I am a bit late with this post but since it’s Pride month, I think it’s still a perfect time to talk about Sapphic releases! There are all the Sapphic releases I am interested in (whether I’ve read it already or not) and are published in 2021. Let me say, the releases this year are *chef’s kiss*.
I am not really into YA anymore, so there are very few that I decided to include here, but if you like reading YA – there are TONS of amazing new releases!
Without further ado, here are the 2021 releases with Sapphic main characters that I am VERY excited for!
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
Published February 23rd 2021
This is a very popular romance that I am looking so much forward to reading! It tells the story of a young woman who goes to Las Vegas to celebrate getting her PhD in astronomy, gets super drunk and ends up marrying another woman, very different from herself. I love the “first comes marriage, then comes love” trope and I’m also getting grumpy vs sunshine vibes from the synopsis, which is another of my favorite tropes! High hopes for this one.
With Teeth by Kristen Arn
Published June 1st 2021
I didn’t realize this was the author of Mostly Dead Things until I googled her! I had my eye on that book for a while until it inexplicably fell off my radar. But this is supposed to have “the warmth and wit of” Mostly Dead Things, which sounds very appealing to me. It’s about family dynamics and focused on a mother, her absent wife and their son, with whom she has a difficult relationship. It’s giving me hard-hitting contemporary vibes and I’m quite curious to pick it up!
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
Expected publication: July 20th 2021
I am VERY excited for this one – it’s an epic set in 14th century China, where two children, brother and sister, are given two fates: for him, greatness; for her, nothing. When the village where they live is attacked, however, the brother dies, and the sister decides to pretend she’s him in order to survive and seek greatness. It’s supposed to be lyrical and intense and I’m dying to get my hands on this!
The Unbroken by C.L. Clark
Published March 23rd 2021
I’ve already read this one, and quite enjoyed it! This is the story of a soldier, taken from her country as a child and raised to be loyal to the empire, and the princess, who wants to take her throne as is her right and prove to her uncle that she is capable. Their fates are intrinsically intertwined when the princess gives the soldier a chance to become a spy in the rebellion in exchange for forgiving her death sentence. This is a story full of betrayal, scheming, and one of the best anti-colonialist epic I’ve read!
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
Expected publication: June 10th 2021
I am currently reading this and enjoying it so far! This is the author of Empire of Sand, by the way, if you, like me, were wondering where you know Tasha Suri from. It’s the story of a princess, imprisoned by her brother, and a maidservant who hides a dangerous secret – together they will change the fate of the empire. I am not sure yet if this is going more in the court intrigue direction plus magic or the adventure plus dethrone the emperor direction (I guess the latter), but either way this is very exciting!
A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson
Published January 31st 2021
This is a slim book about Dracula’s wives and it’s supposed to be Sapphic and polyamorous, dreamy and creepy. I’ve heard SO many good things about this book I might give it a try for Halloween!
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Published June 1st 2021
I loved Red, White and Royal Blue but I’m on the fence about this one, because I heard it’s a bit more on the sad side and lately I’ve been gravitating towards fluffier romances (or, you know, horrifying thrillers)
How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole
Published May 25th 2021
While this was not exactly what I was hoping for (I wanted all the court scheming, instead we got a lot of… boat?), anything Alyssa Cole writes is bound to have perfect chemistry and be entertaining and sexy (not to mention! Plot twists!). This is a retelling of Anastasia, where an investigator goes to the US to look into the life of an American woman who might be a lost princess.
A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark
Published May 11th 2021
This is a mystery steampunk fantasy set in Cairo in the 1900s and it sounds AMAZING, I need to read the prequels and then I will immediately read this. It’s about a woman who works like some sort of “magic investigator” and in this book she will try to solve the murder of a mysterious brotherhood. It just sounds so cool.
Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily R. Austin
Expected publication: July 6th 2021
I LOVED this book! It’s about a young woman who loses her job and decides to take up a job in a church as a secretary, despite being atheist and a lesbian. This was a claustrophobic, dark, funny, bleak book (yes, all of that) and one of the best books I read all year!
Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
Published May 4th 2021
I read this and while it did not work for me quite like The Deep did, it was still a very interesting story! It’s about a young woman who escapes a cult and gives birth to twins. Although she escaped, she’s still hunted, and she must do what is necessary to keep herself and her children alive – even when strange things start to happen to her body that and she may be turning into something not quite human.
