Bookish News: 10 Queer SFF Books I’m Excited For in 2023 (Part 1)


New year, new books! More specifically, new queer sci-fi/fantasy books. This is Part 1 because it only includes books from the first half of the year, and I plan to do another in July. Sort of by accident I have five adult books (which I put first) and five YA (which I put in the second row). There are a lot more than ten I’m looking forward to, but I had to limit myself because I only have so much energy for making blog posts. Anyway, I’m excited for these books, and perhaps you will be too if you’re not already!

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Dragonfall by L.R. LamWorld Running Down by Al HessLiar City by Allie TherinAbandoned Things by Chani Lynn FeenerA Necessary Chaos by Brent Lambert

Dragonfall by L.R. Lam

This one is about a genderfluid thief MC and a dragon in human form, and the dragon needs to kill the human to save his species, but oops, they fall in love! Anyone else get really slight Dragonheart vibes? I love everything about how this sounds. (I believe this is a trilogy, though I don’t know if all the books are about the same characters.)
Amazon // Goodreads

World Running Down by Al Hess

I’ve loved some other books by this author, and this one is described by the publisher as a “cozy, queer sci-fi road trip novel,” which sounds lovely! It has a trans MC, an AI love interest, and a m/m romance, all in a post-apoc setting.
Amazon // Goodreads // My Review

Liar City by Allie Therin

I’ve loved some other books by this author as well, and this new series about an empath and an empath hunter working together to solve a murder, and the ensuing romance, sounds like it’s going to be fun!
Amazon // Goodreads

Abandoned Things by Chani Lynn Feener

A writer’s character (who happens to be a demon prince) comes to life and starts making demands for his story, and then they have to work together against a villain who has also shown up. Always a fun idea, characters coming to life, and the morally gray characters and sort of enemies-to-lovers romance have me even more intrigued!
Amazon // Goodreads // My Review

A Necessary Chaos by Brent Lambert

Enemy spy mages who are supposed to kill each other but fall in love! Another idea that’s a lot of fun, and adding in magic makes it even more interesting.

The Buried and the Bound by Rochelle HassanThe Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole NovoaCrescentville Haunting by M.N. BennettIf I See You Again Tomorrow by Robbie CouchProject Nought by Chelsey Furedi

The Buried and the Bound by Rochelle Hassan

I’m not sure what the queer rep is specifically, but the story is about a witch, a cursed boy, and a necromancer working together to keep their town safe from dangerous creatures in the woods. There’s found family and fae and perhaps romance? I don’t know, but it sounds great!
Amazon // Goodreads

The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa

A transmasc nonbinary MC, magic, and pirates! That was really all I needed to know, to be honest. I’m sold.
Amazon // Goodreads

Crescentville Haunting by M.N. Bennett

I had to include at least one vampire on the list! I think it’s a sort of second chance romance with a vampire ex, plus shady government facilities and big decisions, all of which make it sound all the more exciting.
Amazon // Goodreads // My Review

If I See You Again Tomorrow by Robbie Couch

A teen is reliving the same day over and over, until one day someone new shows up, changing things. This sort of thing is always an intriguing premise with great potential, especially with some romance in the mix!
Amazon // Goodreads

Project Nought by Chelsey Furedi

I’ve already read this one, and it’s a sweet sci-fi graphic novel about a teen who ends up in the future as part of a time travel program, but there are shady mysteries and romance and action and a bit of everything! There are also lots of queer characters among the main group, with a central m/m romance.
Amazon // Goodreads // My Review


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  1. Roberta R.

    “A writer’s character (who happens to be a demon prince) comes to life and starts making demands for his story”
    Haha, this sounds like a lot of fun!

  2. Becky@ A Fool's Ingenuity

    How have I heard of none of these? It’s very convenient you managed to find 5 YA and adult ones though for a balanced list. I feel like I’ve heard of the author LR Lam before but that could just be I have another book on my shelf with the author surname of Lam but Dragonfall sounds very interesting even if it’s not the author I’m thinking it is. And I want to read The Wicked Bargain, but that could just be because I finally managed to watch Our Flag Means Death and now want all things pirates.

    1. Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)

      Oh yay, I love that I have brought ten whole new books onto your radar! LR Lam also wrote Pantomime, maybe that’s what you’re thinking of? Which I also want to read lol. I really want to watch OFMD, I’m jealous! But yeah, I need more pirate media in my life too.

  3. Chani

    I stumbled on this! Thanks for including Abandoned Things! I hope you love it once it’s out! I’ll be checking out some of these others on your list for sure!