The Rule of Many

THE RULE OF MANY by sister/author duo Ashley and Leslie Saunders is the second book in the fast-paced, dystopian series The Rule of One. Picking up right where the first book ended, THE RULE OF MANY follows as twin sister rebels Eva and Mira Goodwin advance the Common’s revolution against the single-child law by directly…

The Old Drift

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell is one of the most ambitious novels I have ever read, and it’s her debut! The sheer heft of the book – in length, scope, and subject matter – is jaw dropping. What Serpell accomplishes is truly something special and I highly recommend you grab a copy ASAP! Told through four generations…

Red, White & Royal Blue

To end the summer with a bang by book club chose to read RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston. As a book club consisting of all gay men, this love story between the First Son of the US and the Prince of England was an obvious crowd pleaser! RW&RB is a perfect summer…

The Nickel Boys

“The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead will make your blood boil and chill you to your core. The devastating story is based on a real reform school in Florida that operated for over 100 years and brutalized the lives of thousands of kids. “The Nickel Boys” shows us how the life of a black person…

Unraveling

I’ll be honest, I finished “Unraveling” by Karen Lord weeks ago but have not had the energy or desire to write this review. Unfortunately, it was an arduous read for me. I had to force myself to pick it up and often found my mind wandering while I read it. When I finally did finish…

The Girl in Red

The Girl in Red by Christina Henry is a post-apocalyptic survival adventure inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. The story follows Red – a twenty something mixed raced, bisexual with a prosthetic leg – as she must literally travel through the woods to her grandmother’s house. The narrative jumps between the…

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

June is LGBTQ Pride Month, the most wonderful time of the year! IMHO, the perfect way to celebrate Pride is to support queer artists and queer art. To do that, I chose to read the delectable Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor. Paul Takes the Form is wacky, strange, sexy,…

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter

Picture this: a queer, sci-fi, fantasy twist on the classic mystery styling of Sherlock Holmes. Need I say more?! Honestly: take my money, gimme-gimme-gimme, file this in the category of something I didn’t know I needed but DEFINITELY needed!!! Lucky for us the wickedly talented Alexis Hall gave us just that in his new book The…

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…

Pachinko

Pachinko is an expansive novel! It covers 79 years, 4 generations of a family, 3 countries, numerous major world events and countless family tragedies and triumphs. Through telling the saga of one Korean family, Min Jin Lee presents the history of Japanese occupation of the Korean peninsula and the experience of Koreans living in Japan…