Top 5 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Picks To Escape Reality To

Each week, Bookstr gives you a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list.

Flying nuns, magical child athletes, and a nordic god. The perfect combination to escape the drab of real life.



5-Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather


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Lina Rather has written a variety of short stories in the speculative fiction genre, which basically means she dabbles in a variety of genres all encompassing elements that don’t exist in our plane of reality. As a writer, she would “rather” stick to writing for science-fiction, fantasy, and horror than with real-life. Honestly, I can’t blame her. Reality sucks. So with her debut novella, let’s escape from reality in this sci-fi adventure of literal nuns in space. Yes, I said Nuns. In. Space!


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Take a ride on the living ship of the Order of Saint Rita, a group of Nuns on an interstellar mission to bring spiritual support and healing throughout the galaxy. When the order receives a distress call from a newly-formed colony, the sisters learn that the bodies and souls in their care are in danger, and not from the void beyond, but from the nascent Central Governance and the Church itself. With danger around every constellation, each decision made can result in their demise. Coming to your galaxy November 12th.



4-Epoca: The Tree of Ecrof by Ivy Claire and Kobe Bryant


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Five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP, NBA MVP, and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kobe Bryant has made the leap into book publishing, and to everyone’s surprise, his books are pretty amazing! Not only are his books doing well with readers, but the critics are also loving it. Kobe is already Academy Award–winning storyteller and content creator. He Kobe’d that one.

While the creator of this book is, in fact, Kobe Bryant, the writer is Ivy Claire, who started out in life as a former world-ranked athlete and national and collegiate squash champion. After spending a decade competing internationally, Ivy turned to full-time to writing.

The perfect duo to create this epic fantasy, with a sports twist.



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In a magical world dominated by sports, two children uncover and battle terrible evil and discover their inner strength along the way. At the most elite sports academy in the land, the best child-athletes are sent to hone their skills. When Rovi and Pretia arrive, each harboring a secret about themselves, they begin to suspect that something evil is at play at the school, and in the course of their first year, they must learn to master the mystical power force, known as Grana, in order to save the world from dark forces that are rising. This magical release came out November 12th.



3-Crier’s War by Nina Varela


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A national award-winning writer of screenplays and short fiction, this will be Nina’s debut novel.


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A war leaves the Kingdom of Rabu in devastation, giving rise to one woman’s desire to avenge her family. 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. Ayla puts her plan together to exact her revenge, but she miscalculated on one thing, falling in love with the beautiful Lady Crier. The two of them find a love and a call to action after meeting, desiring not only a future where they can be together, but a bright one for the entire kingdom, even if that means starting another war.  

A daring and passionate tale about truth and love, this book shows that sometimes to make a difference, you need to make some sacrificeseven if that means starting a war. This epic release came out October 1st.



2-The Winter King by Christine Cohen


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Another author making their grand debut, Christine is a mother of three and has a love of adventure and baking sweets. Now, the adventure-loving side to this author shows in her first published book, but the sweet side is lacking in this dark Nordic tale.


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After the sudden disappearance of her father, whispers about her Cora’s “curse” have grown increasingly louder. Desperate to help her mother and siblings survive another bleak season in the Winter King’s frozen grasp, Cora begins to bend, and even break, the rules she has kept since she was a little girl. But when she discovers a secret that’s much bigger than herself, she realizes too late that she has put herself—and those she loves—in even greater peril. This November 19th release will leave you on the edge of your seat with mystery and intrigue. And for all you mythology nerds out there, the author has said that this is shaped by the myth of Hade and Persephone, but with twists.



1-Contaminated: Cosmic Fairy Tales by Amanda Milo


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As a huge lover of romance, many of her books include elements of the genre, and often are inspired by old Fairy Tales.

Her October 22nd release is one of many books retelling beloved tales with a science fiction romance twist.


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When a genetic curse devastates an entire planet of people, their only hope is the study of a rare flower. That is the job of our unnamed hero, to raising and studying the flower, to keep hope alive. But when the flower is stolen by a mystery woman, our hero sets out to bring back the flower. A twist on the beloved tale of Beauty and the Beast, this October 22nd release will thrill you and maybe even romance you a little.



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