There are SO MANY AWESOME new characters to meet (and fan faves to be reintroduced to) in Chloe Gong’s latest duology, Foul Lady Fortune and the BRAND NEW Foul Heart Huntsman! We’ve rounded them up with a few fun facts (and gorgeous character art from @imedmi!) so you can (re)meet these characters before you read the finale of the Secret Shanghai Universe. Do you have any predictions about who will be your new fave after you finish Foul Heart Huntsman?

Meet Rosalind Lang

Alias: Janie Mead/Fortune/High Tide

Age: 19

Occupation: Assassin for the Nationalists 

Weapon of choice: Poison 


Meet Orion Hong

Alias: Mu Liwen/High Tide

Age: 22

Occupation: Intelligence agent 

Weapon of choice: Charm 


Meet Alisa Montagova 

Alias: Liza/Yelizaveta Romanovna Ivanova

Age: 17

Occupation: Communist operative

Weapon of choice: Being sneaky


Meet Celia Lang

Alias: N/A (on assignment elsewhere)

Age: 24

Occupation: Intelligence agent 

Weapon of choice: Reason


Meet Oliver Hong

Alias: N/A (on assignment elsewhere)

Age: 25

Occupation: Intelligence agent (but rumored to be an assassins’ handler) 

Weapon of choice: pistol 


Meet Silas Wu

Alias: Shepherd

Age: 17

Occupation: Spying on the Communists as a pretend defector while remaining a loyal Nationalist

Weapon of choice: Triple-crossing


Meet Phoebe Hong

Alias: “World’s Most Annoying Little Sister” (-Orion)

Age: 17

Occupation: Student

Weapon of choice: N/A


Need a refresher on the events of Foul Lady Fortune to prepare for Foul Heart Huntsman? Check out our (spoliery) recap here!

It’s widely known that the book is typically better than the series or movie, but hear us out! Even if the original book is still your fave, spending more time with our favorite characters is always a win, no matter what format we get them in. Here are a few fan favorite book-to-screen adaptations you can check out right now!

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

A fan-favorite read and a Time Best YA Book of All Time (2021), Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a friends-to-lovers story that's finally getting it's time in the limelight as a major motion picture. This movie is ABSOLUTELY worth a watch, and it'll make you fall in love with Ari and Dante all over again!

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The Midnight Club by Christopher Pike

Want something a little darker and creepier for fall reading (and viewing)? The Midnight Club follows a group of eight terminally ill teens in a hospice that form "the Midnight Club," where they come together to tell scary stories and make a pact to prove that there is life after death. Watch this story come to life on Netflix! 

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The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

If you haven't visited Cousins Beach yet, what are you waiting for?! This classic trilogy from superstar Jenny Han will transport you to magical summers at the beach house with Belly and her BFFs/love interest, Jeremiah and Conrad. *Cue "Cruel Summer" in the background*

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Jenny Han is the QUEEN of YA book-to-screen adaptations, and To All the Boys I've Loved Before is the one that started it all! You can now watch all three To All the Boys movies on Netflix, along with a spin-off series, XO, Kitty!

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Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Wishing for a romantic Italian summer? Follow along with Lina as she takes a road trip across Tuscany in this bestseller filled with romance, mystery, and adventure, and then see Lina's story come to life in the Netflix original movie!

If you’re currently manifesting cozy reading weather, rainy afternoons, and colorful foliage… SAME. While we can’t control the weather and make crisp fall afternoons get here any quicker, these reads have the autumn vibes you want right now!

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Curious Tides by Pascale Lacelle

This book isn't out until October 3, but it's the PERFECT Fall read so it deserves a top spot on your TBR this season! A magical school, dangerous ocean caves, and a little romance make Curious Tides a must read!

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And Don’t Look Back by Rebecca Barrow

If you prefer a chilling thriller to creepy ghost stories, add And Don't Look Back to your fall TBR! This new release (out October 3) follows Harlow Ford, a girl who has spent her entire life running and must piece together the truth of her family's past after her mother's death.

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The Voice Upstairs by Laura E. Weymouth

This eerie historical mystery also isn't out until October 3, but we couldn't leave it off this list because it's so perfect for reading on a crisp fall evening! If you're a fan of Downton Abbey or The Haunting of Bly Manor you'll want to meet Wilhelmina Price, a working-class girl in 1920s England who must work with a lord's son to solve mysterious deaths in a local manor. 

