Something Beautiful by Amanda Gernentz Hanson – Review

Something Beautiful
Amanda Gernentz Hanson
LGBTQIA , New Adult
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Something Beautiful

In Something Beautiful, Cordelia and Declan have been best friends since they were three years old. By the time they hit middle school, Cordelia—Cord, to Declan—is already feeling the blackness in her life as depression takes hold. Their mutual attraction to each other leads to a serious high school relationship, one with their foundation of friendship at the forefront. Cordelia seems to have her mental health under control. All appears to be well.

However, when Declan starts to accept his own fluid sexuality, it sets something in motion in their lives that is both beautiful and tragic as they learn to love each other for who they are.

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Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery – Review

Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery
By Kurtis J. Wiebe (Author), Roc Upchurch (Artist)
Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Humour
Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery
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So just a heads up that from the very beginning, this is going to be a crass review and not my normal write-up, but then this is a crass/unusual book so… fair game?

Meet the Rat Queens. Four women who make up a gang of mercenaries, who work hard and play harder. To quote the back of the book: “They’re a pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hir and they’re in the business of killing all the god’s creatures for profit.”

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7 Amazing Fantasy Novels with Queer Main Characters

One of the great joys of my life has been finding queer fiction that I wasn’t expecting. Whether I was expecting or not, queer inclusion in a fantasy novel always makes me way more invested than I might have been otherwise. We all need a little escapism and fantasy, the place where everything can happen, it always tends to be straight people flouncing around the world and getting to do all the cool stuff.

My first true love in the fiction world was fantasy, so here are seven of the books that I’ve fallen in love with that feature queer fantasy narratives.

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The Truth About Goodbye by Russell Ricard – Review

I want to get one thing straight right off the bat. I did end up enjoying The Truth About Goodbye in the end, but it might have been a case of too little, too late, for me. So I’m going to do what they say you should do in presentations and make a sandwich of my feelings about this novel.

We’re going to talk about some good, some bad, and then some good again.

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Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of Unruly Women by Anne Helen Petersen – Review

[A copy of this book was provided to me by Netgalley in return for an unbiased review.]

There’s no denying that when it comes to the way that women are perceived in the modern media, there’s a specific way that women are supposed to look/act. Usually, that specific way translates to “whatever men desire”, but in a President Trump world, society feels like it has taken a step backward or perhaps a giant leap when it comes to gender politics. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman, Anne Helen Petersen outlines the different ways that women are criticized or ostracized. The features that tend to be focused on are ones that males would not be criticized for (or at least would be treated more mildly for).

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We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – Review

So what if I were to tell you that we weren’t the center of the universe and what if I were to tell you that I held the future of the entire world in the palm of my hand? That’s right. The aliens chose me and I don’t know why, but they told me I could decide whether or not the world keeps on existing.

Easy choice, right?

Not… exactly.

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Seriously, What Am I Doing Here? by Ken Schneck – Review

[I received a review copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.]

Listen to me, all authors in the future. Covers are incredibly important. You would think that people would listen to the whole “Don’t judge a book by its cover” adage, but we don’t. Maybe we don’t form all our future opinions on the cover design, but humans are fallible and we’re weak, so initial impressions are impacted by how cool or unique a cover looks. So when I was scrolling through my feed and saw that there was a book that had a red-headed, bespectacled man riding the dragon from The Neverending Story with the biggest grin on his face, I knew I had to read it.

I mean, look at this cover:

How could you resist?

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The Chimes by Anna Smaill – Review

Imagine a world where music is more than something you listen to, where music is the way that you find your way to places. Maps don’t exist and even if they did, would you remember how to read them without music to remind you how? Instead of moving quickly, you move presto. If time seems to slow, time goes lente. The world moves to the music in the most literal way that a society can manage.

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