LIST #19 | 32 Queer/LGBTQ+ May 2020 Releases

The Fate of Stars (Sea and Stars, #1)

The Fate of Stars by S.D. Simper

Pub. Date: 1 May


A devout mermaid. A disgraced princess. A feud as ancient as the gods themselves.

Worlds collide when Tallora is kidnapped from her ocean home and forced to be a pet to a tyrannical foreign empire. Her only hope for rescue lies with a sworn enemy—Princess Dauriel, infamous for her stone heart and conflicted past. But when Dauriel’s kingdom comes to the cusp of war, could their uneasy alliance be the key to defeating a common foe? Or will their tenuous feelings for each other become their ruin?

From the world of FALLEN GODS comes a tale of ancient magic and cutthroat politics—and finding redemption through love.

Rep: f/f relationship; sapphic characters

Felix Ever After

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Pub. Date: 5 May


From Stonewall and Lambda Award-winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.

Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after.

When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle….

But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.

Felix Ever After is an honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognizing the love you deserve.

Rep: trans boy MC; lesbian side characters

Credit: Theresa (@fettestheresa); Caro (@santanareads); Jeni (@shelf_blame)

Clap When You Land

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Pub. Date: 5 May


In this novel in verse, Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people… In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Rep: lesbian MC; f/f relationship

Credit: Theresa (@fettestheresa); Sasha (@midnightb00ks)

Dangerous Remedy (Dangerous Remedy, #1)

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

Pub. Date: 5 May


Camille, a revolutionary’s daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Mortes they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame La Guillotine. But their latest rescue is not what she seems. The girl’s no aristocrat, but her dark and disturbing powers means both the Royalists and the Revolutionaries want her. But who and what is she?

In these dangerous days, no one can be trusted, everyone is to be feared. As Camille learns the truth, she’s forced to choose between loyalty to those she loves and the future.

Rep: lesbian MC; bi MC; gay MC; f/f relationship

Credit: Theresa (@fettestheresa); El (@inkandplasma)

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Pub. Date: 5 May


A desperate orphan turned pirate and a rebellious imperial daughter find a connection on the high seas in a world divided by colonialism and threaded with magic.

Aboard the pirate ship Dove, Flora the girl takes on the identity of Florian the man to earn the respect and protection of the crew. For Flora, former starving urchin, the brutal life of a pirate is about survival: don’t trust, don’t stick out, and don’t feel. But on this voyage, as the pirates prepare to sell their unsuspecting passengers into slavery, Flora is drawn to the Lady Evelyn Hasegawa, who is en route to a dreaded arranged marriage with her own casket in tow. Flora doesn’t expect to be taken under Evelyn’s wing, and Evelyn doesn’t expect to find such a deep bond with the pirate Florian.

Soon the unlikely pair set in motion a wild escape that will free a captured mermaid (coveted for her blood, which causes men to have visions and lose memories) and involve the mysterious Pirate Supreme, an opportunistic witch, and the all-encompassing Sea itself.

Rep: queer woman MC; genderfluid MC; f/non-binary relationship

Credit: Theresa (@fettestheresa); El (inkandplasma)

Meet Cute Club (Sweet Rose #1)

Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon

Pub. Date: 5 May


Jordan Collins doesn’t need a man.

What he needs is for his favorite author to release another one of her sexy supernatural novels and more people to sign up for the romance book club that he fears is slowly and steadily losing its steam. He also needs for the new employee at his local bookstore to stop making fun of him for reading things meant for “grandmas.”

The very last thing he needs is for that same employee, Rex Bailey, to waltz into his living room and ask to join Meet Cute Club. Despite his immediate thoughts—like laughing in his face and telling him to kick rocks—Jordan decides that if he wants this club to continue thriving, he can’t turn away any new members. Not even ones like Rex, who somehow manage to be both frustratingly obnoxious and breathtakingly handsome.

As Jordan and Rex team up to bring the club back from the ashes, Jordan soon discovers that Rex might not be the arrogant troll he made himself out to be, and that, like with all things in life, maybe he was wrong to judge a book by its cover.

Rep: gay MC; mlm LI; m/m relationship

The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly

The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton

Pub. Date: 5 May


Working as a wench ― i.e. waitress ― at a cheesy medieval-themed restaurant in the Chicago suburbs, Kit Sweetly dreams of being a knight like her brother. She has the moves, is capable on a horse, and desperately needs the raise that comes with knighthood, so she can help her mom pay the mortgage and hold a spot at her dream college.

Company policy allows only guys to be knights. So when Kit takes her brother’s place and reveals her identity at the end of the show, she rockets into internet fame and a whole lot of trouble with the management. But the Girl Knight won’t go down without a fight. As other wenches join her quest, a protest forms. In a joust before Castle executives, they’ll prove that gender restrictions should stay medieval―if they don’t get fired first.

Moxie meets A Knight’s Tale as Kit Sweetly slays sexism, bad bosses, and bad luck to become a knight at a medieval-themed restaurant.

Rep: non-binary side characters; trans side characters; queer side characters

Note: Take note that (as far as I know) the MC isn’t queer; the queer characters are side characters only

Scandalous Passions

Scandalous Passions by Nicola Davidson

Pub. Date: 11 May


Scotland, 1504.

Lady Janet Fraser didn’t earn her reputation as Scotland’s most notorious sinner by following the rules. A former mistress of King James IV, she’s content to live her life from pleasure to pleasure. Even if those pleasures—and people—are forbidden.

People like Sir Lachlan Ross, given the moniker The Highland Beast, a man as intimidating in battle as he is in size. A beast she discovers secretly wishes to be tamed and submit to her dominance.

Or like her new ward, Lady Marjorie Hepburn, a convent-raised virgin with a desire to be taught all the sensual secrets of the marriage bed. Things that Janet is fully willing to teach her, again and again. There’s much for her to learn.

And forbidden pleasures like the three of them together in one bed.

But Lachlan and Marjorie both have ties to the king. As wicked lusts are indulged and affection unexpectedly grows into love, breaking the rules this time could mean all of their undoing…

Rep: f/f/m polyam relationship; queer characters

We Had No Rules

We Had No Rules by Corinne Manning

Pub. Date: 12 May


A defiant, beautifully realized story collection about the messy complications of contemporary queer life.

A young teenager runs from her family’s conservative home to her sister’s NY apartment to learn a very different set of rules. A woman grieves the loss of a sister, a “gay divorce,” and the pain of unacknowledged abuse with the help of a lone wallaby on a farm in Washington State. A professor of women’s and gender studies revels in academic and sexual power but risks losing custody of the family dog.

Corinne Manning’s defiant, beautifully realized story collection about the messy complications of contemporary queer life follow a cast of queer characters as they explore the choice of assimilation over rebellion, feeling the promise of a radically reimagined world but facing complicity instead.

Rep: queer short-story collection

The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World's Queer Frontiers

The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers by Mark Gevisser

Pub. Date: 12 May


A groundbreaking look at how the issues of sexuality and gender identity divide and unite the world today

More than five years in the making, Mark Gevisser’s The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers is a globetrotting exploration of how the human rights frontier around sexual orientation and gender identity has come to divide—and describe—the world in an entirely new way over the first two decades of the twenty-first century. No social movement has brought change so quickly and with such dramatically mixed results. While same-sex marriage and gender transition is celebrated in some parts of the world, laws are being strengthened to criminalize homosexuality and gender nonconformity in others. A new Pink Line, Gevisser argues, has been drawn across the world, and he takes readers to its frontiers.

In between sharp analytical chapters about culture wars, folklore, gender ideology, and geopolitics, Gevisser provides sensitive and sometimes startling profiles of the queer folk he’s encountered on the Pink Line’s front lines across nine countries. They include a trans Malawian refugee granted asylum in South Africa and a gay Ugandan refugee stuck in Nairobi; a lesbian couple who started a gay café in Cairo after the Arab Spring, a trans woman fighting for custody of her child in Moscow, and a community of kothis—“women’s hearts in men’s bodies”who run a temple in an Indian fishing village.

Eye-opening, moving, and crafted with expert research, compelling narrative, and unprecedented scope, The Pink Line is a monumental—and vital—journey through the border posts of the world’s new LGBTQ+ frontiers.

Rep: queer non-fiction

The Fascinators

The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos

Pub. Date: 12 May


A magic-infused YA novel about friendship, first love, and feeling out of place that will bewitch fans of Rainbow Rowell and Maggie Stiefvater.

Living in a small town where magic is frowned upon, Sam needs his friends James and Delia—and their time together in their school’s magic club—to see him through to graduation.

But as soon as senior year starts, little cracks in their group begin to show. Sam may or may not be in love with James. Delia is growing more frustrated with their amateur magic club. And James reveals that he got mixed up with some sketchy magickers over the summer, putting a target on all their backs.

With so many fault lines threatening to derail his hopes for the year, Sam is forced to face the fact that the very love of magic that brought his group together is now tearing them apart—and there are some problems that no amount of magic can fix.

Rep: mlm MC; mlm LI; m/m relationship

The Boy in the Red Dress

The Boy in the Red Dress by Kristin Lambert

Pub. Date: 12 May


A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystery in this rollicking romp of truth, lies, and troubled pasts.

New Year’s Eve, 1929.

Millie is running the show at the Cloak & Dagger, a swinging speakeasy in the French Quarter, while her aunt is out of town. The new year is just around the corner, and all of New Orleans is out to celebrate, but even wealthy partiers’ diamond earrings can’t outshine the real star of the night: the boy in the red dress. Marion is the club’s star performer and his fans are legion–if mostly underground.

When a young socialite wielding a photograph of Marion starts asking questions, Millie wonders if she’s just another fan. But then her body is found crumpled in the courtyard, dead from an apparent fall off the club’s balcony, and all signs point to Marion as the murderer. Millie knows he’s innocent, but local detectives aren’t so easily convinced.

As she chases clues that lead to cemeteries and dead ends, Millie’s attention is divided between the wry and beautiful Olive, a waitress at the Cloak & Dagger, and Bennie, the charming bootlegger who’s offered to help her solve the case. The clock is ticking for the fugitive Marion, but the truth of who the killer is might be closer than Millie thinks..

Rep: bi girl MC; gay boy SC; sapphic and lesbian SCs; f/f side relationship

The Summer of Impossibilities

The Summer of Impossibilities by Rachael Allen

Pub. Date: 12 May


Skyler, Ellie, Scarlett and Amelia Grace are forced to spend the summer at the lake house where their moms became best friends.

One can’t wait. One would rather gnaw off her own arm than hang out with a bunch of strangers just so their moms can drink too much wine and sing Journey two o’clock in the morning. Two are sisters. Three are currently feuding with their mothers.

One almost sets her crush on fire with a flaming marshmallow. Two steal the boat for a midnight joyride that goes horribly, awkwardly wrong. All of them are hiding something.

One falls in love with a boy she thought she despised. Two fall in love with each other. None of them are the same at the end of the summer.

Rep: lesbian MC; bi MC; f/f relationship; wlw SCs

House of Dragons (House of Dragons, #1)

House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

Pub. Date: 12 May


Five royal houses will hear the call to compete in the Trial for the dragon throne. A liar, a soldier, a servant, a thief, and a murderer will answer it. Who will win?

When the Emperor dies, the five royal houses of Etrusia attend the Call, where one of their own will be selected to compete for the throne. It is always the oldest child, the one who has been preparing for years to compete in the Trial. But this year is different. This year, these five outcasts will answer the call….

THE LIAR: Emilia must hide her dark magic or be put to death.

THE SOLDIER: Lucian is a warrior who has sworn to never lift a sword again.

THE SERVANT: Vespir is a dragon trainer whose skills alone will keep her in the game.

THE THIEF: Ajax knows that nothing is free–he must take what he wants.

THE MURDERER: Hyperia was born to rule and will stop at nothing to take her throne.

Rep: lesbian MC

The Little Book of Pride: The History, the People, the Parades

The Little Book of Pride by Lewis Laney

Pub. Date: 12 May


Celebrate the LGTBQ community with this small but perfectly formed guide to Pride.

What began as a protest for gay rights following the Stonewall riots of 1969 in New York has grown to become a global celebration of LGBTQ culture. In the 50-odd years since the original protest, and what is now widely accepted to be the first Pride march—Christopher Street Liberation Day, 1970—Pride events are now attended by millions each year, celebrating how far we’ve come, recognizing where we have to go, and highlighting important causes in the queer community.

The Little Book of Pride proves that size definitely doesn’t matter by squeezing everything you need to know about Pride into 144 pages. Inside, you will find the history, the key people involved, the best Pride events around the world, inspirational quotes from famous queers, Pride facts, and a fun Pride survival guide.

Rep: queer non-fiction

The Henna Wars

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

Pub. Date: 12 May


When Dimple Met Rishi meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this rom com about two teen girls with rival henna businesses.

When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wants—as long as she isn’t herself. Because Muslim girls aren’t lesbians. Nishat doesn’t want to hide who she is, but she also doesn’t want to lose her relationship with her family. And her life only gets harder once a childhood friend walks back into her life.

Flávia is beautiful and charismatic and Nishat falls for her instantly. But when a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, both Flávia and Nishat choose to do henna, even though Flávia is appropriating Nishat’s culture. Amidst sabotage and school stress, their lives get more tangled—but Nishat can’t quite get rid of her crush on Flávia, and realizes there might be more to her than she realized.

Rep: lesbian MC; bi LI; f/f relationship

Credit: Theresa (@fettestheresa); Toya (@reading_chemist); Sasha (@midnightb00ks)

The Thirty Names of Night

The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar

Pub. Date: 19 May


The author of the “vivid and urgent…important and timely” (The New York Times Book Review) debut The Map of Salt and Stars returns with this remarkably moving and lyrical novel following three generations of Syrian Americans who are linked by a mysterious species of bird and the truths they carry close to their hearts.

Five years after a suspicious fire killed his ornithologist mother, a closeted Syrian American trans boy sheds his birth name and searches for a new one. He has been unable to paint since his mother’s ghost has begun to visit him each evening. As his grandmother’s sole caretaker, he spends his days cooped up in their apartment, avoiding his neighborhood masjid, his estranged sister, and even his best friend (who also happens to be his longtime crush). The only time he feels truly free is when he slips out at night to paint murals on buildings in the once-thriving Manhattan neighborhood known as Little Syria.

One night, he enters the abandoned community house and finds the tattered journal of a Syrian American artist named Laila Z, who dedicated her career to painting the birds of North America. She famously and mysteriously disappeared more than sixty years before, but her journal contains proof that both his mother and Laila Z encountered the same rare bird before their deaths. In fact, Laila Z’s past is intimately tied to his mother’s—and his grandmother’s—in ways he never could have expected. Even more surprising, Laila Z’s story reveals the histories of queer and transgender people within his own community that he never knew. Realizing that he isn’t and has never been alone, he has the courage to officially claim a new name: Nadir, an Arabic name meaning rare.

As unprecedented numbers of birds are mysteriously drawn to the New York City skies, Nadir enlists the help of his family and friends to unravel what happened to Laila Z and the rare bird his mother died trying to save. Following his mother’s ghost, he uncovers the silences kept in the name of survival by his own community, his own family, and within himself, and discovers the family that was there all along.

Featuring Zeyn Joukhadar’s signature “magical and heart-wrenching” (The Christian Science Monitor) storytelling, The Thirty Names of Night is a timely exploration of how we all search for and ultimately embrace who we are.

Rep: trans man MC

The Names We Take

The Names We Take by Trace Kerr

Pub. Date: 19 May


Never leave someone behind: it’s a promise easier made than kept, especially when seventeen-year-old Pip takes the headstrong twelve-year-old Iris under her protection in the wake of an earth-shattering plague.

After an unspeakable tragedy, the duo must navigate the nearly unrecognizable remains of Spokane, facing roving slave traders, merciless gangs―and worse. Pip and Iris soon meet Fly, a stubborn and courageous older girl, and as the three grow closer and their circumstances grow more perilous, they must also grapple with their own identities in this cruel new world. Pip’s vow to never leave someone behind may have made survival more difficult for her, but this promise could also be the key to finding meaning in the ashes of what came before.

Rep: bi trans girl MC

This Coven Won't Break (These Witches Don't Burn, #2)

The Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling

Pub. Date: 19 May


In this gripping, romantic sequel to These Witches Don’t Burn, Hannah must work alongside her new girlfriend to take down the Hunters desperate to steal her magic.

Hannah Walsh just wants a normal life. It’s her senior year, so she should be focusing on classes, hanging out with her best friend, and flirting with her new girlfriend, Morgan. But it turns out surviving a murderous Witch Hunter doesn’t exactly qualify as a summer vacation, and now the rest of the Hunters seem more intent on destroying her magic than ever.

When Hannah learns the Hunters have gone nationwide, armed with a serum capable of taking out entire covens at once, she’s desperate to help. Now, with witches across the country losing the most important thing they have—their power—Hannah could be their best shot at finally defeating the Hunters. After all, she’s one of the only witches to escape a Hunter with her magic intact.

Or so everyone believes. Because as good as she is at faking it, doing even the smallest bit of magic leaves her in agony. The only person who can bring her comfort, who can make her power flourish, is Morgan. But Morgan’s magic is on the line, too, and if Hannah can’t figure out how to save her—and the rest of the Witches—she’ll lose everything she’s ever known. And as the Hunters get dangerously close to their final target, will all the Witches in Salem be enough to stop an enemy determined to destroy magic for good?

Rep: lesbian MC; bi LI; f/f relationships; trans SC

A History of My Brief Body

A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt

Pub. Date: 19 May


The youngest ever winner of the Griffin Prize mines his own personal history to reconcile the world he was born into with the world that could be.

Billy-Ray Belcourt’s debut memoir opens with a tender letter to his kokum and memories of his early life in the hamlet of Joussard, Alberta, and on the Driftpile First Nation. From there, it expands to encompass the big and broken world around him, in all its complexity and contradictions: a legacy of colonial violence and the joy that flourishes in spite of it, first loves and first loves lost, sexual exploration and intimacy, and the act of writing as a survival instinct and a way to grieve. What emerges is not only a profound meditation on memory, gender, anger, shame, and ecstasy, but also the outline of a way forward. With startling honesty, and in a voice distinctly and assuredly his own, Belcourt situates his life experiences within a constellation of seminal queer texts, among which this book is sure to earn its place. Eye-opening, intensely emotional, and excessively quotable, A History of My Brief Body demonstrates over and over again the power of words to both devastate and console us.

Rep: queer non-fiction (memoir)

Date Me, Bryson Keller

Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye

Pub. Date: 19 May


What If It’s Us meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in this upbeat and heartfelt boy-meets-boy romance that feels like a modern twist on a ’90s rom-com!

Everyone knows about the dare: Each week, Bryson Keller must date someone new–the first person to ask him out on Monday morning. Few think Bryson can do it. He may be the king of Fairvale Academy, but he’s never really dated before.

Until a boy asks him out, and everything changes.

Kai Sheridan didn’t expect Bryson to say yes. So when Bryson agrees to secretly go out with him, Kai is thrown for a loop. But as the days go by, he discovers there’s more to Bryson beneath the surface, and dating him begins to feel less like an act and more like the real thing. Kai knows how the story of a gay boy liking someone straight ends. With his heart on the line, he’s awkwardly trying to navigate senior year at school, at home, and in the closet, all while grappling with the fact that this “relationship” will last only five days. After all, Bryson Keller is popular, good-looking, and straight . . . right?

Kevin van Whye delivers an uplifting and poignant coming-out love story that will have readers rooting for these two teens to share their hearts with the world–and with each other.

Rep: gay MC; mlm LI; m/m relationship; gay SC

Credit: Theresa (@fettestheresa)

Trans and Autistic : Stories from Life at the Intersection

Trans and Autistic: Stories From Life at the Intersection by Noah Adams and Bridget Liang

Pub. Date: 21 May


The first book to foreground the voices and experiences of autistic trans people, this collection of interviews explores questions of identity and gender from a neurodiverse perspective and examines how this impacts family, work, healthcare and religion.

Rep: queer non-fiction

Stay Gold

Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith

Pub. Date: 26 May


Debut author Tobly McSmith delivers a coming-of-age teen love story about a transgender boy who’s going stealth at his new Texas high school and a cisgender girl who is drawn to him, even as she’s counting down the days until graduation. Perfect for fans of David Levithan, Becky Albertalli, and Jenny Han.

Pony just wants to fly under the radar during senior year. Tired from all the attention he got at his old school after coming out as transgender, he’s looking for a fresh start at Hillcrest High. But it’s hard to live your best life when the threat of exposure lurks down every hallway and in every bathroom.

Georgia is beginning to think there’s more to life than cheerleading. She plans on keeping a low profile until graduation…which is why she promised herself that dating was officially a no-go this year.

Then, on the very first day of school, the new guy and the cheerleader lock eyes. How is Pony supposed to stay stealth when he wants to get close to a girl like Georgia? How is Georgia supposed to keep her promise when sparks start flying with a boy like Pony?

Funny and poignant, clear-eyed and hopeful, Stay Gold is a story about finding love—and finding yourself.

Rep: trans boy MC; lesbian SCs

Credit: Jeni (@shelf_blame); Theresa (@fettestheresa)

Something to Talk about

Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

Pub. Date: 26 May


A showrunner and her assistant give the world something to talk about when they accidentally fuel a ridiculous rumor in this debut romance.

Hollywood powerhouse Jo is photographed making her assistant Emma laugh on the red carpet, and just like that, the tabloids declare them a couple. The so-called scandal couldn’t come at a worse time–threatening Emma’s promotion and Jo’s new movie.

As the gossip spreads, it starts to affect all areas of their lives. Paparazzi are following them outside the office, coworkers are treating them differently, and a “source” is feeding information to the media. But their only comment is “no comment”.

