Books Books: Altered Reality Books: Under 18 & YA


Welcome to the Otherworldly by F.T. Lukens Book Release Tour hosted by Simon & Schuster. 

About Otherworldly

Otherworldly book cover

Seventeen-year-old Ellery is a non-believer in a region where people swear the supernatural is real. Sure, they’ve been stuck in a five-year winter, but there’s got to be a scientific explanation. If goddesses were real, they wouldn’t abandon their charges like this, leaving farmers like Ellery’s family to scrape by.

Knox is a familiar from the Other World, a magical assistant sent to help humans who have made crossroads bargains. But it’s been years since he heard from his queen, and Knox is getting nervous about what he might find once he returns home. When the crossroads demons come to collect Knox, he panics and runs. A chance encounter down an alley finds Ellery coming to Knox’s rescue, successfully fending off his would-be abductors.

Ellery can’t quite believe what they’ve seen. And they definitely don’t believe the nonsense this unnervingly attractive guy spews about his paranormal origins. But Knox needs to make a deal with a human who can tether him to this realm, and Ellery needs to figure out how to stop this winter to help their family. Once their bargain is struck, there’s no backing out, and the growing connection between the two might just change everything.

Praise for Otherworldly

Fresh and fun magic coexists with regular people in F.T. Lukens’ Otherworldly. Regular people like Ellery, who doesn’t believe in the supernatural until they strike a deal with Knox, a magical assistant from the Other World. Together the pair sets out to end the city of Solis’ five-year winter, but soon discovers that while it’s freezing outside, something between them is just beginning to heat up. This cozy urban fantasy blends magic, mystery, and heartwarming romance into the perfect story for fans of Supernatural and Carry On.

“Lukens impresses with this romantic adventure starring a skeptic and an excitable liminal being … Lukens’s signature blend of complex yet accessible mythology, queer-normative worldbuilding, and high emotional stakes makes for a compulsively readable tale.” – Publishers Weekly

“An irresistible elixir of romance and suspense.” – Kirkus Reviews

“A nice touch of Midwestern spookiness underlines a tale of classic crossroads bargains, first (and maybe lasting) love, thinly veiled climate anxiety, and chosen family. The mythic and the realistic are well balanced, and the relationships between characters will win over even the most grudging of romantics. Prickly Ellery and fun-loving Knox are an adorable grumpy-sunshine pair, and Ellery’s chaotic cousin and her girlfriend, plus some supernatural figures, round out the background to their world-bridging romance. Largely angst-free, wryly funny, and emotionally satisfying, this novel is tailor-made for a Netflix adaptation.” – BCCB

Launch Event for Otherworldly

Author Lukens of otherworldly

Don’t miss this exciting launch event! 

F.T. Lukens in conversation with Beth Revis

Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:00pm EST

Attend virtually OR in-person 

Malaprop’s, 55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801

About the Author

F.T. Lukens is a New York Times bestselling author of YA speculative fiction including the novels Spell Bound, So This Is Ever After and In Deeper Waters (2022 ALA Rainbow Booklist; Junior Library Guild Selection) as well as other science fiction and fantasy works. Their contemporary fantasy novel The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic was a 2017 Cybils Award finalist in YA Speculative Fiction and the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Gold Winner for YA fiction and won the Bisexual Book Award for Speculative Fiction. F.T. resides in North Carolina with their spouse, three kids, three dogs, and three cats.


New Releases!

Thank you for checking out my blog post. Sign up for my newsletter and stay up-to-date with all things bookish. There are usually a few giveaways going on too.

Subscribe for FREEBIES!

* indicates required