As you probably know by now, I get some of the books I review from NetGalley which is a great opportunity to receive ARCs. Thus, I am privy to books long before they are published. Today I took a peek at and made a top 5 of the most requested books in the fantasy genre right now on NetGalley.
You can read the description of each book below and tell me which one catches your eye. I will read and review for you the one that gets the most votes so you can decide if you want to buy it or not when it comes out. Please comment below with the name of the book youâ€™re interested in. If any of them is on pre-order I will post the link below.
1.Â The Deep, by Rivers Solomon; Daveed Diggs; William Hutson; Jonathan Snipes
The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater societyâ€”and must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future in this brilliantly imaginative novella inspired by the Hugo Awardâ€“nominated song â€śThe Deepâ€ť from Daveed Diggsâ€™s rap group clipping.
Yetu holds the memories for her peopleâ€”water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave ownersâ€”who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save oneâ€”the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.
Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilitiesâ€”and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.
Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own pastâ€”and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, theyâ€™ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identityâ€”and own who they really are.
Inspired by a song produced by the rap group Clipping for the This American Life episode â€śWe Are In The Future,â€ť The Deep is vividly original and uniquely affecting.
Release date: 05.11.2019
Available on pre-order.
2.Â The Companions, by Katie M. Flynn
Station Eleven meets Never Let Me Go in this debut novel set in an unsettling near future where the dead can be uploaded to machines and kept in service by the living.
In the wake of a highly contagious virus, California is under quarantine. Sequestered in high rise towers, the living canâ€™t go out, but the dead can come inâ€”and they come in all forms, from sad rolling cans to manufactured bodies that can pass for human. Wealthy participants in the â€ścompanionshipâ€ť program choose to upload their consciousness before dying, so they can stay in the custody of their families. The less fortunate are rented out to strangers upon their death, but all companions become the intellectual property of Metis Corporation, creating a new class of peopleâ€”a command-driven product-class without legal rights or true free will.
Sixteen-year-old Lilac is one of the less fortunate, leased to a family of strangers. But when she realizes sheâ€™s able to defy commands, she throws off the shackles of servitude and runs away, searching for the woman who killed her.
Lilacâ€™s act of rebellion sets off a chain of events that sweeps from San Francisco to Siberia to the very tip of South America. While the novel traces Lilacâ€™s journey through an exquisitely imagined Northern California, the story is told from eight different points of viewâ€”some human, some companionâ€”that explore the complex shapes love, revenge, and loneliness take when the dead linger on.
Release date: 03.03.2020
Avalilable on pre-order.
3.Â The Shrike & The Shadows (The Witch of Krume Book 1), by Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright
The village of Krume is plagued by a haunted wood and a hungry witch. Itâ€™s been that way for as long as Hans and Greta can remember, though they have never seen the witch themselves; no one has.
When men start to disappear once again in the cover of night – their bloody hearts turning up on doorsteps – the village falls into frenzied madness.
Hans and Greta, two outcast orphans, find themselves facing accusations of witchcraft and are met with an ultimatum: burn at the stake, or leave the village forever.
With nowhere else to go, they abandon their only home.
As they venture into the strange forest, their path is fraught with horrific creatures, wild and vivid hallucinations, and a mysterious man tied to the witch’s past.
The Shrike is watching, just beyond the deep darkness of the woods.
Release date: 03.03.2020
Available on pre-order.
4.Â Followers: A Novel, by Megan Angelo
An electrifying story of two dream-chasing friends, the dark choices they make, and the profound moment that changes the meaning of privacy forever.
Orla Cadden dreams of literary success, but sheâ€™s stuck writing about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Orla has no idea how to change her life until her new roommate, Flossâ€”an ambitious, wannabe Kardashianâ€”comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they so desperately crave. But it’s only when Orla and Floss abandon all pretense of ethics that social media responds with the most terrifying feedback of all: overwhelming success.
Thirty-five years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment of the day on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret about her past. Despite her massive popularityâ€”twelve million loyal followersâ€”Marlow dreams of fleeing the corporate sponsors who would do anything, even horrible things, to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is a lie, Marlow finally summons the courage to run in search of the truth, no matter the risks.
Followers traces the paths of Orla, Floss and Marlow as they wind through time toward each other, and toward a cataclysmic act of terrorism that sends America into lasting upheaval. At turns wry and tender, bleak and hopeful, this darkly funny story reminds us that even if we obsess over famous people weâ€™ll never meet, what we really crave is genuine human connection.
Release date: 10.01.2020
Available on pre-order.
5.Â Ember Queen, by Laura Sebastian
The thrilling conclusion to the series that began with the instant New York Times bestseller “made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir” (Bustle), Ember Queen is an epic fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.
Princess Theodosia was a prisoner in her own country for a decade. Renamed the Ash Princess, she endured relentless abuse and ridicule from the Kaiser and his court. But though she wore a crown of ashes, there is fire in Theo’s blood. As the rightful heir to the Astrean crown, it runs in her veins. And if she learned nothing else from her mother, she learned that a Queen never cowers.
Now free, with a misfit army of rebels to back her, Theo must liberate her enslaved people and face a terrifying new enemy: the new Kaiserin. Imbued with a magic no one understands, the Kaiserin is determined to burn down anyone and everything in her way.
The Kaiserin’s strange power is growing stronger, and with Prinz SĂ¸ren as her hostage, there is more at stake than ever. Theo must learn to embrace her own power if she has any hope of standing against the girl she once called her heart’s sister.
Release date: 04.02.2020
Available pon pre-order.