Monday, April 04, 2022

Ten recent thought-provoking SFF novels

Zoraida Córdova started writing when she was thirteen years old and hasn’t stopped. As a teen, she attended the National Book Foundation’s writing camp. She studied English Literature and Latino Studies at Hunter College, and the University of Montana in Missoula, but neglected her classes in order to write the book that would be her debut novel.

Since 2012, Córdova has written more than two dozen novels and short stories for all ages, including The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina, Valentina Salazar Is Not a Monster Hunter, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate. Her 2016 novel Labyrinth Lost, book one in the Brooklyn Brujas trilogy, won an International Latino Book Award, and is under development at Paramount.

At Publishers Weekly Córdova tagged ten recent favorite SFF novels, including:
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

This standalone is a slight departure from Schwab’s action-packed fantasy series. But it has her beautiful language and signature defiant heroine in Addie LaRue, who makes a deal with the devil to live forever—the catch is that no one will ever remember her. Four hundred years later, she’s learned how to leave her anonymous mark on the world, until someone finally remembers her.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue