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Book Beat: Retellings, a Holiday Novella, & More

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Book Beat aims to highlight other books that we may hear about through friends, social media, or other sources. We could see a gorgeous ad! Or find a new-to-us author on a list of underrated romances! Think of Book Beat as Teen Beat or Tiger Beat, but for books. And no staples to open to get the fold-out poster.

  • A Dowry of Blood

    A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson

    Author: S.T. Gibson
    Released: January 31, 2021 by Nyx Publishing
    Genre: , ,

    A lyrical and dreamy reimagining of Dracula’s brides, A DOWRY OF BLOOD is a story of desire, obsession, and emancipation.

    Saved from the brink of death by a mysterious stranger, Constanta is transformed from a medieval peasant into a bride fit for an undying king. But when Dracula draws a cunning aristocrat and a starving artist into his web of passion and deceit, Constanta realizes that her beloved is capable of terrible things. Finding comfort in the arms of her rival consorts, she begins to unravel their husband’s dark secrets.

    With the lives of everyone she loves on the line, Constanta will have to choose between her own freedom and her love for her husband. But bonds forged by blood can only be broken by death.

    Source: @S_T_Gibson on Twitter

    A sapphic, poly Dracula’s brides retelling!

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  • Anne of Manhattan

    Anne of Manhattan by Brina Starler

    Author: Brina Starler
    Released: June 1, 2021 by William Morrow Paperbacks
    Genre: , ,

    L. M. Montgomery’s classic tale, Anne of Green Gables, gets a romantic, charming, and hilarious modern adaptation, set in New York City.

    After an idyllic girlhood in Avonlea, Long Island, Anne has packed up her trunk, said goodbye to her foster parents, Marilla and Matthew, and moved to the isle of Manhattan for grad school. Together with her best friend, Diana Barry, she’s ready to take on the world and find her voice as a writer.When her long-time archrival Gilbert Blythe shows up at Redmond College for their final year, Anne gets the shock of her life. Gil has been in California for the last five years—since he kissed her during a beach bonfire, and she ghosted him. Now the handsome brunette is flashing his dimples at her like he hasn’t a care in the world and she isn’t buying it.

    Paired with the same professor for their thesis, the two former competitors come to a grudging peace that turns into something so much deeper…and sexier than either intended. But when Gil seemingly betrays her to get ahead, Anne realizes she was right all along—she should never have trusted Gilbert Blythe.

    While Gil must prove to Anne that they’re meant to be together, she must come to terms with her old fears if she wants a happily-ever-after with the boy she’s always (secretly) loved.

    Source: @BrinaStarler on Twitter

    I’m personally indifferent to Anne of Green Gables, but some of you may find this to be an interesting retelling!

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  • The Longest Night

    The Longest Night by E.E. Ottoman

    Author: E.E. Ottoman
    Released: December 21, 2020
    Genre: , , ,

    For six years Richard and Tobias have written to each other sharing every detail of their lives and the occasional flirtation but they have never met in person. That changes when Richard is unexpectedly left without a job or home and Tobias offered him sanctuary for Yuletide. Although their attraction to one another burns bright over shared glasses of wine and books Richard fears taking a lover after too many years alone. As the snow falls deeper Richard and Tobias must find a way to navigate the long nights together.

    Source: @acosmistmachine on Twitter

    A snowed-in holiday novella with two trans men pen pals! (And it’s free at most places.)

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  • Tokyo Ever After

    Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

    Author: Emiko Jean
    Released: May 25, 2021 by Flatiron
    Genre: ,

    The Princess Diaries meets Crazy Rich Asians in Emiko Jean’s Tokyo Ever After, the irresistible story of an ordinary Japanese-American girl who discovers that her father is the Crown Prince of Japan!

    Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izumi discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity…and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.

    In a whirlwind, Izumi travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.

    Izumi soon finds herself caught between worlds, and between versions of herself—back home, she was never “American” enough, and in Japan, she must prove she’s “Japanese” enough. Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairy tale, happily ever after?

    Source: PW Newsletter

    First, look at this gorgeous cover! Secondly, this taps into all of my Princess Diaries nostalgia.

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  1. 1
    Ren Benton says:
    +6

    I saw C. L. Clark’s THE UNBROKEN in a thread of book covers with cats added (because “I am not a cat” is a thing that happened; sorry, can’t find the tweet to cite), and it screamed, “GREETINGS! I AM FULL OF THINGS YOU LIKE TO READ!”

    https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/54467051

  2. 2
    Ms. M says:
    +8

    It could be a fun read but Tokyo Ever After has a truly ludicrous premise in that Japan’s Crown Prince would somehow get away with having a relationship and secret kid nobody knows about and that the result of this unsanctioned fling would be considered an official princess. Granted I just told my dad that Bridgerton is a romantic fantasy to defend its diverse cast so that likely applies here to.

  3. 3
    MGW says:
    +5

    I love Anne of Green Gables but have no interest in reading a modern adaptation- it’s just one of those book series that is so perfect in its own time that I don’t see the point

  4. 4
    Lisa F says:
    +3

    I’m going to read Anne of Manhattan (Hah, I have written this AU In fanfiction and seen it there, so it will be interesting to compare) and Longest Night eventually.

  5. 5
    Vasha says:
    +1

    @Ren Benton: Thanks for that gripping art! It’s by Tommy Arnold, who also did the cover for Gideon the Ninth

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