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Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Jae-Jones ages 12 to 18 is available now in trade paperback. Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders.
But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.
The adventure and romance continues in the final installment of the new fantasy duology by New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking. While dealing with dark revelations about her life and her world, Malin finds herself with new allies—and new enemies. Hunter Available now from Wednesday Books Ages 13 to A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor? An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie alive, which will only work for a few years.
Then Leah discovers who the donor was—a boy from her school—and people are saying he killed himself. Plagued with unsettling dreams since the transplant, Leah realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened. After Natalie joins a musical theater program, Brooke sacrifices her job to volunteer for the backstage crew.
Whether navigating financial hardship, family tensions, or precarious immigrant rights, the protagonists come across as well drawn and engaging. This new offering from Marquardt will resonate with readers looking for a mature coming-of-age story. When Imogene lands a job teaching at the Vandenberg School for Boys shortly after graduating college, she immediately accepts, despite having little teaching experience—and very little experience with boys.
The danger of losing her job. The danger of losing herself in the wrong person. The danger of being caught doing something possibly illegal and so indecent. Told in alternating timelines leading up to the event that gets him committed and working towards getting back out, this is a novel about what makes us fall apart and how we can put ourselves back together again.
Cast and Kristin Cast. But when a deadly tornado strikes and awakens their two abilities, they must use their powers to stop Dr. Aurora has to convince everyone that her program works—but that might be hard to do when it seems like her own love life might be falling apart. When Syd runs away suddenly and inexplicably in the middle of their senior year, Miranda is abandoned once again, left to untangle the questions of why Syd left and learning what it means to be truly seen, to be finally not missing in her own life.
A beautiful new voice to watch. But then a mysterious stranger visits him in jail with an unusual proposal: spend three months in a secret government camp and have a ten-year prison sentence wiped clean. Wyatt agrees, and finds himself in Camp Valor: a secret training ground for teenage government agents, filled with juvenile offenders who desperately need a second chance. If they can prove themselves, they will enter the ranks of the most esteemed soldiers in the U. But some enemies of the U. Suddenly Wyatt and his friends have to put their training into practice, and find the bravery to protect their county.
Ritchie Available now from Wednesday Books Ages 12 to An edge of your seat sci-fi romance with twists and turns that you will never see coming! All three will have to hide their shared bond of having dodged their deathdays as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space.
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With Laura J. Smith weaves between past and present, exploring growth and personal relationships in this emotional debut novel. Cast Available now from Wednesday Books Ages 12 to In this blazing conclusion to the Tales of a New World trilogy, love and goodness are put to the ultimate test. Mari, Nik, and their newly formed Pack are being hunted. Thaddeus and the God of Death will stop at nothing until they are obliterated from the earth.
But Mari and Nik have one goal: to reach the plains of the Wind Riders in order to band together to stop Thaddeus from destroying all that Mari and Nik hold dear. Cast ages 12 to 18 is available now in trade paperback.
Adrift in a frigid sea, no land in sight, nineteen-year-old Doaa stays afloat on a small inflatable ring and clutches two little girls—barely toddlers—to her body. For days as she drifts, Doaa prays for rescue and sings to the babies in her arms. She must stay alive for them. She must not lose hope. An all-star collection of essays about activism and hope, edited by bestselling YA author, Maureen Johnson.
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Diana Rodriguez Wallach. Don Rearden. Drawn and Quarterly. Dream Things True. The first is how richly the historical setting is created. You can feel the smoldering humid heat of the summer, hear the burlesque songs, taste the frog legs cooked in butter, and see Jenny flying down the cobbled street on her strange 19 th bicycle one of those ones with a giant front wheel and a tiny back one.
She has no qualms, as a French immigrant, of declaring how superior the French and their ways of doing things are. Blanche and Jenny first meet when Jenny literally runs into Blanche in the street while riding her bicycle. Blanche, true to her character, is pissed and lets Jenny know. At times they feel distinct disdain for one another. I thought this ambiguity of relationship type and label was just fascinating! I listened to this novel as an audiobook and I also have to praise the voice acting performance!
