The 5th Gender by G.L. Carriger
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Zero Sum Game S.L. Huang
The Luminous Dead Caitlin Starling
Gail Carriger’s writing is always worth a look. In The 5th Gender, Tristol is a lavender alien who has chosen exile from his xenophobic people over a fate he considers worse than death. Detective Hastion is a gruff human who finds himself falling for the alien.
A spaceship full of Tristol’s people contacts their space station looking for the services of a detective. They’ve had a murder on board need the help of a human detective. They don’t even have a word for murder let alone the resources to investigate one.
Great interspecies love story and great murder mystery.
Certain Dark Things features many different kinds of vampires. I love the mythology behind each kind. Ana, our main vampire of the story can only feed on young people. She’s on the run and manages to find a willing young person to feed on, Domingo, a garbage-collecting street kid.
Zero Sum Game features a woman who is crazy good at math and deeply in touch with her body. She can do unlikely things. I would give you some examples, but I think reviews are generally supposed to be spoiler-free. At any rate, the MC goes up against a person who can talk anyone to their side. Can she math her way out of brainwashing? The next book is on my TBR pile.
The Luminous Dead was WOW! Claustrophobics beware.
Even when everyone’s secrets are laid bare I still feel like I’m not being told everything. I’m still not sure how to feel about the ending. I’ll be mulling over this one for a while.