With the launch of Jo’s film project fast approaching, the two women begin to spend even more time together, getting along famously. Emma seems to have a sixth sense for knowing what Jo needs. And Jo, known for being aloof and outwardly cold, opens up to Emma in a way neither of them expects. They begin to realize the rumor might not be so off base after all…but is acting on the spark between them worth fanning the gossip flames?

Rep: lesbian MC; bi MC

Credit: Theresa (@fettestheresa)


Camp by L.C. Rosen

Pub. Date: 26 May


From the author of the acclaimed Jack of Hearts (and other parts) comes a sweet and sharp screwball comedy that critiques the culture of toxic masculinity within the queer community.

Sixteen-year-old Randy Kapplehoff loves spending the summer at Camp Outland, a camp for queer teens. It’s where he met his best friends. It’s where he takes to the stage in the big musical. And it’s where he fell for Hudson Aaronson-Lim – who’s only into straight-acting guys and barely knows not-at-all-straight-acting Randy even exists.

This year, though, it’s going to be different. Randy has reinvented himself as ‘Del’ – buff, masculine, and on the market. Even if it means giving up show tunes, nail polish, and his unicorn bedsheets, he’s determined to get Hudson to fall for him.

But as he and Hudson grow closer, Randy has to ask himself how much is he willing to change for love. And is it really love anyway, if Hudson doesn’t know who he truly is?

Rep: gay boy MCs; trans girl SC; trans boy SC; non-binary SC; demisexual SC; lesbian SCs; gay SCs

Credit: Theresa (@fettestheresa); Sasha (@midnightb00ks)

Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique

Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique by Sa’ed Atshan

Pub. Date: 26 May


From Ramallah to New York, Tel Aviv to Porto Alegre, people around the world celebrate a formidable, transnational Palestinian LGBTQ social movement. Solidarity with Palestinians has become a salient domain of global queer politics. Yet LGBTQ Palestinians, even as they fight patriarchy and imperialism, are themselves subjected to an “empire of critique” from Israeli and Palestinian institutions, Western academics, journalists and filmmakers, and even fellow activists. Such global criticism has limited growth and led to an emphasis within the movement on anti-imperialism over the struggle against homophobia.

With this book, Sa’ed Atshan asks how transnational progressive social movements can balance struggles for liberation along more than one axis. He explores critical junctures in the history of Palestinian LGBTQ activism, revealing the queer Palestinian spirit of agency, defiance, and creativity, in the face of daunting pressures and forces working to constrict it. Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique explores the necessity of connecting the struggles for Palestinian freedom with the struggle against homophobia.

Rep: queer non-fiction

Out Now: Queer We Go Again!

Out Now: Queer We Go Again! by Saundra Mitchell

Pub. Date: 26 May



A follow-up to the critically acclaimed All Out anthology, Out Now features seventeen new short stories from amazing queer YA authors. Vampires crash prom, aliens run from the government, a president’s daughter comes into her own, a true romantic tries to soften the heart of a cynical social media influencer, a selkie and the sea call out to a lost soul. Teapots and barbershops, skateboards and VW vans, Street Fighter and Ares’s sword: Out Now has a story for every reader and surprises with each turn of the page!

Rep: queer anthology

Credit: Sasha (@midnightb00ks)

The Ship We Built

The Ship We Built by Lexie Bean

Pub. Date: 26 May


“Sometimes I have trouble filling out tests when the name part feels like a test too. . . . When I write letters, I love that you have to read all of my thoughts and stories before I say any name at all. You have to make it to the very end to know.”

Rowan has too many secrets to write down in the pages of a diary. And if he did, he wouldn’t want anyone he knows to discover them. He understands who he is and what he likes, but it’s not safe for others to know. Now, the kids at school say he’s too different to spend time with. He’s not the “right kind” of girl, and he’s not the “right kind” of boy. His mom ignores him. And at night, his dad hurts him in ways he’s not ready to talk about yet.

But Rowan discovers another way to share his secrets: letters. Letters he attaches to balloons and releases into the universe, hoping someone new will read them and understand. But when he befriends a classmate who knows what it’s like to be lonely and scared, even at home, Rowan realizes that there might already be a person he can trust right by his side.

Tender and wise, The Ship We Built is about the bravery it takes to stand up for yourself–even to those you love–and the power of finding someone who treasures you for everything you are.

Rep: trans boy MC


Wonderland by Juno Dawson

Pub. Date: 28 May


What happens when you fall down the rabbit hole? The compulsive must-have follow-up to CLEAN and MEAT MARKET from bestselling author Juno Dawson

Alice lives in a world of stifling privilege and luxury – but none of it means anything when your own head plays tricks on your reality. When her troubled friend Bunny goes missing, Alice becomes obsessed with finding her. On the trail of her last movements, Alice discovers a mysterious invitation to ‘Wonderland’: the party to end all parties – three days of hedonistic excess to which only the elite are welcome.

Will she find Bunny there? Or is this really a case of finding herself? Because Alice has secrets of her own, and ruthless socialite queen Paisley Hart is determined to uncover them, whatever it takes.

Alice is all alone, miles from home and without her essential medication. She can trust no-one, least of all herself, and now she has a new enemy who wants her head…

A searing exploration of mental health, gender and privilege, from the most addictive YA novelist in the UK today.

Rep: queer trans girl MC

Read with Pride (The Paper & Hearts Society, #2)

Read with Pride by Lucy Powrie

Pub. Date: 28 May


The much anticipated second book in The Paper & Hearts Society series by Booktuber Lucy Powrie. Will you be the next recruit for The Paper & Hearts Society book club? For fans of Holly Smale and Super Awkward.

Olivia Santos is excited for her last year at secondary school. But when a parent complains about LGBTQ+ content in one of the books, the library implements a new policy for withdrawing books. Olivia is distraught – she’s demisexual and knows how important it is for all readers to see themselves represented.

Luckily, she’s the mastermind behind The Paper & Hearts Society book club, and she knows exactly what to do: start a new club, find ways of evading the system, and change the policy for good!

With two book clubs to run, exams to prepare for, and a girlfriend, just how long will it be before Olivia burns out? After all, creating a book club and trying to get the #ReadWithPride hashtag to get noticed is going to take a lot of energy.

Sometimes, when you’re in too deep, it’s up to your friends to look out for you.

Rep: demisexual girl MC; f/f relationship; queer SCs

Hideous Beauty

Hideous Beauty by William Hussey

Pub. Date: 28 May


When Dylan and Ellis’s secret relationship is exposed on social media, Dylan is forced to come out. To Dylan’s surprise they are met with support and congratulations, and an amazing reception at their highschool dance. Perhaps people aren’t as narrow-minded as he thought?

But Dylan’s happiness is short-lived. Ellis suddenly becomes angry, withdrawn, and as they drive home from the dance, he loses control of the car, sending it plunging into Hunter’s Lake. Barely conscious, Dylan is pulled free of the wreck, while Ellis is left to drown.

Grief-stricken, Dylan vows to discover what happened to Ellis that night and piece together the last months of his boyfriend’s life – and realises just how little he knew about the boy he loved.

Rep: gay/mlm MC; gay SC

The Book of Queer Prophets: 21 Writers on Sexuality and Religion

The Book of Queer Prophets by Ruth Hunt

Pub. Date: 28 May


Is it possible to believe in God and be gay? How does it feel to be excluded from a religious community because of your sexuality? Why do some people still believe being LGBT is a sin?

The book of Queer Prophets contains modern-day epistles from some of our most important thinkers, writers and activists: Jeanette Winterson tackles religious dogma, Amrou Al-Kadhi writes about trying to make it as a Muslim drag queen in London, John Bell writes about his decision to come out later in life, Tamsin Omond remembers getting married in the middle of a protest and Kate Bottley explains her journey to becoming an LGBT ally.

Essays from: Jeanette Winterson, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Amrou Al-Kadhi, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Rev. Winnie Varghese, Keith Jarrett, Jay Hulme, Lucy Knight, Tamsin Omond, Erin Clark, Michael Segalov, Jarel Robinson-Brown, John L. Bell, Mpho Tutu van Furth, Karl Rutlidge, Garry Rutter, Rev Rachel Mann, Judith Kotze, Jack Guiness, Dustin Lance Black, Ric Stott. Afterword: Kate Bottley

Rep: queer non-fiction

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LIST #18 | Books on My Physical TBR, pt. 1 YA SFF

Hey there, everyone! Hope you’re all doing well and staying safe right now when things are as hectic as could be. I’ve been wanting to do different kinds of posts outside of just reviews because I found myself in a bit of a rut. So I figured why not do one about the books on my physical TBR? And here we are, a new mini-series! I differentiate between my physical TBR and general TBR because the former is the TBR for books that I already own, and the latter is just books that I want to get around to reading. I own a number of backlist books, so I figured this would be a fun series so y’all can see books that maybe you haven’t seen in a while (or at all!). Part one is on my YA sci-fi and fantasy collection!

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)
Siege and Storm (Shadow and Bone, #2)

Shadow and Bone & Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

  • bought these a few years ago, still haven’t read them
  • ready to hate both Mal and the Darkling, and I can’t wait
  • not ready for the mid-2000s YA fantasy style of writing though, lmao

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)
  • I’ve heard so many great things!
  • I need an anti-hero/morally grey MC again, it’s been a while
  • Kate from YaTitaKate on YouTube also did a drunk review of The Bone Witch which, uh, definitely made me want to read it more now, lol. Maybe next month!
Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire #1)

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

  • the themes…the t h e m e s
  • another that I have to read soon!
  • well, that, and the sequel
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)
Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2)
Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3)

Eragon & Eldest & Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

  • am I ready to roast this hodgepodge of well-known SFF media? Yes. But will I enjoy roasting it? Also yes
  • I actually tried the audiobook sometime last year or the year before, and wow, that was the worst audiobook experience I’ve had in my life. So. Physical book it is
A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak, #1)
The Vampire's Assistant (Cirque Du Freak, #2)
Tunnels of Blood (Cirque Du Freak, #3)

A Living Nightmare & The Vampire’s Assistant & Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan

  • cue the nostalgia: ya know how a bunch of people had Harry Potter and Twilight growing up, which really solidified their love of reading? Well, Cirque du Freak is, essentially, my Harry Potter or Twilight
  • I’m a bit nervous it won’t be as good as I remember it, but to be fair, there has been ten years or more since I first read it
The Emerald Atlas (The Books of Beginning, #1)

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

  • got this for my 12th or 13th birthday, but uhhh never actually read it
  • excited to get into it, but I don’t have a clue on what it’s about, lol
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)

The Dream Thieves & Blue Lily, Lily Blue & The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

  • I am ready to be absolutely bodied by the rest of this series and then never touch it again
  • I got them all from my library’s book sale for super cheap, so that’s pretty rad, too!
Tarnished Are the Stars

Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

  • my most recent YA SFF buy from a couple months ago
  • bit of an impulse buy because I usually don’t buy new releases, but I couldn’t resist a queer YA sci-fi with that kind of cover

And those are all of the YA SFF books on my physical TBR. Let me know if you liked any of these, or what YA SFF books you own that you haven’t gotten around to yet!

