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Fall 2019 Sapphic Books to Watch out For


all the bad apples1) All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle 

Release date: August 27th 2019

Okay, so yeah this one is technically end of summer, but it’s on the edge. I had the pleasure of already reading this one, and the vibes are the perfect fall vibes in a book. It’s dark, eery, and incredibly atmospheric. Definitely one to check out this fall. Btw, it’s also not a sapphic romance per se, but the mc is a lesbian, and there is a slight queer love interest, with another sapphic romance within the story.

Synopsis: “‘The day after the funeral all our mourning clothes hung out on the line like sleeping bats. ‘This will be really embarrassing,’ I kept saying to my family, ‘when she shows up at the door in a week or two.’

When Deena’s wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears – presumed dead – her family are heartbroken. But Mandy has always been troubled. It’s just another bad thing to happen to Deena’s family. Only Deena refuses to believe it’s true.

And then the letters start arriving. Letters from Mandy, claiming that their family’s blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions – but a curse, handed down through the generations. Mandy has gone in search of the curse’s roots, and now Deena must find her. What they find will heal their family’s rotten past – or rip it apart forever.

Pre-order All The Bad Apples here.

crier's war2) Crier’s War by Nina Varela

Release date: October 1st, 2019

Sapphic sci-fi, need I say more? Or it’s more a fantasy. Either way, there’s robots. So I want to call it sci-fi, but it’s actually like a fantasy world. All you really need to know is that there’s robots and it’s sapphic. Enjoy!

Synopsis: “After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.

Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.

Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.

Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.”

Pre-order Crier’s War here.

girls of shadow and storm3) Girls of Shadow and Storm by Natasha Ngan

Release date: November 5th, 2019

SO, if you haven’t read Girls of Paper and Fire yet, now is a good time to do so before this sequel comes out. Kick-ass powerful queer ladies in this incredible fantasy. Lei and Wren are my babies. I will protect them at all costs.

Synopsis: “In this mesmerizing sequel to the New York Times bestselling Girls of Paper and Fire, Lei and Wren have escaped their oppressive lives in the Hidden Palace, but soon learn that freedom comes with a terrible cost.

Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cruel Demon King wasn’t the end of the plan—it’s just the beginning. Now Lei and her warrior love Wren must travel the kingdom to gain support from the far-flung rebel clans. The journey is made even more treacherous thanks to a heavy bounty on Lei’s head, as well as insidious doubts that threaten to tear Lei and Wren apart from within.

Meanwhile, an evil plot to eliminate the rebel uprising is taking shape, fueled by dark magic and vengeance. Will Lei succeed in her quest to overthrow the monarchy and protect her love for Wren, or will she fall victim to the sinister magic that seeks to destroy her?”

Pre-order Girls of Storm and Shadow here.

gideon4) Gideon the Ninth by Tasmyn Muir

Release Date: September 10th, 2019

I am so excited to read this one. After waiting in line to meet Muir and receive an arc of this one twice at bookcon, and both times they ran out of arcs right before my place in line, I was lucky to receive an arc from the publisher later on. So, I can’t wait to dive into this one soon. It’s time to get spooky.

Synopsis: “Gideon the Ninth is the most fun you’ll ever have with a skeleton.

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as necromantic skeletons. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.

Pre-order Gideon the Ninth here.

rules for vanishing5) Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

Release Date: September 24th, 2019

Ghosts and dark urban fantasy, and something that sounds like there’s some sapphic characters. I’ll admit, I’m not 100% of the rep in this one, but I’ve seen it tagged as LGBTQ+ and it looks like there’s sapphic rep. Either way, I’ll be reading this one. If I’m wrong on the rep, I’ll be updating this later. Or if you’ve read it already, let me know!

Symopsis: “In the faux-documentary style of The Blair Witch Project comes the campfire story of a missing girl, a vengeful ghost, and the girl who is determined to find her sister–at all costs.

Once a year, the path appears in the forest and Lucy Gallows beckons. Who is brave enough to find her–and who won’t make it out of the woods?

It’s been exactly one year since Sara’s sister, Becca, disappeared, and high school life has far from settled back to normal. With her sister gone, Sara doesn’t know whether her former friends no longer like her…or are scared of her, and the days of eating alone at lunch have started to blend together. When a mysterious text message invites Sara and her estranged friends to “play the game” and find local ghost legend Lucy Gallows, Sara is sure this is the only way to find Becca–before she’s lost forever. And even though she’s hardly spoken with them for a year, Sara finds herself deep in the darkness of the forest, her friends–and their cameras–following her down the path. Together, they will have to draw on all of their strengths to survive. The road is rarely forgiving, and no one will be the same on the other side.

Pre-order Rules for Vanishing here.

orpheus6) Orpheus Girl by Byrnne Rebele-Henry

Release Date: October 8th 2019

If you didn’t already know, I’m a huge classics nerd. So anything with a retelling of a classic myth, I’m down for. Making it gay? No doubt about it, I’ll be all over it.

Synopsis: “In her debut novel, award-winning poet Brynne Rebele-Henry re-imagines the Orpheus myth as a love story between two teenage girls who are sent to conversion therapy after being caught together in an intimate moment.

Abandoned by a single mother she never knew, 16-year-old Raya—obsessed with ancient myths—lives with her grandmother in a small conservative Texas town. For years Raya has been forced to hide her feelings for her best friend and true love, Sarah. When the two are outed, they are sent to Friendly Saviors: a re-education camp meant to “fix” them and make them heterosexual. Upon arrival, Raya vows to assume the mythic role of Orpheus to escape Friendly Saviors, and to return to the world of the living with her love—only becoming more determined after she, Sarah, and Friendly Saviors’ other teen residents are subjected to abusive “treatments” by the staff.

In a haunting voice reminiscent of Sylvia Plath, with the contemporary lyricism of David Levithan, Brynne Rebele-Henry weaves a powerful inversion of the Orpheus myth informed by the real-world truths of conversion therapy. Orpheus Girl is a mythic story of dysfunctional families, trauma, first love, heartbreak, and ultimately, the fierce adolescent resilience that has the power to triumph over darkness and ignorance.

CW: There are scenes in this book that depict self-harm, homophobia, transphobia, and violence against LGBTQ characters.

Pre-order Orpheus Girl here.


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