Khristine Hvam, the voice performer, does a marvelous job of capturing the various accents notably, French and American , as well as taking on actually singing the variety of music that is included in the novel. It is called Frog Music after all. I found the middle of the book sagged a bit in pacing, but the audiobook format carried me through.
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Has anyone else read Frog Music , or any of her other historical books? Which other one should I dive into next? I am so excited about the great stuff that Metonymy Press is putting out. Nixon is a two-spirit Cree, Saulteaux, and Metis writer among other things. Throughout the book there are footnotes with references, like you might read in an academic essay. Nixon keeps you asking as you read: wait, what is this book?
Much teachings. Very tradish. What is corrupt love other than obligation? Throughout, there is beautiful poetic writing and startling realizations, the kind that make you gasp with recognition and awakening. Like when Nixon writes:. The pieces in this book are essays, stories, poems, letters—sometimes all at once.
Both those writers work from their Indigenous perspectives to defy colonial expectations of form and genre to genuinely fun and profound effects. Have I convinced you? Buy the book from Metonymy here. This has been great for my library experience and paying off my student loan but not so much for keeping up with my online writing jobs. Unfortunately although I love writing about queer books online, the amount of money I make working at the library is literally like three times as much or more per hour on average for freelance writing. With trying to pay off my student loan and living in a super expensive city, I have to prioritize those higher wages right now!
I want to express my sincere and heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has supported me for the last few years of Patreon. So look out for an email from me with some options for you. I will be sending a big list with a photo to everyone, so reply ASAP in order to get your top choice book! So I find it very hard to not cheat on this question a bit, because, really, who can pick just ONE favourite? In no particular order, here are my absolute favourite reads from Rai writes contemporary erotic romance and Milan writes historical romance.
Both effortlessly integrate diversity into their stories, including queer characters, people of colour, and people with mental and physical illnesses. Both deliver really compelling characters and interesting, complex, believable romantic plots. I am definitely going to be reading many more books by these two women in ! But on the flip side, there were many books that I simply adored and thought were moving, smart, sexy, funny, and just plain great books. It was only the second book in my romance reading project and it was a total knockout!
I loved and empathized with the main characters so much. This book actually made me cry in TWO places! I was totally shipping these two from the beginning, and the obstacles they had to overcome were very realistic old family business feud stuff, mostly. And their relationships with other characters were multi-layered and well developed. Just all around fantastic characterization. Plus: POC heroine who has depression! Secondary queer characters! Smoking hot sex scenes! I liked this book so much I went out and bought the sequel Wrong to Need You immediately.
This is pretty unbelievable actually, considering how long and how much I have love d the show. I found them very hit or miss in seasons 8 and 9, although I did really love season 10 as a whole, which was done by a solid, consistent team of Christos Gage writing and Rebekah Isaacs drawing with some guests. Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray is the third in her Diviners series and it is, in my humble opinion, definitely the best installment so far.
I really could barely put this book down; since I was listening to the audiobook, this meant I was very driven to clean my house and other usually unpleasant tasks so I could keep listening. The last time I was so enthralled by a novel was N. This is Bray, truly a genius storyteller, at the height of her powers, weaving a dizzying amount of plotlines featuring incredibly nuanced, diverse characters set in a wonderfully authentic and playfully recreated s New York with a paranormal twist.
When I say diverse characters, I mean it: this book has gay, black, Jewish, Irish, Chinese, asexual, disabled characters, and more! Starting this series at the beginning with The Diviners is definitely worth your time. This is also the most unique and weirdest and most suited to the book cover of a book I read this year: Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars by Kai Cheng Thom. The details—check out the wrinkles on the hands, the lightning coming from her fingers, and the index finger nail ring— and the pink and purple colour tones are all just perfect.