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LIST #16 | 32 Queer/LGBTQ+ March 2020 Releases

I’m a bit late (a whole month) with this, but I still wanted to get it out to you all! March was a very busy month: I have a whole 32 books for you, and that is just what I could personally fine and what others have recommeded me. I am sure there are a lot more.

Read on for 30+ more queer books to add to your TBR. 🙂

The Winter Duke

The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett

Pub. Date: 3 March 2020


An enchanted tale of intrigue where a duke’s daughter is the only survivor of a magical curse.

When Ekata’s brother is finally named heir, there will be nothing to keep her at home in Kylma Above with her murderous family. Not her books or science experiments, not her family’s icy castle atop a frozen lake, not even the tantalizingly close Kylma Below, a mesmerizing underwater kingdom that provides her family with magic. But just as escape is within reach, her parents and twelve siblings fall under a strange sleeping sickness.

In the space of a single night, Ekata inherits the title of duke, her brother’s warrior bride, and ever-encroaching challengers from without—and within—her own ministry. Nothing has prepared Ekata for diplomacy, for war, for love…or for a crown she has never wanted. If Kylma Above is to survive, Ekata must seize her family’s power. And if Ekata is to survive, she must quickly decide how she will wield it.

Part Sleeping Beauty, part Anastasia, with a thrilling political mystery, The Winter Duke is a spellbinding story about choosing what’s right in the face of danger.

Rep: f/f relationship; sapphic characters

Credit: Rho @ReaderofHonoku

The House in the Cerulean Sea

House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

Pub. Date: 17 March 2020


A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.

Rep: mlm (#OwnVoices); m/m relationship

Credit: Laura @QueerlyAsexual


Docile by K.M. Szpara

Pub. Date: 3 March 2020


There is no consent under capitalism

Docile is a science fiction parable about love and sex, wealth and debt, abuse and power, a challenging tour de force that at turns seduces and startles.

To be a Docile is to be kept, body and soul, for the uses of the owner of your contract. To be a Docile is to forget, to disappear, to hide inside your body from the horrors of your service. To be a Docile is to sell yourself to pay your parents’ debts and buy your children’s future.

Elisha Wilder’s family has been ruined by debt, handed down to them from previous generations. His mother never recovered from the Dociline she took during her term as a Docile, so when Elisha decides to try and erase the family’s debt himself, he swears he will never take the drug that took his mother from him. Too bad his contract has been purchased by Alexander Bishop III, whose ultra-rich family is the brains (and money) behind Dociline and the entire Office of Debt Resolution. When Elisha refuses Dociline, Alex refuses to believe that his family’s crowning achievement could have any negative side effects—and is determined to turn Elisha into the perfect Docile without it.

Rep: mlm (#OwnVoices); trans author

Credit: Laura @QueerlyAsexual

Note: Please take note of the trigger/content warnings for this novel


Queerleaders by M.B. Guel

Pub. Date: 15 March 2020


Mackenzie is used to being different from other kids―and to being bullied for not fitting into the rigid social expectations of her Catholic High School. Luckily, Mack’s best friend Lila has her back so school isn’t the total hell it could be. But it’s pretty damn close.

Until something very mysterious happens―Mack becomes a cheerleader magnet. Even she has a hard time believing it. And Lila is not too happy about her friend’s sudden popularity with the cool kids.

Is Mack being set up for an epic fail? Or is she finally headed for acceptance–and maybe even romance…

Rep: wlw; lesbian character; f/f relationship

Credit: Laura @QueerlyAsexual

The Electric Heir (Feverwake #2)

Electric Heir by Victoria Lee

Pub. Date: 17 March 2020


In the sequel to The Fever King, Noam Álvaro seeks to end tyranny before he becomes a tyrant himself.

Six months after Noam Álvaro helped overthrow the despotic government of Carolinia, the Atlantians have gained citizenship, and Lehrer is chancellor. But despite Lehrer’s image as a progressive humanitarian leader, Noam has finally remembered the truth that Lehrer forced him to forget—that Lehrer is responsible for the deadly magic infection that ravaged Carolinia.

Now that Noam remembers the full extent of Lehrer’s crimes, he’s determined to use his influence with Lehrer to bring him down for good. If Lehrer realizes Noam has evaded his control—and that Noam is plotting against him—Noam’s dead. So he must keep playing the role of Lehrer’s protégé until he can steal enough vaccine to stop the virus.

Meanwhile Dara Shirazi returns to Carolinia, his magic stripped by the same vaccine that saved his life. But Dara’s attempts to ally himself with Noam prove that their methods for defeating Lehrer are violently misaligned. Dara fears Noam has only gotten himself more deeply entangled in Lehrer’s web. Sooner or later, playing double agent might cost Noam his life.

Rep: bi MC; gay MC

Credit: Laura @QueerlyAsexual

American Sweethearts (Dreamers, #4)

American Sweethearts by Adriana Herrera

Pub. Date: 30 March 2020


Juan Pablo Campos doesn’t do regrets. He’s living the dream as a physical therapist with his beloved New York Yankees. He has the best friends and family in the world and simply no time to dwell on what could’ve been.

Except when it comes to Priscilla, the childhood friend he’s loved for what seems like forever.

New York City police detective Priscilla Gutierrez has never been afraid to go after what she wants. Second guessing herself isn’t a thing she does. But lately, the once-clear vision she had for herself—her career, her relationships, her life—is no longer what she wants.

What she especially doesn’t want is to be stuck on a private jet to the Dominican Republic with JuanPa, the one person who knows her better than anyone else.

By the end of a single week in paradise, the love/hate thing JuanPa and Pris have been doing for sixteen years has risen to epic proportions. No one can argue their connection is still there. And they can both finally admit—if only to themselves—they’ve always been a perfect match. The future they dreamed of together is still within reach…if they can just accept each other as they are.

Rep: bi MCs

Credit: Laura @QueerlyAsexual

Witches of Ash and Ruin

Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer

Pub. Date: 3 March 2020


Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; the aftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the return of her long-absent mother, who barely seems like a parent. But all that really matters to her is ascending and finally, finally becoming a full witch-plans that are complicated when another coven, rumored to have a sordid history with black magic, arrives in town with premonitions of death. Dayna immediately finds herself at odds with the bewitchingly frustrating Meiner King, the granddaughter of their coven leader.

And then a witch turns up murdered at a local sacred site, along with the blood symbol of the Butcher of Manchester-an infamous serial killer whose trail has long gone cold. The killer’s motives are enmeshed in a complex web of witches and gods, and Dayna and Meiner soon find themselves at the center of it all. If they don’t stop the Butcher, one of them will be next.

With razor-sharp prose and achingly real characters, E. Latimer crafts a sweeping, mesmerizing story of dark magic and brutal mythology set against a backdrop of contemporary Ireland that’s impossible to put down.

Rep: bi MC; wlw; f/f relationship

Credit: Laura @QueerlyAsexual

The Animals at Lockwood Manor

Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey

Pub. Date: 10 March 2020


A debut novel for fans of Sarah Perry and Kate Morton: when a young woman is tasked with safeguarding a natural history collection as it is spirited out of London during World War II, she discovers her new manor home is a place of secrets and terror instead of protection.

In August 1939, thirty-year-old Hetty Cartwright arrives at Lockwood Manor to oversee a natural history museum collection, whose contents have been taken out of London for safekeeping. She is unprepared for the scale of protecting her charges from party guests, wild animals, the elements, the tyrannical Major Lockwood and Luftwaffe bombs. Most of all, she is unprepared for the beautiful and haunted Lucy Lockwood.

For Lucy, who has spent much of her life cloistered at Lockwood suffering from bad nerves, the arrival of the museum brings with it new freedoms. But it also resurfaces memories of her late mother, and nightmares in which Lucy roams Lockwood hunting for something she has lost.

When the animals appear to move of their own accord, and exhibits go missing, they begin to wonder what exactly it is that they might need protection from. And as the disasters mount up, it is not only Hetty’s future employment that is in danger, but her own sanity too. There’s something, or someone, in the house. Someone stalking her through its darkened corridors . . .

Rep: sapphic characters

Credit: Rach @rh_aitken


Hex by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight

Pub. Date: 31 March 2020


Nell Barber, an expelled PhD candidate in biological science, is exploring the fine line between poison and antidote, working alone to set a speed record for the detoxification of poisonous plants. Her mentor, Dr. Joan Kallas, is the hero of Nell’s heart. Nell frequently finds herself standing in the doorway to Joan’s office despite herself, mesmerized by Joan’s elegance, success, and spiritual force.

Surrounded by Nell’s ex, her best friend, her best friend’s boyfriend, and Joan’s buffoonish husband, the two scientists are tangled together at the center of a web of illicit relationships, grudges, and obsessions. All six are burdened by desire and ambition, and as they collide on the university campus, their attractions set in motion a domino effect of affairs and heartbreak.

Meanwhile, Nell slowly fills her empty apartment with poisonous plants to study, and she begins to keep a series of notebooks, all dedicated to Joan. She logs her research and how she spends her days, but the notebooks ultimately become a painstaking map of love.

Rep: sapphic characters

Credit: Rach @rh_aitken

The Love Hypothesis

The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven

Pub. Date: 5 March 2020


Physics genius Caro Kerber-Murphy knows she’s smart. With straight As and a college scholarship already in the bag, she’s meeting her two dads’ colossal expectations and then some. But there’s one test she’s never quite been able to ace: love. And when, in a particularly desperate moment, Caro discovers a (definitely questionable) scientific breakthrough that promises to make you irresistible to everyone around you, she wonders if this could be the key. What happens next will change everything Caro thought she knew chemistry – in the lab and in love.

Is her long-time crush Haruki with her of his own free will? Are her feelings for her best girl friend some sort of side-effect? Will her dog, Sirius, ever stop humping her leg?

Rep: bi rep (#OwnVoices)

Credit: Rach (@rh_aitken)

We Are Totally Normal

We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia

Pub. Date: 31 March 2020


Nandan’s got a plan to make his junior year perfect. He’s going to make sure all the parties are chill, he’s going to smooth things over with his ex, and he’s going to help his friend Dave get into the popular crowd—whether Dave wants to or not. The high school social scene might be complicated, but Nandan is sure he’s cracked the code.

Then, one night after a party, Dave and Nandan hook up, which was not part of the plan—especially because Nandan has never been into guys. Still, Dave’s cool, and Nandan’s willing to give it a shot, even if that means everyone starts to see him differently.

But while Dave takes to their new relationship with ease, Nandan’s completely out of his depth. And the more his anxiety grows about what his sexuality means for himself, his friends, and his social life, the more he wonders whether he can just take it all back. But is breaking up with the only person who’s ever really gotten him worth feeling “normal” again?

