Read them before they're on your screen:
girlfriend material because she and Abby start dating. And things are freakin' fantastic... until they aren't. Trust and boundaries are broken and things derail fast. Will they get back together or is their love doomed to the dumps?
PS The "best burger in Los Angeles" bit is because Abby's new friend Jax is on a mission for his dad's new app: to taste test all the burgers in LA and rate them to help people figure out which burger is the best, and therefore the one they should eat. (It's an intriguing B-story, and I like the Jax-and-Abby friendship.)
The Summer of Jordi Perez is a delight! It's an easy read that has just the right amount of romance without being CW-level cutsy-gross. And the fat positivity is superb. THIS is the body-positivity story that I want (not Julie Murphy's Dumplin').
I absolutely loved Ship It! It hit me right in the feels! Which fandom book made you squee this year?
To what fantastical realm or magical creatures did you encounter and couldn't get enough of this year?
And, last but not least, for those of you who prefer real-life stories and/or mysteries, here are those nominees. Voting ends October 13th, so get reading!
MONSTROUS BEAUTY by Elizabeth Fama
Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences. Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra's help, Hester investigates her family's strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean—but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.
THE LOST WORLD by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The creator of Sherlock Holmes delivers a classic adventure fantasy in this tale of a trip by journalists, scientists, and adventurers to investigate rumors of dinosaurs on a mysterious plateau deep in a mythical South American jungle. Much fun and over-the-top adventure ensue. The author is ably supported by Glen McCready, who delivers a reading very much in the nineteenth-century style. He plays up the characters’ big personalities and celebrates the rather orotund style of the writing, which isn’t as tight as in the Holmes books.