Right now, the books I am really looking forward to don't fit into this trend at all. I am really surprised and thrilled at the same time since I feel like these are some of the books that we need to see. One with a different culture, a different perspective, and to help broaden the audience. I already know that I like what I am reading since I have already read the first books in their series, and I am hoping my book will join in the ranks someday. They are Asian inspired fantasy!
I found out about Cindy Pon's book right before the San Diego Comic Con back in 2009. I was looking for different kinds of fantasy, and her book, Silver Phoenix, was a new release. I was lucky enough to meet her at the convention to pick up the book and have it signed. Check out the review I did back in October 2009. I am re-reading it again before her next book,
Fury of the Phoenix, comes out on March 29th, 2011.
Malinda Lo's book Ash was based on a Cinderella premise and was more different than any other that I have read. Her main character, though given the Irish name Aisling and referred to as Ash, is of Asian descent. It also a lesbian love story. It is beautifully done and I was lucky enough to receive an ARC at that same Comic Con I saw Cindy Pon. I did a brief review of it here. Her next book, Huntress, comes out April 5th, 2011.
Now, Eon by Alison Goodman, I didn't review and I didn't think I needed to at the time since it had been out long enough to garner some rave ones. This was one of my favorite finds last year and it really captured my attention with its boldness in its Chinese-inspired fantasy setting. The theme with dragons was unique and kept me on the edge of my seat. I am definitely going out and buying Eona when it comes out April 19th!
So these are new releases and fantastic Asian fantasy that I am looking forward to reading starting at the end of this month. Be sure to check out the first books, as well!
Also, if you want to find more diversity in your reading, check out the Diversity in YA. It covers more than fantasy and is a great resource.