Out of Salem

There are hundreds of YA books about magic, monsters, and teen angst so an author would need to do a lot to stand out in the already crowded field. Hal Schrieve does just that! Out of Salem blends classic monsters (NO VAMPIRES!) with LGBTQI characters. The pairing may seem odd but it truly does come together into…

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)

Let me just start by saying it is soooo refreshing to read a book about a young, gay man that is not focused on tragedy or self-hatred or shame or closed minded families!  Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) is a celebration of gayness and gay sexuality, it’s a pride parade of a book! Jack, is a…

The Rule of One

In The Rule of One, Ashley and Leslie Saunders create a dystopian world that is sooooooo different from the United States I currently live in. Climate change has drastically affected the environment making the earth a difficult place to survive. The leaders of the USA promote an “us vs. them” narrative that even includes walls on…