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Bonesmith by Nicki Pau Preto

What could be more perfect for fall than a book about a disgraced ghost-fighting warrior who must journey into a haunted wasteland to rescue a kidnapped prince? (The answer: nothing.) This new release is PERFECT for dark fantasy fans!

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Spells for Lost Things by Jenna Evans Welch

This lightly witchy read is the latest from the author of fan favorite Love & Gelato, and takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, the perfect fall town! This adorable love story takes you across the town to discover Willow's family history (and maybe a curse?) with the help of the handsome boy next door.

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A Wilderness of Stars by Shea Ernshaw

A Wilderness of Stars is an amazing atmospheric, slow-burn romance that combines a moody setting with a trek across the wilderness and a sprinkling of astronomy, making this book perfect for fall reading.

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Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

Warrior nuns? Check. Evil spirits? Check. Margaret Rogerson goodness? Check. If you're a fan of dark fantasy (a perfect fit for autumn), Vespertine is the read for you!

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The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith

Is there anything more perfect for autumn than a witchy book set during the fall of 1911 in NYC? Follow Frances Hallowell as she discovers her magical powers after accidentally killing a man (?!) and is thrust into a battle between witches and wizards.

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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

ANYTHING by Margaret Rogerson is the perfect, cozy fall read, but An Enchantment of Ravens is unrivaled because Isobel's world is pure whimsical, atmospheric, autumn goodness. Plus, Rook is literally the autumn prince, so... just add it to your TBR!

Fall is here and we are so excited to kick off the season with a roundup of amazing new releases! September’s books include updated covers and special editions, the companion to a fan favorite romance, and the EPIC finale of Chloe Gong’s Secret Shanghai Universe!

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Enlightened by Sachi Ediriweera and Sachi Ediriweera

A spirited young prince longing to learn more about the world grows into a man on a quest to find the cause of human suffering in this first-of-its-kind graphic novel retelling of the life of Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism.

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Michael Vey 9 by Richard Paul Evans

In this electrifying ninth installment of the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling Michael Vey series, the Electroclan must fight a former friend to save their captured ally!

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Foul Heart Huntsman by Chloe Gong

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights and Our Violent Ends comes the second book in the captivating Foul Lady Fortune duology following an immortal assassin in 1930s Shanghai as she races to save her country and her love.

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A British Girl’s Guide to Hurricanes and Heartbreak by Laura Taylor Namey

In this highly anticipated companion to the New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club YA Pick A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, Flora Maxwell heads to Miami to find a path for her future…and finds her heart along the way.

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Mall Goth by Kate Leth and Kate Leth

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me gets a Y2K twist in this coming-of-age young adult graphic novel from acclaimed comic artist Kate Leth about a 2000s goth teen whose favorite part of her new town is the mall.

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Of Dreams and Destiny by Sandhya Menon

From the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the third installment in a series set an elite boarding school that’s a contemporary spin on fairy tales, this one a thrilling and swoon-worthy twist on Sleeping Beauty.

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Running Past Dark by Han Nolan

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti meets Amber Smith’s The Way I Used to Be in this young adult mystery following a teen searching for the truth behind the deadly car crash that claimed the lives of her twin sister and the high school football coach.

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Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong

Now in paperback! From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights and Our Violent Ends comes the “equal parts intoxicating and dazzling” (Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves) first book in a captivating new duology following an ill-matched pair of spies posing as a married couple to investigate a series of brutal murders in 1930s Shanghai.

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Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Now in paperback! The highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is an “emotional roller coaster” (School Library Journal, starred review) sure to captivate fans of Adam Silvera and Mary H.K. Choi.

Red, White, and Royal Blue is a smash hit, both in book and movie form, and for good reason! This amazing read is all about gay joy, and the swoonworthy enemies-to-lovers romance gets us every time! If you love the adorable love story between Alex Claremont-Diaz, a first son of the United States, and Prince Henry, a British prince, you’ll want to add all of these reads to your TBR!

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The Pirate and the Porcelain Girl by Emily Riesbeck and NJ Barna

This read is a little different from Red, White, and Royal Blue, but this swashbuckling, swoony, enemies-to-lovers graphic novel is too good not to include! This read has something for everyone: queer romance, high-stakes adventure, and fantastical creatures!

