January wrap-up

BOOKS

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DNF:

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On hold:

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This was overall a good reading month. Despite a few DNFs and On Holds. I made it a point to read as many ARCs as I could because I got to a point where I had 15 (!!!!) between Netgalley, Edelweiss and ARCs sent directly by the author. I managed to get it down to 7 and ideally I would have liked to read more but after starting a few bad ones (which I DNF’d because ain’t nobody got time for that) I just wanted to read something that wasn’t an ARC.

My highlights:

The Ship of the Dead (Series review to come!);

Norse Mythology (Mini review to come on the blog, read it on GR in the meantime);

Ace of Shades (Review);

Fence #3 (Review);

Always Human (it’s an amazing webcomic with a beautiful f/f relationship and you can and should read it here! Review to come).

I also started and finished reading my first ever audiobook and now I know that I can’t do without it. Adult life means having a lot of chores to do but at least I can multitask by listening to a book.

Currently reading:

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I’ve barely just started this but I’m already liking this a lot! I’m reading it on Riveted since it’s free for a few days. It’s my first Shaun David Hutchinson book so I’m really excited.

 

MUSIC

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M A  N   I    A came out and I’ve been listening to it a lot. I don’t think it’s my favorite Fall Out Boy album but the more I listen to it the more I like it. I’m actually considering going to see them on tour because they’ll have a gig in my town in a few months.

Other than that I haven’t really been listening to anything new, BUT I went to see Lady Gaga‘s concert in Milan and it was AMAZING 😭❤️

My pictures all suck basically but anyway here’s a few!

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It was an amazing evening and I had so much fun, I’m so happy I managed to go there even though I had to take a plane to get there.

 

TV SHOWS

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Yes San Junipero is the first episode I watched and it’s because I knew it was gay

I started watching Black Mirror in random order (basically just googling/asking friends what the best episodes are) and so far I really liked the few (I think it was only three) episodes we’ve watched (I can’t really watch it alone because I don’t wanna get too scared).

 

 

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They’re so messed up

 

 

I’ve also binge watched The End of the F***ing World in one sitting and I actually loved it. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started it but man I was hooked. That ending???? I don’t know if they plan to make a sequel but I think I actually would like it if it just ended like that. It’s sort of one of the few times when I don’t mind an open ending.

 

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I…can’t believe they both have crushes on each other but with different identities wow just get your shit together

I started watching Miraculous Ladybug too and it’s so cute. I’m watching it in German because I’d have to watch it translated in any case and I might as well try to improve my German skills.

 

 

 

How was your January? How’s 2018 looking for you so far? Are you hydrated? Let me know in the comments ❤️

 

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ARC review: Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay

I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. 

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Summary: Jack is a walking fossil. The only human among a sea of clones. It’s been hundreds of years since humanity died off in the slow plague, leaving the clones behind to carry on human existence. Over time they’ve perfected their genes, moving further away from the imperfections of humanity. But if they really are perfect, why did they create Jack?

While Jack longs for acceptance, Althea-310 struggles with the feeling that she’s different from her sisters. Her fascination with Jack doesn’t help. As Althea and Jack’s connection grows stronger, so does the threat to their lives. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

Release date: February 6th, 2018

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★★★★

Althea-310 is one of ten Altheas of her generation (and one of the hundred Alteas from ten different generations, all simultaneously living at the time the book takes place). Her species calls themselves Homo Factus as opposed to Homo Sapiens, which went extinct three hundred years ago. Homo Factus started as a last hope for humans to continue their species when it was clear that the Slow Plague would wipe out every single one of them. A group of scientists modified human genes to be immune to this disease and started making clones out of the “better” DNA. When all the humans died, these clones took over and kept improving their species and created a society in which everything is strictly regulated in order to maintain a peaceful status quo.

However, things are changing during Althea-310’s late teen years, and a sign of it is the presence of Jack, a human boy (as in, a cloned Homo Sapiens, with no DNA modification). He’s literally a walking fossil and the differences between him and the “better” clones are many. He’s been brought up as closely as possible to how a human boy from three hundred years before might have been brought up, save for the fact that he’s had a very closely guarded childhood. However, in his teens he’s introduced to Althea-310’s generation and all sorts of problems start, mainly due to how different he is from everyone else in this society of perfected clones.

How foolish we were, to act as gods.

