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REVIEW: Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore

  In this young adult novel by award-winning author Anna-Marie McLemore, two non-binary teens are pulled into a magical world under a lake - but can they keep their worlds above water intact? Everyone who lives near the lake knows the stories about the world underneath it, an ethereal landscape rumored to be half-air, half-water.… Continue reading REVIEW: Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore

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REVIEW: Calm Undone by Garth A. Fowler

Calm Undone is a young adult novel that tackles many of the issues relevant to young people today (feelings of loss, a dawning sense of self, and the awakening of attraction) with a gentle, accepting approach. Seventeen-year-old Tyler wants three things from his summer at the family beach-house: Run along the beach to get ready… Continue reading REVIEW: Calm Undone by Garth A. Fowler

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REVIEW: Golden Boys by Phil Stamper

National bestselling author Phil Stamper crafts the perfect summer friendship story, starring four queer boys with big hearts and even bigger dreams. Gabriel, Reese, Sal, and Heath are best friends, bonded in their small rural town by their queerness, their good grades, and their big dreams. They are about to embark on the summer before… Continue reading REVIEW: Golden Boys by Phil Stamper

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REVIEW: Howl By Shaun David Hutchinson

From critically acclaimed Shaun David Hutchinson comes a gritty and raw portrayal of the oftentimes traumatic experience of growing up. Virgil Knox was attacked by a monster. Of course, no one in Merritt believes him. Not even after he stumbled into the busy town center, bleeding, battered, and bruised, for everyone to see. He’d been… Continue reading REVIEW: Howl By Shaun David Hutchinson

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REVIEW: The Magic Between by Stephanie Hoyt

In a world where everyone has magic coursing through them, legend says magic itself craves a mate. Legend says those with opposite magics have the greatest chance of forming the unbreakable Bond it desires. A.B. Cerise is an obsessive compulsive pop star with the ability to turn invisible. He’s an out bisexual with absolutely no… Continue reading REVIEW: The Magic Between by Stephanie Hoyt

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REVIEW: Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

NATURE IS CALLING—but they shouldn't have answered. Travel journalist and mountaineer Nick Grevers awakes from a coma to find that his climbing buddy, Augustin, is missing and presumed dead. Nick’s own injuries are as extensive as they are horrifying. His face wrapped in bandages and unable to speak, Nick claims amnesia—but he remembers everything. He… Continue reading REVIEW: Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

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REVIEW: The Whale Tattoo by Jon Ransom

The Whale Tattoo’ is a stunning achievement - one of the most impressive and assured debuts I’ve ever read’  Matt Cain 'A bold, brilliant and beautiful debut" Susannah Dunn Cruelly beautiful, utterly authentic – introducing a searingly talented new Queer writer. When a giant sperm whale washes up on the local beach it tells Joe… Continue reading REVIEW: The Whale Tattoo by Jon Ransom

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REVIEW: All the Wrong Reasons by Sebastian Hansen

The day after telekinetic supervillain (and billionaire philanthropist), Stetson Nadenheimer dies, he wakes up on the autopsy table and falls in lust with the man hired to cut his cold, dead corpse open. The problem is that the forensic pathologist is Doctor Julian Dandridge, the part-time superhero, Scatter. It’s probably a bad idea for a… Continue reading REVIEW: All the Wrong Reasons by Sebastian Hansen

Books · Contemporary · lgbtqia content · mental health · new adult · own voices author · self-discovery · young adult

REVIEW: The Temperature of Me and You by Brian Zepka

Sixteen-year-old Dylan Highmark thought his winter was going to be full of boring shifts at the Dairy Queen, until he finds himself in love with a boy who's literally too hot to handle. Dylan has always wanted a boyfriend, but the suburbs surrounding Philadelphia do not have a lot in the way of options. Then,… Continue reading REVIEW: The Temperature of Me and You by Brian Zepka

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REVIEW: Icebreaker by A.L. Graziadei

A. L. Graziadei's Icebreaker is an irresistible YA debut about two hockey players fighting to be the best—and the romance that catches them by surprise along the way. Seventeen-year-old Mickey James III is a college freshman, a brother to five sisters, and a hockey legacy. With a father and a grandfather who have gone down… Continue reading REVIEW: Icebreaker by A.L. Graziadei

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REVIEW: Lovelorn by April-Jane Rowan

In Victorian England, within the sprawling countryside, a small village borders Lovelorn, a crystal kingdom inhabited by the Fair Folk that masquerades as a dense wood. Two unsuspecting mortals stray into the depths of this hidden world. Harry, a disgraced jockey, stumbles upon a Kelpie and seeks to bind him, intending to use him to… Continue reading REVIEW: Lovelorn by April-Jane Rowan

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REVIEW: Here’s To Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Now available in paperback, Here’s to Us reunites #1 New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) and Adam Silvera (They Both Die at the End) to continue the story of Arthur and Ben, two very different boys readers first fell for in the blockbuster What If It’s Us. Ben survived… Continue reading REVIEW: Here’s To Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera