I noticed that I haven’t posted anything F/F for a while, and it’s always nice to have more content like that and use my platform to hype them up. F/F doesn’t get nearly as much hype as M/F and M/M, so I like to highlight some amazing books from time to time! There are lots more coming out than the ones I’m listing here, but these are the ones on my radar that I’ve been seriously considering reading or are already on my TBR. I don’t read much YA nowadays, but if you do, definitely check out some lists by other amazing bloggers, like Rainbow Reads, Charlotte, Anne, Emily Kate, YA Bookers. There are surely a bunch of posts I’ve forgotten, so please link yours below if you have a recommendation post!
Burning Roses by S.L. Huang / Goodreads
I haven’t read reviews on this yet and I’m not sure what to expect of it, but it’s a Chinese retelling of Little Red Riding Hood plus has a Latina character and both main characters are LGBT+ women! Sounds really cool. AND THAT COVER.
Synopsis: “When Rosa (aka Red Riding Hood) and Hou Yi the Archer join forces to stop the deadly sunbirds from ravaging the countryside, their quest will take the two women, now blessed and burdened with the hindsight of middle age, into a reckoning of sacrifices made and mistakes mourned, of choices and family and the quest for immortality.”
Comes out September 29th!
Throwaway Girls by Andrea Contos / Goodreads
I actually got this one already as a download from Edelweiss and it’s a YA F/F thriller about friendship and secret and it just sounds really good?? Also I love the cover.
Synopsis: “A timely edge-of-your-seat thriller from a debut writer to watch. Caroline Lawson is three months away from freedom, otherwise known as graduation day. That’s when she’ll finally escape her rigid prep school and the parents who thought they could convert her to being straight. Until then, Caroline is keeping her head down, pretending to be the perfect student even though she is crushed by her family and heartbroken over the girlfriend who left for California. But when her best friend Madison disappears, Caroline feels compelled to get involved in the investigation. She has her own reasons not to trust the police, and she owes Madison — big time. Suddenly Caroline realizes how little she knew of what her friend was up to. Caroline has some uncomfortable secrets about the hours before Madison disappeared, but they’re nothing compared to the secrets Madison has been hiding.”
Comes out September 1st!
The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite / Goodreads
This is the author of Celestial Mechanics, which I haven’t read yet, but I’m already super excited about the second book in this series! It sounds so lovely.
Synopsis: “In this historical f/f romance you’ll find:
•a grumpy widowed engraver working far too hard to keep her print-shop going until her son is old enough to take over
•a middle-aged lady beekeeper who goes striding about in trousers and loves bucolic poetry
•a Queen on trial in Parliament and the press
•luxuriant English gardens with extremely naughty statues
•satirical ballads about tight pants
•… and more than you probably ever wanted to know about early 19th century beekeeping!”
Comes out July 28th!
The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska / Goodreads
I also have an early copy of this one on my Kindle, and I’m not sure if it will be a trope-y and predictable book, but the comparison with The Wicked Deep absolutely sold it to me.
Synopsis: “Every year on St. Walpurga’s Eve, Caldella’s Witch Queen lures a boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking.
Lina Kirk is convinced her brother is going to be taken this year. To save him, she enlists the help of Thomas Lin, the boy she secretly loves, and the only person to ever escape from the palace. But they draw the queen’s attention, and Thomas is chosen as the sacrifice.
Queen Eva watched her sister die to save the boy she loved. Now as queen, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s willing to sacrifice anyone if it means saving herself and her city.
When Lina offers herself to the queen in exchange for Thomas’s freedom, the two girls await the full moon together. But Lina is not at all what Eva expected, and the queen is nothing like Lina envisioned. Against their will, they find themselves falling for each other. As water floods Caldella’s streets and the dark tide demands its sacrifice, they must choose who to save: themselves, each other, or the island city relying on them both.”
Comes out August 4th!
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust / Goodreads
I loved Girls of Snow and Glass, and I heard this one is even better! It’s been getting a bit of hype, which is great!
Synopsis: “There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.
As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.
Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming…human or demon. Princess or monster.”
Comes out July 7th!
Bestiary by K-Ming Chang / Goodreads
Multi-generational story about queer women and magical realism? I pressed the “Want to read” button faster than you think.
Synopsis: “Three generations of Taiwanese American women are haunted by the myths of their homeland in this spellbinding, visceral debut about one family’s queer desires, violent impulses, and buried secrets.
One evening, Mother tells Daughter a story about a tiger spirit who lived in a woman’s body. She was called Hu Gu Po, and she hungered to eat children, especially their toes. Soon afterwards, Daughter awakes with a tiger tail. And more mysterious events follow: Holes in the backyard spit up letters penned by her grandmother; a visiting aunt arrives with snakes in her belly; a brother tests the possibility of flight. All the while, Daughter is falling for Ben, a neighborhood girl with strange powers of her own. As the two young lovers translate the grandmother’s letters, Daughter begins to understand that each woman in her family embodies a myth–and that she will have to bring her family’s secrets to light in order to change their destiny.
With a poetic voice of crackling electricity, K-Ming Chang is an explosive young writer who combines the wit and fabulism of Helen Oyeyemi with the subversive storytelling of Maxine Hong Kingston. Tracing one family’s history from Taiwan to America, from Arkansas to California, Bestiary is a novel of migration, queer lineages, and girlhood.”
Alecto the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir / Goodreads (no cover yet)
I think this comes out only on 2021, but it’s the third book on the Locked Tomb trilogy and I’m ready for it to destroy me!!
Of Trust & Heart by Charlotte Anne Hamilton / Goodreads (no cover yet)
Also comes out only on 2021, but the short blurb on Goodreads sold it immediately to me: “An #OwnVoices f/f 1920s historical new adult novel, in which a Scottish heiress, who must find a husband soon, falls for a singer at a speakeasy.”