Genres: Contemporary YA, LGBT+, Feminism
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This book was such a positive surprise. I don’t know exactly what I expected from it, but it wasn’t this strong story, which left me open-mouthed at its freshness, its exploration of feminism and intersectionalism, its nonchalant gayness. I’m so here for it.
Juliet Takes a Breath is the story of Juliet, a girl from the Bronx who has just come out to her family just hours before leaving to Portland for an internship with the very famous author Harlowe Brisbane. Now she doesn’t know where she stands with her mom, and if she still accepts her. Also her girlfriend isn’t picking up her calls, and feminism is a big question mark.
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, LGBT+
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What would you do if you knew you had less than 24h before you die?
They Both Die At The End is a lovely, sad and hopeful story that follows Rufus and Mateo on the last day of their lives. When Death-Cast calls them on September 5th, both boys need to decide how to spend their last day, and they end up signing up for the Last Friend app, in hope of getting company one last time and try to live their whole lives in less than 24h. Continue reading
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, LGBTQ+
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History is All You Left Me is so heartbreaking. There is no other word to describe it. It follows Griffin as he tries to make sense of the death of his ex-boyfriend Theo. Although they broke up a while ago, Griff always believed in the end they would be together, and the accidental death of Theo comes to him as a shock. As his OCD gets worse and memories keep overwhelming him, Griff sinks deeper into self-destruction mode, and needs to find a way to heal. Continue reading
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ+
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This was another book that I would not have read without the book blogging community, although I cannot remember anymore whose review exactly convinced me to read it. I expected this to be a more light-hearted, fun read, but it was far more powerful and emotional than that, and I was quite pleased by the surprise! Continue reading
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, LGBTQ+
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Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. Continue reading
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Alternate History, Young Adult, LGBTQ+
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This is a great year for fantasy YA for me. I’m discovering a bunch of books I had heard some blurb about before but hadn’t picked it up because I was for a while all about contemporaries, literary fiction and historical fiction. Do get ready for another review where I swoon a lot. Spoiler alert: And I Darken is awesome. Continue reading
Recommended: Yes, with restrictions
Genres: Horror, Dystopia, Young Adult, LGBTQ+
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I have received a free copy of Arena from the author of this book. This in no way affects the opinions reflected on this review.
When seventeen-year-old Tasa Strong is ‘taken’ by the dreaded Iron Cart, she finds herself in a vast arena filled with wild animals and grotesque killers. In order to survive, and save her beloved friend Valeria, Tasa must work with eleven other children to find a way forward – even as she comes to understand that many of them cannot be trusted, and may also be a danger to her life. As they struggle to survive, and compete, they are forced to make horrifying life and death decisions; voting on which in their company should be killed. This act threatens to tear any potential alliances apart; and factions form within their group. Yet still Tasa must struggle forward, led by a boy who seems to want to save her and her friend: yet also clearly has his own secret reasons and brutal abilities – until at last she faces a final and terrifying round of dangers that will reveal the most unexpected and shocking betrayal, and potential reward… Continue reading
Gêneros: Mistério, romance histórico, realismo mágico
Este livro foi publicado em 2014, e desde então tenho ouvido muito burburinho sobre ele, sobre como ele é tão único e a história encantadora. A capa certamente é fantástica, e devo confessar que ela e a promessa de um romance de realismo mágico e mistério me atraíram para este livro. Continue reading
Genres: Mystery, magic realism, historic fiction
I’ve been eyeing this book for a while, since it’s been published in 2014. It’s gotten so much buzz since then about its uniqueness and enchanting story. I am trying to broaden my reading experience, and so Magic Realism is something I really wanted to get a bit more of, making this book quite perfect for me. I also must confess the beautiful cover was such a selling point.
It is pride month! I find it a little hard to find LGBTQ+ literature that isn’t YA, so please leave in the comments your suggestions! Congratulations to the Young Adult genre for being so prominent in this category. I would really like to see more lyrical, historical, epic fiction, though, as they are my favorites. Below are a few books I recommend and a few I want to read!
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
This is the first book I ever read to have a bi character, and I absolutely loved it so much. My heart broke for Celie so many times. It tells the story of women of color in the South of the United States, in the 1930s, focusing on Celie’s stories. This book is incredibly relevant, so raw and powerful. I swear this book changed my life. It is such a must-read. Continue reading