Bookish News: More March/April 2019 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Releases to Get Excited About


We’re now three months into the year, and I have yet to run out of fantastic-sounding books that I’m looking forward to and want to shout about, so that’s a good sign 😉 So here I am, back to shout about some more books releasing in March and April that you should check out!

The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees // Mar 12

The Waking Forest by Alyssa WeesBlurb:

The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very edge of her backyard. But when she reaches out to touch it, the forest vanishes. She’s desperate to know more–until she finds a peculiar boy who offers to reveal its secrets. If she plays a game.

To the Witch, the forest is her home, where she sits on her throne of carved bone, waiting for dreaming children to beg her to grant their wishes. One night, a mysterious visitor arrives and asks her what she wishes for, but the Witch sends him away. And then the uninvited guest returns.

The strangers are just the beginning. Something is stirring in the forest, and when Rhea’s and the Witch’s paths collide, a truth more treacherous and deadly than either could ever imagine surfaces. But how much are they willing to risk to survive?

My Thoughts:

That is a gorgeous cover, and it sounds like an eerie and magical book!

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Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker // Apr 16

Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. BankerBlurb:

From international sensation Ashok K. Banker, pioneer of the fantasy genre in India, comes the first book in a ground-breaking, epic fantasy series inspired by the ancient Indian classic, The Mahabharata

In a world where demigods and demons walk among mortals, the Emperor of the vast Burnt Empire has died, leaving a turbulent realm without an emperor. Two young princes, Adri and Shvate, are in line to rule, but birthright does not guarantee inheritance: For any successor must sit upon the legendary Burning Throne and pass The Test of Fire. Imbued with dark sorceries, the throne is a crucible—one that incinerates the unworthy.

Adri and Shvate pass The Test and are declared heirs to the empire… but there is another with a claim to power, another who also survives: a girl from an outlying kingdom. When this girl, whose father is the powerful demonlord Jarsun, is denied her claim by the interim leaders, Jarsun declares war, vowing to tear the Burnt Empire apart—leaving the young princes Adri and Shvate to rule a shattered realm embroiled in rebellion and chaos….

Welcome to the Burnt Empire Saga

My Thoughts:

Another gorgeous cover! The whole thing about the princes and demonlord sounds great, plus, it’s not in the blurb, but I’ve seen some reviews mentions that one of the MCs is blind, and the other has albinism.

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Smut Peddler Presents: Sex Machine by Various Authors // Apr 23

Smut Peddler Presents: Sex Machine by Various AuthorsBlurb:

The latest in the Smut Peddler series of erotic anthologies, Sex Machine features a dozen full-color, sexy stories about robots, cyborgs, androids, and artificial intelligences! Featuring work by Fiona Staples (Saga), Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City), and Meredith McClaren (Hinges), Sex Machine promises to be our wildest collection yet, reminding all fans of quality filth why Smut Peddler is the last word in top-self sexy comics.

My Thoughts:

You guys, I’ve already read this one, and it is so much fun. Such a great variety of stories, relationships, and art styles, and lots of sexy AI and robots!

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Letters for Lucardo Vol. 2: Fortunate Beasts by Otava Heikkila // Apr 23

Letters for Lucardo Vol. 2: Fortunate Beasts by Otava HeikkilaBlurb:

When the vampire Lucardo fell in love with Edmund Fiedler, a 61-year-old mortal scrivener, their passion became legendary before Lucardo’s practical father intervened. The royal Court of Night has gone back to its peaceful reign, Ed has exiled himself, and Lucardo . . . well, Lucardo is hopelessly enraged. Determined to seize control of his life again, Lucardo mounts a search for his missing lover, sparking a new flame that — this time — threatens to consume them both.

My Thoughts:

I’ve also read this one already, and it’s a great sequel in what is a great, trope-defying comic about a vampire and an older man in love.

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Coming Up for Air by Amanda Meuwissen // Apr 30

Coming Up for Air by Amanda MeuwissenBlurb:

It’s not easy being someone’s fairy tale.

Leigh Hurley is making a name for himself among thieves and criminals, even if it isn’t the life he would’ve chosen. He shouldn’t have screwed over the Moretti brothers, though. It landed him in the river with weights on his feet. But somehow he’s escaped certain death. The last thing he remembers before waking on the riverbank is a beautiful face and a soft kiss.

Then, Tolomeo turns up naked at Leigh’s apartment.

Tolly comes from a race of killers—merfolk who drown humans for fun. But Tolly is different, and when he sees a human in trouble, he offers a kiss, granting the man the ability to breathe underwater… and himself the ability to walk on land, at least until the next full moon. The ancient laws state that if he is given a vow of love by the one he kissed, he will be able to keep his legs. If not, he will be put to death when he returns to the water.

But love is not something Leigh offers easily… and Tolly has a secret of his own.

My Thoughts:

I’ve read and loved most of this author’s other books, so I’m sure this one will be great too! I love mermen!

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Kickstarter: Strange Waters by Various Authors // Ends Apr 14



STRANGE WATERS is a queer fantasy comic anthology surrounding the theme of water. Water is a polarizing element that unites us all in one way other another. In STRANGE WATERS, you will find stories about daring feats of maritime exploration, overcoming despair, finding love in unexpected places, merfolk, pirates, and much more. The stories featured in STRANGE WATERS are all created by queer creators who identify at varying points of the queer spectrum, creating a book that’s as diverse as the ocean itself.

My Thoughts:

I’ve recently discovered my love for comic anthologies, and this one sounds amazing!



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  1. Greg

    The Waking forest sounds freaky (which I like) and I’ve thought about adding that one- that and The Devouring gray which sounds similarly freaky and has a (somewhat) similar cover (at least color scheme wise).

    Strange Water sounds like it could be awesome!

    1. Kristen Burns

      There are a few similar-sounding forest/witch books this year, I’m not even sure what The Devouring Gray is about. I know I’ve seen the cover though!

      It does sound like it could be awesome!

  2. Suz

    I love the cover on The Waking Forest, but the book I’d put on my TBR list is Coming Up for Air, I really like the sound of that one.

  3. Di @ Book Reviews by Di

    So glad you aren’t running out of exciting books to look forward to. Also I’m always happy to stop by and be introduced to something I might not see anywhere else! I love the look of Waking Forest. It definitely sounds eerie!

  4. Olivia Roach

    Upon a Burning Throne caught my eye because it had an elephant on the cover and I love elephants. But reading about it, it sounds amazing. Yes please to an Indian inspired fantasy book. Although I haven’t read The Mahabharata I want to! I am going to have to look into reviews of that one when it comes out. I know you recently hauled in Sex Machine and I am going to wait to know what you think of that one. And YES to Coming Up for Air because it sounds unique and I love books about merfolk. I need to read more of them as well DD:

    1. Kristen Burns

      Elephants are awesome! It does sound like it’s gonna be a cool book. And you’ll get to see my review for Sex Machine within the next couple weeks 😀 We all need more merfolk in our literary lives lol.