Michael Ende's The Neverending Story is hardly new, but it's new to me, so I'm including it. I loved the Neverending Story movies when I was younger, but the movies are pale and pathetic in comparison with the glittering beauty of Ende's poetic writing, his gorgeous world of Fantastica, and his incredible characters.
Nova Ren Suma's Imaginary Girls is a book I've seen on a lot of "best of" lists this year - but there is a good reason for that. It's awesome. This is the first book I point to when I want to explain what fantastic magical realism looks like. It's also the first book I point to when I want to describe the kind of books I want to write...but I digress.
Will Shetterly's Elsewhere is also not a new book, but it's one of the best books on the Borderland I've ever read. The Borderland is a topic that has been explored a lot in YA literature, but in my humble opinion, this is the best tale of human-meets-fey-meets-magic-meets-techno
Since I've already gushed about Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone I'll just remind everyone to read it. Now. NOW.
Yeah. This one too. Go read this one.
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