From Rahul Kanakia comes a raw and deeply felt story about rejecting labels, seeking connection, and finding yourself.

Rep: questioning MC; m/m relationship

Credit: Rach @rh_aitken

The Midnight Lie (The Midnight Lie, #1)

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

Pub. Date: 3 March 2020


Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.

Nirrim keeps her head down and a dangerous secret close to her chest.

But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away who whispers rumors that the High Caste possesses magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.

Set in the world of the New York Times–bestselling Winner’s Trilogy, beloved author Marie Rutkoski returns with an epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us—and the lies we tell ourselves.

Rep: f/f relationship

Credit: Rach @rh_aitken

We Were Promised Spotlights

We Were Promised Spotlights by Lindsay Sproul

Pub. Date: 24 March 2020


The Miseducation of Cameron Post meets Everything Leads to You in this queer young adult novel.

Taylor Garland’s good looks have earned her the admiration of everyone in her small town. She’s homecoming queen, the life of every party, and she’s on every boy’s most-wanted list.

People think Taylor is living the dream, and assume she’ll stay in town and have kids with the homecoming king–maybe even be a dental hygienist if she’s super ambitious. But Taylor is actually desperate to leave home, and she hates the smell of dentists’ offices. Also? She’s completely in love with her best friend, Susan.

Senior year is almost over, and everything seems perfect. Now Taylor just has to figure out how to throw it all away.

Lindsay Sproul’s debut is full of compelling introspection and painfully honest commentary on what it’s like to be harnessed to a destiny you never wanted.

Rep: lesbian MC and SCs; bi SCs

Enter the Aardvark

Enter the Aardvark by Jessica Anthony

Pub. Date: 24 March 2020


A young congressman discovers a mysterious stuffed aardvark on his doorstep and sets out on a rip-roaring journey to find out what it means.

It’s early one morning on a hot day in August, and millennial congressman Alexander Paine Wilson (R), planning his first reelection campaign and in deep denial about his sexuality, receives a mysterious, over-sized FedEx delivery on his front stoop. Inside is a gigantic taxidermied aardvark.

This outrageous, edge-of-your-seat novel hurtles between contemporary Washington, D.C., where Wilson tries to get rid of the unsightly beast before it destroys his career, and Victorian England–where we meet Titus Downing, the taxidermist who stuffed the aardvark, and Richard Ostlet, the naturalist who hunted her. Our present world, we begin to see, has been shaped in profound and disturbing ways by the secret that binds these men.

Rep: questioning/queer MC

Credit: Rach @rh_aitken

Don't You Know I Love You

Don’t You Know I Love You by Laura Bogart

Pub. Date: 10 March 2020


The last place Angelina Moltisanti ever wants to go is home. She barely escaped life under the roof, and the thumb, of her violent but charismatic father, Jack. Yet home is exactly where she ends up after an SUV plows into her car just weeks after she graduates from college, fracturing her wrist and her hopes to start a career as an artist.

Angelina finds herself smothered in a plaster cast, in Jack’s obsessive urge to get her a giant accident settlement, in her mother Marie’s desperation to have a second chance, and in her own stifled creativity – until she meets Janet, another young artist who inspires her to push herself into making the dynamic, unsettling work that tells the story of her scars, inside and out. But excavating this damage, as relations with her father become increasingly tense, will push Angelina into making a hard choice: will she embrace her father’s all-consuming and empowering rage, or find another kind of strength?

Rep: queer MC

Credit: Rach @rh_aitken

Note: Please take note that this book includes domestic violence

The Empress of Salt and Fortune

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

Pub. Date: 24 March 2020


With the heart of an Atwood tale and the visuals of a classic Asian period drama The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a tightly and lushly written narrative about empire, storytelling, and the anger of women.

A young royal from the far north is sent south for a political marriage. Alone and sometimes reviled, she has only her servants on her side. This evocative debut chronicles her rise to power through the eyes of her handmaiden, at once feminist high fantasy and a thrilling indictment of monarchy.

Rep: non-binary MC

Credit: Rach @rh_aitken

The City We Became (Great Cities #1)

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

Pub. Date: 24 March 2020


Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.

Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got five.

But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.

Rep: bi character; trans character

Credit: Rach @rh_aitken

Music from Another World

Music From Another World by Robin Talley

Pub. Date: 31 March 2020


It’s summer 1977 and closeted lesbian Tammy Larson can’t be herself anywhere. Not at her strict Christian high school, not at her conservative Orange County church and certainly not at home, where her ultrareligious aunt relentlessly organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammy’s only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk…until she’s matched with a real-life pen pal who changes everything.

Sharon Hawkins bonds with Tammy over punk music and carefully shared secrets, and soon their letters become the one place she can be honest. The rest of her life in San Francisco is full of lies. The kind she tells for others–like helping her gay brother hide the truth from their mom–and the kind she tells herself. But as antigay fervor in America reaches a frightening new pitch, Sharon and Tammy must rely on their long-distance friendship to discover their deeply personal truths, what they’ll stand for…and who they’ll rise against.

A master of award-winning queer historical fiction, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley once again brings to life with heart and vivid detail an emotionally captivating story about the lives of two teen girls living in an age when just being yourself was an incredible act of bravery.

Rep: lesbian MC; gay SC; questioning gay MC

Credit: Harker @hermitlibrarian

Livingston Girls

Livingston Girls by Briana Morgan

Pub. Date: 24 March 2020


“I see something in you, Miss Abbott, something I recognize. The potential for greatness, for channeling magic. For bending the world to your will.”

After an affair with her teacher, Rose’s parents ship her off to Livingston Academy, a stuffy all-girls’ boarding school. Ashamed of her past and herself, sixteen-year-old Rose just wants to chill, pass her classes, and make friends. The last thing on her mind is becoming a witch…

Until the enigmatic headmistress gives her the chance to join a coven secret from the rest of the school. Desperate to prove herself and looking for a purpose, the headmistress’s offer seems too perfect to pass up.

Rose puts on her metaphorical pointy hat and becomes a Livingston witch. She quickly discovers that the other witches don’t want her in their group—especially because she’s filling their dead friend’s space—but if they can’t band together, the witch-hunting headmaster of the boys’ school will kill them.

Meanwhile, Rose struggles to understand her growing feelings for her roommate, who may or may not hate her guts.

You know, typical boarding school stuff.

Rep: bi character (#OwnVoices); lesbian character; f/f relationship

Credit: Coryl @corylwrites

Silver Beasts

Silver Beasts by Emma Sterner-Radley

Pub. Date: 5 March 2020


A dying world.
An academy to train seafaring heroes.
Four eighteen-year-olds trying to survive it all.

Silver beasts, lack of provisions, royal intrigue, and cloaked threats plague this realm. Four young people are chosen to attend the Hall of Explorers academy to train their minds, bodies, and magic, to sail and find their people a new world.
Representing the Lakelands, Eleksander, the sensitive boy with a shrouded past. From the North, Sabina, the rational warrior with her snowtiger. On behalf of the Woodlands, Hale, the fearless orphan with something to prove. From the Peaks, Avelynne, the insecure countess with a shameful secret.

Before they brave the unknown seas, they must complete their training. Not to mention getting to know each other and become a tight-knit team. Disturbing and bloody incidents soon make that even harder than it should be. Not knowing who to trust makes it worse.

They will have to face their individual issues and overcome them together if they’re to avoid becoming puppets in a game where they don’t understand the rules. Or worse, die before even finishing their training.

Rep: wlw characters; mlm characters

When We Were Magic

When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

Pub. Date: 3 March 2020


A moving, darkly funny novel about six teens whose magic goes wildly awry from Magic for Liars author Sarah Gailey, who Chuck Wendig calls an “author to watch.”

Keeping your magic a secret is hard. Being in love with your best friend is harder.

Alexis has always been able to rely on two things: her best friends, and the magic powers they all share. Their secret is what brought them together, and their love for each other is unshakeable—even when that love is complicated. Complicated by problems like jealousy, or insecurity, or lust. Or love.

That unshakeable, complicated love is one of the only things that doesn’t change on prom night.

When accidental magic goes sideways and a boy winds up dead, Alexis and her friends come together to try to right a terrible wrong. Their first attempt fails—and their second attempt fails even harder. Left with the remains of their failed spells and more consequences than anyone could have predicted, each of them must find a way to live with their part of the story.

Rep: wlw; f/f relationship

Rust Belt Femme

Rust Belt Femme by Raechel Anne Jolie

Pub. Date: 10 March 2020


Raechel Anne Jolie’s early life in a working-class Cleveland exurb was full of race cars, Budweiser-drinking men covered in car grease, and the women who loved them. After her father came home from his third-shift job, took the garbage out to the curb and was hit by a drunk driver, her life changed.

Raechel and her mother struggled for money: they were evicted, went days without utilities, and took their trauma out on one another. Raechel escaped to the progressive suburbs of Cleveland Heights, leaving the tractors and ranch-style homes home in favor of a city with vintage marquees, music clubs, and people who talked about big ideas. It was the early 90s, full of Nirvana songs and chokers, flannel shirts and cut-off jean shorts, lesbian witches and local coffee shops.

Rust Belt Femme is the story of how these twin foundations—rural Ohio poverty and alternative 90s culture—made Raechel into who she is today: a queer femme with PTSD and a deep love of the Midwest.

Rep: queer non-fiction

The Mixtape to My Life

The Mixtape to My Life by Jake Martinez

Pub. Date: 27 March 2020


Justin Ortega might as well be starring in his very own coming-of-age 80s movie. If only he could find his dream boy to pull up in front of his house in a red convertible and sweep him off his feet, already! At seventeen years young, he isn’t quite Mexican enough for his South Texas town; isn’t manly enough for his father; can sometimes be too much of a smart mouth for his mother; and as for the other kids at school—let’s just say he’d be cast as the quiet nerd with a heart of gold…and an ear for music.

The one solace Justin has is his love of 80s hair metal bands, which he listens to on his beloved Sony Walkman. The songs, lyrics, and melody keep him just sane enough to escape the pressures of school and help navigate the hurdles life brings. Especially with the doozy this year is shaping up to be. Not only does he have to try out for a captain position which is rightfully his, but his best friend has found a new girlfriend, leaving Justin to fend for himself in a school where he’s mostly known as simply Coconut.

Enter Dominic Mendoza. Sweet, funny, and a blast from his past, the hunky football player has moved in next door. Justin could never forget how Dominic protected him in the eighth grade, nor the way Dominic made him feel, then…and now.

Except, this isn’t a movie. Confusion, friendship, and love won’t guarantee a happy ending unless Justin can learn to accept himself for who he truly is. Hair bands and all.

Rep: m/m relationship

Super Adjacent

Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari

Pub. Date: 17 March


Claire has always wanted to work with superheroes, from collecting Warrior Nation cards as a kid to drafting “What to Say to a Hero” speeches in her diary. Now that she’s landed a coveted internship with the Chicago branch of Warrior Nation, Claire is ready to prove she belongs, super or not. But complicating plans is the newest WarNat hero, Girl Power (aka Joy), who happens to be egotistical and self-important . . . and pretty adorable.

Bridgette, meanwhile, wants out of WarNat. After years of dating the famous Vaporizer (aka Matt), she’s sick of playing second, or third, or five-hundredth fiddle to all the people-in-peril in the city of Chicago. Of course, once Bridgette meets Claire-who’s clearly in need of a mentor and wingman-giving up WarNat becomes slightly more complicated. It becomes a lot more complicated when Joy, Matt, and the rest of the heroes go missing, leaving only Claire and Bridgette to save the day.

In this fresh and funny take on the world of supers, author Crystal Cestari spotlights what it’s like to be the seemingly non-super half of a dynamic duo with banter-filled romance and bold rescues perfect for readers seeking a great escape.

Rep: f/f relationship; sapphic characters

Only Mostly Devastated

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Pub. Date: 3 March


SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets CLUELESS in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease

Summer love…gone so fast.

Will Tavares is the dream summer fling―he’s fun, affectionate, kind―but just when Ollie thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After, summer vacation ends and Will stops texting Ollie back. Now Ollie is one prince short of his fairy tale ending, and to complicate the fairy tale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country. Which he minds a little less when he realizes it’s the same school Will goes to…except Ollie finds that the sweet, comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, closeted―and, to be honest, a bit of a jerk.

Ollie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn’t ready for a relationship, especially since this new, bro-y jock version of Will seems to go from hot to cold every other week. But then Will starts “coincidentally” popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, and Ollie finds his resolve weakening.

The last time he gave Will his heart, Will handed it back to him trampled and battered. Ollie would have to be an idiot to trust him with it again.

Right? Right.

Rep: gay MC; bi LI; bi SC


Look by Zan Romanoff

Pub. Date: 31 March 2020


Things Lulu Shapiro’s 10,000 Flash followers don’t know about her:
* That the video of her with another girl was never supposed to go public.
* That Owen definitely wasn’t supposed to break up with her because of it.
* That behind the carefully crafted selfies and scenes Lulu projects onto people’s screens, her life feels like a terrible, uncertain mess.

Then Lulu meets Cass. Cass isn’t interested in looking at Lulu’s life, only in living in it. And The Hotel—a gorgeous space with an intriguing, Old Hollywood history and a trust-fund kid to restore it—seems like the perfect, secret place for them to get to know each other. But just because Lulu has stepped out of the spotlight doesn’t mean it’ll stop following her every move.

It’s a story about what you present vs. who you really are, about real intimacy and manufactured intimacy and the blurring of that line. It’s a deceptively glamorous, feminist, emotionally complex, utterly compelling, queer coming-of-age novel about falling in love and taking ownership of your own self—your whole self—in the age of social media.

Rep: f/f relationship; bi MC

Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic, #1)

Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

Pub. Date: 3 March 2020


Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left desolate and encased in ice when the evil Snow Queen waged war on the powerful country. Its former citizens are now refugees in a world mostly devoid of magic. Which is why the crown prince and his protectors are stuck in…Arizona.
Prince Alexei, the sole survivor of the Avalon royal family, is in hiding in a town so boring, magic doesn’t even work there. Few know his secret identity, but his friend Tala is one of them. Tala doesn’t mind—she has secrets of her own. Namely, that she’s a spellbreaker, someone who negates magic.
Then hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature of legend, and Avalon’s most powerful weapon, the Firebird, appears for the first time in decades. Alex and Tala unite with a ragtag group of new friends to journey back to Avalon for a showdown that will change the world as they know it.

Rep: gay MC; non-binary MC; queer SCs

Havenfall (Havenfall, #1)

Havenfall by Sarah Holland

Pub. Date: 3 March 2020


A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it — at any cost.

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds — each with their own magic — together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe…

Rep: bi MC

Fiebre Tropical

Fiebre Tropical by Juliana Delgado Lopera

Pub. Date: 1 March 2020


In this novel told in Spanglish, fifteen-year-old Francisca is uprooted from her life in Bogota, Colombia, and moves with her family to Miami, Florida, where she is ushered into an evangelical church and falls in love with the pastor’s daughter.

Rep: lesbian MC; f/f relationship

Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health

Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health by Adrian Shanker

Pub. Date: 1 March 2020


LGBT people pervasively experience health disparities, yet many are still grappling to understand the health care challenges leaving LGBT people to experience worsened health outcomes. Bodies and Barriers informs health care professionals, students in health professions, policymakers, and fellow activists about these challenges, providing insights and a road map for action that could improve queer health. Through artfully articulated, data-informed essays by twenty-six well-known and emerging queer activists, Bodies and Barriers illuminates the ubiquitous health challenges LGBT people experience and challenges conventional wisdom about health care delivery. It probes deeply into the roots of these disparities and empowers activists with crucial information to fight for health equity through clinical, behavioral, and policy changes. The activist contributors in Bodies and Barriers look for tangible improvements, drawing lessons from the history of HIV/AIDS in America and from struggles against health care bias and discrimination.

Rep: queer non-fiction

This Town Sleeps

This Town Sleeps by Dennis E. Staples

Pub. Date: 3 March 2020


On an Ojibwe reservation called Languille Lake, within the small town of Geshig at the hub of the rez, two men enter into a secret romance. Marion Lafournier, a midtwenties gay Ojibwe man, begins a relationship with his former classmate Shannon, a heavily closeted white man obsessed with his image as a northern Minnesotan. While Marion is far more open about his sexuality, neither is immune to the realities of the lives of gay men in small towns and closed societies.
One night, while roaming the dark streets of Geshig, Marion unknowingly brings to life a dog from beneath the elementary school playground. The mysterious revenant leads him to the grave of Kayden Kelliher, an Ojibwe basketball star who was murdered at the young age of seventeen and whose presence still lingers in the memories of the townsfolk. While investigating the fallen hero’s death, Marion discovers family connections and an old Ojibwe legend that may be the secret to unraveling the mystery he has found himself in.

Meanwhile, Marion’s mother, Hazel, must come to terms not only with her role in her son’s haunting but also with a mummified jawbone she uncovers at her grandmother’s burial site and the possible curse it has cast on the Lafournier family.

Set on a reservation in far northern Minnesota, This Town Sleeps explores the many ways history, culture, landscape, and lineage shape our lives, our understanding of the world we inhabit, and the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of it all.

Rep: mlm characters; m/m relationship

The First 7 (The Last 8, #2)

The First 7 by Laura Pohl

Pub. Date: 3 March 2020


Welcome home. Someone’s been waiting.

Clover Martinez and The Last Teenagers on Earth are busy exploring the galaxy after leaving earth behind…even if they can’t help but be a little homesick.

So when their ship receives a distress signal from their former planet, they hope against hope that it means other survivors. But as soon as they arrive, they realize something’s deeply wrong: strange crystal formations have popped up everywhere and there’s some sort of barrier keeping them from leaving.

Seeking the origin of the formations and the reason for the barrier, the group discovers a colony of survivors hidden in the mountains. But the survivors aren’t who they seem…

Rep: bi aro MC; queer SCs

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LIST #14 | 13 Queer/LGBTQ+ January 2020 Releases

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to my blog! For today’s post, I wanted to create a quick list about queer/LGBTQ+ books coming out this month! I tried my best to have a mix of hyped and lesser-known books, but I don’t think I did it that well this time around.

Let me know if any of these books are your anticipated reads, as well as any queer books you’re personally excited for 🙂

Scavenge The Stars by Tara Sim

Pub. Date: 7 January 2020


When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide.

Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one…

Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is the first novel in an epic YA fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo.

Rep: bi character; queer characters; same-gender pairings

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Pub. Date: 14 January 2020


Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

With McLemore’s signature lush prose, Dark and Deepest Red pairs the forbidding magic of a fairy tale with a modern story of passion and betrayal.

Rep: trans man character

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Pub. Date: 14 January 2020


Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.

Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.

Rep: gay boy

We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding

Pub. Date: 7 January 2020


Two best friends grow up—and grow apart—in this innovative contemporary YA novel

Told in dual timelines—half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backward—We Used to Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. At the start of their senior year in high school, James (a girl with a boy’s name) and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they’re no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love with her first girlfriend and having a future that feels wide open. Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue to be her steady rock, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce. Funny, honest, and full of heart, We Used to Be Friends tells of the pains of growing up and growing apart.

Rep: f/f relationship; bi character

The Storm of Life by Amy Rose Capetta

Pub. Date: 7 January 2020


The sumptuous and powerful conclusion to the gender-fluid duet begun by The Brilliant Death, hailed by Kirkus as “a delicious and magical intrigue too tempting not to devour” (starred review).

Teodora diSangro and Cielo, the strega she loves, are on a mission to save their country of Vinalia from its manipulative leader, who wants to exploit streghe and use them as his weapons. But will marshaling a small but powerful band of streghe be enough to wrest power from a cunning dictator? And what if Teo’s been setting her sights on the wrong enemy all along? This epic sequel to The Brilliant Death completes the Italian-inspired fantasy duet with shocking twists, steamy romance, and magic that will dazzle your imagination and make you wish Vinalia were a real place.

Spellhacker by M.K. England

Pub. Date: 21 January 2020


From the author of The Disasters, this genre-bending YA fantasy heist story is perfect for fans of Marie Lu and Amie Kaufman.

In Kyrkarta, magic—known as maz—was once a freely available natural resource. Then an earthquake released a magical plague, killing thousands and opening the door for a greedy corporation to make maz a commodity that’s tightly controlled—and, of course, outrageously expensive.

Which is why Diz and her three best friends run a highly lucrative, highly illegal maz siphoning gig on the side. Their next job is supposed to be their last heist ever.

But when their plan turns up a powerful new strain of maz that (literally) blows up in their faces, they’re driven to unravel a conspiracy at the very center of the spellplague—and possibly save the world.

Rep: sapphic MC; non-binary LI; bi character; lesbian character; m/m relationship

The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell

Pub. Date: 21 January 2020


From a  New York Times  bestselling author, a queer retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red” in which teenage twins battle evil religious extremists to save their loves and their circus family. YA fantasy perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Mackenzi Lee, and Laini Taylor.

Twins Rosie and Ivory have grown up at their ringmaster mother’s knee, and after years on the road, they’re returning to Port End, the closest place to home they know. Yet something has changed in the bustling city: fundamentalist flyers paper the walls and preachers fill the squares, warning of shadows falling over the land. The circus prepares a triumphant homecoming show, full of lights and spectacle that could chase away even the darkest shadow. But during Rosie’s tightrope act, disaster strikes.

In this lush, sensuous novel interwoven with themes of social justice and found family, it’s up to Ivory and her magician love—with the help of a dancing bear—to track down an evil priest and save their circus family before it’s too late.

Rep: queer characters

19 Love Songs by David Levithan

Pub. Date: 7 January 2020


The New York Times bestselling author of Every Day, Someday, and Two Boys Kissing is back with a short story collection about love–perfect for Valentine’s Day or year-round reading!

A resentful member of a high school Quiz Bowl team with an unrequited crush.

A Valentine’s Day in the life of Every Day’s protagonist “A.”

A return to the characters of Two Boys Kissing.

19 Love Songs, from New York Times bestselling author David Levithan, delivers all of these stories and more. Born from Levithan’s tradition of writing a story for his friends each Valentine’s Day, this collection brings all of them to his readers for the first time. With fiction, nonfiction, and a story in verse, there’s something for every reader here.

Witty, romantic, and honest, teens (and adults) will come to this collection not only on Valentine’s Day, but all year round.

Rep: queer rep

Martin McLean, Middle School Queen by Alyssa Zaczek

Pub. Date: 7 January 2020


In this bighearted middle-grade debut, Martin McLean struggles to find his voice—and his inner diva—as he navigates friendship, family, first crushes, and a whole lot of glitter.

Seventh-grader Martin McLean has always been surrounded by people who can express themselves. His mother is an artist, his colorful Tío Billy works in theater, and his best friends Carmen and Pickle are outgoing and don’t care what other people think. But Martin can only find the right words when he’s answering a problem at a Mathletes competition—until his tío introduces him to the world of drag. In a swirl of sequins and stilettos, Martin creates his fabulous drag queen alter ego, Lottie León.

As Lottie, he is braver than he’s ever been; but as Martin, he doesn’t have the guts to tell anyone outside of his family about her. Not Carmen and Pickle, not his Mathletes teammates, and definitely not Chris, an eighth-grader who gives Martin butterflies. When Martin discovers that his first-ever drag show is the same night as the most important Mathletes tournament, he realizes that he can only pull off both appearances by revealing his true self to his friends—and channeling his inner drag superstar.

Rep: gay boy

The Deep and Dark Blue by Niki Smith

Pub. Date: 7 January 2020


After a terrible political coup usurps their noble house, Hawke and Grayson flee to stay alive and assume new identities, Hanna and Grayce. Desperation and chance lead them to the Communion of Blue, an order of magical women who spin the threads of reality to their will.

As the twins learn more about the Communion, and themselves, they begin to hatch a plan to avenge their family and retake their royal home.While Hawke wants to return to his old life, Grayce struggles to keep the threads of her new life from unraveling, and realizes she wants to stay in the one place that will allow her to finally live as a girl.

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Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

Pub. Date: 7 January 2020


The fifth installment in Seanan McGuire’s award-winning, bestselling Wayward Children series, Come Tumbling Down picks up the threads left dangling by Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones

When Jack left Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister–whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice–back to their home on the Moors.

But death in their adopted world isn’t always as permanent as it is here, and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that something has happened to her. Something terrible. Something of which only the maddest of scientists could conceive. Something only her friends are equipped to help her overcome.

Eleanor West’s “No Quests” rule is about to be broken.


Rep: f/f relationship; trans character

Haskall Himself by Gary Seigel

Pub. Date: 5 January 2020 or 19 January 2020 (different editions had different dates, so uh…yeah, lol)


Meet Haskell Hodge. At sixteen he’s already garnered some fame as a former child actor and star of a popular cereal commercial. But that doesn’t do much for him when he’s dumped at his aunt’s house in the suburbs of Los Angeles to face an assortment of neighborhood bullies.

He thinks he might be gay. In fact, he could be the only gay person in the valley, maybe on the entire planet. Even if he does manage to find a boyfriend, their relationship would have to be secret and invisible.

After all it’s 1966. And though Time Magazine claims the sexual revolution is in full swing, the freedoms straight people are enjoying don’t seem to apply to everyone. And as much as Haskell attempts to hide his true self, carefully navigating the tricky and risky terrain of being queer, he’s still taunted and teased relentlessly.

Rather than give in to the irrationality of this hate, Haskell fights back, eventually finding an unlikely outlet to vent his frustration and angst—playing a bully in a screen test for a major motion picture. If he plays his cards right, it could catapult him into Hollywood stardom.

Of course, like most things in life, it comes with a heavy price Haskell’s not certain he’s willing to pay.

Rep: gay/queer boy MC

Fallen Love by Alex Stargazer

Pub. Date: 7 January 2020


There are many kinds of monster that walk the Earth. Some are ugly. Others speak beautiful words through forked tongues. But the worst possess the grace of angels, and the hearts of demons…

Upperclassman Conall is rich, impeccably dressed, and set for a prestigious career in the Party hierarchy. He doesn’t lack for anything—except, maybe, love.

When he finds Mark, alone, abandoned and hurt, he doesn’t expect one act of kindness to alter the course of his life forever. There is more to Mark than Conall can even dream of. The beautiful, vulnerable boy Conall knows is not human. A dark power lies within Mark—it can make him immortal… but love might be the price.

Enter the world of Fallen Love, where witches fight politicians and darkness lurks in hidden places. This is urban fantasy like you’ve never read before: there’s diverse romance, flying cars, mystery and of course—there’s magic. Discover why readers are calling it “an incredible story” that “hooked” and “astounded” them!

Rep: m/m relationship

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LIST #13 | Books with Asexual and/or Aromantic Characters!

Hi, everyone! For today, I wanted to do something a little special for the holiday today (technically yesterday, but we’ll ignore that). Valentine’s day can be rough for a lot of us in the ace and/or aro community: it’s one of the days where people, whether they intend to or not, constantly invalidate ace and aro folks by upholding romantic love and sexual attraction as the pinnacle of everything and as “just a basic human thing that everyone does.”

I…don’t really want to get into that discourse right now. Instead, I want to show all the ace and aro folks out there that, regardless of what some people say, we’re valid and we have some awesome representation in books (though, we can always use more…obviously). I tried to look into the deep depths of the internet to find the less well-known pieces, along with having some more popular books, and I think I got some good ones!

I broke this post up into three parts: books with asexual characters, books with aromantic characters, and books with both ace and aro characters or aro-ace characters. Just a sidenote: I haven’t read any of these books, but I’ve tried my best to search out some positive rep! So I take responsibility if any of these books are actually harmful, and I’ll make edits accordingly.

So, yeah, I spent a lot of time researching for this post, so I hope you all enjoy! And make sure to check out the resources I used, which are listed at the end of the list, because they have a ton more books that I didn’t even start to cover in this list.



Jughead, Vol. 1 by Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson

So I never read the original Archie comics or watch the show on Netflix, but I heard that there was an ace character, and lo and behold, there is! Jughead is canonically ace, which is awesome. I’m not usually one for comics, but I might have to try it out!

Bittersweet Symphony by Rebecca McNutt

This looks like a horror books where the protagonist, his daughter, and his coworkers rent out a floor where, ten years before, a mass murder happened. One of the characters (I can’t tell if they’re a protagonist or side character?) is asexual.

A Study of Fiber and Demons by Jasmine Gower

…So a group of not-friends and an amicable professor research “demonwaves,” a form of demon magic. The ace character is part of a polyamorous trio, and how cool is that? Apparently most of the characters would be considered unlikeable, and I’m ready.

Fourth World by Lyssa Chiavari

Imagine a sci-fi take on The Lost City of Atlantis, and that’s basically what this book is: two teens on two different worlds team up to find the city of Elytherios. Looks like both protagonists are on the ace spectrum: one of them may be demisexual and the other, ace.

Banner of the Damned by Sherwood Smith

Your standard fantasy novel about politics and magic and everything. Not only is there an ace main character, but the world-building/character-building is so different compared to “mainstream” fantasy. Like, imagine: women characters that are actually given agency and power and aren’t used as sexually abused plot devices.

Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver

A book that seamlessly includes fantasy, sci-fi, and dystopian genres, where a group of friends works together to take down a tyrannical government. Ya know, like ya do. An asexual protagonist that carries a huge amount of anxiety? Wow, it’s me. Overall, there’s an extremely diverse cast: queer identities, racial identities, and non-monogamous identities all rolling into one.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Two friends research the origins of extraordinary abilities while in college, but they eventually become nemeses as they grow apart. One of that main characters is asexual, so that’s cool. Also? I love some “friends to enemies” and anti-heroes tropes.

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Wow, look, a horror book with three kick-ass girl protagonists who try to figure out a mystery before it’s too late. It’s totally my jam. One of the protagonists is ace! I do have to say, though, I know for a fact that there’s ace-antagonism in this one, so take caution if you’re sensitive to that.


Baker Thief by Claudie Arseneault

A superhero book in which a baker steals a magical gem from an officer; little do people know that these gems that can grant superpowers hold witch souls, which is what the baker’s sister is. Hello, we have enemies to lovers with aromantic characters! So that’s awesome. Also, as you’ll see soon enough, this author loves aro, ace, and aro-ace characters, and I”m here for it.

Viral Airwaves by Claudie Arseneault

Sci-fi books with your classic group of Queers™️ who take down a gross tyrannical government. I’m pretty sure no one is allocishet, and that’s my favorite thing about this book, which I have not read. There’s an enby aromantic gay character, too!

An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows

A fantasy novel in which a woman accidentally travels to another world, where a kingdom is under siege. The aromantic character is in a polyamort trio with two other women! And her aromanticism is (supposedly) not seen as something to be “overcome” at all!

The Trouble by Daria Defore

A book about a band and its college-aged frontman whose TA for class is a guy he hit on before? Classic. The frontman ending up being allosexual and aromantic? An even better classic.

Syncopation by Anna Zabo

Another band book! This one is where the protagonist, the frontman for his band Twisted Wishes, and a past friend/now drummer, collide for a tour. Guess what, the main character is aromantic pansexual! And it looks like there’s some BDSM (D/s) elements, too, if that’s your thing.

epicene: a short story by Constance Bougie

Here’s a short story about a student with social anxiety and an aromantic crush on another classmate. Sounds to me that the main character is an enby aromantic person with social anxeity, and I’m excited. Also, when I say short, I mean it; it’s less than 20 pages.

Novis by Rachel Tonks Hill

A neat sci-fi novel in which the main character and her two friends attempt to break a curse on a colony that is suceeding in killing the inhabitants. Guess what, one of the protagonists is aromantic! Annnnd, three women kicking ass is always a must-buy for me.

Lost Names by A.N. Mouse

Another sci-fi novel, where two teams are sent after the same thing, but only one make it out alive. Apparently, it’s sad, and you know it’s sad, but you’re still sad at the end. It also looks very queer, and there’s a bisexual aromantic main character!


The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

So, obivously, the first book, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue includes Felicity, who is Monty’s sister, but this second one is where she’s center stage. From what I understand, both books are historical fiction “road” trips…and the second one somehow involves dragons? I love it even more, especially since Felicity is aro-ace.

City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault

Here’s another fantasy novel rooted in politics, but you don’t (shouldn’t) even notice it. There’s a diverse cast of characters: characters of color, disabled characters, and almost all of the main cast (if not all of them) are queer! I’m a bit hazy on this, but there are either both ace and aro characters, or an ace-aro character; either way, from what I read, it is very ace and aro friendly!