What might seem at first like a very good premise for a typical romance-heavy YA novel turns out to be a character and worldbuilding driven story. The romance is definitely atypical for your usual YA and it’s definitely not the main point of the story, and that only further improves my overall opinion of the book.

The story is, as I was saying, definitely character driven. The two point of views (Althea’s and Jack’s) work extremely well here since they’re technically two separate species (I’m not 100% sure of the scientific accuracy of my statement, but the clones do call themselves a different species than Homo Sapiens) with very different mindsets. That allows for an interesting study of what makes humans human, but it’s also not done in a cheesy way. It’s not a pretext for the idealization and idolization of humans and human society. The goods and bads of both sides are acknowledged and the ending brings enough answers for this to still be a standalone (which I believe it is, at least at the time I’m reviewing this) but with enough of a sort-of-open ending to allow for the reader’s curiosity to wander to these characters and world long after the book is over (and I have to say that if this ever turns out to have a sequel I will be happy).

This book is now one of my favorite dystopians ever and I’m so excited for more people to start reading it.

Comic review: Fence #3

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★★★★

In many ways this was my favorite out of the three issues already out (but I feel like that’s gonna be the case for every new issue).

I can’t really make a coherent review this time but one thing I will say is that, if it wasn’t already clear from issue #2, this is really fucking queer and what else do you need to know really?

Things I loved (SPOILERS!!!):

🤺 We finally learn a bit more about school life! The different uniforms and dresscode for different events, the lack of privacy, the care packages, the awful food, who rooms with whom.
⚔️ Bobby and Nicholas being friends!!!
🤺 Coach telling Nicholas he’s the worst but also telling him he has potential
⚔️ Harvard “actually to blame for this” Lee
🤺 “You want me to tell coach we kissed and made up” NICHOLAS DO YOU EVEN HEAR YOURSELF
⚔️ I feel like we’re starting to learn a bit more about fencing which is great
🤺 NICHOLAS WAKING UP AT 4:30AM TO TRAIN AND FINDING SEIJI THERE
⚔️ “Do we need a line on the floor here too” Seiji pls
🤺 DANTE IS ALIVE AND WELL I’M SO RELIEVED
⚔️ Kally and Tanner are the real power couple
🤺 Also??? Kally is The Purest??? I love him so much
⚔️ BOBBY WITH BRAIDS I’M MELTING
🤺 Nicholas and Seiji doing the thing where they look at each other when the other one is not looking 👌🏻 good shit 👌🏻 right 👌🏻 there 👌🏻 good shit
⚔️ JAY YOU POOR SOUL HOW COME YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF AIDEN’S REPUTATION
🤺 Okay but that kiss was so pretty??? Imagine when it’s going to be Harvard in Jay’s spot wow that’s only gonna take 3837598 issues but I’m fine
⚔️ Aiden pls you could at least try to remember your hookup’s name
🤺 Is Harvard only being fake nice to Jay or????
⚔️ “I’ve known him since we were five” wow I already knew this but it made me emotional
🤺 Aiden casually hugging Harvard
⚔️ “He’s so good it hurts” oh Nicholas baby
🤺 “You can’t look at anyone else” OH NICHOLAS BABY
⚔️ The Bons gossiping are honestly so relatable and they speak to my soul
🤺 “So why is Seiji watching his match?” mmmmmmmh yeah Bons why tell me
⚔️ FINALLY SOME SEIJI INTERNAL MONOLOGUE and of course that’s where the issue ends cool cool cool cool cool cool cool cool
🤺 “It doesn’t meant he’s…” HE’S WHAT SEIJI WHAT, good??
⚔️ I can’t believe Seiji, a Useless Gay, hasn’t stopped thinking about Nicholas for six months

Are you reading Fence? What did you think of this issue?

ARC review: The witch doesn’t burn in this one by Amanda Lovelace

I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. 

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Summary: The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

Release date: March 6th

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★★★★

This was amazingly powerful and empowering. It was emotionally hard to read at times, like all good thought-prokoving literature is.

Full disclosure, I still haven’t read Lovelace’s first poem collection fully, but I have read many of her poems (I follow her on twitter and she often RTs people sharing their favorite poems of her, so that way I got to read a few) and I feel like I have at least some understanding of what The Princess Saves Herself in This One is about.

From what I understand, this second collection is much less personal than the first one and it focuses more on women experiences as a whole. I think it does a great job at embracing women of all kinds and from all times, however I found that a few poems that tried to be “true” in a timeless way instead focused more on things that are historically only true in modern times and in western society. This is just a minor detail and it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book.

The poems were powerful and evoked vivid images of the witches, the match-boys and of fire. I think everyone should read it, and especially the people who complain about modern poetry, because it will prove to them that this is Poetry under every definition.

#T5W: Books you disliked but love to discuss

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This week’s topic:

January 24th: Books You Disliked but Love to Discuss
— Some books we disliked or they were just okay, but they still have a lot of discussion points to sink your teeth into.

 

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin was such a fiasco I shouldn’t even get started talking about it. I don’t even care much about how a lot of the plot didn’t make sense but there were truly offensive elements and those are the ones I “love” talking about.

Flame in the Mist was another book I not only didn’t find great but I also thought it had many offensive elements. I haven’t seen anyone calling it out for its transphobia, but even without this element I would still be mad because it’s not realistic for a 2017 diverse release that’s supposed to be a Mulan retelling to not explore themes of gender and sexuality. It just feels like a huge loss of potential, but then the offensive elements came along and I just can’t help but hating this (but I’m happy to talk about it).

Ten Count had a great premise but it’s super problematic. Like, it’s not news for a BL manga to be very icky when it comes to consent, but here the non/dub-con elements even clashed with the whole premise of the story and it just didn’t make any sense. Also, it wasn’t just a kiss given without consent once (still icky), it was a lot of very heavy scenes like that and I just couldn’t bring myself to finish reading this.

Gilded Cage wasn’t the greatest book and I DNF’d it. The reason I like discussing it is bc to me too many elements of the fantasy/dystopic setting didn’t make sense and I love feeling validated when I talk about them and people agree.

Juliet Takes a Breath is a book I keep having to explain my opinion of and I’m actually tired of it. It probably shouldn’t even be in this list but oh well, I guess I do like talking abut it on some level. It’s not even about this book specifically but about a broader discussion about literature sometimes not being universal and this being okay. I might write a discussion post about this topic at some point if I feel like it (because it also ties back to my discussion about US-centrism and stuff that I wrote a while ago).

Have you read these books? Did you like them? Do you like talking about them?

ARC review: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via Edelweiss for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. 

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Summary: Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

Release date: April 10th

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★★★★

AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH this book was such a pleasant surprise!!! I haven’t read the author’s debut yet so I didn’t know what to expect, but now I’m looking forward to both continuing the series and keeping an eye out for whatever else she published (as well as reading DotBC).

♠ Worldbuilding 

The story takes place in New Reynes, a town split in two, and specifically almost all the events take place in the North side which is basically a crime den with different gangs and crime/mafia-like families.

The setting was really interesting because it combined modern elements (they have electriciy, a subway system, showers, cars…) with more traditional clothing (at least I pictured the clothes nineteenth-century-like) and traditions/history.

The town is still unstable because there’s been a revolution recently (about twenty or twenty-five years before the events of the book) and the monarchy has been overturned, the royal family killed (French revolution-y) and now in its stead there’s a Republic, of which New Reynes is the capital. However, after the fall of the monarchy, there were still many supporters that had to live in secrecy and write under pen names. This seems like random info but it’s actually really important to the plot.

In the North side of New Reynes corruption and crime prevail, and the territory is basically divided into three gangs: the Irons, the Scarhands and the Doves. That’s not all, because there’s also two casino/mafia families, the Augustines, whose boss is Vianca, and the Torrens.

Magic is also fully integrated in the worldbuilding, and I found the magic system very interesting. Basically, everyone is born with talents, and they can be split or “pure”. Your last name(s) are an indication of that, so for example if your last name is Salta, (one of) your talents is dancing. Some families’ talents are better/stronger, and talents aren’t only “normal” physical abilities like dancing or acrobatics but they are also magic, like fire or protection or blood gazing etc.

♣ Characters 

• Enne Abacus Salta comes to New Reynes to find her adoptive mother Lourdes Alfero, who has been missing for months. All she has is a handful of volts (which is the official currency) and a name: Levi Glaisyer. Her mother told her she should find him and he will protect her because he owes her a favor, but what Enne finds out is that Levi is not only a criminal but the Iron Lord.

Enne is a great heroine. She comes to New Reynes all scared, naive and and snobbish, and she’s thrown in the City of Sin where everything goes exactly how it shouldn’t have gone, and by the end of the book it’s hard to tell where is the line between who she has become and who she should have been all along. Her development was believable and it flowed smoothly, there wasn’t a moment where she was her old self and then suddenly the next moment she was someone else entirely.

She became who she had to be in her new surroundings and even when she saw her own world and morals and even her own self questioned, she didn’t let that blind her on her quest.

• Levi Glaisyer is the second main character (he and Enne have alternating POVs) and he is now one of my favorite male protagonists in YA. He’s like a softer Kaz Brekker and I say this in the best way possible. He takes great pride in being the Iron Lord and he genuinely cares for the kids in his gang and it breaks his heart when he can’t pay them appropriately. He is ambitious and I love how he repeatedly tells himself that he is meant for more. He dreams of being “king” but he’s broken and trapped and even though he keeps his poker face in front of the world, his internal monologue is extremely rich and he’s very in touch with his feelings.

He’s also black and bisexual (there aren’t labels for sexuality in this world but it’s pretty clear) and let me tell you how freaking happy it made me to see a male love interest in a YA fantasy who is canonically bisexual and shows attraction to both boys and girls on page.

– This first book really focused more on Enne and Levi and didn’t leave much space for other characters’ development, but I found that the others still had a good characterization and I believe it will only improve in the next installments. We have Jac which is Levi’s second and his friend; Reymondwho is the boss of the Scarhands and despite being in a different gang he’s also Levi’s friend of sorts; Lola who is introduced later in the book but promises to be a great character and, despite their initial differences, she and Enne are tentative friends (and I can’t wait to see more of this girl friendship).

There are several bad guys of different factions and importance, and they were as fleshed out as they could be in the first book of a trilogy where the POV characters don’t know all that much about them. I especially expect great things from Vianca, who is a truly unlikeable villain but also really interesting.

♦ Plot 

The plot revolves around the search for Enne’s mother, Lourdes. Enne and Levi meet early on and they both realize they need to stick together for different reasons. Levi helps Enne get a job but he unknowingly puts her in even more danger than she already is.

Levi is also in trouble himself and needs to get ten thousand volts within ten days, and the book opens on Day 1, progressing to Day 10. This is a minor detail that contributed to creating more suspense and it was also nice to keep track of how many days Enne had been in town, after how much time certain things happened, etc.

There were a few times were I didn’t see a twist coming, and I was always super engaged with the story and the characters. Maybe a few things were a little bit too convenient (but maybe they will be explained later on), but I personally don’t care that much about that and it also didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of the book.

♥ Romance 

Minors spoilers ahead I guess, so skip this section if you don’t want to know!

So, if this wasn’t obvious from the blurb, Enne and Levi catch feelings for each other. There’s no instalove and the way their relationship develops from “it’s actually really convenient for both of us if we stick together” to “well we’re both in deeper shit than we thought” to “you’re actually not so bad so I guess we’re kinda friends now” to “oh shit I have romantic feelings for you but I’m sure you don’t feel the same way” is believable and well written.

The double POV works well both for the actual plot and for the romance itself. THE PINING IS REAL, FOLKS, and I haven’t shipped a m/f couple this much in a while.

Also let me clarify that although Levi might seem like the “bad boy” type, he’s actually really good to Enne from the beginning. Sure, he teases her for her snobbery, but there’s never any actual abuse or anything unforgivable, and it’s pretty sad that I have to write this in a review but yes, let me make this absolutely clear for those of you wary of romance in YA: THIS IS A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP.

◊ Diversity 

Levi is black and bisexual. I remember at least one other very minor black character, and one important side character is gay.

Enne’s mother is never shown on page but is still a central character (the plot revolves around finding her) and they way they talk about her she seems to be genderqueer (uses she/her) and to be only attracted to women.

The book manages to be casually queer and it’s no big deal, and let me reiterate how important and how unseen it is in YA to have a male bisexual main character and love interest in a m/f ship. I personally can’t think of any example where this happens, but this is exactly the kind of casual queerness that I want to see in books.

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Overall it’s safe to say that I absolutely loved this book. I hadn’t read YA fantasy like this in a while and it reminded me why I love the genre. I don’t even want to think about how long I still have to wait before I can read the next book, but in the meantime I can’t wait to start seeing more reviews of this.

Trigger and content warnings: mention of past drug addiction; gambling; mild torture; violence; crime; pedophilia.

Most anticipated releases (Jan-Jun 2018)

Making this post took me forever because I had to go and rearrange all my shelves on goodreads just so I could KIND OF make some sense of what is about to be released when, but even so I know that I’m missing A LOT of books. Anyway, here are at least some of my most anticipated releases for the first part of the year!

January

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 26032825

Summary: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Release date: Jan 2nd

Yes this was already released and it’s already on my Kindle but I promised myself I won’t read it until I’ve made a dent in my ARCs. Yikes. Anyway this is apparently in the same universe of The Darkest Part of the Forest which I absolutely adored last year so there is no way I’m missing out on it.

Rep: I think this has multiple mlm characters, not sure about wlw

 

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh 29906017

Summary: Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

Release date: Jan 23rd

This sounds so great  I can’t believe I’m gonna have to wait until I am free of my ARCs but in the meantime I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks of it!

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February

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages (anthology by various authors) 35140599

Summary: Take a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer figures live, love and shape the world around them. Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens. 

From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods and identities, shedding light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten. 

That’s all we need in 20gayteen thanx

Release date: Feb 27th

Rep: multiple characters on the lgbtq+ spectrum

 

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson 35297386

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Elena Mendoza is the product of a virgin birth.

This can be scientifically explained (it’s called parthenogenesis), but what can’t be explained is how Elena is able to heal Freddie, the girl she’s had a crush on for years, from a gunshot wound in a Starbucks parking lot. Or why the boy who shot Freddie, David Combs, disappeared from the same parking lot minutes later after getting sucked up into the clouds. What also can’t be explained are the talking girl on the front of a tampon box, or the reasons that David Combs shot Freddie in the first place.

As more unbelievable things occur, and Elena continues to perform miracles, the only remaining explanation is the least logical of all—that the world is actually coming to an end, and Elena is possibly the only one who can do something about it.

Release date: Feb 6th

I actually still haven’t read anything by SDH and it’s truly a shame. I don’t know if I’ll manage to make this my first read by the author but it sounds amazing so I just might.

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March

Obsidio by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 24909347

Summary: Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

Release date: March 13th

I loved Illuminae and Gemina and I can’t wait for the conclusion to this series (although I’ll be really sad).

 

The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara 32295460

Summary: A swashbuckling, smart novel based on the true story of a girl who disguised herself as a boy in order to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jack.

There’s no place for a girl in Mary’s world. Not in the home of her mother, desperately drunk and poor. Not in the household of her wealthy granny, where a girl could never be named an heir. And certainly not in the arms of Nat, her childhood love who never knew her for who she was. As a hired sailor aboard a Caribbean merchant ship, Mary’s profession—and her safety—depend on her ability to disguise the fact that she’s a girl.

Leastways, that’s what she thinks is true. But then pirates attack the ship, and right in the middle of the swashbuckling crowd of bloodthirsty pirates, Mary spots something she never could have imagined: a girl pirate. The sight of a girl standing unafraid upon the deck, gun and sword in hand, changes everything. In a split-second decision, Mary turns her gun on her own captain and earns herself a spot among the pirates’ crew.

For the first time, Mary has a shot at freedom. But imagining living life as her true self is easier, it seems, than actually doing it. And when Mary finds herself falling for the captain’s mistress, she risks everything—her childhood love, her place among the crew, and even her life.

Release date: March 6th

If you know me then you also know that my most favorite thing in the world is pirate girls conquering the seas and falling in love with each other so how could this not be my #1 most anticipated release this year??

Rep: wlw

 

April

Circe by Madeline Miller 32454291

Summary: In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

Release date: April 10th

Umm nothing to say here I just need it now

 

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Arbetalli 31180248

Summary: Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Release date: April 24th

YES PLEASE SIMON VS SPINOFF I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FOR TWO YEARS

Rep: wlw

 

May

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde 35901105

Summary: As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be
perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.

Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.

Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?

Release date: May 22nd

After loving Queens of Geek I really can’t wait for this (also that cover is so preTY AND SO BI I LOVE)

Rep: wlw

 

June

I actually don’t have a super anticipated book that’s gonna release in June (or I haven’t found one yet at least) so if you know of one that I should look forward to (preferably lgbtq+) definitely let me know!

 

Have you already added any of these to your TBR? What are your most anticipated releases for the first half of this year?