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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

Books · Contemporary · grief · lgbtqia content · mental health · new adult · Novella · read the trigger warnings · self-discovery · young adult

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

Books · Contemporary · lgbtqia content · mental health · young adult

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: 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

Books · Contemporary · lgbtqia content · mental health · new adult · romance · self-discovery · sports · young adult

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: 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

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REVIEW: Sending Love Letters to Animals and Other Totally Normal Human Behaviors by Chase Connor

Ryan Offsteader had one major problem, but now that he’s out of the closet and no one in his family or school actually cares, his problems are few. Life is a cycle of family, school, homework, Journalism Club, his friends, hanging out, and waiting for life to begin. It’s a simple, boring life at times,… Continue reading REVIEW: Sending Love Letters to Animals and Other Totally Normal Human Behaviors by Chase Connor

Books · coming out · grief · HIV · lgbtqia content · mental health · new adult · own voices author · read the trigger warnings · sequel · young adult

REVIEW: Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is an achingly romantic, tender tale sure to captivate fans of Adam Silvera and Mary H.K. Choi. In Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, two boys in a border town fell in… Continue reading REVIEW: Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Release Blitz, Excerpt, Giveaway, Review: Land On Me by Matthew R. Corr

RELEASE BLITZ Book Title: Land On Me Author: Matthew R. Corr Publisher: Quill Hawk Publishing Cover Artist: Dessiree Perez Release Date: August 26, 2021 Genre: Contemporary M/M Coming-of-age Tropes: Forbidden love, mystery Themes: Coming out, forgiveness, grief, self-love Heat Rating: 3 flames Length: 120 000 words/440 pages The author is working on a sequel. The… Continue reading Release Blitz, Excerpt, Giveaway, Review: Land On Me by Matthew R. Corr

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REVIEW: Flash Fire (The Extraordinaries #2) by TJ Klune

The Official Description: Nick landed himself the superhero boyfriend of his dreams, but with new heroes arriving in Nova City it’s up to Nick and his friends to determine who is virtuous and who is villainous. Which is a lot to handle for a guy who just wants to finish his self-insert bakery AU fanfic.… Continue reading REVIEW: Flash Fire (The Extraordinaries #2) by TJ Klune

Books · coming out · Contemporary · diverse characters · read the trigger warnings · Releases and Cover Reveals · young adult

REVIEW: Thanks A Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas

A moving middle-grade debut for anyone who’s ever felt like they don’t belong. Brian has always been anxious, whether at home, or in class, or on the basketball court. His dad tries to get him to stand up for himself and his mom helps as much as she can, but after he and his brother… Continue reading REVIEW: Thanks A Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas

5 stars · Books · coming out · Contemporary · diverse characters · gender identity · grief · lgbtqia content · MM romance · read the trigger warnings · Releases and Cover Reveals · sexually explicit · young adult

REVIEW: Dead Sea by Mia Kerick

The Official Description:   Kyle is a swaggering bully; Lenny strives to be invisible. Kyle has been left alone in the world; Lenny is the world’s biggest loner. When Kyle saves Lenny from drowning, their lives will never be the same. After a brutal encounter with school bullies, Lenny swims out into the ocean, determined… Continue reading REVIEW: Dead Sea by Mia Kerick