Running With Lions by Julian Winters

Summary: my rating:4 stars published by: Duet Books genres: contemporary, lgbt+, sports content warnings: alcohol use, bullying, islamophobia, body shaming, body insecurity, one scene that contained the use of homophobic language Read this if you like: The Foxhole Court, FENCE Synopsis: Bloomington High School Lions’ star goalie, Sebastian Hughes, should be excited about his senior year: His … More Running With Lions by Julian Winters

LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT by Becky Albertalli | ★★★☆☆

Summary:  my rating: 3 stars published by: HarperCollins genres: contemporary, lgbt+ diversity: bisexual fat anxious mc Synopsis: When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to … More LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT by Becky Albertalli | ★★★☆☆

BOOK REVIEW: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Summary:  my rating: 4 stars published by: Razorbill genres: fantasy diversity: black & bisexual mc, mixed racial and queer side cast content warnings: drug addiction, character death links: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads Synopsis: Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous … More BOOK REVIEW: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Queer labels in books: how I think they should be handled

So the use of labels for members of the lgbtqiap+ community in books has been discussed a lot in the book community. It’s a really hard topic to talk about – because it can so easily be hurtful, very personal and making general statements about how rep should be handled can be excluding. This discussion … More Queer labels in books: how I think they should be handled

Melancholy, Quirky and Relatable – Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Summary:  my rating: 5 stars published by: Harper Collins genres: contemporary, lgbt+ diversity: biracial (Ethiopian/White) and bisexual main character, demisexual side character, gay South Korean side character, Indian side character, lesbian side character (all on page) content warnings: emotional parental abuse, alcohol use/getting drunk, depression, suicide mentions and themes, death of a pet.  Links: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads   Synopsis: Frances has always been … More Melancholy, Quirky and Relatable – Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME BY ADAM SILVERA

Summary:  my rating: 5 stars published by: Simon & Schuster genres: contemporary, lgbt+ diversity: gay mc, bisexual li, gay li, OCD representation (mc), black side character, minor character in wheelchair content warnings: drowning, anxiety, OCD where to purchase: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads Synopsis: OCD-afflicted seventeen-year-old, Griffin, has just lost his first love – his best friend, ex-boyfriend and the boy he believed to … More HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME BY ADAM SILVERA

ARC REVIEW: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

Quick Facts:  my rating: 3 stars published by: Interlude Press genres: fantasy, young adult, lgbt+, retelling diverse: yes   Synopsis: Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them … More ARC REVIEW: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember