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The Rise of Kyoshi by F. C. Yee
This prequel duology follows Kyoshi, a homeless child taken in by a disgraced Air Nomad and companion of the late Avatar Kuruk. When Kyoshi displays Avatar-level earth bending, she and Yun, her friend who was previously identified as the next Avatar, are taken to see a spirit that confirms Kyoshi as the Avatar. After a series of tragic events, Kyoshi and her friend Rangi, a teenage firebender who’d been serving as Yun’s bodyguard, flee.
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Three things to know about Darius Kellner: 1. He’s a nerd. 2. He’s got clinical depression. 3. He is about to take his first trip to Iran. While there, he gets to know his ailing grandfather, loving grandmother, and other family members for the very first time. He also meets Sohrab, who becomes his first real friend. Sohrab makes Darius feel like a new version of himself. But as the trip winds down, he has to wonder if he can still be the new Darius without Sohrab by his side.
Forest of Souls by Lori M Lee
Sirscha Ashwyn has undergone years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, but her plans are derailed when her best friend, Saengo, is killed by shamans. And then Sirscha, somehow, brings Saengo back to life. Summoned to the domain of the Spider King, who uses his influence over the Dead Wood — an ancient forest possessed by souls — to enforce peace, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities as a soulguide. For only a soulguide has the power to restrain the trees.
Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao
Ali is the only Asian person at her school in middle of nowhere Indiana…until Chase Yu, who is also Taiwanese arrives. But when Ali’s mom finds out that Ali and Chase are growing closer, she forces Ali to end it, leaving Ali to uncover family secrets in an attempt to discover the reason her mother disapproves.
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
After the death of her father, Princess Hesina of Yan is given the throne of an unstable kingdom. But she’s determined to find who killed her father, no matter the cost. She enlists the help of both Akira, a brilliant investigator and also a convicted criminal, and a soothsayer, which in itself is an act punishable by death, as magic was outlawed centuries ago.
The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
Noor is a city along the Silk Road, ruled by a new maharajah and protected by the Ifrit after the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered all but three of Noor’s humans. Fatima is one of these three, drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah, the affairs of the commander of the Ifrit, Zulfikar, and a magical battlefield.
Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
When Sana asked Rachel out, Rachel was furious because she thought Sana was trying to prank her. But when it comes time for Rachel, an aspiring director, to cast her senior project, she knows that no one could play Helen of Troy better than the stunningly beautiful Sana. And even though Rachel can barely stand to be in the same room as Sana, Sana says yes. If you love hate-to-love romance or love conversations about the objectification of historical women, you’re gonna love this.
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Mercy Wong lives in Chinatown in 1906, San Fransisco, and she needs a break. Her best bet is an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls — a school she’ll have to bribe her way into, since it is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls. But getting in was the easy part, since April 18th brings with it a historic earthquake that destroys the school and Mercy’s home. As martial law is enacted in the city, Mercy can’t sit by while so many are suffering.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
This East Asian–inspired retelling of Snow White follows Xifeng, whom the stars say is destined to be the Empress of Feng Lu. But to achieve such greatness, she must embrace the darkness within her — sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed.
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Zafira is the Hunter, searching for a lost artifact that can restore magic to her world. Nasir is the Prince of Death, sent to assassinate those who defy his father, the King — including the Hunter. Set in a world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame has exquisite worldbuilding, and characters you’d follow into the darkness.
Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim
In this Count of Monte Cristo–inspired tale, Amaya adopts a new identity after being offered unimaginable riches from a man she saved from drowning. She’s on the hunt for revenge against the man who ruined her family and destroyed her old life. But the more her path entangles with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down, the more she realizes that her past is not all it seems.
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
In 1926 Shanghai, the blood feud between the Scarlet Gang and the White Flowers leave the city helpless. In the center of it all are Juliette Cai, a former flapper and heir of the Scarlet Gang, and Roma Montagov, heir of the White Flowers, and Juliette’s first love. But something bigger is threatening the city, as gangsters on both sides are showing signs of instability — ending with them clawing their own throats out.
Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
This debut fantasy follows Sheetal, born to a mortal on Earth and a star who returned to the sky long ago. But when a flare of starfire injures her human dad, Sheetal will have to travel to the celestial court to get the help of a full star, like her mother, to heal him. And once she arrives, she must act as her family’s champion in the competition to decide the next ruling house of the heavens…or risk never returning to Earth.
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
When Nishat’s childhood friend Flávia walks back into her life, Nishat is immediately smitten. But matters complicate when their school has students create their own businesses, and both girls choose henna. Not only is Nishat worried about her chances in the competition, but she also worries about the appropriation of her culture. Plus, amidst sabotage and stress, she still can’t seem to get rid of her crush on Flávia.
Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn
The Tech sisters aren’t allowed to date in high school. After the older Tech twins are in college, they vow to not marry for many years, until they’ve had the dating practice they didn’t get in high school. This leads to their parents turning to Orrawin (aka “Winnie”), the youngest, and telling her she must practice fake dating in high school. Their first candidate is Mat Songsomboon, the son of their longtime friends. And Winnie’s sworn enemy.
Mad Bad and Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed
Khayyam, an American girl in Paris, is trying not to think about her messy life back at home. But as she broods in the City of Light, she comes across a descendant of writer Alexandre Dumas. Together, they begin to connect allusions in the art and writings of Dumas, Delacroix, and Byron to a 19th-century Muslim woman named Leila.
Butterfly Yellow by Thanhhà Lại
In the final days of the Việt Nam War, Hằng takes her brother, Linh, to the airport so that he might find a safe home in America. Six years later, Hằng is now in Texas as a refugee, hoping desperately to find her little brother. And when she finds him, she’s distraught, as he doesn’t remember her, their family, or Việt Nam, but she perseveres, hoping to bridge the gap between them.