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The Wishing Maiden by R.R Hood

Rating: 5/5

Genres: Fantasy, Fairytale

Themes: Magic, Thieves, Intrigue

Queer Level: Lesbian Main Characters; Straight Secondary Characters

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What a clever story this was! …It was far too much fun.

The characters were so vivid and made the battle of wits that much more fulfilling to watch. They were all thoroughly developed; equipped with their own motives and drive. The only character I didn’t like was one we weren’t supposed to (…does it make me a bad person because I enjoyed the main antagonist? Haha!) This story also features one of the most natural lesbian romances that I’ve read so far. So cute and sad and sweet and uuugghhhh. I want more! I could read about those two forever and not get enough.

But the tale goes even further than all that. It brings up topics that are great food for thought; what is the difference between being selfless and self-sacrificing? When our goals lack pursuit, can we truly be proud or happy with the results? I officially want to pick Hood’s brain (we need to talk philosophy).

The voice really illustrated the fairy-tale qualities and was poetic in all the right ways. Every paragraph worked towards painting the full picture. There wasn’t one line out of place. The words were clearly picked with care and the events planned out to the detail; very cohesive writing.

Needless to say, I’m very much impressed and all the more hungry for Hood’s future works. What an amazing story to debut a new author!

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Posted by on February 17, 2014 in GLBTQ, Lesbian, Reviews

 

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Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

Rating: 5/5

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Themes: Verse, Prostitution, Drugs

Queer Level: Straight, Gay, Lesbian & Questioning Main Characters; Gay, Lesbian & Straight Secondary Characters

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That… was a dark read. Beautiful in its own way, but heavy. You follow a set of teenagers who start off in vastly different places (some good, some bad) but all end up traveling down the road of prostitution due to desperation. Stuff like this actually happens and that is what makes it powerful. This threw me off because I had no idea what to expect – didn’t really muse over the title. Honestly, I just wanted to try a glbt friendly book in verse. Speaking of witch, the topic of sexuality was far more prominent than anticipated which was a pleasant surprise. The description is misleading because it only mentions one character is gay… but another main character is a lesbian and another questions his sexuality (comes off slightly bisexual with a strong preference for girls, even if it’s never confirmed). Not sure while they numbered them off incorrectly?

What I found interesting about this book is the amount of understanding it has. It shows the readers the draw to the darker things – what temps some and what pushes others. At first, I was a little concerned that the glorification of drugs, alcohol, and sex (referring to the unhealthy kind of course) and that it could be potentially influential, but it quickly proved itself as a warning. It shows the seriously ugly side of addiction and how easily these situations can turn bad, while ALSO proving credibility. These are lessons; almost like talking to a counselor who has been there and recovered. Someone who knows what it’s like. This method is far more effective at reaching people, especially those who need to hear it. Teen prostitution is unfortunately more common than we think, so the target audience is spot on. The book not only offers help, but spreads awareness. It says it cares and gets you caring as well. For this reason, I would definitely recommend it (assuming the individual can handle the content).

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Gay, GLBTQ, Lesbian, Questioning, Reviews

 

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Dare Me by Megan Abbott

Rating: 4/5

Genres: Mystery, Contemporary, Young Adult

Themes: Cheerleading, High School, Death

Queer Level: Lesbian Main Character; Lesbian & Straight Secondary Characters

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Dare Me was not what I had been expecting, though this is not a bad thing. It was described as Mean Girls meets Bring it On somewhere (another review maybe?) -and in many ways it was- but swap the silly teen drama with a darker and more sinister story. This book is far from being classified under humor. There are characters with the mean streak you’d expect from a jealous cheerleader, but it’s not so much from gossipy cattiness as it comes from a deeper bitterness… manipulation. I also assumed the story would revolve around the team and their experiences, but the focus is primarily on their coach’s personal life and how it end up affecting the girls.

So this all threw me off guard because I’d picked it up for girl drama, but Abbott made it work. Her talent shined strongest in the characters themselves because I never did end up connecting with any of them (and this is probably a good thing), but she firmly held my attention and got me reading to the end regardless. They all had their flaws, made mistakes, lied, and you end up doubting almost everyone. But instead of relating to them, there is this underlining melancholy to everything and you start to almost… I don’t know. Pity them maybe? They were interesting in the same way a train wreck is.

And then they’d throw out beautiful lines like this, “I know what that’s like… The way you can be saved without ever knowing you were in trouble.”

…On a lighter note; I love that the lesbian undertones wasn’t just in my imagination!

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2013 in GLBTQ, Lesbian, Reviews

 

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Every Day by David Levithan

Rating: 5/5

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy

Themes: High School, Supernatural

Queer Level: Bisexual & Queer Main Character; Straight, Gay, Lesbian & Transgender Secondary Characters

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It’s books like this that make the great hunt for the perfect read soooo worth it. Because this was absolutely perfect. And that word is only reserved for the worthy. I loved every moment -every line- written in. I hadn’t even hit a hundred pages before I knew this would rank in my favourite reads.

Who doesn’t love pondering over philosophical questions like, “what would it be like to live as someone else for a day?” or, “would you still love me if I looked like (fill in a variety of physical descriptions here)?” It’s about time a talented writer like Levithan saw potential in these thoughts and ran with the idea. The results are so unique and fascinating. The story started fresh, and continued on intriguing, and then turned complicated and all the more captivating for it. There wasn’t a dull moment.

This beauty in this book is that it gets you walking in many different people’s shoes (…pun only slightly intended). It keeps things fresh and you empathize with different lifestyles; every chapter is a new day in a new situation. So many characters are covered but it was rendered so carefully that it was easy to keep track. There is so much for the reader to relate to or learn from. Despite the all the differences, it also highlights how much we all have in common. Very powerful work.

Though… Before delving in, I read a few negative reviews that oddly made the experience better: they were frustrated at the lack of information given. Those readers wanted the science -the details- of how and why the body swapping was happening. I suggest letting go of the desire for answers now before picking it up; we only know as much as the main character learns about this lifestyle, and there is a lot of ignorance (yet a great deal is discovered). The focus is on the story and getting hung up on this kind of thing will drag it down. Don’t let it!

The reference to the song Running up that Hill was really nice. The characters sing the lyrics, “And if I only could make a deal with God” …but the next part that was left out adds an Easter egg to the story: “And get him to swap our places”. You could practically feel how this concept could have been inspired from these words. Very cool.

Seriously impressed and already looking forward to reading it again someday in the future.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Bisexual, Gay, GLBTQ, Lesbian, Queer, Reviews, Transgender

 

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

Rating: 4/5

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Themes: Coming of Age, Religion, Conversion Camp

Queer Level: Lesbian Main Character; Gay, Queer & Straight Secondary Characters

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I always get a bit nervous reading contemporary novels because they tend to be either dull or unrealistic… but this novel was neither. The author artfully balanced interest with realism. I don’t know how she managed to do it –and I feel silly admitting this- but there were scenes I almost retold to others, forgetting that it was a book and not something that a friend told me. It was just so authentic.

The bits of psychology nestled in were enjoyable, and I’m not referring to the facility’s attempt to analyze Cameron’s sexuality, but more so when they delved into other aspects of her character (like what her compulsion to steal symbolized, etc). It gave meaning to what seemed like small details and it unified the entire book. But it went past Cameron alone and made the opposing forces in her life more human. I wasn’t expecting to like anything about the authority figures who were trying to repress her, and while their homophobia was disagreeable, they were more than their beliefs. You could tell it was ignorance and not hatred that turned them into who they were. It was also ignorance that led them to each mistake. All the characters were more than their actions, just as real people are.

There was so much depth to this novel in almost every aspect. Very impressive work. Even the cover is lovely. I was recommending this even before I finished it and I don’t plan to slow down now that I’m done!

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2013 in Gay, GLBTQ, Lesbian, Queer, Reviews

 

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