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This Week’s Sci-Fi And Fantasy Top Picks Will Blow You Away!

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

Today, we’ll be recommending five newly released Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels to really show you how the past, present, and future can be both fun and, well, not so fun.


5. Crowfall by Ed McDonald

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The third installment in the Raven Mark series, this is a book you won’t want to miss out on. Not only is the author a martial artists and talented with the Italian longsword, but he’s also written a bloody great book! Key word in that sentence? Bloody…

There will be blood here. We’re at the final defensive line between the republic and the immortal Deep Kings. With no gods to defend them and with “new monstrosities [who] feed on fear in the fear”, Ryhalt Galharrow must go on his journey through a wasteland accurately called the Misery, traveling through darkness while the world turns to hell.


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One reviewer from Grim Dark Magazine noted that “Crowfall is certainly a worthy resolution to Galharrow’s tale, and if you’ve read the previous two novels, you won’t be disappointed” while another wrote, “[t]his is a series that needs to be read by all dark fantasy and grimdark fans”.

Want to pick it up? It already hit bookshelves July 2nd, so you should pick it up!


4. Across the Void by S.K. Vaughn

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We’re getting mysterious here. Not only is ‘S.K. Vaughn’ a pseudonym so we have no idea who they are, but we have no idea what’s going to happen Commander Maryam “May” Knox.



Amazon tells us that, “Commander Maryam “May” Knox awakes from a medically induced coma alone, adrift in space on a rapidly failing ship, with little to no memory of who she is or why she’s there,” but there’s a little more going on here. See, Commander Knox has to A) Find out what happened, B) Find out how to contact NSA, and C) Get back to Earth. The twist?


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Is she really as alone as she thinks she is?

With a July 2nd release and a premise like this, aren’t you just a little bit curious about what lurks in the depths of space?

3. Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

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Bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath and man whose achieved two of the greatest things in the world: being a finalist for the Joseph Campbell Award and living in Pennsylvania, Chuck Wendig gives a novel for the ages.


'Wanderers' by Chuck Wendig

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Shana wakes up to find her sister sleepwalking. That weird, but nothing out of the ordinary. Except she won’t wake up. And she’s not alone. With flocks of sleepwalkers shuffling across American on the same mysterious journey, Shana will find herself in a society falling apart – not from the sleepwalkers – but from the fear of what may happen. Unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic, Shana will discovered a terrifying secret that will either tear what’s left apart of remake a shattered world anew.

Sounds spooky!



Kirkus Reviews doesn’t agree with that assessment, but they do write that “Wendig is clearly wrestling with some of the demons of our time, resulting in a story that is ambitious, bold, and worthy of attention”.

Released on July 2nd, this book should already be in your hands.


2. Eye Spy by Mercedes lackey

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A prolific novelist with over fifty novels to her name, Mercedes Lackey is “also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator“, Lackey’s newest release is sure to have readers flocking to the bookshelves.


'Eye Spy' by Mercedes Lackey

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Mags, Herald Spy of Valdemar, has a daughter named Abidela who dreams of joining her father’s network of spies. After suddenly discovering her ability to sense the physical strains in objects, that dreams seems all too close, but is it too good to be true? Now that she can sense all the secrets room in the kingdom of Valdemar, she might not like what she uncovers.

Will you pick this book on July 9th, or are you afraid of the secrets you might uncover?


1. Ash Kickers by Sean Grigsby

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On Amazon he’s described as “a professional firefighter in central Arkansas, where he writes about lasers, aliens, and guitar battles with the Devil when he’s not fighting dragons” and should that be enough to pick up his newest book?

In case you’re insane and answered ‘no’ to that question, here’s what the book is about….


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A sequel to Smoke-Eaters, we fallow Tamerica Williams, a rare individual who is able to withstand the smoke of dragons. That’s a good thing, since dragons now a days are all about doing what they do best: wreaking havoc.

Luckily, Dragon blood has special properties, so this’ll all work out, right?

Well, things go from bad to worse when a Phoenix shows up in Parthenon City, Ohio that kills the dragons but sets everything on fire in its wake. With cults now showing up here and there and dragons being whipped into a frenzy, Tamerica will have to face the Phoenix, a creator who, by the way, grows back stronger whenever it is killed.



Publisher’s Weekly praised the book by saying:

Current themes—refugees, political maneuvering, race and gender issues—thread their way through the lives of vibrantly imagined characters who ring with authenticity, and firefighter Grigsby knows just how to pull readers into scenes full of smoke and flame. Readers will delight in this fresh take on action fantasy.

With a release date of July 9th, I’m certainly picking this up after work!



Let us know what you think of our suggestions in the comments! Hopefully, you’ll add some of these to your ongoing reading list.



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Introduce New Readers to the World of Literature With These Young Adult Picks!

Each week, Bookstr will be offering a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list. Today, we’ll be recommending five recent young adult books for your reading pleasure. Young adult novels are generally written with a twelve to eighteen age bracket in mind but over half of the audience for YA novels are adults (as Bookstr readers can attest!) Young adult novels are often just as sophisticated as their adult contemporaries, often exploring themes self exploration, coming-of-age, relationships, trauma and love. Below, are some of our favorite recently published YA must-reads!