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So This Is Ever After by F.T. Lukens

If you love reading about Princes falling in love (and who doesn't?!) then you need to read Arek and Matt's love story! Arek saved the Kingdom of Ere from its evil ruler and since he's the one who beheaded the old ruler, he's the new king! All great, right? Maybe... until he finds out that he needs to get married to keep the kingdom... and stay alive.

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In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

This read is another swoony love story from F.T. Lukens that is a must-read for fans of adorable gay romance! Prince Tal has been waiting FOREVER to head out on his coming-of-age tour, but when he's kidnapped by pirates during his adventure, he must rely on the mysterious, secretive Athlen for help.

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The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch

In Red, White, and Royal Blue Henry and Alex are both concerned with how the world sees them, just like Sky. Being invisible in his small town is much easier than really being himself, but Sky decides to make a spash his senior year by pulling off the gayest promposal his high school has ever seen. When his plans are leaked, Sky has a decision to make. Will he keep his hard-won visibility? Or will the fallout stop him from being his true self?

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The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

Adventure, demons, and a swoony gay romance combine to make The Red Scrolls of Magic a must-read romp! Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood are finally together, but as they embark on a well-deserved trip across Europe, disaster strikes in the form of a demon-worshipping cult.

There’s nothing better than a beach read, so what are the characters of The Summer I Turned Pretty reading at Cousins Beach this year? We have answers! Find out what your faves are reading below, and be sure to add their picks to your TBR!

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All Alone with You by Amelia Diane Coombs

Conrad definitely enjoys a good grumpy/sunshine romance (just like his love story with Belly), so he's reading All Alone with Youan absolutely swoon-worthy read about a standoffish teen girl whose loner status gets challenged by a dynamic elderly woman and a perpetually cheerful boy.

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Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson

Taylor (aka the World's Best BFF) is reading Take Me Home Tonighta feel-good romp about two best friends making their way through the city that never sleeps! NYC may not be quite as adorable as Cousins Beach, but Kat and Stevie's BFF relationship is just as heartwarming as Taylor and Belly's friendship in season 2.

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In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

Cam Cameron is ready to set sail and save the whales, so he's bringing In Deeper Waters with him on his travels! This swoony adventure is Pirates of the Caribbean meets The Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue, and it's perfect for the ocean lovers among us!

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Belly is OBVIOUSLY a Jenny Han girl like the rest of us, so she's reading all about Lara Jean's complicated love life in To All the Boys I've Loved Before! Belly's boy drama is pretty rough, but Lara Jean's secret love letters to every boy she's ever loved being sent into the world is on another level.

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Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

After Steven and Taylor's long drive to Cousins Beach, he's in the mood for some more road trip goodness, so he's reading Love & Luck! This heartwarming tale about a road trip through Ireland is filled with love, adventure, and an (eventually) adorable brother/sister relationship!

The Barbie Movie is HERE and it has officially been crowned the movie of the summer (according to us at least)! If you’re as big of a fan as I am, these books will give you the Barbie Land vibes you want more of! 


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The Reunion by Kit Frick

Eleven Mayweathers went on vacation. Ten came home. The Reunion has all of the drama, stunning settings, AND beautiful people of the Barbie movie, with some mystery and even murder thrown in for good measure! 

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Their Vicious Games by Joelle Wellington

Things aren't as picture perfect in Barbie Land as they appear to be, and the prestigious Edgewater Academy is no different. Okay... maybe Edgewater and its elite competition, the Finish, is a little more intense than Barbie Land, but you get the idea! This new release is a searing thriller with deadly stakes that's Ace of Spades and Squid Game combined with a sprinkling of The Bachelor, and the cover TOTALLY gives thriller Barbie vibes!

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The Do-Over by Lynn Painter

Just like the Barbie movie, The Do-Over is absolutely hilarious and a delightful read (like anything written by the QUEEN Lynn Painter). Plus, this pink cover gives all the Barbie vibes.

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See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Not only is this cover perfect for Barbie (all pink, all the time!), but like Barbie, Barrett Bloom is venturing out into a new world: college. After a messy high school experience Barrett is hoping that college will be a fresh start, but when school begins on September 21st, EVERYTHING goes wrong. Now only that, but the next morning, she finds herself stuck in a time loop... with her nemesis!

