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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

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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)

Chiara / December 17, 2015 , 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:

hushed by kelly york

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Title: Hushed

Author: Kelly York

Publisher: Entangled Teen (Embrace)

Genre/s: Thriller

He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

Why This Book is LGBTQIA+

Now, it might seem obvious from the synopsis (although I’m making this post because this book needs more love in general, and in terms of being LGBTQIA+), but the protagonist is bisexual! Which is so awesome, because bi characters seem to be quite rare in the YA book world, and when there are books with bi protagonists, sometimes they are … really awful. But Hushed is not awful! It’s kind of wonderful, in a really creepy way.

One thing I really appreciated, in terms of queerness, was the fact that Archer never freaked out about being attracted to Evan. I am so over the sexuality awakening novels. So it was just really refreshing to read a book about a character who just accepted the fact that they are attracted to both sexes. AND it’s a thriller book, not a contemporary. Pretty much all the points to Hushed. *gives gold star* You can read my full thoughts on this book here.

(Trigger warnings: murder, forced suicide, and non-explicit rape and domestic violence in this novel)

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