review / only mostly devastated by sophie gonzales

Summary: my rating: 4 stars published: 2020 by Wednesday Books genres: contemporary, lgbtq+ fiction, young adult, romance content warnings: depictions of cancer, public outing, fatphobia, homophobia/lesbophobia/biphobia, off-page death Synopsis: 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 … More review / only mostly devastated by sophie gonzales

normal people by sally rooney / review + discussion

❝  He brought her goodness like a gift and now it belongs to her. Meanwhile his life opens out before him in all directions at once. They’ve done a lot of good for each other. Really, she thinks, really. People can really change one another.  ❞ Normal People is my first foray into Sally Rooney’s work, … More normal people by sally rooney / review + discussion

Maurice by e.m forster / an analytical review

Summary: my rating: 5 stars originally published: posthumously in 1971 (originally written in 1914) genres: classic, victorian literature, lgbtq+ fiction, romance, coming of age difficulty: classics beginner Synopsis: Maurice Hall is a young man who grows up confident in his privileged status and well aware of his role in society. Modest and generally conformist, he nevertheless … More Maurice by e.m forster / an analytical review

review / stay gold by tobly mcsmith

Summary: published by: HarperTeen genres: contemporary romance, YA content warnings: misgendering and deadnaming of trans character, sexual and physical assault of main character on page, use of trans and lesbian slurs, public outing, suicidal thoughts and ideation, harassment, homophobia For fans of: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by … More review / stay gold by tobly mcsmith

review / on earth we’re briefly gorgeous by ocean vuong

Summary: published by: Jonathan Cape genres: fiction, poetry, literary, contemporary content warnings: on-page death, child abuse, drug use, violence, depictions of war and sexual assault, animal abuse Synopsis: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, … More review / on earth we’re briefly gorgeous by ocean vuong

BOOK REVIEW: WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE BY TEHLOR KAY MEJIA

Summary: published by: Katherine Tegan Books genres: fantasy, lgbt+ fiction content warnings: government-sanctioned violence (murder of protestors), allusions to rape and sexual violence, misogyny, bombings Read if you liked: The Handmaids Tale, Girls of Paper and Fire Synopsis: At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in … More BOOK REVIEW: WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE BY TEHLOR KAY MEJIA

BOOK REVIEW: NINTH HOUSE BY LEIGH BARDUGO

Summary: published by:Gollancz genres: fantasy, dark academia, adult content warnings: rape of a child, sexual assault under influence of a magical drug, drowning, heavy violence, gore, drug addiction, overdosing, death, suicide, blackmail, self-harm, and forced consumption of human waste. Read if you liked: The Secret History, If We Were Villains, Sawkill Girls Synopsis: Galaxy “Alex” Stern … More BOOK REVIEW: NINTH HOUSE BY LEIGH BARDUGO

BOOK REVIEW: The Dragon Republic by R.F Kuang

Summary: published by:  HarperVoyager genres: fantasy, high fantasy, military fantasy, adult fantasy content warnings: rape scenes, battle/death scenes, child death, torture, getting drunk, execution, body horror, drug use, addiction Book one (The Poppy War) review Synopsis: In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, shaman and warrior Rin is on the run: haunted by the atrocity she committed … More BOOK REVIEW: The Dragon Republic by R.F Kuang