Contemporary · Romance

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

After True Letters From A Fictional Life, which I had to admit I did not expect to like as much as I did, I was lucky enough to read Georgia Peaches, which also surprised me by having a lot more depth than I expected.

The main character, Jo Gordon, is almost the stereotypical lesbian – indie af and hangs out with a very alternative crowd, with a best friend who is probably also a bad influence on her. But that isn’t all that she is – she is also a Good Christian, capital letters and all, and her single father is a successful radio pastor who accepts her as she is… until he meets a woman and falls in love, moving his work (and daughter) to Rome, Georgia. And because Rome is a very conservative small town, and he wants to please his new in-laws, he asks Jo to walk back into her closet. Continue reading “Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown”

Contemporary

True Letters From A Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan

A lot of the comments I’ve seen on this book mentions that it is “like a guy version of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before“, and I guess there’s some truth to that. It’s also a coming-out story, which may annoy the few I know who want queer YA to move beyond coming-out stories. I think it’s good that there are more DIFFERENT kinds of queer fiction for young adults now, but I also think that there’s always room for more coming-out stories, especially when it deals with a character learning more about themselves, because it’s different for every person.

In this book, for example, James Liddell feels as if he lives a pretend life. Continue reading “True Letters From A Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan”

Fantasy · Romance

Books About Tricksters: Crooked Kingdom, Thick As Thieves, Empire of Storms

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Awesome heist story, with a trickster god (not literally) of an anti-hero? Check. Kickass female characters who really deserve their own books? Check. Romantic subplots that gives you ALL THE FEELS without being annoying or taking over the story? Check. Diverse characters? Check, check and check. A character that might have annoyed me some in the first book but I feel oh so protective about in this sequel? CHECK. Continue reading “Books About Tricksters: Crooked Kingdom, Thick As Thieves, Empire of Storms”

Romance · Science Fiction

A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray

A Million Worlds With You is the third of the Firebird series in which the characters can jump between multiverses. The protagonist is Marguerite, whose parents are famous scientists and the inventors of this dimension-hopping tech. When her father is murdered, Marguerite has to go after the killer as he jumps from dimension to dimension. She’s determined to get her revenge, but with each jump, Marguerite learns of the life of another alternate Marguerite, and it makes her wonder if there’s such a thing as fate.

Honestly, I went into this series not knowing what to expect (besides the typical YA thing) and was happy to find it reminiscent of one of my favourite books as a kid, Continue reading “A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray”

Fantasy

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Here’s the thing about me and unhappy endings in YA fiction – I can’t stand them. To me, YA needs to be like a Disney movie, with maybe more curses and romance and action and darkness, if needed, but it must end well to be enjoyed. That is not to say that I haven’t loved books with unhappy endings – John Green’s books are among my favourites, and I have zero complaints about the ending of the Divergent series. But. Generally, I avoid the unhappy.

This is the reason why I’ve yet to read Fairest, Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles spinoff novel, and this is the reason why I hesitated to read Heartless. However, I love Alice (who doesn’t?) Continue reading “Heartless by Marissa Meyer”

Contemporary · Romance

By Your Side by Kasie West

I’m a Kasie West fan. I haven’t read everything by her, but I’ve liked everything by her that I’ve read. Comparing the books by her that I’ve read, By Your Side didn’t wow me as much as The Distance Between Us or Pivot Point did, but it’s still a nice read that brought me out of a reading slump.

The romance and storyline in here do not offer anything new – two teenagers who are complete opposites end up stuck in a library together. Autumn is a typical Good Girl, who may not be the most popular, but has a good group of friends, and is seems to be well-liked. What her friends don’t know is that she also has anxiety, and in order to hide this from them, she’s known to disappear at times. Continue reading “By Your Side by Kasie West”

Contemporary

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

This is one of the titles I’ve wanted to read ever since before the hardback was published, but somehow never got around to. Perhaps because not enough people were talking about it online, which is a really not a good reason not to pick up a book I’m already interested in anyway! The reason I was interested is the title, which is also the title of one of my favourite Rufus Wainwright songs.

I started this book prepared to find a story that didn’t have anything to do with Rufus Wainwright, and was pleasantly surprised to find otherwise. The main character is Alek Khederian, an Armenian American who grew up in a very, Continue reading “One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva”