We love a good snack, and we can almost taste the treats described in these tasty titles. From donuts to tea to humans themselves, there’s something for everyone to sample! Check out our round-up here.
By Lizzy Hosty
Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
When transgender runaway Katrina Nguyen dazzles Shizuka Satomi with her violin mastery, Shizuka thinks she might’ve found the seventh and final prodigy to convince to give up their soul to the devil so she can escape damnation. But when Lan Tran – retired starship captain, interstellar refugee, and mother of four – walks into Shizuka’s donut shop in the San Gabriel Valley, Lan’s kind smile and eyes like stars have Shizuka questioning whether she should go through with her plans.
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
Wallace starts to think he’s dead when, at his own funeral, a grim reaper comes to collect him. And when the owner of a peculiar tea shop, Hugo, decides to help him cross over, he realizes he’s really dead. But Wallace isn’t ready to cross over. After being told he has one week to cross over, Wallace decides to set out and live the life he’s always wanted within the last seven days he has left.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Rose Edelstein has a unique gift – by simply eating the food that others have prepared, she is able to feel that person’s emotions. When nine year old Rose bites into her mother’s homemade lemon cake, she discovers that her happy, go-lucky mom actually tastes of despair and desperation. Suddenly, food is a threat to Rose, because it unlocks the secret knowledge that all families keep hidden, such as how her family members interact with the world and each other.
Star Eater by Kerstin Hall
Elfreda Raughn, a member of a group of cannibalistic nuns called the Sisterhood of Aytrium, can usually stomach her usual day-to-day tasks. But when she discovers what is necessary to preserve their magical bloodline, she’s horrified and wants out. Suddenly, someone offers her a chance at just that, as long as she becomes a spy into the Sisterhood. Elfreda Raughn accepts, because she wants to be able to make her own choices – like making sure she never comes pregnant – even if it kills her.
You Sexy Thing by Cat Rambo
At the edge of the known universe, Niko Larson, former Admiral in the Grand Military of the Hive Mind, spends her retirement with the remnants of her former unit working at The Last Chance restaurant at the TwiceFar station. But soon, Niko and her crew are kidnapped – onto a sentient ship that believes it’s been stolen – and have to survive a sadistic pirate king if they want to make it back to The Last Chance.