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Chiara / July 6, 2017 , Thu / this book is lgbtqia

This Book is LGBTQIA+ is my way of putting a spotlight on books that may not be widely recognised as such. I want these books to have as much exposure as they can, and I hope you add some of these titles (or all) to those never-ending TBR piles!

Today’s book is:

one of us is lying by karen m. mcmanus

Title: One Of Us Is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Publisher: Penguin

Genre/s: Mystery/Thriller

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.

Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.

Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.

Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.

And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?

What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

Why This Book is LGBTQIA+

One of the main characters in this book, Cooper, is gay. There were a few moments where I thought that the author would make some really terrible decisions regarding this character and his sexuality, but in the end she didn’t, which I was extremely grateful for.

Cooper doesn’t exactly have the best time in this book, and he does face adversity when his classmates and friends find out that he’s gay (which wasn’t his choice). But he did have friends who weren’t assholes and stuck by him, and while his father was a jerk in the beginning by the end he was coming to realise that if he loves his son he loves everything about his son.

In all honesty I really enjoyed One Of Us Is Lying. It was a mystery/thriller with added character and relationship development, and the ending wasn’t predictable, either. If you want to check out my full thoughts, you can read my review here.

I will mention that some reviewers have found the reveal of Cooper’s sexuality could be harmful to some readers, and that the representation of mental health was inadequate and could be harmful to readers, as well.

(trigger warning: bullying, reference to school shooting, references to suicide (graphic), suicide, alcoholic parent, romantic cheating, drug addicted parent, absent parent, bipolar parent (off medication), sibling with cancer, heart attack (grandparent), emotional abuse, use of ableist language, ableism, slut shaming, reference to animal cruelty, physical assault, attempted murder, and homophobia in this novel)

Chiara / October 27, 2016 , Thu / this book is lgbtqia

This Book is LGBTQIA+ is my way of putting a spotlight on books that may not be widely recognised as such. I want these books to have as much exposure as they can, and I hope you add some of these titles (or all) to those never-ending TBR piles!

Today’s book is:

spare and found parts by sarah maria griffin

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Title: Spare and Found Parts

Author: Sarah Maria Griffin

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Genre/s: Sci-fi

Nell Crane has always been an outsider. In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts—an arm, a leg, an eye—her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical limbs everyone now uses. But Nell is the only one whose mechanical piece is on the inside: her heart. Since the childhood operation, she has ticked. Like a clock, like a bomb. As her community rebuilds, everyone is expected to contribute to the society’s good . . . but how can Nell live up to her father’s revolutionary idea when she has none of her own?

Then she finds a mannequin hand while salvaging on the beach—the first boy’s hand she’s ever held—and inspiration strikes. Can Nell build her own companion in a world that fears advanced technology? The deeper she sinks into this plan, the more she learns about her city—and her father, who is hiding secret experiments of his own.

Why This Book is LGBTQIA+

The main character, Nell, is bisexual! She talks about romance between herself and boys and girls. And she also has a massive crush on a girl who runs a bar. I’m not sure why this book is flying under the radar so much in terms of its queerness, but it’s there. It’s 100% there, and this is genre fiction with a female bi main character. Which is just massive. And amazing.

The book itself is infinitely gorgeous, with prose that will make you envy the author. There’s also a robot guy whose innocence and lack of understanding is adorable.

I was surprised by how much I ended up loving Spare and Found Parts, and you can read my full review here.

(trigger warning: death of a parent, arranged marriage, and heart complications/surgery in this novel)

Chiara / August 18, 2016 , Thu / this book is lgbtqia

This Book is LGBTQIA+ is my way of putting a spotlight on books that may not be widely recognised as such. I want these books to have as much exposure as they can, and I hope you add some of these titles (or all) to those never-ending TBR piles!

Today’s book is:

and i darken by kiersten white

and i darken

Title: And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1)

Author: Kali Wallace

Publisher: Corgi Childrens

Genre/s: Historical, Retelling

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.

Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.

The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she’ll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.

Why This Book is LGBTQIA+

One of the two main characters, Radu, is gay. I didn’t actually know this when I had seen the book floating around the blogosphere (back when I had little interest in it), but when I learned that a point of view character in this historical retelling of Vlad the Impaler was queer, I was 100% keen to read it.

The book follows the two main characters from an early age, and I absolutely loved seeing Radu grow up and discover himself and his love for religion and his attraction to men. His love for Mehmed (who his sister, the other MC and POV character, is also in love with) is absolutely beautiful. Even though I don’t really like Mehmed all that much, I still want Radu to end up with him because I know it would make him happy. But I’d be totally open to an amazing, dashing queer boy to sweep Radu off his feet, too. ;D

I ended up loving And I Darken more than I would have ever guessed, and you can read my full review here.

(trigger warning: physical assault, murder, attempted murder, domestic violence, torture, and war themes in this novel)

Chiara / February 19, 2016 , Fri / this book is lgbtqia

This Book is LGBTQIA+ is my way of putting a spotlight on books that may not be widely recognised as such. I want these books to have as much exposure as they can, and I hope you add some of these titles (or all) to those never-ending TBR piles!

Today’s book is:

shallow graves by kali wallace

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Title: Shallow Graves

Author: Kali Wallace

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre/s: Horror, Paranormal

Breezy remembers leaving the party: the warm, wet grass under her feet, her cheek still stinging from a slap to her face. But when she wakes up, scared and pulling dirt from her mouth, a year has passed and she can’t explain how.

Nor can she explain the man lying at her grave, dead from her touch, or why her heartbeat comes and goes. She doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past.

Haunted by happy memories from her life, Breezy sets out to find answers in the gritty, threatening world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight, and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she discovers is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.

Debut author Kali Wallace interweaves folklore and myths from all over the world in this stunning novel about the heartbreaking trauma of a girl’s life cut short and her struggle to reconcile her humanity with the monster she’s become.

Why This Book is LGBTQIA+

The main character in Shallow Graves, Breezy, is bisexual. Which was amazing, because this book is in no way a YA contemporary. Breezy herself isn’t even human when you’re introduced to her, and it’s just so incredibly awesome to read about queer characters that feature in books that aren’t contemporary, which we desperately need more of.

Another amazing thing about Shallow Graves is that there’s no romance. The only romantic things in this book are to do with Breezy’s memories of being a human (and in those memories, the only attractions that are mentioned are towards girls, and just Y E S). There’s also no coming out drama – the only scene where Breezy tells someone is when she tells her sister and her sister is pretty much like “so?” (in an excellent way). The way Breezy’s sexuality is written into the story is beautiful.

I absolutely adored Shallow Graves, and you can read my full review here.

(Trigger warnings: multiple murders, physical assault, abduction, a violent cult, and domestic abuse in this novel)

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