Lizy picks books like a corvid picking favorite objects: the shinier, weirder, or curiouser, the better. She mostly reads SFFH, but dabbles in contemporary romance, MG and children's, and LGBTQ interest. The only rule is that there are no rules and every book is her favorite.
This book should come with a warning label: its top tier excellence will hit you like a bulldozer. A group of friends decides to hold a wedding in a haunted house in Japan. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, and it makes a wickedly amazing read. In NOTHING BUT BLACKENED TEETH, you'll root for shallow people to get what's coming to them, which makes for a cathartically dark reading experience I cannot recommend enough. If you're a horror fan, consider this mandatory reading. - Lizy
The Sound and The Fury meets Fast and Furious in this queer gothic horror from Lee Mandelo that made me laugh out loud, cry (a lot), and pace the room clutching the book to my chest and talking to myself because I had so many feelings about it. Andrew and Eddie have always been unnaturally close for best friends, but after Eddie dies and Andrew essentially inherits his life, he has to learn to function alone. Eddie's death raises more questions than it answers, though, and Andrew's investigation will unearth deeper truths than he bargained for.
My favorite urban fantasy. MARK OF TRUTH features a brook no shit female lead, the sexiest goblin shifter to ever be penned, and a world full of fae and magic you won't want to leave. This series, written by Massachusetts native Graceley Knox, is truly unputtdownable.
Perfect for fans of Patrick Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson, this book has is all: gods that can die, mortals that can't, cursed relics, a dying world, a disaster bi main character, and dragons the size of actual islands. I'm obsessed with this series.
Macon, GA, 1922. African-Americans, Gullahs, and Trinis team up with supernatural forces to fight monsters made from KKK hatred. Ring Shout is a masterpiece for modern times. P. Djeli Clark puts his foot on the gas and doesn't let up until the final sentence. Everyone and their mother needs to read this book.
This book gets Vikings right, and it's my favorite book of the decade. This is the story of Angrboda Iron-Witch, Sorrow-Bringer, first wife of Loki and mother of “monsters,” the story of a woman thrice burned, thrice reborn, and finally, the story of the gods who lived before Asgard and the gods who lived after. This is the story of Ragnarok. Gornichec weaves a fresh take on an ancient and well-loved tale in THE WITCH'S HEART.