Lobizona by Romina GarberWhat it's about: 16-year-old Miami teen Manu and her mom, both undocumented immigrants from Argentina, live in hiding to avoid ICE, not to mention the criminals who killed Manu's father.
What happens: After her mom is arrested, Manu finds herself in an enchanted school for brujas (witches) and lobizones (werewolves) where she discovers the hidden heritage that makes her very existence dangerous.
Read it for: a secret magical world, feminist fantasy, and vivid Latin American folklore.
Kingdom of Souls by Rena BarronWhat it's about: Despite being the daughter of two powerful witch doctors, Arrah hasn't been gifted by the orisha of magic. Desperate, Arrah performs a risky ritual, gaining enough magic to see a threatening plot...but maybe not enough to stop it.
Series alert: Look for the sequel, Reaper of Souls, in February 2021.
Further reading: For another intricately plotted Afrofantasy series opener featuring intrigue and fierce magic, try Amanda Joy's A River of Royal Blood.
Bruja Born by Zoraida CórdovaWhat it's about: Beautiful Lula Mortiz is a healer from a long line of brujas, but after her boyfriend Maks is in a terrible accident, healing isn't enough, and Lulu's desperate magic disrupts the balance between life and death.
Series alert: This intensifying paranormal follow-up to Labyrinth Lost will leave you longing for Wayward Witch, the final book in the Brooklyn Brujas series, which is out this month.
Winterwood by Shea ErnshawFeaturing: Nora Walker, who’s descended from a long line of forest witches; Oliver Huntsman, who’s rescued by Nora after he inexplicably survives a winter storm; and the ancient, ominous woods that surround their town.
What happens: Though Nora is drawn to Oliver, she begins to suspect that he knows more than he should about the local boys who’ve gone missing.
Reviewers say: “a delectably immersive, eerie experience” (Kirkus Reviews).
These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel SterlingStarring: Elemental witch Hannah, who works at a kitschy tourist shop in Salem, Massachusetts, and carefully conceals her powers from Regs (non-witches).
What happens: When gruesome evidence of dark magic surfaces in Salem, Hannah's coven won't take action, leaving her with only one ally in her investigation: her ex-girlfriend, fellow witch Veronica.
Series alert: If you like this romantic and drama-rich paranormal mystery, be sure to check out the sequel, This Coven Won't Break.
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