5. THe Haunted by Danielle Vega


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The Haunted is a spooky new novel filled to the brim with ghosts. A teenage girl named Hendricks moves to the small town of Drearfield. Hendricks wants to a start a new life, trying to forget her dark and traumatic past, but things don’t work out as planned. She learns from her new friends about the notorious Steele House, a dark house, said to be haunted. And then, Hendricks ends up moving into Steele House with her parents. Here, she finds herself dealing with, whispers in the night, doors that lock on their own, and frightening apparitions that torment her with her own memories. Hendricks now has to grapple with the hauntings and take down the ghosts, if they don’t get her first!


4. Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera


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Dealing In Dreams is a dystopian thriller following a young woman called Nalah, leader of a gang of girls who roam the fierce streets of Mega City. Nalah, however, wants more out life than violent showdowns with the other gangs that prowl the streets at night. She wants a life in the esteemed Mega Towers, where only the elite get to go. To prove herself, Nalah must journey beyond the bounds of the city in search of a mysterious gang. As she journeys, she encounters peril, both outward and within, and begins to lose sight of everything she cares about as she grows closer to her goal.


3. Let me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson


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On the streets of Brooklyn in 1998, hot on the heels of the murder of Biggie Smalls, another musically talented kid, Steph is murdered. But his friends, Quadir and Jarrell plan to make sure his music lives on. Promoting his music under the name the Architect, Steph becomes huge. As everyone listens to the Architect, a hot new music exec wants the Architect’s mixtape for himself. And as they become more famous, they must confront Steph’s past and figure out what happened to him, revealing secrets they kept from each other along the way as well.


2. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo


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The dashing young king, Nikolai Lantsov, head of the once great Grisha Army, is leader of a country threatened by a bloody civil war. Nikolai must forge new alliances and stop an army gathering at his country’s borders. But inwardly, Nikolai is facing his own struggle. Dark magic rots him from within and slowly but surely, he’s struggling to beat the darkness that threatens to overtake him. Nikolai must journey across his country to conquer the darkness, even as the rising tide of the country’s war threatens to engulf all.


1. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan 


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The Love & Lies Of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan tells the story of seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali who is secretly a lesbian. Unable to come out to her conversative Muslim parents, she can’t wait to go to college and escape her family. But her parents catch her kissing another girl and drag her off to Bangladesh for an extended vacation. In isolation, Rukhsana is met with her worst nightmare as she faces religious intolerance, bigotry, and homophobia. But she finds allies in this world and may even find strength within to forge her own future. This heartfelt novel showcases an aching portrait of isolation in your own culture and shows that love is love, no matter where it comes from.



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This Week’s Top Genre Picks: Romance

Each week, Bookstr will be offering a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list. Today, we’ll be recommending five recent romance books for your recommendation pleasure. Romance offers a look into the lives of couples, dealing with love and all the trials it offers. Let’s fall in love with the couples of these books and the worlds they create!


5. Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal


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Described as a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Unmarriageable tells the story of the Binat family, whose reputation have been destroyed by vicious rumors and scandals. Alys, a daughter of the Binat family, has found a happy life teaching English to teachers. She’s pulled back into the world of her family when a huge wedding comes to their small town and her mother arranges for her daughters to attend in order to catch the eye of eligible bachelors. At the party, Alys’s sister catches the eye of a man called Bungles, whose friend Valentine Darsee has a snobbish opinion of the family. Alys dismisses Valentine but as her sister makes arrangements to marry Bungles, she finds herself attracted to Darsee as she realizes he’s a different man that her opinion. This a charming update of the classic Jane Austen novel told with plenty of charm, wit, and lovely prose.


4. Meet Cute by Helena Hunting


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Meet Cute begins how it sounds: Kailyn Flowers literally crashes into her former crush, an actor called Daxton Hughes. What could be an embarrassment for them both brings them together and they start a relationship…until Daxton betrays Kailyn! After years apart, the two come together again and Daxton needs Kailyn’s help! This is a fun romance comedy filled with cringe and presents two interesting characters with a fractured relationship trying to make an awkward romance truly work.


3. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang


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A matchmaking tale, this novel tells the story of Khan, an autistic man who believes he has no feelings. His family wants to help and they fly him to Vietnam to help him find a bride. Another woman enters the picture, a girl called Esme who falls for Khan and Khan has to struggle in order to try to love her, overcoming his condition to show her that he loves her as much as she does him. This is a heartbreaking novel about an unlikely couple finding love and showcasing that conditions shouldn’t hold you back from happiness.


2. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston


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Red, White & Royal Blue tells the story of a young couple from either side of the Atlantic, the son of the President and the royal Prince. Alex Cameron-Diaz is the son of his mother, the current President and Prince Henry of Britain. During a public relations meeting, the two have a beef and went the tabloids get hold of it, disaster could be spelled for diplomacy. To simmer tensions, the two are arranged to be in a fake friendship that’s documented before the world. Soon, their friendship becomes real and deeper than either could have imagined. Alex begins a secret romance with Henry, trying to keep their relationship on the down low as he finds he truly loves the young prince. This same-sex romance chronicles an unlikely love between two young men is a must read for anyone, truly getting you invested on both sides of the secret romance.



1. Under the Table by Stephanie Evanovich 


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Under The Table tells of a sexy, steam romance, centering on a woman called Zoey who has escaped her failing marriage and finds a new challenge with a rich gentleman called Tristan Malloy. He’s a computer programmer but very shy and she decides to give him a makeover to fit her image. As she begins to work him over, she begins to find him irresistible and who follows is a romance for the ages. Funny and steamy, this romance is a great beach read.



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