Leah is looking for diverse and unique work that is fast paced and has a complex cast of diverse characters. Something that will keep her on the edge of her seat and unable to put down. As much as she pretends to hate them, she loves a good plot twist and a shocking ending. She’s also a huge sucker for camaraderie, banter, and the tight-knit, family-like group of friends trope. Young Adult or Adult:
Fantasy with elements of myth and legend: preferably lesser known myths/legends i.e. Middle Eastern
Romantic meet cute/coming-of-age journey of self-discovery and self-love: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Series and Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Realistic and raw family-centered novels
Mysteries and psychological thrillers: unreliable narrators are okay; something similar to Orphan Black, Black Mirror, and Sadie by Courtney Summers
Espionage/heist concept novels: think Leverage, Now You See Me, and Six of Crows
Social justice inspired
Romance: ideally interracial; no cliche problems about cheating, parental disapproval, or high school drama. Give me something out of the ordinary, please.
Romance: ideally interracial; no cliche problems about cheating and parental disapproval. Give me something that deals with the struggles of today online dating culture, about how couples deal with growth and life pulling them in two different directions, or how society’s views can impact interracial relationships. Think Someone Great with Gina Rodriguez and Gayle Forman’s Just One Day duology.
The college experience as well as the post-college experience: how expectations drastically differ from reality or how a recent college grad is blindsided after entering the adult world and the working force and how they slowly manage to navigate it and get on their feet.