The Brilliant Death is the first in my Italian-inspired fantasy novel duet.


“For Teodora DiSangro, a mafia don’s daughter, family is fate.

All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that she secretly turns her family’s enemies into music boxes, mirrors, and other decorative objects. After all, everyone in Vinalia knows that stregas—wielders of magic—are figures out of fairytales. Nobody believes they’re real.

Then the Capo, the land’s new ruler, sends poisoned letters to the heads of the Five Families that have long controlled Vinalia. Four lie dead and Teo’s beloved father is gravely ill. To save him, Teo must travel to the capital as a DiSangro son—not merely disguised as a boy, but transformed into one.

Enter Cielo, a strega who can switch outer form as effortlessly as turning a page in a book…”


Raves for The Brilliant Death:

“A delicious and magical intrigue too tempting not to devour.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A highly original magic system and a protagonist who is as ruthless as she is fiery make for a fast-paced adventure.” —School Library Journal, starred review


“This first in a duology is a luminously imagined, Italian-inspired fantasy that thoughtfully speaks to ideas of gender perception and identity. A rich world, with much left to be explored in the next volume.” – Booklist

“One of the most artful, gorgeous, romantic books in the LGBTQIAP YA canon.” – B&N Teen Blog


“A unique mashup of fantasy, historical fiction, and queer romance… the kind of book you won’t be able to stop talking about.” – Bustle


“affirms nonbinary gender identities and revels in gender-nonconforming characters. The magic is playful and baroque, gleefully resisting categorization: power with a mind of its own.”-Locus


“The Brilliant Death is a fast-paced joyride of a novel, containing magic, intrigue, and a genderfluid love story in the midst of high-stakes secrets and courtly lies.” -Lambda


A Junior Library Guild Selection


A Kirkus Best YA Book of 2018


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ONCE & FUTURE, Co-authored with Cori McCarthy (Out March 2019)


When Ari crash lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she becomes the forty-second reincarnation of King Arthur. Merlin awakes to find that having aged backward over the last forty-one Arthurs, he is now–wretchedly–a teenager. Ari may be Merlin’s final chance to complete the steps of this cycle. 1) Find Arthur. 2) Defeat the greatest evil in the universe 3) Unite all of humankind.


No pressure.


This is the queer Arthurian space fantasy I fangirled my way into writing with the love of my life!

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The first review for Once & Future is in and it’s a SHINY STAR

“In this intergalactic reimagining of Arthurian legend, a racially diverse queer and trans ensemble of characters leads the battle against the tyranny of capitalism. Capetta and McCarthy develop complex conflicts on multiple fronts, including a passionate, whirlwind romance between Ari and her Gweneviere. The women in the story grow together through their challenges with one another and learn from their differences. All hail this worthier-than-ever, fresh, and affirming reincarnation of the legendary king and her round table of knights which dazzles with heroic flair, humor, and suspense.” -Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

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Make sure you check out the new tour details on the Events page to see if Cori and I are coming to a city near you! 


THE LOST COAST (Out May 2019)


Danny didn’t know what she was looking for when she and her mother spread out a map and Danny put her finger down on Tempest, California. What she finds are the Grays: a group of friends who throw around words like queer and witch like they’re ordinary and everyday, when they feel like an earthquake to Danny. But Danny didn’t just find the Grays. They cast a spell that pulled her halfway across the country, because she has something they need. She’s the only one who can bring back Imogen, the most powerful of the Grays, missing since the summer night she wandered into the woods alone.


But before she can find Imogen, Danny finds a dead boy with a redwood branch through his heart. Something is very wrong amidst the trees and fog of the Lost Coast, and whatever it is, it can kill.


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Gorgeous cover by Matt Roeser

Debuting on the New York stage, Zara is unprepared—for Eli, the girl who makes the world glow; for Leopold, the director who wants perfection; and for death in the theater.


Praise for Echo After Echo:

Capetta seamlessly weaves a murder mystery and stirring love story…an exceptionally compelling read. PW, starred review


An incredible work. Capetta writes with an awareness that is smart and progressive. A diverse, confident romance that brings to life the powers of young love in a New York City theater. Foreword, starred review


With timeless, literary prose, Capetta spins a tale that is haunting indeed. Booklist


This is a theater tale and murder mystery for passionate readers. SLJ


A mesmerizing performance on the page. Truly incandescent and unforgettable. Nova Ren Suma, #1 NYT Bestselling author of The Walls Around Us


Reading Echo After Echo feels like stepping into a magnificent theater. A timeless and spellbinding story. Marieke Nijkamp, #1 NYT Bestselling author of This is Where it Ends


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Available NOW in Hardcover, E-book, and audio format.

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The second (and final!) book in Cade’s story. A space opera about the big things: love, death, music, and LOTS OF KISSING.



“Full of friendship, romance, danger and yearning. Supporting characters remain deeply vivid, but the true force of the story is Cade’s inner life”

– School Library Journal

“Fast and intense, both in actions and emotion–readers who like Entangled will love its sequel” – Kirkus

“(The) characters are flawed and complicated, and genuinely engaging…Start at the first book to fully appreciate this space opera in the tune of TV’s Firefly.” -Booklist



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And don’t forget to start with the first book in the duet–




Seventeen-year-old Cade is a fierce survivor, solo in the universe with her cherry-red guitar. Or so she thought. Her world shakes apart when a hologram named Mr. Niven tells her she was created in a lab in the year 3112, then entangled at a subatomic leel with a boy named Xan.

Cade’s quest to locate Xan joins her with an array of outlaws—her first friends—on a galaxy-spanning adventure. And once Cade discovers the wild joy of real connection, there’s no turning back.


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Entangled out in the universe! Plus: awesome readers

Entangled out in the universe! Plus: awesome readers

“An accomplished debut.”

-Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“Raucous, fun, and futuristic.”


“A rad sci-fi story that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.”

-MTV’s Hollywood Crush