- Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Provocative, dark, and terrifying, Dread Nation is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page. Jane McKeene, young woman who has to live in a world filled with zombies have taken over America. After the Civil War, the dead came back to life and no one knows why, now in this new America Jane and other Black and Native American children have to live with laws like the Native and Negro Education Act, which requires certain children to attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.
2. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adyemi
If you haven’t read Children of Virtue and Vengeance what have you been doing? Well, first you would have to read the first book, Children of Blood and Bone but the journey is worth it when you get to jump back in joining Zélie, Tzain, and their companions right where the first book ended. The amazing, witty, and beautiful protagonist make this book a perfect read for International Women’s Month.
3. The Year of The Witching by Alexis Henderson
Dark, compelling and beautifully written, The Year of The Witching, surrounds the life of Immanuelle and the journey to figure out the secrets her deceased mother after she finds her diary. While at the same time enduring rigid, patriarchal society discovers dark powers within herself. Now she must struggle with finding the truth and realizing that Bethel isn’t what it seems to be.
4. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Romeo and Juliet in Shanghai? During the 1920s sign us up. The perfect retelling and revamped story of the Shakespeare classic. Chloe Gong takes this old tale and gives it a new face that will be leaving you wanting more by the time the story is finished. Juliette Cai, daughter and heir to Lord Cai of the Scarlet Gang, has to not only deal with her ex, she now has to deal murder, and a dark force that is overtaking her city.
5. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
In the colorful fantasy world for the Belles, Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In this world, Belles are admired and wanted for their control of beauty, where it is is a commodity that is desired above all else. Unfortunately, what Camellia thought the world was is the exact opposite and now she has to face the harsh reality.