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
Published January 19th 2021
This is a historical YA about two girls falling in love in Chinatown in the 50s, and I’ve heard nothing but great things about it! Honestly I haven’t read many historical YAs so I’m curious to see how I like this.
The Split by Laura Kay
Published March 18th 2021
This I thought was a romance novel, but it’s NOT. It’s a contemporary about breakups and finding yourself after heartbreak. It’s the story of a young woman whose girlfriend just broke up with her out of the blue and she comes up with a plan to become a runner to get her girlfriend back (to, like, prove that she isn’t boring or so? I remember the logic was a bit of a stretch). I really enjoyed it!
We Play Ourselves by Jen Silverman
Published February 9th 2021
This is the story of a young writer who was hailed as a bold, queer voice but finds herself in the middle of a scandal and seeks refuge in Los Angeles, where she meets a filmmaker who wants to make her students her subject for her next film. This gives me cult-y vibes and sounds like a dark, addictive read, the kind I really love.
In the Quick by Kate Hope Day
Published March 2nd 2021
I don’t know why I haven’t read this yet! It’s a sci-fi about an astronaut who needs the help of her uncle’s brilliant protegée to find the ship which disappeared with her uncle and his crew. This sounds like a nice mix of romance and mystery and space stuff. Plus the cover is adorable.
Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters
Published January 12th 2021
Oh this is such a brilliant book, I loved it. Detransition, Baby has been longlisted for the Women’s Prize, and it’s a sharp and vibrant novel about three people who decide to start a family outside of the norm: Ames, who de-transitioned a while ago, Katrina, Ames’ boss who is now pregnant with Ames’ baby, and Reese, Ames’ ex-girlfriend who broke up with him when he de-transitioned and still thinks of him as Amber. This is wonderfully messy.
Tryst Six Venom by Penelope Douglas
Published June 3rd 2021
This is a F/F bully romance that I immediately need to read!! I have been eyeing Penelope Douglas’ books for such a long time, and though I think I’ll start with either Birthday Girl or Punk 57 and then pick this one up later, it’s still so cool to know she’s written a F/F romance!
Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard
Published February 9th 2021
I am not entirely sure what the story of this book is – but it’s a fantasy novella that is giving me The Singing Hills vibes. It revolves around a princess who goes back to court after her mother dies, and she will deal with magic and her broken heart from a past romance.
She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard
Published March 30th 2021
I am still not sure if I will pick this one up, but I did love this author’s thriller The Kill Club, so I might! My main hesitation is that I don’t read a lot of YA and so I tend to be very picky. But this book is a retelling of The Picture of Dorian Gray but make it a Sapphic YA thriller with summer vibes. It just sounds like a lot of fun!
House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherlan
Published April 6th 2021
I believe this is supposed to be Sapphic but I’m not 100% sure – I love this author’s book A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, and I’m curious to see a horror book by her! This one tells the story of three sisters, to whom something horrible happened but that they’ve forgotten about. When one sister goes missing, the youngest needs to find her and uncover the mystery of what happened.
The Hellion’s Waltz by Olivia Waite
Expected publication: June 15th 2021
Ugh this sounds so good I can’t even cope. A piano teacher gets involved with dangerous and beautiful woman who’s planning a heist to fund her cause. I loved The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics, so I will definitely be picking this up!
Permafrost by Eva Baltasar, translated by Julia Sanches
Published April 2021
This slim book is just a bit over 100 pages, was translated from Spanish and it’s written in such a poetic way, I really liked it! It tells the story of a young woman who moves out of Barcelona and break out from her parent’s expectations for her. It’s a bit sad but also quite entertaining – the narrator was so sharp and quite funny at times. I think if you love the “disaster woman” trope, this is quite close to it, although not quite – it’s a poetic story about loneliness that really enchanted me.
Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta
Expected publication: June 29th 2021
I love this cover SO much. This is the story of two women who live in a futuristic world where the overlord keeps his rule aided by giant mechanized weapons, and who will try to infiltrate the overlord’s forces to destroy him from within. As this is a YA I am still deciding if to pick it up, but it does sound very good!