Kacey Recommends


Kacey loves to read fiction of all kinds, mostly literature, sci-fi/fantasy, romance, and young adult. She will ocassionally pick up non-fiction if it grabs her attention. She's particularly enjoying various sci-fi and fantasy series at the moment, so ask her for a recommendation if you're looking for a new series to read!

 

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Iron Widow By Xiran Jay Zhao Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735269958
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Published: Tundra Books - February 28th, 2023

One of my favorite reads of 2022. It's action-packed with many layers to the story and the relationship that develops between the main characters is indescribably beautiful.

cw: alcoholism, violence, misogyny, sexual assault, torture, suicidal thoughts, rape


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The Romantic Agenda By Claire Kann Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593336632
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Published: Berkley - April 12th, 2022

A fun romance that flies by about friends taking a vacation together. I loved the characters & how they explored complex emotions from the past as they figured out their future relationships.

cw: acephobia, panic attacks, alcoholism


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A Lady for a Duke By Alexis Hall Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781538753750
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Published: Forever - May 24th, 2022

A queer historical friends-to-lovers romance featuring just the right mix of slow-burn pining, emotional complexity, and witty character drama. I will read anything by Alexis Hall, and this one doesn't disappoint!

cw: addiction, drug abuse, deadnaming


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The Sunbearer Trials (The Sunbearer Duology #1) By Aiden Thomas Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250822130
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 6th, 2022

This is the kind of book you'll read half of, and then not be able to put down until you finish. If you like The Hunger Games or Black Sun, pick this up next!

cw: violence, bullying, dysphoria, child abuse


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Spear By Nicola Griffith Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250819321
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Published: Tordotcom - April 19th, 2022

This story is a Camelot re-telling, yes, but it's also a journey of self-discovery that you, me, any of us really, could insert ourselves into. Who do you trust? Who do you love? What's waiting for you around the next bend in the road? The lush, descriptive prose will pull you in and never let you go.

cw: death, death of parent, infertility


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Dial A for Aunties By Jesse Q. Sutanto Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593333037
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Published: Berkley - April 27th, 2021

Fast, fun, full of heart (despite being about an accidental murder). The Aunties are the best!

cw: murder, death


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Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex By Angela Chen Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780807014738
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Published: Beacon Press - September 14th, 2021

Every single person should read this book. It's super informative, engaging, and eye-opening. The concept of sexual attraction touches every facet of our society, and Chen challenges readers to see the world through the lens of asexuality instead.


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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Series #1) By Tamsyn Muir Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250313188
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Published: Tordotcom - July 14th, 2020

A slow burn of a book that's kind of like The Hunger Games + Red Rising + Vicious. But Gideon's voice and story is also wholly unique. The set up takes a bit but the pay off is worth it (and there's a helpful glossary in the back!)


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Once & Future By Cory McCarthy, A. R. Capetta Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316449267
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Published: Jimmy Patterson - February 4th, 2020

Run, don't walk, to pick up this King Arthur-in-space story. The authors improve upon every single character and trope in the original version. The second book is even better than the first!


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A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic #1) By V. E. Schwab Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765376466
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Published: Tor Books - January 19th, 2016

Parallel Londons, magic, unlikely friendships, and utterly vile villains. V.E. Schwab writes like no other. Read this next if you liked The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.


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All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries By Martha Wells Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765397539
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Published: Tordotcom - May 2nd, 2017

Fast, fun, action-packed and surprisingly, the characters and emotions are what hooks you. Pick this up if you're in a reading rut! Many more books in the series if you like it.


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The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir By Michele Harper Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525537397
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 29th, 2021

Read this if you're looking for non-fiction that reads like fiction. Harper shares beautiful, heartbreaking, and emotional moments from her career as an ER doctor.

content warning: domestic abuse, child death, mental illness, medical content


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The Chosen and the Beautiful By Nghi Vo Cover Image
By Nghi Vo
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250820129
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Published: Tordotcom - March 29th, 2022

This Great Gatsby re-telling is haunting, thought-provoking, and filled with dazzling moments of magic.

content warnings: racism, alcohol use


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Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780062942869
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 5th, 2021

Modern day Hollywood + a boarding school with a haunted past + twisty-turny Gothic horror. 

content warnings: death, violence, sexual assault


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Blackfish City: A Novel By Sam J. Miller Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062684875
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Published: Ecco - October 2nd, 2018

A satisfying, strange, sea-floating dystopian world is at the center of this sci-fi book. The story hits all the right notes - interwoven character perspectives, suspenseful action, and myths come to life. I loved it!

Content warning: terminal illness, mental illness


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The Queer Principles of Kit Webb: A Novel (London Highwaymen #1) By Cat Sebastian Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063026216
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Published: Avon - June 8th, 2021

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Red, White & Royal Blue in this historical romance featuring an unhappy lord and a reformed highway-robber-turned-coffee-shop-owner. I flew through the pages on this one!

Content warning: child death


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The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes: A Novel (London Highwaymen #2) By Cat Sebastian Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063026254
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Published: Avon - June 7th, 2022

Blackmail. Love. Lots of back and forth on horseback. Slightly unscrupulous characters that you can't help rooting for. Bi/pansexual protagonists. Read the first in this series too: The Queer Principles of Kit Webb.

cw: gun violence, pregnancy


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Flavortown By Danny Caine Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780578876344
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Published: Harpoon Books - May 4th, 2021

Flavortown is the imaginative, delightful, nostalgia-inducing ode to Guy Fieri and Midwest food joints that you didn't know you needed. It's also a perfect break from novels and non-fiction.


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Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction By Joshua Whitehead (Editor) Cover Image
By Joshua Whitehead (Editor)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781551528113
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 20th, 2020

A beautiful and raw collection of speculative fiction stories centering queer and Two-Spirit Indigenous characters. The stories pull you in immediately and if you're a fan of speculative fiction, make sure this is on your TBR!

content warning: violence, confinement


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Freshwater By Akwaeke Emezi Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802128997
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Published: Grove Press - December 18th, 2018

Emezi's debut novel is unforgettable. As a reader, you are taken on a spiritual journey along with the beings that narrate this book, and it's a perfect exploration of the fragments of our inner selves.


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Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family By Amanda Jette Knox Cover Image
$19.95
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ISBN: 9780735235175
Published: Viking - July 30th, 2019

A beautiful, honest, and moving memoir about showing up for yourself and for your family.


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The Marrow Thieves By Cherie Dimaline Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781770864863
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Published: Dcb - September 1st, 2017

Dystopian fiction at its absolute best - heartbreaking, emotional, and gut-wrenching.