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

This sci-fi novel is based in a space vessel that is similar in culture to the Antebellum South, where Aster lives in the lower decks as a slave. Aster’s caretaker is aromantic and asexual, and there is a large amount of other queer characters (including Aster!). Overall, this book deals with racism and slavery, and it definitely isn’t a light read; check the reviews on Goodreads for CWs if you have to, please.

Immoral Code by Lillian Clark

A group of teens does what it takes to make sure one of their own can go to her dream school… i.e. they steal money from her billionaire dad. One of the protagonists is aro-ace! Also, really, I just love groups of friends getting together to do morally grey things.


  • The FuckYeahAsexual tumblr blog has a lot of neat info, not just about asexuality in general, but also on recs of media with ace characters.
  • This list and this one, which are both Goodreads lists, helped me find a bunch of books with ace characters.
  • There’s also this, like, master post of Goodreads lists that supposedly have books with ace characters (though, as you can see if you click, there are a lot of them filed under LGBT+ lists, and not specifically ace lists.
  • On to the aromantic info links, I have this one! Also a Goodreads list, specifically of aromantic characters in SFF (science fiction and fantasy).
  • Just like with the asexual characters master post, there is also one for aromantic characters on Goodreads. A lot of them, like the ace list, are listed under broad LGBT+ lists, but there are some aro-specific lists, too.
  • There’s this list post from Rachel over at Rustling Reads that has over 10 books with aro/aro-ace characters!
  • Look, it’s the biggest, most in-depth aromantic and/or asexual character database I’ve ever seen! Thanks to Claudie Arseneault for creating this (yes, the same Claudie Arseneault who has, like, three books on this list). I found most of the books with aromantic characters through this database, so please go check it out. Also, here’s the page that explains the database more.

And that’s it, everyone! Like I said earlier, I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I’m sorry I couldn’t have gotten up earlier (…I’m only an hour late, lol).

I hope all of my ace siblings and aro pals had a comfortable, enjoyable day despite what the holiday can mean to a lot of us. I love you all. ❤



LIST #12 | Top 10 Anticipated 2019 Fantasy Releases

Hi, everyone! Today, I have another list for you. It is similar to a Twitter thread I did a month ago: anticipated fantasy releases. However, while most of this list will be similar to the one on Twitter, these particular books are ones that I am personally excited for. Now, let’s get to it!

10. Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd

Release Date: 26 March 2019
Barnes and Noble

Over the Moon sounds like an action-packed read! In a town where boys work in the mines and girls become servants for nobility, the girl protagonist knows she would not be able to stand a life such as that. Instead, She is chosen to train flying horses in order to battle against monsters below the town. It is extremely dangerous, but the pay off? Her family would then be well-off for years to come.

9. The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Release Date: 5 February 2019
Barnes and Noble

Ohhh, this book has dragons. I always love dragons in fantasy. The Ruin of Kings is focused on an assumed orphan who is actually claimed by the royal family due to political tension. However, it is not about a boy who willingly goes along with everything, but one who slowly become an antihero, refusing to live for anyone except himself.

8. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Release Date: 15 January 2019
Barnes and Noble

A book based on Korean mythology! I love that, and I cannot wait to see what Dragon Pearl brings. A girl who has so-called fox magic, which she is urged to hid, travels around the universe in search of her missing brother. It seems to have a mix of mythology, fantasy, and sci-fi, which is interesting!

7. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Release Date: 2 April 2019
Barnes and Noble

Three teens have to team up to murder the king in order to live peacefully. Honestly, this description is enough to get me excited for any book. On top of that, sometimes I just need a darker fantasy, and this sounds like something that is right up my alley.

6. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Release Date: 6 August 2019
Barnes and Noble

Based on Mexican folklore, Gods of Jade and Shadows is about a woman who released the God of Death. Now she has to help him get is throne back from his brother. It also takes place during the Jazz Age, which honestly? If everything from here on out was set in the Jazz Age, I would be a-okay with it.

5. Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nguyen

Release Date: 17 April 2019
Barnes and Noble

This looks so amazing! Seriously, the cover is absolutely gorgeous, and I cannot wait to read Pilu of the Woods. It is a graphic novel about a girl helping a lost tree spirit back home. It’s ultimately a book about emotions, family, and learning to control one’s feelings in a healthy way.

4. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Release Date: 2 April 2019
Barnes and Noble

This book has such a beautiful cover! And honestly? I love books with characters forced into thrones or royalty; one of my favorite tropes when done correctly. There’s alos a woman of color protagonist, and Descendant of the Crane is in a Chinese-inspired world!

3. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Release Date: 15 January 2019
Barnes and Noble

Six of Crows made me fall in love with heist books, so of course I had to get excited for another one. Gilded Wolves takes place in 1800s Paris, during the International Exposition, when a group of teens has to steal/find treasure in order for a boy to earn his inheritance.

2. The Pirory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Release Date: 26 February 2019
Barnes and Noble

I know I have been talking about this book a lot the last month or so, but still. Once I heard about The Priory of the Orange Tree, it soon became one of my most anticipated books of 2019. What’s not to love? There’s powerful women and dragons!

1. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Release Date: 5 March 2019
Barnes and Noble

We still do not have a cover yet, and I feel personally attacked. You know what I alos feel attacked by? That cliffhanger at the end of Children of Blood and Bone. Seriously, I was not ready for that, and every time I think about it, I want to read its sequel.

And those are my top 10 most anticipated fantasy releases of 2019! Are any of yours on this list? Do you have others your looking forward to? Let me know!

Until next time~



LIST #11 | 12 Worst/Most Disappointing Books of 2018

Hi, everyone! I’m back with another end-of-the-year post! This time? The bottom 12 books of 2018, i.e.: the worst/most disappointing books read in 2018. I also posted a top books of 2018 post if you all want to read that one, too. Much like the prior list, these books are ones I read this year and not necessarily published. It’s also 12, instead of 15, because there weren’t really that many books that I absolutely hated or was disappointed by.

12. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

3/5 stars


There was some good points about introversion and extroversion, which is why it is 3 stars and not lower. However, this book took on an extremely dichotomous view of introversion and extroversion that allowed for nothing in the middle. It also focused solely on corporate introverts, and I simply did not connect with it.

11. 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know by Harry H. Harrison Jr.

⭐⭐ .5
2.5/5 stars


I got this book as a gift from my parents when I first graduated high school. As good as some of the studying tips were, this book was just… meh. Most of the tips were unhelpful or downright obnoxious (whatever you do, don’t go to class sick). There was also an elitist air to the writing, where if you were friends with someone who was not going to be super rich, then you were wasting your time and energy. No thanks.

10. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

2/5 stars


I DNF’d this at around a third of the way through. It was just so incredibly slow; 33% in, and practically nothing happened. Add that to the boring characters, ableism, and tons of fat-shaming/hatred, and you can understand why I DNF’d.

9. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

3/5 stars


This book was…meh. It creeped me out, and not in a fun horror way. It left a bad taste in my mouth, honestly. While I love books that are character-centered, I was a bit put off by the fact that literally no one is really a good person (one is even a pedophile that acts on his thoughts…fyi). It was very much one of those “humans are the real monsters” books, and I did not enjoy it as much as I wanted to.

8. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

2/5 stars


Whatever you do, do not listen to the audiobook. Seriously. That was largely the reason I DNF’d Eragon. Because apparently Gerard Doyle does not know how to do a female dragon voice. Like…at all. I also was not a huge fan of the dialogue and winding paragraphs. So. Blah.

7. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

3/5 stars


This is one of the most trope-iest books ever, and not in a good way. It is a bit of a product of its time, being published during the peak supernatural YA trope fest. But, oof, still not the best. Clary is full of internalized misogyny, her best friend is the stereotypical “i’m mad at you because you don’t want to date me,” and uhh, the incest twist at the end? Not my thing.

6. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

3/5 stars


I was so excited when I heard Becky had another book coming out. And for the most part, Leah on the Offbeat was okay. However, there was a kiss under dubious consent, as well as gatekeeping bisexuality and questioning, and neither were challenged. So, yeah, that kind of killed it for me.

5. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

⭐⭐ .5
2.5/5 stars


I forgot how much worse this book was compared to the first one. It was completely boring, and the characters were extremely one-dimensional. Also, the incest side plot was still going on, and it really needed to stop. On top of that, barely anything happened plot-wise, and it was terribly boring.

4. Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates

⭐⭐ .5
2.5/5 stars


I remember not liking this books, but not the reasons. Well, I just read my review, and it all came rushing back; I really was not messing around with that one, haha. But, yeah, Everyday Sexism had some good parts, but overall, it was steaming pile of cisnormativity, cissexism, and #NotAllMen-ing. Not my cup of tea.

3. The Snow Witch by Rosie Boyes

⭐⭐ .5
2.5/5 stars


This book let me down so much. There was potential, but alas it makes my “worst of 2018” list. The biggest issue for me was the use of the G-slur against Romani people, as well as the stereotypes that go with it. It was such a large part of the story, and I hated it. On top of that, the dialogue did not flow well for me, and the ending seemed abrupt.

2. Choosing Evil by Kristina Rienzi

⭐ .5
1.5/5 stars


This was incredibly disappointing. The writing was not all that good, and I was getting tired of the “extra special protagonist” trope. On top of that, the book liked to repeat the same thing over and over without actually showing the reader. Instead of showing how evil demons are, it was just repeated throughout the book. Maybe someone else would like it, but it definitely was not for me. I ended up DNFing at 68%.

1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

⭐ .5
1.5/5 stars


Let me preface this with saying that, for the most part, I actually enjoyed Mockingjay. I thought it was a good read. However, the things I did not like were terrible for me. Peeta’s character went to hell for right when he actually developed in Catching Fire, I could not stand Gale, and the epilogue was absolutely disgusting. Such a complete let-down, especially since I loved the other two books.

And there you have it! My 12 most disappointing books of 2018. Were any of these bad reads for you? Or did you love them? Let me know!

Until next time~



LIST #2 | Top 5 Books Read in 2017

Hi, everyone!

I haven’t done a list in a while, so I figured it’d be fun to write one on my Top 5 books that I read in 2017. Keep in mind that this doesn’t necessarily mean these books were published in 2017; just that I read them during last year. With that being said, let’s begin!

(P.S. These are in no particular order because I can’t make decisions…oh well.)

1. “Ramona Blue” by Julie Murphy

Ramona Blue

4/5 stars
Goodreads review

When I first read the inside flap, I’ll have to say that I was put off by the book — I thought it was definitely going to be one of those “the lesbian actually isn’t a lesbian because she finds the ‘right boy.'” However, the blurb definitely did not do it justice. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the plot. I especially liked how Ramona’s sexual identity was addressed. For those weary about the book being the trope stated prior, you shouldn’t worry (in my opinion). However, I do have to say that there was an ace-antagonistic part within the first half of the book, which I address in my Goodreads review.

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