ARC Review: The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum // queer found family, sapphic romance, and I cried a lot

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

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Summary: Ryann Bird dreams of traveling across the stars. But a career in space isn’t an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the wrong side of town. So Ryann becomes her circumstances and settles for acting out and skipping school to hang out with her delinquent friends.

One day she meets Alexandria: a furious loner who spurns Ryann’s offer of friendship. After a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm, the two misfits are brought together despite themselves—and Ryann learns her secret: Alexandria’s mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system.

Every night without fail, Alexandria waits to catch radio signals from her mother. And its up to Ryann to lift her onto the roof day after day until the silence between them grows into friendship, and eventually something more . . .

In K. Ancrum’s signature poetic style, this slow-burn romance will have you savoring every page.

Release date: March, 19th

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★★★★

Okay let me tell you about this book and not because technically I kind of have to review it but because I just really need an outlet for what I’m feeling after finishing it.

THIS BOOK is very different from The Wicker King but it’s also very similar. But kind of not. I’M ALREADY NOT MAKING SENSE HERE but I’m really trying.

The Weight of the Stars throws you in an initially seemingly familiar contemporary YA setting. You have a MC, Ryann, who is a bit of a troublemaker and doesn’t have a typical teenage home situation, you have the new girl at school, and you have Ryann’s group of friends who don’t belong anywhere so they all belong together. And yet the way everything is presented already announces itself not to be so typical after all, starting from literally every character’s backstory.

By far one of my favorite thing was the found family element in this and all of the different bits of representation we are presented with. We have a mostly (all?) queer cast, a teenage single father with PTSD and selective mutism (I’m not sure if the terminology is correct but this is what I found googling it), a Sikh teen with three parents (two dads and a mom – if you’ve read The Wicker King I’m just going to say that…………you already know his parents), and of course our main f/f couple (I’m not sure exactly how they identify but Ryann says she’s mostly attracted to girls but once had a brief crush on a boy).

While The Wicker King takes you down a spiral where you have no control over your thoughts and feelings and then slowly brings you back to the surface (not a soft surface, but a surface nonetheless), The Weight of the Stars fools you into thinking you have more room to breathe normally when in fact what you should be doing is taking deep breaths in preparation for a final oxygen-less plunge into space.

There comes a point in the novel where you have to let go of your own plane of existence and fully embrace that you’re not in control, and your point of view and your perspective don’t matter anymore. This blank state is all I can recommend when you read the last 30% of this book. Just, don’t let gravity keep you grounded is all I’m saying.

TWs: alcohol and drug use, mention of death of parents, teenage pregnancies, mild violence, hospitals, mention of attempted suicide, mention of homophobia (the d slur)

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lgbTBR+: Fantasy & Historical Books Featuring F/F Relationships

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Welcome to the second post in this series, in which I share some books that are on my TBR and that have been recommended to me by friends or that I’ve found on goodreads. This is different from a recommendation post because well, I haven’t read any of these! I just want to make it easy for people looking for specific representation (in this post specifically, f/f romance rep) to go through a list because it’s not always obvious from the goodreads blurb what kind of rep is there (also, please, if a book wrongly ended up in this list let me know!)

I decided to merge two genres (fantasy and historical) in this post because I’m not too into historical novels and I didn’t have enough to make a separate post for those (in fact most of these I actually ended up adding while doing research for this post).

Here you can find the contemporary version of this post.

Click on a title to go to its goodreads page and add it to your TBR.

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Fantasy:

The Tiger’s Daughter

Breaking Legacies

Ash

Huntress

The Dark Wife

The Mermaid’s Daughter

Ice Massacre

Cinder Ella 

Of Fire and Stars

Spellbook of the Lost and Found

The Dark Beneath the Ice

Girls Made of Snow and Glass

The Warrior’s Path

The Second Mango

Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins

Divine Touched

The Witch Sea

 

Historical:

Fingersmith

The Supreme and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin

The Pirate’s Booty

The Princess’s Bride 

Tipping the Velvet

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Have you read any of these books? Is there any you recommend I start sooner rather than later? Let me know!

 

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lgbTBR+: Contemporary Books Featuring F/F Relationships

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Welcome to a new series of posts! 

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love giving book recommendations, especially when it comes to LGBTQIAP+ books. Writing rec post requires reading a lot of books of the same category (for example, with F/F romance) and that you find enough that you would actually recommend to others. Needless to say, that takes a lot of reading time.

Since I’ve done a couple of rec posts recently, I won’t be able to write one again for a while, so I thought instead I’d share the books that are on my TBR and that have been recommended to me by friends or that I’ve found on goodreads. I might not even get to read all of these for a while but I hope this list will be useful if you’re looking for more contemporary F/F recs, and if you’re looking for fantasy recs, stay tuned because that post is going live next week!

Click on a title to go to its goodreads page and add it to your TBR.

Amelia Westlake 

The Summer of Jodi Perez 

Everything Leads To You 

First Position

Under the Lights 

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

We Are Okay

How To Make a Wish 

Her Name In The Sky

Style

Second Kiss

The Paths We Chose

Out On Good Behavior

Roller Girl

The Love Song of Sawyer Bell

The Summer I Wasn’t Me

And Playing the Role of Herself

Dating Sarah Cooper

The Paths We Chose

The Summer of Us

A Story of Now

Skylarks

Long-Distance Coffee

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Have you read any of these books? Is there any you recommend I start sooner rather than later? Let me know!

 

 

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