What a woman. Evelyn is ambitious, hard-working, confident, and cut-throat. I knew the book had queer content going in, but I had no idea that it tackled bisexual identity so specifically. This section, as well as more than one other part in the novel, brought me to tears.
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie was one of those books that I had meant to read for, like, ever. It had been recommended to me by lots of people. It won both a Hugo and a Nebula award! So when I finally picked it up one day at work at the library after seeing it on the shelf dozens of time, I was pumped.
But something about this feminist science fiction novel never clicked for me. I do know I found Breq, the protagonist, an elusive character, which is always a hard sell for me. Oh well! The detail and range of what she has achieved is just stunning. She draws real people, s Chicago street scenes, copies of vintage horror magazine covers, reproductions of classic art, and more—all using ball point pens only!! The novel is structured as the notebook of the tween main character Karen. Check out these amazing works of art:. Here are some of my favourite excerpts:.
In the digital universe, a punctuated sentence is as powerful a slap as slamming down the landline. Roxane Weary!!! I totally fell in love with her. I had very high expectations and they were absolutely met, possibly even exceeded. This duology is set mostly in the city of Ketterdam, an Amsterdam-like bustling, dirty, gritty city full of the sins of sex, gambling, and thievery.
The last of which is the speciality of our rag-tag gang of characters. The city felt so alive. But Bardugo has totally achieved it, with both books in this duology. I cried big tears of hearbreak but also joy and it was a bit embarrassing. These books are thrilling, funny, romantic, clever, heart wrenching, healing, dark, and ultimately unputdownable. Also: thoughtful representations of disability, bisexuality, trauma, and people of colour.
It made me cry sad and happy tears , true, but it also made me laugh a lot. It took me a little bit to get into this YA fantasy, but once I was on board with the dry snarky humour and understood who Elliot the main character was obnoxious little turd that he is who has never been loved , I could not stop reading this book. Except it would not have worked, not on his father, or his mother, or on Jase or Adara. It only worked when someone cared how you felt. He did not know how to act, if Luke cared what he felt. Also, there are unicorns and harpies and mermaids who are also nasty but also flawed species just like humans.
And the humour is great! Serene and all the supporting characters, especially Luke and his family, were wonderfully drawn. Do I need to gush more? Just read it! I was constantly laughing out loud, like the snorting-milk-out-of-your-nose-a-la-middle-school kind of laughing. From witty banter with a Darcy-esque aristocrat to pirate adventures in Egypt with your lesbian lover to do-gooding with a rogue Scotsman to paranormal intrigue with Lord Craven aka Rochester, all the plotlines were creative and most of all side-splittingly funny.
It hits the perfect spot between a genuine homage to and affectionate parody of the genre. Some of these were published in , some I just read in !
I predicted in my January Goodreads review that this would be my favourite bisexual book of the year, and I was right! It took me a little bit to get into this, but once I was on board with the dry humour and understood who the main character Elliot was obnoxious little turd that he is who has never been loved , I could not stop reading this book. It was so amazing to watch his journey. I was not expecting this book to make me cry, but the parts about Elliot confronting how he has dealt with the trauma in his life did.
All Violet by Rani Rivera. What a stunning collection of poetry. Often sad, raw, but occasionally very funny, with beautiful unique imagery. This is a really amazing poetry collection and I wish more people knew about it. I love them broken and beaten badly, pock-marked and toothless, spent and riddled with rue.
I love them lying with sleep in their eyes, the sunlight curdling in sweet bellies heaving with an unrest of a few too many. I love them mean. I love them talking and talking. I love them destructed and pinned with little needles, smokestacks of inconstancy. Nailed to the wall and stuck on with glue. Little Fish by Casey Plett. I was especially astounded at how she dealt with religion in the lives of some characters. She is also really talented at dialogue. I always marvel at how her characters sound like such real people.
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