal Apostle Richardson faces off against bloodthirsty outlaws, flesh witches, ruthless vigilantes, and more in this gritty, magical re-imagining of the Old West. This Wild Western ticks all my boxes.
I’m up for anything from fantasy author Leigh Bardugo (aka She Who Brought Us the Six of Crows duology, which is also on it’s way to becoming a Netflix series) but this sounds especially kickass– Ivy League secret societies but with dark magic and murder.
I’ve been waiting forever for this one–Westworld meets The Handmaid’s Tale, and I am here for it.
This book has zombies and an apocalypse. But also a a trash-talking crow with a thing for Cheetos, who is trying his best, with the help of heckling wild animals, to find a cure for whatever is causing his human roommate to shamble and snack on the neighbors. It’s weird, an irreverent, and I love it.
This is a new, snarky addition to the UF world that a whole slew of people have insisted I read–one pitched it as Wynonna Earp but in London. Obviously, I immediately auto-purchased it.