Review: Otherworldly by F.T. Lukens

Crushed on by kelly, on March 18, 2024, in Reviews / 1 Comment

Mini Review: Otherworldly by F.T. Lukens

Otherworldly by F.T. Lukens is releasing on April 2nd and I can’t wait to share my 5 Reasons to Read it with you all below! Check out all the book info below and you can catch F.T.’s book launch virtually or physically if you live near Malaprops Bookstore in NC on April 2nd! You can also preorder a signed copy from there if you can’t make it!

Review: Otherworldly by F.T. Lukens


by F.T. Lukens
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
on April 2, 2024
Genres: Fantasy, LGBTQIA+, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 352

New York Times bestselling author of Spell Bound and So This Is Ever After.

Seventeen-year-old Ellery is a non-believer in a region where people swear the supernatural is real. Sure, they’ve been stuck in a five-year winter, but there’s got to be a scientific explanation. If goddesses were real, they wouldn’t abandon their charges like this, leaving farmers like Ellery’s family to scrape by.

Knox is a familiar from the Other World, a magical assistant sent to help humans who have made crossroads bargains. But it’s been years since he heard from his queen, and Knox is getting nervous about what he might find once he returns home. When the crossroads demons come to collect Knox, he panics and runs. A chance encounter down an alley finds Ellery coming to Knox’s rescue, successfully fending off his would-be abductors.

Ellery can’t quite believe what they’ve seen. And they definitely don’t believe the nonsense this unnervingly attractive guy spews about his paranormal origins. But Knox needs to make a deal with a human who can tether him to this realm, and Ellery needs to figure out how to stop this winter to help their family. Once their bargain is struck, there’s no backing out, and the growing connection between the two might just change everything.

5 Reasons to Read Otherworldly by F.T. Lukens

  1. Have you seen the cover? I mean the cover alone makes me want to grab this book off the shelf and add it to my collection immediately! The movement, the color scheme, and the finished copy has this metallic sheen…just stunning!
  2. Queer normative world building with queer & nonbinary main characters!
  3. Cozy standalone fantasy with emphasis on friendships and romance, that is full of adventure, humor, and emotional growth. Dare I even say this wintery book is a romantasy?
  4. Found family is one of my favorite tropes and you will find it here. Found family is so important to queer readers as it offers them a glimpse of hope that there are people out there just like them, we just need to find our family sometimes.
  5. Grumpy x Sunshine vibes all the way, even though this city has been in perpetual winter for 5 years!

About F.T. Lukens

F.T. Lukens (they/them) is a New York Times bestselling author of YA speculative fiction including the novels Spell Bound, So This Is Ever After and In Deeper Waters (2022 ALA Rainbow Booklist; Junior Library Guild Selection) as well as other science fiction and fantasy works. Their contemporary fantasy novel The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic was a 2017 Cybils Award finalist in YA Speculative Fiction and the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Gold Winner for YA fiction and won the Bisexual Book Award for Speculative Fiction. F.T. resides in North Carolina with their spouse, three kids, three dogs, and three cats.

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