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Shine by Jessica Jung

Shine, and the sequel, Bright, are the PERFECT reads for Barbie fans! Seventeen-year-old Korean American Rachel Kim is thrust into the competitive, technicolor world of K-pop, and has to give up everything for a chance to live her dreams. Plus, author Jessica Jung is a K-pop legend and former lead singer of one of the most influential K-pop girl groups of all time, Girls’ Generation!

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A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

This fan favorite read (and its ADORABLE cover) give us the Barbie vibes, with the added bonus of a cozy British setting! This charming, heartfelt story following a Miami girl who unexpectedly finds love—and herself—in a small English town.

Taylor Swift’s highly-anticipated Eras Tour has officially kicked off, and whether you’re anxiously waiting for your turn to see her perform some of her most iconic songs live or are just a fan that wasn’t able to get tickets (too soon???), there’s a read for every Swiftie on this list! 

What Should You Read Next Based On Your Favorite Taylor Swift Era?

The Best Books to Read While Listening to Fearless (Taylor’s Version) on Repeat

In addition to dancing in a storm in your best dress, and playing both the queen bee AND the girl-next-door in your love story fantasy, read these books to dive back into Taylor Swift’s Fearless Era.


The Best Books to Read While Listening to Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) on Repeat

Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) is a sometimes whimsical and sometimes raw confessional, and if you have the album on repeat like we do, we have a book recommendation to go with every song on your listen!


Books to Read When You Listen to Red 

Taylor’s Red era is ICONIC, and so are all of these books that pair perfectly with some of her most well-known songs!


Books to Read If You Love Taylor Swift’s Lover Album 

Whether you’re a diehard “Cruel Summer” stan or a sentimental “Soon You’ll Get Better” admirer (or both, depending on the day)—we’ve got a book for that.


Books to Read If You Absolutely Love Taylor Swift’s folklore 

Taylor Swift’s surprise drop of folklore, her folksy, emotional eighth studio album, had us reminiscing about first loves, diving deep into nostalgic self-reflection, and ready to run off into the woods to dwell on the feels of y e a r n i n g. 


Books to Read If You Love Taylor Swift’s evermore

If you’re a fan of evermore, we have the perfect recs to go with every evocative dreamy song off folklore’s bop-filled (but SAD) sister. 


Books to Read While Listening to Taylor Swift’s Midnights

T-Swift’s latest brand new album is FILLED with instant classics! Grab a blanket, light a candle, play the album, and grab one of these books!


Need more Taylor-related book recs? Choose a T-Swift album aesthetic to find your next read!

Summer is HERE, and whether you’re visiting the beach, sitting by the pool, or just sitting inside in the AC, you’re bound to need a few new books to add to your summer reading list. From a ripped-from-the-tabloids drama to a deliciously magical romance, you’re sure to find something on this list to add to your TBR!

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Everyone Wants to Know by Kelly Loy Gilbert

This ripped-from-the-tabloids young adult drama by the critically acclaimed author Kelly Loy Gilbert about a girl’s famous-for-being-famous family fracturing from within as their dirty laundry gets exposed.

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Something Close to Magic by Emma Mills

A baker’s apprentice reluctantly embarks on an adventure full of magic, new friendships, and a prince in distress in this deliciously romantic young adult fantasy that’s perfect for fans of Margaret Rogerson and Gail Carson Levine.

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The Quiet Part Out Loud by Deborah Crossland

For fans of You’ve Reached Sam and A Heart in a Body in the World, this searing and heartrending teen novel follows an ex-couple as they struggle to reunite in the wake of a devastating earthquake.

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Take by Jennifer Bradbury

Two teens uncover a secret hidden in the Cascade Mountains that spans generations, stringing together family skeletons, lost stories, and a discovery of love and self in this tense and emotional young adult thriller.

Whether you’re relaxing in the ocean breeze or in an air-conditioned room, there’s nothing like getting whisked away to sunny beaches and summer adventures in a good read—all without having to actually leave home! The Summer I Turned Pretty is one of our absolute favorite summer books, both because of its beautiful beach location and its swoonworthy characters: Belly, Conrad, and Jeremiah. Take this quiz to find out which classic character is your summer soulmate!

Which Summer I Turned Pretty Character is Your Summer Soulmate?

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